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Thinkpad Backup Script

Fast backups #

I have been doing super lazy backups of my thinkpad for a while. I just rsync the whole home folder to my fileserver. That has been working okay, except that now I have a ton of files I'd like to exclude from the backup to speed it up a bit. I'd also like the backup to run periodically in the background.

echo "Hi friend!  It's backup time."

sleep 1

echo "Checking exclude file at $HOME/scripts/backup-excludes..."

sleep 1

echo "..."

sleep 1

echo "Backing up /home/brian to file server..."

#copy home folder to file server, minus exclude file:
rsync -aHvzPui --delete --exclude-from='/home/brian/scripts/backup-excludes.txt' --stats --progress /home/brian/ files:/Vault/brian/current

echo "Done!"

Obviously the script is not actually checking anything during the echo messages but that will help to remind me where the exclude file is whenever I run the script manually.

The excludes file is just a txt file that lists Downloads/ and .*

The rsync flags are for archive mode, preserve hard links, verbose mode, compression enabled, Partial progress (resuming), update only if modified date changed, and itemize summary of changes.

I am also using the --delete option, which will delete all files from the destination that are no longer found in the source. I snapshot the fileserver daily with Proxmox Backup Server, so I can recover any deleted files from a previous flieserver backup if I accidentally lose something. This will just be a nice working copy of the laptop.

Since I wrote a ssh config file and I use a key pair to login, I can skip password authentication and use the shortcut address files:/location.

My scripts directory is added to my $PATH so I can execute the script manually by just typing

It works pretty great!

running the thinkpad backup script