For more information, see http://git-annex.branchable.com/design/iabackup/
Some first steps to work on:
- Get a list of files, checksums, and urls. (done)
- Write a script to generate a git-annex repository with 100k files from the list. (done)
- Set up a server to serve up the git repos. Any linux system with a few hundred gb of disk and ssh and git-annex installed will do. It needs to accept incoming ssh connections from registered clients, only letting them run git-annex-shell. (done)
- Put one shard repo on the server to start. (done)
- Manually register a few clients to start, have them manually download some files, and `git annex sync` their state back to the server. See how it all hangs together. (done)
- Get that first shard backed up enough to be able to say, "we have successfully backed up 1/1770th of the IA!" (done!)
- get fscking and dead client expiry working for 1st shard
- Test a restore of that first shard. Tell git-annex the content is no longer in the IA. Get the clients to upload it to our server.
- Create all 1770 shards, and see how that scales.
- Write pre-receive git hook, to reject pushes of branches other then the git-annex branch (already done), and prevent bad/malicious pushes of the git-annex branch
- Write client registration interface, which generates the client's ssh private key, git-annex UUID, and sends them to the client
- Client runtime environment (docker image maybe?) with warrior-like interface (all that needs to do is configure things and get git-annex running)
This is our first part of the IA that we want to get backed up. If we succeed, we will have backed up 1/1770th of the Internet Archive. This git-annex repository contains 100k files, the entire collections "internetarchivebooks" and "usenethistorical".
To help backing up shard1, checkout this git repository: <https://github.com/ArchiveTeam/IA.BAK>
The iabak script will set you up and get you downloading files from the IA into your backup drive.
Some stats about the files this repository is tracking:
- number of files: 103343
- total file size: 2.91 terabytes
- size of the git repository itself was 51 megabytes to start
- after filling up shard1, the git repo had grown to 196 mb (plus some loose objects that should be prunable)
- We aimed for 4 copies of every file downloaded, but a few files got 5-8 copies made, due to eg, races and manual downloads. Want to keep an eye on this with future shards.
Tuning your repo
So you want to back up part of the IA, but don't want this to take over your whole disk or internet pipe? Here's some tuning options you can use.. Run these commands in IA.BAK/shard1 git repo.
git config annex.diskreserve 200GB
This will prevent git-annex from using up the last 200gb of your disk. Adjust to suite.
git config annex.web-options=--limit-rate=200k
This will limit wget/curl to downloading at 200 kb/s. Adjust to suite.