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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Backup & restore from Linux to Windows while Linux is running

I have a lab with some Linux machines, some are Red Hat 5.1 machines installed on HPDL580 HW, and some are Linux installed on BLADE IBM machines. Also I have laptop computer with Windows XP. My ...
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How to merge multiple WebDAV accounts for backup?

I use davfs, aufs, rsync: sudo mount -t davfs -o uid=wd,gid=wd,dir_mode=777,rw https://wd1.wd.wd/ /mnt/webdav1 sudo mount -t davfs -o uid=wd,gid=wd,dir_mode=777,rw https://wd1.wd.wd/ /mnt/webdav2 ...
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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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“tar --exclude-backups” does not exclude files with tilde at end

If I have the following directory: $ ls -a foo . .. a #a# a~ b b.bkp c .git .hg .svn and call: $ tar zcf foo-no-bkp.tar.gz --exclude-backups foo/ The resulting archive still has backup ...
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AutoMysqlBackup --lock-tables=false

I'm trying to use AutoMysqlBackup script to perform daily backups of my application. Unfortunately on the first try it didn't served me how I thought it would. I believe that the script has used the ...
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Got fatal error during xfer (Child exited prematurely)

I have a backup server which takes backup of other servers and in few days back the backup server started experiencing error and the not able to take back. I think the error log bellow could describe ...
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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. ...
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Creating the first backup

I heard that rsync isn't the best one when creating the first backup in terms of performance. Instead it is the best for the later backups. So I wonder what are some better commands for creating the ...
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Backing up partition using dd and changing files

I'm a Linux newbie. From what I've read, you can back up an entire partition like this: dd if=/dev/sda1 of=/media/external/backup Can anyone tell me if I need to worry about files being changed ...
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What do you filter / exclude list when doing backup with rsync? [closed]

I'm trying to build a comprehensive filter / exclude file, to prevent backuping stuff that doesn't make sense do backup, such as temporary / cache data or easily recreatable files. I would appreciate ...
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remove unallocated space from a partition image

I have just created an image of an sd card using dd and the image is compressing down less than expected. I suspect this is because the card had not been zeroed out before I started to make the image. ...
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Run Script once a day with systemd

I want to run a backup script 10 minutes after booting up my machine but only once a day. Is it possible to build up such scenarios with systemd?
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How do I backup via rsync to a remote machine, preserving permissions and ownership?

Drive A is 2TB in a closet at home. Drive B is 2TB in my office at work. I'd like drive A to be the one I use regularly and to have rsync mirror A to B nightly/weekly. The problem I have with this ...
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How to clone linux installation onto an external harddisk?

I see a lot of dd related questions, but could not find answers to the following. If question/answers already exist, please point to them, then flag to close, delete or merge. Can a working linux ...
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Byte-level versus file-level backups

This question is motivated from a reply by Craig Sanders. Thanks, Craig! In what case, are byte or block level backups, i.e. disk or partition image backups, more suitable than file-based backups? ...
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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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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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How to setup backup if the filesystem is read only

My remote server file system is read-only & its because my hard disk is broken .I want to take backup for taking any further action. Is it possible to setup a manual backup for the affected ...
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How to compare attributes of two files on Linux ext4

cmp(1) will of course tell me if the contents of two files are identical, but in order to test restoring from backups I also wanted to compare the relevant (!) file attributes. So if I did something ...
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Incrementally backup FTP to local computer

I want to backup a FTP directory (not backup to) with a cron script running daily. I'd prefer a solution that could sync the FTP to my local computer; only copy files changed and remove files that ...
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Check integrity of a dd backup

I just made a backup of an entire hard drive (50GB) over ssh via: dd if=/dev/hda | buffer -s 64k -S 10m | ssh myuser@myhost "cat > ~/image.img" What's now the best way to check the integrity of ...
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Best way to make encrypted backups while preserving permissions to a windows file system

For my home network I wanted to buy a NAS which supports disk encryption and NFS since it is important for me that the backup is encrypted but also that it preserves owner, groups and permissions ...
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How to copy between two remote hosts using tar piped into SSH from remote server when behind a firewall?

I'd like to transfer a directory between two servers, but compress the directory on the remote host before transfer, and then uncompress to another host. I'm sure it's possible to pipe everything all ...
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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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What Windows-related files are valueless to *nix users?

I have accumulated, from my time using Windows a good quantity of held-over filesystem copies and archives of system and data drives. I am trying to distill them down to the usable parts while ...
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Clear unused space with zeros (btrfs)

How to clear unused space with zeros ? (I am asking for tool for btrfs filesystem) I'm looking for something smarter than cat /dev/zero > /mnt/X/big_zero ; sync; rm /mnt/X/big_zero Like ...
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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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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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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 ...
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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 ...