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Re: Advise on backing up files in Etch.

On Mon, 14 May 2007 11:00:32 +0100
Chris Lale <chrislale@untrammelled.co.uk> wrote:

> José Santos wrote:
> > What application do you think its best for backing up /home files in
> > Debian Etch?
> The most robust medium is HDD. Dedicate a complete drive to backup, preferably
> on a different machine or an external drive. Rdiff-backup is good because you
> can browse the backup directly eg if you just want to examine/restore a
> particular file. Rdiff-backup stores reverse diffs so you can also get access to
> previous versions of a file. You can run Rdiff-backup as a cron job every night.

rsnapshot does something similar; it uses rsync to produce mirrors of
your data, stored exactly the same way (file structure and metadata),
and it's meant to be configured to keep multiple hourly, daily, weekly,
etc. backups. The backups can be browsed just like your original data
(no encryption or compression). It uses hardlinks to reduce space
consumption by not keeping multiple copies of identical files.

> Chris.

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