Creating Snapshot-Backups with BackerUpper On Ubuntu 9.04

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Author: Falko Timme
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BackerUpper is a tool similar to Apple's TimeMachine. It is intended to create snapshot-backups of selected directories or even your full hard drive. From the BackerUpper project page: "Backerupper is a simple program for backing up selected directories over a local network. Its main intended purpose is backing up a user's personal data." This article shows how to install and use BackerUpper on Ubuntu 9.04 (Jaunty Jackalope).

I do not issue any guarantee that this will work for you!


1 Installing BackerUpper

First open a terminal (Applications > Accessories > Terminal)...

... and run

uname -m

to find out your system's architecture - this is important to make sure that you download the correct BackerUpper version. My test system is a 64bit system which means I must download the 64bit version of BackerUpper:

[email protected]:~$ uname -m
[email protected]:~$

Open a browser (e.g. Firefox) and go to the BackerUpper project page on SourceForge. Click on View all files (this will give you a list of available downloads for 32- and 64bit systems whereas the Download Now! button will give you the 32bit version)...

... and select the tar.gz file that is suitable for your system (-32.tar.gz for 32bit systems, -64.tar.gz for 64bit systems):

In the Firefox download dialogue, select Open with Archive Manager (default):

After the download has finished, the Archive Manager opens. Click on Extract:

Select the directory where you want to extract the archive, e.g. your home directory (/home/falko in this example), and then click on Extract again:

Click on Close afterwards to leave the Archive Manager:

Next open a terminal again.

Go to the backerupper directory (e.g. /home/falko/backerupper-0.24-64/)...

cd /home/falko/backerupper-0.24-64/

... and install BackerUpper as follows:

sudo ./

Falko Timme

About Falko Timme

Falko Timme is an experienced Linux administrator and founder of Timme Hosting, a leading nginx business hosting company in Germany. He is one of the most active authors on HowtoForge since 2005 and one of the core developers of ISPConfig since 2000. He has also contributed to the O'Reilly book "Linux System Administration".

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