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Creating Snapshot-Backups with BackerUpper On Ubuntu 7.10

BackerUpper is a tool similar to Apple’s TimeMachine. It is intended to create snapshot-backups of selected directories or even your full hard drive. From the BackerUpper project page: “Backerupper is a simple program for backing up selected directories over a local network. Its main intended purpose is backing up a user’s personal data.” This article shows how to install and use BackerUpper on Ubuntu 7.10 (Gutsy Gibbon).

I do not issue any guarantee that this will work for you!


1 Installing BackerUpper

Open a browser (e.g. Firefox) and go to the BackerUpper project page on SourceForge. Click your way through to the downloads page…



… and select the tar.gz file that is suitable for your system (-32.tar.gz for i686 systems, -64.tar.gz for x86_64 systems):


In the Firefox download dialogue, select Open with Archive Manager (default):


After the download has finished, the Archive Manager opens. Click on Extract:


Select the directory where you want to extract the archive, e.g. your home directory (/home/falko in this example), and then click on Extract again:


Next open a terminal (Applications > Accessories > Terminal):


Go to the backerupper directory (e.g. /home/falko/backerupper-0.24-32/)…

cd /home/falko/backerupper-0.24-32/

… and install BackerUpper as follows:

sudo ./


2 Using BackerUpper

Now you can start to use BackerUpper.


2.1 Running BackerUpper From The Command Line

You can either start BackerUpper from the terminal (as a normal user) by running:


2.2 Creating A Launcher For BackerUpper

… or you can create a launcher for it in the menu. To do this, right-click on Applications and select Edit Menus:


In the window that opens select System Tools and click on New Item:


The Create Launcher window opens. Fill in BackerUpper in the Name field and backer in the Command field, then click on OK:


Click on Close to leave the Edit Menus window:


Now you can start BackerUpper by going to Applications > System Tools > BackerUpper:


2.3 Using BackerUpper

To create a backup, we must define a backup profile first. Click on New:17

In the New Profile window, specify a name for the backup (e.g. MyBackup), then the directory you want to back up, the destination directory (think about putting the backups on an external USB drive – I didn’t have one available when I was writing this tutorial, so I’m using another directory on the same hard drive), and then a backup schedule (how often you want BackerUpper to back up the directory and at what time of day – BackerUpper will then create backups for you automatically). Click on OK afterwards:


Back on the Backup tab, you can now select your new backup profile. To create a backup, simply click on the Backup now button:


To restore from a backup, go to the Restore tab, select your backup profile and the archive from which you want to restore, and click on Restore:


Confirm the restoration:


Confirm the restoration:


The Help tab contains additional information about the usage of BackerUpper:


When you close the BackerUpper window, BackerUpper will continue to run in the background (so that it can run the automatic backups at the time that you specified). You can see the BackerUpper icon in the taskbar:


Of course, if you want to make use of the automatic backup feature, you must start BackerUpper when you boot the system (or start it automatically under System > Preferences > Sessions) and then let it run in the background.


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