StoreBackup is an open source and freely distributed command-line software project. It has been designed from the offset to act as a system backup tool that stores files on other disk drives than the one archived, such as external disks.
Features at a glance
Key features of the StoreBackup software includes several optimizations that improve performance and reduce the disk space needed for backups. It also unifies the advantages of standard, incremental and full backups.
The software supports integrity checks of backups, via md5 sums generated from source, support for isolated incremental backups, without directly accessing the the repositories, as well as support for time shifted replication of backups ("backup of backups").
Powerful command-line options
Being a command-line utility, StoreBackup features powerful command-line options. These and the usage message of the program can be viewed at a glance in any terminal emulator software by running the ‘perl storeBackup.pl --help’ command. The list of command-line options is huge, and so is the uisage message, but it will help you understand how to use the software.
Among some of the most important options, we can mention the ability to check the compression for files bigger than 1Kb, to use a custom configuration file, to remove the lock file before deleting old backups, to continue the backup process even if one or more of the exceptional directories don’t exist, as well as to hardlink identical symlinks.
Getting started with StoreBackup
StoreBackup is written in the Perl programming language and doesn’t require installation. This is a good thing, because after downloading the latest version from Softpedia, saving the archive on your Home directory or a location of your choice and unpack it, you can use it directly via a Terminal app. All the executables are located on the ‘bin’ folder and require Perl.