[CentOS] Re: Linux backup help

Marc Schwartz marc_schwartz at comcast.net
Tue Nov 11 13:46:12 UTC 2008

Kevin Kempter <kevin at kevinkempterllc.com>

> Hi All;
> I'm awaiting a new linux laptop that will be my primary work machine. I want 
> to implement a strategy that allows me as easily as possible to revert back 
> to a former state. My primary concern is a scenario where I apply system 
> updates and it breaks something that for me is critical.   
> I wonder if a simple rsync script would work. If so, here's what I'm thinking:
> 1) updates are available so I execute the rsync script which pulls any updated 
> files from my laptop to a backup server/drive
> 2) apply updates
> 3) if something breaks (even if I can no longer login) I boot the laptop, run 
> the rsync script in the opposite direction (push files from the backup drive 
> to the laptop) 
> I assume that if I were to execute step 3 above that my system would be in the 
> exact state that it was before I ran the updates. Is this a correct 
> assumption ?  Are there better approaches ?
> Thanks in advance..

Look at rsnapshot, which is rsync based and enables hourly, daily,
weekly and monthly rotating backups.

This is what I used on my laptop, to an external USB HD. It provides an
OSX Time Machine like schema, albeit without the fancy GUI.



Marc Schwartz

More information about the CentOS mailing list