BURP - BackUp and Restore Program

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Q. What are the main features? What works?

A. At the time of writing, the following features work:

  • Server mode runs on Unix-based systems.
  • Client mode runs on Windows and Unix-based systems.
  • Windows Volume Shadow Copy Service (VSS) support (Windows XP R2 and newer).
  • Windows 32bit and 64bit support.
  • Delta differencing with librsync.
  • Network backups.
  • Network rate limiting.
  • Backs up and restores files, directories, symlinks, hardlinks, fifos, nodes, permissions and timestamps.
  • Backs up and restores Linux and FreeBSD acls and xattrs.
  • Backs up and restores Windows permissions, file attributes, and so on, via VSS.
  • Backs up and restores Windows EFS files.
  • Storage and network compression using zlib.
  • Ability to continue interrupted backups.
  • Client/server communications encryption with SSL.
  • Automatic SSL certificate authority and client certificate signing.
  • Client side file encryption - (note: this turns off delta differencing).
  • Scheduling.
  • Email backup success/failure notifications.
  • A single daily backup summary email.
  • A live ncurses monitor on the server.
  • Fifo read/write support.
  • Pre/post backup/restore client scripts.
  • Multiple retention periods (e.g, keep 1 backup per day for 7 days, 1 backup per week for 4 weeks, 1 backup per 4 weeks for a year).
  • Storage data deduplication.
  • Automatic client upgrade.

Q. What is on the roadmap? What doesn't work?

A. For the list of things to do, please see https://github.com/grke/burp/issues.


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Burp, don't suck. Last updated: May 2017
By Graham Keeling
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