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Date:      Thu, 6 Dec 2018 09:50:25 +0700
From:      Outback Dingo <>
Subject:   Re: Advice on backups
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References:  <BE8953A062425223C2B04E31@Pauls-MacBook-Pro.local> <>

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On Thu, Dec 6, 2018 at 9:38 AM Polytropon <> wrote:
> On Wed, 05 Dec 2018 16:29:28 -0600, Paul Schmehl wrote:
> > 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)
> > [...]
> > 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.
> A little suggestion that originates from ye olden times
> when CVS was common:
> Create a repository for your configuration files, use
> directory structures and "common" for the individual
> hosts. Keep track of changes you might appy. Make
> backups of the CVS directory tree, typically as a
> (compressed) tarball. With this method, you can
> quickly access any host's configuration from any
> (revision) date you need, and CVS commit messages
> might help you find what you need, e. g., the reason
> why you changed something. And if you deleted your
> working copy accidentally, it's no problem to check
> out a new instance from the CVS repository.
> Today, people of course use Subversion or probably
> Git, on GitHub... ;-)
> > 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.
> Make sure tar archives restore _all_ file and directory
> properties as they are present in the source. The advantage
> of a tar archive is that you can also obtain _selected_
> parts from the archive, if you don't need the whole one.
> For an exact 1:1 copy of filesystem content, I still
> suggest using dump + restore. Those can also be used
> comfortably via SSH. It is neccessary to pay attention
> to dumping from live filesystems, i. e, those which are
> in a r/w state (and not r/o or unmounted). See "man dump"
> and "man restore" for details. :-)

have you tried restic for backups ? its quite nice and featureful

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> Polytropon
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