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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How to clone/copy all file/directory attributes onto different file/directory?

I want to copy the attributes (ownership, group, ACL, extended attributes, etc.) of one directory to another but not the directory contents itself. This does not work: cp -v --attributes-only A B ...
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Clear unused space with zeros (ext3,ext4)

How to clear unused space with zeros ? (ext3,ext4) I'm looking for something smarter than cat /dev/zero > /mnt/X/big_zero ; sync; rm /mnt/X/big_zero Like FSArchiver is looking for "used space" ...
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Resume interrupted copying process

How to resume securely and reliably process of copying file $A into backup location $B done with pv "$A" > "$B" or cat "$A" > "$B" ? (let's assume file $A is very big, e.g. LVM2 snapshot file) ...
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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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Migrating a Virtualbox virtual machine into a physical dual-boot system

I'm running a Linux Mint 12 virtual machine in Virtualbox. I would like to move it into a dual-boot setup with my Windows 7 installation. I have lot of settings in there, and apps installed, and my ...
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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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Overwrite file and apply file system rights of overwritten files?

I backed up some linux configuration files to a windows machine, so the file system rights were lost. Now I would like to restore my backed up configuration by overwriting the configuration currently ...
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Taking complete backup of System and then restoring?

I am using kubuntu 10.04 and now I want to install Mac on my PC. I have my data scattered in over 200 Gb and I want take a backup such that with one command all my data is saved into a single file. ...
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On Mac OS X, how to encrypt a small folder and copy that to Google Drive or DropBox?

On Mac OS X, right now I use the following to back up a small project folder to a USB Flash drive: alias a='alias' a dateseq='date "+%Y-%m-%d %H:%M:%S"' a backup_proj='cp -a ~/code/MyProj ...
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Temporary restore LVM snapshot of root

I have a snapshot of the root filesystem that I want to boot with - bring the machine into a state it was a few days ago, run some tests and then go back to where I am right now. I tried editing ...
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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 ...
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Back up mysql server

I want to backup all databases, users and etc on our mysql sever. I have come across the command mysqldump and believe I can use it like this? (Trying to backup a REMOTE server to our LOCAL machine) ...
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Give user permissions to all files and folders

I want to have a user who has access to all the files and folders on the system. This is for the purpose of using RSYNC on a local machine to backup a remote machine. At the moment we are using the ...
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is it safe to backup ext4 partition with partimage , which is detected as a ext3 partition

I use partimage to backup my ext4 partition, but during backup, the partition was detected as an ext3 partition. So I'm wondering if this can cause something bad.
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Backup from remote server

I'm a novice so go easy. :) If it makes a difference I'm using Ubuntu/Debian machines. I want to back up our dedicated web server to a local location in-house. This is for many reasons - I know that ...
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How to create a snapshot of a physical disk?

I have Windows 7 installed on one of my disks. I want to boot this Windows system in my Xen HVM, but I do not want the changes to be permanent. So I want to create a snapshot of my Windows 7 ...
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HP-UX 9: Backup filesystem using tar

So I've got an HP-UX 9 box that I'm trying to backup, first to a tape with fbackup, to no avail, and now to a folder shared over NFS. I'm using the command "tar -cvf /nfs/Results/backup.tar /" where ...
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Backup of LVM2 logical volume

I'd like to make backup on external drive of LVM2 logical volume in dd manner. Approach I consider is to make lv on extranl drive with identical size copy with dd (Please let me know if you see ...
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What should I teach in my Linux class? [closed]

I'm teaching a basic Unix class using Ubuntu. We've already covered basic Unix stuff such as: bash shell scripting file and directory permissions filesystem hierarchy common commands I would like ...
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How to copy qemu raw images?

I want to backup kvm virtual machines and copy machine's images another path or usb disk? How to copy " qemu raw images"?
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Why can't I copy my DVD with dd?

I tried dd, dd_rescue and ddrescue, all failed. I thought these tools bypass the filesystem and make a bitwise copy. dd is fooled, it finishes but just produces a small file and states it's finished. ...
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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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Backing up to DVD [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Splitting large directory tree into specified-size chunks? I have a partition that is about 14G and I need to back it up to DVD in such a way that I can use each disc to ...
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Can an eCryptfs Home Directory Be Backed Up Remotely

The main idea I want to have is a backup script run rsync to copy my /home/.Private/user directory off to another server. This would allow the backup script to have no knowledge of the data, but mean ...
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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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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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Where can I look for backup script?

I want find out where the backup script of a Fedora 8 server is. I haven't found it so far ( my Linux knowledge is very spare). I looked with crontab -l and I only can find a tempdelete.pl. Than I ...
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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` ...
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How can I move the entire OS to a different server?

I want to install RhodeCode on a test server at work. However, the internet access is restricted for that server, and RhodeCode has a lot of dependencies (I don't even have Python on that server). So ...
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Back up particular package and its dependencies

My question is: can we take a backup of a particular package and its dependencies? For example, if we install VLC it requires dependencies like kde filesystem,libcaca.so.0 etc.. can we take a backup ...
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bash force copy over same file

Our sysadmin has created a backup system that creates snapshots of the hard drive. When I try to restore an older version from the snapshot: cp /path/to/snapshots/foo.bar /path/to/folder/foo.bar ...
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Input a list of files & directories to be copied with ditto

I have a short list of files and directories of which I would like to make a flat copy of using ditto in a bash shell. There are approximately 8-10 files and/or directories that need to be copied. I ...
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force copying a corrupted home directory

I have a home directory in a disk that has a lot of corrupted files. I am trying to save most files as possible. I am trying to create a backup of my home directory on an external drive using tar ...
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Faking rsnapshot initial backup

I'm currently using plain and flat rsync to backup my files, meaning I have no incremental backups. A few days ago I became aware of the existence of rsnapshot and after looking at the man page I ...
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How to keep track of changes in /etc/

I would like to keep track of changes in /etc/ Basically I'd like to know if a file was changed, by yum update or by a user and roll it back if I don't like the chage. I thought of using a VCS like ...
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Creating A Bootable Backup Copy Of System Drive

I'm in charge of a Linux fileserver at my workplace, and since this fileserver holds the company's accounting data, I've got to make sure that there are backups. Right now, my main solution is based ...
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Howto read SMS stored on a SIM card?

I have an old phone with a telephone card (SIM card) inside. The telephone has an infrared interface on the side. I want to read out my contacts and stored SMS messages from the phone, either via ...
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Backup selinux system running strict

I have a cron job that is backing up a SELinux system running in strict mode. The problem is that SELinux wants to deny access to to the backup script since it wants access to every single file on the ...
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Backup, without having to reinstall 3rd party programs?

Say I back up the / partition with cpio and the disk fails. Would I have to reinstall all third party programs if I used cpio to restore the / on a new disk? Or is backing / up enough to keep them ...
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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 ...
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Some basic questions about dd

I'm working on a system of how to back up partitions using dd and have been reading a lot about it. I have a few questions and assumptions that I would like to ask. These may seem a little noob-ish, ...
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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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Is there a backup tool that recognized renamed/moved files/directories? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Any way to sync directory structure when the files are already on both sides? I'm looking for a backup utility that recognizes files or folders in the source that have ...
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How store in a variable a file list that includes the backslash when needed?

Main question: I am writing a script to perform a backup. I make a list of files in the following way: LISTOFFILES=$(find ~ \( -name '*.[pP][dD][fF]' -o -name '*.[oO][dD][tT]' \)) The variable ...
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Is creating a sparse image using dd appropriate for backup/restore from a RAID?

I have two non-networked servers, each with 1.2TB of storage in a RAID5 config on an LSI MegaRaid 9240-8i controller. I have been trying without success to get Symantec Ghost to image one machine to ...
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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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Reinstalling Linux with backup

I'm using Linux (Ubuntu 10.04) for more than a year and I feel often that I need to reinstall it to newest version. I'd like to take most of my configurations and important settings to the new ...
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Best way to back up a system in its entirety?

I considering doing a complete re-build of my home desktop computer. The only thing that will actually be the same, will be the case. I have a 1 TB external hard drive I want to back up my 200 GB of ...
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Backup Manager and Cron : CentOs and Ubuntu 11.10

I have two dedicated servers: one has CentOS, the other Ubuntu. I installed backup manager on both servers. But I have two different behaviors. On CentOS: The backup of my files is "every night". I ...
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Backing NTFS in linux

Is partimage ready for NTFS volumes? It said that support for NTFS is experimental, is that safe for production ?