Using GUI Backup Packages

Some tape backup programs use GUI environments. This is particularly true of commercial packages like BRU (http://www.estinc.com; shown in Figure 8.6) and ARKEIA (http://www.ankeia.com). There are also GUI front-ends to open source programs like tan. The KDat (http://sunsite.auc.dk/qweb/kdat/) program, for instance, adds a GUI front-end to tan. The operation of these programs varies substantially from one program to another, but the basic principles are the same.

In most GUI backup packages, you select the files and directories you want to back up using a file browser of some type. (In Figure 8.6, the file browser is the listing in the left panel.) You then specify that you want to back up the files you've selected. In BRU, you do this by clicking the Add button. In most programs, the selected files and directories then appear in a separate field (the right panel in Figure 8.6), so you can verify that you're backing up the files you intended. You can usually set a variety of options, such as the use of compression or incremental backup options. In BRU, you do this by clicking the Options button.

Chapter 8

Figure 8.6

GUI tape backup utilities provide a friendlier interface than do text-based utilities like tar.

Figure 8.6

GUI tape backup utilities provide a friendlier interface than do text-based utilities like tar.

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