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LBackup Installation Overview

  • If you wish to run the latest alpha build version (including the latest features) then download now or build it your self from the source.



  • Visit the screencasts page to visually learn how to install and configure LBackup


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Mac OS X Download

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  1. Download RSync. (Only required for the backup of Mac OS 10.3.9 and earlier)

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Installation

Mac OS X Installation

  1. Unzip. (It may have been unzipped by your browser automatically)
  2. Mount disk image. (This step may happen automatically)
  3. Install the LBackup using the package installer, located within the disk image.
  4. Download, compile and install rsync3 (Recommended for Mac OS 10.4.7 and later)
  5. Check for any upgrade procedures. (Only if you are upgrading from an earlier version)



Debian Installation

The following installation instructions also apply to Debian derivatives (eg. Ubuntu) which support dpkg and apt.

  1. Check for any upgrade procedures. (Only if you are upgrading from an earlier version)
  2. Install LBackup by issuing the following commands from a root shell :
    cd /tmp
    apt-get update
    apt-get install rsync wget dpkg
    wget http://www.lbackup.org/download/lbackup.deb -O lbackup.deb
    dpkg -i lbackup.deb


  • If your system is behind an http proxy, you should enter the command below prior to running the wget command listed above. Replace the username, password, proxyserveraddress and proxyport with the varibles which are appropriate for your network :
    export http_proxy=http://username:password@proxyserveraddress:proxyport


Other Operating Systems

The LBackup team welcomes installers for other operating systems. If you have created an installer for LBackup please consider submitting it to the LBackup project. Alternatively, to request an installer for a specific operating system, please click here. If you need to run LBackup on your *NIX based operating system right now, then you can install LBackup from the source code.





Configuration

Once LBackup is installed, these instructions will help you get your backup working.

  1. Check drive permissions and ACL volume settings. (Only if you are running Mac OS X)
  2. Create your backup configuration. (Get started quickly by coping the '/lbackup/example_backup_config' directory)
  3. Run LBackup (eg. '/usr/local/sbin/lbackup /path/to/configuration/file.conf')
  4. Test the manual backup.
  5. Test the automated backup is working as expected.
  6. The LBackup documentation provides further details regarding the various configuration options.



Installation Notes


Mac OS X Installer

LBackup

Before you install LBackup. Please ensure that your system meets the requirements.

Once the LBackup installer download has completed, double click the installer package from the mounted disk image in the the finder and follow the prompts. You should then have successfully installed LBackup.
If you have disabled “open safe downloads automatically” in Safari, or if you are using another browser you may need to unzip the installer and mount the disk image manually.

Once LBackup has been successfully installed, there will be a folder called “lbackup” located within the root directory of your file system. Within the “lbackup” folder there is an example configuration folder.

Next step : configure and run a basic backup.



RSync

Mac OS 10.6.x , 10.7.x and 10.8.x

The latest version of LBackup supports rsync version 3. This version of rsync supports the preservation of various Mac OS meta data. In addition, if compiled with some patches even more meta data is able to be preserved. Rsync v3 is recommended if you are running Mac OS 10.4.7 or later, including Mac OS 10.6.x, 10.7.x or 10.8.x. Rsync version 3 is not installed on these versions of OS X by default. However, on modern systems which run these later operating systems, rsync is very quick to compile. Instructions relating to compiling rsync version 3 with various Mac OS X meta data patches is available within the developer section.

Mac OS 10.5.x

The latest version of LBackup supports rsync version 3. This version of rsync supports the preservation of various Mac OS meta data. In addition, if compiled with some patches even more meta data is able to be preserved. Rsync v3 is recommended if you are running Mac OS 10.4.7 or later, including Mac OS 10.5.x. Rsync version 3 is not installed on Mac 10.5.x by default. However, on modern systems is very quick to compile. Instructions for compiling rsync version 3 with various Mac OS X meta data patches is available in the developer section.

Mac OS 10.4.x

As of LBackup version 0.9.8q5 the standard version or rsync which ships with 10.4.x or later. However, it is recommended that if you are running Mac OS 10.4.7 or a later version of Mac OS X Tiger, that you upgrade to the latest version of LBackup and compile and install rsync version 3.

Mac OS 10.3.x

LBackup has been extensively tested on OS X with a patched version of RSync. This is well suited if you are backing up to or from a machine running Mac OS 10.3.9 or earlier.

Mac OS 10.2.x

If you are backing up to or from a machine running an Mac OS 10.2.9 or earlier then it is recommended that you use either the patched version of of RSync, compile one your yourself, or use RSyncX.



Ensure that whichever version of RSync which you use will copy the meta data you need to preserve.

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