Retrospect on FreeBSD (Backup Software)


Updated August 2018

Tested on FreeBSD 9.x through FreeBSD 11.2, with Retrospect 7.7 through Retrospect 15.1 x64

Note 2: Retrospect cannot seem to create a password (stored in /var/log/retroclient.state) with the CentOS libraries on FreeBSD.
During initial installation or when attempting to set a password ("retroclient -setpass"), it would result in this being repeated over and over:

That password is invalid, password length must be at least 4
That password is invalid, password length must be at least 4
That password is invalid, password length must be at least 4
That password is invalid, password length must be at least 4

Or you simply get this message when trying "setpass" and then nothing happens:

Overriding existing password.

This worked for us in the past with the 32-bit Fedora Linux libraries (no longer part of FreeBSD).

There are two current work-arounds:

* Create a blank retroclient.state file ("touch /var/log/retroclient.state") and set the password on first connection with the Retrospect server.

Or

* Create a retrclient.state file on an actual Linux system, then copy it over to the FreeBSD system.