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Re: Backup Scripts - can o worms

Tom Allison wrote:
Adam Porter wrote:

Gene Heskett wrote:

On Friday 01 April 2005 05:04, Tom Allison wrote:

These are the packages I can get from Debian.
Amanda is not one of them.

Thats amazeing to me, and a bit of an enlightenment regarding the maintainers of debian. See <http://www.amanda.org>, its a program thats been usable, and yet still in active development for well over a decade now. I'm currently running the 2.4.5b1-20050329 release. There are, from time to time, packages built for the various packaging systems, but the tarball is so easy to build I haven't used anythng else now in 7+ years.

$ apt-cache search amanda
amanda-client - Advanced Maryland Automatic Network Disk Archiver (Client)
amanda-common - Advanced Maryland Automatic Network Disk Archiver (Libs)
amanda-server - Advanced Maryland Automatic Network Disk Archiver (Server) cdrw-taper - taper replacement for amanda to support backups to CD-RW or DVD+RW
chiark-backup - backup system for small systems and networks
flexbackup - Flexible backup tool for small to medium sized installations
mtx - controls tape autochangers

Yeah.  I missed that.
I was searching in aptitude for backup.

bacula sounds pretty capable but perhaps tricky? Anything with that many pages to the manual can't be too trivial.

I'm basically trying to find something to back up several machines directories (/etc /home /var/spool/mail) onto one location and to do that efficiently. The complete daily tarballs of backup-manager is easy to do, but takes up a lot of space.

One of the difficulties I have is that one of the machines is in a DMZ and I guess I'll need a pinhole to my LAN to run most of these applications.

Hi Tom,

I like RSnapshot [http://www.rsnapshot.org/].

It uses hard links to do (very) regular incremental snapshots without taking up a lot of disk space.

It uses RSync in order to reduce network load.

It will backup multiple hosts.

Its a snap to setup.

Maybe it is suitable for your purposes, maybe not, but I works well for me so I recommend it.


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