[ubuntu-uk] Advice on backing up Ubuntu machine

Jason Liquorish jason at dropshock.com
Tue Feb 24 01:54:15 GMT 2009

doug livesey wrote:
> Hi -- I've recently switched my main dev machine from OSX to Ubuntu 
> Ibex, and would like to start implementing a regular backup regimen.
> In OSX I used TimeMachine, an excellent app that has saved my arse on 
> more than one occasion.
> I've seen that there are supposed to be equivalents, like FlyBack (which 
> I haven't managed to get working, yet), but thought a quick straw poll 
> on what other ubuntu geeks are using could be helpful.
> Cheers,
>    Doug.

Hi, I thought Time Machine rang a bell so checked my browser bookmarks 
and found two links of interest. One is for FlyBack which you seem to 
have already tried and the other is a more manual, and thus more 
confusing, way of implementing pretty much the same as what Time Machine 

The site for the manual method can be found at [0] although I would 
recommend having a good read of the FlyBack documentation just to make 
sure you fully understand how it works [1] and maybe take a look at the 
FAQs [2].

If however you do not necessarily want a direct replacement for Time 
Machine, just a solid backup solution, then I have heard some ubuntu-uk 
members mention rdiff-backup [3] and backup-manager [4].

Hope that helps you out and let us know how you get on and if you 
encounter any more problems, documentation is your friend and it is 
always advisable to read so that you get a good understanding of how the 
program functions and what the options do, especially with something as 
important as backups!

[0] http://blog.interlinked.org/tutorials/rsync_time_machine.html
[1] http://code.google.com/p/flyback/wiki/HowItWorks
[2] http://code.google.com/p/flyback/wiki/FAQ
[3] http://www.nongnu.org/rdiff-backup/
[4] http://www2.backup-manager.org/

Jason Liquorish - <jason at dropshock.com>

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