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 are portability of backup, remote backup and networked backup mean?

From the book Linux Administration Made Easy: When deciding on a backup solution, you will need to consider the following factors: Portability − Is backup portability (ie. the ability to ...
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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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Would this LUKS LVM rsync restore method work?

I have an Ubuntu installation using LVM and LUKS encryption. LVM and encryption were chosen during the install process). While logged into it, I backup the full live system using rsync to another ...
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appendable and greppable archive on CentOS to hold many log files (logrotate on steroids)

I have a bunch of applications on a CentOS 6.3 box, which generate daily logs (text files with a very similar content) in this vein: /data/logs/app/my-2014-06-29.log /data/yet_another_app/logs/...
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Backup and restore only some partitions

I have a system which runs an arcade machine. It has the regular swap and root partitions, but then I have an extra partition which I call data. Data holds many gigabytes of game content. The idea is ...
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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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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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Unreadable backup directory on a USB drive

The title pretty much sums it up. I was editing a script I wrote some time ago to automatically backup the contents of my Raspberry Pi SD card, and in the course of editing, I missed a "/", and so ...
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How to restore a system?

I have a disk image from Acronis True Image 2011. My original disk, of 40 GBs, had 2 partitions, 1 for FS and 1 for swap, but it started to fail. I've tried to make a backup, which finished with ...
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What is the best way to check if file has changed in Bash and keep 15 last copies of it?

What would be the best way to write a bash script and run it from cron (every hour) that: Would see if a file in a directory has changed If changed, make a copy with incrementing version number and ...
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Is there a right way to use one VPS backup file to build a clone VPS with it?

I tried many times to restore a tar ball from a different server to a fresh installed VPS with the same Linux Debian version (exactly the same) but every time when I restore the tar ball on a ...
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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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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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How can I make multiple copies of one folder without merging?

When two or more identically named folders are to be copied into or moved to the same location, the default option either in the GUI file manager, or using in a terminal cp -r --backup=numbered or ...
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Any unix utility/tool to auto backup files before saving?

I would like to know if there is any existing unix utility or tool that would make a backup of a file with a date/timestamp appended to the filename. Basically I am looking to automatically make ...
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Browsing bup backup with gitk or gitg

I am just playing around with bup for my backups and tested it like this: BUP_DIR=/mnt/TestTarget/bup bup init Which gave me the message: Initialized empty Git repository in /mnt/TestTarget/bup/ ...
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What's the best way to backup files via network on Linux and Solaris machines?

I wonder what the best way to backup files VIA network I have Solaris machines with Oracle 10i with VERITAS cluster, machines are connected to EMC storage /data/oracle directory is mounted on the ...
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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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Rsyncing multiple files with white spaces in the names

I'm trying to back up files onto a server, but I'm having problems with files that have white spaces in the names. I'm using this command in terminal: FILES="testing/space\ in\ filename testing/and\ ...
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backup MSSQL database to a client's local disk over network

I'm trying to backup a MSSQL server from linux. I'm able to connect to the server using tsql (from the freetds project), and I'm even able to backup the database on the server using the backup ...
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Bacula + bat on Ubuntu Maverick

Okay, so I have a goal, and I'm unsure of the best steps to take to get there. Goal: Set up a Linux VM in VirtualBox (Host: Windows Server 2008 R2) Setup Bacula in a Linux environment Get Bacula to ...
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How to decrypt a file from an encrypted tar archive without decrypting the entire archive

similar question: Encrypting and compressing I want to make a regular backup and store it as encrypted tar archive. That's achievable using tar and gpg. But for incremental backups this would require ...
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backup and restore whole disk

I am using iMac, with GPT and Hybrid MBR partition table. the GPT layout is: EFI partition.(FAT32) Windows 7 partition.(NTFS) MacOS partition.(HFS+) Linux.(ext4) data.(exfat) the hybrid MBR is ...
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Copy remote btrfs incremental snapshot to new drive w/ UUID

Situation: Two machines (A & B, with local drives dA & dB) connected via slow network. Drive dA has initial backup to dB, while locally attached on machine A. btrfs send RO-snapshot-1-dA | ...
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Backup using find and ssh to off-site server

I'm sure this has been been answered in bits and pieces on many sites, but somehow I can't seem to get this (as a whole) to work reliably. Scenario: I have a server that I would like to do ...
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How can I access timemachine back ups from Linux Mint?

I can connect to my AirPort WiFi via my Linux machine but am trying to access time capsule backups I made when I had a MacBook Air. I have researched and found info on airport-utils, but have had no ...
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rsync over SSH sometimes very slow--other times maxes out bandwidth

I have a bash script set up on computer A (Mac OS X) set to run every five minutes via a cronjob. This script checks for new files on remote computer B (Gentoo Linux) then rsyncs any new files to ...
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Logrotate archive old log files which has date extention

Everyday a log file is created in my directory. But with time, there tend to be a lot of log files. I want to keep the latest 4 log files in .log format, and compress the rest and copy the compressed ...
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What can I do with btrfs “profiles”?

Reading through the btrfs (sub) command documentation, it can "balance only block groups with the given replication profiles", and "convert selected blocks to a given profile", and apparently it ...
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Automounts: All mounting and will not umount on its own [closed]

I have a few SLES 11.2 servers. They do something really strange with automount. We have nearly 500 possible automounts our users and their codes may need, including automount entries for each user'...
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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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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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CrashPlan migrate backup from Windows to Linux?

I have CrashPlan installed on my Windows partition but since I almost don't use windows anymore I want to move it to my ElementaryOS/Ubuntu installation. The problem is: In my Windows machine ...
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Corrupt files after extracting with Cygwin's GNU tar

I have a bunch of tarball backups which I just restored onto my new Windows 8.1 + Cygwin system using GNU tar: zsh$ for file in **/*.tgz; do tar xvzf $file; done To my surprise a lot of these ...
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linux tar listed-incremental untrustworthy

I'm looking for some way to troubleshoot incremental backups with tar on linux. I've got huge datasets (about 3TB) that need backing up to tape. For this I use the linux tar command and mt / mtx on ...
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How to display next schedule time for a TSM node?

0:root@SERVER:/SERVER/fs_111 # dsmc q schedule IBM Tivoli Storage Manager Command Line Backup-Archive Client Interface Client Version 6, Release 4, Level 0.1 Client date/time: 03/09/2014 15:08:...
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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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BackupPC can't finish backup

I'm trying to backup /etc/ directory on CentOS 5.2 using BackupPC. It takes several hours and then aborted by signal ALRM. There is a partial backup created with all data from /etc But BackupPC thinks ...
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Copying and expanding partitions

I currently have the following setup: 2TB HDD /dev/sda: /dev/sda1: (NTFS) Windows 7 Boot Partition: 100GB 1TB HDD /dev/sdb: /dev/sdb1: (EXT4) Linux General/Backup Partition - 1TB 256GB SSD /...
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Copy/backup all dirs containing files matching a regexp

I would like to do a backup where I recursively go through a dir structure and only get directories with files whose names matching a particular regexp. I would like to keep the directory structure, ...
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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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How to restore a Duplicity backup from Amazon S3 on Debian?

I have applied the script provided here to backup my stuff in Debian Etch and it works, I tried to reverse the SOURCE and DEST, but I can't restore. What am I missing?
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Re hardlink and old rsnapshot backups [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Is there an easy way to replace duplicate files with hardlinks? I changed my naming scheme on rsnapshot from localhost to my actual host name, unfortunately this 'caused ...
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Command substitution grepping ls output causes error

I'm trying to make a tar.tgz file using command substitution There are backups of 17 Aug 2012 -rw-r----- 1 ossec 502 804M Aug 17 2012 BKPMDISINT_i6nir20j.F_bkp -rw-r----- 1 ossec 502 2.7G Aug 17 ...
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back-up database in Linux partition from windows partition!

Hello I am in a very embarrassing situation, I was trying to upgrade to ubuntu 10.04 from ubuntu 9.10 yesterday and while updating I forgot to put my laptop on charger and the battery ran out. Since ...
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How to Distribute Computing of `tar czf` for Longer Time?

My systems go under heavy load when I run sudo tar czf /media/masi/ntfsDisc/backup_home.tar.gz $HOME/ Fans goes to max etc. I would like to find a better balance between computing and power ...
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Behavior of rm - how to prevent deletion of mounted points contents

There is a way to prevent rm from deleting mount points? For example, if I have /mnt/backup mounted externally and someone runs rm -rf / I know it will delete the backup contents. My solution is to ...
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What's the differernce between differential and incremental backup in terms of rsync command?

I use the following rsync command to backup my local folder ~/dir1 to a remote backup server: rsync -a ~/dir1 username@remote_host:destination_directory As per my understanding it's incremental ...
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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 ...