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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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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dd command for windows filesystem

dd is a handy tool for backing up a whole drive or filesystem in some situations. Now I am thinking about what if I use the tool for backing up Windows file-systems / drives (Windows 2003/2008) which ...
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backup process taking prolonged time due to rsync no space left on device error

I am trying to understand why the backup process in one of the servers is taking so long and not copying the data correctly. This is the size of the external HDD partition. df -h /dev/sdb1 ...
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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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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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Copying many CDs to disk

I have many old (data) CDs. I want to copy them all to the disk, but the problem is that some of these CDs are no longer readable and it is extremely tiresome to copy the CDs one by one. Is there ...
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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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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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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 ...
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Two exact copies of folder using FTP and command-line only

I'm looking for any solution that will allow me to emulate functionallity similar to Dropbox/rsync using only FTP protocol and command-line. The general problem is, that I have to run it on a very ...
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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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Compare the contents of dynamically generated archives

Short question: I have two dynamically generated tar archives (so they have different timestamps), how can I compare them, ignoring any different in time? Backgrounds... I am doing some backup, in ...
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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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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 ...
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Snapshot of drive

Does technology exist which allows you to take an instantanious snapshot of a drive? At the moment, I am using dd which takes a few minutes to create an image of a usb drive to my hdd. Is it ...
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SSH remote backup script

I am trying to backup a remote server to my machine. I am trying something like ssh user@ip "dd if=/dev/sda" | dd of=~/backup.img But that obviously doesn't work. Other variants that don't work. ...
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How to include directory tree for back-up using cpio?

I am backing up files including directories from 1 partition to other using cpio. cpio works perfect for backing but I am unable to backup directory tree. I am in a partition mounted on the directory ...
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Remote backup of local server applying Rsnapshot

I have a server which uses Rsnapshot to take snapshots of folders in miscellaneous computers within a Lan. I would like to have another server located remotely that is to serve as a backup to this ...
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Synchronizing same files with different filenames using rsync [duplicate]

I have a directory ~/music that contains all my music files and a directory /media/backup/music that I wish to synchronize with the first one using rsync. Initially, I did a rsync -a ~/music ...
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rsync command to backup home tree to another disk

I want to make sure I am using the correct rsync command on Linux. I do not want to run an rsync and end up losing data as I am new to Linux and I have no backup now. On Linux Mint, I want to backup ...
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tar -c Error Messages and Source Files?

During a tar archiving operation with tar -cvf archive.tar source does the resulting tar archive that reports a file changed as we read it error still contain "some version" of the source file that it ...
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Automatic scheduled backup of website (/var/www and MySQL dump)

I've been trying to set up a scheduled backup for my server but i can't seem to get it working. I need to copy the contents of /var/www into a compressed file (tar?) in a folder in my home directory ...
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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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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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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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Symlinks and permissions in backup archives

I installed linux on another computer and I want to move my /home directory to that computer. I want to backup that directory with any file permission, symlinks etc. how should I do it? Are there any ...
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How can i keep the mtime of files and directories in bash when I use rsync or cp? For use in Backup/Incremental Backup

I have a new NAS box and after looking through numerous backup solutions I've found doing it manually through PuTTy to work the best. After logging in to the box through PuTTy as root, I first need ...
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Automatically backup usb drive to computer

I am trying to create a personal sync system for my project. I don't want to use something like dropbox, bittorrent sync, owncloud etc for various reasons. At the moment, I have my computers setup ...
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Backup server users creation

I have a RHEL server which acts as the web server for all the users (around 1000 users). Now, I have a backup script which backs up the data (all data inside /home folder) into an external HDD. This ...
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Script from cron doesn't create archive

I'm using: # cat /etc/redhat-release CentOS release 6.4 (Final) Have an script in user's crontab: $ crontab -l 0 7 * * * /home/teamcity/scripts/TC_backup.sh If I run this script under this very ...
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Incremental backup of postgresql database

We run a database server running PostgreSQL with database size of around 130GB growing at a rate of 500MB per day. We use HP Data Protector software to take backups of the database. The issue here is ...
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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 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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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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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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How can I create an encrypted, file-system–agnostic, mountable volume?

At work, we have an iMac (running OS X) that shares a partitioned hard drive over the network. I'd like to back up to my partition from my Linux machine. I've attempted connecting via cifs, then ...
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Backup to a synology NAS with bup

I am trying to make a remote backup to my Synology NAS (DSM 4.1) using bup. I compiled bup on my NAS from source, did there: BUP_DIR=/volume1/public/Backups/bup bup init Initialized empty Git ...
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Interactive backup tool

I am looking for a backup (or diff) tool where I can select interactively which file I want to copy towards my external hard-disk. Let me explain with further details: I have two computers and an ...
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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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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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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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Use Linux to backup a MSWindows network?

Is it possible to use a Linux machine to backup everything on a Windows network? I would like to backup MS databases and also drives, so if a database record needs restoring, it can be done easily, ...
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Copy/Backup all files except the most recent through scp

I have a program that is running on multiple machines and which is writing the results to ~/data/machine_name/, each time the results file exceeds 1MB the program moves on and write to a new file. ...
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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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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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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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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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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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How reliable is (or will be) btrfs send/receive?

We have at work a 15TB NFS file server using XFS, with a distant clone for backups using rsync, over a moderately slow connection (100Mb ethernet). We are now thinking about using btrfs instead of ...
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GNU/Linux: automatic cloning of a system with partitions encrypted with LUKS+dm-crypt

I would like to have an up-to-date clone of a (Debian) GNU/Linux system on an external HDD and therefore be able to replace the internal HDD with the external HDD at any time and being up and running ...