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Backup Terminology: Full? Partial? Home ?



  • quietFinn

    "A full backup creates an archive of all of your website’s files and configuration. You can use this file to move your account to another server or to keep a local copy of your files."

    You can use that backup to restore the account and it will be eaxactly the same as the account was when the backup was created.
    Full backup can only be restored by the root user, cPanel user can't restore it.



  • lmstearn

    Not armed with Admin access, there is nothing under Account Backups on the main backup page here, yet the docs only mention full backups associated with Account backups.

    Is it possible to snapshot a subset of the configuration, for example?

    Can it be read from the docs the possibility of populating cpbackup-exclude.conf with some items, and then clicking the full backup button? Sounds like quibbling, but isn't that a partial backup?

    It would be a more logical approach for the docs and gui maintainers to forget full and partial altogether and explain backups purely in terms of components, config and files, with the bolded note on the page (and in the docs) to the effect that config can only be restored by admins.

  • cPRex Jurassic Moderator

    There isn't a way to only backup a certain subset of the account.

    I wouldn't say that reading the cpbackup-exclude file constitutes a "partial" backup - it's still a full backup, with your specified files excluded.

    "Partial" pretty much means either the home directory or just a database, while a full backup means it has everything necessary to move your account to a different server.


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