Backup is the activity of copying files or databases so that they will be preserved in case of equipment failure or other catastrophe. This tag covers restoring from backup as well.

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list all manually created files or files with a high 'user information input entropy'

Classically Linux consists of many files being libraries, executables, configuration and documents. The general idea is that such files are just bytes and can all be considered similarly. However, ...
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Lost OS after backup of data files to external disk

Dual boot Win7 and Ubuntu 12.04 on a Fujitsu laptop I was attempting to back up my Ubuntu data files only to a WD portable HDD. My previous backup files had disappeared from a straight copy and paste ...
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Use Ubuntu network share for Apple TimeMachine backups?

I want to backup my Mac to a network drive mounted on my Ubuntu computer? How do I set this up?
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Errors when attempting to setup snapshot post LVM setup

I have been given assistance in setting up my LVM to be able to use snapshot in a previous ubuntu thread though at this point I just cannot figure out how to get my snapshot setup so that I could feel ...
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Backup function

I am attempting to make a function that you provide it a file name, it then make a back up of the file and slaps on a time stamp to mark the file. Once it time stamps the file it prints out all files ...
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failure to restore backup from deja dup

I had ubuntu 12.04.1 and I made a backup with deja dup of the home folder in an external hard disk. Today I installed ubuntu 14.4 and erased the ubuntu 12.04.1. Now I'm trying to restore my back up. ...
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Need to know best way to utilize LVM to backup Ubuntu

So I've had issues with Windows which forced me to install and learn Ubuntu as I'm fed up with MSFT. So now I need to know the most efficient/best way to image Ubuntu so that if I messed something up ...
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How to backup the root-partition without the home partition [duplicate]

I'm looking for a terminal-command or maybe GUI-programm to backup my root-partition (on a running system) without the included home-folder(on extra partition). The whole disk is encrypted and also ...
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Remote rsnapshot failing with “Permission denied” error

I'm trying to set up remote backups with rsnapshot from my home server. I want my server to connect into my laptop and take backups over SSH.Everything is set up correctly and I can connect from my ...
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How do you Image Ubuntu 12.04 and 14.04 installations for restoration?

I want to do a clean install of Ubuntu and then create an image that I can use to restore the system to a clean state after I've tested the installation and use of an app within Ubuntu. But all I'm ...
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Problems restoring partition with “fsarchiver restfs”: it gets stuck!

I am having problems restoring my partition on a new SSD with fsarchiver. The creation of the archive of my partition went pretty smooth, but I can not restore it. I do not get any error, but it ...
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Server backup to github

Is it somehow possible to backup a whole server on github from the command line? Something like: cd / git commit username/repos -patch master I know it might not be this easy, cause it might ...
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Is there a way to back up a whole hard disk (which holds the OS) and use it for a reinstall?

I've built my own system and the ssd i'm using has failed twice already. It's always been during boot up and it just says operating system missing. I've checked and made sure that it was definitely ...
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copying data and syncing new data

Part of data has been deleted and I have a backup. How can I copy back the data without syncing, and syncing only new data because the internet connection is very slow, and it is taking long time to ...
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Proper way to remove an active / inactive LVM snapshot

I have created a sample ruby script file for removing extra LVM snapshots from the system. For removing LVM snapshot, we are using lvremove command. This command is working fine and we can remove ...
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Backup finishes but does not backup /home/username/.dbus

I'm unsure what .dbus is and why this error appears at the end of each backup. It says: Backup Finished Could not back up the following files. /home/username/.dbus How can i fix it?
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restoring backup on new computer

I have been following this tutorial for backup/restore of ubuntu server : http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=35087 I have a dedicated server and in case I have to restore the whole server on a ...
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How to backup user preferences and packages list to be loaded on different machine / after format?

I'd like to install Ubuntu on my other computer, but first minimize work needed to recreate my current Ubuntu configuration, including packages and their settings (like apache2, mysql or wallch). Can ...
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An overlooked feature missing - DVD as file storage media

I'm running V14 and I cannot read any of the DVDs I have stored backup files for my novels and short stories. V14 doesn't recognize the fact that a DVD contains data instead of a movie or is some kind ...
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Backup during installation of ubuntu alongside windows

Is it necessary to create a backup before installing Ubuntu on Windows 7? If so, how do I do that in as little time as possible??
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Make “backups” icon go away

Shortly after installing Ubuntu 14.04, I started getting this annoying black-box icon on my application launcher. I have to click on it and say "skip backups" every time I restart my computer to make ...
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Déjà Dup backup Restore Failure

I tried to restore a Deja Dup backup and it fails, I get an unknown error that has a trace back that is below. If there is anyway to just open the backup folders that would be enough for me to at ...
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Where to “--exclude” the specific directory's in mine backup script using tar

I want to backup my whole linux server but where do i --exclude=proc --exclude=sys --exclude=dev/pts --exclude=/var/backups . Please help!!! Here is my code. I may also have some errors in it. ...
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Updating to 14.04.1 LTS broke netatalk mounts

This morning I updated my Ubuntu Server installation from 14.04 to 14.04.1, using do-release-upgrade. Before the update, I was able to mount the shares on this server from my Mac, as well as use a ...
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Intel SSD bug: unbootable after sleep mode with low battery. need to backup data

After putting my notebook to sleep while it was on a low battery state I pluged my cable in and turned it on again. Then I got error messages about writing data to swap, ssd superblock and I/O errors ...
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Recovering Firefox's Saved Login Details

I'm trying to log in as admin to a Joomla site of mine. I was really lazy and always relied on Firefox to remember my login info. I've recently had to replace the hard drive in my laptop. I bought an ...
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Transfer “BackinTime” saves from old PC to new one

I'm changing my pc for a newer one. For two years, I have been keeping weekly "saves" using BackinTime. These saves are very helpful: they help to quickly go over the whole history of a project. Now, ...
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Making full disk image with DD

it is possible to make a full disk image with running ubuntu with following command: dd if=/dev/sda of=/image_name After i make it, how can i restore that image on a crushed system?
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How to copy or (quickly-and-easily) backup a “special file”?

Wanting to try this unverified answer for this unanswered question, but not without some kind of quick-and-easy backup. Thought copy-and-paste of the /dev/bus/usb/004 folder would do the trick, but ...
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How to make carbon copy of Ubuntu 14.04 and re-install it later?

My Ubuntu set-up is quite complex and it requires few hours of installing software, changing bash configuration and creating a lot of symlinks. Since I often experiment with my system, it tends to get ...
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Backing up everything including packages and all for later use

So I have been using linux ubuntu for a while.. and I am loving it... I have downloaded and installed a lot of packages and softwares... Now that I am thinking of trying another linux distro... Is ...
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There is a file in ~/.cache/deja-dup/.. with 899G size

I am running my mail server on ubuntu which has 1.2 TB in total space. Today I realized there was an issue on my mail server, it was refusing sending/receiving mails due to storage which triggers ...
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Copy data held by www-data over ssh

I have an apache server (machine #1) holding a database which I want to rsync distantly (the server is actually owncloud, for those who know). My data is maintained by the server and its rights are ...
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PostgreSQL Backup With Barman

I'm trying to backup my server which i created on PostgreSQL (9.1). While on my normal user i type "su barman", it asks me barman's password, i enter the password. On barman's shell i type "barman ...
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backup in 12.04 and restore in 14.04

Is it possible to backup an SSD in ubntu 12.04 64Bit and after a clean install of 14.04 64Bit restore it? In other words, if I want to do a clean install of Ubuntu 14.04 how do I transfer all ...
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tar commands returns stdin error

tar -xvfz files.tgz gzip: stdin: not in gzip format tar: Child returned status 1 tar: Error is not recoverable: exiting now This the error i got. (This file is created by tar -cvzf file.tgz file ) ...
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Alternative to missing samba_backup

The packaged samba-4 install does not include the samba_backup utility that normally comes with the source code install. Is it included in some other package? Is there an alternative solution that ...
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How to periodically back up a folder on change?

I want to achieve the following functionality in ubuntu but I dont know how to do it. I need a daemon that periodically backs up a directory, say dir to another location by doing the following: ...
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Questions about reinstallation

I reinstalled Ubuntu and got a system without internet. After deleting all types of drivers and putting important drivers and resetting network, it worked. Recently, I installed pantheon and mate, and ...
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Writing a script to rsync all directories

I have a huge set of backup files, each containing a directory of Videos. Each video directory is slightly different. I would like to merge these into a single directory to conserve, as I don't ...
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How to restore a Déjà Dup Backup file at command prompt with duplicity

I have used Déjà Dup Backup Tool to backup to external hard disk (/media/TOSHIBA EXT/) Now I want to test the backup. So I deleted one test file (/home/rch/hecatombe.txt). I can restore that file ...
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True Image Alternative

Is there any alternative to Acronis True Image which supports ext4/btrfs and has the same capabilities? I want: compression partition/disk level and also file level backup and restore image ...
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Lubuntu: After log in hangs. Need to backup and save my files

Problem: My lubuntu was having some problems with firefox yesterday so I decided to close it down and restart. But after logging in it just hangs. Nothing happens. Afters some searching on here I ...
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restore a backup from duplicity

I lost everything on my computer but hopefully I made several backups with duplicity. My problem is that I can't restore these backups. I tried a couple of commands like duplicity restore ...
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Is there any medium to easily backup my files in Ubuntu? [duplicate]

I would like to know about how to easily backup my files.
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How can I configure a second SSH key + user for a single server?

I have a SSH key which is passphrase-protected. Authentication to the server is by SSH key only, password authentication is disabled. Both the server and my desktop run Ubuntu 14.04 and authentication ...
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Automatic backup of folder

I have one particular folder on my linux box that I would like to have fully backed up and be able to "go back in time" on a file and see all previous revisions. To add complications, this folder is ...
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How to use Ubuntu Terminal to backup data over a shared netowrk drive

Firstly, I must confess and say that I'm very green in Linux so kindly forgive me for my newbie question. Secondly, forgive me again for the long post - I just had to be sure I got everything down. ...
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Is there a diff. or inc. backup with universal viewability

Is there such a thing as a differential or incremental backup where you don't need a specific program - just a file browser - to view (the most recent/the least recent/any version of) backed-up files? ...
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Deja-Dup: Upgrading to 14.04

I'm still running 12.04, waiting for the automatic upgrade to show up in the update manager. I have a Data partition different from my Ubuntu home, where I keep mainly all my work and important ...