Installing and Configuring Greyhole


To install it in Ubuntu:

sudo sh -c 'echo "deb http://www.greyhole.net/releases/deb stable main" > /etc/apt/sources.list.d/greyhole.list'
curl -s http://www.greyhole.net/releases/deb/greyhole-debsig.asc | sudo apt-key add -
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install greyhole

Then my configuration, following the USAGE document.
I modified my /etc/samba/smd.conf adding the following to the [global]:

unix extensions = no
wide links = yes

And I added the following to the rest of it:

[ComputerBackups]
path = /mnt/wd20tb/shares/computerbackups
create mask = 0660
directory mask = 0770
read only = no
available = yes
browseable = yes
writable = yes
guest ok = no
printable = no
dfree command = /usr/bin/greyhole-dfree
vfs objects = greyhole

[Documents]
path = /mnt/wd20tb/shares/documents
create mask = 0660
directory mask = 0770
read only = no
available = yes
browseable = yes
writable = yes
guest ok = no
printable = no
dfree command = /usr/bin/greyhole-dfree
vfs objects = greyhole

.... and similar text for each share

I added the mysql database using the following:

mysql -u root -p -e "create database greyhole; grant all on greyhole.* to [email protected] identified by '89y63jdwe';"
mysql -u greyhole_user -p89y63jdwe greyhole < /usr/share/greyhole/schema-mysql.sql

Then I went into /etc/greyhole.conf and set up my hard drives to be pooled.
I used /mnt/xxx/gh as the greyhole directory on each drive. I then copied a small temporary file to each share from another computer to make sure the replication was working, and to make the share directories under /gh/ for each drive. Once that was working, I moved my files from the other directories into the gh/shares directories as recommended on https://github.com/gboudreau/Greyhole/wiki/ReuseDataDrives in order to migrate from my previous setup. Once the files were in the greyhole directories, I ran the command recommended by that page, but without specifying a drive:

sudo greyhole --fsck --find-orphaned-files

My files were then visible from the shares and duplication began. The final step was to mount the shares locally using samba, since the greyhole shares or gh directories should not be directly accessed. https://github.com/gboudreau/Greyhole/wiki/MountSharesLocally has the information to do that using a script that runs at startup. I had to install the cifs-utils package for it to work. I also created a link for insserv in order to run the rest without errors:

sudo ln -s /usr/lib/insserv/insserv /sbin/insserv
sudo chmod +x /etc/init.d/mount_shares_locally
sudo update-rc.d mount_shares_locally defaults
sudo chkconfig --add mount_shares_locally

I made some modifications to the file, and also made a copy of it that mounts the shares as guest, giving only read access. This will allow MythTV to access the shares without the chance of my kids deleting anything on accident or on purpose.

 

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