Originally Posted by r0b0
tools for backup these days than the dump command. Look up rsync, rdiff-backup, etc.
I'm still a fan of dump. Without denying the features of other tools there are things it still does best. It copies your filesystem rather than working its way down directory trees and opening every file like the other tools. This means it accurately copies sparse files, it doesn't alter atimes and the index of files is near the start of the dump data so you can consult that without downloading the whole data blob from your cloud storage.