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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Avoid flooding disk by copying to failed mount point

I intend to copy files from one Kubuntu PC to the Samba share of a second PC as a backup. For this purpose I am using a backup GUI tool. I would like to mount the samba share to a mount point on the ...
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Erase duplicate files?

I have a 1 TB hard drive which I have been using for backups for a few years. The problem is I only did backups by hand. So now I have a lot of duplicates saved up. Is there a software or a script ...
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how to find a folder based on creation time

I would like to write a small script that: finds the creation date/time of a folder on a server that creates a backup folder every two days with the date as 2016 04 22 as folder name remove the ...
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How to do a monthly system backup

I want to create an automatic monthly backup on Ubuntu 14.04 LTS - Server Ed., with the following command: $ tar -cvpz --exclude=/bckupftp --exclude=/ser --exclude=/proc --exclude=/lost+found --...
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How to restore Dejadup 14.04 backup in 16.04?

I backed up my 14.04 installation with dejadup on Amazon S3. How can I restore it on a freshly installed Ubuntu 16.04, but not using it as backup?
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Can't Log In As User After Using A Restore Script

I used this script to restore my files and installed packages (home folder not encrypted) after upgrading to Ubuntu 16.04 64 bit. But when I tried to log in as a user, graphically, it just took me ...
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Backing up Trusty for Xenial

I want to install Xenial Xerus as soon as its final release is out but being an Ubuntu noob there's a fine chance that I might mess things up. I want to know if there's a way to back up my current ...
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Set suplicity to do not follow symbolic links

Currently duplicity supports (...) symbolic links (...) but not hard links. http://www.nongnu.org/duplicity/duplicity.1.html It is not clarified but most likely it means that soft links are ...
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Migrating iphoto library to Ubuntu

What's the best way to migrate an iPhoto library to linux So I have approx. 80,000 photos on an external Mac OSX journaled HDD that have been used with iphoto 6 (yes its old!), I now need to migrate ...
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crontab doesn't seem to work and makes different schedule in cron.d!

sudo crontab -e lets me edit the crontab, and I put in this: # Hourly backup 0 * * * * rsnapshot hourly # Daily backup 0 2 * * * rsnapshot daily # Weekly backup 0 4 * * 6 rsnapshot weekly And it ...
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Restore duplicity archive with entire path remembered

Lets say I have two files that I want to separately backup: /home/user1 and /home/user2/ This is easy: duplicity /home/user1 file:///media/mateusz/Backup/user1_backup duplicity /home/user2 file:///...
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How to perform differential backups with tar?

I know I can perform progressive (incremental) backups with tar using snapshots, I am doing something like this for the directory I want to create a backup for: tar cpf progressive.tar --listed-...
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Script no longer running at shutdown

Before having upgraded to Ubuntu 15.10, I was running 14.04, I had a script which remotely backed up the code from my web server, and stored it in a new folder. This worked by running at shutdown, ...
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Backup (Deja Dup) failed even though it is scheduled

I am going to preface this and say it could be a bug, but I wanted to ask everyone to see if it is something that can be fixed. I am using Ubuntu's built in backup program Deja Dup. It is working ...
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How to adopt an Ubuntu backup of an external hard drive to Amazon S3?

My Ubuntu 14.04 machine gets rebuilt (fresh install) very often (once a month at least) I am trying to setup a backup solution using the Ubuntu built in Backup App for the following scenario: A ...
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trying to restore backup files

This is what I get when I try to restore files: Traceback (most recent call last): File "/usr/bin/duplicity", line 1494, in <module> with_tempdir(main) File "/usr/bin/duplicity", line ...
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Scheduled backup of home server

I'm using Ubuntu 14.04.4 LTS as a home NAS server. I already made some scheduled rsync script to backup my photos, documents etc to an external drive. I want to do the same with the entire system, ...
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automysqlbackup why no rotation in ubuntu package

why is neither in the man file of the ubuntu package of automysqlbackup nor in the conf-file in /etc/default/automysqlbackup the rotation option mentioned (meaning the possibility of deleting backups ...
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How to use backup files in deja-dup when I can only operate in terminal

Just because of one mistake,my desktop has desktop only with wallpaper.The good thing I have ever backupd with the system's tool,and the backups are in the directory named deja-dup.But I don’t know ...
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Ubuntu's Desktop only has wallpaper but nothing after mounting /home

I am a beginner to Ubuntu,I has been installed Ubuntu for a few days.Today it noticed me it doesn't has enough room,and then I execute the command. mount -t ext4 /dev/sda6 /home But unfortunately,...
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Backup Bootable USB

I am currently using Ubuntu directly from the USB drive because I have problems with my hard drive. I would like to know how to backup my bootable USB drive after each use so that I can save files and ...
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data transfer between kubuntu laptops

I need to transfer a lot of data [pdfs, images and lectures] from one laptop to the other. Both laptops are Kubuntu based. I would prefer a usb 3.0 (or2.0) data transfer cable, that transfers ...
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Does Deja Dup save hidden folders?

I'm scheduling my backups with Deja Dup and I'd like to know if hidden folders in the home directory, such as .thunderbird, will be included in my backups? My question comes from the fact that my ...
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Can't restore dconf user file

This is on Ubuntu 15.10. I had a ~/.config/dconf/user file of about 19kb. I back this up whenever I do a Deja-dup backup. After I recently reinstalled Ubuntu the newly installed ~/.config/dconf/user ...
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How to efficiently copy only modified files from a disk to external usb?

I have a directory called my_projects_linux inside the Ubuntu file system, which contains all my work from many years. The directory contains files, subdirectories and so on. For backup purposes, I ...
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URBackup auto backup

im very new to linux and would really appreciate some help. Ive installed windows server 2012 on pc with virtualbox. I then installed ubuntu 14.04 desktop on a vhd. Installed URBackup, setup all ...
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Backups on nas box with previous Windows installation

I've had a nas in my home for nearly 15 years now, build from hand me down components from my main computer and upgraded where ever. For a long time it was running Windows XP and Cobian Backup. But ...
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Script for rsyncing to cloud drive (webdav)

How could I make a script to sync all my files from a local server to a cloud space? This is intended to work as backup. Problem: Check if the cloud drive is connected, if not, connect it. As it's ...
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Change backup directory in Timeshift?

How does one do that? Is there not any way of saving one's backups up to a directory other than the default one? Such as, for example, an external drive?
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how to recover contents from home folder if ubuntu fails to boot and requires reinstallation?

i installed my IDE and have project on default home folder now in case ubuntu fails to boot how shall i recover contents from home folder. if make live USB ubuntu then it shows fresh home folder and ...
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How can I set up Deja-Dup to backup regularly, but write its backups to a folder where it has permissions to write, but I do not?

I would like to feel that my backup drive (an SD card) is not available to ransomeware if I get an infection. As it is, I leave my SD card mounted so that Deja Dup can backup my hard drive, but that ...
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Used Backup storage located it to a encrypted file directory thats synced to the Cloud “scenario”

So I used the encfs command to create a encrypted file directory and the decrypted file. I basically followed this tut here how-to-encrypt-cloud-storage-on-linux-and-windows-with-encfs I used the ...
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What includes in deja dup backup?

For some reason I need to reinstall my ubuntu 14.04. If I want to use all the installed programs, downloaded files, MySQL database I've created and all data files in '/www' folder later is it just ...
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Skip mv directory or file, if it is during copying

I wrote script in bash, to move every hour files and dirs (uploaded to FTP by other users) to another directory, where nobody can modify or delete them (some kind of backup). I must edit this script,...
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Ubuntu backup using bash commands/command line

So i accidentally run the command: sudo chmod -R 2777 / Wenever i login, it would only bring up the bash command line interface. Now how can i backup my system using only bash commands? i have ...
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Fully back up ubuntu from virtual box to a dual boot

I was wondering what is the best way to fully back up from a virtual box profile and restore the back up on a Dual boot of Ubuntu. I currently have Ubuntu 15.10 installed and in processes to make a ...
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Timeshift back up destination

Wondering if anyone had any experience with Timeshift. I can't seem to back up directly to my SD Card, it will back up to /timeshift/ folder and I'm having to copy the back ups over to my external ...
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Scheduled backups of Ubuntu 14.04 file server

I’m new to Ubuntu. I previously ran an old laptop as a file server under Windows XP and am switching to Ubuntu 14.04. The only problem is with file backups as I haven’t found a GUI app that meets my ...
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Moving entire Linux installation to another drive

I have Ubuntu 14.04 with a lot of packages and work related stuff that I am very happy with it. It is installed on my main SSD drive which is a 120GB one (I had choosen "/" when I installed ubuntu, so ...
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How to backup Ubuntu active partition trough VNC

( Using Ubuntu 14.04 LTS ) Hi, I am new to Backing-Up Linux in general. I've mostly backed up windows-based systems. Can you guys recommend me a program that I can use to back-up a partition. Like ...
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Back-up utility endlessly asks for encryption password

I am running Ubuntu 14.04 LTS updated today. As I tried to start the scheduled back-up (on an external drive), the dialogue box asked me the encryption password endlessly and never proceeded to ...
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Backup failing due to Kernel Panic/Task Delay in Ubuntu 14.04 LTS

I have an Ubuntu 14.04 LTS I5-based system that hosts three VM's and has been running happily for about a year. I recently set up a USB drive to back up the VM drives and wrote a simple script to shut ...
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evaluate the space required for backup

How do I evaluate how much space is necessary to store backup in my ubuntu system ? Ubuntu 14.04 LTS (32bit)
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How do I correctly backup data before fresh install?

I recently messed my box and want to install everything fresh. I currently have access to the hard disk through the live CD. I have my home folder which is what contains everything I need in the new ...
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how to keep backup of all softwares installed from ubuntu store?

i installed some heavy softwares around 2-3 GB of total in case ubuntu gets corrupted (recently it got due to some lightgm,gdm problem it got due to Gnome mayb i tried almost everything but ultimately ...
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anyway to take vhd backup of local desktop machine?

I was trying to build some app from source. Now I realize that my system configuration is not enough to build it. Now I am considering loading up my desktop on windows azure. I'd want to load the ...
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Is there a way to export and import panel setting for Lubuntu 14.04 or 15.10?

I am setting up a new PC with Lubuntu 15.10 and want to use the panel settings I have on my old Lubuntu 14.04. Is there a way to export those settings? Where are they stored? I speak about the clock, ...
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7zip E_FAIL Error

I've done a Backup some time ago using 7zip, in which I splited the Files in 14 2GB (aprox) files. I'm running Ubuntu Server 15.10. This is what I'm trying to run in order to extract them: 7z x ...
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Can I use a SSD Master, & mirror it with a HDD?

As the name suggests,I haven't used Ubuntu past the stage of just trying it out so far. I have grown to see though that it is a great OS & am currently typing this on a laptop that belongs to my ...
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Upgrading hard drive but new installation won't recognize old backup

In preparation for installing new hd, did several backups. Went to restore backup and Backups won't recognize the file. I see the file on the hd. The hd is working fine, did another backup of new ...