Rclone Copy/Sync with backup dir - Setup Question


#1

Hello guys,

I want to backup one of my folders with all my work documents etc. to gdrive.

My question now is should I use rclone copy or rclone sync for that? (Every file/folder change should be “catched”/uploaded to gdrive)

Everytime a file is updated or changed I want to make a backup of the file which was on gdrive before using--backup-dir command.

Now I want to ask if it is possible to create a command which handles the backup process like in the picture below (I hope its understandable, if not I try my best to clarify):

The Backup Folder should only exist on the gdrive.


#2

This is what --backup-dir does.

So you want something like

rclone sync /path/to/source remote:backups/current --backup-dir remote:current/`date -I`

This will copy your full backup to backups/current and leave dated directories in current/2018-12-03 etc.

Note the date -I only works on unix based systems, I expect there is something similar for Windows but I don’t know it off the top of my head!


#3

Thank you I will try that command. Is it possible that the sync only is oneway, I mean I do not want to loose a file on Source because I accidently delete a file on the remote. (I want to prevent to loose anything because of my own stupidity.)

After reading more I see that that is exactly how the sync command works. (Sorry for the stupid question)


#4

'sok - data is important and best to be safe :smile:


#5

When I try this command:

rclone sync /share/CACHEDEV1_DATA/User Name/ gcrypt:shared/User Name --backup-dir gcrypt:shared/User Name/Backups/date -I --checkers 3 --fast-list --log-file /share/CACHEDEV1_DATA/rclone/sync.log -v --tpslimit 3 --transfers 3 --config /share/CACHEDEV1_DATA/rclone/rclonegdrivebackup.conf

it shows me this:

Usage:
rclone sync source:path dest:path [flags]

Flags:
-h, --help help for sync

Use “rclone [command] --help” for more information about a command.
Use “rclone help flags” for to see the global flags.
Use “rclone help backends” for a list of supported services.
Command sync needs 2 arguments maximum

Where did I do a mistake ?


#6

You need to put “quotes” around paths whch have spaces in, so something like this

rclone sync "/share/CACHEDEV1_DATA/User Name/" "gcrypt:shared/User Name" --backup-dir "gcrypt:shared/User Name/Backups/"`date -I` --checkers 3 --fast-list --log-file /share/CACHEDEV1_DATA/rclone/sync.log -v --tpslimit 3 --transfers 3 --config /share/CACHEDEV1_DATA/rclone/rclonegdrivebackup.conf

#8

Thank you for the response but I get this error:
2018/12/06 01:58:43 INFO : Starting HTTP transaction limiter: max 3 transactions/s with burst 1
2018/12/06 01:58:52 ERROR : Fatal error received - not attempting retries
2018/12/06 01:58:52 Failed to sync: destination and parameter to --backup-dir mustn’t overlap


#9

You need to move the backup-dir up a level probably so it is not inside the destination.


#10

But then the Backups would not be in a seperate folder right? Then that directory would fill up with folders?


#11

You could make a folder underneath it like this

rclone sync “/share/CACHEDEV1_DATA/User Name/” “gcrypt:shared/User Name” --backup-dir “gcrypt:shared/Backups/User Name/”`date -I` --checkers 3 --fast-list --log-file 

The layout I prefer is this

rclone sync “/share/CACHEDEV1_DATA/User Name/” “gcrypt:shared/User Name/current” --backup-dir “gcrypt:shared/User Name/”`date -I` --checkers 3 --fast-list --log-file 

Which puts the current backup into a directory called current which is on the same level as the dated backup directories.

But you can use either.


#12

Working perfect! Thanks alot, is it normal that is continues like this?

2018/12/08 14:46:06 INFO  : folder/structure/folder/stuff/file.extension: Moved (server side)
2018/12/08 14:46:06 INFO  : folder/structure/folder/stuff/file.extension: Moved into backup dir
2018/12/08 14:46:25 INFO  : 
Transferred:   	  143.180G / 143.180 GBytes, 100%, 953.208 kBytes/s, ETA 0s
Errors:                 0
Checks:           1471257 / 1471257, 100%
Transferred:       133522 / 133522, 100%
Elapsed time:  43h45m4.6s

// […] (25 Minutes later it is still producing the same output)

2018/12/08 15:11:25 INFO  : 
Transferred:   	  143.180G / 143.180 GBytes, 100%, 944.216 kBytes/s, ETA 0s
Errors:                 0
Checks:           1471257 / 1471257, 100%
Transferred:       133522 / 133522, 100%
Elapsed time:  44h10m4.6s

2018/12/08 15:12:25 INFO  : 
Transferred:   	  143.180G / 143.180 GBytes, 100%, 943.859 kBytes/s, ETA 0s
Errors:                 0
Checks:           1471257 / 1471257, 100%
Transferred:       133522 / 133522, 100%
Elapsed time:  44h11m4.6s

2018/12/08 15:13:25 INFO  : 
Transferred:   	  143.180G / 143.180 GBytes, 100%, 943.504 kBytes/s, ETA 0s
Errors:                 0
Checks:           1471257 / 1471257, 100%
Transferred:       133522 / 133522, 100%
Elapsed time:  44h12m4.6s

2018/12/08 15:14:25 INFO  : 
Transferred:   	  143.180G / 143.180 GBytes, 100%, 943.148 kBytes/s, ETA 0s
Errors:                 0
Checks:           1471257 / 1471257, 100%
Transferred:       133522 / 133522, 100%
Elapsed time:  44h13m4.6s

2018/12/08 15:15:25 INFO  : 
Transferred:   	  143.180G / 143.180 GBytes, 100%, 942.793 kBytes/s, ETA 0s
Errors:                 0
Checks:           1471257 / 1471257, 100%
Transferred:       133522 / 133522, 100%
Elapsed time:  44h14m4.6s

It is producing the same output again and again is that normal ?

EDIT:
Now it stoped with this. It says ERROR, what exactly did not work ?

2018/12/08 15:37:25 INFO  : 
Transferred:   	  143.180G / 143.180 GBytes, 100%, 935.042 kBytes/s, ETA 0s
Errors:                 0
Checks:           1471257 / 1471257, 100%
Transferred:       133522 / 133522, 100%
Elapsed time:  44h36m4.6s

2018/12/08 15:37:51 ERROR : Attempt 2/3 succeeded
2018/12/08 15:37:51 INFO  : 
Transferred:   	  143.180G / 143.180 GBytes, 100%, 934.891 kBytes/s, ETA 0s
Errors:                 0
Checks:           1471257 / 1471257, 100%
Transferred:       133522 / 133522, 100%
Elapsed time:  44h36m30.6s

#13

Not sure why that would be happening since rclone doesn’t appear to be checking or transferring anything…

rclone should have printed an “ERROR” log learlier.

I suspect it was something timeing out. Looks like it all worked in the retry though.


#14

Every time I start the sync now I get this as output for 35 minutes.

2018/12/09 02:36:13 INFO  : Starting HTTP transaction limiter: max 3 transactions/s with burst 1
2018/12/09 02:37:16 INFO  : 
Transferred:   	         0 / 0 Bytes, -, 0 Bytes/s, ETA -
Errors:                 0
Checks:                 0 / 0, -
Transferred:            0 / 0, -
Elapsed time:      1m2.8s

//It continues like this:

2018/12/09 03:11:16 INFO  : 
Transferred:   	         0 / 0 Bytes, -, 0 Bytes/s, ETA -
Errors:                 0
Checks:                 0 / 0, -
Transferred:            0 / 0, -
Elapsed time:     35m2.8s

2018/12/09 03:12:16 INFO  : 
Transferred:   	         0 / 0 Bytes, -, 0 Bytes/s, ETA -
Errors:                 0
Checks:                 0 / 0, -
Transferred:            0 / 0, -
Elapsed time:     36m2.8s

And only then after approx 36 min it is starting to do stuff:
2018/12/09 03:12:46 INFO : folder/structure/folder/stuff.fileextension: Copied (new)

//

2018/12/09 03:13:16 INFO  : 
Transferred:   	   30.792M / 146.494 MBytes, 21%, 14.185 kBytes/s, ETA 2h19m12s
Errors:                 0
Checks:            781622 / 781622, 100%
Transferred:           19 / 140, 14%
Elapsed time:     37m2.8s
Transferring:

Why does that happen, I was hoping to be able to run the sync command every 5 or 10 minutes, so it also catches files that get changed and saved more often (so I have a copy on gdrive of every single one)

And one more question:

BTW: how will it handle a file which changes more than once during a day, will it have the time appended to its file name ? or will it be deleted ?


#15

That is because you used --fast-list it builds the in memory tree of all the files first.

It is expensive looking up files on gdrive.

What you should probably do is run a command like this more often which will only copy files that have been recently modified. The --no-traverse stops it looking at all the files in the destination. Tweak the 24h accordingly.

rclone copy --max-age 24h --no-traverse “/share/CACHEDEV1_DATA/User Name/” “gcrypt:shared/User Name” --backup-dir “gcrypt:shared/Backups/User Name/”`date -I` --checkers 3 --log-file

You’ll still need the sync command but you can run that less often (once a day say).

Note that you’ll need the latest beta for --no-traverse.

You’ll get the most recent one.

If you want more granularity, you can use date -Is instead which will make a new backup-dir every time rclone runs.


#16

Thanks a lot for all the deatiled answers. There is only one left

When using

the output is this: 2018-12-10T17:46:01+0100

How do I remove the +0100 part ?

EDIT:
Would this be possible?

rclone sync “/share/CACHEDEV1_DATA/User Name/” “gcrypt:shared/User Name” --backup-dir 
 gcrypt:shared/Backups/User Name/”'date -I'/'date +%H' --checkers 3 --fast-list --log-file

gcrypt:shared/Backups/User Name/”‘date -I’/‘date +%H’


#17

you should be able to use whatever you want for the structure.

rclone \
    --transfers=25 \
    --checkers=50 \
    -v \
    --checksum \
  sync $FROM_REMOTE $TO_REMOTE --backup-dir ${TO_REMOTE}-bkup/`date +%Y%m%d_%H%M%S`/

#18

If that is the structure you prefer then that will work fine - it is up to you!

Or something like this if you prefer

$ date '+%Y-%m-%d-%H%M%S'
2018-12-11-095657

#19

Where did I made a mistake in this command? I can’t find the issue

rclone copy "/share/CACHEDEV1_DATA/User Name/" "gcrypt:shared/Bernd Rass" --backup-dir "gcrypt:shared/Backups/User Name/"date -I/date '+%HH%MM' --max-age 10m --no-traverse --checkers 3 --log-file /share/CACHEDEV1_DATA/rclone/copysync.log -v --tpslimit 3 --transfers 3 --config /share/CACHEDEV1_DATA/rclone/rclonegdrivebackup.conf

whoops got it