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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How do i make my existing ubuntu in a bootable installation CD? I tried remastersys but fails with 11.10

I need to install 10 PC which has identical setup and hardware. So i was trying remastersys but its failing. How can i resolve this or use something else to achieve this? Updating the remastersys.log ...
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How can I create a filesystem “view” of a folder that excludes certain files?

I want to have a path in the filesystem that shows the entire contents of some other path, excluding a few certain files of my choosing. For example, if the following already exists, original-path ...
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Backup /etc/ as normal user Deja Dup?

I want a normal (no sudo) user to be able to backup /etc/ and their home directory using Deja Dup. Currently the home folder backup goes fine, but due to lack of permissions /etc does not get backed ...
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Switch to using rdiff-backup for backups of / instead of rsync?

I usually use rsync to do backups, with a command like this: rsync -avxz -e "ssh" --exclude ".gvfs" --numeric-ids / /media/Backup/slash/ How can I convert the arguments I use with rysnc to ...
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Deja Dup backup, change use of /tmp to another folder/location

As the title suggests, I'd like to force Deja Dup to use a folder other than /tmp. My backups fail due to size size restrictions, see bug: https://bugs.launchpad.net/deja-dup/+bug/1033552 Any help ...
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Deja Dup`s “Back Up Now” button is not highlighted

I have setup my backup folder and put the Automatic backups switch to on. In the Overview tab I cant press the "Back Up Now" because it is grayed out. I am using Ubuntu 11.10 and here is the content ...
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Can I delete incremental backups made with Déjà Dup?

After using Déjà Dup for a while, I keep getting this error after every attempt at a backup: Backup location is too small. Try using one with more space. Could I delete some backups made of ...
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Is it possible to unset root password?

Is it possible to unset the root password once it has been set in ubuntu? Am trying to run a backup using Arcserve R16 backups agents. I run it as the admin user but of course it does not have root ...
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How to migrate the whole system to a new machine?

I use ubuntu to deal with daily job. Now I buy a new laptop, and I want to migrate my whole system(programs, packages, data, settings, etc) to the new machine. I know I can copy my home folder to new ...
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Can you install Deja-dup on a headless server?

Can I install a command line version of deja-dup backup utility on Ubuntu server? I wish to restore a backup of my previous Home directory made with deja-dup.
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Backing up files from specific folders in rsync

How can I specify specific files to include/exclude in grsync/rsync? Currently, I use different operations to backup files from only specified folders. I want to do it now in 1 pass. I think I ...
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Setup CRON weekly backup

I want to make a backup of my /var/lib/mysql and /var/www folders and save them as tar.gz files to my mounted network file server (uslons001). Here is my bash file located in: ...
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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 ...
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Considerations when restoring backup from 1 machine to another

I am using RemasterSys to create backups of my OS. I noticed that when using the Backup option, when restoring from 1 machine to another, my resolution wasn't optimal ... Idealy, I will also like ...
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Going back to a previous Ubuntu state

15 years ago GoBack came out which let Windows users revert changes and restore a computer to a previous state. It did this by imposing a journaling system underneath the OS - at the block level, not ...
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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 do I install the Mega Sync Client

How do I install the Dropbox alternative: Mega Sync Client?
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Why isn't Deja Dup making room for more backups?

I've got Deja Dup (14.2) backing up to an external USB drive on Lucid. Up until now, I've had "Keep Backups for" set to "Forever". However, after a couple of months of usage, the drive is now full. ...
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Back up the whole ubuntu system or system image creation [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to make a disk image and restore from it later? In windows back is very easy with Norton ghost. Run it and forget it, What is the same type of software for backing ...
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what are hidden files ending with ~?

I noticed while working on my site through nano/terminal that ubuntu creates weird ~ files. I've index.php~ etc. I imagine this are backup files? is this correct? why does it do this? and 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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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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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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NTFS backup image wont mount

I made an image of my NTFS partition before i formatted, but now it wont mount. I'm pretty sure I've mounted this image before. root@z:/var/backup# mkdir Storage-disk root@z:/var/backup# mount ...
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How to restore downloads folder from de ja dup backup

I backed up my entire home folder including Downloads. After purchasing a new laptop, I found there is no "revert to previous version" when right clicking on downloads. There are files in Downloads ...
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How can I access directly to my backup files, without having to restore them?

I've allways made "simple" backups, saving all my files normally in folders on my external hard drive. I've already used the tool that Windows 7 (on my desktop computer) offers to make backups, but it ...
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Is there an easy way to get a single folder out of a Deja-Dup backup?

When I installed 11.10, I manually moved my data. Unfortunately, I forgot to move ~/.shotwell. I have a recent Deja-Dup backup of my home directory (minus a few things like ~/.thumbnails and so on). ...
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Recommendations for a backup solution?

I'm looking for a backup solution for a specific use case. If none exists, then I'm tempted to make one. I have a large and growing collection of video files. On my workstation I have a fairly large ...
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Block-level deduplicating filesystem

I'm looking for a deduplicating copy-on-write filesystem solution for general user data such as /home and backups of it. It should use online/inline/synchronous deduplication at the block-level using ...
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How can I change the password of Deja-dup (Backup)?

How can I change the encrypted password of Deja-dup (Backup)? I have set the encrypted password, it worked in the first two days, but now every time the backup starts it asks for the password I type ...
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tar Exiting with failure status due to previous errors

I am trying to backup my Ubuntu workstation by the help of this guide and are running into trouble as the tar command outputs Exiting with failure status due to previous errors. Here's what I ...
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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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Recommended total system backup solution [closed]

I already searched a bit around the answers here, but nothing satisfied me. I want a back-up solution that makes a total back-up, so that I can restore my Ubuntu system in case of major failures, like ...
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GUI program to create partition backup image no larger than its files?

I like 'Disks' (gnome-disk-utility) and its ability to create backups of system partitions. But at some point I read on the internet about a program that would create such images that are not as ...
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Can I copy my Ubuntu OS off my hard drive to a USB stick and boot from that stick with all my programs?

I'll be travelling and I hope to back up my laptop in case it gets stolen. I wonder if I can make my backup a bootable USB flash drive, that way I could just have my system as-is on stick and use it ...
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Fastest way to backup a single file?

I want to quickly create a backup of a file, by creating a duplicate with a '~' at the end, in terminal. Is there any straight forward single command way of doing this?
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Moving 11.10 complete system to a new bigger Harddisk

I would like to move my current installation of Ubuntu 11.10 to a bigger harddisk, since the old one is failing. I would like to avoid solutions like dd block copying (since there would be unused ...
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how would I create a tar without using sudo?

If I tar my /home/username and create the .tar file in /home/username, then I get an error of the sort . file changed as we read it probably because the directory file itself is changing due to the ...
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How do I remove hidden backup files?

I have files ending in ~ in my home directory, and I want to delete them. How do I do that? How do I prevent this backup functionality?
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How can I make a backup of an EFI System partition?

Before I start making changes to the ESP I want to make a backup of it. Can I just copy the files and directories within it, let's say with my file manager, or cp, or do I have to use some tool like ...
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How do I use Ubuntu Backup (DejaDup) with Owncloud (WebDAV)?

I'm trying to use Ubuntu Backup (ie. DejaDup) with Owncloud. I have an account with Owncube and made a folder in my root called 'backup-computer1' where I want my backups to go. Under Settings in ...
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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 safely back up the “Private” folder?

I have an ecryptfs "Private" folder in my home directory, and it is set up to automatically mount whenever I log in. I want to set up automatic backups to a network drive, but I don't want the ...
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Software to Copy a scratched CD/DVD/Blueray to an ISO file

I have some optical discs that are sorely scratched. I've cleaned the discs, but they still have trouble reading. When trying ddrescue to backup the discs, it will read up to X bytes, and fail on all ...
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back up folder >4.7GB to DVDs

I have a folder of about 20GB that I'd like to back up. It's the .raw files of photos I took last year, so it's not a folder that will change, so incremental backups isn't an issue. All I'd like is a ...
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How do I set the backup destination directory of bup?

bup defaults to saving backups to ~/.bup. How can I tell it to save backups to my external drive (/media/backups) instead?
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create OS back up

hello I have ubuntu 9 that I take with my Dell laptop! this CD contain a program that I can create a copy of all ubuntu files & programs into a CD and Run it from CD(live) or Intslall it(with all ...
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Backing up third party apps before reinstalling Ubuntu

I'm planning to reinstall my OS by not formatting my root partition (I only use a single partition) as this will preserve the contents of my home directory, but the problem is that when I've done it ...
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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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Diff between backups: see permissions, group and owner and sym link differences

Question Using only the command line, is it possible to tell if a rsync backup (on a NAS) and the original folder tree (on a web server) are exactly the same? I mean in terms of file sizes, ...