Back up Linux with ease
I’m not particularly fond of backing up my data. I know I should do it and I feel pretty smug when it is done, but it is a time-consuming and frustrating process. Mainly because it requires a whole lot of thinking on my part: which files do I want to back up? where should I store them? What format? And to date I haven’t really found the one tool that makes baking up truly simple. Sure, there’s compression formats available to me and a good handful of command-line incremental backup tools on Linux but really what I want is a one-click backup tool that, once set, does all the work for me. Think Time Machine on Mac OSX and you have the idea. Backerupper may not be TimeMachine but it is pretty idiot-proof and does the job.
Over the past few months we’ve seen a number of backup tools for Linux being released and while they range from the wildly complicated to the temperamental, Backerupper, apart from a dodgy name, is one of the easiest to use.
First, get hold of a copy of Backerupper from its Sourceforge homepage. Download that and uncompress it somewhere on your hard disk. (tar -zxv backerupper-0.24-32.tar.gz should do it.)
Once that is done you need to run the install script which takes all of a couple of seconds. Switch to the backerupper directory and run the following at the command line:
That will install backerupper and you’re ready to go.
Backerupper doesn’t install a menu item by default so you will need to open a terminal window and issue the command “backer” to start the programme. That will bring up a window similar to the following one which is fairly easy to navigate.
Get Backerupper from here.