For the longest time I was running borg on my server to do backups. Then one day
I changed my destination’s name to something different (different domain name).
I know with borg, if the backup destination changes, borg will prompt you on
the next run that the destination is different than before, and to confirm the
change. I ran my borg backup script, confirmed the destination and all was good…
until next run. Suddenly, I found my backup script failing. Wondering why,
> /root/backup.log 2>&1 to the end of the cron job so I could see
Warning: The repository at location ssh://firstname.lastname@example.org/usr/home/backup/borg was previously located at ssh://email@example.com/usr/home/backup/borg Do you want to continue? [yN] Aborting. Repository access aborted
Obviously since this was a cron job, I wasn’t there and the backup aborted. So, I went in and removed the borg data in $HOME/.cache and $HOME/.config. No dice.
Turns out, I should be a better reader, because as I typed this I thought I
came across a hidden "WAT" decision. But if you look at the top of the root
user’s crontab (which is the user that ran my backup script) you will see
HOME=/var/log. Sure enough, my borg data was showing up in
in my backup script I set
HOME=/root so I didn’t mess with any defaults.
Now, I’m not sure why the default is
/var/log, but if there is one thing
I have learned from using OpenBSD is to read carefully and you will
get the answer. These days it becomes so easy for me to skim something
and look for the quick answer, and then miss out on the important
and obvious details. I constantly fall into this trap, but I think over
the last year of me using OpenBSD full time in some respect, I have learned
about some personal setbacks in how I approach technical problems.
If you are like me and are trying to take a shortcut, maybe invest some time too in learning to take it slower and really think critically about what your problem is, and not be so quick to go to a forum or something. Critical thinking and patience are good traits to have.