How to Install Pybackpack (backup manager) in Ubuntu?

Pybackpack is an amazingly simple file backup utility for GNU/Linux, written for the Gnome desktop specifically but of course you can use it in other desktops too. Like with other backup applications, it also has very simply GUI window and contains a very very user friendly wizard type design which makes the whole process pretty darn simple!.

Although the original developer is Dave Arter but the current developer is Andrew Price who seems to be doing a great job without a doubt :). Anyhow, after installing it and launching it for the first time, you'll be greeted with a window similar to the below one.

Main features...

*. Backup and Restore (okay, that was a stupid thing to say :D, of course it can do that).

*. Create/edit new "backup sets":

Say that you usually want to take backups of a certain location/locations, then you can create a "profile" with a new name, thus you can just choose its name every time you wanna make a backup and the application will automatically fetch the locations and other related data (more later).

*. Backup and Restore to CD/DVD, Local HDD (or any local media) and Remote locations (SSH) support.

*. Status window that "notifies" you about the messages and a status-bar.

You can install Pybackpack in Ubuntu 11.04 Natty Narwhal, 10.10 and 10.04 by using the below command in your Terminal window.
sudo apt-get install pybackpack
Now as you can see with the first screenshot, if you just press the "Go" button then Pybackpack will automatically back-up all of your personal data within the "Home" folder (including documents, e-mails, etc) and will automatically burn them to a CD/DVD

But if you want more advanced options, then you can just choose the "Backup" tab and then under the sub-menu called: "Backup Set", choose "New Backup Set" and then click on the "Edit" button.

Now you should be greeted with a wizard type window that'll guide you through the whole process. You can give a name, a little description, save location (destination) and finally add/remove locations, then simply confirm!. That's it.

Step 1

Step 2: Give a name, description, choose save location...

Add/remove your preferred locations/folders...

Confirm the changes and click the "Forward" button...

Now you have a new "preset"...
So as a final note, if you're searching for an extremely simple, easy to use, yet a powerful data backup application to use in Ubuntu, then Pybackpack is an elegant little utility without a doubt!.

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