backup2l - low-maintenance backup/restore tool

Property Value
Distribution Debian 8 (Jessie)
Repository Debian Main amd64
Package name backup2l
Package version 1.5
Package release 7
Package architecture all
Package type deb
Installed size 78 B
Download size 33.14 KB
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backup2l [backup-too-l] is a tool for autonomously generating, maintaining
and restoring backups on a mountable file system (e. g. hard disk). In a
default installation, backups are created regularly by a cron script.
The main design goals are low maintenance effort, efficiency, transparency
and robustness. All control files are stored together with the archives on
the backup device, and their contents are mostly self-explaining. Hence, a
user can - if necessary - browse the files and extract archives manually.
backup2l features differential backups at multiple hierarchical levels.
This allows one to generate small incremental backups at short intervals
while at the same time, the total number of archives only increases
logarithmically with the number of backups since the last full backup.
An open driver architecture allows one to use virtually any archiving
program as a backend. Built-in drivers support .tar.gz, .tar.bz2 and others.
Further user-defined drivers can be added.
An integrated split-and-collect function allows one to comfortably transfer
all or selected archives to a set of CDs or other removable media.


Package Version Architecture Repository
backup2l_1.5-7_all.deb 1.5 all Debian Main
backup2l - - -


Type URL
Binary Package backup2l_1.5-7_all.deb
Source Package backup2l

Install Howto

  1. Update the package index:
    # sudo apt-get update
  2. Install backup2l deb package:
    # sudo apt-get install backup2l




2014-08-03 - Joachim Wiedorn <>
backup2l (1.5-7) unstable; urgency=medium
* debian/control:
- Bump to debhelper >=9 and compat level 9.
- Bump to Standards Version 3.9.5 (no changes).
- Remove obsolete flag DM-Upload-Allowed.
- Suggest package xz-utils.
2012-04-27 - Joachim Wiedorn <>
backup2l (1.5-6) unstable; urgency=low
* Fix verify failure in renamed backups.    (LP: #934203)
* Fix DRIVER_TAR_GPG (thanks to H. Segnitz). (Closes: #665429)
* Fix problem with MASK_LIST (thanks to G. Kiefer).
* debian/control: Bump in to Standards Version 3.9.3 (no changes).
* Update of debian/copyright file.
2011-10-01 - Joachim Wiedorn <>
backup2l (1.5-5) unstable; urgency=low
* debian/control:
- Remove suggestion to cdlabelgen (seldom needed).
- Remove suggestion to afio (no more exiting in Debian).
- Update Vcs Git and Browser URLs.
- Move build dependency to debhelper (>= 8).
* Move compat level to 8.
2011-05-06 - Joachim Wiedorn <>
backup2l (1.5-4) unstable; urgency=low
* Update patches for file first-time.conf.
* Add upstream changelog as patch. Remove code in debian/rules.
* Fix: use md5sum without -v in ''. (Closes: #623472)
* Add example driver using gzip with --rsyncable. (Closes: #609175)
* Add example driver using new xz tools.
* Install backup2l main script to /usr/bin (usable for all users).
* Small update of debian/copyright to newer standard.
* debian/control:
- Bump to Standards Version 3.9.2 (no changes).
- Set afio only as suggested package (because of critial license).
- Add Vcs Git and Browser URLs to git repository.
2010-05-10 - Joachim Wiedorn <>
backup2l (1.5-3) unstable; urgency=low
[ Joachim Wiedorn ]
* debian/watch:
- Use correct file name.
* debian/control:
- Bump Standards-Version to 3.8.4 without changes.
- Update build depends to debhelper 7.0.50 for new rules syntax.
- Remove build dependency to cdbs - no more needed.
* Add some example codes for unofficial drivers. (see #569600, #351812)
* Update all patch headers to current standard.
[ Charles Plessy ]
* Set DM-Upload-Allowed to ‘yes’ in debian/control.
2010-01-01 - Joachim Wiedorn <>
backup2l (1.5-2) unstable; urgency=low
* Add more infos about built-in and custom drivers in config file.
* Patches for man page.
* Add descriptions in patch files.
* Set Debian package GPL version to the same as upstream GPL version.
2009-12-15 - Joachim Wiedorn <>
backup2l (1.5-1) unstable; urgency=low
* New upstream release. (Closes: #519610, #537593, #337485, #290567, #493319)
(Closes: #291423, #305792, #497711, #351812, #303462, #303620, #307759)
* debian/control:
- Update to debhelper (>= 7).
- Change to Standards-Version: 3.8.3.
* Change to Debian source format 3.0 (quilt).
* Complete rewrite of file debian/rules.
2005-01-04 - Gundolf Kiefer <>
backup2l (1.4) unstable; urgency=low
* New upstream release.
* DRIVER_AFIOZ: allow archive files > 2GB.
* Improved POSIX compliance. (Closes: #261950)
* Fixed restore of files with glob(7) control characters. (Closes: #235249)
* Misc. typos in doc. (Closes: #250672, #250671)
* Adopted documentation with MAX_FULL <= 8. (Closes: #233962)
2003-10-08 - Gundolf Kiefer <>
backup2l (1.3) unstable; urgency=low
* Removed "--same-order" option in tar-based drivers (fixes 
problems during restore)
* Improved checking of required drivers before restore start
* Fixed some typos in comments and documentation
* Set Debian standards version to 3.6.1
2003-09-02 - Gundolf Kiefer <>
backup2l (1.2) unstable; urgency=low
* Fixed false alarms with special characters in file names 
(Closes: #763710, #587658)
* Added DRIVER_TAR (Philippe "BooK" Bruhat)
* Moved Debian adaptions by Chris Davis upstream
* Set Debian standards version to 3.6.0

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