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ssstar is a Rust library crate as well as a command-line tool to create and extract
tar-compatible archives containing
objects stored in S3 or S3-compatible storage. It works similarly to GNU
tar, and produces archives that are 100%
tar, though it uses different command line arguments.
ssstar provides a cross-platform Rust-powered CLI as well as a Rust library crate that lets you create tar archives
containing objects from S3 and S3-compatible object storage, regardless of size.
ssstar applies concurrency
aggressively, and uses a streaming design which means even multi-TB objects can be processed with minimal memory
utilization. The resulting tar archive can itself be uploaded to object storage, written to a local file, or written
stdout and piped to another command line tool.
ssstar so our customers using the
elastio cloud native backup and recovery CLI could backup and restore S3
buckets directly into and from Elastio vaults, however we made the tool generic enough that it can be used by itself
whenever you need to package one or more S3 objects into a tarball.
On any supported platform (meaning Windows, macOS (both Intel and Apple Silicon) and Linux), if you have a recent Rust
compiler installed you can use
cargo install to get the ssstar CLI:
- Ensure you have at least Rust 1.63.0 installed by following this guide.
cargo install ssstar-cli --lockedto compile
ssstarfrom source and install locally.
See the GitHub Releases for pre-compiled binaries for Windows, mac, and Linux.
Usage (without Elastio)
To create a tar archive, you specify S3 buckets, objects, entire prefixes, or globs, as well as where you want the tar archive to be written:
# Archive an entire bucket and write the tar archive to another bucket ssstar create \ s3://my-source-bucket \ --s3 s3://my-destination-bucket/backup.tar # Archive all objects in the `foo/` prefix (non-recursive) and write the tar archive to a local file ssstar create \ s3://my-source-bucket/foo/ \ --file ./backup.tar # Archive some specific objects identified by name, and write the tar archive to stdout and pipe that to # gzip ssstar create \ s3://my-source-bucket/object1 s3://my-source-bucket/object2 \ --stdout | gzip > backup.tar.gz # Archive all objects matching a glob, and write the tar archive to another bucket ssstar create \ "s3://my-source-bucket/foo/**" \ --s3 s3://my-destination-bucket/backup.tar
You can pass multiple inputs to
ssstar create, using a mix of entire buckets, prefixes, specific objects, and globs.
Just make sure that when you use globs you wrap them in quotes, otherwise your shell may try to evaluate them. For
# Archive a bunch of different inputs, writing the result to a file ssstar create \ s3://my-source-bucket/ \ # <-- include all objects in `my-source-bucket` s3://my-other-bucket/foo/ \ # <-- include all objects in `foo/` (non-recursive) s3://my-other-bucket/bar/boo \ # <-- include the object with key `bar/boo` "s3://yet-another-bucket/logs/2022*/**" \ # <-- recursively include all objects in any prefix `logs/2022*` --file ./backup.tar # <-- this is the path where the tar archive will be written
To extract a tar archive and write the contents directly to S3 objects, you specify where to find the tar archive, optional filters to filter what is extracted, and the S3 bucket and prefix to which to extract the contents.
A simple example:
# Extract a local tar archive to the root of an S3 bucket `my-bucket` ssstar extract --file ./backup.tar s3://my-bucket
Each file in the tar archive will be written to the bucket
my-bucket, with the object key equal to the file path
within the archive. For example if the archive contains a file
foo/bar/baz.txt, that file will be written to
You can provide not just a target bucket but also a prefix as well, e.g.:
# Extract a local tar archive to the prefix `restored/` of an S3 bucket `my-bucket` ssstar extract --file ./backup.tar s3://my-bucket/restored/
In that case, if the tar archive contains a file
foo/bar/baz.txt, it will be written to
s3://my-bucket/restored/foo/bar/baz.txt. NOTE: In S3, prefixes don't necessarily end in
/; if you don't provide
/ character to the S3 URL passed to
ssstar extract, it will not be added for you! Instead you'll get
s3://my-bucket/restoredfoo/bar/baz, which may or may not be what you actually want!
If you don't want to extract the full contents of the archive, you can specify one or more filters. These can be exact
file paths, directory paths ending in
/, or globs. For example:
ssstar extract --file ./backup.tar \ foo/bar/baz.txt \ # <-- extract the file `foo/bar/baz.txt` if it's present in the archive boo/ \ # <-- extract all files in the `boo` directory (recursive) "baz/**/*.txt" \ # <-- extract any `.txt` file anywhere in `baz/`, recursively s3://my-bucket/restored/ # <-- write all matching files to the `restored/` prefix in `my-bucket`
Usage (with Elastio)
To use with Elastio, create archives with the
--stdout option and pipe to
elastio stream backup, and restore them by piping
elastio stream restore to
ssstar extract with the
--stdin option. For example:
# Backup an entire S3 bucket `my-source-bucket` to the default Elastio vault: ssstar create s3://my-source-bucket/ --stdout \ | elastio stream backup --hostname-override my-source-bucket --stream-name my-backup
# Restore a recovery point with ID `$RP_ID` from Elastio to the `my-destination-bucket` bucket: elastio stream restore --rp $RP_ID \ | ssstar extract --stdin s3://my-destination-bucket
For more about using the Elastio CLI, see the Elastio CLI docs
Advanced CLI Options
ssstar create --help and
ssstar extract --help to get the complete CLI usage documentation for archive creation
and extraction, respectively. There are a few command line options that are particularly likely to be of interest:
Using a custom S3 endpoint
ssstar is developed and tested against AWS S3, however it should work with any object storage system that provides an
S3-compatible API. In particular, most of the automated tests our CI system runs actually use Minio
and not the real S3 API. To use
ssstar with an S3-compatible API, use the
--s3-endpoint option. For example, if
you have a Minio server running at
127.0.7.1:30000, using default
minioadmin credentials, you can use it with
ssstar like this:
ssstar --s3-endpoint http://127.0.0.1:30000 \ --aws-access-key-id minioadmin --aws-secret-access-key minio-admin \ ...
--max-concurrent-requests argument controls how many concurrent S3 API operations will be performed in each stage
of the archive creation or extraction process. The default is 10, because that is what the AWS CLI uses. However if
you are running
ssstar on an EC2 instance with multi-gigabit Ethernet connectivity to S3, 10 concurrent requests may
not be enough to saturate the network connection. Experiment with larger values to see if you experience faster
transfer times with more concurrency.
Usage (in a Rust project)
The library crate
ssstar is the engine that powers the
ssstar CLI. When we wrote
ssstar we deliberately kept all of the functionality in a library crate with a thin CLI wrapper on top, because
ssstar is being used internally in Elastio to power our upcoming S3 backup feature. You too can integrate
functionality into your Rust application. Just add
ssstar as a dependency in your
[dependencies] ssstar = "0.7.1"
See the docs.rs documentation for
ssstar for more details and some examples. You can also
look at the
ssstar CLI code
ssstar-cli/main.rs to see how we implemented our CLI in terms of the
ssstar library crate.
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