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Swift Kickstart with Rclone (demo)

This document is a recipe showing how to use a swift client called RClone . Swift is in preview mode and should not be used for anything important. The current cluster will be destroyed and data may be removed without notice 1) . Additionally, you will need to have a conversation with Techstaff to setup a project scope before you can follow these instructions.

Obtain Application Credentials

1 Login to Web Application

First, accept the certificate and login to The Dashboard with your CNetID and password.
important: Write csldap in the domain field of the login page.

2 Create Application Credentials

Using the menu on the left, select "Identity → Application Credentials" to access the Application Credentials Interface interface. Click the "+ Create Application Credential" button and fill out the form.
Be sure to download the application credentials after submitting the form

Credentials Advice:

  • Make the expiration date memorable such as your birthdate.
  • Leave Secret blank
  • Give your application admin Role (*not* unrestricted).
  • Read the guide text on the form page

For example

3 Install and Configure rclone

RClone is a swift client used as an example in this guide. Download and install rclone using the Install Guide . For this example, rclone binary was simply untared.

Configuration of rclone should be simplified as below

$ cat ~/.config/rclone/rclone.conf 
type = swift
env_auth = true
auth_version = 3

Save your Application Credentials that you downloaded in the previous step, and include them in your shell's environment before running rclone. In the below example, everything that I would like to save is already in a local directory path /home/chudler/backup_data . The remote location was named techstaff in the above configuration file.

source ~/
./rclone sync /home/chudler/backup_data techstaff:backup_current --backup-dir techstaff:backup_$(date -I)


  • Rcode returns 404 after/during authentication. Change the application environment file OS_AUTH_URL variable, as below.
export OS_AUTH_URL=
/var/lib/dokuwiki/data/attic/cloud/recipe/swift.1574692531.txt.gz · Last modified: 2019/11/25 08:35 by chudler