Backup scripts

Hans Fugal hans at
Mon Mar 30 09:07:12 MDT 2009

Byron Clark wrote:
> On Sun, Mar 29, 2009 at 05:52:26PM -0600, Gabriel Gunderson wrote:
>> Any recommendations for a backup script?  I'm just about to revisit
>> the one I wrote and thought, "someone has already done this *and* done
>> a better job of it then me."
>> My needs are not that different then most people: hard-links with a
>> few weeks of archives, key based auth, encrypted and compressed in
>> transit, simple reporting, and configurable.  Oh yeah, I also would
>> like to stop and resume the jobs and have it pick up where it left
>> off.
> Sounds like rsnapshot[1] would meet your needs pretty well.  It uses
> hard links and keeps a configurable amount of archives.  Configuration
> is dirt simple and you can even configure it to do things like dump your
> database to a text file so it will be included in the backup.  If you
> use ssh as the transport you can get the key based auth, encrypted and
> compressed transmission easily.
> [1]

rsnapshot looks nice. Can anyone comment on using it to back up hosts
that are sporadically available, like my laptop? Ideally it would be
able to use nmblookup to find the host, but if not I can always set up
some kind of dynamic dns.

Hans Fugal ;

There's nothing remarkable about it. All one has to do is hit the
right keys at the right time and the instrument plays itself.
    -- Johann Sebastian Bach

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