This is the list of Frequently Asked Questions for restic.
restic check reports packs that aren’t referenced in any index, is my repository broken?¶
restic check reports that there are pack files in the
repository that are not referenced in any index, that’s (in contrast to
what restic reports at the moment) not a source for concern. The output
looks like this:
$ restic check Create exclusive lock for repository Load indexes Check all packs pack 819a9a52e4f51230afa89aefbf90df37fb70996337ae57e6f7a822959206a85e: not referenced in any index pack de299e69fb075354a3775b6b045d152387201f1cdc229c31d1caa34c3b340141: not referenced in any index Check snapshots, trees and blobs Fatal: repository contains errors
The message means that there is more data stored in the repo than
strictly necessary. With high probability this is duplicate data. In
order to clean it up, the command
restic prune can be used. The
cause of this bug is not yet known.
How can I specify encryption passwords automatically?¶
When you run
restic backup, you need to enter the passphrase on
the console. This is not very convenient for automated backups, so you
can also provide the password through the
RESTIC_PASSWORD environment. A discussion is in progress over
implementing unattended backups happens in #533.
Be careful how you set the environment; using the env command, a system() call or using inline shell scripts (e.g. RESTIC_PASSWORD=password borg ...) might expose the credentials in the process list directly and they will be readable to all users on a system. Using export in a shell script file should be safe, however, as the environment of a process is accessible only to that user. Please make sure that the permissions on the files where the password is eventually stored are safe (e.g. 0600 and owned by root).