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I have certain material - my ebook collection and my writing, for examples - that I want to ALWAYS have the CURRENT version on my phone, my tablet, and my computer.

This is what SyncThing excels at.

It's not so good for backups, where you want to keep a complete set of files as a group unified by when the backup was made. Also, it only works between intelligent devices. You could have your computer synchronize data between your phone and an external USB drive, but not between your computer and an external USB drive.


OK - I had envisioned using SyncThing for backups between my and DW's laptops via LAN and one important file to my iPhone but gather IOS is not supported. Using her laptop could/would be a problem as she doesn't use it every day (powered off when not using).

That's where Backintime comes in. It will work between your computer and a USB drive. It does versioning the right way - each backup appears to be a full backup, and the backup as a whole gets a timestamp. (But it runs, and takes up space on the backup drive, like an incremental backup... note: do NOT do backups to a FAT-formatted partition. Any Unix/Linux file system will do. So will NTFS, if you've installed the needed drivers. Or an OSX file system. Dang near anything. Except FAT.)

Looks like you use both Timeshift and Backintime for backup. Do you use both for system and data? Mind sharing Timeshift and/or Backintime settings? I described my Timeshift settings up thread and have it set up in it own ext4 partition on an external USB drive. I assume Backintime could co-exist in the same partition.

Thanks again for the heads up and knowledge sharing, much appreciated.

George
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