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Install it on your own

Please follow the instructions on this page. This page generates some lines of code which you'll have to execute on your Cobalt or BlueOnyx server - so there is no normal download procedure. But don't worry, you will see that it is very easy to setup

Since uses FTP to transfer the backup to another server you'll have to configure two servers. The source has to be a RaQ or blueOnyx server but the target machine can be any server with FTP-access.

  • target machine
    1. create an user with FTP-access on the target machine. You can use the username backup if you like.
    2. be sure to adjust the quota for this user and site as needed.
    3. if you like create a special directory where should store the backup files. will create a directory under this directory with the hostname of the source server. If you don't specify a special directory uses the start-directory of the ftp-session. If the target machine is a RaQ and the ftp-user is backup will store the files under /home/sites/site/users/backup/hostname.of.source/
  • Source Blueonyx server
    1. All versions of BlueOnyx have the CMU already installed
    2. You are now able to customize to your needs. What you type is secret - you don't have to submit it to us or to other servers. It is used to generate some commands in the textarea-field at the bottom of the page with the JavaScript-feature of your browser.
      Configuration options
      Hostname Hostname of the source server:

      automatic will auto-detect your hostname.
      Installation-directory The directory to install

      /etc/cron.daily is recommended. This will start every morning
      Working directory needs a directory to store some files.
      E-Mail-Notifications eMail reports of the backup-process.
      yes   no
      Detailed reporting:
      first day of a month
      every Monday
      every Tuesday
      every Wednesday
      every Thursday
      every Friday
      every Saturday
      every Sunday
      Version checking Should check and report the current version available? This is not an auto-update.
      yes   no
    3. What do you want to backup?
      WHAT do you want to backup?
      Backup sites and users with CMU Do you want to use CMU to backup site and user data?
      yes   no
      Do you want to exclude a directory from being cmuExported?
      yes   no moves the complete directory to a secure place before it starts cmuExport and moves it back to the original place after the end of cmuExport. Please never exclude any important system-directory!
      Do you want to compress the several xml-files to a single archive?
      yes   no
      Location of cmuExport:
      Backup MySQL-databases Do you want to backup mysql-databases?
      yes   no
      Location of mysqldump:

      Do a locate mysqldump to be sure the path is correct. You'll need MySQL 3.23.x or newer!
      MySQL user:

      usually this is the MySQL user root. This is not the same user as your system user root.
      Password of this user:

      this is the passoword of the MySQL user above.
      Do you want to compress the resulting sql-file?
      yes   no
      Backup other directories Do you want to backup any additional directories?
      yes   no

      Each directory in a new line, please. will backup the specified dirs and their subdirectories.
    4. Where should store the backup?
      Locations to store the backup
      Store on source server Do you want to store the backup on the source server?
      yes   no
      This backup would be stored under /home/raqbackup/data. If you have enough diskspace it's a good idea to activate this option.
      FTP to another server Do you want to transfer the backup to another server?
      yes   no
      Hostname or ip-address of target machine
      FTP-user on target machine
      Password of this user
      Target directory

      e.g. /home/backup - leave blank if should use the initial directory of the ftp-session (where it will create a directory hostname.of.source)
      Port for FTP

      if you don't use the standard-port (which is 21)
    5. SSH to the BlueOnyx server and su to root
    6. copy the following text to your clipboard and paste it into your Telnet/SSH-client. These commands download the script from our server and replace default-values with the values you entered above.
    7. That's it. is installed and configured. If you want to start it manually, SSH or telnet to your RaQ, change to the installation-directory and execute with the screen-parameter: ./ screen

You should know...

  • is not supported by Sun Cobalt and comes without any warranty.
  • if you like you can modify the script to your own needs under the terms of the GNU General Public License.
  • the Cobalt Migration Utility (CMU) exports (cmuExport) and imports (cmuImport) sites and users. uses cmuExport only. cmuExport exports all sites und users with all data and configuration to workingdirectory/data (default: /home/raqbackup/data)
  • starts cmuExport and transfers this export to the target machine
  • on my machines (RaQ3/RaQ4) needs 20-60 minutes to cmuExport all sites and to ftp them to the backup-machine. I have arround 150 sites with 1.5 GB data per raq
  • if you run every day you'll have two backup-versions (the cmuExport from today and yesterday) per source server on your target machine
  • to store these two versions I need arround 1 GB (500 MB each). To be sure you should have a lot of quota on the target machine.
  • you'll get the output of via mail. Be sure to check this mail.
  • source and target machine should be located in the same LAN (security, traffic!)
  • if you have two RaQs and you want that one RaQ backups the other please note: cmuExport exports all data under /home/sites/somesite/. You should be sure that you don't backup the backup of a backup of a backup and so on. This will result in very large backup-files. has two options to prevent this behaviour:
    1. exclude directory (recommended): with this option you can exclude a directory under /home/sites/somesite/ from being cmuExported. If you use backup as username on the target machine and backup is a member of the site home you should specify /home/sites/home/users/backup as exclude-directory.
    2. target directory: with this option you can ftp the backup to a directory outside of /home/sites/somesite/ on the target RaQ. You can use something like /home/backup. This directory won't be cmuExported when you run on the target machine. To use this option create the corresponding directory on the target RaQ and make sure that the ftp-user has write-access to this directory.
  • Plugins
    1. plugin start: will search for scripts or programs with the names,, start.cgi or start in your plugin-directory working-directory/plugins and executes them before the script starts.
    2. plugin end: will search for scripts or programs with the names or end in your plugin-directory and executes them before the end of
    3. plugin precmu: will search for scripts or programs with the names or precmu and executes them before it executes CMU.
    4. plugin postcmu: analog, but after CMU
    5. plugin preftp: you get it, right? ;-)
    6. plugin postftp
    7. plugin premysqldump
    8. plugin postmysqldump
    9. plugin pretardirs
    10. plugin posttardirs

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