Included Handlers

To preform the actual backup, backupninja processes each backup action configuration file in the directory /etc/backup.d/. Depending on the file's suffix, a different handler script will be in charge of processing the action. Here are the handler scripts which are included in the backupninja distribution:

Using ninjahelper

The included script ninjahelper is a curses based, menu driven "wizard" which will walk you through creating backup actions. One advantage of using ninjahelper is that some actions have complicated dependencies: you can safely choose some options only if certain conditions are met. Ninjahelper attempts to take these conditions into account when creating backup actions.

Creating Your Own Handler

You can create additional handlers by adding bash scripts to /usr/share/backupninja.

The bash script is sourced from the main backupninja script, so there is no need to specify #!/bin/bash on the first line. You can read the backup action's configuration file with the functions setsection and getconf. Use the command debug to report errors, warning, and debugging information. If $test is set, then your script should take no action but report what it would have done.

For example, suppose we had the backup action /etc/backup.d/50-aquarium.fishes:

population = 10
fish = one_fish
fish = two_fish
fish = red_fish
fish = blue_fish
crab = carl

population = 3
grass = yes

The corresponding handler /usr/share/backupninja/fishes might look like this:

setsection animals
getconf population
getconf fish

debug 1 "this is the animal population: $population" 
for f in $fish; do
   info "found fish $f" 

if [ ! $test ]; then
   /usr/bin/populate_aquarium $population
   if [ $exit_status == 0 ]; then
      info "success!" 
      error "failed to populate aquarium" 
   debug "populate_aquarium $population" 

setsection plants
getconf population
info "this is the plant population: $population" 

There are output five functions:

  • debug $msg -- log debugging info
  • info $msg -- log general information.
  • warning $msg -- log a warning
  • error $msg -- log an error
  • fatal $msg -- log a fatal error and exit

Any messages logged by 'warning', 'error', or 'fatal' are included in the status report (unless backupninja has been configured not to generate a status report). Debug messaged don't show up in logs unless loglevel is set to 5. If backupninja is run with --debug, then all messages of all log levels are output to the terminal.