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hahahah yhager's rsync based backup scripts yet another backup script suite, that does exactly what I want. * automatic * offsite(online) * bandwidth and space efficient * incremental Some more detailed list of the features: * use rsync snapshots with hardlinks - a no frills working backup solution: * allows going back in time for as long as you want * uses the minimal amount of storage space required * clear up old backups easily by deleting a directory * can retry the backup if the network failed during the process * use crontab to control backup initiation * simple, simple, simple The script more or less implement the method outlined by rsync.net's support team  http://www.mikerubel.org/computers/rsync_snapshots/  http://www.rsync.net/resources/howto/rsync_snapshots.html Installation: # most of the steps require root privilege su # copy this entire directory onto /usr/local/backup cp -a . /usr/local/backup cd /usr/local/backup # edit the file conf.d/backup to match your settings vi conf.d/backup # copy the file to /etc/conf.d cp conf.d/backup /etc/conf.d/ # edit the rules file to match your setup vi conf.d/rsync-rules # copy to /etc/backup mkdir /etc/backup cp conf.d/rsync-rules /etc/backup/. # create a directory for mysql backups mkdir -p /var/backups/mysql # Add the crontab to your existing crontab crontab -l > /tmp/crontab && cat /tmp/crontab crontab | crontab - && rm /tmp/crontab Encryption: I do not encrypt my backups. I am getting too nervous about losing the private key (where would I keep it? in a USB storage? in a bank? printed and kept at a friend's house? - I was never able to solve that question), so I decided that encryption might give me more headache than benefit. Other options: I used rdiff-backup for a while and it is generally very good, however, it has it's own format of backup files, and it is very dependent on completing a full run everytime, and failures are disastrous. At one time, the command '--list-increments-sizes' could never be completed, and this convinced me I am looking for something less fancy. In addition, removing a huge directory that snuck in by mistake is nearly impossible, and you are stuck with it until it is phased out as old. There are quite a lot of other options, like rsnapshot or duplicity. They are all good - choose whatever fits your needs.  http://rdiff-backup.nongnu.org/  http://rsnapshot.org  http://www.nongnu.org/duplicity/ Backup providers: All you need is ssh access and rsync to be installed at the remote side. This is very common, and I doubt if you will find a backup provider that does not give you these. I use rsync.net, which are very friendly, and give great value for the money. However, use any service that rsync works with (I believe Amazon s3 is not on this list).  http://rsync.net Suggestions, Questions: send me an email (see LICENSE file), or use github.