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Geert86 01-15-2010 11:02 AM

Backup software that can backup symbolic links

I have a debian machine, running an apache server, and I want to backup the files to my Windows machine. I used to use a windows backup (SyncBack), having my http folder accesable through a samba server. But since I started using symbolic links to directories, it went in an infinite loop... Anybody knows how to solve this problem?

Best regards,


nuwen52 01-15-2010 11:13 AM

I have no experience with SyncBack.

But, you could create a share on the windows machine and have the linux machine mount it (using smbmount). Then, use "tar" to backup the files. Tar will store the links and not the files that they point to. There are probably other programs built for doing remote backups that know how to do this (perhaps Amanda or rsync).

choogendyk 01-20-2010 07:10 PM

Amanda will do it because it uses gnu tar which will do it. Amanda handles the planning and integration and will call gnu tar to do the actual backup. It can also be configured to use other tools. I use Amanda on Solaris with ufsdump and fssnap snapshots.

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