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I would say the backup solution depends on what you are using the machine you are backing up for. It is a front end to duplicity that performs incremental backups, where only changes since the prior backup was made are stored.
Integration with Nautilus is superb, allowing for the restoration of files deleted from a directory and for the restoration of an old version of an individual file. Note that as of February 2016 this project appears to be almost completely ignoring bug reports with only minor triage activity and the last bugfix dates back to 2014, though there are new releases with minor changes. If you're familiar with command-line tools, you can use rsync to create (incremental) backups automatically.
In combination with hard links, it's possible to make backup in a way that deleted files are preserved.
I've changed this to talk about rsnapshot, which is what I think the author was referring to.
Duplicity backs up directories by producing encrypted tar-format volumes and uploading them to a remote or local. Duplicity's command line can be intimidating, but there are many frontends to duplicity, from command line (duply), to GNOME (deja-dup), to KDE (time-drive).
Note that even on paid accounts revision history is limited to one year and on free accounts it is only one month.


As I understand it, Dropbox keeps all versions of your files so rolling back shouldn't be an issue.
It's not been mentioned before, so I'll pitch in that "LuckyBackup" is a superb GUI front end on rsync and makes taking simple or complex backups and clones a total breeze. BackupPC runs a web interface that you can use to customize it, including adding new computers to be backed up, initiating immediate backups, and most importantly, restoring single files or entire folders. Obviously there's no best backup tool, but a comparison of the options would be very interesting. It is a GNOME tool intended for the casual Desktop user that aims to be a "simple backup tool that hides the complexity of doing backups the Right Way". When you select a target directory, all non-local directories are hidden, and typing it into the location bar doesn't work. This helps me define different profiles for different partitions of my drive and update the backups of only the partitions I need to. For large files that change often, such as logfiles, databases, etc., rdiff-backup requires significantly less space for a given number of versions. It is based of the rsync algorithm and used by rdiff-backup directoy from Python so it doesn't have to call an external utility and parse the output as rsnapshot does. Not sure I'll recommend that anyone use beta software to backup or restore critical data, even if its family photos. A synchronisation tool can help make a backup more efficient like rsync can spare bandwidth for exemple.


From the backup server, it can connect via ssh, rsync, SMB, and other methods to any other computer (not just linux computers), and back up all of them to the server. If the BackupPC server has write permissions to the computer that you are restoring to, it can restore the files directly to where they were, which is really nice. On my home setup I have a small script that backs up a couple of folders I wouldn't like to lose, it does this incrementally.
It implements incremental storage by merging identical files via hardlinks, even if the identical files were backed up from separate computers. My work laptop gets everything backed up to a server and never has mission critical stuff left on it anyway.
So if one file gets infected but you find that out 31 days later, you don't have any backup to restore the file. But keep in mind that it is not guaranteed that you can restore your files when need arise!



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  1. 11.01.2015 at 19:26:37


    Sign up for Box and Mega any.

    Author: Henry
  2. 11.01.2015 at 14:49:27


    What's more, in April 2016 Dropbox announced.

    Author: VIP_Malish