[ale] Backup opinions requested

Jonathan Meek jonathan.l.meek at gmail.com
Fri Dec 22 17:39:50 EST 2017

Thanks for the input guys! I ended going with deja-dup, which uses
duplicitiy on the backend for the two systems.

I will let you all know how it goes when I do restore from it next week
since we all know backups are useless if you can't restore from them.

On Mon, Dec 18, 2017 at 3:32 PM, Horkan Smith <ale at horkan.net> wrote:

> I've been satisfied w/ 'dirvish' - it's a set of scripts wrapped around
> the rsync --link-dest=DIR option - meaning that files that are identical
> between backups get hard-linked together.  Dirvish handles the scheduling,
> naming conventions, cleanup, etc.
> That lets me maintain complete, restorable images in each backup tree, but
> only use the space for new or changed files.  It takes more space than the
> rdiff approach because it'll store a whole new copy of a file even if only
> a byte changed, but it can be examined and restored using normal filesystem
> tools.  It takes less space than a full copy, but isn't quite as safe.
> I have 3 'server' or 'workstation' grade drives that I rotate through an
> external drive chassis at (sadly irregular) intervals for more physical
> copies.
> later!
>   horkan
> On Mon, Dec 18, 2017 at 07:13:57PM +0000, Jonathan Meek via Ale wrote:
>> Afternoon folks,
>> I have recently put together a Buffalo NAS device with 2TB of mirrored
>> storage. I am looking for opinions for setting up my desktop/laptop
>> systems
>> to do backups to the NAS. They all run Solus Linux so no need to
>> accommodate for the other OSes for now. In the future, I might try backing
>> up phones and tablets but that's a ways off.
>> Also, thoughts on what to backup that may not be apparent on a Linux
>> system
>> would be great as well.
>> I vaguely recall someone suggesting using local mail to incidate if a
>> backup succeeded or failed but I am open to options.
>> Regards,
>> Jonathan
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