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Old 05-19-2015, 12:22 AM   #1
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What is the absolutely most simple backup software that will work with Xubuntu 15.04?


I'm on Xubuntu 15.04. I just want a simple backup. Nothing fancy. I suppose the one thing that would be nice would be if it just backed up the changes and not the whole thing every time. And maybe (it's not necessary) (this is two things, I know) if it showed a list of the stuff in the source and destination so that I could compare them. Beyond that I want SIMPLE SIMPLE SIMPLE. Thanks.
 
Old 05-19-2015, 03:24 AM   #2
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What is the absolutely most simple backup software that will work with Xubuntu 15.04?

rsync, as simple as it comes.
 
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Old 05-19-2015, 11:27 AM   #3
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rsync, as simple as it comes.
Thanks. Isn't rsync just command line though? I definitely would need a GUI.
 
Old 05-19-2015, 11:39 AM   #4
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Try deja-dup. It's a foolproof front-end for duplicity. Should be available in Xubuntu repositories.
https://wiki.gnome.org/action/show/A...direct=DejaDup

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Old 05-19-2015, 11:40 AM   #5
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Thanks. Isn't rsync just command line though? I definitely would need a GUI.
grsync - GTK+ frontend for rsync
so,
Code:
sudo apt-get install grsync
or employ your favorite gui software management tool and install it there.


Reference:
http://www.opbyte.it/grsync/
http://askubuntu.com/questions/51496...-command-rsync
 
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Old 05-19-2015, 11:47 AM   #6
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Gregg,

+1 for grsync

Howto:

Click on green cross for new backup.

Give it a title such as:

gregg_backup_19052015

Source drive (drive #1):

/home/gregg

Dest'n drive (drive #2):

/media/seconddrive

Click on gearwheels.
 
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Old 05-19-2015, 04:14 PM   #7
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Try deja-dup. It's a foolproof front-end for duplicity. Should be available in Xubuntu repositories.
https://wiki.gnome.org/action/show/A...direct=DejaDup
Thanks Jean-Luc. It's in the repositories but it's gotten some pretty nasty reviews for being buggy and not backing up all the data. You've had good luck with it?
 
Old 05-19-2015, 04:15 PM   #8
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grsync - GTK+ frontend for rsync
so,
Code:
sudo apt-get install grsync
or employ your favorite gui software management tool and install it there.


Reference:
http://www.opbyte.it/grsync/
http://askubuntu.com/questions/51496...-command-rsync
Thanks. Don't have a favorite gui software management tool but Grsync is in the USC and I'm checking it out.
 
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mralk3, "cp".
 
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Old 05-19-2015, 04:22 PM   #10
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Gregg,

+1 for grsync

Howto:

Click on green cross for new backup.

Give it a title such as:

gregg_backup_19052015

Source drive (drive #1):

/home/gregg

Dest'n drive (drive #2):

/media/seconddrive

Click on gearwheels.
Thanks beachboy2. Sounds easy. Am going to check it out. I'm wondering if it's that different than Luckybackup, which I've been experimenting with, though. I'll check it out though. Thanks for the steps too. That's always so helpful.
 
Old 05-19-2015, 09:08 PM   #11
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rsync.

It's worth learning how to use it.

For a GUI frontend to rsync, backintime got a great review from Sourcetrunk. Dmitri also gave Duplicity a good review. Granted, the reviews were a couple of years ago, but they would still be worth a listen.

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Old 05-19-2015, 11:15 PM   #12
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mralk3, "cp".
Haha.

I almost said that but I was trying to be constructive.
 
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Old 05-20-2015, 12:30 AM   #13
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rsync.

It's worth learning how to use it.

For a GUI frontend to rsync, backintime got a great review from Sourcetrunk. Dmitri also gave Duplicity a good review. Granted, the reviews were a couple of years ago, but they would still be worth a listen.
Thanks Frank. I'm sure rsync is great but I'm just not up for the learning curve. (My needs are so simple. Just backing up some data, documents really.) I've heard and read excellent things about backintime too. I think that will challenge me to the max (and be good). Appreciate the feedback.
 
Old 05-20-2015, 09:10 AM   #14
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Hey Gregg,

I use deja-dup / Duplicity for years. It never failed. I used it with Ubuntu, Debian and Arch. It always worked like a charm. Try it, it's stable.

Last edited by Jean-Luc Besson; 05-20-2015 at 09:11 AM. Reason: typos
 
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Old 05-20-2015, 11:47 AM   #15
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By "backup" I assume that you mean "I have a folder /folder/to/backup/ and want to copy every file in it to /backup/folder/"

In that case, rsync (or grsync) is probably your best option.
Assuming that you're only backing up your own files, the rsync command that you'd want is probably
Code:
rsync -rv /folder/to/backup/ /backup/folder/ --delete
I've never used rsync, but from looking at screenshots you want to make sure that "Delete on destination" is checked. Additionally, make sure that recursion is enabled (if there's a "disable recursion" option, don't check it). You also probably want to check "Preserve times".

Once you find the set of options that works for you, it looks like there's a "sessions" menu that you can add your custom settings to, so you only have to click that instead of checking every option every time.

Hope this helps!
 
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