Description:

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... a powerful, fast and reliable backup & sync tool

Home page: http://luckybackup.sourceforge.net/

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gallery

screenshots: http://luckybackup.sourceforge.net/screenshots.html
demo videos: http://luckybackup.sourceforge.net/videos.html

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news - announcements

* 16 Mar 2014
Release of version 0.4.8

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awards - distinctions

* 03 August 2009
3rd place at the sourceforge community choice awards as a "best new project"

* 2008 - 2010
Highest rated application at kde-apps.org (still is one of the top 5 !!)

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features

* Backup data
* Support for multiple backup snapshots
* Synchronize folders
* Keep your data safe
* Simple / advanced option
* Exclude data from tasks
* Only include specific data
* Add/remove any rsync option
* Remote connections
* Execute other commands before or after a task
* Restore capability to any path
* Simulation mode
* Inlude only specific tasks and change the execution order
* Use of saved profiles (also import/export capability)
* Scheduling of tasks via cron
* email reports after a profile run
* logfiles
* Command line mode
* Tray notification support

for a detailed list of features please visit:
http://luckybackup.sourceforge.net/features.html

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Donations

* no money
If you like this app and would like to donate something to me personally,
all you have to do is:
- Vote "good" here
- Become a fan
- Give a "thumbs up" at the sourceforge page (http://sourceforge.net/projects/luckybackup/reviews/)

This is my reward :)

* money
I personally never had and never will accept money for this project.
Nevertheless, I decided to use luckyBackup to support people that really need financial help.
So, please consider it seriously to donate money that will eventually be used for a good cause.
Donation link: http://luckybackup.sourceforge.net/donate.html

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Wish you good, fast, reliable, safe and usable backups
(no matter if you use luckyBackup or not)

luckyb
:-)


Changelog:

2 years ago

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Version 0.4.8 :
* Added option to disable TLS for email reports
* Added some (useful) statistics at the end of a profile run
* Added destination disk free space at information window
* Minor modifications to "modify task" dialog
* View of remote places is now available through the "manage backup" dialog
* Default email options are now loaded when a new profile is created
* Split of full email command to command & arguments
* Changed the default exclude "system folders" from "/dev /proc /sys /var" to "/dev /proc /sys /run /var/run"
* Safety checks of mount-points now include deeper levels in paths than /media// and /mnt//
* Added support for vss implementation (windows)
* Added support for nt-streams (windows)
* Added support for e-mail notifications (windows)
* Added various libs used for the windows port
* Fixed issue: When one or more items were manually removed from an existing schedule list, LB would delete entries from the bottom of the list instead, when the cronIT button is pressed.
* Fixed issue: Progress bar did not update normally
* Fixed issue: Segmentation fault under certain circumstances, when --skip-critical is used as an argument and there exists one or more actual CRITICAL tasks.
* Fixed issue: Confusion at task list when an item's box state changed.
* Fixed issue (windows): Warning message regarding the changes.log files during a run

for the complete changelog, please visit:
http://luckybackup.sourceforge.net/changelog.html

8 months ago

ioannis-t

Powerful tool!
Very good job, many functions and
many thanks for your help Louka!

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1 year ago

otoni

simply the best , just missing a version for the Mac is al show

Thanks man ..

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1 year ago

luckyb

thank you very much for your kind message Fernando, I really appreciate it :)

True, LB was once maintained by Fink but undfortunately not any more:
http://pdb.finkproject.org/pdb/package.php/luckybackup

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2 years ago

cppljevans

With nothing specified except [x]Only include
and then specifying [x]Read file:_file-list.txt_,
when run, the complete source directory is
backed up instead of just the files listed
in _file-list.txt_.

I'm using ubuntu14.04 and gnome(I think).
I'm using the default profile with task:

test.include-filelist

The default.profile contains:

[Task] - 1
Name=test.include-filelist
.
.
.
Args=--update
Args=--delete-after
Args=--include-from=/home/evansl/prog_dev/find/filelist-relative.test.txt
Args=--include=*/
Args=--exclude=*
Args=--prune-empty-dirs
Args=--filter=protect .luckybackup-snaphots/
Args=/home/evansl/prog_dev/find/test.dir
Args=/home/evansl/prog_dev/backup/luckybackup/include-filelist/


How can I just backup the files in
/home/evansl/prog_dev/find/filelist-relative.test.txt

which contains:

whole2/x.txt
whole2/y.txt
whole1/x.txt
whole1/y.txt
x.txt
partial/partial1/whole/x.txt
partial/partial1/whole/y.txt
y.txt

TIA.
-regards,
Larry

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2 years ago

luckyb

Hi Larry,
your arguments look correct.
I tried a similar setup and it worked as it should
eg
empty include_filelist.txt -> nothing backed-up
absolute paths -> backup only specific files, ok
absolute + relative paths -> backup only specific files, ok

Just in case: Could you please double check that the files that are not part of your filelist-relative.test.txt file do get transferred when only this task runs ?
You can empty the destination directory or just change one of the files that is supposed to be excluded and give it another go to test this...

Loukas

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3 years ago

samopn

Hi

I've just moved from Ubuntu to Kubuntu (I'm seriously impressed) and am planning to use Lucky Backup as it looks good and ticks all my boxes except possibly one.

So, a question before I leap. Can Lucky Backup integrate with Ubuntu-One in the same way that Deja-backup does? I can't see anything in the documentation around this.

If not directly are there any tips on how to use it to backup to a cloud server?

Thanks

Sam

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3 years ago

luckyb

Hi Sam,

Unfortunately LB does not integrate with ubuntu one.

A good (general) workaround is to mount the cloud locally (eg using "cloudfuse" or "davfs2") but that has to be supported by the cloud service.

Loukas

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3 years ago

samopn

HI Loukas

Thanks for the answer. I suspected that would be the case.

I do want my backups to be off-line. I'll see if there's a way that Ubutntu-One can be mounted, otherwise I guess I can backup to a specific folder then sync that..

Thanks anyway

Sam

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3 years ago

Ganton

Hi! Congratulations for Luckybackup! It's very powerful!

In my case, I use another program to do my backups, although it hasn't got as many possibilities as Luckybackup. Why do I use the other program, then? It's because I do backups with it, and to restore them, I don't need that program. If there's a disaster, I can boot with a Knoppix cd for restoring, for example. If the other program is discontinued, it doesn't worry people. That's because the other backup program uses the method of backup with hard links. They talk about that method in:
- http://blog.interlinked.org/tutorials/rsync_time_machine.html
- http://www.sanitarium.net/golug/rsync_backups.html

This way I can restore data, even in a disaster situation, without having to install that program, even if the backup program is not developed any more.

Then it makes me wonder, could Luckybackup use this "backup with hard links" method? This way everyone could get the best of both worlds.

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3 years ago

luckyb

Hi Gandon,

thank you for the nice words no matter whether you use LB :)

Indeed, hard links is quite a smart solution for multiple snapshots and is even used by another powerful tool: "rsnapshot".
I wish I'd thought about that from the beginning. Technically it's not easy any more to change the overall snapshot behavior of LB, the first releases might include several bugs plus there will be compatibility issues with backups created with older versions.
Still, I do consider this change a good idea !!
...so here it goes under the official to-do list:
http://luckybackup.sourceforge.net/todo.html
I know it's low priority, but it involves a lot of work to be done and it all depends on how the development will go this year.

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Also have in mind, that data backed up with LB can still be restored without the use of any app but this is limited only for the very last snapshot created.

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3 years ago

Ganton

Thank you for your attention! :-)

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4 years ago

xscd

My favorite backup program used to be faubackup (which is still very nice) until LuckyBackup appeared, with it's very nice GUI that makes it so easy to understand and use the features of the fast and accurate but a little complex and arcane, rsync. GREAT program! Thank you, Loukas Avgeriou. :-)

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4 years ago

luckyb

my pleasure Steve !

thank YOU for taking the time to write a couple of lines and make this day a better one for me :)

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4 years ago

quarkslot

Hi luckyb,

I've noticed that luckybackup will execute all my backup tasks even when I have only 1 selected to run.

I hasn't always done this but unfortunately I cannot remember exactly when I first noticed it was happening - perhaps it was after I upgraded to Kubuntu 12.10 or maybe a recent KDE update (I'm using 4.9.5).

Any ideas?

Thanks

Nick

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4 years ago

luckyb

Hi Nick

a couple of questions first:
1. Does this happen at normal run or during a schedule ?
2. Are the tasks de-selected when you run the app or do you manually de-select them and then click run ?

If this happens during a normal run and the tasks are deselected by default (eg you run luckybackup and then click "run" without changing anything) try to:
a. select and de-select each task once but also select the task item (name of the task gets highlighted) before changing the check-box
b. save the profile
c. give it another go

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4 years ago

quarkslot

Hello luckyb,

The problem occurs during a normal run.

I followed your steps and it does seem that changing the check-box has no effect unless you first select (highlight) the task.

At least I now know why this is happening, is this by design?

Thanks for your advice.

BTW I'm glad to see luckyBackup continues to get good reviews on the web and in magazines, it's no accident.

Nick

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4 years ago

luckyb

> At least I now know why this is happening, is this by design?

This issue came up after a specific upgrade of QT.
The fix will be available at the very next official release of LB (0.4.8)

thank you for the kind words Nick :)

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4 years ago

luckyb

> At least I now know why this is happening, is this by design?

This issue came up after a specific upgrade of QT.
The fix will be available at the very next official release of LB (0.4.8)

thank you for the kind words Nick :)

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5 years ago

BorgQueen

Thanks LuckyB!

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5 years ago

luckyb

my pleasure Kate.

It always makes me smile when I receive such comments :)

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5 years ago

luckyb

it's true !!

luckybackup is nominated as Backup Application of the Year at the 2011 LinuxQuestions.org Members Choice Awards

http://goo.gl/0nroO

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5 years ago

BorgQueen

One of the most consistently useful apps of all time. It cuts down my back up times from days to hours.

Well done (yet again) lad.

The Collective.

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5 years ago

appealsman

Version 4.1-3 is the latest version in the Mepis 11 repository. Attempting to upgrade from the downloaded Debian 6 package errors out with a broken pipe.

Version 4.1-3 does not have an option for a delay, and it automatically selects the console mode when @reboot option is checked.

So console mode isn't the solution, at least not a stand-alone solution. Is there another way to set up a delay in the cronjob?

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5 years ago

appealsman

Problem solved! The real problem was that the target hard drive, sdb1, was not mounted at the time that luckybackup was trying to run. Manually editing fstab, removing the dynamic entry for sdb1 and replacing it with a static entry
"/dev/sdb1 /mnt/sdb1 ext3 defaults,noatime 0 0" above the dynamic entry line did the trick.

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5 years ago

luckyb

well done Lee :)

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