Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 316571
Dirvish can't be used by non-root user
Last modified: 2008-05-14 17:44:08 EDT
Description of problem:
Dirvish is in /usr/bin and can be run by any user. Some options can however only
be specified in /etc/, making it unusable for normal users. IMHO solving that
qualifies as a bug more than a feature request.
The dirvish commands doesn't use options consistently:
* dirvish has --config option but requires /etc/dirvish/master.conf (may be
empty, not included in rpm)
* dirvish-runall has --config option which causes /etc/dirvish/master.conf to
NOT be read
* dirvish-expire has no --config option
* dirvish-expire has no --vault option, so only "all globally defined vaults"
can be expired, no detailed control possible.
* dirvish should have a --runall option replacing dirvish-runall
* dirvish should have a --expire option replacing dirvish-expire
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
dirvish-1.2.1-2.fc6 - which seems to be last release from a dead upstream :-(
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I realize that dirvish just isn't mature enough to be packaged properly.
Unfortunately development of dirvish seems to have stopped, and this feedback
As a user of dirvish I can tell you that it really requires root privileges to
work, for example to store file ownership since it saves the backups with the
same ownership of the original file, and if you are backing up remote machines
it is recommended to have a central user database (NIS, LDAP, etc) to make sure
the correct ownership is assigned to the backup files.
I do not think dirvish was designed to be used by normal users. Dirvish
development as you say is dead, there is a experimental release for years, but I
packaged the stable release since that is what I use on my servers and as a
backup tool I do not recommend using the experimental version