Archive for the ‘Linux’ Category

Backup script for Linux …

December 19, 2009

There are many ways to back up the important files one has on their system, from bloated software programs to simple scripts. In most cases, a simple script is sufficient. With that in mind, I searched for a simple script and found the following:

Automating backups with tar

I have modified the original script to accomplish the following:

  • Allow the user to “force” the creation of a full backup by specifying full on the command line.
  • Create a full year-end backup on 31 December.
  • Force an incremental backup when a full backup is performed. This is to prevent two full backups from occurring if Sunday is the 1st of the month or is 31 December.

You can download the modified script here. Once downloaded, rename the file to

To install and use the script, you can follow the instructions provided at the Automating backups with tar page. However, where referenced, replace backup.cron with


Upgraded andLinux from Hardy to Intrepid …

February 13, 2009

I successfully completed upgrading my installation of andLinux following the instructions given here with the following exceptions:

  • To get to “Software Sources”, bring up the Synaptic Package Manager and select Repositories from the Settings menu.
  • To run “Update Manager”, I had to install it and then execute it from the command line.

    > sudo apt-get install update-manager
    > update-manager

  • I had to make the same change to the rc.local file as I did when I upgraded to Hardy. The modification I needed to make is listed on this page.

The update took approximately 90 minutes complete. And, all is well.

Linux VM Alternative …

November 6, 2008

I recently found andLinux. andLinux is a Linux distribution based on coLinux, a port of the Linux Kernel that allows it to run cooperatively along side another operating system. In the case of andLinux, you can have an Ubuntu based distribution that runs along side Windows

I have added a page titled andLinux Installation. This page details the process I took to install and configure andLinux for my environment. You can use this as a guide to install it into your own environment.

I use this environment for development purposes. However, you will quickly find that you can use andLinux for normal activity as well.