Using Dreamhost personal backup from a Windows Computer
Dreamhost offers a personal backup service. Here are some notes on what I did to get it working from my Microsoft Windows Vista system.
Install All Required Cygwin ModulesFirst, I installed any missing required modules for cygwin, which I already had installed. At first, I had trouble with ssh, because it complained it couldn't find cygssp-0. Using cygcheck confirmed the missing library.
~$ cygcheck ssh Found: C:\cygwin\bin\ssh.exe Found: C:\cygwin\bin\ssh.exe Found: C:\cygwin\bin\ssh.exe C:\cygwin\bin\ssh.exe C:\cygwin\bin\cygcrypto-0.9.8.dll C:\cygwin\bin\cygwin1.dll C:\Windows\system32\ADVAPI32.DLL C:\Windows\system32\ntdll.dll C:\Windows\system32\KERNEL32.dll C:\Windows\system32\RPCRT4.dll C:\cygwin\bin\cygz.dll C:\cygwin\bin\cyggcc_s-1.dll cygcheck: track_down: could not find cygssp-0.dllOnce I installed libsso0, rsync was working correctly, but required a password to be entered.
Setup Passwordless LoginSetting up passwordless login was really easy. In an sftp connection, I made a .ssh directory from my home backup server's directory, copied my cygwin's .ssh/id_dsa.pub to the new .ssh directory and renamed the file to authorized_keys.
Determining Directories and Files to CopyI made an exclusion list of files not to backup and named that file excl.txt. Here's what the file contains:
*.obj *.tmp *.sbr *.ilk *.pch *.pdb *.idb *.ncb *.opt *.plg *.aps *.dsw *.pyc *.pyd *.bsc *.pdb *.projdata *.projdata1 .svn/ .git/ .bzr/ .hg/Then I made a shell script called, backup_to_dreamhost.sh, to backup only certain directories:
#!/bin/bash rsync -e ssh -avz --exclude-from=excl.txt /cygdrive/c/Users/David/Documents email@example.com:~/David rsync -e ssh -avz --exclude-from=excl.txt /cygdrive/c/Users/David/Downloads firstname.lastname@example.org:~/David rsync -e ssh -avz --exclude-from=excl.txt /cygdrive/c/Users/David/Pictures email@example.com:~/David rsync -e ssh -avz --exclude-from=excl.txt /cygdrive/c/Users/David/Music firstname.lastname@example.org:~/David rsync -e ssh -avz --exclude-from=excl.txt --exclude=Pinnacle/ /cygdrive/c/Users/Public/Documents email@example.com:~/Public ...Note that occasionally I have to exclude some directories that contain massive amounts of video or temporary files. I can't copy my pictures and videos without taking up more than the free 50GB space allocated for backups.
Making Automatic BackupsI ran the shell script from within cygwin, and it worked. But now, how to make Vista run it? I created a DOS Batch script called, backup_to_dreamhost.bat. It contains only one line:
C: && chdir C:\cygwin\bin && bash --login ~/backup_to_dreamhost.shAnd from the Windows Task Scheduler, I created a recurring task that runs backup_to_dreamhost.bat.