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Sometimes you don't want to restore a whole system but retrieve some files or some directories. That's not directly supported by raspiBackup. But given the fact raspiBackup was designed to restore a system from it's backups with plain Linux tools it's possible for all three backup types. But all activities have to be done on a Linux system because the tools used to retrieve the data are Linux tools. The most convenient way to retrieve backup data is offered by rsync. dd and tar require to execute some commands in the command line.

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From time to time there will be a new raspiBackup version be created which includes new features, enhancements and bug fixes. This version will go though an automated regession test which tests the main backup- and restorefunction. Next all new features, enhancements and bug fixes will be tested again manually even they were tested during development. Now the existing version will be published as beta. Everybody will get notified with a smiley :D in the eMail subject and a dedicated message wll inform about the beta availability.  Now every raspibackup user can test the new beta version and to create a problem record if an issue is discovered. It's not possible to test all possible system environment configurations. Thus everybody who tests the beta will help to make sure there will no error been introduced in the new version.

Next page describes how to install the beta, how to uninstall the beta and revert to the previous version and how to create a problem record.

 

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raspiBackup can be used to restore a backup to it's original device configuration. there exist 3 configurations:

1) /boot and / on SD card

2) /boot on SD card and / external on a SSD, USB disk or USB flash drive (Raspi2 which doesn't support USB boot mode)

3) /boot and / on SSD, USB disk or USB flash drive (USB boot mode on Raspi3 or Raspi4)

raspiBackup can be used to migrate easily from (1) to (2) or (3).

 

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Beta 0.6.6 is available now for testing. Just visit this page to get details how to install and uninstall the beta.

Contents: https://www.linux-tips-and-tricks.de/de/downloads/raspiBackup_0.6.6_en.pdf/download

 

Die Beta 0.6.6 ist jetzt verfügbar zum Testen. Wie man die Beta installiert und wieder deinstalliert steht hier beschrieben.

Inhalt: https://www.linux-tips-and-tricks.de/de/downloads/raspiBackup_0.6.6_de.pdf/download
 

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I noticed there are a lot of raspiBackup users who use dd as backup method. There is a certain risk with dd which doesn't exist with tar of rasync. That's why I suggest better to use tar or rsync .

 

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Depending on the backup method used in raspiBackup you should choose the right filesystem on your backup partition. Following table lists the different filesystems per backup method.

-: not possible, -+: limited, +: possible, ++: suggested

2G limit: Backup files can not be larger than 2G

 

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A lot of time people ask how rsync backup type works and how hardlinks are used. Following article describes when files are created and deleted on the file system Dateien and when hardlinks are used.

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Whenever an upgrade to a new version of raspiBackup is executed it's tested whether the new version has new configuration options. If there are new configuration options used the local configuration file will be merged into a new file with the new configuration file while upgrading raspiBackup. Following page describes in detail what's going on during configuration update.

Note

If a version less than 0.6.5 is upgraded the configuration file merge has to be starten manually after upgrading. Following command will start the configuration update:

sudo raspiBackup.sh --updateConfig
 

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A new version 0.6.5 of raspiBackup is available. It contains 7 bug fixes, 3 enhancements and 4 new features. Major new features and enhancements are follows:

 

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Starting with release 0.6.5 of raspiBackup an itelligent rotation strategy of your backups is supported. It's also called GFS (grandfather-father-son backup). raspiBackup retains following backups per default if a daily backup is created:

1) Backup of the current day and the last 6 days

2) Backup of the current week and the last 3 weeks

3) Backup of the current month  and the last 11 months

4) Backup of the current year and the last two years

If weekly backups are created there will be no daily backups kept. Different retention values for daily, weekly, monthly and yearly can be defined with an option, e.g. if you want to retain weekly, monthly and yearly backups. Keep in mind the weekly backup day then will become the day of the weekly and monthly backup: If you configure Monday as the weekly backup day your monthly backup will be the first Monday of every month. Yout yearly backup will be the first Monday of the year. Iy you create a weekly backup every Sunday the monthly backup will be the first Sunday of the month and the yearly backup will be the first Sunday of the year.
 

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I finally picked myself up and created a video about raspiBackup and published it on Youtube. Topics in the video are

  1. Introduction of raspiBackup
  2. Visit of the most important websites for raspiBackup
  3. Visit of github which is used as a question- and issue handling tool for raspiBackup
  4. Live installation of raspiBackup with the menu driven installer

Slides used in the video can be downloaded here.

 

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raspiBackup is used in following 61 countries (as of 09/21/2020)

AE United Arab Emirates

AR Argentina

AT Austria

AU Australia 

BA Bosnia and Herzegovina

BE Belgium

BG Bulgaria

BR Brasila

CA Canada

CH Suisse

CM Kamerun

CO Colombia

CN China

CY Cyprus

CZ Czech Republic

DE Germany

DK Denmark

DZ Algeria

EE Estonia

EG Egypt

ES Spain

EU Europe

FI Finland

FR France

GB United Kingdom

GL Greenland

GR Greece

HR Kroata

HU Hungury

ID Indonesia

IE Irland

IL Israel

IN India

IT Italy

JP Japan

KZ Kazakhstan

KR South Corea

LT Lithuania

LU Luxemburg

LV Latvia

MD Moldova

MT Malta

MX Mexico

NL Netherlands

NO Norway

NZ New Zealand

PL Poland

PT Portugal

RO Romania

RS Serbia

RU Russia

SE Schweden

SG Singapore SI Slowenia

SK Slovakia

TH Thailand

TR Turkey

TW Taiwan

UA Ukraine

US United States of Amerika

ZA Zaire

 

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In general it's sufficient to backup your raspberryonce a week and keep a given number of backups. If you want to keep a longer history of your backups - i.e. use an intelligent backup strategy - use raspiBackup with a wrapperscript. That way you have the last 7 daily backups of the week, the last 4 weekly backups of the month, the last 12 monthly backups of the year for the last years.

Note: Starting with version 0.6.4.4 raspiBackup supports the smart recycle backup strategy and no helper script is required any more. See here for details.