systematic backups in Linux?

Jude DaShiell jdashiel at
Wed Oct 28 03:57:57 UTC 2009

Thanks, it turns out with Slackware you need to go the rsync route because 
of the minimal number of available packages for that distribution as 
compared to Debian.  I also need to figure out how to hook up properly 
with slapt-get to a mirror so I can search without going 
onto the web site too.  I used to know how to do that, but Windows rots 
the brain too much.On Fri, 23 Oct 2009, Matt Barnes wrote:

> If you decide to go the rsync route, here is a small shell script I use at
> work that will do incremental backups. It will write to a log file,
> recursively do an incremental backup from the specified folder down,
> excluding what you specify in a separate "exclude.txt" file.
> echo ---------- New ---------- >> log.txt
> date >> log.txt
> rsync -ravP --exclude-from 'exclude.txt' /dir/to/backup /dir/to/put/backups
>>> log.txt
> On Fri, Oct 23, 2009 at 1:51 AM, Jude DaShiell <jdashiel at>wrote:
>> 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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