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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What are directories I should avoid when making a backup?

There was this other question asking what directories can be excluded, based on their necessity. However, I think what I am asking is different enough to merit a separate question. I use the ...
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External backup - “cp: cannot create regular file” error

I have always backed up my home directory to an external hard drive using the cp -r command. Until recently, it worked fine, but now I regularly get the error message cp: cannot create regular file ...
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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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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 ...
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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, ...
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How can I use Dropbox as a backup without syncing the backup to my harddrive?

I use Ubuntu 12.04 64 bit. I read this link: "How can I use DropBox as a simple backup?" which suggests to backup using deja-dup to the Dropbox folder. However, if I would do this, the backups will ...
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How do I open deja-dup during a current backup?

I've got deja-dup doing regular backups and today it began one in the background. This will take a few hours and I want to pause it. Unfortunately, when I try to do so, the usual backup window that ...
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Crontab commands and backup

I have the following crontab running on my server: 0 23 * * * /etc/webmin/postgresql/backup.pl --all @daily /etc/webmin/fsdump/backup.pl 155931323799484 30 20 * * 0 /etc/webmin/fsdump/backup.pl ...
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Deja Dup restore error Help Please

I'm running Ubuntu 12.10 Intel i5 8Gb 1TB Gigabyte MB I have backed up all my data(Home folder only) to an external HDD. Today, after a fresh OS install with the same version of Ubuntu, I can't ...
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How do I restore the default permission on a directory/folder?

I am using ubuntu 10.04,I need to give execute permission in www folder.But by mistake i gave execute permission in whole var folder.sudo chmod -R 777 /varThen i try to change it into normal ...
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How to create an image of an entire remote system for using on other (virtual) remote machines?

I have ordered several virtual machines from a hosting provider, which all need exactly the same setup: same users same programs installed same config (except for hostname) including cron-jobs Is ...
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How to create an image of my ubuntu 12.10

Hi last week I installed ubuntu 12.10 on my laptop and Today I have my system more or less configure as I like. I would like to know how can I create an image of the system that can use to install ...
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Can Gedit also backup files like “Untitled Document 1”?

GEdit can make backups of files that have already been saved once. But can it make backups of files that I have just created, and not saved yet? Those files are typically shown as "Untitled Document ...
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How would you go about backing up a remote Ubuntu VPS via SSH?

So, as I said I have a VPS, Raspberry Pi and a plan, but I am in need of some advice, so here goes. I have a VPS with prgmr.com which I ahve up and running nice and smoothly without any issues. I ...
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Backup Failed - Got Status Code 500

My automatic backup hasn't worked for a couple of days now. Everything was just peachy and I'm not sure what went wrong. The message just says: Backup Failed Got status code 500 No further ...
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Using tar for simple back-up and restore

I want to back up a user's home folder by making the entire content into an archive document and storing it on an external ext3 (or ext4?) hard drive. I'll want to keep all the file attributes. Is ...
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How to back-up a wireless setup?

I'm about to do a fresh install of my ubuntu desktop system. When I originally put the system together it took me a week or so to figure out how to get wireless working. And I can't find my notes on ...
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Upgrade to 15.04 breaks deja dup backups to Amazon S3?

I had configured deja dup to backup to an Amazon S3 bucket as described in this question: How can I use an existing S3 bucket in Backup? and in more detail in this post, which worked smoothly. ...
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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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How can I prune my BTRFS backups?

I have a BTRFS backup system where I take daily snapshots (btrfs subvolume snapshot) and serialize them into incremental change files based off the previous days backup (btrfs send -f backup.date ...
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deja-dup ssh method doesn't work - writes locally instead

After years of rsync, I'm giving deja-dup a try. Not so successful, so far: Every attempt to have it write its backup via ssh results in a local directory tree opened at the directory where the ...
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Used dd to backup a disk, now want to look at the filesystem

I dd copied /dev/sdd sudo dd if=/dev/sdd of=backup.img sudo fdisk backup.img Command (m for help): p Disk backup.img: 143.3 GB, 143274860544 bytes 61 heads, 35 sectors/track, 131069 cylinders, ...
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Cloud backup with specific requirements

First of all, I'm aware of threads like Comparison of backup tools. With that in mind, I have a specific set of requirements for backup, and I was wondering which are the current options - the ...
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How to make a backup of Ubuntu 12.04 full OS

How to make a complete operating system backup of Ubuntu without anything missing, to switch it to a different hard drive? A complete personal usable backup without using untrusted software, exactly ...
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What happens when you change the name of a file or folder that is synced to Ubuntu One?

I've been using Ubuntu One for the last year or two to sync/backup specific important files and folders on my computer. Rather than just using it like "Dropbox" (i.e., putting files I want to sync in ...
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Can't reset BackInTime snapshot path

I've been using BackInTime with Ubuntu 12.04. The disk I was saving to is no longer available. BackInTime insists that I bring it back. (It says "Can't find snapshots folder. If it is on a ...
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Changing default install directory for Software Center

I want to change the default install path of the Ubuntu software center. I looked at this article: How do I change Software Center's default installation path? but a) it is for an older version of ...
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Rsnapshot: using different intervals for different directories

Is it possible to backup two different directories using two different intervals using rsnapshot? For example, if I want to backup my /home directory every day, but my /archive directory once a month. ...
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Create a snapshot/Backup of my Amazon Ubuntu Instance

Hi all I want to backup my amazon instance currently running on ubuntu 10.4 LTS, anyone know how to do that? I also have a Cent-OS instance which I bakup and restore by creating snapshots and images ...
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How to backup a single file with deja-dup? [duplicate]

when I reinstall I prefer to have a new system; however there are some configuration files in ~/ might like to keep. Can I back up a single file with deja dup? (note these files may need to stay in ...
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Creating your own distro/backup (or Alternatives to RemasterSys) [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to customize live Ubuntu CD? What are the alternative softwares of remastersys? I usually use RemasterSys to create a Backup/Distro of my current system with apps ...
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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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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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Can you backup with Duplicity (or similar) with Amazon Cloud Drive?

There are a number of excellent tutorials on using duplicity (and sometimes duply to simplify) to backup to Amazon S3: ...
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How to backup guake's settings

I've worked a lot on configuring guake to my needs but I can't find a way to export these changes (doesn't seem to be related to gnome-terminal's profiles). Is there a way to backup my "guake profile" ...
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How do I restore a single file with Deja Dup / Nautilus 3.8?

All tutorials say I have to go to the "File" menu and hit some sort of restore button, which does not consider that this freaking new file manager does not even have a menu bar. How am I supposed to ...
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Can a Deja Dup backup from Ubuntu be restored on Windows?

My laptop got broken recently (I had Ubuntu on it), and I've backups of my files on external HDD. The problem is that my new laptop has Windows 8 on it and I don't feel like switching to Ubuntu on it ...
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How to restore filesystem-backup made by rsync?

Running version 12.04, with Virtualmin/Webmin. I tried to remove all unnecessary linux-image files today, since the /boot partition was full. I followed a guide from Ask Ubuntu, but that resulted in ...
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Backup fails, not enough space [closed]

I have Back Up set up to back up to my Ubuntu One account, but for some reason when it is backing up it tries and then gives me the error: Backup location is too small. Try using one with more ...
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Backup no longer working

Since upgrading to Ubuntu 12.10 backups no longer work (using the default Deja-Dup Backup tool). I always get the message: No space left in ‘/’. (which is NOT the path I backup to). The preferences ...
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Cannot backup Evolution folders

After using Ubuntu since 5.04 I upgraded to 12.04 5 days ago . Then the .evolution folder showed only an empty Tasks folder. I need to save my mail folder contents (hundreds of emails) but only get ...
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Backup all home folders on usb disk and accessibility

I am using Ubuntu 12.04 and have multiple family members working on it, each with their own home folder. I have an USB disk that I want to use to backup all my home folders. When my disk auto ...
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How can I remove old Ubuntu backups?

I am running Unity on Ubuntu 12.04 and have started using the backup program. I can't find anywhere to manually remove old backups. I don't want to wait until the disk drive gets full, as it is ...
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How can I keep my wubi installation after formatting Windows? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How can re-use Ubuntu which was installed via Wubi on Windows 7? Well I need to format my Windows 7 PC with a wubi installation. Is there a way I can backup the virtual ...
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How do I copy an existing hard disc to a new one so I can boot off the new disc?

I currently have a failing hard drive which is the only hard drive in the machine. I have just bought a new hard drive to replace it, and my plan is to copy the contents of the old drive onto the new ...
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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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cp problems with copying root

I have a little bash script going to check if the system has been backed up today and and if it hasn't then it copies the entire filesystem into the backups folder: date=$(date +"%m%d%y") sudo mkdir ...
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Firefox bookmarks in the ubuntu files system

I have accessed my crashed Ubuntu version via live usb trial. Where am supposed to find my former Firefox bookmarks and history files in order to copy and transfer them into a new installation?
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Disabling gedit backup files (filename~ tilde)

How can I get the following command to change for the root user as well? gsettings set org.gnome.gedit.preferences.editor create-backup-copy false This command should disable gedit backup files. ...
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How to backup and restore Firefox bookmarks from command line?

Is there an easy way to backup Firefox bookmarks to a file with command line. Running a find command, I managed to find this file: ...