[SATLUG] Backup Question on RH 7.3
Chuck at Tetlow.Net
Sat Aug 24 18:18:01 CDT 2002
There are numerous ways you could back up the files to the zip drive.
You could set it to simply copy the files to be backed up to the zip. That
would be the simplest method and the easiest method to get the files back if
you needed them in the future.
Or, you can tar the files into a single file on the zip. Tar is the Tape
Archiving Utility and copies all the files into a single file on the
destination tape or drive. The bonus to this method is you now have a
single file and can run a compressor against it like gzip. Depending on the
type of files, this could compress the data to one tenth of its original
size. Text files compress the most to about one tenth. Program files and
binaries compress to about one fourth the original size.
Those are just two methods. And either could be setup to work manually or
automatically on a time schedule. Just work out the manual method and then
script them to run automatically from a cron.
Alternately, you could use one of the multitude of backup programs out
there. Go to www.freshmeat.net and search on backup. You'll find plenty of
open source, free programs to back up for you. I also have a CD of Knox
Software Arkeia v4.2.6. It a commercial package for Unix/Linux that has a
nice pretty X GUI interface. Last I checked it out, its still free for
personal use. If you want a copy, let me know.
Need any help, just shout. Someone here will be able to help.
From: satlug-admin at satlug.org [mailto:satlug-admin at satlug.org]On Behalf Of
Sent: Saturday, August 24, 2002 3:17 PM
To: satlug at satlug.org
Subject: [SATLUG] Backup Question on RH 7.3
I would like to put in an Iomega 250 zip drive in a new RH 7.3 box to
backup my /home directory. Since I have never tried to back anything up
before on my Linux boxes my question is does RH backup to a single file like
Win2K or does it require a tape like NT4?
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