Introduction to Backup
Backup Gem is a simple backup solution for file-system backup in Ruby environment. This can be used under virtual machines are physical machines, We have used this in our small production environment running top of Ubuntu Linux servers. A regular scheduler in place to backup our critical production build with Ruby.
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Step 1 : Starting Backup Gem installation
Install with Ruby and its dependencies to run below backup setup.
Initially we need to install with backup gem.
$ sudo gem install backup
Then to Create the config.rb file for backup.
Step 2: Prepare backup config file
$ backup generate:config
Now in the home directory there will be a file created in the name config.rb.
Then if we need to take the backup for files, database, queue production db use the following command to create the model file.
$ backup generate:model --trigger production_database_name_here --databases="postgresql" --archives --compressor="gzip" --notifiers="mail"
Edit the files under Backup/config/ and make changes.
Check for the Configuration error using following commands while inside the config Directory
$ backup check
Step 3: Backup the file System.
To Manually take a backup
$ backup perform -t production_database_name_here
Step 4: Schedule for auto backup.
Now it’s time to automate the Backup using whenever gem
Install the Whenever Gem Using
$ sudo gem install whenever
Configure the whenever gem, first, we need to create a directory named Backup
$ mkdir config && cd ~/home/sysadmin/Backup/config
Then Run the command wheneverize to get create the schedule.rb file under /home/sysadmin/Backup/config
Add the content to get effect
every 1.day, :at => '3:00 am' do
command "/usr/local/bin/backup perform -t database --config-file /root/Backup/config.rb"
command "/usr/local/bin/backup perform -t file_backup --config-file /root/Backup/config.rb"
Add the Schedule to crontab using
$ whenever -w ~/Backup/config/schedule.rb
Then Update the Crontab using the following command,
$ whenever --update-crontab
That’s it we completed with setting up a simple backup solution to backup our Ruby environment.
A simple backup solution for sites running on ruby. No need to install with any additional packages except these gems. It takes lesser than 5 minutes to setup a file system backup using Backup gem. Hope this help you to setup one, comment below with your valuable feedback.