I am a fan of Apple’s Time Machine backup system since it’s introduction. And I’ve always wanted to implement something similar on my server. Since I have that nice spacious NAS disk right now space stopped to be a problem (at least for a little while). Little googling shows that rsync has a special option allowing me to implement Time Machine’s method of incremental backups using rsync. In that method rsync uses existing backup as additional source for comparing files and if file did not change since last backup has been done a hard link is being created to this file instead of copying. This way I should end up with daily directories of files but only new/changed files will be eating up disk space.
Let’s give it a try. My backup script Continue reading Incremental daily backup with little space penalty – Time Machine on linux