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Old 11-22-2011, 10:21 AM
Mo Morsi
 
Default Snap! A system snapshotter for Fedora / Ubuntu / Windows / and more

Hey all, I'm looking for help testing a project I've been
working on over the last few months. Snap [1] is a cross-platform
system snapshot and restoration utility which uses the underlying
package management system to take snapshots of packages installed
as well as files modified outside of the package management
system.




Only files modified post-installation and new-files (eg those not
tracked by the package system) are backed up so that snapshots are
lightweight and are able to be migrated across hosts. Currently
supported are RPM based distros (Fedora, RHEL, CentOS), Deb based
distros (Debian, Ubutunu), and Windows




Also supported are service snapshots. For example postgres and
mysql db's will be backed up, as are Apache and IIS websites using
the native tooling. All of this is built ontop of a very modular /
plugable system which allows developers to extend Snap to take and
restore snapshots of any custom target.




My intention of this project was to make
cross-virtualization-hypervisor and cross-cloud-provider [2]
snapshots a cinch, but it can also be used for general system
backup and recovery.




*I've tried to harden it up as much as I could up to this point,
writing an extensive test suite, and conducting full integration
testing on various platforms but am looking for more widespread
testing, especially in alternative environments. Also I would like
to start forming a community around this project, to write
backends to support snapshots on a variety of platforms and of a
variety of services.




The project is as open source as it gets, written in Python and
licensed under the GPLv3. I've submitted Snap to Fedora [3] and
Debian / Ubuntu [4], any package reviews would be more than
appreciated.




Thanks for reading so far!




-Mo Morsi









[1] https://github.com/movitto/snap




[2] http://mo.morsi.org/blog/node/347




[3] https://bugzilla.redhat.com/show_bug.cgi?id=755890



[4] http://bugs.debian.org/cgi-bin/bugreport.cgi?bug=649585


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Old 11-22-2011, 10:21 AM
Mo Morsi
 
Default Snap! A system snapshotter for Fedora / Ubuntu / Windows / and more

Hey all, I'm looking for help testing a project I've been
working on over the last few months. Snap [1] is a cross-platform
system snapshot and restoration utility which uses the underlying
package management system to take snapshots of packages installed
as well as files modified outside of the package management
system.




Only files modified post-installation and new-files (eg those not
tracked by the package system) are backed up so that snapshots are
lightweight and are able to be migrated across hosts. Currently
supported are RPM based distros (Fedora, RHEL, CentOS), Deb based
distros (Debian, Ubutunu), and Windows




Also supported are service snapshots. For example postgres and
mysql db's will be backed up, as are Apache and IIS websites using
the native tooling. All of this is built ontop of a very modular /
plugable system which allows developers to extend Snap to take and
restore snapshots of any custom target.




My intention of this project was to make
cross-virtualization-hypervisor and cross-cloud-provider [2]
snapshots a cinch, but it can also be used for general system
backup and recovery.




*I've tried to harden it up as much as I could up to this point,
writing an extensive test suite, and conducting full integration
testing on various platforms but am looking for more widespread
testing, especially in alternative environments. Also I would like
to start forming a community around this project, to write
backends to support snapshots on a variety of platforms and of a
variety of services.




The project is as open source as it gets, written in Python and
licensed under the GPLv3. I've submitted Snap to Fedora [3] and
Debian / Ubuntu [4], any package reviews would be more than
appreciated.




Thanks for reading so far!




-Mo Morsi









[1] https://github.com/movitto/snap




[2] http://mo.morsi.org/blog/node/347




[3] https://bugzilla.redhat.com/show_bug.cgi?id=755890



[4] http://bugs.debian.org/cgi-bin/bugreport.cgi?bug=649585


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