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    I'm switching a file server from Windows to Ubuntu. I've been using SyncBack SE for backups and I would like something very similar for Ubuntu. (BTW, I installed gnome on my file server because I'm not an admin - just a home user.)

    I heard about Flyback, but I didn't try it yet. Is that the best GUI backup app for Ubuntu?

    I want something that supports versioning of files and that stores the backed up files in their original (uncompressed) condition. I also want to be able to select which files are backed up via the GUI.

    SyncBack SE has a nice feature that lets you choose whether all new files in a location of included in the backup or excluded. I'd like this functionality in a Ubuntu app too.

    Thanks for any suggestions or pointers to other threads.
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    Re: Need a friendly but powerful backup app

    Try Abakt.

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    Re: Need a friendly but powerful backup app

    Quote Originally Posted by Amarsingh0793 View Post
    Try Abakt.

    http://www.xs4all.nl/~edienske/abakt/

    Thanks but, it says the project is discontinued.

    EDIT: I see Abuktu is the successor. http://www.xs4all.nl/~edienske/abaktu/

    Any other suggestions anyone? Thanks.

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    Re: Need a friendly but powerful backup app

    Hello

    You might want to try out pybackpack which uses rdiff-backup to do incremental backups of files in there native state (uncompressed).
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    Re: Need a friendly but powerful backup app

    Quote Originally Posted by raptor2552 View Post
    Hello

    You might want to try out pybackpack which uses rdiff-backup to do incremental backups of files in there native state (uncompressed).
    It looks interesting. Thanks.

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    Re: Need a friendly but powerful backup app

    cd /

    create a file called exclude, and in this file put

    tmp
    proc
    mnt
    lost+found
    sys
    usr/backup

    cd /usr && mkdir backup

    cd /

    rsync --delete-after -avz --exclude-from=exclude / /usr/backup/

    your entire root filesystem EXCLUDING whats in the file exclude will be copied to /usr/backup/

    The NEXT time you run this command, ONLY the changed files from / will be copied over, so the process takes a FRACTION of the time. Also, changes in the / filesystem will be deleted in /usr/backup (thats what --delete-after) does. In short, /usr/backup is a mirror of /

    I would run this is rescue mode/root shell to minimize changes in the filesystem during the rysnc

    then, cd /usr && tar cvpf backup.tar backup/ && gzip -9 backup.tar

    Then move the backup.tar.gz to a safe place. Leave /usr/backup so you can run the command above to get only the changes to the system. Then tar and gzip once a week, delete old files, replace the new backup.tar.gz

    Also, if you run rsync with the -n flag included it will MIMICK what it is going to do without doing it.

    Then, you can play with your system, and run the above rsync command with -n to see what changes were made to the system BEFORE you started playing and reverse engineer everything.

    Also, if you ever have to re-install after something horrible, re-install Ubuntu, grab the backup.tar.gz, place it in /usr and untar it. Then in /usr/backup run:

    rsync --delete-after -avz --exclude-from=exclude /usr/backup/ /

    and the system will be put back in place.

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    Re: Need a friendly but powerful backup app

    Hi there,

    Backup utilities seem to be a hot item on the forum. A lot of people want something that looks and feels similar to the popular Windows tool Syncback.

    I have tried and tested a lot of the tools mentioned. But now, I feel that for Linux, the best backup tool for me (and surely many others) is rsync.
    Best of all: rsync now has a GUI called grsync that you can find in the Ubuntu repositories.
    Looks and feels a lot like Syncback and also works on Samba shares or mounted network drives or over an ssh, ....

    Very much worth giving a try!


    Good luck!

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    Re: Need a friendly but powerful backup app

    Quote Originally Posted by mdsharp24 View Post
    rsync --delete-after -avz --exclude-from=exclude / /usr/backup/

    your entire root filesystem EXCLUDING whats in the file exclude will be copied to /usr/backup/

    The NEXT time you run this command, ONLY the changed files from / will be copied over, so the process takes a FRACTION of the time. Also, changes in the / filesystem will be deleted in /usr/backup (thats what --delete-after) does. In short, /usr/backup is a mirror of /
    i love you
    seriosly, i've been running "cp -r / /media/backup" for far to long now
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    Re: Need a friendly but powerful backup app

    I just found the perfect backup application: storeBackup

    (see documentation here: http://www.nongnu.org/storebackup/)

    Previously, I made a list of all the backup apps I could find:
    http://davestechshop.net/ListOfFreeO...BackupSoftware

    After a lot of research, I picked storeBackup a few days ago and I have been making large backups with it already. I have backed up over 1 TB of data.

    storeBackup is awesome!

    In my opinion, these are some of its best features:
    * restore easily--even without storeBackup! The most important aspect of a backup tool is easy restoring.
    * native storage format
    * recognizes when files have been copied, moved or renamed and
    does not waste time or space to duplicate the backup of such files
    * copied, renamed or moved files with identical contents
    are hardlinked (so each backup set is complete / full)
    * copies / compresses files to another disk and generates
    backups with time stamps
    * splits big image files (from eg.\ TrueCrypt, mbox, Xen, KVM,
    VMware, etc.) or complete devices into small pieces and saves only
    differences to existing backups, thereby saving space and time
    * sophisticated including / excluding possibilities for files and
    directories
    * fast even over slow or high latency network connections

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    Re: Need a friendly but powerful backup app

    Quote Originally Posted by MountainX View Post
    I just found the perfect backup application: storeBackup
    no offence man, but you sound like an advertisment
    OH NOES!!! I HAZ CRASHED SERVER!! WHY ON EARTH WOULD YOU DO THAT?!?! CAUSE ITS FUNNY!!!!
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