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Date:      Wed, 5 Dec 2018 18:22:46 -0500
From:      William Dudley <>
Cc:        freebsd-questions <>
Subject:   Re: Advice on backups
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In-Reply-To: <BE8953A062425223C2B04E31@Pauls-MacBook-Pro.local>
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I'd also suggest backing up /usr/local/etc/apache24/sites-available or
wherever you keep
the conf files that describe each domain you host.

Bill Dudley
another small-time web host

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On Wed, Dec 5, 2018 at 5:30 PM Paul Schmehl <>

> I manage a couple of servers on the internet. There are no backup or test
> servers, so I have to do everything on live systems that are serving
> webpages, handling mail, etc.
> Historically, I've used rsync and ssh to backup server1 to server2 and
> vice
> versa. I decided I would prefer an offsite backup system in case both
> servers failed at the same time, and because server2 was running out of
> space because of backups.
> So, I setup some scripts to create gzipped tarballs and transfer those to
> my Dropbox account. (I have plenty of space there.) I run the scripts
> daily, and the files are named with the date of the backup (e.g.
> 120518.websites.tgz)
> On the webserver, I'm backing up /usr/local/www, /etc, and /usr/local/etc.
> I've also created a backup directory in my home directory where I put
> copies of all the scripts I run, plus a text file of crontab and a few
> other things. I then zipped that and copied it to Dropbox as well. I don't
> have a script for it, because those things don't change that often.
> Am I missing anything important? I tested untarring one of the tarballs
> into my home directory, and if I understand it correctly, I would need to
> untar these in / if I ever need to restore anything.
> Paul Schmehl, Retired
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