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View Poll Results: Backup Application of the Year
rsync 127 37.35%
tar 37 10.88%
Clonezilla 29 8.53%
AMANDA 51 15.00%
Bacula 11 3.24%
BackupPC 13 3.82%
dump 1 0.29%
DAR 0 0%
Time Vault 2 0.59%
Duplicity 7 2.06%
cpio 3 0.88%
rsnapshot 12 3.53%
rdiff-backup 5 1.47%
Areca-Backup 3 0.88%
partimage 4 1.18%
G4L 0 0%
FSArchiver 4 1.18%
Back In Time 10 2.94%
luckyBackup 21 6.18%
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Old 12-21-2011, 04:39 PM   #1
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Backup Application of the Year


What's your preferred tool for backups?

--jeremy
 
Old 12-28-2011, 05:56 PM   #2
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#! /bin/sh

# an simple example of backing up to a usb thumb drive using tar
# this could easily be altered to upload to a server

backup="backup_"`date +'%Y%m%d'`
mkdir /tmp/$backup
cp -r ~/* /tmp/$backup
tar cf /tmp/${backup}.tar /tmp/$backup
mount /mnt/usb
cp /tmp/${backup}.tar /mnt/usb/
umount /mnt/usb
 
Old 12-28-2011, 06:46 PM   #3
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Lot of possibilities in the poll. I use a few of then.

rsync
tar
Clonezilla
cpio
rsnapshot
partimage
FSArchiver

Another I am trying out is Redo Backup and Recovery. Very easy to use.

My preferred tool is rsnapshot, it is the main component of my automated backup plan.
 
Old 12-29-2011, 05:02 AM   #4
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rsync (+tar)
 
Old 12-29-2011, 03:24 PM   #5
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Originally Posted by JMJ_coder View Post
#! /bin/sh
cp -r ~/* /tmp/$backup
boy... you lost all your config files and directories starting with a dot :-(
 
Old 12-30-2011, 02:57 AM   #6
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fsarchiver
partimage
clonezilla
 
Old 12-30-2011, 09:37 AM   #7
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rsync

rsnapshot for a wrapper application with CRON. But rsync for manual backups.
 
Old 12-30-2011, 12:54 PM   #8
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How about adding luckybackup.
 
Old 12-30-2011, 12:56 PM   #9
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luckyBackup has been added.

--jeremy
 
Old 12-31-2011, 07:57 AM   #10
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tar ! I use it a lot !
 
Old 12-31-2011, 08:18 AM   #11
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Hi,

Definitely Bacula in my book. Takes a bit of time and adapting setting it up the first time but once it's working doesn't fail.

Kind regards,

Eric
 
Old 12-31-2011, 03:27 PM   #12
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rsync (+tar)
Same here - my external backups get done with rsync, but I still like to do nightly tar files for stuff that changes often between rsync'ing
 
Old 12-31-2011, 07:16 PM   #13
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boy... you lost all your config files and directories starting with a dot :-(
You're absolutely correct that it will not copy any dotfiles or 'hidden' directories. But,
  1. this was a quick and dirty example script - I actually do mine manually (-1 to me for not automating it)
  2. I don't backup anything in . directories because I just don't care about them (who cares about what's in .dbus and I can reset my firefox preferences easily)
  3. all the dotfiles are not my master copies but merely a local copy of the actual stored and backedup version. Actually, come to think about it I've been thinking about whether or not my config files should be version controlled...but that's another issue.
 
Old 01-01-2012, 07:07 AM   #14
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rsync with tar can't be beat
but I also use back-in-time quite a bit
 
Old 01-01-2012, 03:57 PM   #15
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To me, clonezilla g4l partimage and the like are in a different category from rsync and tar and so on - disk / partition backup vs file backup. I use rsync and clonezilla the most.
 
  


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