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How to configure Backuppc to automatically backup Smoothwall firewall

I decided it was time to get all my machines on the same backup solution. I've been using Backuppc for quite awhile for my Windows boxes, but have been slower to move my Linux machines over. I really was challenged when I tried to backup my smoothwall firewall for my home network How difficult could it be. It's on a linux based operating system.

At first I had issues with tar exited with error 65280 () status. All my troubleshooting seemed to point to a permissions error. Ultimately, the process below would have saved me a lot of troubleshooting and on the job learning.

1. Setup SSH public credentials between both machines (see http://backuppc.sourceforge.net/faq/ssh.html OpenSSH section), so the user that BackupPC runs under can get the proper credentials to connect to the Smoothwall server, without physically typing in a password.

2. Modify the client transfer configuration for the non-standard tar location and SSH port on Smoothwall.

Tar Paths/Commands - TarClientPath /usr/bin…