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Backup Your Data With Grsync

Posted by madhavkobal on 19/11/2009

Grsync is a rsync GUI (Graphical User Interface). Rsync is the well-known and powerful command line directory and file synchronization tool. Grsync makes use of the GTK libraries and is released under the GPL license, so it is opensource. It doesn’t need the gnome libraries to run, but can of course run under gnome pretty fine. It can be effectively used to synchronize local directories and it supports remote targets as well (even though it doesn’t support browsing the remote folder). Sample uses of grsync include: synchronize a music collection with removable devices, backup personal files to a networked drive, replication of a partition to another one, mirroring of files, etc.

Only sources are directly available in this home page; they can be compiled on various flavors of unix, like linux and freebsd, having gtk and autotools, but it has been compiled under windows as well and there is a Macintosh OS X port available. Some ready-made packages for linux distributions have been made by third parties, so if you want to run grsync, check your standard package tool first; if you want to compile it yourself or want to see other sources of precompiled packages, see below under the download section. You need the rsync command line tool installed in your system in order to make something useful with this rsync frontend, but don’t worry because most distributions come with it preinstalled.


  • Most commonly used rsync options available, additional options may be specified by command line switches
  • Saves multiple settings with customized names (no limit on number of “sessions”)
  • Can do simulation or normal execution
  • Captures and prints rsync output nicely on a own window and log to a file
  • Parses rsync output to display progress bars and other information
  • Highlights errors and show them on a separate window, for better and faster control over rsync runs
  • Can pause rsync execution
  • A good number of translations available
  • Can run custom commands before (and stop in case of failure) and after rsync
  • Shell script for batch, crontab use etc. provided (grsync-batch)
  • Can import and export sessions on file; i.e. share your settings with people!
  • Rsync backup made easy!
  • Needs rsync installed on the system (command line tool only, no need for server-side daemon) and GTK
  • Available for free and with sources!




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Back In Time – Simple Way to Backup Your Linux

Posted by madhavkobal on 20/08/2009

This tutorial to install Back In Time in Ubuntu. Its a very useful software to backup and restore your Ubuntu encase if there’s any problem with your Ubuntu. Back In Time acts as a “user mode” backup system. This means that you can backup/restore only folders you have write access to (actually you can backup read-only folders, but you can’t restore them). And now, here are the steps to install Back In Time.

1. Edit your sources.list file by typing:

sudo gedit /etc/apt/sources.list

2. Add this following command into your sources.list:

deb stable main

Then save and exit.

3. Add GPA key information from the terminal:


sudo apt-key add le-web.key

4. Update your repositories by typing:

sudo apt-get update

5. Install Back In Time!

sudo apt-get install backintime-common backintime-gnome

6. And you’re set to go! You can found Back In Time in System Tools>Back In Time


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