[CentOS] backup script

Fri Jan 28 15:33:39 UTC 2011
cpolish at surewest.net <cpolish at surewest.net>

madunix at gmail.com wrote:
> Should I add to my tar the following option
>  -p, --preserve-permissions
>               extract all protection information
> tar -cvzfp ......
> Thanks
> On Tue, Jan 25, 2011 at 7:10 PM, John Doe <jdmls at yahoo.com> wrote:
> > From: "madunix at gmail.com" <madunix at gmail.com>
> >
> >> I want to create bash script to have a zip copy from a website running
> >> on  linux /var/www/htdocs/* local on the same box on different
> >> directory
> >> I am  thinking to do a local backup using crontab (snapshot my web)
> >> tar -cvzf  /tmp/website-$(date +%Y%m%d-%H%M).tgz /var/www/htdocs/*
> >> This command will  create a file /tmp/website-20110101-1459.tgz
> >> I want it run on daily basis and  to keep the last 5days backup on the
> >> box and remove older version than  5days.
> >
> > A quick way to do it is to use the day of the week:
> >  website-$(date +%u).tgz
> > It will automaticaly keep the last 7 days...
> > Otherwise, you will have to use date calculations...

I hope I'm not duplicating something someone has already said --
/tmp may not be the best possible choice for backups. A reboot
could potentially "help" by cleansing that directory. Off-host
copies (eg, scp website-20110101-1459.tgz fred at otherhost:/home/fred/backups/)
would address a number of risks.
Charles Polisher