[Openinfralabs] backing up github

Jeremy Stanley fungi at yuggoth.org
Mon May 10 20:48:23 UTC 2021

On 2021-05-10 20:08:13 +0000 (+0000), Daitzman, Michael S wrote:
> We don’t have an enterprise account with github which led to a a
> realization that we don’t have an explicit “backup” model for
> openinfralabs repositories.
> Historically I think we’ve depended on people having local copies
> in case of “outages”.    I was curious, does the open
> infrastructure foundation have a way to do “backups” of
> repositories?

The Open Infrastructure Foundation doesn't really host any project
infrastructure at all. It helps fund and recommends use of the
OpenDev Collaboratory, which backs up all repositories developed
within its open source code review system (Gerrit) to two separate
external systems in different service providers for added


If projects choose to source their own hosting infrastructure
instead, they generally also work out their own disaster recovery
solutions for those systems. If memory serves, it was decided to put
these repositories within GitHub's proprietary hosting platform
because that was more convenient for contributors from involved
organizations who were already hosting development efforts there.
What backup mechanisms are they using for their own repositories,
and can the OILabs repos simply be added to that?

If the people managing the GitHub organization where development
takes place don't have ready access to a backup mechanism, it may be
worth approaching the foundation about using project funds to cover
the costs of some solution, but it would be a good idea to work up a
details for the proposal. It sounds like this "GitHub Enterprise"
offers the backups you require. Would upgrading the current
organization to that license provide the needed features? (You'll
have to forgive my ignorance, I know next to nothing about GitHub or
its features, as I prefer to focus on open source software and
Jeremy Stanley
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