Hey guys I have an interesting backup situation that I can't seem to find a program that matches my needs online so I came here to see if you guys knew anything.

I would like a program that

  • Backs up a folder once every hour for a day
  • Keeps daily backups (which would be the last hour of a day) for a month
  • Keeps archived (zipped tar'd or whatever compression) monthly backups (which would be the last day in a month) for a year

and it would ultimately store them all in one folder. Any suggestions or config files for existing programs that would match this?


the website of timeshift suggests back-in-time to solve your problem. You can find the project at http://backintime.le-web.org/


I've heard of Timeshift but I've never tried it. Might be something to look into. http://www.teejeetech.in/p/timeshift.html

  • That's exactly what I'd want but I want to backup an external drive as well and TimeShift only allows for backups of the main system – Mistah_Sheep Nov 7 '16 at 22:50
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    The timeshift website suggests backintime to backup user data: backintime.le-web.org perhaps you can achieve your goal with that tool? – Phillip -Zyan K Lee- Stockmann Nov 8 '16 at 2:23
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    @Phillip-ZyanKLee-Stockmann That works perfectly, thank you! If you add it as an answer I'll accept – Mistah_Sheep Nov 11 '16 at 22:05

Create your own script for backup.

Schedule your jobs for backup, etc.. using crontab

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