Backup and Restore

OTOBO has built in scripts for backup and restore. Execute the scripts with the option -h for more information.



To create a new backup, write permission for the destination directory is needed for the user otobo.

otobo> /opt/otobo/scripts/ -h

The output of the script:

Backup an OTOBO system.

Usage: -d /data_backup_dir [-c gzip|bzip2] [-r DAYS] [-t fullbackup|nofullbackup|dbonly] --backup-dir /data_backup_dir [--compress gzip|bzip2] [--remove-old-backups DAYS] [--backup-type fullbackup|nofullbackup|dbonly]

Short options:
 [-h]                   - Display help for this command.
 -d                     - Directory where the backup files should place to.
 [-c]                   - Select the compression method (gzip|bzip2). Default: gzip.
 [-r DAYS]              - Remove backups which are more than DAYS days old.
 [-t]                   - Specify which data will be saved (fullbackup|nofullbackup|dbonly). Default: fullbackup.

Long options:
 [--help]                     - same as -h
 --backup-dir                 - same as -d
 [--compress]                 - same as -c
 [--remove-old-backups DAYS]  - same as -r
 [--backup-type]              - same as -t

Using -t fullbackup saves the database and the whole OTOBO home directory (except /var/tmp and cache directories).
Using -t nofullbackup saves only the database, /Kernel/Config* and /var directories.
With -t dbonly only the database will be saved.

Override the max allowed packet size:
When backing up a MySQL one might run into very large database fields. In this case the backup fails.
For making the backup succeed one can explicitly add the parameter --max-allowed-packet=<SIZE IN BYTES>.
This setting will be passed on to the command mysqldump.

 Config.tar.gz          - Backup of /Kernel/Config* configuration files.
 Application.tar.gz     - Backup of application file system (in case of full backup).
 VarDir.tar.gz          - Backup of /var directory (in case of no full backup).
 DataDir.tar.gz         - Backup of article files.
 DatabaseBackup.sql.gz  - Database dump.



To restore the database make sure that the database otobo exists and contains no tables.

otobo> /opt/otobo/scripts/ -h

The output of the script:

Restore an OTOBO system from backup.

Usage: -b /data_backup/<TIME>/ -d /opt/otobo/

 -b                     - Directory of the backup files.
 -d                     - Target OTOBO home directory.
 [-h]                   - Display help for this command.

Considerations for running OTOBO under Docker

The same scripts can be used with OTOBO running under Docker. However some Docker specific limitation must be considered. Please read to the chapter Backup and Restore using Docker for information about that case.