[Lubuntu] Recommended online backup services (or those to avoid)?

Aere Greenway Aere at Dvorak-Keyboards.com
Sat Dec 29 21:47:37 UTC 2012


One important thing to take note of in my earlier reply, is that for
most backups, I don't use online services.  I noticed (later) that you
were asking about online services.  

I use an external hard-drive (Seagate, USB, 300 Gig), that I plug into a
USB 2.0 port.  Using that method, you do need to be very meticulous
about unmounting your drive before removing it.  



-----Original Message-----
From: John Hupp <lubuntu at prpcompany.com>
To: Aere Greenway <Aere at Dvorak-Keyboards.com>,
lubuntu-users at lists.ubuntu.com
Subject: Re: [Lubuntu] Recommended online backup services (or those to
Date: Sat, 29 Dec 2012 14:55:27 -0500

On 12/29/2012 2:41 PM, Aere Greenway wrote:
> John, and all:
> I have been regularly using Deja Dup, on all of the Ubuntu partitions 
> (different ubuntu flavors) I do development on, including lubuntu, 
> which is my primary system.
> I did have to explicitly search for it, and install it (it wasn't 
> installed by default).
> I haven't yet had any problems with it, and I have used it to restore 
> my files a few times.  It has worked well in that capacity, restoring 
> not only files, but configuration settings.
> My main negative about it, is that to restore an individual file to a 
> state it was in on a given date, requires you to restore your entire 
> directory structure to some similarly-sized area, then you can go 
> there and get the particular file, which will be as of the latest 
> backup (unless you somehow limit the backup files used to restore from).
> That is too much work to use it in that capacity.
> I still use (monthly) a package called "faubackup", which creates a 
> directory structure you can go into and get individual files (by 
> date).  It also handles configuration (hidden) files.
> My negatives on faubackup, are that it seems to actually physically 
> compare each and every file before deciding if the file actually needs 
> to be saved or not, and thus uses up a lot of processor power while it 
> runs.  Also, it has disappeared from repositories, not being the most 
> popular (but not before I saved my own copy I could re-install).
> I use Ubuntu One regularly for important development stuff I wouldn't 
> want to have to re-create, but it is a pain to have to encrypt 
> everything before putting it in the directory.  It's negative, is that 
> upload internet speed tends to be significantly less than download 
> internet speed, so I only use it for really important stuff, and don't 
> save so much stuff that way.  Also, it may not let you know at what 
> point everything has been synchronized.
> -- 
> Sincerely,
> Aere
> -----Original Message-----
> *From*: John Hupp <lubuntu at prpcompany.com 
> <mailto:John%20Hupp%20%3clubuntu at prpcompany.com%3e>>
> *To*: lubuntu-users at lists.ubuntu.com 
> <mailto:lubuntu-users at lists.ubuntu.com>
> *Subject*: [Lubuntu] Recommended online backup services (or those to 
> avoid)?
> *Date*: Sat, 29 Dec 2012 11:59:10 -0500
> I see that none of these are installed by default in Quantal:
> 	Deja Dup
> 	Ubuntu One
> 	Duplicity
> In fact, a Synaptic search on "backup" doesn't show that any backup
> package is installed.
> A little searching indicates that there have been problems installing or
> using Deja Dup + Ubuntu One on Lubuntu, though there are not a great
> many results.
> Have any of you had good (or bad) experiences with
> installing/using/restoring from various online backup services?
> (And I'm specifically interested in backup-oriented services, though
> I'll broaden the question to include sync services.)
Thanks for the detailed review.
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