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Re: BackupFriend - new desktop application that uses rdiff-backup, all o

From: Patrik Dufresne
Subject: Re: BackupFriend - new desktop application that uses rdiff-backup, all open source
Date: Tue, 20 Jul 2021 19:23:09 -0400


Thanks Guy for reaching out. Your feedback and your contribution to
Rdiffweb are welcome. Take note that Minarca
<https://gitlab.com/ikus-soft/minarca> is providing an overlapping set of
the features you have implemented in BackupFriend. It handles SSH Keys
transparently, it registers them on the fly using RestAPI, it uses a
gateway user to manage the SSH authentication, for additional security it
uses chroot jail to isolate rdiff-backup execution.

The only major flaw as of today is the use of JAVA on the desktop
application :D

I'm already working on a desktop application in pure Python that will
integrate all the existing features of the Java version. The progress is
far advanced as I'm working on the packaging part of Windows, Mac OSX and

So far it looks like this. MAC OS X
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Windows 10
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On Mon, Jul 19, 2021 at 3:10 PM Guy Sheffer <guysoft@gmail.com> wrote:

> Hey Eric,
> Thanks, I was also hoping this would make more people make use of
> rdiff-backup.
> I forked really just to maintain a set of patches that keep the ssh public
> keys in a file, allowing sshd hosted in docker to use them.
> I can still pull from upstream and intend to do so.
> Merging back up is an option, and I will post in rdiffweb and see if it
> ikus060
> is interested. It will indeed mean less resources for me.
> I actually posted about it here in rdiffweb group:
> https://groups.google.com/g/rdiffweb/c/hqjilPP5sLQ
> Thanks again,
> Guy
> On Mon, Jul 19, 2021, 20:55 EricZolf <ewl+rdiffbackup@lavar.de> wrote:
> > Hi Guy,
> >
> > welcome on board, it's good to see the ecosystem of rdiff-backup grow.
> >
> > I'm just curious why you created a fork of rdiffweb? You write yourself
> > that you're lacking resources, and the author of rdiffweb, ikus060 aka
> > Patrik, is active on this mailing list, so that nothing should speak
> > against joining forces.
> > Thanks, Eric
> >
> > On July 19, 2021 4:24:34 PM UTC, Guy Sheffer <guysoft@gmail.com> wrote:
> > >Happy to release my new self-hosted backup solution that lets you
> > >backup to
> > >your with history from anywhere! All open source.
> > >It uses rdiff-backup and rdiffweb fork, which you can sync with using a
> > >desktop application I wrote with wxPython, runs on Linux, Mac and
> > >Windows.
> > >
> > >Guide and link to builds and sources:
> > >https://guysoft.wordpress.com/backupfriend
> > >
> > >Would appreciate your input, PRs and feedback :)
> > >
> > >Guy Sheffer
> >

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