Making Backups with rsync
The rsync utility is a fancy way to synchronize files and directories, either locally or across a network. We like to use it to make backups so we don't have to worry when we mess something up. Yes, we could use cp or something equally boring, but we like the speed and flexibility of rsync. In this example, we're copying files locally, but we could as easily be making remote backups to another server somewhere else.
To Make Backups with rsync: