Assessment of the iteration that has ended

The goal of the previous iteration was:

The goal of this iteration is to allow migration of a backup repository to a new, incompatible version of Obnam or its server.

The following issues were chosen for this iteration:

  • NOT DONE: obnam#46Lacks an export/import function

The goal was not met and is carried over.

Discussion

I’ve started a new full time job, and won’t be able to allocate more than about one full working day a month to Obnam. However, I will continue to work on Obnam, but progress will continue to be slow.

Repository review

Lars reviewed all the open issues, merge requests, and CI pipelines for all the projects in the Obnam group on gitlab.com.

Project issues MRs branches CI
obnam 50 0 0 OK
obnam.org 0 0 0 none
Container Images 0 0 0 OK
obnam-benchmark 12 0 0 none
cachedir 0 0 0 none
summain 0 0 0 none

Goals

Goal for 1.0 (not changed this iteration)

The goal for version 1.0 is for Obnam to be an utterly boring backup solution for Linux command line users. It should just work, be performant, secure, and well-documented.

It is not a goal for version 1.0 to have been ported to other operating systems, but if there are volunteers to do that, and to commit to supporting their port, ports will be welcome.

Other user interfaces is likely to happen only after 1.0.

The server component will support multiple clients in a way that doesn’t let them see each other’s data. It is not a goal for clients to be able to share data, even if the clients trust each other.

Goal for the next few iterations (not changed for this iteration)

The goal for next few iterations is to have Obnam be easier and safer to change, both for developers and end users. This means that developers need to be able to make breaking changes without users having to suffer. User shall be able to migrate their data, when they feel it worthwhile, not just because there is a new version.

Goal for this iteration (new for this iteration)

The goal of this iteration is to allow migration of a backup repository to a new, incompatible version of Obnam or its server.

Commitments for this iteration

Lars intends to work on the following issues:

  • obnam#46Lacks an export/import function
    • at minimum, Obnam should be able to export/import the list of backup generations, if not their contents, after this iteration
    • estimate: 8h

Meeting participants

  • Lars Wirzenius