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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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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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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copy_only_missing? - Copy from /A to /C only paths missing on /B and /C - concise way

I'd like to copy from /A to /C only paths missing on /B and /C. (Please assume those are paths, and can represent also remote locations e.g. mounted via sshfs) I wonder... Is there more concise way ...
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Finding edited system files

I am installing a new OS (old = Ubuntu 12.04; new = Ubuntu 16.06). I want to be able to back-up any system files I have edited on the old system but don't know all the ones I have updated. How would I ...
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Allow the restricted rsync (rrsync) script for arbitrary directories with authorized_keys

Automating Backups I would like to implement a backup solution with copies data from various directories from a Web server (WebServer) to a local backup server (BackupServer). The backup should run ...
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How to set up permissions on external hard drive in order to use it to backup using rsync?

So I have recently installed arch linux, and I was looking into a good way to back up my data. Looking at the wiki, I decided I followed this gude: https://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/...
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Restore Back In Time From Ubuntu To Debian

I used Back In Time (BIT) to back up my data to an external USB drive on Ubuntu 12.04. After problems with Ubuntu I made a fresh install of Debian 8.3. In Debian I have installed BIT and can see the ...
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rsnapshot default root directory seems wrong

I'm running openSuse 13.2. In the config file, /etc/rsnapshot.conf.default, there is the following entry: snapshot_root /.snapshots/ rsnapshot has never been run. Yet in /.snapshots there are a ...
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rsync with --link-dest options doesn't create hard links [closed]

I created a backup script that should create incremental backups every day and a full backup once a week from a remote host to my external backup hard drive. (short example at the bottom) The script ...
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Is it necessary to transfer `tar` files through `rsync` in archive mode?

I have a bunch of tar files in my machine which I want to transfer to an external hard drive (EHD); they where created preserving permissions (using the -p flag). I plan to use rsync to copy them to ...
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Cannot close the file /etc/mtab when restoring /etc with rar

Prior to reinstalling VPS and upgrading from Debian 6 to Debian 8, I have archived /etc/ folder. Now, I am trying to extract and overwrite everything, but somewhere in the process I get this message ...
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Where does cups store its configuration?

I want to do a backup of my cups configuration to transfer it to a new system. But where does cups actually store the printer settings? I've watched /etc/cups/ but the only thing that happened when ...
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Backing up a full Linux installation

Is it possible to backup a full Linux System on a USB-Stick and reinstall it on the same device again? I have already looked into Software like Clonezilla, but all of those solutions don't seem to ...
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How to start GUI of Deja Dup in Debian 8.1?

I installed Deja dup by sudo apt-get install deja-dup but I cannot find it in Search. It appears in commandline, but not like in Ubuntu like here. I did not find any GUI for deja-dup in apt-cache ...
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how to use dd to backup second linux hard drive from os x?

I have a MacBook with Linux installed on the primary hard drive. On an external USB 3.0 drive, I have OS X installed. The external drive has plenty of space so I would like to boot up OS X and make ...
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btrfs - snapshot of a parent subvolume excludes child subvolumes?

Let's say I want to exclude ever-changing logfiles from backups. Parent subvolume / Child subvolume /log I snapshot /. Looking at the snapshot, /.snapshots/today/log will be empty, correct? This is ...
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Pack installed system in tar.gz file

I have arch linux installed, with partition scheme like this: /dev/mapper/lvm-root -> / /dev/mapper/lvm-home -> /home /dev/mapper/lvm-opt -> /opt /dev/mapper/lvm-pkg -> /var/cache/...
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What happens if I move the hard drives used by Rsync to another computer, and keep syncing them with it?

I realise the question is confusing, so allow me to elaborate. I apologise for the phrasing, as I wasn't sure how to put it. Here's the scenario: As my backup, currently my Mac launches Rsync every ...
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Can set up a cron job to copy my server to Amazon S3

I have an Ubuntu 12.04 install on physical hardware. I will then install Geonode on it. The system will be running at a place with variable network capacity. My colleagues will add data and should ...
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configuring rsync for incremental backup and recovery

The setup is a NAS box on a lan mounted as NFS and the source is a laptop running an old kubuntu 10.4. Rsync has to be run as a local file copy, NAS box doesn't support an rsync daemon. How do I ...
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Rsync error 23: some files were not transferred, when copying files from Windows drive to external HDD

I wanted to copy files from the Windows drive to external HDD using rsync, with the following command: rsync -azv --progress --exclude-from '/home/mint/exclude.txt' '/media/mint/OS/' '/media/mint/...
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How to backup files with only a minimal rescue 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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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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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 ...
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backup inode table on ext2/3/4

is it possible, to backup on regular basis inode table (including all inode information) on ext2/3/4? If yes, how to do it, or which program to use?
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s3cmd: how to use exclude-from with a file list of excluded directories

I cannot seem to get the --exclude-from= option to work with my exclude GLOB file when synchronizing with my s3 bucket. Here is a trivial example to demonstrate: I create the following file tree ...
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Best mechanism for logging in and uploading backup files

I have a server that I want to regularly backup. I create backups with encrypted tar using OpenSSL, and now I want to connect to my home server and upload my backed up files there. I need a mechanism,...
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Why doesn't `restore` display my UTF-8 encoded filenames correctly in interactive mode?

When using the interactive mode of the restore utility to restore backups made with dump UTF-8-encoded filenames doesn't display correctly, see example below. The ??s should be ös ... $ sudo restore -...
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Reverse rysnc with multiple sources

I'm working on some backup script right now. To speed the process up I used rsync with all folders to be backed up. (Something like this: rysnc -a --delete --progress $folder1 $folder2 $folder3 ...
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rsync “Permission denied” despite ownership

I just rsync'd a bunch of files, from a Windows box running cygwin sshd, to a CentOS 6.4 box. I ran rsync -e sshd... on CentOS to do this. Then I plugged in a USB drive on the CentOS box, formatted ...
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Back up snapshots without being admin

I would like to make a back up/snapshot of a folder where I have built various programs (~4.1 GB in size). The idea is to be able to quickly restore everything in this path to it's original state in ...
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backup / on ntfs filesystem encrypted

I was about to backup my archlinux, following this guide to my FritzBox, (which enforces a NTFS system that I mounted via samba) as I remembered, that NTFS is not capable to keep permissions and other ...
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How to let rsync additionally store an differential changelog in another directory?

I'm using rsync --link-dir to obtain daily snapshots with little space usage due to the hardlinking. It would however be nice to also have a directory that, while mirroring the original structure, ...
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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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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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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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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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Why won't Bacula work without the label command?

I followed the instructions here for setting up Bacula, but when I test it by going into bconsole and running a backup, it doesn't work. There is one step missing from those instructions. You have to ...
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How to compress all files in folder and erase the untared versions via command line?

I have a backup disk containing uncompressed versions of my files that I would like to compress to save space on this disk. The disk (containing files to compress) is full (about 3TB with 17GB free). ...
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How to copy or restore OS via apt package-list? [duplicate]

I want to find a way to backup my system in the manner of storing a list installed packages. I want to be able to reproduce my setup for the case of a reinstall or automatically provision a VM with ...
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Duplicity + Amazon S3 Glacier. How Much “Unfreezing” to Resume Backup

It's been a couple of months since I last did a Duplicity backup [to Amazon S3] and, in the meantime thanks to an automatic 30-day rule I have on my Amazon buckets, my S3 backup has been moved from ...
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Restoring file system using tar causes login loop

Note: I am doing this to learn more about linux. I understand there are other tools that can be used with simple interfaces. Note: I am using Fedora 23. I have it installed physically on an SSD and ...
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systemd: gracefully fail backup when external disk not plugged in

I have a backup setup where I use systemd timers to do hourly, daily, weekly, and monthly backups. Each timer unit triggers a service that runs the backup script. The backup service units are of the ...
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How to reconfigure grub on a backed up arch linux on a USB flash disk

i managed to back up my arch linux suing rsync : # rsync -aAXv --exclude={"/dev/*","/proc/*","/sys/*","/tmp/*","/run/*","/mnt/*","/media/*","/lost+found"} / /run/media/username/archlinux edited ...
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systemd timer running rsync at 3am and stopping at 6am

How to make a systemd .timer , that starts rsync A U@H:B at 3am and stops (e.g. kill -TERM) at 6am on weekdays ? Do I have to make one that starts at 3am, and second that runs kill at 6am and for ...