Destroying "only" your home directory (was Re: Newbie question on permissions)

Kenneth P. Turvey kt-usenet at
Mon Apr 3 05:42:03 UTC 2006

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On Mon, 03 Apr 2006 13:14:08 +0800, Michael T. Richter wrote:

> That would be the typical UNIX way to make "backups", yes.

Actually, the way the poster mentioned is pretty new to UNIX.  The UNIX
way would be to use tar, dump, or cpio.  

> Where does that leave file versioning?  Incremental (or differential)
> backups?  Selective backups?  (I have stuff in my home folder that I
> wouldn't mind too terribly much losing that sucks up a lot of space.)
> System configurations (for those "power users" that might want to handle
> that situation as well)?

The program "tar" can do all these things and that's what power users
would use.  Configuration is done through editing a script, something
power users don't mind doing.  

If you are looking for a backup solution for power users, you can stop
now.  They don't need another backup solution.  If you are looking for a
backup solution for a user that doesn't do command line or scripts,
Nautilus, among others, solves this problem for 95% of cases. 

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