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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Thunderbird: server connection slow after restoring backup on Mint

I've made a copy of the .thunderbird folder in my home directory (on Ubuntu 12.04) and restored that backup on a freshly installed Mint 17.1 Cinnamon using the Profile Dialog of Thunderbird. ...
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Make links work in backup?

One file system of mine has many symlinks which link to directories in the file system. Is it possible to create a backup of the file system where the backups of the links work (i.e. still point to ...
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Difference between remastersys backup & remastered disk

I am new in Linux OS. I want to take backup of my machine. Now, I am at stage of taking backup but it asks me for below options Option 1] remastersys backup Option 2] remastersys disk I ...
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Backup of home folder store network and printer settings?

Does restoring my home folder, restore network and printer settings on elementary os?
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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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Restoring a big partition to a smaller partition with Clonezilla

Some time ago I created a backup of an EXT4 partition with Clonezilla. Now the HDD crashed and I lost some important data. The size of the image of the partition is 50GB. I tried to restore this ...
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Deal with files modified by OS or programs in / and /home when backing up the two partitions?

It is said that when backing up a filesystem, don't modify its file(s). When back up an installed OS under /, the OS can modify any file at any time, and is it a problem? Or the files the OS ...
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what distinguishes Rsync-type backups from other backups?

This link classifies incremental backups into Rsync-type and other type: Rsync-type backups The main characteristic of this type of backups is that they maintain a copy of the directory you ...
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Restore from incremental backup?

I read some books which use dump and restore. They said that during restore, first restore the latest full backup, and then restore each incremental backup created after the full backup. But I am ...
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rsync error during incremental backup

I am learning how to use rysnc (version 3.0.9, protocol version 30) to do backup on a toy example, from a dir /tmp/pdf to a backup dir /tmp/backup, following ...
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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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backup program in Ubuntu? [closed]

Some Unix/Linux books (UNIX and Linux System Administration Handbook by Nemeth, Synder, Hein and Whaley, 2010, and Essential System Administration: Tools and Techniques for Linux and Unix ...
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block-level or file-level backup for filesystems? [duplicate]

Under 32-bit Ubuntu 12.04 (for backup) and 64-bit Ubuntu 14.04 or 14.10 (for possible restore), which is better for backing up two or three filesystems (for user data ntfs file system, and/or for OS ...
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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/' ...
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Deduplication tool for rsync?

Is there a Linux / Unix tool that does de-duplication similar to the way Veeam does it before compressing and sending a backup with rsync to a mirrored location?
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Let root read all files on NFS directory, even though server has root_squash enabled

I have a NFS directory that is used by multiple users, and hosted on a NFS server that I do not control. I would like to back up the contents of the NFS directory from my client machine. My first ...
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Rsnapshot destination full - how to safely rerun?

I ran my Rsnapshot backup today but my external drive became full half-way through the incremental backup (I have about 20 incremental backups now). rsync: write failed on "<path>": No space ...
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checksum of corrupt file

A backup system ought to be able to handle several scenarios including file deletion, theft, natural disaster and file corruption. [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Data_loss] In terms of file ...
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How to Free Up Space in a Dynamically Growing qcow2 VM image?

This has happened to one of my VM's that's running CentOS under Proxmox. I copied about 40 GB of data into a VM. I then deleted that 40 GB data a day later. Now taking a backup of the same VM takes ...
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cronjob for automatic DB backup to date prefixed file

I am using the latest Linux Mint. I was wondering if it's possible to create a special cronjob for a database backup. In my /etc/cronjob file I have the following code: # Minute Hour Day of ...
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crashplan desktop alternative?

Is there a good alternative (free software) for Crashplan for UNIX desktops? There is a plethora of backup systems out there, but there doesn't seem to be one that rivals with Crashplan. The ...
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What is the expected performance of obnam? Or: why is it so slow?

I've been playing around with obnam these last few days, and although it looks very promising and seems to offer basically everything I ever wanted in a backup tool, I am pretty disappointed in its ...
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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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Backup MySQL Database using gzip and send it directly to FTP Server using CURL

I have a NAS Server and i want to backup the mysql database in gzip format then upload it to ftp server using curl. I also want the filename of the backup to have the current DATE. It is possible to ...
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Transferring files from a Linux laptop to a Windows laptop

How do I transfer my Linux Peppermint laptop files to a Windows 8.1 laptop? I'm a relatively new Linux user.
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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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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 ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Is it possible to have more than just one backup when editing text files?

Gedit and medit are two text editors that I know of that allow me to save a backup. So, if I create a file called temp.txt the next time I edit it and then save it, I'll have a backup called ...
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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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What's an effective offsite backup strategy for a ZFS mirrored pool?

I use a ZFS pool consisting of two mirrored disks. To get offsite backups going I've purchased two more disks. My initial plan was to create the offsite backup by attaching a third disk to the ...
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Should I increase inode count for a rsync backup volume?

Considering rsync used for incremental OS backup creates hardlink farms for all non-differing files, if I use it to backup a large, slowly-changing system regularly to a dedicated volume, I'm worried ...
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ideal btrfs storage scheme to incorporate external USB HDD as backup media

Is there a way to leverage btrfs's advanced features (COW, snapshots, etc.) to continuously backup/mirror my main storage volume to an external USB HDD?
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How to use a bootable USB stick and Linux to recover data from a broken hard drive

I would like to run a Linux installation on my Mac from a pen drive in order to create an emergency backup of my most important files. I do not know whether my hard drive is physically broken or just ...
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Using rsync for incremental backup, what happens when original full backup is due for deletion?

I have started an incremental back up, on an external hard drive, of my Fedora 20 data etc using the scheme from here, which produces a full back up on day 1 followed by incremental backups using hard ...
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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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ZFS backup advice with another server

I currently have two servers both have the exact same hardware, disks, etc. One server (server1) is going to be the "main" server. It's basically a server with raidz2 that has SMB shares on it that ...
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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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How to use terminal to access iCloud Drive when Finder is not running

I would like to access iCloud drive from Terminal in order to create an emergency backup. Unfortunately, my installation of Mac OS Yosemite is not operational, so I am using recovery mode to create my ...
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Can I change the exclude file list while running rsync under a cron job

I am using Fedora 20, MATE desktop, zshell. I have started a cronjob to run, every evening, an incremental backup using rsync, closely following the suggestions here. After the first run yesterday, ...
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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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Raspberry Pi backup server (Mac & Windows) [closed]

I would like to set up my raspberry pi model B and my 2TB hard drive as a backup server for both my windows pc and my mac. I would like to partition my hard drive such that 300GB is for mac time ...
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Is btrfs suitable as backup filesystem?

Right now I have a pretty traditional backup filesystem structure on top of ext4. Every time a backup is made, a new folder backup-DATE is created to which files are rsync'ed (with hardlinks made ...
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What root directories should I back up? [duplicate]

I intend to start incremental backups of my Fedora 20 system, and would like to know what root directories I should include, and what directories it is useful to exclude. I know there is a lot of ...
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What does 'mount point' mean in a Linux installer?

While installing Linux, it asks for a 'mount point' selection. I gave it /, but I don't know the exact meaning and aim of this. Also, now I want to create one more mount point, /home in my machine ...