Creating Backups

You can go in two different directions when creating backups on Linux. You can use tar, the mother of all backup programs. The tar (which stands for tape archiver) utility is an old but flexible solution originally developed to write file system backups to tape. Its major disadvantage is that it is a stand-alone utility. Therefore, to make backups in a network environment, you may prefer using a commercial backup solution. In the following sections, you will learn how to use tar as a backup solution. You will also learn how to work with tape devices in a Linux environment.

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