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What is the difference between snapshots and backups

Are there any functionality differences between backups and snapshots? Can I use a backup to restore only a part of my filesystem (file or folder)?

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Backups are for the entire server state, snapshots are specific to the file system and rely on a hierarchy. You can use a snapshot to restore only a part of your filesystem as opposed to an entire server backup.


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Backups are for the entire server state, snapshots are specific to the file system and rely on a hierarchy. You can use a snapshot to restore only a part of your filesystem as opposed to an entire server backup.


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Still not clear. How can I restore a single file or folder?

You cannot use snapshots to restore a single file or folders, they are intended to be used as a type of reversion control for the entire file system.


That said, there do appear to be methods to achieve what you're looking for manually:

https://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=2348279


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