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Synbak is an application designed to unify several backup methods. It provides a powerful reporting system and a very simple interface for configuration files. It can make backups using rsync (via crypted ssh, rsync, SMB, and CIFS protocols), tar (tar, tar.gz, and tar.bz2) archives, tape (even using multi-loader changer tapes), MySQL databases, Oracle database, LDAP directories, CDR/CD-RW/DVR/DVD-RW, wget HTTP/FTP mirrors, and more. It can generate final reports via email, HTML pages, and RSS feeds. Developers can easily write new backup methods, reports, and translations.

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Recent releases

  •  12 Oct 2013 12:26

    Release Notes: This release restructures template.conf, renames some variables, adds the new option method_concurrent_limit, revamps the tmp_name variable, adds a Polish translation, fixes rsync automatic hard linking across multiple destination devices, implements the new URI file://, updates the FAQ file, adds fixes when using nmap-ncat, implements the base_dir prefix path when using backup_source_uri, adds some backup report refactoring, rewrites the autoerase function, adds the new variable "method_rsync_sudo", and adds many bugfixes.

    •  08 Jan 2013 15:23

      Release Notes: This release adds failed backups lists into $backup_destination/synbak-failed.log file, fixes a bug in the backups_schedule function, updates the FAQ file with an answer about using synbak with automatic daily/weekly/monthly/yearly mode, and modifies the default synbak template.conf file.

      •  31 Dec 2012 15:04

        Release Notes: This release changes synbak version numbering, implements the 'backup_shedule' function to automate and simplify the daily/weekly/monthly/yearly backups, adds "-E pr=100/noprompt" to the LDAP internal export command, adds support for lzo and xz compression to the tar method, rewrites the erase function to be more smart, and renames some variables.

        •  01 Jun 2011 19:16

          Release Notes: This release changes many report messages (HTML and email reports). It fixes a bug with calculating destination size when backup_no_make_destdir=yes is used. It fixes a bug in the short open tag in the PHP calendar report. It fixes a bug when erasing old backups when backup_erase_always was used.

          •  14 Aug 2010 11:31

            Release Notes: A problem was solved with the rsync method when backing up to a full hard disk. A problem when parsing passwords with problematic characters was solved.

            Recent comments

            12 Jul 2006 20:28 InfoTechs

            Synbak review
            Synbak not only makes it easy to use the cool features of rsync, it also extends it's abilities. Synbak is easy to install, configure, use and maintain. Add the reporting features (web and/or email) and this makes a powerful backup solution. 10 minutes after downloading it we performed the first backup successfully.

            Some of the features we like:

            1) Error checking is well implemented.
            2) Synbak creates industry standard backups that require no special programs or dependencies to view or restore.
            3) The reporting options via email and/or web page make it easy to keep track of what is going on.
            4) The configuration is straight forward via a well commented .conf file. For different backup jobs, just create another .conf file.
            5) The ability to tell old backups to be automatically deleted after n backups makes maintenance easy.
            6) The author is open to answering questions and very helpful.

            As for down sides we have not found any. We have been using it for a few months now.


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