Doing Fedora Snapshots/Rollbacks With Btrfs & Snapper
Written by Michael Larabel in Fedora on 20 July 2015 at 12:55 PM EDT. 6 Comments
FEDORA --
All the way back to Fedora 13 has been work on supporting Btrfs system snapshots / rollbacks using this Linux next-generation file-system's CoW snapshot abilities. Those abilities were tied into a Yum plug-in for making a Btrfs snapshot whenever a Yum transaction would take place. Another alternative for Btrfs system snapshots on Fedora is by using Snapper.

Snapper is a tool for file-system snapshot management. Those unfamiliar with Snapper can find out all you need to know about it on its project site at Snapper.io.

Fedora developer Dusty Mabe has written two blog posts about setting up Btrfs with Snapper on Fedora 22 in order to perform full system snapshots when desired and then when needed to do rollbacks of the file-system.

If you're interested in using Btrfs and Snapper for doing full system snapshots and rollbacks on Fedora Linux, read the system preparation and snapshot / rollback posts on his blog.
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