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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Back up particular package and its dependencies

My question is: can we take a backup of a particular package and its dependencies? For example, if we install VLC it requires dependencies like kde filesystem,libcaca.so.0 etc.. can we take a backup ...
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bash force copy over same file

Our sysadmin has created a backup system that creates snapshots of the hard drive. When I try to restore an older version from the snapshot: cp /path/to/snapshots/foo.bar /path/to/folder/foo.bar ...
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Input a list of files & directories to be copied with ditto

I have a short list of files and directories of which I would like to make a flat copy of using ditto in a bash shell. There are approximately 8-10 files and/or directories that need to be copied. I ...
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force copying a corrupted home directory

I have a home directory in a disk that has a lot of corrupted files. I am trying to save most files as possible. I am trying to create a backup of my home directory on an external drive using tar ...
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Faking rsnapshot initial backup

I'm currently using plain and flat rsync to backup my files, meaning I have no incremental backups. A few days ago I became aware of the existence of rsnapshot and after looking at the man page I ...
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How to keep track of changes in /etc/

I would like to keep track of changes in /etc/ Basically I'd like to know if a file was changed, by yum update or by a user and roll it back if I don't like the chage. I thought of using a VCS like ...
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Creating A Bootable Backup Copy Of System Drive

I'm in charge of a Linux fileserver at my workplace, and since this fileserver holds the company's accounting data, I've got to make sure that there are backups. Right now, my main solution is based ...
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Howto read SMS stored on a SIM card?

I have an old phone with a telephone card (SIM card) inside. The telephone has an infrared interface on the side. I want to read out my contacts and stored SMS messages from the phone, either via ...
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Backup selinux system running strict

I have a cron job that is backing up a SELinux system running in strict mode. The problem is that SELinux wants to deny access to to the backup script since it wants access to every single file on the ...
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Backup, without having to reinstall 3rd party programs?

Say I back up the / partition with cpio and the disk fails. Would I have to reinstall all third party programs if I used cpio to restore the / on a new disk? Or is backing / up enough to keep them ...
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What don't I need to backup?

I'm trying to do a simple system backup (with cpio or tar), and I was looking for what I need to back up and found this question. The answer was basically, "it depends on what you're running on your ...
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Some basic questions about dd [closed]

I'm working on a system of how to back up partitions using dd and have been reading a lot about it. I have a few questions and assumptions that I would like to ask. These may seem a little noob-ish, ...
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How to take and restore backup with an LTO tape drive in RedHat?

I can take a backup with an IBM LTO tape drive in RedHat 5 using mt and tar, but I can't restore it. I can't see previous backup content. Whenever I try to take a backup, I think that the new backup ...
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Is there a backup tool that recognized renamed/moved files/directories? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Any way to sync directory structure when the files are already on both sides? I'm looking for a backup utility that recognizes files or folders in the source that have ...
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How store in a variable a file list that includes the backslash when needed?

Main question: I am writing a script to perform a backup. I make a list of files in the following way: LISTOFFILES=$(find ~ \( -name '*.[pP][dD][fF]' -o -name '*.[oO][dD][tT]' \)) The variable ...
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Is creating a sparse image using dd appropriate for backup/restore from a RAID?

I have two non-networked servers, each with 1.2TB of storage in a RAID5 config on an LSI MegaRaid 9240-8i controller. I have been trying without success to get Symantec Ghost to image one machine to ...
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rsync gives “chown <…> failed: Invalid argument (22)” with nfs share

I'm trying to back up my entire system to an external disk using rsync, via a shell script which is run as root: #!/bin/bash rsync -vSHPhhaX --numeric-ids --delete ...
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Reinstalling Linux with backup

I'm using Linux (Ubuntu 10.04) for more than a year and I feel often that I need to reinstall it to newest version. I'd like to take most of my configurations and important settings to the new ...
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Best way to back up a system in its entirety?

I considering doing a complete re-build of my home desktop computer. The only thing that will actually be the same, will be the case. I have a 1 TB external hard drive I want to back up my 200 GB of ...
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Backup Manager and Cron : CentOs and Ubuntu 11.10

I have two dedicated servers: one has CentOS, the other Ubuntu. I installed backup manager on both servers. But I have two different behaviors. On CentOS: The backup of my files is "every night". I ...
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Backing NTFS in linux

Is partimage ready for NTFS volumes? It said that support for NTFS is experimental, is that safe for production ?
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How to run a command when a directory's contents are updated?

There is a directory A whose contents are changed frequently by other people. I have made a personal directory B where I keep all the files that have ever been in A. Currently I just occasionally ...
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Encrypt files using gpg (and them symetric encrypting the key) - is it a normal thing to do in the *nix world?

I read a lot of articles about using gpg to encrypt email, but I would like to use it to encrypt some files - mainly a bunch of *.isos. I'm going to describe what I thought I would do, so you can ...
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How to recursively synchronize file timestamps across servers?

Suppose I run an rsync command to mirror a server, but forget to supply the -t option. The mirror will now have different timestamps to the original. What is the easiest way to fix this, without ...
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FLAC correctness using MD5 placed in STREAMINFO

I know from [Sources], that FLAC computes CRC and MD5. What I am afraid that flac --test only does CRC test - as stated in man flac : same as -d except no decoded file is written . How to check flac ...
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Use Linux to backup a MSWindows network?

Is it possible to use a Linux machine to backup everything on a Windows network? I would like to backup MS databases and also drives, so if a database record needs restoring, it can be done easily, ...
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Rsyncing multiple files with white spaces in the names

I'm trying to back up files onto a server, but I'm having problems with files that have white spaces in the names. I'm using this command in terminal: FILES="testing/space\ in\ filename testing/and\ ...
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restore duplicity backup from amazon s3 in debian

I have applied the script provided here to backup my stuff in debian etch and it works, I tried to reverse the SOURCE and DEST, but I can't do the restoration. What happened?
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Can I automate tar's multi-volume-feature?

Ok, so I've just had a read through this page after a way to improve my current backup solution on my Debian server. Tar seems to be offering a quite nice multi-volume feature, although when I try it ...
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Backup a Windows PC to a Linux Machine

What is a good backup strategy to backup a Windows 7 box to a Ubuntu box that are on the same network? The solution I am thinking would be to mount a Windows folder to Ubutnu then use rsync. But I'm ...
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Automated incremental backups to an external drive

Background A client needs an automated backup solution to an external drive (to be taken offsite weekly). I'd typically suggest rsnapshot (or perhaps rolling out a custom rsync script), but this ...
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Backing up and restoring a system user account

How would I go about completely backing up a user account and restoring it on a new system? The Home directory is just 'copy-and-paste'. But then what about things like the account password; and its ...
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Backup or snaphot tool for ext4

I'm looking for a backup tool for ext4, which can take a copy from a running FS like /var with no collisions in system after recover such FS. I know BSD dump has an '-L' option, which tells him to ...
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How to create a snapshot in btrfs, and then rollback to it after some work?

What are the commands to use in btrfs in case I want to: create a (read-only) snapshot of a volume; (do some experiments in the volume); and then rollback the volume to the snapshot?
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Fastest way combine many files into one (tar czf is too slow)

Currently I'm running tar czf to combine backup files. The files are in a specific directory. But the number of files is growing. Using tzr czf takes too much time (more than 20 minutes and ...
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How to create a read-only snapshot in LVM, and then rollback to it after some work?

What are the commands to use in LVM in case I want to: create a read-only snapshot of a volume; (do some experiments in the volume); and then rollback the volume to the snapshot?
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How to create a read-only snapshot in btrfs?

As far as I understand, the snapshots made by btrfs subvolume snapshot are writable by default and are visible at a certain path under the mountpoint of your btrfs volume. How to setup the system so ...
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How to list files and folders that are not maintained by any DEB package

I am in the process of moving my files from one Debian machine to another so that I can use the old machine for a different purpose. I do not want to miss any file because I will be formatting the ...
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Copy/Backup all files except the most recent through scp

I have a program that is running on multiple machines and which is writing the results to ~/data/machine_name/, each time the results file exceeds 1MB the program moves on and write to a new file. ...
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linux cron: want to backup a folder

Hello I would like to backup a folder using cron on a centos. The folder c2duo_mms is located in /usr/local/src/djcode/c2duo_mms. I would like it backed ip every 1:00pm on Tuedays to my home folder ...
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best practice to backup config files

I want to setup froxlor on not fresh install remote server (Ubuntu 10.04.2). I take care of admin the server since two month. Before I start, the previous guy installed and config some services and ...
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How to create a list of all applications which were manually installed?

I use Fedora and I'd like to have all the package names in a list, but only the ones I installed myself, not the default ones.
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Completely Backing Up Linux Installation

I come from Windows, and I've been getting into Linux a little bit lately. Trying to make that my default OS for now. I've wanted to try out a couple different flavors of Linux. I spent probably a ...
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Copying many CDs to disk

I have many old (data) CDs. I want to copy them all to the disk, but the problem is that some of these CDs are no longer readable and it is extremely tiresome to copy the CDs one by one. Is there ...
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How can i dump /tmp/files in CentOS to Dropbox using crontab?

How can i dump files from my CentOS box to Dropbox account? As regular nightly backup task.
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real time backup if file changed?

Are there any linux/unix console applications similar to Yadis that would allow me to: be set up from the console backup multiple directories backup / sync in real time after the files (text files) ...
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How do I create Restore Points in Arch Linux (or Linux in general)?

I am relatively new to Arch Linux and I really like its rolling-release concept. Now what I want to know is that before I do a system update via pacman -Syu, I want to create a restore point so that ...
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Rip an audio CD 1:1

Is there a way to rip an audio CD to an ISO9660 file? I've tried simple things like dd in the past and it hasn't worked. I'd like to essentially have a mirror image of exactly what's on the disk, not ...
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raid 1/LVM at the level of directories (aka mknodding a directory)

I just experienced data loss, so I am interested in some form of data duplication. I was thinking of mdadm and companions to raid 1 through software. However, I just want a given, not too big ...
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Should I be backing up my SSH host keys?

In my automated backups, I'm not sure if I should be doing this. If the hard drive fails or if I wipe the hard disk and start over, what will be the effect of starting with a new SSH host key to my ...