This is not asking for rclone help as I know how to do what I want. I am just thinking through my options.
I am setting up a new server and I want to backup the entire thing to B2. I see two approaches:
--backup-dirwith dated directories
- Use B2's Lifecycle rules to keep revisions
There are pros and cons to both. I am kind of just thinking "out-loud" and want to see if I am missing anything.
- Pros: Backend-agnostic. Same procedure I use elsewhere. Easy to mount and see the backups. Better for moved files if I choose to track them. More easy to prune. Can use filename encryption if desired
- Cons: Requires extra API calls. Requires an API key that allows deletion
And for Life Cycle rules, it is basically the opposite:
- Pros: Can have an API key that disallows deletion. Fewer API calls
- Cons: Cannot use filename encryption, Harder to browse and decipher. Specific to B2 and therefore also harder to migrate
Am I missing other pros and cons? I don't really mind the API calls of
--backup-dir. I also do plan to do crypt but I can forgo name encryption.
Really, the biggest benefit to using the Life Cycle is that if there is a server intrusion, even if my config is compromised, a bad actor can't delete my backups (if they are on my system, it doesn't matter that they can decrypt my backup).
Any other thoughts?