Simple backups using rsync

I'm currently looking into "serious" backup solutions (such as Amanda or Bacula) for work and personal backups. While I may switch to one of those soonishly, I'm currently using a pretty simple script to backup my laptop contents to an external, dm-crypt/LUKS encrypted USB hard drive via rsync.

# File: rsync_backup
# Author: Uwe Hermann 
# URL:
# License: GNU GPL (
# $Id: rsync_backup 511 2006-05-15 16:44:08Z uh1763 $

SOURCE='/svn /etc /var/www /var/log /root /home'

time rsync -a --progress --stats --delete-during $SOURCE $DEST

Just to let you know ;)

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