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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Software to do a 3 way backup

I am currently doing a backup of my system on an external hard disk using rdiff-backup. This kind of backup is good when the disk dies. However, I was also wondering if I can extend this method to do ...
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Rsync filter: copying one pattern only

I am trying to create a directory that will house all and only my PDFs compiled from LaTeX. I like keeping each project in a separate folder, all housed in a big folder called LaTeX. So I tried ...
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Rsync: Verify size of incremental backup of a file

I need to test the incremental backup of a file using rsync i.e. whether rsync transfers entire file or just the changes made to it, when an incremental backup is fired. Just for a test, I've created ...
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Backing up data to two drives

I am currently working on backing up an inactive users data from a server. The data is roughly 7tb. For the backup task, I have two four TB drives. So what is a reasonable way to move the data into ...
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Back up and restore file permissions

Is there a way to back up and restore file ownership and permissions (the things that can be changed with chown and chmod)? You can do this in Windows using icacls. What about access control lists?
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Is there a way to backup and restore ACL file and folder permissions on linux the way that there is using icacls in Windows? [duplicate]

In Windows you can do this (backup and restore ACL permissions) can you do this in Linux? And to clarify, I mean ACLs in Linux, I do not mean the default permissions modified with chmod / chown.
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What is the proper bash method of prompting the user for administrative password before backing up the usb data to the computer?

mate-terminal --window-with-profile=PROFILENAME="Hold the terminal open" -e "sudo rsync -azvu --log-file=/var/log/simplebackup.log --append-verify --exclude '.gvfs' /media/user/usb/ ...
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Can I get the backup option of cp and mv to work with directories?

--backup[=CONTROL] make a backup of each existing destination file The man page does say that it works on file. It doesn't seem to have any effect on directories. Is there anyway to make this ...
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How to make a backup of the data in my Laptop? [duplicate]

I would like to make a backup of all the data in my Fedora Laptop (Pictures, Music, Videos, Documents, etc.) in an external hard drive. Basically I need to know two things: A good software to do ...
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what distinguishes Rsync-type backups from other backups?

This link classifies incremental backups into Rsync-type and other type: Rsync-type backups The main characteristic of this type of backups is that they maintain a copy of the directory you ...
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Thunderbird: server connection slow after restoring backup on Mint

I've made a copy of the .thunderbird folder in my home directory (on Ubuntu 12.04) and restored that backup on a freshly installed Mint 17.1 Cinnamon using the Profile Dialog of Thunderbird. ...
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Make links work in backup?

One file system of mine has many symlinks which link to directories in the file system. Is it possible to create a backup of the file system where the backups of the links work (i.e. still point to ...
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Difference between remastersys backup & remastered disk

I am new in Linux OS. I want to take backup of my machine. Now, I am at stage of taking backup but it asks me for below options Option 1] remastersys backup Option 2] remastersys disk I ...
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Deal with files modified by OS or programs in / and /home when backing up the two partitions?

It is said that when backing up a filesystem, don't modify its file(s). When back up an installed OS under /, the OS can modify any file at any time, and is it a problem? Or the files the OS ...
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Restore from incremental backup?

I read some books which use dump and restore. They said that during restore, first restore the latest full backup, and then restore each incremental backup created after the full backup. But I am ...
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rsync error during incremental backup

I am learning how to use rysnc (version 3.0.9, protocol version 30) to do backup on a toy example, from a dir /tmp/pdf to a backup dir /tmp/backup, following ...
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What's the best way to backup files via network on Linux and Solaris machines?

I wonder what the best way to backup files VIA network I have Solaris machines with Oracle 10i with VERITAS cluster, machines are connected to EMC storage /data/oracle directory is mounted on the ...
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Rsync error 23: some files were not transferred, when copying files from Windows drive to external HDD

I wanted to copy files from the Windows drive to external HDD using rsync, with the following command: rsync -azv --progress --exclude-from '/home/mint/exclude.txt' '/media/mint/OS/' ...
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Deduplication tool for rsync?

Is there a Linux / Unix tool that does de-duplication similar to the way Veeam does it before compressing and sending a backup with rsync to a mirrored location?
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Let root read all files on NFS directory, even though server has root_squash enabled

I have a NFS directory that is used by multiple users, and hosted on a NFS server that I do not control. I would like to back up the contents of the NFS directory from my client machine. My first ...
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checksum of corrupt file

A backup system ought to be able to handle several scenarios including file deletion, theft, natural disaster and file corruption. [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Data_loss] In terms of file ...
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cronjob for automatic DB backup to date prefixed file

I am using the latest Linux Mint. I was wondering if it's possible to create a special cronjob for a database backup. In my /etc/cronjob file I have the following code: # Minute Hour Day of ...
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crashplan desktop alternative?

Is there a good alternative (free software) for Crashplan for UNIX desktops? There is a plethora of backup systems out there, but there doesn't seem to be one that rivals with Crashplan. The ...
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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 backup files with only a minimal resue system?

I only have access to my vserver via a minimal rescue system over ssh. It does not have scp or ftp installed. Is there an easy way to backup the files, preferably directly to an ftp server, but to ...
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Backup MySQL Database using gzip and send it directly to FTP Server using CURL

I have a NAS Server and i want to backup the mysql database in gzip format then upload it to ftp server using curl. I also want the filename of the backup to have the current DATE. It is possible to ...
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Transferring files from a Linux laptop to a Windows laptop

How do I transfer my Linux Peppermint laptop files to a Windows 8.1 laptop? I'm a relatively new Linux user.
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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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Automounts: All mounting and will not umount on its own [closed]

I have a few SLES 11.2 servers. They do something really strange with automount. We have nearly 500 possible automounts our users and their codes may need, including automount entries for each ...
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How to backup entire xen dom0 (on debian)

How do you go about creating a bootable backup ISO of my computer (dom0)? I have tried remastersys and this backs up everything but Xen does not work properly. LiveCDs also do not work. Does ...
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Tool for migration of service configuration

Is there a tool that handles generic migration of config? For example if I have httpd, postfix, MySQL and users and groups data, is there a tool that can extract the config data for each service so ...
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Databases backup with cron

I'm trying to set up a cron job in order to backup my databases daily. Here's what I wrote in my crontab file : 25 18 * * * root mysqldump -u root -p myPassWord --all-databases | gzip > ...
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Why has '-' been chosen as the backup file suffix for certain Unix system files?

Example: /etc/group-, /etc/passwd- Is there any motivation behind choice of the - sign (e.g. easier to recognize, process, etc.)?
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rsync initial sync

I'm new to rsync. I have a Linux machine with an external harddrive (ext3) and a Windows machine with an NTFS external harddrive. I connected the NTFS harddrive to the Linux machine and did a mirror ...
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Is it possible to have more than just one backup when editing text files?

Gedit and medit are two text editors that I know of that allow me to save a backup. So, if I create a file called temp.txt the next time I edit it and then save it, I'll have a backup called ...
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Compress a folder with tar?

I'm trying to compress a folder (/var/www/) to ~/www_backups/$time.tar where $time is the current date. This is what I have: cd /var/www && sudo tar -czf ~/www_backups $time" I am ...
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What's an effective offsite backup strategy for a ZFS mirrored pool?

I use a ZFS pool consisting of two mirrored disks. To get offsite backups going I've purchased two more disks. My initial plan was to create the offsite backup by attaching a third disk to the ...
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Should I increase inode count for a rsync backup volume?

Considering rsync used for incremental OS backup creates hardlink farms for all non-differing files, if I use it to backup a large, slowly-changing system regularly to a dedicated volume, I'm worried ...
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How to use a bootable USB stick and Linux to recover data from a broken hard drive

I would like to run a Linux installation on my Mac from a pen drive in order to create an emergency backup of my most important files. I do not know whether my hard drive is physically broken or just ...
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Using rsync for incremental backup, what happens when original full backup is due for deletion?

I have started an incremental back up, on an external hard drive, of my Fedora 20 data etc using the scheme from here, which produces a full back up on day 1 followed by incremental backups using hard ...
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Compare directory trees regarding file name (and size and date)

I want to check the results of a restore from backup. This is, because TimeMachine on MacOS gives me some weird errors and warnings and I want to make sure, everything is in its place again after ...
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ZFS backup advice with another server

I currently have two servers both have the exact same hardware, disks, etc. One server (server1) is going to be the "main" server. It's basically a server with raidz2 that has SMB shares on it that ...
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What are portability of backup, remote backup and networked backup mean?

From the book Linux Administration Made Easy: When deciding on a backup solution, you will need to consider the following factors: Portability − Is backup portability (ie. the ability to ...
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How to use terminal to access iCloud Drive when Finder is not running

I would like to access iCloud drive from Terminal in order to create an emergency backup. Unfortunately, my installation of Mac OS Yosemite is not operational, so I am using recovery mode to create my ...
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Can I change the exclude file list while running rsync under a cron job

I am using Fedora 20, MATE desktop, zshell. I have started a cronjob to run, every evening, an incremental backup using rsync, closely following the suggestions here. After the first run yesterday, ...
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Raspberry Pi backup server (Mac & Windows) [closed]

I would like to set up my raspberry pi model B and my 2TB hard drive as a backup server for both my windows pc and my mac. I would like to partition my hard drive such that 300GB is for mac time ...
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What root directories should I back up? [duplicate]

I intend to start incremental backups of my Fedora 20 system, and would like to know what root directories I should include, and what directories it is useful to exclude. I know there is a lot of ...
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Backing up Linux server to Windows domain

I'm maintaining a small Linux workstation/server in a Windows-domain-based environment. Apart from being in the same network, the Linux computer is not connected to the domain. Until now, I'm using a ...
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Backintime Linux desktop backup to a Synology DiskStation

Backintime doesn't support plain SFTP backends so it does not seem to be easy to setup a remote backup to a Synology Diskstation (in my case a DS214 with DSM 4.3). Backintime supports SSH/rsync based ...
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Backup and restore IMAP mail account with (open source) Linux tools

Which Linux tools help to backup and restore a IMAP mail account including all mail and subfolders? I expect disconnects for large IMAP accounts because of ressource limitiations on the server ...