Automate backups for Ubuntu 10.10 / 10.04

Back in Time is a simple backup tool for Linux inspired from “flyback project” and “TimeVault”. The backup is done by taking snapshots of a specified set of directories, with the option to set the time interval between them.

It has reached version 1.0 with this list of changes:

  • reduces log file (no more duplicate “Compare with …” lines)
  • backintime-kde4 packages declared as a replacement of backintime-kde (Ubuntu)

Its very simple to use. It stores backups in the form of images called snapshots, it has a backup time interval of every 5 minutes, every day, week, month, etc. There is also an option that will allow us to automatically delete the old backups. Back in Time takes care of everything automatically, all you have to do is specify where to save the snapshots and what directories to backup.

The column on the left is the timeline, with all catches that have been made with the corresponding date in the middle column we have the place with our markers and directories we have chosen to support and in the right column you can navigate through backup files and if necessary to support what we want.

To install in maverick or lucid type the following in terminal:-
sudo apt-add-ppa repository: bit-team/stable
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install gnome-backintime

After installing, you can find it under Applications–>System Tools–>Back in Time

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