systematic backups in Linux?

Jude DaShiell jdashiel at
Fri Oct 23 05:51:17 UTC 2009

I'll need to be doing local backups and have an external hard drive I can 
use for that purpose.  I'm using slackware and will check for rdiff-backup 
but if that's not found, can anyone share some good rsync commands or 
scripts to do proper backup and restore using rsync will need full and 
incremental backup information too.  I understand /dev /proc /pts and 
another directory tree need to have empty directories created in rsync 
backups so the system will be able to run after the backup I got this 
information from the backup tutorial in dar-docs package on debian.  I 
would use dar if all I had was zip disks but this external drive is larger 
than that. On Thu, 1 May 2008, John covici wrote:

> I have been using rdiff-backup lately and its working pretty good for
> me -- does not use ftp but rsync and ssh.  It is available in at least
> Debian, and gentoo.
> on Thursday 05/01/2008 Karen Lewellen(klewellen at wrote
> > Hi folks,
> > Wondering about this in theory?
> > I would guess I would require a dsl connection, something I presently
> > do not have, but wanted to ask this anyway.
> > I have a major quantity of files in my shellworld workspace.  Last weekend,
> > I noticed that almost every file with a certain extension, .mp3, had
> > disappeared.  Given I am both a singer and a radio producer with many
> > files of critical importance in this format I was not happy.  to his
> > credit, the files were restored, and what was missing is likely in themail
> > folders I keep to insure I am covered.  to his detriment, no explanation
> > was offered as to how this happened.
> > So, I realize the time is coming for me to set up an alternative backup
> > of my own.
> > Having this Linux box built has been slower than planned, I do not even
> > have access to a cd burner yet.  However I am wondering if there is a
> > Linux utility that will let me make scheduled backups from my shellworld
> > space to  my Linux machine via ftp?  If so, in which distribution?
> > Thanks, and if my question is not clear enough let me know.
> > Karen
> >
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