Francisco Reyes wrote:

On Wed, 31 Dec 2003, Dany wrote:

On my file server I have 2 drives.

I also have two drives on each of my machines. One for backup. I also keep several days worth of backups in case I corrupt a file. Overall I think I have the data part of the backup covered properly, although I plan to backup some directories every few hours instead of daily.

- Unison : 2-way synchronization using rsync/ssh, multi platform
graphical interface.

I use unison to backup data from a remote machine to my local machine,

- rsync : typical rsync that will mirror the source to the destination

Why use both unison and rsync? Unison can do the same as rsync.

Because it's one-way, so no worries about conflicts. I know I'm not supposed to change the destination files but I like to use a one-way backup solution.

- rsync-backup : it's based on rsync but you get the advantage of
incremental backups so you can restore from a specific date. You can
also purge the backup by removing old stuff.

Will look it up.

I made two mistakes in my description.

First the tool is call rdiff-backup (and not rsync-backup which also exists) :
Secondly, for the OS, I also use rdiff-backup and not rsync so I have a fast, space efficient, incremental backup of the OS too !

PS: On the same web page you will also find a link to another tool call duplicity ( You can do remote backup but in that case the image can be stored on a remote FTP server and encrypted with GPG... sweet if you're planning to use the disk space of your ISP for backups!


A couple of cron jobs take care of the different backups at night.

Same thing here, except that I plan to do some dierctories more often (ie emails).

I don't know if that answers to your question but I thought that could
give you some ideas.

Didn't really answer what I asked, but all suggestions/feedback/comments
on how other people are doing things are always welcome. It helps to see
other possible solutions to what one is doing. I am a firm believer in
learning from the experience of others if they are willing to dedicate the
time to share their experience with me. :-)

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