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DAR

DAR

Disk ARchive (DAR) is a full featured archiver with support for differential backups, slices, compression, ATTR/ACL support. DAR also supports pipes for remote operations, including with ssh. It can remove files during restoration.

This application can store a backup in several files (called "slices" in the following) of a given size, eventually pausing or running a user command/script before starting the next slice. There are graphical user interfaces available for DAR including KDar and DarGUI.

 DAR 2.4.11

Price
Free to download

Size
1.7MB
License

GNU GPL v2

Developer
Denis Corbin

Website
dar.linux.free.fr

System Requirements

Support Sites:
Documentation, FAQ, Man Pages, Tutorial, SourceForge Project Page, Mailing Lists, KDar, DarGUI

Selected Reviews:

Features include:

  • Directory tree snapshot recording the inode status of files
  • Compression including:
    • Per-file compression with gzip or bzip2 (as opposed to compressing the whole archive)
  • Fast extraction of files
  • Fast listing of archive files
  • Strong Blowfish encryption
  • Flat restoration
  • Filters
  • Support slices, archives split over multiple files of a particular size
  • Direct Access - Dar first reads the catalogue (i.e. the contents of the backup), then it goes directly to the location of the saved file(s) you want to restore and proceed to restoration
  • Full or differential backup
  • Hard links
  • Extended attributes
  • Archive testing - detect data corruption in the archive
  • Remote operations
  • Isolation - the catalogue (i.e. the contents of an archive) can be extracted (this operation is called isolation) to a small file, that can in turn be used as reference for differential archive
  • Re-shape slices of an existing archive
  • Scrambling - the archive can be scrambled by using a pass phrase
  • Data protection
  • Archive merging - merge two existing archives into one archive
  • Archive subsetting - define a subset of files from an archive and put them into a new archive without having to really extract these files to disk

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