Backup scripts

Richard Murri rmurri at
Wed Apr 8 09:35:14 MDT 2009

On Wed, 8 Apr 2009 09:03:24 -0600 (MDT)
"Matthew Walker" <mwalker at> wrote:

>On Wed, April 8, 2009 8:22 am, Jared Smith wrote:
>> On Sun, 2009-03-29 at 18:38 -0600, Byron Clark wrote:
>>> Sounds like rsnapshot[1] would meet your needs pretty well.
>> I took a look at rsnapshot a few years back, but ended up choosing
>> rdiff-backup instead (for reasons I've since forgotten).  I just
>> thought I'd throw it out there as another possible solution.
>I'm a past supporter of rdiff-backup, mainly because it compresses the
>diffs, so it uses less space. But this comes at a cost: It's a lot
>more work to recover an old increment than it is with rsnapshot. I'll
>be setting up a backup system soon, and I've decided to go with
>rsnapshot this time.

My personal feelings here are that rdiff-backup is perfect for a workstation, 
rsnapshot for a server or critical environment.

I'm uneasy with the rdiff-backup method because if a single file becomes corrupted
you'll lose all backup data before that time.  rsnapshot is a little more tolerant.

Note: I do use rdiff-backup personally and love it.

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