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Chevron36 07-23-2008 09:43 PM

Looking for a backup utility for Ubuntu
It needs to be able to do differential backups.

I have a good program under windows but there isn't a linux version and backing up 40 gigs of information once a week is annoying when only 30 or so files have actually changed.

Does anyone know of a program that i can use? It MUST have a GUI (like KDAR but not limited to KDE)
If someone can lead me through how to setup KDAR that would be great (the install isnt listed under synaptic)

wernerz 07-23-2008 10:03 PM

You can download the source code for KDAR here:

And download gcc, lib6-dev to compile the source.

Or add universe to you're /etc/apt/sources.lst

deb "release" universe

Replace "release" with you're version of ubuntu. Example: edgy

Then # apt-get update. # apt-get install kdar or use synaptic.

Chevron36 07-23-2008 10:39 PM

Neither method works
I have the universe repository added but it doesn't load KDAR.

I tried making the file but

make kdar-2.1.0
and all variants i could think of failed to compile the program. is there another command to use to build KDAR?

wernerz 07-23-2008 11:04 PM

To compile a program:

1. Unpack the archive with: $ tar -xzf kdar-2.1.0.tar.gz

2. Change to unpacked directory: $ cd kdar-2.1.0

3. $ ./configure

4. $ make

5. $ sudo make install

If this does not work, try bacula:

Chevron36 07-24-2008 02:37 PM

this is the error i got running $ ./config

configure: error: The important program kde-config was not found!

I'm trying bacula since it is a gnome backup utility. I'll post back if it doesn't meet my needs.

arizonagroovejet 07-24-2008 02:50 PM

I have to ask - Why MUST it have a GUI?

rsync will copy only new files or the parts of files that have changed on the source. It doesn't have a a GUI.ut it's simple to use.

$ rsync -v --delete sourcedir backupdir

If the backup volume is capable of storing Linux permissions/ownership then use 'rsync -av'
There's a good guide at

trickykid 07-24-2008 02:54 PM

Bacula is a good candidate and it has a GUI too, but GUI's suck. A good backup program should just run and be automated, only intervene when a backup fails or you need to restore a file. ;)

Chevron36 07-24-2008 02:59 PM

it doesn't have to it was more of i didn't like what i saw and it was easier. rsync appears to be the simplest option for me at the expense of a gui (however looking at what i must do to run it doesn't take much)

rsync [options] source destination

thats all i need to do :) its simple enough I can even make the scipts

bacula doesn't appear to have a gui that i could find. It uses other programs to accomplish that task,

trickykid 07-24-2008 03:01 PM


Originally Posted by Chevron36 (Post 3225257)
bacula doesn't appear to have a gui that i could find. It uses other programs to accomplish that task,

Nope, it has gui available now. Might be separate package but they have their own from the bacula developers instead of the 3rd party developers making them.

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