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jeremy 12-21-2011 05:39 PM

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


JMJ_coder 12-28-2011 06:56 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 07:46 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 06:02 AM

rsync (+tar)

baby 12-29-2011 04:24 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 03:57 AM


lpallard 12-30-2011 10:37 AM


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

anticapitalista 12-30-2011 01:54 PM

How about adding luckybackup.

jeremy 12-30-2011 01:56 PM

luckyBackup has been added.


raju.mopidevi 12-31-2011 08:57 AM

tar ! I use it a lot !

EricTRA 12-31-2011 09:18 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 04:27 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 08:16 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 08:07 AM

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

SecretCode 01-01-2012 04:57 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.

wolsonjr 01-03-2012 10:11 AM

Mixed bag of tar, rsync, mysqldump

SkyEye 01-03-2012 02:35 PM

rsnapshot is pretty cool, and it utilizes the power of rsync.

cnutiu 01-03-2012 02:37 PM

rsync for sure
there's nothing as good as rsync

jeremy 01-03-2012 02:37 PM

For those of you interested in more information on rsnapshot, I covered it in my Linux Magazine article back in 2007:


JohnV2 01-03-2012 09:07 PM

I only use tar, so I vote for it. But I know that AMANDA and BACULA are very good.

metalaarif 01-04-2012 06:55 AM

tar rocks

tallship 01-04-2012 05:51 PM

tar... no rsync... no Bacula, um... I'm so confused!!!!
Gee, This is one of those dificult ones - kinda like the network monitoring one, because I actually mix and match and use more than one in a single place at any given time.

Basically, tar and rsync MUST be listed (and are right up there on top in the poll too LOL), while I also use others in the list regularly too, such as Clonezilla, Bacula (for enterprise disaster recovery to augment tar and rsync implementations that are ALWAYS incorporated), and luckybackup is really good too for many applications.

Years ago Bru was in the list LOL.

Does anyone still use Amanda?

Anyway, if I had to pick only three, they would be *tar*, *rsync*, and *Bacula*.....

But we can only pick one in the list above.... tar or Bacula.... tar or Bacula.... Okay then. tar is the original, and I think we all pretty much rely on it regardless, along w/rsync, so the one I picked from the list above was......

Bacula :)

I hope that helps!

Kindest regards,


adiab 01-05-2012 12:53 PM

lftp for me :)

lewnidas_ 01-06-2012 08:11 AM

From me luckyBackup....!!!! :D

bmts 01-06-2012 10:36 AM


Originally Posted by anticapitalista (Post 4561934)
How about adding luckybackup.

+1 :)

rizitis 01-06-2012 01:39 PM

rsync with tar or luckybackup for me.

alexandros_ 01-07-2012 08:34 AM

+1 Luckybackup

Kon14 01-08-2012 05:33 AM

Luckybackup for me

DeepDayze 01-08-2012 05:17 PM

Clonezilla for imaging Windows and Linux systems and Luckybackup for regular system backups

c3250nik 01-09-2012 01:15 PM

Luckybackup for me

Mormolis 01-10-2012 10:11 AM

clonezilla and luckybackup :)

alesbobek 01-11-2012 09:03 AM

mysql-zrm & rdiff
I`m happy user of mysql-zrm & rdiff for years.

bdashrad 01-11-2012 07:07 PM

I use clonezilla occasionally for backups, but the majority of the time i'm using it for imaging systems. I never really think of it as a "backup" tool per say. tar, dump and rsync are givens for me, and I use AMANDA as well.

xev 01-19-2012 08:25 AM

Rsync for now.

choogendyk 01-22-2012 07:23 PM


Originally Posted by tallship (Post 4566225)
Does anyone still use Amanda?

Of Course. Large user base. Very active developer group. Lots of interesting developments in the last year or so. Just check in to the Amanda Users list or the Amanda Hackers list.

jebe88 01-23-2012 03:39 AM


Originally Posted by choogendyk (Post 4581633)
Of Course. Large user base. Very active developer group. Lots of interesting developments in the last year or so. Just check in to the Amanda Users list or the Amanda Hackers list.

Yes, support via users list is very fast and friendly. Also amanda itself does a great job, especially if you have several systems to back up. Setting it up for the first time takes a little time but once you're done, it works flawlessly.

nze 02-01-2012 05:35 PM

Duplicity is pretty awesome; while rsync does incremental, and tar lets you encrypt your backups, the combination really work with off-site backups. Duplicity allows to do incremental + encrypted + off-site, with low bandwith requirements (after one initial sync). Also, good granularity and fairly straightforward setup. Together with cron it's the perfect solution for my server and my workstations.

geox 02-02-2012 08:27 AM

Duplicity and rdiff-backup!
I also use backup4l but that is somewhat old.
rsync and tar are not backup applications. They are tools. In my book that is something completely different. Although I do use and like them (a lot!). I also use cp a lot. Just moving data around is not a backup. See the second post; very clever and short script. So short in fact he forgets to backup his entire personal config and settings set.

patelanuj28 02-02-2012 02:49 PM

I would love to use amanda as a best backup application.

timberspine 02-02-2012 02:51 PM

amanda all the way!

kyung 02-02-2012 04:03 PM

I prefer Thunderbird on Ubuntu

kyung 02-02-2012 04:06 PM

I prefer to use AMANDA

klearview 02-02-2012 04:16 PM

If I were to go by the volume - vzdump is a clear winner for me.

lister171254 02-02-2012 05:00 PM

Amanada meets all my backup needs

browny_amiga 02-02-2012 05:13 PM

I love Amanda Enterprise with the GUI (Zmanda), it makes configuring backups a lot easier. For me it is better than the free edition, if I run into a problem, I can give these guys a ring and they solve it for me.

vaibhav2me 02-03-2012 01:03 AM

Amanda is best solution for backup and Amanada enterprise makes the Backup Restore monitoring and reporting very easy.

baby 02-03-2012 08:05 AM


Originally Posted by kyung (Post 4592068)
I prefer Thunderbird on Ubuntu

gee :)

Do you send all of your files via mail and administer backups with thunderbird? :-P

savotije 02-05-2012 08:50 AM

I use tar :)

luckyb 02-07-2012 01:45 PM

I use luckybackup
That's why I made it after all !!

tallship 02-07-2012 03:29 PM


Originally Posted by kyung (Post 4592068)
I prefer Thunderbird on Ubuntu


I hear that Internet Exploder is a great backup solution for ewbuntu too!

Man, there's always something that gets me rolling on the floor laughing, but this one takes the cake for todays obligatory giggle.

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