Creating Snapshot-Backups with BackerUpper On Ubuntu 9.04 - Page 2

2 Using BackerUpper

Now you can start to use BackerUpper.


2.1 Running BackerUpper From The Command Line

You can either start BackerUpper from the terminal (as a normal user) by running:



2.2 Creating A Launcher For BackerUpper

... or you can create a launcher for it in the menu. To do this, right-click on Applications and select Edit Menus:

In the window that opens select System Tools and click on New Item:

The Create Launcher window opens. Fill in BackerUpper in the Name field and backer in the Command field, then click on OK:

Click on Close to leave the Edit Menus window:

Now you can start BackerUpper by going to Applications > System Tools > BackerUpper:


2.3 Using BackerUpper

To create a backup, we must define a backup profile first. Click on New:

In the New Profile window, specify a name for the backup (e.g. MyBackup), then the directory you want to back up, the destination directory (think about putting the backups on an external USB drive - I didn't have one available when I was writing this tutorial, so I'm using another directory on the same hard drive), and then a backup schedule (how often you want BackerUpper to back up the directory and at what time of day - BackerUpper will then create backups for you automatically).

The destination directory must exist; if it doesn't, create it like this:

mkdir /home/falko/MyBackup

Click on OK afterwards:

Back on the Backup tab, you can now select your new backup profile. To create a backup, simply click on the Backup now button:

To restore from a backup, go to the Restore tab, select your backup profile and the archive from which you want to restore, and click on Restore:

Confirm the restoration:

The Help tab contains additional information about the usage of BackerUpper:

When you close the BackerUpper window, BackerUpper will continue to run in the background (so that it can run the automatic backups at the time that you specified). You can see the BackerUpper icon in the taskbar:

Of course, if you want to make use of the automatic backup feature, you must start BackerUpper when you boot the system (or start it automatically under System > Preferences > Sessions) and then let it run in the background.


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