Mac backup with rsync

Posted May 8th, 2010 in Bread-crumbs and tagged by Tobias
I needed to backup my wife’s MacBook to our home server and have it be “1 click” easy so she’d use it. I used ssh and rsync so she could use it anywhere securely.
First I generated her ssh key:

ssh-keygen  -t dsa -b 1024 -f ~/.ssh/backup-key

Then I copied the contents of .ssh/ to her ~/.ssh/authorized_keys2 file on the server.
And finally, I created the following script to backup to the server:

# This backs up Eve's data
# Backup  with this one:
rsync -avz -e "ssh -i /Users/eve/.ssh/backup-key"  --delete --stats --progress /Users/eve   --exclude '.Trash' --exclude '.DS_Store'

And that does the trick. Backs up, deletes files that have been deleted on the Mac, and excludes .Trash and .DS_Store files.

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