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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What's the best way to create a backup on a linux system? [closed]

probably this a is very silly question but I want to know what is the best way to create a backup of my computer (I'd also like to save configuration files like .vimrc, etc.), I have been reading ...
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Re-installing apps after a fresh install?

I'm on Debian and I want to re-partition my drive and reinstall. Is there an easy way to restore all currently installed packages after a fresh installation? I'm thinking of doing it by making a ...
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back-up: which patitions to back-up before upgrading/reinstalling

I have Ubuntu13.04 on my laptop. I have to upgrade it to the next release or else I would install a fresh release after deleting my current system. I have already installed and configured my current ...
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Backing up a partition: doesn't reflect the status properly

With an intent to check how backing up files/filesystems works, I created 3 part itions sda9, sda10 and sda11. Please see the structure below. (Please ignore sda10 for now as I have already run ...
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Yanked USB Key During Move [duplicate]

I'm using Fedora 17. I was backing up some files to a USB key. I was foolish and used the Move command instead of copy, and before the directory I was moving completed I accidentally yanked the usb ...
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Dropbox/Copy.com & Truecrypt

I have a partition that contains all my personal stuff, which is mounted at boot under /home/myuser/foo. I would like to synchronize it on the cloud via Dropbox or Copy.com, but I don't trust them, so ...
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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. It makes the total file size is too large, because there are a lot of duplicated files with similar contents, and ...
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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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easy rsync solution with file manager (thunar or nautilus or…)

A common tasks I teach new users in UNIX is how to make backups. Since most are not comfortable with the command line (CLI) and I want to have them make backups (more than forcing them to use the ...
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Best practice to backup a LUKS encrypted device

What's the fastest method to backup and restore a luks encrypted device (e.g. a full encrypted usb-device to a image-file). The usb-device can be decrypted/accessed. I'm looking for a solution to ...
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Sending emails from AutoMySQLBackup from Linux Mint

I have set AutoMySQLBackup on a Linux Mint machine and I want to have the backups sent to an email, but I cannot make it work. I'm new to Linux environment and don't understand it very much. I ...
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how to include or add /dev with tar --one-file-system

I'm running tar on a complete remote filesystem using ssh -n <hostname> 'sudo tar -cpvzf - --one-file-system /' | cat > Bak.tar.gz This gave me a tarball. I tried importing this tarball ...
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How to check whether my cron job for backup using tar was succesfull [closed]

I have a cron job to tar backup websites and databases and upload the backup to a NAS. Instead of checking the tar files on the NAS. Is there any way to check if the tar backup process completed ...
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Snapshot large changing files

At home I have the following backup scheme: All machines daily rsync to the servers $FULL_COPY directory. The server takes snapshots of that directory daily (also weekly/monthly), keeping at most X ...
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Periodically sync local folders using rsync (no symlinks!)

I am using Dropbox to have an online backup of some data. However I want to encrypt my data before uploading it to Dropbox. Therefore I have created a TrueCrypt container and I am using rsync to ...
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What is the difference between a tar of a complete filesystem and an image?

I can create an image of a filesystem, or I can create a tar-file containing all of it. Is an image therefore something like a tar-archive? Or do these two types differ in more ways?
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How to use redobackup without free partition

I had a spare 250GB drive a while ago from an old Windows Vista computer. There wasn't much data on the drive. I wanted to use it for a new OS in my computer, and I was in a rush to use it, so I ...
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ecryptfs mounted via command line, what do I need to backup?

I asked this question on the ecryptfs launchpad, but it expired there without answer. https://answers.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/ecryptfs-utils/+question/235226 It might be trivial, but I really ...
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rsync all files of remote machine over SSH without root user?

I have this command to backup a remote machine. The problem is that I need root rights to read and copy all files. I have no root user enabled for security reasons and use sudo the Ubuntu way. Would I ...
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Find: who write backups

I have some daemon which writes Mongo and MySQL backups to the directory /opt/BACKUP, but I dont know - what kind of daemon, when it works and where i can find its settings? These files are in the ...
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Is using rsync while source is being updated safe?

Is it safe to use rsync when the source filesystem is mounted and writeable, assuming that it may very well be modified while rsync is running? I presume that under race conditions I may not get the ...
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Any reason not to use LUKS on a backup drive?

I have my hard disk encrypted with LUKS, but I make regular backups to an unencrypted external harddrive. Is there any reason I shouldn't setup LUKS on my backup drive as well? Obviously, the big ...
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Cleanup of temporary file ~/.cache/duplicity/temp failed

Often when I run Duplicity I see an error message like this at the end of the run: Cleanup of temporary file ...
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Debian 7.1: duplicity error when using gdocs backend

I've installed duplicity backup tool plus python-gdata library on my debian 7.1 amd64 system. When I want to use duplicity to store my documents on Google Drive, it shows this error after asking for ...
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What file systems support taking snapshot backups from a live system?

What file systems allows me to take a full snapshot of a full live partition, while active, in a state where all files have the same state as when the backup/snapshot process start ? I want to be ...
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How to create an installable liveCD backup of my system (keep all installed packages but not home directories)

What tool should be used to do this? I have taken a look a remastersys but the image it generated wasn't installable. (I could just boot it, and login, although all my packages were installed). If ...
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Reverse rysnc with multiple sources

I'm working on some backup script right now. To speed the process up I used rsync with all folders to be backed up. (Something like this: rysnc -a --delete --progress $folder1 $folder2 $folder3 ...
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speed up gzip compression

Is it possible to speed up the gzip process? I'm using mysqldump "$database_name" | gzip > $BACKUP_DIR/$database_name.sql.gz to backup a database into a directory, $BACKUP_DIR. the manpage ...
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Backing up a large file

I have a test running which crashes. I need to find out how far it reached before crashing. It will restart again after crashing and wipe the log file. This wiping takes 10 minutes though. So If I'm ...
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Combining rsync --files-from with --delete [duplicate]

I'm doing rsync --files-from=find-output.txt ~/backup/ (simplified). I'm trying to add --delete, to make rsync delete files in backup that are not included in the file list, but it does not delete ...
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Options to sync 16GB+ KVM images

Is there a software that sync KVM images in real time on ArchLinux? i have 2 HDD that configured as RAID-0 (for performance reason) and 1 HDD for backup i want to have a real-time backup images on ...
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Compare a filesystem to a dump

Is there a way to compare the current state of the filesystem to that stored in a backup created by dump? I recently had some major corruption in the filesystem and my most recent backup is from ...
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Figuring out installed packages on Ubuntu from filesystem backup

I have a full filesystem backup from my Ubuntu box, and my OS disk crashed. Is there a way to list all installed packages (like dpkg -l does but) from the backup? The logfiles are not an option as ...
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Get the most recent backup files [duplicate]

I'm googling for this, but the terms are so generic I'm getting way too many false positives, so what the hey, I'll ask here. I'm sure there's a simple answer but I don't generally script in *nix. ...
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Do files not copied matter when using rsync?

I have used rsync to back up my / directory to an external hard drive, using this command in user (not su) mode (about 200,000 files copied in one hour and forty minutes) and it seemed to finish ...
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Installed software back-up

I have Linux Mint 15 Mate installed on one PC and I am currently updating it and installing necessary language packs, software, etc. After full set up can I back-up the entire system and restore it on ...
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Which filesystem to backup is the best? [closed]

I just bought a disk to backup all my documents and to store it apart and I don't know what is the filesystem under Linux that gave me better reliability. Maybe I'll backup one time each month and it ...
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Edge cases in filesystem operations during backup and file copy

I have a question about file access in Linux that I cannot sum it up completely. Consider that I have a home directory that I backup it using rsync triggered via cron. My home directory is on an EXT4 ...
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Stop cron sending mail for backup script?

I have set up a backup script to back up world data on my Minecraft server hourly using cron, but because the worlds being constantly edited by players, tar was telling me that files changed while ...
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Run command after nice command has finished

I have 3 nice commands that are dumping some databases, and compress assets for a backup. After that, the files should be copied to another server. I'm using this command: nice mysqldump -u user1 ...
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rsync “Permission denied” despite ownership

I just rsync'd a bunch of files, from a Windows box running cygwin sshd, to a CentOS 6.4 box. I ran rsync -e sshd... on CentOS to do this. Then I plugged in a USB drive on the CentOS box, formatted ...
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Setup Linux backup with Bacula and Webmin

Hi guys I'm having troubles finding a good documentation to setup an easy and possibly web oriented backup solution for one of our CentOS 5.4 file server. The things I need to accomplish are the ...
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mlbackup / rsync / hard links data size

I am new to mlbackup/rsync and the concept of hard links, so I am a little confused after creating a backup data set via mlbackup. So here's the scenario: I am backing up "folder A" to "folder B". ...
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rsync: samba vs ftp for backup

I need to back up ~0.5 TB of files (about 600,000 of them) from a Windows Server 2003 machine to a CentOS 6.4 machine across a 100MB network, and update them once a night. The backup script would be ...
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Verifying a .tar.gz backup

Edit 3: For people who will read this question: --verify mysteriously fails with "Warning: Cannot seek: Illegal seek", hence I recommend you look for alternative ways to verify your archives. My ...
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newsyslog.conf logrotate when file is older than 6 month

I would like to delete following files with newsyslog.conf when the files are older than 6 month: # logfile [owner:group] mode count size when flags [/pid_file] ...
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etckeeper for opensuse - bash script install and configure

I want to automate the installation of etckeeper on OpenSuse 12.3. My first issue is that etckeeper doesn't seem to be available in the standard OpenSuse repos. zypper search etckeeper Loading ...
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Restore using dd will not boot

My current HDD is failing and I've backed it up using dd. After restoring the images onto a new HDD, also using dd, the new system will not boot. It goes through the BIOS initialization, then screen ...
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backup script to exclude some parent dir and include some child dir

What I'm trying to do backup? users home dir which include Desktop,Documents,Pictures, thunderbird which i need to backup of every user all users are in /home partition with there respective user ...
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rsync remote to local automatic backup

Because all my work is stored on a remote server I would like to auto backup my server monthly and weekly. My server is running Centos 5.5 and while searching the web I'm found a tool named rsync. I ...