• Uncompress / clone the client to a local directory
  • create a backup target (once for all systems that write their backup there)
  • go to jobs directory to copy the .job.dist files to.job
  • configure *.job files
  • manual test run
  • create a cronjob

Installation with git clone

The most easy way to install it and keep it up to date is to use git clone|pull. If you don’t have / want to use git see the next chapter “Manual installation: uncompress archive”.

As user root:

# Create the directory level above
mdir -p /opt/imlbackup/
cd /opt/imlbackup/

# Get the software into subdir "client"
git clone client

# to set working directory to /opt/imlbackup/client:
cd client

Manual installation: uncompress archive

To put all files into a directory i.e.


then use the root user and follow these steps:

# Create the directory level above
mdir -p /opt/imlbackup/

# download
cd /opt/imlbackup/

# extract
tar -xzf iml-backup-master.tar.gz
mv iml-backup-master client

# remove downloaded file
rm -f iml-backup-master.tar.gz

# to set working directory to /opt/imlbackup/client:
cd client

Create backup target

My scenario is a backup target within my company network.

To store all backup data you need diskspace that is mounted on a server (=backup target server). Maybe you mount a volume of a Ceph cluster or mount an NFS share of a storage system.

The size depends on the count of systems and how many backup sets you want to store.

Restic and Duplicity support several backends.

Initialize server backup via SSH/ SFTP/ RSync

The backup target server needs a running ssh service.

  • As root:
    • create an unprivileged user “imlbackup”.
    • allow write permissions for “imlbackup” on /mnt/backupdata
    • Test write permissions:
su - imlbackup
touch /mnt/backupdata/hello && echo OK
rm -f  /mnt/backupdata/hello
  • Create an SSH keypair for user “imlbackup”

Now it is time to test access from another system

  • copy the created private key (~imlbackup/.ssh/id_rsa) on backup target server to /opt/imlbackup/client/keys/
  • Open ssh shell with referencing that key
ssh -i keys/