Warning: This document is for an old version of zrepl. The main version is master.


Runtime Directories & UNIX Sockets

zrepl daemon creates various UNIX sockets to allow communicating with it:

  • the ssh+stdinserver Transport transport connects to a socket named after client_identity parameter
  • the control CLI subcommand connects to a defined control socket

There is no further authentication on these sockets. Therefore we have to make sure they can only be created and accessed by zrepl daemon. In fact, zrepl daemon will not bind a socket to a path in a directory that is world-accessible.

The directories can be configured in the main configuration file, the defaults are provided below:

    sockpath: /var/run/zrepl/control
      sockdir: /var/run/zrepl/stdinserver

Durations & Intervals

Interval & duration fields in job definitions, pruning configurations, etc. must match the following regex:

var durationStringRegex *regexp.Regexp = regexp.MustCompile(`^\s*(\d+)\s*(s|m|h|d|w)\s*$`)
// s = second, m = minute, h = hour, d = day, w = week (7 days)

Super-Verbose Job Debugging

You have probably landed here because you opened an issue on GitHub and some developer told you to do this… So just read the annotated comments ;)

- name: ...
  # should be equal for all job types, but each job implements the debugging itself
    conn: # debug the io.ReadWriteCloser connection
      read_dump: /tmp/connlog_read   # dump results of Read() invocations to this file
      write_dump: /tmp/connlog_write # dump results of Write() invocations to this file
    rpc: # debug the RPC protocol implementation
      log: true # log output from rpc layer to the job log


Connection dumps will almost certainly contain your or other’s private data. Do not share it in a bug report.