Help me make backups better on GNU/Linux

Neal Becker ndbecker2 at
Tue Mar 19 11:22:04 UTC 2013

Gordon Messmer wrote:

> After publicly bitching about Linux's poor backup infrastructure for the
> hundredth time, I decided to write a common system for making snapshots.
> I've written the first iteration in bash.  It took one day to do most of
> the work, and then a few hours of testing and fixing to get things
> working reasonably well.
> At this point, there's enough working for other people to start looking
> at.  Systems with ext3/4 filesystems on LVM are supported.  btrfs will
> follow.  PostgreSQL has a script to make its data consistent, but other
> common systems like MySQL, OpenLDAP, and 389 DS need similar support.
> Documentation needs to be written.  A few architectural issues need to
> be ironed out.
> If you're interested in improving the state of backups on GNU/Linux,
> please have a look and contact me if you want to help with code,
> testing, documentation, packaging, or maintaining packages in Fedora.  I
> would very much like to see this project become a standard feature of
> GNU/Linux installs.

check out obnam.  I'm very pleased with it.

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