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Backup: Client to Server

Part 4: Linux Client Alternate Script


Nathan Thompson

In Step 2, I described how my rsync backup script functions. Why do I configure my rsync backup this way? Well, as I may have already described in more detail, I was a Mac user for years before switching to Linux. Before I switched to Mac OS X, I used a very haphzard backup method. For those times I bothered to have a backup, I would copy my data manually to a floppy, SuperDisk, Jaz drive, or external hard drive. Tedious, slow (if you want to bulk copy, Mac OS did not merge folders back then, just replace everything), and was not automated.

Once I switched over to Mac OS X, I initially used an excellent tool called SuperDuper! to automate my backups. The paid version offered incremental and scheduled backups. For a time, this setup worked well to a locally attached external drive. As SuperDuper! did not offer a network feature implicitly, I was able to turn on network sharing and mount a sparse image for backup when I decided to advance to network sharing with storage attached to a spare Mac (first a Power Mac 7300 and then a Power Mac 7600 if I remember correctly, both G3 upgraded). Enter Leopard and not every app was ready for the transition at launch, cue transition…

Having used Carbon Copy Cloner for a client, I was familiar with that tool as well. After mostly on account I copied the structure of how Carbon Copy Cloner worked when I used a Mac. It created a folder for the backup and then a series of date and time stamped folders for each archive of deleted/changed files. Honestly, I probaly should have simply went the hard link route with each dated folder representing a snapshot of my home directory at that moment. While each snapshot would appear to contain many duplicate files, only changed/deleted files will have been written each time, with the rest of the files/directories exsisting as hard links to other points on the backup drive. Many pointers, only one copy of the data.

As such, let me discuss how that model would work

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