Trying to get smarter about my backup strategy, I want to set up a copy of my local repositories (made to external hard drive) - to be kept on-site, and another copy to be kept off-site.
First, is this the best way for a mere non-professional home user to do backups? Any thoughts about this would be appreciated.
Now the problem I’m currently puzzled about:
Studying the restic docs [ Working with repositories — restic 0.12.0 documentation ] , it appears to me that I need to HAVE that second repository set up (initialized) before I can do a copy.
But then I read about the deduplication problem [ Working with repositories — restic 0.12.0 documentation ]. The docs appear to clearly state and show that the target repository must be initialized so that the chunker parameters of the source repo are used.
I try to do that:
tomc@tomc-Spin-SP513-54N:~/bkup$ restic -r /media/tomc/seagate-21/spin5/_restic-bkup/dropbox init --repo2 /media/tomc/seagate-4/__spin5-current-restic-copy/dropbox --copy-chunker-params enter password for secondary repository: Fatal: unable to open config file: Stat: stat /media/tomc/seagate-4/__spin5-current-restic-copy/dropbox/config: no such file or directory Is there a repository at the following location? /media/tomc/seagate-4/__spin5-current-restic-copy/dropbox tomc@tomc-Spin-SP513-54N:~/bkup$
restic appears to be seeking and not finding a config file at the target location - but that cannot exist unless there is a repo already set up there. That seems to contradict the docs.
But I try to play along and so set up a repo so it can find a config file…
tomc@tomc-Spin-SP513-54N:~/bkup$ restic init --repo /media/tomc/seagate-4/__spin5-current-restic-copy/dropbox enter password for new repository: enter password again: created restic repository 229949af84 at /media/tomc/seagate-4/__spin5-current-restic-copy/dropbox Please note that knowledge of your password is required to access the repository. Losing your password means that your data is irrecoverably lost. tomc@tomc-Spin-SP513-54N:~/bkup$
Rerunning the command that was looking for that config file, I get this -
tomc@tomc-Spin-SP513-54N:~/bkup$ restic -r /media/tomc/seagate-21/spin5/_restic-bkup/dropbox init --repo2 /media/tomc/seagate-4/__spin5-current-restic-copy/dropbox --copy-chunker-params enter password for secondary repository: repository 229949af opened successfully, password is correct created new cache in /home/tomc/.cache/restic Fatal: create repository at /media/tomc/seagate-21/spin5/_restic-bkup/dropbox failed: config file already exists tomc@tomc-Spin-SP513-54N:~/bkup$
Clearly, I am misunderstanding something here, but I can’t see it.
What OUGHT I to be doing?