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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Is there any way to take my current setup and put it on a live disk, then install it to another machine?

A tutorial or specific directions would be great.
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Using LVM snapshots on a live system: possibility of corruption due to system activity

If I am doing backups from LVM snapshots of a live system, how can I best avoid problems due to the snapshot being taken during things like upgrades? Presumably this wouldn't be catastrophic, since ...
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Possibility of inconsistencies in backups across LVM logical volume snapshots

I'd like to start using LVM snapshots to help ensure quality backups. If I have a /var partition that is on a separate volume from the rest of the root filesystem, can I still ensure that a backup ...
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What are full partition/disk imaging solutions that produce mountable images?

I want to make full disk images of different computers that I could later restore if something goes wrong. Also, being able to mount the image/access the backed up files would be really useful. What ...
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Where are GNOME keyboard shortcuts stored?

I usually load a new version for every release to keep my OS fresh while preserving the last version on another partition as backup. I also employ a lot of custom key mappings. I've figured out how ...
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Is there another way for me to backup /home/user other than creating a subvolume?

I think I'm having difficulty fully understanding subvolumes and snapshots. The /home partition is btrfs. I want to create a "backup" snapshot of /home/user (for example) but user has existed for ...
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Cloud storage that works with rsnapshot?

I’ve started using rsnapshot as my backup system for my home PC. I really like the idea of hard links and how they are handled. But I can’t find the best workflow. Currently I keep my snapshots on the ...
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Avoiding backing up system-managed files

I'd like to do thorough backups, but want to avoid backing up files which can be replaced via apt. Does this effectively just consist of omitting /usr, with the exception of /usr/local, as well as /...
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How can I backup my Repositories?

I want to backup all the repositories I added to the Ubuntu Software Center, but apparently sources.list contains only the ones which belong to Canonical. So where do I find the other ones?
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What can I use to automate backups of Gmail?

I'd like to automate the process of locally backing up my Gmail account, and am looking for a solution that: can be scheduled to run in the background does not cause messages to be marked as read ...
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Is it possible to backup individual files with Deja Dup?

In the Deja Dup preferences, it is possible to select certain folders to backup and certain folders to exclude. I would like to be able to backup individual files in my Home folder (Such as .vimrc ...
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What is the best solution to backing up your computer to an external HD? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Comparison of backup tools I have an external hard drive that I would like to make backups to, what I would like is have a program that is easy to set up to accomplish this ...
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How do I exclude Windows during back up?

I am backing up Ubuntu and went to check out how it was going and noticed it was backing up my Windows too. How do I exclude Windows during backup? It says /host, so would I just do --exclude=/host? ...
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Script for an incremental file system backup

I'd like to run the following incomplete script weekly in as a cron job to backup my home directory to an external drive mounted as /mnt/backups #!/bin/bash # TIMEDATE=$(date +%b-%d-%Y-%k:%M) ...
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How to make a disk image and restore from it later?

I'm a new Linux user. I've reinstalled my Wubi from scratch at least ten times the last few weeks because while getting the system up and running (drivers, resolution, etc.) I've broken something (X, ...
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Windows 7 style backup?

With Windows 7 I can easily set up a scheduled backup, which will incrementally backup directories I have selected, as well as create a disk image, all whilst I am still using my PC. Is there ...
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When is it appropriate to use `dump` vs `rsync`?

When is it appropriate to use dump vs rsync for backups?
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How to recreate cache for “APTonCD” after cleaning cache through apt-get clean?

I recently had to opt for cleaning my cache through apt-get clean after getting lots of GPG errors during update. But it's created another problem for me since I want to create an "APTonCD" for backup....
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Cron jobs show up in GNOME Scheduler but don't execute

I have configured Back In Time and MySQL Administrator to make a backup every day at 15:00. In order to be sure I have installed Gnome Scheduler to see whether these two applications are registered ...
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Automatic backup with Back in Time?

I have installed Back In Time Backup Application and configured to backup one important folder every day into another folder. Question. Does it perform backup operation only when the application ...
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When I boot-up I get this dialog: “Backup Failed: Failed with an unknown error”

Backup Failed Failed with an unknown error. When I booted-up this morning I got a dialog which presented the above message and no other information! The dialog is "helpful" in that it tells ...
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Should I include /dev in backups?

After searching this site, and reading the Ubuntu community documentation, I've decided to use a simple tar command such as sudo tar -cvpzf serverbackupMMDDYYYY.tgz --exclude=/proc --exclude=/lost+...
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Write dd image to disk

Before I installed Ubuntu on my old computer, I took backups of both partitions with dd. Long story short: I now want to restore these two files, XP.dd and Storage.dd, to the computer again. How do I ...
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How to backup a system with whole disk-encryption?

What's the way to backup a system encrypted with whole disk-encryption? I mean, The total system is encrypted, not only the home folder.
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Backup sources and setting for reinstall [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Best way to backup all settings, list of installed packages, tweaks, etc? I currently have Ubuntu 10.10 installed on my laptop. Configured just the way I like it. Now I ...
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Can upgrading packages during an in-progress backup render the backup unusable?

I am running BackupPC, which backs up my laptop via rsync to another computer daily. Suppose that I upgrade one or more packages during the backup process. Is it possible that the package will be ...
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Easy backup/restore of installed system?

Is there any easy and open source backup/restore solution for installed (after clear install) Ubuntu system, like Acronis Home backup ?
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Is this SystemRestore available?

I saw something similar in Windows for Ubuntu at https://wiki.ubuntu.com/SystemRestore. I was wondering if it has been available now? Thanks!
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Can't boot after recovering backup

I installed Xubuntu 10.10 on a 16 GB pendrive with full disk encryption using the alternate installer. The installation process was quite time consuming so I made a backup booting from the standard ...
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Ubuntu Backup Solution to backup a networked mounted drive to the local disk, and with a gui

I'm running an internal network LAMP server on ubuntu 10.10. I have another ubuntu running on an older ppc g5 with a 640gb drive in it. I'd like to run some software on that G5 that does some snapshot ...
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Backup Evolution Mail

I would like to backup my email that I have already downloaded and stored in Evolution. I know there is an option in Evolution to backup your Evolution settings but how can you backup your mail ...
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How to backup BOINC

I have BOINC Manager installed from the PPA, version 6.10.17, and I am about to upgrade my Ubuntu install with a clean install. I would like to know how I can backup my work done on BOINC so I don't ...
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Can I use dd command to backup a partition on a FTP server?

can I use the dd command to backup a file on a ftp server rather than network share?
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How can I substitute colons when I rsync on a USB key?

I would like to backup my mail directory on a USB key. However, my IMAP has a strange naming convention that something include a colon (:) character. Since the USB is in a window format, rsync fail ...
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What is the easiest way to back-up and archive DVD's to another DVD?

Preferably a all in one software package.
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Steps for restoring the home directory? (User IDs etc.)

Say I have a home.tgz and want to drop that on a freshly installed ubuntu box. What do I need to do before I untar the file? Create users? What about user IDs? Groups? What about encryption?
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What do I need to do to backup&restore (copy) users when migrating from one Ubuntu Box to another? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Upgrade while keeping home partition Scenario: New PC with fresh Ubuntu installation (10) + Old PC with Ubuntu (8) Want to copy the old users' setting+files onto the new ...
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What directories do I need to save to backup my user settings?

Ok, so my disk is dying. I have read this - http://askubuntu.com/questions/2724/best-way-to-clone-ubuntu-installation-copying-to-identical-hardware - but don't really need to copy the whole partition....
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How to backup settings and list of installed packages

If I want to make a backup of everything I have done since the fresh install of Ubuntu, what are the possible options? What all should I backup? I want to get all the settings that I changed, all the ...
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Where are all my Empathy settings stored?

I would like to know where Empathy stores all my information, so as to be able to back it up and re-use on a different Ubuntu machine. So far I have found only the conversation logs in ~/.local/share/...
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Is there such a thing as a restore point in Ubuntu?

Windows has this. Basically what I want is to record the state of the system either manually or periodically and then restore to that point if required. For example, before upgrading the distribution, ...
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Is there a system journal that I can install?

I am talking about a program that will show you all the changes you made to the system, in case I have to trouble shoot my system? A CLI one will be better, in case of worst case scenario
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Clone Ubuntu Machine

I have an install of Ubuntu Maverick on slicehost, that I'd like to replicate on a different machine (a kvm VM install). Is there a simple way of mirroring all it? I mainly care about installed ...
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How to back up my entire system?

If I want to make a backup of my entire OS (including but not just my home directory), how do I go about this? Is it as simple as backing up everything in / and then when if I suffer a crash, just ...
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What software can be used to create a restorable drive image?

Not sure what Linux software I would use for this, basically just like Acronis True Image for Windows, but for Linux. The rule is that we are keeping Windows out of the equation, I want to be able to ...
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What way is best for backing up apache2, mysql, cvs and webmin configuration files [closed]

I've Ubuntu 9.10 cloud servers running. I'll be using server administering gui tool 'webmin' for backing up resources like apache configuration files, mysql, cvs, the directory /var/www, and the ...
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How to keep “dot files” under version control?

Etckeeper is a great tool for keeping track of changes to your configuration files in /etc A few key things about it really stand out. It can be used with a wide variety of VCSs: git, mercurial, darcs,...
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What happens if rsnapshot / rdiff-backup gets interrupted in the middle of a transfer? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What happens if rsnapshot / rdiff-backup gets interrupted in the middle of a transfer? What happens if rsnapshot or rdiff-backup gets interrupted in the middle of a ...
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Clone system and auto replicate the changes

Is it possible to clone an Ubuntu system and if any changes are made to original system, those should be replicated to the one cloned? I need to have backup support if original one gets down. In my ...
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What happens if rsnapshot / rdiff-backup gets interrupted in the middle of a transfer?

Question says it all: What happens if rsnapshot or rdiff-backup gets interrupted in the middle of a transfer? I know that rsnapshot tries to make a complete snapshot of your system in rotating ...