Using Bash To Write a Backup Script

30 minutes
  • 2 Learning Objectives

About this Hands-on Lab

Bash scripting is an invaluable skill to Linux System Administrators. From writing quick scripts that automate simple tasks to writing complex scripts than can automatically deploy entirely new servers, scripting skills are integral to being a good SysAdmin. In this lab, we’ll build a simple script to back up files from a directory.

Learning Objectives

Successfully complete this lab by achieving the following learning objectives:

Write the Script to Back Up the Requested Files

Write a Bash backup script that will copy the files as requested and house them in the desired directory.

Remember that we should create the directory with the script so it always exists when copying files.

Run the Script and Verify the Files are Backed Up as Requested

Mark the script as executable and run it, then verify that all files are backed up to the required directory.

Additional Resources

You work for Universe Incorporated. One of your users - cloud_user - has placed a ticket to have a script written to back up his work directory to a new directory named work_backup in the his home directory. The script should also log all actions to a log file stored in the user's home directory.

Ensure the script works correctly by running it and verifying the files are backed up.

If you get stuck, feel free to check out the solution video or the detailed instructions in the lab guide. Good luck!

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