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How to backup hard disk timely?

Terminal - How to backup hard disk timely?
rsync -av --link-dest=$(ls -1d /backup/*/ | tail -1) /data/ /backup/$(date +%Y%m%d%H%M)/
2010-08-05 19:36:24
User: dooblem
Functions: date ls rsync tail
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How to backup hard disk timely?

'data' is the directory to backup, 'backup' is directory to store snapshots.

Backup files on a regular basis using hard links. Very efficient, quick. Backup data is directly available.

Same as explained here :

http://blog.interlinked.org/tutorials/rsync_time_machine.html

in one line.

Using du to check the size of your backups, the first backup counts for all the space, and other backups only files that have changed.

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Terminal - Alternatives
rsync -a --link-dest=/media/backup/$HOSTNAME/$PREVDATE '--exclude=/[ps][ry][os]' --exclude=/media/backup/$HOSTNAME / /media/backup/$HOSTNAME/$DATE/
2010-01-30 08:36:41
User: danam
Functions: rsync
4

Creates files in $DATE and hardlinks existing files to $PREVDATE. Thus full backup in each directory. Only drawback is changed modification time. Recommend a wrapper script to determine $DATE and $PREVDATE. Works like a charm. (Dirvish handrolled)

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