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   Linux FAQ > 5. File Systems, Disks, and Drives
Question:  5.3. How To Make Backups.

You can back up a directory hierarchy or complete file system to any media using GNU tar or cpio, the standard *nix tools for this purpose. tar seems to be the more commonly used program currently, and includes command line options to make compressed, incremental, and multi-volume backups. Complete information is contained in the documentation, which is in GNU Texinfo format.

The free program, Amanda, receives a lot of mentions on Usenet. Its home page is

Several commercial backup utilities also exist. They are often included in commercial distributions.

This FAQ is from Linux Frequently Asked Questions with Answers, maintained by Robert Kiesling

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