How to backup /home directory intelligently?

What is the problem you are having with rclone? none

Run the command 'rclone version' and share the full output of the command.

rclone version
rclone v1.58.1

  • os/version: ubuntu 22.04 (64 bit)
  • os/kernel: 5.15.0-40-lowlatency (x86_64)
  • os/type: linux
  • os/arch: amd64
  • go/version: go1.17.9
  • go/linking: static
  • go/tags: none

Are you on the latest version of rclone? You can validate by checking the version listed here: Rclone downloads
--> Yes

Which cloud storage system are you using? (eg Google Drive)

\\ pCloud

The command you were trying to run (eg rclone copy /tmp remote:tmp)

\\ none yet

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The rclone config contents with secrets removed.

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A log from the command with the -vv flag

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My question is a general question. I'd like to backup my home directory to pCloud using rclone. I'm working through the commands, and am not having any difficulties in the testing that I have done. My home directory contains about 800Gb of data. I know that it will take a long time to back this up at one time. How do you generally backup large amounts of data?


the main limitation is the upload bandwidth, once you hit that hard limit, not much to tweak.

so i would run a test, using the simplest command and check the upload speed.
rclone copy source dest --progress

can tweak --transfers and --checkers

also, might want to use a rclone crypt remote to protect sensitive files.

I don't think I asked my question clearly. Would you just start the backup of the entire home directory and let it run for days? Or would you backup subdirectories a few at a time?

Thanks for the suggestion about crypt. I've been reading about it on this forum, and have been learning how to use it. You have reinforced my belief that I should use it.

at this point, why not create a rclone remote to pcloud, create a rclone crypt remote,
as i suggested above, run a few tests, tweak settings,
and figure out what is max upload speed to pcloud.

Thanks. I'll do that.

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