Re: Backup script
On Wed, 2011-06-01 at 20:54 -0400, shawn wilson wrote:
> On Jun 1, 2011 8:29 PM, "mark" <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
> > On Wednesday 01 June 2011 10:23:48 am Hugo Vanwoerkom wrote:
> > > Ralf Mardorf wrote:
> > > > Hi :)
> > > >
> > > > I'm writing a script to backup the 4 Linux installs and the MBRs
> > > > on my machine.
> > > >
> > > > Is there a way to copy all 4 Linux by running one of those
> > > > installs?
> > > >
> > > > With a lack of knowledge I would backup the 3 Linux that aren't
> > > > running, by the running Linux and than boot another Linux
> > > > install, to backup the previously running Linux.
> > >
> > > http://www.mondorescue.org/
> > +1, many times mondorescue has saved me.
> ... a few thoughts here:
> 1. It's generally pointless to backup full systems (forensics and
> migration being the only two caveats I can think of). And there is
> certainly no need to make four separate full disk backups for a home
> 2. Is use rsync from a central box. However Amanda is much better.
> 3. Don't backup all your files. If you think you'll need to restore a
> system quickly, setup kickstart to do the install, puppet to throw
> down your config (and possibly your files from backup). Otherwise,
> just do what I used to do and backup your data and etc using tar or
> rsync. Then, if you need to restore, just do a default install and
> then just copy back your etc and data.
A default install of what? I run well tuned audio/MIDI workstations,
e.g. completely free from hardware MIDI jitter. There is NO distro
providing this by a default install, at least not for my machine. I only
wished to know if it's possible to backup a running Linux by itself ;).
Using a GUI or so wasn't an option, because I wished the computer do do
the 4 backups, while I had to leave the house today. Usually I manually
tar those Linux, but today the script should do it.
It's also very time consuming to compile all the apps again, that need
to be compiled, the kernel, jack2 from svn etc.. Just saving the data
isn't an option.
Anyway, thank you all for the recommendations and help :).