Martin Brown shows us how to backup key files using tar and perl / shell scripts. It is a good article for all new sys admins (this goes well with my own shell scripts collection).
Most UNIX administrators have processes in place to back up the data and information on their UNIX machines, but what about the configuration files and other elements that provide the configuration data your machines need to operate? This article provides detailed information on techniques for achieving an effective and efficient backup system for these key files
The typical UNIX administrator has a key range of utilities, tricks, and systems he or she uses regularly to aid in the process of administration. There are key utilities, command-line chains, and scripts that are used to simplify different processes.
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