brackup-mount <metafile> <mountpoint>
brackup-mount somebackup-20080203.brackup /mnt
This might be useful if you need to refer to something from a backup but you don't want to do a full restore. You can also, if you like, do something resembling a restore by mounting a backup and copying the contents into your "real" filesystem.
perl -MCPAN -e "install Fuse"
If you're on a Debian-like system then this might be a better idea:
apt-get install libfuse-perl
When a process calls "open" on a file, the file will be effectively "restored" from the backup target into a temporary directory, where it will remain until it is ultimately "close"d. All "read" operations on the file are performed on the temporary file. This means that you can expect the "open" call to be the most expensive call against this filesystem.
If you're paying for data transfer from your target, be aware that the local copy retrieved on "open" is thrown away on "close", so if you plan to be opening and closing the same file repeatedly you might want to force the local copy to be retained for the duration by running something like "tail -f filename" in another terminal.
Since Brackup does not retain information about file ownership, all files in the mounted filesystem will be owned by the user that mounted the filesystem. The permissions from the brackup metafile are returned to "stat" (so you can do "cp -P"), but aren't enforced on "open".