is an rsync-based
filesystem snapshot utility. It can take incremental
backups of local and remote filesystems for any number of machines.
rsnapshot makes extensive use of hard links, so disk space is only used
when absolutely necessary.
Using hard links, rsnapshot creates the illusion of multiple
full backups, while only taking up the space of one full backup plus
differences. When coupled with ssh, it is possible to take snapshots of
remote filesystems as well.
Consequently, rsnapshot saves much more disk space.
The amount of space required is roughly the size of one full backup,
plus a copy of each additional file that is changed.
rsnapshot will typically be invoked as root by a cron job, or
series of cron jobs. It is possible, however, to run as any arbitrary
user with an alternate configuration file.
Depending on your configuration, it is quite possible to set
up the software in only a few minutes. Files can be restored by the
own them, without the root user getting involved.
It is written entirely in Perl
with no module dependencies, and has been tested with versions 5.004
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- Uses rsync
to transfer data
- Can be used over ssh
- Supports multiple levels of backup such as monthly,
weekly, and daily
- Stores previous versions as actual files and hardlinks to
- All versions of the backup are accessible as plain files
- NFS mounted user restores
- Filename filters
- Removable media
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