A Note to the Nerds

If you use bacula for backing up your Linux boxes like I do, you might hit the same problem I did. This is just to record what I found for search engines to find, ‘cos it ain’t obvious and I haven’t seen it noted anywhere else.

In the Messages resource, the “Mail” record must be after the “MailCommand” one, otherwise the director will act as if it didn’t find your lovingly-crafted MailCommand. I was getting lots of emails with the subject of just “Bacula Message” when I could have sworn it should include some more details, like maybe whether the damned thing succeeded or failed. I haven’t found any other configuration resource that has this kind of order dependency.

(Despite this little hitch, I do highly recommend bacula. By the way, this little nugget is true at least in version 1.38, which is what you get in debian etch.)

3 Responses to “A Note to the Nerds”

  1. Yvan Says:

    FYI I submitted this as a bug: http://bugs.bacula.org/view.php?id=1284

  2. Dan Langille Says:

    Did you tell the Bacula project? If so, can you point me to the URL in the mailing list archives please?

    FYI: http://bugs.bacula.org/view.php?id=1284

  3. Yvan Says:

    Update: The developers have looked into the issue and classified it as an undocumented feature. The order is important because multiple MailCommands can be associated with multiple mail directives (see the link).

    This is in need of documentation.