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You can now vote for your favorite projects/products of 2021. This is your chance to be heard! Voting ends on February 15th.


View Poll Results: Backup Application of the Year
AMANDA 1 1.02%
Back In Time 7 7.14%
Backup Manager 0 0%
BackupPC 0 0%
Bacula 5 5.10%
Bareos 0 0%
BorgBackup 6 6.12%
Burp 0 0%
Clonezilla 12 12.24%
Deja Dup 6 6.12%
dump 2 2.04%
Duplicati 1 1.02%
Duplicity 3 3.06%
FSArchiver 2 2.04%
git-annex 1 1.02%
luckyBackup 10 10.20%
rdiff-backup 2 2.04%
Redo Backup and Recovery 0 0%
rsnapshot 9 9.18%
tarsnap 4 4.08%
Timeshift 27 27.55%
ZBackup 0 0%
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Old 01-08-2022, 12:08 PM   #16
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Originally Posted by rogerxx View Post
None of these.

I use tar and rsync.

Both rsync and tar are missing, and/or should be categorized together, as both tar and rsync are usually used in tandem as a backup strategy, and to further avoid needlessly splitting votes.

This is forcing us to vote for bloated GUI stuff for beginner computer users!
Oh dear; aren't we opinionated? Mind you, with more and more of us having large quantities of RAM, powerful processors and lashings of storage, "GUI stuff" is no longer the issue it used to be.

(I don't use any of those, either. In Puppy Linux all we need is copy & paste..! )

I used to be "keen as mustard" on all that command-line crap several years ago, but as you age, your eye-sight deteriorates, and your concentration ain't what it once was, it rapidly loses its appeal. Give me a nice, comfy GUI any day!

(If I can't find one I like, I'm inclined to build my own..!)

If what you use ain't listed, there's nothing stopping you from listing what you do use (as you and a few others have). You don't have to vote. It's not compulsory, y'know!


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Old 01-18-2022, 01:48 AM   #17
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I simply use RAR and RClone. I only recoqnise a few of the mentioned products.

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Old 01-18-2022, 01:57 AM   #18
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I have voted Clonezilla but I use rsync everyday for files, and dd for disks/partitions
Old 01-18-2022, 06:54 AM   #19
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The title of voting is "Backup Application of the Year", but 'jeremy' has added

Originally Posted by jeremy View Post
What's your preferred tool for backups?
Note: rsync and tar were removed in a previous year.
... so we should vote, which is in our opinion the best application from the list, or which is our preferred (because we use it)? What is the goal of this voting, what jeremy wants to measure?

My preferred is still tar+rsync. I'm not an administrator, I don't need advanced tools, simple script is good enough, even if using these commands is not most efficient.

Like 'Evo2' has stated:
Originally Posted by evo2 View Post
Also consider that in principle you could, for example, use the bash builtin "cp"
command to perform backups, ...
.... and maybe it could be your favorite tool to do this.

So, I'm voting to restore on the list rsync/tar/cp or add something like "any other tool/command not listed above".

Old 01-18-2022, 07:11 AM   #20
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I use a bash script and tar.
Old 01-18-2022, 10:20 AM   #21
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Old 01-18-2022, 01:26 PM   #22
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Still use, and love, TeraByte Image for Linux.
Old 01-19-2022, 02:47 AM   #23
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This list will be incomplete without dar
Old 02-02-2022, 01:01 AM   #25
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rsync (for users, Grysnc.)
Old 02-03-2022, 10:55 PM   #26
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I'm using kbackup, because it came with the distro. It does the job that I need it to do. Not listed though, doubtless for some good reason.
Old 02-04-2022, 01:53 PM   #27
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^ Haven't seen that particular Pink Floyd quote for a while! Syd Barrett forever!

Anyhow, maybe kbackup is a frontend to one of those listed?
Old 02-10-2022, 04:38 PM   #28
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I still use Arkeia.
Old 02-16-2022, 03:03 AM   #29
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I'm surprised that Dj Dup got so few votes.
Old 02-17-2022, 05:03 PM   #30
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I use the following rsyn command in a script using an external LUKS drive:

# Backup the encrypted files.
Command="sudo rsync"
# --archive = -rlptgoD (no -H, -A, -X) Some of these options, such as -o, only work for a super user (sudo above).
# The archive option is the backup, and verbose gives a fuller report.
Command+=" --archive --verbose"
# ### Should I add the --checksum flag to force comparing contents? This would slow things down a lot! ###
# ### Command+=" --checksum"
# The list of folders to exclude, in alphabetical order. These are things with a lot of change that would never be restored. They would be reinstalled and recreated.
Command+=" --exclude=.cache"
Command+=" --exclude=.config/BraveSoftware"
Command+=" --exclude=.config/chromium"
Command+=" --exclude=.config/google-chrome"
Command+=" --exclude=.config/libreoffice"
Command+=" --exclude=.dropbox"
Command+=" --exclude=.dropbox-dist"
Command+=" --exclude=.ecryptfs"
Command+=" --exclude=.macromedia/Flash_Player"
Command+=" --exclude=.mozilla/firefox"
Command+=" --exclude=.recoll"
Command+=" --exclude=.shotwell/thumbs"
Command+=" --exclude=.thumbnails"
# Delete the excluded folders. This only applies when a new folder is added to the excluded list.
Command+=" --delete --delete-excluded"
# ### Use the --list-only option to check for changes? This lists every file, not just those with changes. ###
# ### Command+=" --list-only"
Command+=" /home/ ${MountPath}/${ExternalFolder}"
echo $Command
$Command >> $LogPath

I can backup my terabyte of data (changes only) in under 10 minutes. I have tried other tools and they took much longer!


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