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PostPosted: Thu Sep 13, 2012 6:06 pm 
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I have a Quad LS-QL/R5 that is opened up for root access. I'd like to get CrashPlan (http://www.crashplan.com/) running on it, and I've read of some success on the LinkStation's when running Debian (http://forum.buffalo.nas-central.org/viewtopic.php?f=7&t=23165). That was on a Kirkwood system, and the Quad is an Orion, so I'm not sure if it would work out. To even try, I'd need to get Debian on there. I can't ind any specfic guide for the Quad, and really only one mention of it working (http://forum.buffalo.nas-central.org/viewtopic.php?f=19&t=16211). Could I follow just any guide for another Orion LinkStation?


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PostPosted: Tue Sep 18, 2012 11:46 pm 
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As far as installing debian on it, it can be done. I'd highly recommend setting up the serial first.

serial: http://buffalo.nas-central.org/wiki/LSQuad_Serial_port

Then follow the steps from this post
Debian on LS Pro Duo: viewtopic.php?f=50&t=23971

but use the patchset for the Quad instead of the duo: viewtopic.php?f=66&t=26035.

This is a pretty quiet site so doesn't matter too much, but may be best to ask/add your input into the LS-QL subforum.

As far as CrashPlan, I have never used it, but unless you have a particular love for it, I'd expect more problems - not to say its impossible, but certainly not supported. And with the importance of secure, verifiable backups, why risk it? Crashplan states its linux system requirements to be 1GHZ+ x86-64 CPU, 1GB+ memory, 50MB+ free drive space, Oracle (Sun) Java version 1.6+, so basically looks pretty bad for a 400Mhz arm platform with 128mb memory. Also debian now has officially dropped the Oracle Sun java in favor of better licensed alternatives, which may also throw a wrench at it. Looks like this person is working on it however http://pcloadletter.co.uk/2012/01/30/cr ... o-package/

So I would suggest to go with well tested open source backup software, that can be installed through the package manager (once you have debian on it). If you are going for off-site backups, maybe you can hook it up to amazon's glacier storage http://aws.amazon.com/glacier/, simple storage (S3), dropbox, or the like. It can't be much more work than getting CrashPlan to work, likely to be more cost effective, and certainly more fun and reusable.

something like http://blog.eberly.org/2008/10/27/how-i ... ing-rsync/

Write back with your results or if you need any help. I check on here every week or three.


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PostPosted: Sun Sep 23, 2012 1:33 pm 
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I haven't been able to get Debian on the LS-QL yet. After booting the installer image from TFTP, I can connect and log on via ssh. However, after some time the SSH session will close on me. Reconnect generally fails. Sometimes it would, but then it would close again shortly.

I I also have a DUO LS-WXL. So I rsync'ed everything off it over to the Quad LS-QL and used the Debian Squeeze on LS-WXL Guide to get it up. I then was able to install CrashPlan. I didn't find it to be slow. A memory hog, yes. But, not slow. I will post over in the Crashplan on LS-CHLv2 and Debian Lenny, Java issue discussion with my experience.

Amazon Glacier looks like it may be cheaper to backup to. But, restoring from, that is a confusing cost structure!


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