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.

learn more… | top users | synonyms (1)

3
votes
0answers
144 views

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 ...
3
votes
0answers
604 views

How to improve this backup script? [closed]

I wrote this backup script. I run rsync, tar and a dump of mysql. I'd like to add some features like email alert or some kind of statistic. Here is the script: #!/bin/sh DATE=`date +%D-%T` ...
2
votes
4answers
363 views

How to restore data atomically on a remote server?

I want to be able to backup and restore my home directory of a remote account. The command I use are: Backup ssh myuser@myuser.server.com "tar jcf - ." > backup.tar.bz2 Restore cat ...
2
votes
2answers
129 views

vim: how to trace back all changes done to file during the day

Does anybody know how to setup vim (the text editor) in such a way to make it possible to trace back all the changes done to a file within a day? I need it for the cases when I have accidentially ...
2
votes
2answers
379 views

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 ...
2
votes
4answers
2k views

How are filesystem snapshots different from simply making a copy of the files?

by doing this, # btrfs subvolume snapshot /mnt/1 /mnt/1/snapshot # tree /mnt/1 /mnt/1 ├── a ├── snapshot │ ├── a │ └── subv └── subv └── b 3 directories, 3 files We can create snapshot ...
2
votes
3answers
119 views

How to list backup files missing corresponding real files?

I accidentally deleted some files spread across my home directory, but I do not know exactly which ones were removed. How can I get a list of all backup files missing their corresponding file? ...
2
votes
2answers
956 views

Basic rsync command for bit-identical copies

As far as I undstand, the following command: sudo rsync --delete -azvr /home/oshiro/Desktop/source/ /home/oshiro/Desktop/destination Is this all I need to create a simple synchronisation of files ...
2
votes
2answers
261 views

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 ...
2
votes
1answer
2k views

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 ...
2
votes
2answers
2k views

Meaning of Crossing filesystem boundaries, --one-file-system, etc

I'm planning to use rsnapshot to backup my whole Linux system, though I'm confused by -x option (same of one_fs in rsnapshot.conf). The man page says: -x one filesystem, don't cross partitions ...
2
votes
2answers
224 views

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 ...
2
votes
3answers
922 views

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 ...
2
votes
2answers
1k views

Cancel and resume a duplicity backup

Is there a way to cancel duplicity (running over rsync and symmetric gpg encryption) without messing up the running backup and resume it later (for example after rebooting the laptop) without ...
2
votes
1answer
286 views

Backing Up to a Compressed Archive on Linux

How would you go about backing up just some files and subdirectories of a given directory to a compressed archive so that the tree structure could then easily be recreated from that archive. ...
2
votes
3answers
5k views

Where, in automysqlbackup, do I add mysqldump parameters?

How to stop automysqlbackup's cron.daily script -- as installed and configured from apt-get install automysqlbackup -- throwing the following error: mysqldump: Got error: 1142: SELECT,LOCK TABL ...
2
votes
1answer
1k views

Debian's corresponding command for add-apt-repository? [duplicate]

I want to run this in Debian 8.1 sudo add-apt-repository -y ppa:nemh/systemback sudo apt-get update sudo apt-get install systemback but I cannot find add-apt-repository in Debian 8.1 and its ...
2
votes
2answers
783 views

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, ...
2
votes
1answer
451 views

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 ...
2
votes
1answer
51 views

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 ...
2
votes
2answers
2k views

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 ...
2
votes
1answer
2k views

How to restore folders to their original destination using duplicity?

After performing a backup of a couple of directories like so: # duplicity\ --exclude /home/user/Documents/test1/file\ --include /home/user/Documents/test1\ --include /tmp/test2\ --exclude '**'\ ...
2
votes
2answers
148 views

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 ...
2
votes
2answers
147 views

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 ...
2
votes
1answer
25 views

Taking and restoring an image of partition with dd

I created a new partition on my server /dev/sda4 with a filesystem based on ext3. I mounted the new partition /dev/sda4 on /mnt/sda4/ and created an image with dd of the partition /dev/sda3. sda3 is ...
2
votes
1answer
68 views

How to backup readable but not writable files using rsync?

I am using rsync to backup some folders in my home directory to a remote server using the following commands: cd rsync -Favz --inplace --delete --delete-excluded folder1 folder2 folder3 ...
2
votes
1answer
162 views

How to split file and save parts to multiple locations?

How do I split a large file into multiple smaller chunks and write each part of it into separate locations? split command seems to only output all the files into one location. The context I need to ...
2
votes
2answers
158 views

How to keep a history of backups?

My intention is to create a "snapshot" of a certain hard drive on a server every day. How can I automatically make sure that the snapshot of today, three days ago, five days ago, 10 days ago (and so ...
2
votes
2answers
977 views

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 ...
2
votes
1answer
2k views

Send backup by email with crontab

I use this cron job to do a backup of /home/blah/ each day at 01:00 a.m. : 0 1 * * * tar -zcf /home/blah/backup.tgz /home/blah/ In fact I would prefer that an email is sent to me with the .tgz file ...
2
votes
1answer
328 views

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 ...
2
votes
1answer
3k views

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. ...
2
votes
3answers
180 views

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 ...
2
votes
1answer
1k views

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 ...
2
votes
2answers
44 views

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 ...
2
votes
1answer
62 views

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 ...
2
votes
1answer
429 views

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 ...
2
votes
1answer
478 views

`mv` has failed because of insufficient disk space, what now?

I have tried to move a folder A from partition a to partition b as folder B with mv. Now the target file system was not big enough for all the data (I know I should have checked this first). Anyway, ...
2
votes
1answer
1k views

rsync and backup and changing timezone

I back up my pictures from my camera using rsync, using: rsync -vzrtl --progress --stats --timeout=0 host destination Now I was in a different timezone when I did my first backup then I moved to a ...
2
votes
2answers
176 views

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 ...
2
votes
1answer
34 views

Is there a way for a dd of a 80 GB hard drive to be minimal in size?

For backup reasons I need to use dd to copy a whole hard drive (including MBR, partitions,...). The hard drive is 80 GB in size where only 1.8 GB are used. The command I'm using is the following: dd ...
2
votes
1answer
25 views

Compare two files, while overriding second file's size

I am trying to verify a backup that I made using the following command: dd if=/dev/sda of=/dev/sdc2 I backed up the contents of /dev/sda (internal hard drive) to /dev/sdc2 (external backup drive, ...
2
votes
3answers
41 views

Is it possible to keep files on a disk partition without an OS?

I want to switch from Linux Mint to Musix. I want to backup my files and copy them after installation, but I was unable to do this because my only external medium for storage is an 8 Gb USB stick. ...
2
votes
2answers
42 views

How to check if directory is mounted on disc X and mount it if it isn't

I'm trying to write script to back my data up. I don't know much about it, so I might take a wrong approach, but what I'm trying to do is use rsync -avh several times for each directory I want to back ...
2
votes
2answers
51 views

How I can ignore transient failures in scripts run by cron?

I have various backup-style scripts which run from cron on a headless server (Ubuntu 14.04), typically on a daily schedule. Cron is configured with a mail server so I get feedback from jobs. Normally ...
2
votes
2answers
230 views

How can I *automatically* backup my contacts in Google Contacts/Gmail?

On a similar theme to this question, how can I automatically (on a schedule) back up my contacts from Google Contacts/Gmail from the command line (Linux or OS X)? Ideally, this mechanism would be a ...
2
votes
1answer
49 views

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 ...
2
votes
1answer
97 views

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 ...
2
votes
1answer
126 views

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 ...
2
votes
1answer
154 views

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 ...