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Top Backup Solutions for Linux

Nov 18, 2009, 14:34 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Matt Hartley)

"AMANDA, Bacula … seriously? Not so much for most people. Meanwhile, the fact is this: there is a mix of simple, often less than sys-admin-friendly solutions being completely overlooked.

"Dedicated home partitions

"If there is one thing you can do to make reinstalling your favorite Linux distro MUCH less of a hassle, it's to maintain a dedicated home partition. This alone has saved me days of data recovery headaches. Even with my Home directory being held off-site as another backup altogether, I have never had much of an issue dealing with anything short of merely reinstalling the Linux installation to get things back to normal. My personal settings are always ready for me with each new install or updated release of my preferred distro.

"External hard drive and a command line

"While there is likely a cleaner syntax to copying directories such as the Home directory, I have found that a simple cp -r can do wonders when coupled with an external hard drive. While not as sexy as using some GUI based program to run stuff like Rsync, I have found that for preserving one's settings that this is all I ever needed."

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