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Seeing this hint on how to make a tarball on the fly while FTP'ing a backup of your home directory to a remote host reminded me of a complimentary hint that I've been using for a little while to provide a nice automated backup solution. It involves cron, tar, ftp, and a free account at streamload.com.

Streamload is a service with an interesting business model: They allow you to upload and store as much stuff as you want, no limit, for free, but charge you for download bandwidth when you want the stuff back. Upload is via web interface or FTP (in beta). Perfect, really, for a backup solution: Get a free account, upload your directory, and if you ever need it, you'll probably be more than willing to pay to get it back.

So the hint, simply, is to get a Streamload account, sign up for the FTP beta trial, and write a .command file based on the script in the previously-mentioned hint. Then set cron to execute the command file, say, every few days, or every week. The servers are always up, and the storage, as long as you don't need anything back, is free.

If you do this, conscience dictates signing on to Streamload once in a while to get rid of old backups. It's good of them to offer this sort of service; let's not clog their servers with terabytes of data.
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Use Streamload for big backups
Authored by: jamieph on Aug 18, '05 12:24:05PM

I don't see where to gain FTP access at streamload. Anyone have a link?



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Use Streamload for big backups
Authored by: ruaric on Aug 18, '05 12:26:46PM

Perhaps streamload has recently changed their offering because I can't see how to upload via ftp. No mention of it on their website, even in the FAQ. I tried signing up for a freeloader account and logging on via ftp.streamload.com but it won't let me in.

Any ideas?



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How to get FTP access to Streamload
Authored by: ruaric on Aug 18, '05 12:32:47PM
Just found this after much searching on google. To Quote:

"You can write to Streamload at ftp@streamload.com and they will set you up a FTP account. This will allow you to use your ftp client to upload files. This method is extremely reliable. The only problem is that you cannot upload directly into your current saved file area. All FTP uploads will appear in your Inbox. You can then move them as you see fit via the web interface."

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How to get FTP access to Streamload
Authored by: ruaric on Aug 18, '05 12:49:42PM

Seems like FTP support might still be available. I dropped them an email as per above and got back a autoreply almost instantly,

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Date: Thu, 18 Aug 2005 09:42:04 -0700
From: Streamload Support
To: xxxxx@ruari.com
Subject: [ #EHX-xxxxx-xxx]: enable ftp access.

Hello!

Thank you for contacting the Streamload FTP Support Team! There is no need to reply to this message. Your email will be answered as quickly and efficiently as possible by one of our trained support staff.

Your e-mail has generated Ticket ID# EHX-xxxxx-xxx. Please use the ticket number when referring to this issue in the future.

PLEASE NOTE: If you submit multiple requests, we may not answer each request individually, since duplicate issues are merged for efficient handling. However, we do investigate each request.

Thank you for contacting Streamload! We look forward to serving you.

Sincerely,
Streamload Customer Support
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I'll let you know if I actually get access.



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Use Streamload for big backups
Authored by: luhmann on Aug 18, '05 12:48:25PM

I just looked at the pricing for this service and it seems that they are not free as the poster suggests. In order to have unlimited uploads you have to pay a monthly fee of about $5.



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Use Streamload for big backups
Authored by: ruaric on Aug 18, '05 12:58:01PM
Yes, it seems you are correct. Perhaps it has changed since the original poster wrote this or he/she simply misunderstood. Still for $4.99 I might consider it anyway. I currently use ibackup for various online storage requirements. For my usage at least I think Streamload might work out cheaper so I am glad just to know about them! I'm only interested though if they continue to allow ftp access or some other open protocol.

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Use Streamload for big backups
Authored by: azraq27 on Aug 19, '05 07:37:22AM

I don't know what y'all are talking about (those who say you can't get an account free), but I just signed up for a free account. Looks great. They also have a perl program you can download to give you a command line tool to upload. I haven't taken it apart yet, so I'm not sure what it uses for the upload.



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Use Streamload for big backups
Authored by: ruaric on Aug 19, '05 07:54:54AM

I don't think anyone said you can't get a free account. They just said it wasn't much use as described in this hint.

The hint was a link to my hint about backing up your home directory (whilst preserving resource forks) but you are limited to a 1GB backup on the free account (not unlimited as the original poster said). This isn't really enough to backup your home directory if you have even a relatively small number of MP3s or other media files.



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Don't use FTP with streamload
Authored by: mal0rd on Aug 19, '05 10:47:58PM

Streamload is really good because it's an improvement over FTP. They use a proprietary protocol similar to rsync so that only modified files are uploaded and you can even back up your mp3's because if any other streamload user has uploaded the same file it is instantanious.

So, don't tar and gzip you files first. Just point it at your home directory and use the perl upload program. I have added some very useful features to the Perl upload program. You can get my version at:

http://www.streamload.com/akvadrako

there is also sldown.rb, a streamload downloader (cause it uses it's own protocol for that too)

-- Devin Bayer



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Don't use FTP with streamload
Authored by: ruaric on Aug 22, '05 10:34:38AM

but what happens to the resource forks?



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Don't use FTP with streamload
Authored by: bryanpage on Oct 04, '05 09:44:13AM

Has anyone had any success using the perl program to upload recursive folders with the -r command? When I do it, it doesn't recognize any folders with a space in the name, even if I enclose the directory name with quotes.



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Use Streamload for big backups
Authored by: linker on Aug 24, '05 06:14:14AM

I have problem with my streamload account. I uploaded 70Mb file and, as free user, I can't dowload it... What can I do? Can I send to someone register user to download it? Can someone help me?
Thanks!
(doperdela@yahoo.es)



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