[Freedombox-discuss] Harddrive + Excito B3

Jonathan Zeppettini jz at jz.bz
Mon May 9 17:53:11 UTC 2011

Fantastic idea, and it seems it could easily be accomplished with
tools that are very common...

LUKS for encryption of backup drive and rsync to do the backup:

rsync -avc --progress --delete /home/fb/files /media/fb-bak/

Or just use dd to image the FB data partition to any external drive
after encrypting...

dd if=/media/fb-data of=fb-data.img
openssl aes-256-cbc -in fb-data.img -out /media/fb-bak/fb-data.bak.enc

On Mon, May 9, 2011 at 13:37, The Doctor <drwho at virtadpt.net> wrote:
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> On 05/07/2011 08:10 PM, Robinson Tryon wrote:
>> USB-connected devices, especially storage devices, will give us a good
>> way to help our users extract data off of their Freedomboxes when
>> something goes catastrophically, Jellorifically wrong with them.  It
>> can be useful to consider usability and user-serviceability during
>> both the best of times as well as the worst of times.
> That brings to mind something I've been meaning to bring up: backing up
> the contents of Freedomboxen periodically.
> Having a USB port free means that someone could (in theory) walk from
> unit to unit, plugging in an external hard drive that triggers an
> automatic encrypted backup.  When the backup is done, something tells
> the user that they can unplug the drive ("When the light's green, the
> trap is clean.") and move on.
> I may have to play around with this and see if I can get something working.
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