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 back up the list of applications I have installed?

I have very slow internet connection. It sometimes manages to reach as high as 20 KBps!! Installing large packages like K3B or wine or some games takes takes too much time. If ever somehow I want to ...
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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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Make a backup of the installed packages on Ubuntu like Linux Mint

On the Linux mint you have a tool that list and save all your installed packages in a simple way. There is any way to do the same on Ubuntu/Xubuntu/Lubuntu/...?
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Restore with back in time after fresh install of ubuntu

I back up my home, which includes a list of installed softwares and PPA, on an external hard drive using back in time. I plan to do a fresh install of ubuntu. Will I then be able to install back in ...
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Which filesystem should I use to format my external backup HDD? btrfs?

I have a new external USB drive I plan to use for storing backups only. (It is a WD Red 2TB NAS Hard Drive SATA III model WD20EFRX mounted in a USB enclosure.) The drive came without a partition ...
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where is “startup applications” user config file for disabled and enabled applications?

It is the gnome-session-properties command. I know already the apps are at ~/.config/autostart. I know there are files at /etc but those are root. I found nothing at gconf-editor. I need to know ...
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How to backup and restore downloaded gnome-shell extensions?

I have downloaded several gnome-shell extensions from official Gnome site and installed. But, I don't want to install them every time, I re-install my Ubuntu. I want to have a feature to backup those ...
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How to backup my Ubuntu, so that i can clone the same setup to another PC?

How can i make a boot-able CD of my existing Ubuntu including all the modifications i did?. So, that i can use that CD to my another same new PC to start quickly all setup done. Follow up: $ sudo ...
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how to tar in python

I want to backup my website using a python script. This is the script: #!/usr/bin/python import os import time import datetime from subprocess import call DATETIME = time.strftime('%Y%d%m-%H%M%S') ...
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How to copy directories and files from a corrupted harddrive?

I have an I/O error every time I copy folders and files from a partition to a backup harddrive . So how can I safely backup this data to my backup HDD?
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How to run a command within a time duration per min/sec?

I want to run a command/shell script say script.sh from 1AM to 2AM per minute. After observing that crontab can't work it out 'per sec' I had to go with 'per min'. Basically, My server.sh file takes ...
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How to preserve/export my current Ubuntu installation after changing to a new SSD & installing Windows7?

Ok, currently got set up: Puny little old 40GB harddrive AMD Athlon II X2 245 4GB DDR3 RAM Planning to upgrade to: 120GB SSD harddrive (40GB is getting a little tight for me, but 120GB is ...
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What folders to restore from backup?

My old computer, with Ubuntu 10.04, crashed, and I installed Ubuntu 12.04 on a new computer. Luckily, I have a full backup of my previous file system. However, I don't know what folders exactly I need ...
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Recommended method to backup Ubuntu Server

I am a Windows administrator standing up an Ubuntu Server for some intranet LAMP applications. I have read through some of the Ubuntu documentation but am not clear on a good way to get backups of ...
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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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Where does Ubuntu store install files?

When I download a package from Synaptic, where does Ubuntu store the install files, if at all? Bandwidth is limited in my country, and I would like to download programs only once and back them up for ...
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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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Can Rsync get incremental on files it hasn't touched yet?

I have an Ubuntu server which acts as a file server for a few Windows clients, using Samba. This server mirrors a couple of large directories to a support server using rsync. I need to replace the ...
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need a different backup solution

I just built a new media/backup server using Ubuntu 12.04 64bit. I installed a hard drive to be used only for music, pictures, and videos and formatted it fat32 so my 1 and only Windows PC could map ...
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Can ubuntu backup my Windows 7 files?

I have a problem with Windows 7. All efforts to fix it have failed. Someone suggested I install Ubuntu and backup my Windows files. Are there instructions available somewhere?
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What are the advantages and disadventages of git or bzr + rsync vs rdiff-backup?

I used to use rsync to do backups, but then I switched to rdiff-backup to incremental backups. Recently, I discovered git and bzr while working on a coding project. So, I was thinking, I could have ...
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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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Backing up to Box.net account (webdav and Deja)

I have a Box.net account and it's feeling neglected so I decided to place my backups there since it's bigger than my Ubuntu One storage. When I try to set this up I get an error though. I set it up ...
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Backup MySQL databases from broken Ubuntu

Here is my problem, and I hope someone would help me to find a solution. My Ubuntu 12.04 is broken after an upgrade from 11.10, it won't boot up, just stops at the purple Ubuntu screen, but I can ...
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How can I force Déjà Dup to make a full backup?

My déjà dup backup seems to be corrupted, at least it tells me on every backup that there's a CRC error and aborts the backup. Now I think with a full backup I could fix this, but I haven't found a ...
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backup drive: ext4 / FAT?

if I'm backing up to an external drive, is there any reason to not use FAT other then FAT's file size/naming issues? It would be nice to be able to access the content on windows/mac but i'm not sure ...
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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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Copy hard drive

How do I go about coping my entire hard drive, which only has Ubuntu on it? It would be copied to an exterior hard drive, before I try the repair disk or have to wipe and reinstall. I don't want to ...
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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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Restoring clonezilla image to newly created LVM partition

I have read an article about LVM and I would like to install it. Is it possible to make first an image of my total installation, then delete everything, create new LVM partitions as explained in the ...
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Rsync with special character files not working between Mac and Linux

I want to use rsync to backup my Ubuntu server with a disk residing on a Mac. But I do not get it to work properly, since every time I re-run the rsync operation after the initial time, the files with ...
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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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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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Where are Keyboard Shortcuts stored? [duplicate]

I would like to not copy all settings from my previous Ubuntu install, but I would like to restore my keyboard shortcuts. Are these shortcuts stored in some hidden folder in my home folder, and if so ...
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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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How can I backup packages from an install I can't currently boot

My ssd had a partition problem and I've been unable to repair grub. I can still access the partition with my files on it though so what I want to do is backup the installed packages and reinstall ...
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What is a (reasonably) secure and automated way to backup my mysql database using (any) free cloud/online services?

I have a mysql database that I use for personal devlopment. I would like to back-it up online using any free (in cost) online storage. (dropbox, google-drive etc...) I am assuming a shell script ...
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“Backup Failed”: Could not restore ‘~/.cache/deja-dup/metadata’: File not found in backup

I'm starting backup from the 'Settings' app, clicking the 'Back Up Now...' button. It seems to back up fine, but when it get to 'verifying backup...' the error message shows up: Backup Failed. ...
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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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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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Looking for software that will compress, encrypt, split, and upload data for backups to multiple clouds

As the title says, I'm looking for Ubuntu friendly software that will compress, encrypt, split, and upload data for backups across multiple clouds. I have grabbed multiple cloud accounts for free ...