Easy to Use Backup in Ubuntu 10.04 (Lucid) or 9.10 or Mac

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Backing up your files to a local drive or over the network can be done in linux, (most versions) and even Mac using luckyBackup. luckyBackup is an easy to use application that backs-up and/or synchronizes any directories with the power of rsync. It does incremental backup, only updated files are backed up. It is very easy to setup, but powerful backup utility for linux, and it is included with Ubuntu 10.04 Lucid as well as with Karmic Koala distribution, for other versions visit the website listed above. So, go ahead and install it, you would need to install rsync as well, if you have not installed it yet.

sudo apt-get install luckybackup rsync

Run it from the Accessories menu:

luckyBackupClick on add button to add a backup task. Setting up a local backup (USB drive or external hard drive) is easy. I am going to explain how to add a remote location to backup your data.

Task propertiesClick on the Advanced button to show the complete Task properties.

Advanced propertiesType or browse to your source directory and type the absolute path of your remote directory don’t have to include the host name there as it is included in the remote host details. Type the user name for the remote machine and the hostname in @Host box. You would also need to generate the public host key at the remote computer and copy it over to your local machine. To do this, either ssh to your remote computer or physically log in to that computer, and run the following commands:

ssh-keygen -t rsa

Press enter to select the default location for the generated file. Then download it or copy it back to your local computer, I used scp to do that:

scp .ssh/id_rsa.pub abhis@

Now click ok to save the Task list, select the new task you created and hit the start button. Now sit back and grab a cup of coffee, first back up might take a while depending on the size of the folder you selected and your connection speed.

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2 Comments on “Easy to Use Backup in Ubuntu 10.04 (Lucid) or 9.10 or Mac”

  • slashetc wrote on 14 December, 2009, 12:00

    Thanks! Found it very useful. Am using it now for both my home-server and laptop.

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