To create a new backup file for burning to dvd, use this command line tool -
tar cvzf 20120115.tar.gz 20120115
which is very effective and quite quick too.
To log the output use the following command -
tar cvzf 20120116.tar.gz 20120116 >> /home/boztu/cron/log.txt 2>&1
to rename an external usb hard drive from /media/8eef3b99-c17b-4913-ae61-d34c7fd5d459 to /media/backup
sudo umount /dev/sdb1
sudo e2label /dev/sdb1 backup
- disable the entry in fstab
sudo emacs /etc/fstab
- unplug the drive
- plug the drive back in
and lo and behold, its mounted as /media/backup and available for backups again. with a much simpler, and more memorable name.