I'm trying to setup a backup script on Ubuntu. Every day I want to copy my local source directory to a backup directory on a remote server uniquely named with the date. (e.g., backup-jan1/, backup-jan2/, etc) It should store a mirror of the earliest state and use difference files to recreate the new backup points.
This is pretty simple with rsync. I've already setup a script that will make the backup, name the backup directory with the current day, and make a symlink to the most recent backup (IP has been edited):
date=`date "+%m%d"` rsync -ave ssh /srv email@example.com:/backup/backup-$date/ ssh firstname.lastname@example.org rm -rf /backup/current ssh email@example.com ln -s backup-$date/ /backup/current
However, here's the tricky part: I don't want it to copy files that have not changed. So, if any files have changed since the last daily backup it will copy them, like normal. Otherwise, it will symlink unchanged, previously backed-up files from their first backup directory to the new backup. (Kind of like git)
So, for example, let's say I start the backup Jan 1. The backup-jan1/ directory will contain all the original backup files. The next day the Jan 2 backup should then copy just the files changed in that 24 hours. For all other files, it will make symlinks from the Jan 1 backup files. On Jan 3, I added a file and delete another. If a file is removed, it should not continue be symlinked.
Example directory/file structure:
backup-jan1/ (initial backup) file_a file_b backup-jan2/ (no changes) file_a (symlink to ../backup-jan1/file_a) file_b (symlink to ../backup-jan1/file_b) backup-jan3/ (removed file_a symlink and added file_c) file_b (symlink to ../backup-jan1/file_b) file_c ...
I've tried to look for this version-control type functionality in rsync and rsnapshot, but I haven't found it yet. Can anyone suggest a backup strategy like this?