Retrospect on FreeBSD (Backup Software)


Updated May 2018

Tested on FreeBSD 9.x through FreeBSD 10.3, with Retrospect 7.7 through Retrospect 15.0 x64

Note 1: As of May 23rd, 2018, Retrospect 15.1 (15.1.0.101) does NOT work for us on any of our FreeBSD or Ubuntu Linux systems. We are currently using 15.0 (15.0.0.103) while waiting for a fix.

Note 2: Retrospect cannot seem to create a password (stored in /var/log/retroclient.state) with the CentOS libraries on FreeBSD.
Attempting to set a password ("retroclient -setpass") results 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

Or you simply get this message and then nothing happens:

Overriding existing password.

We were able to use "setpass" with the 32-bit Fedora Linux libraries in the past. The current work-around we use is to create a retrclient.state file on an actual Linux system, then copy it over to the FreeBSD system.