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bbackupquery - Box Backup store query and file retrieval
bbackupquery [-q] [-c configfile] [command ...]
bbackupquery is the main way of interacting with the backup store from a Box Backup client
machine. It supports both interactive and batch modes of operation.
It can be used to reviewing the status of a client machine´s backup store, getting status
from the store server. The main use is to retrieve files and directories when needed.
bbackupquery supports interactive and batch modes of operation. Interactive mode allows
for interaction with the server much like an interactive FTP client.
Batch mode is invoked by putting commands into the invocation of bbackupquery. Example:
bbackupquery "list home-dirs" quit
Note that commands that contain spaces are enclosed in double quotes. If the quit command
is omitted, after the preceding commands are completed, bbackupquery will enter
Quiet. Suppresses status output while running.
Use configfile instead of the default bbackupd.conf file. Can be a relative or full
The commands that can be used in bbackupquery are listed below.
Displays the basic help message, which gives information about the commands available
in bbackupquery. Use the form help command to get help on a specific command.
End the session with the store server, and quit bbackupquery.
cd [options] directory-name
Change directory. Options:
consider deleted directories for traversal
consider old versions of directories for traversal. This option should never be
useful in a correctly formed store.
Change directory on the client machine. To list the contents of the local directory,
type sh ls (on Unix-like machines).
list [options] [directory-name]
The list (or its synonym ls) command lists the content of the current, or specified,
directory. The options are as follows:
recursively list all files
list deleted files and directories
list old versions of files and directories
don´t display object IDs
don´t display flags
show file modification time (and attr mod time, if the object has attributes).
show file size in blocks used on server. Note that this is only a very approximate
indication of local file size.
ls [options] [directory-name]
Synonym for list.
Print current directory, always relative to the backup store root.
Everything after the sh is passed to a shell and run. All output from the command is
displayed in the client.
Example: to list the contents of the current directory on the client machine type sh
compare -l location-name
compare store-dir-name local-dir-name
Compare the current data in the store with the data on the disc. Please note that all
the data will be downloaded from the store, so this can be a very lengthy process
depending on the size of the store, and the size of the part you are comparing.
compare all locations.
compare one backup location as specified in the configuration file. This compares
one of the top level store directories.
set return code. The return code is set to the following values, if quit is the
next command. So, if another command is run after the compare, the return code
will not refer to the compare. This option is very useful for automating compares.
Return code values:
· 1 -- no differences were found
· 2 -- differences were found
· 3 -- an error occured
get object-filename [local-filename]
get -i object-id local-filename
Gets a file from the store. Object is specified as the filename within the current
directory. Local filename is optional. Ignores old and deleted files when searching
the directory for the file to retrieve.
To get an old or deleted file, use the -i option and select the object as a hex object
ID (first column in listing). The local filename must be specified.
getobject object-id local-filename
Gets the object specified by the object id (in hex) and stores the raw contents in the
local file specified. Note: This is only useful for debugging as it does not decode
files from the stored format, which is encrypted and compressed.
restore [-d] directory-name local-directory-name
Restores a directory to the local disc. The local directory specified must not exist
(unless a previous restore is being restarted). The root cannot be restored -- restore
restore a deleted directory
resume an interrupted restore
If a restore operation is interrupted for any reason, it can be restarted using the -r
switch. Restore progress information is saved in a file at regular intervals during
the restore operation to allow restarts.
Show space used on the server for this account. Display fields:
· Used: Total amount of space used on the server
· Old files: Space used by old files
· Deleted files: Space used by deleted files
· Directories: Space used by the directory structure
When Used exceeds the soft limit, the server will start to remove old and deleted
files until the usage drops below the soft limit. After a while, you should expect
to see the usage stay at just below the soft limit. You only need more space if
the space used by old and deleted files is near zero.
The -m option displays output in machine-readable form.
If you find a bug in Box Backup and you want to let us know about it, join the mailing
list and send us a description of the problem there.
To report a bug, give us at least the following information:
· The version of Box Backup you are running
· The platform you are running on (hardware and OS), for both client and server.
· If possible attach your config files (bbstored.conf, bbackupd.conf) to the bug report.
· Also attach any log file output that helps shed light on the problem you are seeing.
· And last but certainly not least, a description of what you are seeing, in as much
detail as possible.
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