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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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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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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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 ...
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Backup to flash drive using rsync

I've decided to make a full backup from my SSD disk to flash drive. According to archwiki general backup is done with following command: rsync -aAXv ...
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How can I capture a consistent snapshot of a directory and all its children?

We have an application that periodically backs itself up to a directory on the local file system. Inside this directory are several more files and directories. I want to produce a "snapshot" of all ...
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Shutdown script seems to be executed twice

I have a small backup bash script that I wrote for my computer at work. I have copied the script into /etc/rc0.d/ and called it K01backup so it is executed before anything else upon shutdown. It backs ...
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Backup and restore of raid1 device, after OS upgrade

We have a physical RedHat server with two 60GB local disks, and two RAID 1 devices on them. There are also a few multipathed SAN luns. Disk /dev/sda: 60.0 GB, 60022480896 bytes Device Boot ...
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Want to setup a dropbox sync drive

Is there way to setup a small computer, or raspberry pi, etc. to hold a hard drive, sync it with dropbox and allow access (even if just read only) to the drive through USB to another device/computer? ...
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Automatic login via ssh (no GUI environment installed / no ssh-agent available)?

I have three systems, and I want to have them doing backups between them periodically. The two of them, have Debian Wheezy installed and the other one has Ubuntu 12.04 installed. Only the Ubuntu has a ...
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Shell script runs differently when schedulled with cron

I have a strange problem with my backup script. To begin with, this is the backup script: ########################################################### # CODE BEGINS HERE ...
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Making an exact copy of a Windows instalation

My goal is pretty simple: I need to make an exact copy of a windows partition. Then I can wipe it down, play with it and when I'm done, I can re-copy the partition back and have everything back in ...
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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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duplicity: how to create & restore full system backup

I would like to create a full system backup using the duplicity. Accordingly, I created a backup of the root directory /, excluding /proc, /sys, /tmp, and /mnt. However, when trying to restore the ...
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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. ...
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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 ...
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Download all pages linked on a page in a certain region

I would like to download my users activity page of this Unix&Linux with wget and all pages that are linked in the activity list. I tried wget -m -l 2 which should mirror the site recursively ...
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OpenLdap - restore backup - slapcat/slapadd

Im using slapcat to make backup like this: slapcat -n 1 > ${BACKUP_PATH}/ldap.domain.com.ldif Then import using slapadd: slapadd -F /etc/ldap/slapd.d -n 1 -l ldap.domain.com.ldif I can't ...
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Secure Remote Backups Using Duplicity

The recent take-down of codespaces got me thinking about off-site backup processes (which I currently perform manually with password entry). I have been reading tutorials showing how to automate ...
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LVM Snapshot mount read-only or not?

In this page of Linux LVM Howto it's said that "LVM2 creates read/write snapshots by default". In this other page of Red Hat docs it's said that "Because the snapshot is read/write, you can test ...
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Is it possible and how to merge identical files between different snapshots in a btrfs file system?

I regularly use btrfs's snapshot to backup the whole system, but it's redundant to have identical files between different snapshots. Commonly, for example, I took a snapshot of @ as ...
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Backing up chroots for host reinstall

I've had my workstation for a couple of years now and its slowly become a complex beast, taking on many roles for my dev and test work. I have done some research and was thinking of setting up some ...
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How can I migrate a bully (reaver alternative) session from Kali to Ubuntu?

I'm running bully on Kali Linux and this is the output : [!] Received disassociation/deauthentication from the AP [+] Rx( ID ) = 'NoAssoc' Next pin '99728298' [+] Rx( M5 ) = 'Pin1Bad' Next ...
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At Backup, when would the filesystems inode numbers matter?

background: Being somewhat of a coward I have up to now dd whole filesystems for backup. Major drawback has become the excessive use of memory for those complete backups (which unfortunatelly also ...
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Wildcards in exclude-filelist for duplicity

I am trying to exclude a "bulk" folder in each home directory from the backup. For this purpose, I have a line - /data/home/*/bulk in my exclude-filelist file. However, this doesn't seem to be ...
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What should I include and exclude with rsync to back up my system?

I have spent all day experimenting with rsync exclude-from and include-from, no success and completely lost. None of the examples or help I can find answer my exact, but quite simple requirement, and, ...
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Is archiving the entire filesystem from the root an effective backup strategy?

I am looking at my server through WinSCP and thinking I could tar the lot, save locally, then if starting a fresh identical server later down the line, re-upload and overwrite saving me the initial ...
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Multiple Mysql databases backup tool?

My OS is Ubuntu 10.10. I have several small sites (all on various shared hosts) and I'm thinking that it'd be probably good idea to regularly backup mysql databases from these remote shared hosts. I ...
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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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How to mount a Clonezilla img to extract files?

I have a large Clonezilla image of a CentOS server that had a 500GB drive partitioned into boot, OS, and data partitions. I would like to mount the backup image so I can extract some files as I no ...
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Backup using rsync

Last time I backed up my data by copying and pasting my home directory into my external hard drive. Since then, I have added and deleted files from my home directory. I want to update that directory ...
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How to use btrfs send/receive for transmitting backup snapshots over a slow and unreliable network connection?

I'd like to use btrfs' send/receive feature for transmitting backup snapshots over a rather slow (initial seed of about 50-100GB, upstream bandwith ~1-2MBit/s) and unreliable (daily forced ...
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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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Is it possible to save a KDE desktop configuration?

Is it possible to save a desktop configuration while using KDE Plasma Desktop? I mean, I have customized my desktop with a set of plasmoids, each with its own custom settings, and I'd like to save ...
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Clonezilla Backup software freezes on boot

I can get as far as the GRUB menu. After that using any of the menu options I get a gray screen saying "Loading please wait..." and a blinking cursor. The cursor disappears after about 1 second and ...
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How to exclude all files except specific files with Duplicity?

I'm trying to only backup specific files with Duplicity so I first used this command: duplicity /source-path --include "**/*/*.txt" --include "**/*/*.xml" /dest-path However this gives the ...