Problems with backup system

dxer

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I just switched from legacy to this new backups and faced many problems. Backups were not done, neither when I selected this all users for this new backup system. Forced backup did the trick but again, backup is not processing as set by specific days in backup configuration via WHM.
I tried to change cron hours but it seems that cron setting via WHM is not affecting this new backup system.
So my question is how can I controll cron times for this new backup as now it seems my backup is not running at all unless I force it to run?
I have latest stable cPanel/WHM
 

cPanelMichael

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Hello :)

The "/usr/local/cpanel/bin/backup" cron job is currently not available in the "Cron Config" plugin page. There are plans to add this in a future build of cPanel, but there is no specific ETA on that at the moment. In the meantime, the workaround is to edit this cron job manually from the command line using the "crontab -e" command.

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cPanelMichael

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I use Backup Configuration and not legacy on ours, set the cron to run at 2am which works great on all of them. except on keeps doing them at 5pm and not sure why.
Please post the output of the following command:

Code:
crontab -l|grep backup
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cPanelMichael

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I don't see why it would start generating at 5PM if your cron job states it should start at 2AM. Are you sure your system time lines up with the local time you are using?

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Hello,

The new backup system cron can not yet be modified with the WHM Cron Job setup. It can only be modified from the command line. This is in the works of getting added however.
 

cPanelMichael

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View attachment 19021

0 2 * * * /usr/local/cpanel/bin/backup
0 23 * * * /usr/local/cpanel/scripts/cpbackup


That's not showing what i am seeing ? mine says 21 hours
What's the top part of the interface that has been cut off in the image? It should list the service. Note that the new backup system is not included in the "Cron Config" plugin page until cPanel version 11.42.

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cPanelMichael

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Its just the normal text from whm i made it smaller to put on here.

But why do my other cpanel servers run at the time i set ?

Can you tell how i can set it then please
For instance, you should not be seeing two backup cron job options under "Cron Config" in WHM. You stated one backup cron job was set at "21" hours, however you did not post the full screen shot of the cron job service name for that setting. Could you post that so we can take a closer look?

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cPanelMichael

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The cron job you have configured for to run on the 21st hour is for "upcp", which is the cPanel update process, not for a cPanel backup process. If you want to edit the cron job for the new backup system, you must do so via the command line:

crontab -e

The cron job to edit is:

/usr/local/cpanel/bin/backup

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dxer

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One more thing . Beside local backup i have set remote FTP backup but this failed with reason:

Reason: Transport surpassed error threshhold with “4†errors

I am not sure what is this and why this FTP backup failed.
 

cPanelMichael

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One more thing . Beside local backup i have set remote FTP backup but this failed with reason:

Reason: Transport surpassed error threshhold with errors

I am not sure what is this and why this FTP backup failed.
Check the output of the following log file for any specific failure reasons:

/usr/local/cpanel/logs/cpbackup_transporter.log

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dxer

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Ok, I found problem. The thing is that for some reason this new backup system is creating folders names as dates when backup is performed. This way backup is actually not overwritten but it is creating new folder with new date , and I didn't have disk space on remote server so backup is aborted and rempote backup is disabled.

Now I need to know how to set this new backup to perform backup in just one folder/directory with the same name as I don't need backup to leave previous backups. I need new backup to overwrite previous one on local disk and remote FTP location too. I have set to retain 1 backups daily and 1 monthly but it is clearly retaining more backups as for every backup session it is creating new folder/directory (named as date when performed).
 

cPanelMichael

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Additional backups should not be stored if you have backup retention configured to "1". Could you open a support ticket using the link in my signature so we can reproduce this issue? You can post the ticket number here so we can update this thread with the outcome.

Thank you.