Understanding files in /home/user

ac "aec$news" at candt.waitrose.com
Sun Dec 17 10:14:20 UTC 2006

Dotan Cohen wrote:
> On 16/12/06, ac <"aec$news"@candt.waitrose.com> wrote:
>> try google perhaps?
>> They all seem to be hidden files, rather than your data. So backing up
>> your actual data wil be most important.
>> Have you made an attempt to find out how large these hidden files
>> total up to?
>> If you backup with say, rdiff-backup then you will find it uses space
>> very economically. (IIRC it is also used in Keep but in my own
>> experience Keep is not working yet in distros I have used, including
>> Kubuntu).
> Thanks, of couse I STFW before I asked. A few of them (.bashrc for
> example) I could have taken off the list, but I figured that I'd get
> more info if I asked about them as well. There were of course others
> (.kde, .mozilla, etc) that I did not post, as they were obvious enough
> that I didn't need to.
> I've discovered that I prefer to use cp to backup, as I often need one
> complete file as it was at xxx date in time. So long as it all fits on
> one disc, I prefer not even to tar it so that I can access it more
> readiliy.

I know that rdiff-backup is a little more complex, and I used copy for 
things initially also.
However, rdiff-backup produces a mirror file, compressed only if you 
wish, and manages increments fairly elegantly, with dates and times.

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