rsback - backup file trees in rotating archives

rsback makes rotating backups using the common rsync program ( and some standard file utilities on Unix-based backup hosts. Its purpose is to mirror certain file trees from a remote host or from the local system and to store them as rotating archives in backup repositories on the local backup host. The file structure, permissions, ownerships and time stamps of the mirrored data are the same as in the original sources.

rsback is a kind of front end to rsync written in Perl which allows a system administrator to configure and excute backups of different file trees located on remote hosts or on the local system (e.g tasks for hourly, daily, weekly, monthly, ... backups).

If rsback is executed at regular intervals (preferably scheduled by cron jobs), it maintains rotating backup archives. To restore files from the backup repository no special restore procedure is necessary. To recover files or directories, you just copy them from the archive tree back to the original location or wherever you want to place them.

The combination of rsync's powerful capabilities and the extensive use of hard links for copying archives within the local file system results in a fast and disk space saving backup technique.

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