barrybackup - Barry Project’s backup program for the BlackBerry
barrybackup is a GUI application for backing up and restoring
Blackberry handheld databases.
The application allows for filtering of databases for both backup and
restore, so not all databases need to be backed up at once, nor all
Backups and configuration files are stored by default in the user’s
home directory, under ~/.barry/backup/PIN. This destination can be
changed in the config dialogs, per device.
The backup files are compressed tarballs containing specially named
files for each record of the databases.
-d --debug-output Enables low level protocol debug output written
Specify which X display to use.
-? --help Show summary of options.
Show summary of options.
Backups are stored in tar format, compressed with gzip. Backup files
are named with the following pattern:
The tag name is optional and is used to name a particular backup.
Each record is appended to the tar file using the following pattern for
That is, the database name is used as the directory name, and the
filename contains the record ID and record type ID separated by a
Database names can contain spaces.
Record IDs are generally unique, but not all Blackberry devices mandate
this, so it is possible, but rare, to have two records in the tar file
with the same filename. This is ok. The only problem you’d see is if
you expanded such a tar file to a filesystem. The restore process just
reads in the filename sequentially and writes them to the device, so
duplicate record IDs are not a problem.
barrybackup is part of the Barry project. This manual page was written
by Chris Frey.
July 28, 2009