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Cyberduck

CyberduckNot too long ago I talked about an alternative for my Rackspace Cloud Files Sync application.

Recently I moved my pictures and videos over to Microsoft OneDrive. I also use Dropbox but for my disk usage I found it to be a bit too expensive. With OneDrive I get 100GB for € 1.99 a month or 200GB for € 3.99. Which is already cheaper as what I was paying with Rackspace Cloud Files. An added benefit of using OneDrive is that you can choose not to download certain (big) files or folders.

After moving my stuff over to OneDrive I was in need of deleting the stored files in Rackspace Cloud Files. My application is supposed to be able to sync an empty folder to a filled container effectively cleaning it up. But as I never tested it with thousands of files it did not seem to work and the application simply crashed a few times as well.

Meet Cyberduck! It describes itself as Libre FTP, SFTP, WebDAV, S3 & OpenStack Swift browser for Mac and Windows. It also supports Rackspace Cloud Files (which is now based on OpenStack as well if I’m not mistaken). With it you can browse your stored files, add or delete them and even synchronize folders just like you could do with my app. I highly recommend using Cyberduck if you were using Rackspace Cloud Files Sync before.

Duplicati – an alternative for Rackspace Cloud Files Sync

I’ve been using Rackspace Cloud Files Sync, a little piece of software I’ve written myself, for some years now. I use it to backup my photo’s and movies I’ve shot over the last decade or so. The thing I like about it is that it syncs your local folder with a Cloud Files container. When skipping content checksums it’s fairly fast to only process the changes. Aside from backing up files it can also restore them.

Whilst it still serves my need I get in trouble if or when Rackspace changes their Cloud Files API. Way back when I wrote the software I wrote it in BlitzMax with the MaxGUI module (using the excellent LogicGUI designer) and my own htbaapub.rackspacecloudfiles module. Sure, I can update my module that wraps the REST API but I no longer have an up to date BlitzMax with all the required modules set up on a PC. When I took Maximus offline the most convenient way to install BlitzMax modules and their dependencies disappeared. In short, it’ll be a big hassle to get a working setup again capable of compiling a new version of Rackspace Cloud Files Sync.

But today I found out about a software called Duplicati! Duplicati is backup software that can create and store backups to several kind of storage solutions such as Rackspace Cloud Files, Amazon S3, Windows Live SkyDrive, FTP, SSH and more. It can also encrypt your backups.

After a short test using Duplicati with Cloud Files I’ve at least found a nice alternative for when my Rackspace Cloud Files Sync stops working. The only thing I’m missing though is doing a full backup and then sync the changes like my software does, but it appears that this is already supported in the 2.0 preview release of Duplicati. So it’s likely that if or when my software stops working I can use the 2.0 release of Duplicati.

Rackspace Cloud Files Sync v1.04 released

Shortly after the 1.03 release Rackspace Cloud Files Sync has been updated to version 1.04 and was just released minutes ago.

Rackspace Cloud Files Sync is a small application one can use to create a online backup of any directory on your Windows PC. It’s also possible to restore a backup back to your hard disk. Its main purpose is to keep a online backup of your most important files, like documents, photo’s and video’s.

This release comes with a few nice features. For starters you can now select which location you want to login to: USA or UK. Now people with a UK account can start using Rackspace Cloud Files Sync as well.

Further more restoration of a backup has been fixed. Due to a path mismatch it would delete all files in the local directory regardless if they would be in the online archive. This has now been fixed, making it a true sync operation again.

The most exciting feature though is the ability to turn off the Checksum Check. When this feature is enabled the application will make sure that the contents of the local file and remote file are equal. If not, it’ll overwrite the file. This greatly speeds up syncing a directory to a Cloud Files container and is especially helpful for directories of which the contents don’t change and only new files are added to it, such as photo archives.

Both changing the login location/server and Checksum Check can be done at the setup screen.

 

Rackspace Cloud Files Sync v1.03 released

Rackspace Cloud Files Sync has been updated to version 1.03 and was just released minutes ago. This release fixes a critical bug that made the application freeze when syncing with an existing directory. The source code has also been licensed under the Modified BSD License.

Rackspace Cloud Files Sync is a small application one can use to create a online backup of any directory on your Windows PC. It’s also possible to restore a backup back to your hard disk. Its main purpose is to keep a online backup of your most important files, like documents, photo’s and video’s.

 

Rackspace Cloud Files Sync v1.02 released

Rackspace Cloud Files Sync has been updated to version 1.02 and released. This release fixes a critical bug that made the application crash when syncing with an existing directory.

Creating backups and restoring them to any folder should just work again now. However, due to some strange and yet unresolved bug the responsiveness of the application totally disappears when doing a backup or restore action. Windows shows the application as freezing, yet it does execute its tasks. So if you’ve got a lot of files to process please be patient.

I hope to have this issue resolved in the near future.