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Manually backup and restore a User Home Folder
Authored by: cjraven on Apr 05, '11 11:41:34PM

Maybe I'm a dinosaur, but I rsync my $HOME to a small NAS daily, via a root cron job.

Given how few actual changes there are (other than data in Dropbox which is excluded from the rsync anyway) after the initial heavy run, daily rsyncs take mere seconds.

It's as maybe not quite as good as time machine or whatever it's called, but this method has worked for the past few years. I have had H/D's crash on me once or twice - oh yes, but never lost userdata, thanks to this method.

I suppose this is a pretty decent illustration of "whatever works for $you" :D



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Manually backup and restore a User Home Folder
Authored by: vekva on Apr 06, '11 06:46:56AM

Using rsync will also make it a recursive backup which is both faster and more practical than using Disk Utility. The downside is that it force you to the CLI.



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Manually backup and restore a User Home Folder
Authored by: cjraven on Apr 07, '11 05:29:22AM

Aaaah, but the CLI is a haven of refuge in troubled and unstable gooey times. It is predictable, it is always your friend.

The CLI doesn't care if you see other shells, or even have a beer after severely misusing it.

*cough*



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Manually backup and restore a User Home Folder
Authored by: tobylane on Apr 13, '11 02:37:28PM

What's your rsync command, the full line please?



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Manually backup and restore a User Home Folder
Authored by: cjraven on Apr 13, '11 09:46:27PM

Not terribly adventurous:

rsync -avz -e ssh /Users/username/ someuser@10.0.0.100:/home/username/macbackup/

ssh keys exist on both ends, I should add, thus eliminating any need for a manual login

HTH!



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