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jeremy 12-21-2011 04:39 PM

Backup Application of the Year
What's your preferred tool for backups?


JMJ_coder 12-28-2011 05:56 PM

#! /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

chrisretusn 12-28-2011 06:46 PM

Lot of possibilities in the poll. I use a few of then.


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.

sycamorex 12-29-2011 05:02 AM

rsync (+tar)

baby 12-29-2011 03:24 PM


Originally Posted by JMJ_coder (Post 4560450)
#! /bin/sh
cp -r ~/* /tmp/$backup

boy... you lost all your config files and directories starting with a dot :-(

FredGSanford 12-30-2011 02:57 AM


lpallard 12-30-2011 09:37 AM


rsnapshot for a wrapper application with CRON. But rsync for manual backups.

anticapitalista 12-30-2011 12:54 PM

How about adding luckybackup.

jeremy 12-30-2011 12:56 PM

luckyBackup has been added.


raju.mopidevi 12-31-2011 07:57 AM

tar ! I use it a lot !

EricTRA 12-31-2011 08:18 AM


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,


gilead 12-31-2011 03:27 PM


Originally Posted by sycamorex (Post 4560757)
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

JMJ_coder 12-31-2011 07:16 PM


Originally Posted by baby (Post 4561237)
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.

tjcarol 01-01-2012 07:07 AM

rsync with tar can't be beat
but I also use back-in-time quite a bit

SecretCode 01-01-2012 03:57 PM

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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