Rclone backup of live Debian VPS to remote storage

What is the problem you are having with rclone?

Looking for recommendations before implementing a solution.

What is your rclone version (output from rclone version)

rclone v1.55.1

  • os/type: linux
  • os/arch: arm
  • go/version: go1.16.3
  • go/linking: static
  • go/tags: none

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

SFTP for test / other after validation

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

None yet...

The rclone config contents with secrets removed.

None yet...

A log from the command with the -vv flag

None yet...

The goal: To setup automated backups FROM a live Debian 10 VPS TO remote storage. The rclone command is being run from a remote machine with ssh/sftp access to the live VPS - not the live VPS.

The question(s):

(1) What is a model command to use for the backup, that excludes:

For example: rclone:CONFIGNAME: -aAXvh /.
--exclude={"/dev/","/proc/","/sys/","/tmp/","/run/","/mnt/","/media/*","/lost+found"} /home/USER/backups/

What we are looking for is the syntax to:
(a) exclude things not needed
(b) exclude things from the backup that will foobar the live VPS
(c) Something we can automate via cron

(2) Any other way of accomplishing this - or recommendations from those already doing it. We don't want to "reinvent the wheel". Just need something reliable and easy to manage.

Any help appreciated.

For me, I don't think rclone is a good backup tool and wouldn't use it.

https://www.duplicati.com/ is beta so that scares some folks

There is a restic backend for rclone as well as some folks use that.

rclone doesn't backup any permissions so for me, that's a deal breaker for any OS level type backup.

Thanks for the thought. Rclone works great for what we are using it for - but we've been "iffy" on turning ti towards the VPS hosts. Think we will simply look at other tools more closely. Debian's site lists a few here - for anyone with the same situation. Appreciate you taking time to respond.

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