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Tux's lil' helper
Tux's lil' helper

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PostPosted: Fri Nov 20, 2009 4:41 pm    Post subject: backup - the 'user' way Reply with quote


I have a nice system in place for backup of my os - mkstake4 script.

But I also want something that is more desktop user friendly, for the home folder.
Basically the idea would be, to have 2 parts a backup service (/script) and a front end

1) a robust service that doesn't mind that the desktop machine is being started and stopped whenever it pleases me and that doesn't hang if for some reason the network drive is not available
2) and an easy to use GUI, for example an extra tab in the nautilus file properties that lets you select the which version of that file you want to revert. (a per file restore as u would say)(I just came from a w2008 course, hint!)

The solutions that jumped to my mind are:
- flyback : development seems to be stopped, I tried some early version a while ago, it had its drawbacks, it can run as service (but robust is not its middle name :( ) and restore is a misty operation, but it works on gentoo (and other)

- timevault : also dead it seems, but very promising from the screen shots and description. I could only find .deb files, no source ??? is this no opensource package? tried it once, but couldn't get it to work, so no idea how it works in real life.

- backintime : I get the impression that it can't backup the files to a network drive, but only locally ?

I suppose several people struggle to get some kind of useful backup program or script to work and some just stick there head in the sand and pretends it doesn't bother them until the next hdd crash 8)

If you have any experience with these (or other) programs or any other useful ideas, well here is your chance to share it :idea:

thx for reading! many thx for answering!
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 21, 2009 1:02 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

OK, probably it is not an answer to your questions, but I like rdiff-backup - it is started from cron, purely text-mode, restoration of data from the day you want is easy and you can always create minimalistic gui with gtkdialog or something similiar (maybe even there is something already?).
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