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Linux® Desk Reference, Second Edition by Scott Hawkins

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Introduction

The commands in this section deal with the compression, storage, and extraction of system files. Typically, you'll want to compress and store at the same time—no need to take up 200M of storage space when 100M will do.

One of the biggest differences between a professional systems administrator and some incompetent who knows a few commands is that the systems administrator has a good backup strategy.

A full backup saves every file within some specified set. An incremental backup backs up only those files that have been changed since the previous backup. The idea behind making incremental backups is that the bulk of the files on the ...

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