command line to backup my documents to external drive

Stef Bon stefbon at
Fri May 14 07:55:01 MDT 2010


You may look at:

I've written it. Very simple and comprehensive to setup.
It's easy to setup when doing a local backup, it's getting more
difficult when backing up to a remote host.


PS in this howto backing up to a remote rsync server contains an
error. I'll report about that here in an other mail

2010/5/14 Thomas Evangelidis <tevang3 at>:
> I'm really confused with all the examples out there and all different types
> of incremental backups. I tried several scripts but cannot reduce the size
> of my backup folders. What I want is to backup my documents to my external
> drive every month and save as much disk space as possible.
>  Lets say I have 3 backup directories in the external drive, backup03.10,
> backup04.10 and backup05.10. I want to:
> 1) keep old files in backup03.10 that have been deleted in May, and hence
> are not in backup05.10
> 2) use symbolic or hard links for files or directories that have not been
> modified
> 3) files that were modified in May must be in backup05.10 whereas the old
> versions in backup03.10 and backup04.10, with those in backup04.10 being
> symbolic links (if possible)
> Please someone help me with this or point me to the right example.
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