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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Linux “dump(8)” command

I plan to use dump(8) for backing up a Mint disk. Some doc about: http://linux.die.net/man/8/dump Hum... is it deprecated ? (dont work with ext4) Is it a Debian & co (ucuntu, mint) solution ? ...
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Backup system image.

Is it possible to create an image backup of my installed linuxmint. I would like to be able to have a restore image to reinstall Mint as I do with windoes system image backup (for instance). In ...
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Linux tools for deleting backups when they get too old?

I was looking at SQL Server 2000 today, and it has an argument in the EXECUTE command called -DelBkUps for deleting backups that are of a certain age. Does Linux have any tools for deleting backups ...
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Open source OS/File Backup solution [closed]

There are quite professional "OS/File" Backup solution from many vendors like Symantec BackupExec/Veeam. But those solutions aren't free & requires license. I am planning to build a open source ...
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System image of running Debian system?

Is it possible to backup a running Debian system to some kind of image file, that could simply be written back to another hard disk using dd in case of failures of the original (backed up) Debian ...
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Best solution advice for backup to NAS over WAN

What is the best solution for daily backup of Linux folder to NAS server over WAN? Here is the situation: My customer has expressed a wish that source code for his project must be backed up every day ...
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How do I transfer installed packages and settings from one distro to another?

I've been exploring learning and about the Linux system via VirtualBox for a few month's and decided that I want to make it my main OS and install it on my hard-drive. I have a number of files, ...
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btrfs - snapshot of a parent subvolume excludes child subvolumes?

Let's say I want to exclude ever-changing logfiles from backups. Parent subvolume / Child subvolume /log I snapshot /. Looking at the snapshot, /.snapshots/today/log will be empty, correct? This is ...
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How to skip special / socket files during rsync transfer?

Using the following command. rsync --archive --delete --partial --progress --recursive --no-links --no-devices --quiet source target Using --no-links and --no-devices already. Getting the error ...
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Whats the right way of Data/Subvolume structure/hierarchy management using btrfs

My intention is to switch my filesystem from ext4 to btrfs. Currently I have 2 space disks with 4 TB each. I allready set them up in raid1 (using mkfs.btrfs -d raid1 /dev/sdx /dev/sdy) Then there ...
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Duplicity include/exclude directories & symlinks

I'm trying to configure Duplicity to perform a system-wide settings backup. Among other things, I'd like to backup settings in /etc/portage/, the file /usr/src/linux/.config and the KDE autostart ...
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Recovering accidentally deleted files

I accidentally deleted a file from my laptop. I'm using Fedora. Is it possible to recover the file?
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Backup on a remote server in an encrypted folder

Is there an easy way to backup your home directory on an online server in an encrypted folder? I heard of obnam which should be able to store encrypted with a GPG key somehow. What would be the ...
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Make Tar Incremental Backups into One Backup?

Well, I know this question is quite strange. I have done a lot of incremental backups. Now the total file size gets too large, because there are a lot of duplicate files with similar contents, and ...
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`cp -al` snapshot whose hard links get directed to a new file when edited

I am trying to take snapshots of a massive folder regularly. I have read here: http://www.mikerubel.org/computers/rsync_snapshots/#Incremental that cp -al takes a snapshot of a folder by simply ...
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Delete files that are not part of a bash array

Right now I backup the mysql databases using a cronjob everyday. Now that the server is getting full, I only want to keep one backup for every month, one backup from sunday every week and the last 7 ...
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Pack installed system in tar.gz file

I have arch linux installed, with partition scheme like this: /dev/mapper/lvm-root -> / /dev/mapper/lvm-home -> /home /dev/mapper/lvm-opt -> /opt /dev/mapper/lvm-pkg -> ...
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cp says it's removing files, but shouldn't be

Making a quick backup: root@guilmon:/mnt/backup/guilmon/home# cp -uvfrx --preserve=all /home/rena/ . The output is surprising - some files are said to be removed! removed ...
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rsync partial LVM volume to Remote Directory

Can I rsync a full hdd partition (which is inaccessible) to a remote directory? Inaccessible means it cannot be mounted, it was part of LV volume merged with other HDD which is faulty and removed ...
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Is it possible to mount a gzip compressed dd image on the fly?

I like create an image backup for the first time I'm backing up a system. After this first time I use rsync to do incremental backups. My usual image backup is as follows: Mount and zero out the ...
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Hard Disk Clone Image Size

I've created an image backup for HDDA (partition) from HostA and saved on HostB ssh -c blowfish user@ip-or-hostname "dd if=/dev/sda1 | gzip -1 -" | dd of=sda1.gz conv=sync,noerror The HDD size is ...
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run remote command to save debian package list

I'd like to backup the package list(dpkg) of some remote computers to a backup server: all of them running Debian. I already configured the rsa key to login remotely as root on the other computers ...
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How do backups that use LVM work?

Some LVM tutorials seem to claim that one take a snapshot of a logical volume (LV), then backup the snapshot using another tool, then remove the snapshot. When the unspeakable happens, the user can ...
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rsnapshot backup not working?

I installed rsnapshot and configured it to make backup every hour. But the issue is all backups that are made not working. Let me explain to you, I made 3 backups hourly.0, hourly.1 and hourly.2. ...
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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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Backup using rsnapshot not working

I have a server web based Linux and i want to make backup every hour using rsnapshot. this is my rsnapshot file configuration : config_version 1.2 snapshot_root /var/Majjane-Save/ cmd_cp ...
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What happens if I move the hard drives used by Rsync to another computer, and keep syncing them with it?

I realise the question is confusing, so allow me to elaborate. I apologise for the phrasing, as I wasn't sure how to put it. Here's the scenario: As my backup, currently my Mac launches Rsync every ...
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What Windows-related files are valueless to *nix users?

I have accumulated, from my time using Windows a good quantity of held-over filesystem copies and archives of system and data drives. I am trying to distill them down to the usable parts while ...
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Configuring networked printer to archive print jobs

Our existing infrastructure has a shared printer running on a windows machine. It may be upgraded to a real network tcp/ip based printer in the near future. How can I make it automatically keep a ...
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filesystem for archiving

I have some complex read-only data in my file system. It contains thousands of snapshots of certain revisions of a svn repository, and the output of regression tests. Identical files between snapshots ...
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Is it better to archive/move mail based on mtime or ctime?

I have been using a perl script to archive mail found here The script uses ctime to process and decide which month sub folder to place mail. In most cases this is fine since the ctime = mtime and ...
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tar -c Error Messages and Source Files?

During a tar archiving operation with tar -cvf archive.tar source does the resulting tar archive that reports a file changed as we read it error still contain "some version" of the source file that it ...
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I need an fstab example for archivemount (want to umount without my password)

I am using archivemount to mount one of several tar.bz files in Ubuntu. It works very nicely for me. I mount and umount frequently (I'm in a testing phase). I want a solution that will allow me to ...
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Command substitution grepping ls output causes error

I'm trying to make a tar.tgz file using command substitution There are backups of 17 Aug 2012 -rw-r----- 1 ossec 502 804M Aug 17 2012 BKPMDISINT_i6nir20j.F_bkp -rw-r----- 1 ossec 502 2.7G Aug 17 ...
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appendable and greppable archive on CentOS to hold many log files (logrotate on steroids)

I have a bunch of applications on a CentOS 6.3 box, which generate daily logs (text files with a very similar content) in this vein: /data/logs/app/my-2014-06-29.log ...
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zfs deduplication “low” ratio

In Solaris 11, in a pool named mypool I activated deduplication with zfs set dedup=on mypool Then I created two 100 MB file: file1 and its copy file1copy. Only their names are different: their ...
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Archive file with date-stamp [duplicate]

I want to move(archive) the multiple files from say directory /users/wahasan to /users/wahasan/old. The archive files should be autodated. files are of the format CHKBOI.pos, CHKUTI.pos, ...
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Help checking the integrity of TAR files for backup

I want make a backup of my Home directory and I've read a good method is to use the tar tool, and I think it suits me well since all I need to do is create a .tar of every folder in the Home directory ...
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How to split existing mailboxes based on date with procmail

I have huge mailboxes I would like to manage based on the age of their content: backup, archival or removal. I would like to split these mailboxes along the date of their contained messages. For a ...
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Tar corrupting file attributes and skipping directories

While creating tar archives for backup purposes with 'large' numbers of files (200+), I have been repeatedly running into the following errors: tar: some/path/file.xyz: Cannot stat: Invalid argument ...
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sync two zip archives (with minimal I/O)?

zip itself can freshen an archive to reflect the current filesystem (e.g. -FS). It only updates zip entries with outdated timestamps. Is there a tool that updates a 2.zip file so that it becomes ...
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Logrotate archive old log files which has date extention

Everyday a log file is created in my directory. But with time, there tend to be a lot of log files. I want to keep the latest 4 log files in .log format, and compress the rest and copy the compressed ...
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Can set up a cron job to copy my server to Amazon S3

I have an Ubuntu 12.04 install on physical hardware. I will then install Geonode on it. The system will be running at a place with variable network capacity. My colleagues will add data and should ...
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Backup server with tar, encrypt and directly transfer the result, AFTER BUFFERING IT

So I've been investigative how to make full backups with tar, and I found that tar is a good tool if the backup is to be made once, and if the server has enough disk space to handle the output file. ...
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What folders do I leave out when trying to setup a backup for a Raspbian (Debian) install on a Raspberry Pi 2? [duplicate]

More specifically I'm going either with rSync or something similar to backup the root of the file system to another computer remotely. What do I leave out?
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Copy a rolling “last 2 months” of files

I have a friend who is a photographer and she has a lot of large files as a result. Our current solution is where some files are delivered to my house. I don't have the storage capability to store all ...
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What does 'mount point' mean in a Linux installer?

While installing Linux, it asks for a 'mount point' selection. I gave it /, but I don't know the exact meaning and aim of this. Also, now I want to create one more mount point, /home in my machine ...
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How to omit directory from backup

I am trying to edit a backup script so it will work for me. My issue is that if I set the directory path I wish to backup, then it would also backup the directory containing the backups :) The ...
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How to clone btrfs filesystem into different medium preserving snapshots' sharing data

I have decided to give btrfs raid capabilities a try. I set up a btrfs with sudo mkfs.btrfs -m raid10 -d raid10 /dev/sda9 /dev/sdb9 /dev/sdc9 /dev/sdd9 Now I want to clone my existing btrfs ...
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Backing up/restoring a full VPS, can't boot from live media

(My question here is specifically about Ubuntu, but I'm posting it on Unix & Linux because I think the answer will apply to Linux in general. I'm more than happy to reformat the question or move ...