rdiff-backup examples


Backing up


Deleting older files

Although rdiff-backup tries to save space by only storing file differences, eventually space may run out in the destination directory. rdiff-backup's --remove-older-than mode can be used to delete older increments.

This section assumes that rdiff-backup has been used in the past to back up to host.net::/remote-dir, but all commands would work locally too, if the hostname were ommitted.

File selection with include/exclude options

Sometimes you don't want to back up all files. The various --include and --exclude options can be used to select exactly which files to back up. See the man page for a list of all the options and their definitions.

Getting information about the backup directory

The following examples assume that you have run rdiff-backup in-dir out-dir in the past.

Miscellaneous other commands