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So I ran into some issues booting my machine recently. Apparently after an update is when the chaos started.

I was told to backup log files but I am unsure how to back them up. Is there anyway to automate that process?

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To back up your logs, sudo cp -R /var/log /root/log, what problem are you having exactly as it seem backing up your logs is unlikely to help. –  bodhi.zazen Feb 21 '12 at 23:49
    
Not sure. I'm very new to Ubunut and it was suggested it could've been an update that caused my system to not boot. –  Muhnamana Feb 22 '12 at 0:34
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If you want to use periodic or scheduled backups I would recommend luckybackup. It is the front-end GUI to rsync. This allows you to choose WHAT and WHEN to backup. It can also run unattended.

sudo apt-get install luckybackup

If you do here is the download page http://luckybackup.sourceforge.net/download.html

Log files are usually located in the /var/log/

You can also install a log viewer

sudo apt-get install gnome-system-log

This will allow you to view those files without having to use the terminal.

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