So now I've got everything else setup perfectly right, BUT now I can't get rdiff-backup to work with my external hard drive. At first it was because I was using a directory with data in it already, but now it seems that it doesn't want to read my include file. Here's my script that I've been working with: Code: #!/bin/bash #---------------------------------------# ## Script Variables ## # Backup Device # MOUNT_POINT="/media/backup" # Sources to backup # SOURCES="--include-globbing-filelist /home/user/scripts/include_file" # Target Directory # # exclude trailing slash # TARGET="/media/backup/rdiff_backup" # Exclude File # EXCLUDE_FILE="/home/user/scripts/exclude_file.txt" # Extras # # When did the script last run HISTORY_LOG="/home/user/scripts/Backup_History.txt" # See what packages are installed DPKG_LIST="/home/user/scripts/dpkg-filelist" #-------------------------------------------------# ## Verify Device and Sources ## echo " Starting backup..." # -x returns true if the file exists and is executable. if [ ! -x $TARGET ]; then echo " Backup target does not exist or you don't have permission!" echo " Exiting..." exit 2 fi echo " Verifying Sources..." for source in $SOURCES; do echo " Checking $source..." if [ ! -x $source ]; then echo " Error with $source!" echo " Directory either does not exist, or you do not have proper permissions." exit 2 fi done # -f returns true if the file exists and is a regular file. if [ -f $EXCLUDE_FILE ]; then EXCLUDE="--exclude-globbing-filelist $EXCLUDE_FILE" fi ## Actual Backup ## echo " Sources verified. Running rdiff-backup..." echo " " echo " This may take a while..." echo " " echo " May I suggest a nice cup of coffee " echo " while you are waiting?" echo " " sudo rdiff-backup -v5 --print-statistics --remove-older-than 4w $EXCLUDE $SOURCES $TARGET ## Script Extras ## # Log of when I last ran the script # and a list of every package installed # on my computer. date +'%F_%H:%M' >> $HISTORY_LOG dpkg -l | awk '(print $2)' > $DPKG_LIST ## Disc Information ## # How much space do I have left? echo " " echo " Displaying Drive Information:" df -h echo " " exit 0 Alright... So that throws me an error no matter what I change... ok, so then I tried to run it straight from the command line with this: Code: sudo rdiff-backup -v5 --print-statistics --include-globbing-filelist ./include_file / /media/backup/rdiff_backup But that gives me this error message: Code: Reading globbing filelist ./include_file Fatal Error: Last selection expression: Command-line include glob: /root/ispconfig only specifies that files be included. Because the default is to include all files, the expression is redundant. Exiting because this probably isn't what you meant. So I took out the /root/ispconfig, but then it throws the same error for my next directory name. Here is my include file: Code: /home /etc/shadow /etc/passwd /etc/group /var/www /var/lib/named /var/named /root/ispconfig I'm lost in the sauce. I have no clue what is going on here and it's frustrating. So what Iam I doing wrong? I know it's probably something stupid. Oh! All of my files are edited with nano using the -w option because I just never got comfortable with vi. I can use it, but I'm not fluent with it. Regardless. Any help would be appreciated!