As pointed out by Ben Finney I forgot to add the links to the dsc and
I also forgot to add a link to the original sources, and I forgot to
supply the author name...
I therefor repost my original RFS and added the missing info. My
apologies for the inconvenience.
Package name : personalbackup
Version : 1.0.1-3
Upstream Author : Kim Kuylen <email@example.com>
* URL :
* Debain Source URL :
* Changes URL :
* dsc URL :
* Source URL :
* License : GPL
* Homepage : http://personalbackup.sf.net
* ITP : #346606
Description : Company-wide solution for backing up machines and
PersonalBackup is a company-wide solution for backing up all your
Windows machines and Samba shares.
PersonalBackup uses a web frontend for the users and administrators.
No client software is needed at all to pull backups of your critical data.
The main purpose of the PersonalBackup suite is to take backups of data
from Windows machine by making use of Samba. However
Samba shares on linux boxes can also be backed up of course.
The suite has a web frontend and currently uses a PostgreSQL database
backend. The main code is written in Perl. For the web frontend
To be able to back up data from a windows machine the end user needs to
create a read-only share, and register the share via the web interface
From then on PersonalBackup will visit the machine every day (if
possible) and it will backup the necessary data.
The data is being stored on the PersonalBackup server by making use of
hardlinks. This is in fact the power of PersonalBackup.
It will only store the "real" differences between separate backup sets.
If a file did not change on the end users machine, only a hardlink will
be created locally.
By using this approach PersonalBackup also does not need a "Full" backup
to start with.
Because of this ever incremental approach PersonalBackup will start
backing up where it left of if it was not possible to transfer the
complete share in 1 day.
For the end users it seems that every day a "Full" backup is being taken
from their registered shares..but in fact PersonalBackup is only copying
the data that is really changed.
This approach reduces both bandwidth & storage.
Some general Questions:
- Is client software needed to back up non-critical data?
-> No, there is no need at all to install additional software on the
machines that will be backed up.
- Which network protocol is used for the backup?
-> SMB, I am making use of the perl module Filesys::SmbClient, which is
a wrapper around the smbclient.so API of the Samba suite.
- What privileges are necessary?
-> The PersonalBackup daemon needs to run as super user (root)
The web frontend is running as default user (apache,nobody,...)
- Are the backups generated fully restoreable?
-> Yes, for the user it seems that every time the PersonalBackup
system has backed up his/her machine it has taken a "Full" backup.
With the web frontend the users can even get back their data just
by downloading it.
- PersonalBackup -
Personalbackup a company-wide solution for backing up
all your Windows machines and Samba shares.
Personalbackup uses a web frontend for the users and administrators.
No client software is needed at all to pull backups
of your critical data
- http://personalbackup.sf.net -