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I'm using Ubuntu server 14.04 to backup all data from '/mnt/test/ folder' to '/home/john/' with TAR and archive to stuff.tar.gz and to make it to backup automatical.

I use cron to backup it every week so what if i want to use cron to create an additional backup file instead of overwriting the existing one? So, after month I'd have 4 backups, each with a unique name. Is there a way? Script ar other backup tool what would do that?

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    Just add a time (date) stamp to the tar command. backup_date +%F.tar.gz – Panther May 28 '14 at 19:57
  • when i did this (backup_date +%F.tar.gz) i get backup_date+%F.tar.gz and no data.i'm new at linux so i think i did some error – AbsentasLT May 28 '14 at 20:40
  • Those are back ticks ` and not singel quotes '. you substitute that "backup_date +%F.tar.gz" in your tar command, where you are using "stuff.tar.gz" If you need help, post the command you actually run + any actual error message. – Panther May 28 '14 at 20:46
  • sorry for stupid question, how to type back tick? – AbsentasLT May 28 '14 at 20:59
  • On my keyboard it is on the ~ key on the upper left next to the number one. – Panther May 28 '14 at 21:00
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Use a date in the name of your archive

tar -cpzf /home/john/stuff_`/bin/date +%F`.tar.gz /mnt/test
  • Add hour / minute ;) "date +%F %l:%M" – Panther May 28 '14 at 21:34

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