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What's your primary backup strategy for the /home directory in Linux?

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I frequently upgrade to newer releases of Fedora, which is my primary distribution. I also upgrade other distros but much less frequently. I have also had many crashes of various types over the years, including a large portion of self-inflicted ones. Past experience with data loss has made me very aware of the need for good backups.

I back up many parts of my Linux hosts but my /home directory is especially important. Losing any of the data in /home on my primary workstation due to a crash or an upgrade could be disastrous.

My backup strategy for /home is to back up everything every day. There are other things on every Linux system to back up but /home is the center of everything I do on my workstation. I keep my documents and financial records there as well as off-line emails, address books for different apps, calendar and task data, and most importantly for me these days, the working copies of my next two Linux books.

I can think of a number of approaches to doing backups and restores of /home which would allow an easy and complete recovery after a data loss ranging from a single file to the entire directory. Which approach do you take? Which tools do you use?

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David Both - David Both is an Open Source Software and GNU/Linux advocate, trainer, writer, and speaker who lives in Raleigh North Carolina. He is a strong proponent of and evangelist for the "Linux Philosophy." David has been in the IT industry for nearly 50 years. He has taught RHCE classes for Red Hat and has worked at MCI Worldcom, Cisco, and the State of North Carolina. He has been working with Linux and Open Source Software for over 20 years. David prefers to purchase the components and build his...