Managing SSH chroots to backup a lot of machines
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Install from package

A Debian package is available in the Evolix repository

echo "" >> /etc/apt/sources.list
apt update
apt install bkctld

Then edit /etc/default/bkctld

Instal from sources

Warning: cp-ing the files without -n or -i will replace existing files !

# git clone
# cd evobackup
# cp bkctld /usr/local/sbin/
# mkdir -p /usr/local/lib/bkctld
# cp lib/* /usr/local/lib/bkctld/
# mkdir -p /usr/local/share/bkctld
# cp tpl/* /usr/local/share/bkctld/
# cp bkctld.service /lib/systemd/system/
# mkdir -p /usr/local/share/doc/bkctld
# cp zzz_evobackup /usr/local/share/doc/bkctld/
# mkdir -p /usr/local/share/bash_completion/
# cp bash_completion /usr/local/share/bash_completion/bkctld
# cp bkctld.conf /etc/default/bkctld

Chroot dependencies

The chroot jails depend on these packages

apt install \
    bash \
    coreutils \
    sed \
    dash \
    mount \
    rsync \
    openssh-server \
    openssh-sftp-server \
    libc6-i386 \

Client dependencies

The clients only require OpenSSH and Rsync.

Cron job for incremental backups

Edit the root crontab

# $editor /etc/cron.d/bkctld
+ 30 11 * * * root /usr/sbin/bkctld inc && /usr/sbin/bkctld rm
+ 30 23 * * * root /usr/share/scripts/ 1> /dev/null


If you want mutiples backups in a day (1 per hour maximum) you can run bkctld inc multiples times, if you want to keep incremental backups for ever, just don't run bkctld rm.