Backup Home Directories in Linux

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Q. I would like to Backup all directories in /home to /dev/st0 tape drive. How do I use script to automate task and what commands do I need to use?

A. Use tar command to backup /home directory. The GNU version of the tar archiving utility included with all Linux distributions. Following tar command also works with Solaris/HP-UX UNIX and FreeBSD/*BSD oses.

For example tar command to backup /home should be as follows:
# tar -czf /dev/st0 /home

Where,

  1. /dev/st0 : Linux SCSI Tape device name
  2. /home : Home directory name

This will also backup hidden files and directories. Since this topic is already covered, please refer scripts and previous posts:

4 comment

  1. This site is extremely helpful in learning scsi tape backup in Linux. I wish you good luck and thank you all for the help.

  2. i had tried to take backup of whole system , backup has started but there is not any messages apperas after finishing the backup after taking servral hours

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