Conor Schaefer on 26 Jul 2010 11:16:57 -0700

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Re: [PLUG] How do you backup your home PC's / Laptops?

  • From: Conor Schaefer <>
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  • Subject: Re: [PLUG] How do you backup your home PC's / Laptops?
  • Date: Mon, 26 Jul 2010 14:16:51 -0400
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On Sat, Jul 17, 2010 at 1:40 PM, Brian Vagnoni <> wrote:
----- Original Message -----
From: Lee Marzke

If you have other household
> members Âhow
> do you ensure the backups are done ?

----- Original Message -----

Tie them to a chair, and with a dentist drill in hand, ask them "is it safe...?"

No....that isn't how most folks do it?

IMHO, I loathe all backup solutions equally. My best advice, use the the one you hate the least.

I really hate to be this guy in the thread, but what's wrong with rsync? On computers I set up for family members, I create a cronjob that SSHs into the home server and drops it into a /dir/dir/backup/user. Authentication is based on a 4096-bit RSA key, so no user intervention is needed. For those hosting remotely, Duplicity seems like an excellent solution, and has been brought up multiple times on this list.

The problem is that it's not technically versioned, but by using a script that inserts a "date" string into the dirnames within the backup/user/ folder, you can then use a "cleanup" cronjob on the server to make sure that, say, only the most recent five backups are kept. Encryption is not a problem with family stuff, of course, so I don't bother to set Duplicity up on their machines.

Brian Vagnoni
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