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    Stretch's Avatar
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    Jan 13, 2007
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    15in i7 MacBook Pro, 8GB RAM, 120GB SSD, 500GB HD
    Back-ups OS X to Linux
    I'm thinking of using an PC running linux as a backup server. Any ideas how I would do it. I know it would be network attached, but other than that, I have no clue on what I would need to do. It would have enough space to completely backup my 250GB HD in my iMac, and I'd like for it to do incremental backups every night.

    I'm hoping someone else has done something like this on here, and can give me some tips and pointers.
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    Oct 07, 2005
    MBP CD 1.83/2ghz/7200 100g + Mini 2ghz C2D 2gb + Mini 1.42ghz G4 + PM 7200/120 + Newton OMP
    Enable the NFS server on the linux box and mount the remote volume on your Mac. Then you can back up onto the remote volume over the network.

    Alternately, you can enable Appletalk on the Linux box and mount it as an AFS share. Or, enable Samba on the Linux box and mount it as a Windows share.

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    Apr 29, 2006
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    iMac 27" 3.4 GHz, 256 GB SSD, 2 TB HDD, 8 GB RAM
    Flag on the play! NFS between Mac and Linux just doesn't work. I tried and tried and tried and never could get it to go. Google the topic. You will find that this is a celebrated issue. There are LOTs of programs out there for your Mac that will tell you that they will configure your Mac to make this work, but it just doesn't. Stay away.

    Instead, you may need to view this another way. Instead of the Mac mounting the Linux box and pushing the files for a backup, what if your Linux box mounted the Mac file system and pulled the files for the backup? Then you could use a cron job on the Linux side to automate this.

    The secret sauce is the sshfs, a user space file system (need FUSE to be loaded - usually a simple kernel module you can modprobe) that works on top of ssh. Happily, your Mac come with and ssh server, so you are set. This is what I do, and freely pull files off my Mac and onto my Linux system.

    If you are running KDE, you can even bypass sshfs, if you want to do things manually. Start up Konqueror, switch it to two pane mode, and open one of the panes on your Linux file system. For the other, go the address line and type in:


    This oddly named approach invokes a built in SSH file system capability and will prompt you for your Mac userid and password. Once entered and accepted, the Konqueror pane will be viewing your Mac file system. Drag and drop to your hearts content!
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