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Re: [opensuse] Suggestions for backup software?
  • From: Donald D Henson <wepin-list@xxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Tue, 01 Apr 2008 09:19:21 -0600
  • Message-id: <47F25279.9040802@xxxxxxxxx>
John Andersen wrote:
On Sun, Mar 30, 2008 at 6:08 PM, Carlos E. R.
<robin.listas@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
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The Monday 2008-03-31 at 00:15 +0300, Stan Goodman wrote:

> I would be grateful for advice about backup software appropriate for my
> situation, and for remarks people using such utilities, including what to
> avoid. I can see that there are several packages available through YaST,
> but it would be helpful to know what others think about them and about
> relative advantages.
> I have only one Linux system here, so network capability is not important.
> I do not have a tape drive, but would be read carefully any remarks about
> whether I need one. If not, then it would have to be something capable of
> bridging DVDs for a total backup, and probably CDs for incremental
> backup.

To DVD, "dar".

To an external HD via USB, rsync and the variants they have already told

Cheers for an external USB hard drive.

Boo for the Rsync.

Rsync is NOT a good backup tool. Backups should be a point in time
image of the file system. Rsync wants to match changes on a file by file basis,
which means if you delete a file rsync dutifully deletes your backup
of that file.


That's why you should use rdiff-backup instead of rsync. With rdiff-backup, you can restore that deleted file as long as you haven't started over.

Better to use something that can compress files and thereby
allow multiple backup images of the file system.

rdiff-backup is differential, i.e. it saves changes to files. This makes for a very efficient use of storage space, much better than simple compression.

I use BRU for this. I pay for it. Its worth it.

I back up to a USB drive, but it can also drive most tape drives
on the market.

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