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Re: [rdiff-backup-users] --include-list/--exclude-list

From: Keith Edmunds
Subject: Re: [rdiff-backup-users] --include-list/--exclude-list
Date: Mon, 4 Oct 2004 10:35:54 +0100

On Mon, 4 Oct 2004 10:25:48 +0100 (BST)
"Gavin Henry" <address@hidden> wrote:

> I want to do something similar, but in the examples it says that you can
> only list a local directory and a remote one. So I thought if I make the
> remote one / and then just exclude or include what I feel necessary, then
> that should work.
> Am I reading things incorrectly?

Not necessarily. You can either do "push" backups, where you initiate
rdiff-backup from the machine which is to be backed up, or "pull" backups,
where you initiate rdiff-backup from the machine receiving the backup. For
a variety of reasons, which I can explain if you want, I initiate
rdiff-backup from the machine containing the data to be backed up. Let's
call them "local-server" and "backup-server", the latter being the backup
repository. The command file I alluded to earlier generates commands to
run on local-server such as:

rdiff-backup /etc backup-server::/path/to/local-server's-repository/etc

The command file generates multiple lines similar to above to backup
each directory tree I want backed up. Yes, you could specify "/" and use
--exclude-list, but I find my method is easier to understand (for me,

Does that make it clearer?


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