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Old 03-15-2017, 01:22 PM   #1
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Installing BackupPC


I'm new to using Linux. I think I have successfully used Synaptic Package Manager install the program? But, I do not understand what to do to start/activate it. I have never used a terminal command, if it is needed.

Sorry. BackupPC is what I am interested in using. Is there something easier to install and use for doing automatic Backup with a recovery feature?

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Old 03-15-2017, 02:32 PM   #2
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Depends on the program. If it is a regular GUI program, it usually will show in the menu somewhere, & if not there may be an 'Update Menus' item there.

Failing that, try running this in a terminal.

Code:
update-menus
 
Old 03-15-2017, 03:32 PM   #3
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Not sure I get the question.

Do you mean you want to use command line to install a program?
 
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installed it is.
but which program?
 
Old 03-15-2017, 04:21 PM   #5
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Sorry for the important omission. I am interested in using BackupPC. Is there something easier to install and use to do automatic backups with a restore feature? Thanks, Fred
 
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There might be 50 common ways to do backups. They range from complete images of drives to partial of some sort. Not sure anyone could say what is for you.

When you open the Ubuntu software center (or synaptic) you already get a few choices.
Here is a sample list. I think that dejadupe is now the backup ???
https://help.ubuntu.com/community/BackupYourSystem

As you can see backupPC is a command line that they suggest you use from a task manager sort of program called cron.

If you really want backupPC then this. https://help.ubuntu.com/community/BackupPC

A simple home system a user may only wish to keep copy of program list and their /home files. Burning to cd or usb or cloud device may work.

As the system gets more complex then the needs of the backup change. Time, speed, baremetal and such.

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Old 03-15-2017, 08:26 PM   #7
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If it's the program specifically named "BackupPC," the docs are here.

I normally recommend BackinTime. I use an rsync script myself, but rsync does have a learning curve. See man rsync for more.
 
Old 03-16-2017, 10:47 AM   #8
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BackInTime

It sounds like it is what I want to use. I hope just backing up my folders like Documentation, Pictures, Music, Videos, Desktop, etc. in "Fred's Home" folder will be enough. Any need to back up the system? I don't know if I need to have root access and if so how to do it? I am running a simple home computer with WiFi and Internet access. I mainly use it for Emails (address books), Internet (favorites) and pictures. I can't see me ever doing games. I think I read it also has a recover/restore feature? I want to use its scheduled automatic update feature to an external backup hard drive.
Being a novice, I hope I do not have to ask for help with the install and setup.
Thank you, Fred
 
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Your backup plan is just that. It's your choice.

The common ways are
:A full complete backup of golden system to start
:Backup of some or all of that drive from time to time
:Backup of parts or "partitions". Where you store data in a discrete partition.
:Backup of only /home
:Backup of various folders

All of these can be complete as in dd or tar and such or via unison or rsync or using .ctime or other means to identify files.

There is no one backup fits all. There is only one rule. Any backup is better than none.

If you have known good sources such as a cd/dvd or file then you can at least restore the OS part at some time.
 
Old 03-24-2017, 12:18 PM   #10
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I have two Linux computers. An old desktop with Mint 17 and a laptop with Mint 18. I use the Mint 17 desk top to experiment with while learning to use Linux.
Someday I will no longer be a Windows user, soon I hope. One more BackinTime question. I'd like to use an external backup hard drive, but do I need one that works with Linux Mint 18? Any brand suggestions?
Thanks, Fred
 
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I'd like to use an external backup hard drive, but do I need one that works with Linux Mint 18? Any brand suggestions?
i don't think the brand matters.
i have not ever come across a drive that wouldn't work with linux.
you should, however, format it to some linux-native filesystem (most likely ext4). but that goes for every hard drive out there!
 
  


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