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 Post subject: Backup your Data with LuckyBackup
PostPosted: Mon Oct 04, 2010 1:59 pm 
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Class: Installation and usage of LuckyBackup from the default repos.
Difficulty: Simple. An adequate external storage device is recommended.
Time: Probably about fifteen minutes to install and configure.
Desirability: The answer to, “You do have a backup, don’t you?”

It has been said that there are two types of users: those who have lost data and
those who will. The only comfort to lost data is having a recent backup.
Realizing that you just formatted your data partition when you only wanted to
format a pen drive is a sobering moment. Regular backups are key to data peace of mind.

Install with Synaptic or # apt-get install luckybackup.

As the GreyGeek said, “For old, retired programmers and fresh newbies GUI
interfaces (and their helps) are one way to keep trucking as ones gray cells
slowly die off.” For the rest, remember that haste makes waste.

LuckyBackup is an application that backs-up and/or synchronizes any
directories with the power of rsync.

It is simple to use, fast ([in sync mode] transfers over only changes made and not all data),
safe (keeps your data safe by checking all declared directories before
proceeding in any data manipulation ), reliable and fully customizable.

Backup or create a "clone" of your data at another location in no time, safely.
Backup any directory (source) to another (destination).

luckyBackup copies over only the changes you've made to the source directory and
nothing more. You will be surprised when your huge source is backed up in
seconds (after the first time !!).

Whatever changes you make to the source including adding, moving, deleting,
modifying files / directories etc, will have the same effect to the destination.
Owner, group, time stamps, links and permissions of files are preserved (unless
stated otherwise).

Sync any directories keeping the files that were most recently modified on both
of them. Useful if you modify files on more than one PCs (using a flash-drive
and don't want to bother remembering what did you use last.

Keep your data safe: luckyBackup first checks whether the directories you've
declared exist or if they are empty and warns you accordingly. You wouldn't want
your 500GB music collection backup (that took half a day to create !!) vanish in
a second if you forgot to mount the external drive that your source is in !! You
also wouldn't want to execute an rsync command if your destination folder is in
an external drive that you also forgot to mount.

Option toggle to the add/modify task dialog is quite simple and everybody can
use it with confidence. Hit on the "advanced" pushbutton at the task properties
window and a whole bunch of other options will appear. If you know what you're
doing change anything at will.

Exclude option for any file, folder or pattern from the transfer. You might not
want to copy over backup files (*~), trash folders, system mount folders (/media
& /mnt), some huge video files or anything else. Choose from already made
templates or produce your own with the cool pattern editor.

Only include option to only transfer over specific file(s), folder(s) or
pattern(s) within your source directory and nothing else.

... and more.
Check out the manual at

* Use the Simulation mode to practice and confirm the setup.
* Uncheck Remove files not on source. Unless you really want to remove older files.
* Do a Simulation and read the messages.

“Just do it!” You’ll be glad you did.


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