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25

Tarsnap usage statistics

The more time passes with tarsnap, the more impres­sive it is.

Fol­low­ing is a list of all my pri­vately used sys­tems (2 machines which only host jails — here named Prison1 and Prison2 — and sev­eral jails — here named accord­ing to their func­tion­al­ity) together with some tarsnap sta­tis­tics. For each backup tarsnap prints out some sta­tis­tics. The amount of uncom­pressed stor­age space of all archives of this machine, the com­pressed stor­age space of all archives, the unique uncom­pressed stor­age space of all archives, the unique com­pressed stor­age space of all archives, and the same mount of info for the cur­rent archive. The unique stor­age space is after dedu­pli­ca­tion. The most inter­est­ing infor­ma­tion is the unique and com­pressed one. For a spe­cific archive it shows the amount of data which is dif­fer­ent to all other archives, and for the total amount it tells how much stor­age space is used on the tarsnap server. I do not backup all data in tarsnap. I do a full backup on exter­nal stor­age (zfs snap­shot + zfs send | zfs receive) once in a while and tarsnap is only for the stuff which could change daily or is very small (my mails belong to the first group, the con­fig of appli­ca­tions or the sys­tem to the sec­ond group). At the end of the post there is also an overview of the money I have spend so far in tarsnap for the backups.

Atten­tion: the fol­low­ing graphs are dis­play­ing small val­ues in KB, while the text is telling about sizes in MB or even GB!

Prison1

The backup of one day cov­ers 1.1 GB of uncom­pressed data, the sub­trees I backup are /etc, /usr/local/etc, /home, /root, /var/db/pkg, /var/db/mergemaster.mtree, /space/jails/flavours and a sub­ver­sion check­out of /usr/src (exclud­ing the ker­nel com­pile direc­tory; I backup this as I have local mod­i­fi­ca­tions to FreeBSD). If I want to have all days uncom­pressed on my hard­disk, I would have to pro­vide 10 GB of stor­age space. Com­pressed this comes down to 2.4 GB, unique uncom­pressed this is 853 MB, and unique com­pressed this is 243 MB. The fol­low­ing graph splits this up into all the back­ups I have as of this writ­ting. I only show the unique val­ues, as includ­ing the total val­ues would make the unique val­ues dis­ap­pear in the graph (val­ues too small).

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In this graph we see that I have a con­stant rate of new data. I think this is mostly ref­er­ences to already stored data (/usr/src being the most likely cause of this, noth­ing changed in those directories).

Internal-DNS

One day cov­ers 7 MB of uncom­pressed data, all archives take 56 MB uncom­pressed, unique and com­pressed this comes down to 1.3 MB. This cov­ers /etc, /usr/local/etc, /root, /var/db/pkg, /var/named, and /var/db/mergemaster.mtree.

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This graph is strange. I have no idea why there is so much data for the sec­ond and the last day. Noth­ing changed.

Outgoing-Postfix

One day cov­ers 8 MB of uncom­pressed data, all archives take 62 MB uncom­pressed, unique and com­pressed this comes down to 1.5 MB. This cov­ers /etc, /usr/local/etc, /root, /var/db/pkg, /var/spool/postfix, and /var/db/mergemaster.mtree.

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This looks not bad. I was send­ing a lot of mails on the 25th. And the days in the mid­dle I was not send­ing much.

IMAP

One day cov­ers about 900 MB of uncom­pressed data, all archives take 7.2 GB uncom­pressed, unique and com­pressed this comes down to 526 MB. This cov­ers /etc, /usr/local/etc, /root, /var/db/pkg, /var/db/mergemaster.mtree, /home (mail fold­ers) and /usr/local/share/courier-imap.

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Obvi­ously I have a not so small amount of change in my mail­box. As my spam­fil­ter is work­ing nicely this is directly cor­re­lated to mails from var­i­ous mail­inglists (mostly FreeBSD).

MySQL (for the Horde web­mail interface)

One day cov­ers 100 MB of uncom­pressed data, all archives take 801 MB uncom­pressed, unique and com­pressed this comes down to 19 MB. This cov­ers /etc, /usr/local/etc, /root, /var/db/pkg, /var/db/mysql and /var/db/mergemaster.mtree.

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This is cor­re­lated with the use of my web­mail inter­face, and as such is also cor­re­lated with the amount of mails I get and send. Obvi­ously I did not use my web­mail inter­face at the week­end (as the backup cov­ers the change of the pre­vi­ous day).

Web­mail

One day cov­ers 121 MB of uncom­pressed data, all archives take 973 MB uncom­pressed, unique and com­pressed this comes down to 33 MB. This cov­ers /etc, /usr/local/etc, /root, /var/db/pkg, /var/db/mergemaster.mtree, /usr/local/www/horde and /home.

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This one is strange again. Noth­ing in the data changed.

Samba

One day cov­ers 10 MB of uncom­pressed data, all archives take 72 MB uncom­pressed, unique and com­pressed this comes down to 1.9 MB. This cov­ers /etc, /usr/local/etc, /root, /var/db/pkg, /var/db/mergemaster.mtree and /var/db/samba.

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Here we see the changes to /var/db/samba, this should be mostly my Wii access­ing mul­ti­me­dia files there.

Proxy

One day cov­ers 31 MB of uncom­pressed data, all archives take 223 MB uncom­pressed, unique and com­pressed this comes down to 6.6 MB. This cov­ers /etc, /usr/local/etc, /root, /var/db/pkg and /var/db/mergemaster.mtree.

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This is also a strange graph. Again, noth­ing changed there (the cache direc­tory is not in the backup).

php­MyAd­min

One day cov­ers 44 MB of uncom­pressed data, all archives take 310 uncom­pressed, unique and com­pressed this comes down to 11 MB. This cov­ers /etc, /usr/local/etc, /root, /var/db/pkg, /var/db/mergemaster.mtree, /home and /usr/local/www/phpMyAdmin.

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And again a strange graph. No changes in the FS.

Gallery

One day cov­ers 120 MB of uncom­pressed data, all archives take 845 MB uncom­pressed, unique and com­pressed this comes down to 25 MB. This cov­ers /etc, /usr/local/etc, /root, /var/db/pkg, /var/db/mergemaster.mtree, /usr/local/www/gallery2 and /home/gallery (exclud­ing some parts of /home/gallery).

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This one is OK. Friends and Fam­ily access­ing the pictures.

Prison2

One day cov­ers 7 MB of uncom­pressed data, all archives take 28 MB uncom­pressed, unique and com­pressed this comes down to 1.3 MB. This cov­ers /etc, /usr/local/etc, /root, /var/db/pkg, /var/db/mergemaster.mtree, /space/jails/flavours and /home.

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This one looks strange to me again. Same rea­sons as with the pre­vi­ous graphs.

Incoming-Postfix

One day cov­ers 56 MB of uncom­pressed data, all archives take 225 MB uncom­pressed, unique and com­pressed this  comes down to 5.4 MB. This cov­ers /etc, /usr/local/etc, /usr/local/www/postfixadmin, /root/, /var/db/pkg, /var/db/mysql, /var/spool/postfix and /var/db/mergemaster.mtree.

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This graph looks OK to me.

Blog-and-XMPP

One day cov­ers 59 MB of uncom­pressed data, all archives take 478 MB uncom­pressed, unique and com­pressed this comes down to 14 MB. This cov­ers /etc, /usr/local/etc, /root, /home, /var/db/pkg, /var/db/mergemaster.mtree, /var/db/mysql and /var/spool/ejabberd (yes, no backup of the web-data, I have it in another jail, no need to backup it again).

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With the MySQL and XMPP data­bases in the backup, I do not think this graph is wrong.

Totals

The total amount of stored data per sys­tem is:

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Costs

Since I use tarsnap (8 days), I have spend 38 cents, most of this is band­width cost for the trans­fer of the ini­tial backup (29.21 cents). Accord­ing to the graphs, I am cur­rently at about 8 – 14 cents per week (or about half a dol­lar per month) for my back­ups (I still have a machine to add, and this may increase the amount in a sim­i­lar way than the Prison1 sys­tem with 2 – 3 jails). The amount of money spend in US-cents (rounded!) per day is:

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One Response to “Tarsnap usage statistics”

  1. netchild Says:

    I found now the rea­son why some of the sys­tems show a “big” trans­fer, while noth­ing has changed: There was a change (at least the date of a file), and tarsnap uses 64kb blocks for the deduplication.

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