Automating Remote Backups
In preparing a personal backup strategy, it is important to identify the purpose of the backup, establish a set of processes that prepares files for backup and performs backups to remote systems. It is also important that automation of these processes provide feedback, so users can have at least a starting point of understanding why backups are failing and when that may have occurred.
The methods shown here are somewhat simple and certainly not ideal for every user. The scripts probably are not bug-free and also have room for improvement. They are intended only as a starting point for building personal backup plans. I welcome feedback on any improvements you make to these scripts.
Backup Scripts for This Article: ftp.linuxjournal.com/pub/lj/listings/issue194/10679.tgz
Michael J. Hammel is a Principal Software Engineer for Colorado Engineering, Inc. (CEI), in Colorado Springs, Colorado, with more than 20 years of software development and management experience. He has written more than 100 articles for numerous on-line and print magazines and is the author of three books on The GIMP, the premier open-source graphics editing package.
Practical books for the most technical people on the planet. Newly available books include:
- Agile Product Development by Ted Schmidt
- Improve Business Processes with an Enterprise Job Scheduler by Mike Diehl
- Finding Your Way: Mapping Your Network to Improve Manageability by Bill Childers
- DIY Commerce Site by Reven Lerner
Plus many more.
- Unikernels, Docker, and Why You Should Care
- diff -u: What's New in Kernel Development
- Controversy at the Linux Foundation
- 22 Years of Linux Journal on One DVD - Now Available
- Giving Silos Their Due
- Non-Linux FOSS: Snk
- Don't Burn Your Android Yet
- Wine 1.8 Released
- What's New in 3D Printing, Part III: the Software
- Firefox OS