Backing up is the process of making copies (a backup) of data which may be used to restore the original after a data loss event.

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Which config files in /etc folder must be unique for each computer?

I am doing a restoration test of backup files on a computer. Without putting much thought into it, I did an rsync to replace all files in /etc folder with the ones in the backup. Then, I realize I ...
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How should I restore /var/cache?

I just restored my Raspberry Pi server from an rsync image. During the backup, I had excluded /var/cache/*, thinking that this would restore an empty directory. This worked, but when I rebooted, a ...
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Rsync - Corrupted MAC on input

Background I have a script on my NAS which is a Synology DS212J which is running on a special distro where uname -a gives me Linux DS212J 2.6.32.12 #4493 Wed Jul 16 11:37:16 CST 2014 armv5tel ...
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gtar fails to perform incremental backup

The following script fails to perform incremental backup, but creates full backup instead. On another FreeBSD server exactly same script works just fine (creating incremental backups). Servers are ...
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Proper file system for an External Hard Drive to work well on Linux [duplicate]

I have a External Hard Drive (EHD) I want to use to backup the data on my Linux laptop. I want to know how I should format my EHD for it to work correctly with Linux. Thanks.
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Is this a correct way to back up one big drive to two smaller ones?

I have a pre-fail drive, and while I'm waiting for replacement I am trying to do full back up to two smaller drives. Given that drive is 3TG and ones I have are 1.5 and 2TB, is this a correct way to ...
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wget rotated backup problem

I'm calling wget 1.11.4 as follows $ wget -nd -S -N --backups=4 -r --no-parent --reject="index.html*" -e robots=off <url> to repeatedly download all files from a server. My problem is, ...
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How can I put some comment in yum installation list?

Lets say I made a List of installed packages by: rpm -qa > list I want to use this list to re-install those Packages on another System, For Example By: yum -y install $(cat list) But I need ...
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how can I backup and restore of partitions and logical volumes?

This is my disk scheme sda1 /boot ext4 sda2 /somefiles ext4 sda3: lvm volgroup1/lvolume1 / ...
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Can I create a bootable distribution backup

I'm interested in trying out a couple of distributions, but for extended periods of time (so using a LiveCD is not really an option). However, I would like to create a backup of my current ...
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Is it safe to take the drive image of the current working drive?

I have to backup my hard disk. I want to use dd and put the image on an external hdd. Can I do this using dd from the OS that resides on the hdd itself or do I have to boot from another device, for ...
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How Can I Back Up Win7 Before Installing Mint Alongside It

Don't get me wrong, I understand how to install Mint alongside Win7. However, I am wondering how to backup my Windows installation due to the fact that Win7 was preinstalled on my computer and, as ...
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Backup of data from Linux PC [duplicate]

I have Linux PC, for which monitor is not working. But I am able to log in through SSH. I want to take a backup of all the directories from this PC. Instead of changing directories one by one and ...
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How reliable is (or will be) btrfs send/receive?

We have at work a 15TB NFS file server using XFS, with a distant clone for backups using rsync, over a moderately slow connection (100Mb ethernet). We are now thinking about using btrfs instead of ...
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Backup and restore only some partitions

I have a system which runs an arcade machine. It has the regular swap and root partitions, but then I have an extra partition which I call data. Data holds many gigabytes of game content. The idea is ...
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backup process taking prolonged time due to rsync no space left on device error

I am trying to understand why the backup process in one of the servers is taking so long and not copying the data correctly. This is the size of the external HDD partition. df -h /dev/sdb1 ...
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Command-line incremental backup tools

Which command line backup tool(s) has the best compression ratio? I want to backup my entire system, including media files, text files etc. I found this list on the Arch wiki site but I don't know ...
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Secure Remote Backups Using Duplicity

The recent take-down of codespaces got me thinking about off-site backup processes (which I currently perform manually with password entry). I have been reading tutorials showing how to automate ...
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how to copy or backup files ignoring dot files

I want to back-up all files from my laptop partitions to external HDD. I ran, for example cp -a /med*/ravb*/*00 /med*/ravb*/M*L*/7.3GB_CP && echo "7.3GB BACKED UP PROPERLY" || echo "7.3GB ...
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Backup LUKS (cryptsetup Command) partition or volume

Can you create a file container/volume in LUKS in the same way that you could do with Truecrypt? Otherwise, how can you backup a LUKS partition? Do you have to clone it, for example with dd? or backup ...
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GNU/Linux: automatic cloning of a system with partitions encrypted with LUKS+dm-crypt

I would like to have an up-to-date clone of a (Debian) GNU/Linux system on an external HDD and therefore be able to replace the internal HDD with the external HDD at any time and being up and running ...
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Reinstalling Ubuntu: Shall I back-up dot files from my home directory?

I'm removing my Ubuntu 13.04 as I'm reinstalling latest version. So, I have taken back up of my home partition using tar. The back-up includes hidden files (dot files) like below: $ tar -tvf ...
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How can I capture a consistent snapshot of a directory and all its children?

We have an application that periodically backs itself up to a directory on the local file system. Inside this directory are several more files and directories. I want to produce a "snapshot" of all ...
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backupninja: password outside config file

I would like to use a dup rule in backupninja to make an encrypted remote backup. The configuration file format includes entries for the encryption and ftp password. I would like to move them out of ...
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How to backup dir structure ignoring files & dirs without read permission

Any ideas how to back up a directory structure for which there are some files and/or directories for which you do not have permission to read? I'd like to just ignore those, without backup (tar? jar?) ...
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How does one make a backup of system-connections on to a USB flash/thumb drive?

I am using Debian Wheezy. I would like to back up system-connections (full path is /etc/NetworkManager/system-connections) on to a USB stick which has been formatted with FAT32. The folder ...
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CrashPlan migrate backup from Windows to Linux?

I have CrashPlan installed on my Windows partition but since I almost don't use windows anymore I want to move it to my ElementaryOS/Ubuntu installation. The problem is: In my Windows machine ...
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Incremental file back up by date

Is there any backup tool that supports partial back up by date? What I mean is that I have some small drives such as on a laptop that can't hold a full copy of all the files on an external 2TB drive. ...
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unable to back-up data from android tablet to laptop using tar!

I'm using tar to back-up data from my android tablet to laptop. But it is showing some error. ravbholua@ravbholua-Aspire-5315:/run/user/ravbholua/gvfs/mtp:host=%5Busb%3A002%2C003%5D/65537/9$ tar -cvf ...
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Transfer all messages of thunderbird with windows 7 to thunderbird ubuntu 14.04?

How can I transfer all messages and contacts of thunderbird with windows 7 to thunderbird ubuntu 14.04? I know that have a free app called mozbackup. But it don't works with linux. There a way ...
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Corrupt files after extracting with Cygwin's GNU tar

I have a bunch of tarball backups which I just restored onto my new Windows 8.1 + Cygwin system using GNU tar: zsh$ for file in **/*.tgz; do tar xvzf $file; done To my surprise a lot of these ...
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Python file issue from root path

I have a script that is well-tested and known to be working. I am running into an issue with it where when I try to run it from /root/backup/script.py or ~/backup/script.py I get a file not found ...
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How to back-up files from nautilus retaining the time stamp?

I connected my android tablet (Asus fonepad7 me372cg) to laptop using usb cable. It showed up in nautilus in Ubuntu 13.04. I've to back-up the files in the tablet (specially the videos & photos) ...
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backup inode table on ext2/3/4

is it possible, to backup on regular basis inode table (including all inode information) on ext2/3/4? If yes, how to do it, or which program to use?
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Unreadable backup directory on a USB drive

The title pretty much sums it up. I was editing a script I wrote some time ago to automatically backup the contents of my Raspberry Pi SD card, and in the course of editing, I missed a "/", and so ...
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Backing up a partition

I am pretty new to linux. I mostly started learning after I purchased a couple of Raspberry Pis. I like to make backups of my images as I have often made the mistake of corrupting my data :). ...
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What is the expected performance of obnam? Or: why is it so slow?

I've been playing around with obnam these last few days, and although it looks very promising and seems to offer basically everything I ever wanted in a backup tool, I am pretty disappointed in its ...
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How to checkpoint using CRIU on ubuntu 14?

I tried to install CRIU in ubuntu 14.04 Desktop. When I used $ sudo ./criu check , it showed Error (cr-check.c:268): fdinfo doesn't contain the mnt_id field And when I tried to checkpoint ...
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backup kmail in command prompt

How to take kmail backup mails from command mode as GUI mode got crashed in fedora12? Found the location of mails, But how to take backup to another system to configure?
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Script to recursively check permissions and owners of a directory and write shell script to recreate them

I'm trying to write a shell script to preserve and rewrite all permissions/groups in a large directory with several subdirectories in the event they get changed or are not properly created or if ...
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How to clone an apt repository to keep all old packages?

This may sound trivial, but I haven't found a solution anywhere yet. Is there a way to backup or clone an apt repository such that I get a clone that (1) contains all current packages and (2) keeps ...
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Automating backups run from a bash script in Linux the right way

I have a bash script I wrote to backup a Moodle installation. It works fine, I've tested the backups, but there's a problem with it; when I do the backups, since I have to use sudo to type the ...
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Where does dd start when copying a partition?

I'm copying an entire HDD using the dd tool, and I'm considering stopping part of the backup due to space limitations. Does the dd tool begin at the front of a partition when copying? The first ~90 ...
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vpnc not work on linux backup machine

I have a very strange problem with the VPNC ( vpnc cisco client , open source vpn for cisco ) I installed the VPNC on my linux machine linux_box1 ( red-hat version 6.3 ) this machine is VM ware ...
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How to use btrfs send/receive for transmitting backup snapshots over a slow and unreliable network connection?

I'd like to use btrfs' send/receive feature for transmitting backup snapshots over a rather slow (initial seed of about 50-100GB, upstream bandwith ~1-2MBit/s) and unreliable (daily forced ...
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Take copy of RAM

How trivial is it to take a copy of the current state of a Live Linux Distro's RAM storage? I have had situations where it might be useful to debug what caused a problem with the OS, and if I had ...
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How to take incremental backup in tape drive

I am having 1 tape drive and I want to take incremental backup of 5 folder to the tape drive on every Friday. But the location of the five folders are on one server and the LTO mounted on a different ...
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Is it possible to generate a separate file list when creating a tarball?

When using tar for backups I'd like to create a separate list of the files that is included in the archive for storing alongside the backup tarball. I also want to be able to store the error messages ...
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How to restore a system?

I have a disk image from Acronis True Image 2011. My original disk, of 40 GBs, had 2 partitions, 1 for FS and 1 for swap, but it started to fail. I've tried to make a backup, which finished with ...
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linux tar listed-incremental untrustworthy

I'm looking for some way to troubleshoot incremental backups with tar on linux. I've got huge datasets (about 3TB) that need backing up to tape. For this I use the linux tar command and mt / mtx on ...