bu-tools is a shell script easing the management of backup software such as Backup Manager. It offer a standardized method to manage the list of backed-up paths.

This howto is tested on:

  • Debian 10.0 Buster


This howto recommends:

This howto recommends one of these backup softwares:


Detect if sudo is available (“command” is used if not):

command type -f 'sudo' &>'/dev/null' && cmdProxy='sudo'

Application’s installation

Install the tool:

${cmdProxy} wget 'https://raw.githubusercontent.com/biapy/howto.biapy.com/master/backup-tools/bu-tools' \
    --quiet --no-check-certificate --output-document='/usr/local/bin/bu-tools'

Declare the downloaded file as executable:

${cmdProxy} chmod +x '/usr/local/bin/bu-tools'

Automatic updates

Configure biapy-updater automatic updates to check for new versions of the software:

${cmdProxy} tee -a '/etc/biapy-updater.conf' <<< 'bu-tools'


List the backup targets (a.k.a. backed-up paths):

sudo bu-tools --list

Add a path to backup targets:

sudo bu-tools --add='/path/to/data'

Remove a path from backup targets:

sudo bu-tools --remove='/path/to/data'

Clean-up backup targets (remove missing paths):

sudo bu-tools --cleanup

Get help on advanced usage of the tool :

command bu-tools --help


Categories: Backups


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