[sclug] Linux backup solutions

John Dickson johnd at cavcomp.co.uk
Mon Jun 11 14:25:14 UTC 2007

On Mon, 11 Jun 2007 10:37:29 +0100, Alex Butcher <lug at assursys.co.uk>  

> USB HDD if you want to do it cheaply.

We use USB HDDs on all our hosts.

For straightforward backups on Linux use tar in a shell script run as a  
cron job. It is sensible to unmount the USB HDD at the end of the script  
so that in an emergency you can pull out the wires and run out of the  
building clutching your backups to your breast!

<plug alert>
We develop platform independent information management software written in  
Java. This includes a configurable backup module 'Dumper'. Although our  
o/s of choice is Linux (currently kUbuntu) we need to run on various  
versions of Windows for testing purposes. If you or your customers need to  
run on mixed hosts Dumper may be of interest to you.
</plug alert>


John Dickson  johnd at cavcomp.co.uk

Caversham Computer Services Ltd
1A Kidmore Road

Tel: +44 (0)118 948 1383  Fax: +44 (0)118 947 0012

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