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   Linux FAQ > 5. File Systems, Disks, and Drives
Question:  5.3. How To Make Backups.
Answer:

You can back up a directory hierarchy or complete file system to any media using GNU tar or cpio, the standard *nix tools for this purpose. tar seems to be the more commonly used program currently, and includes command line options to make compressed, incremental, and multi-volume backups. Complete information is contained in the documentation, which is in GNU Texinfo format.

The free program, Amanda, receives a lot of mentions on Usenet. Its home page is http://www.amanda.org/.

Several commercial backup utilities also exist. They are often included in commercial distributions.


This FAQ is from Linux Frequently Asked Questions with Answers, maintained by Robert Kiesling

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