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KaTeker is a backup tool for Linux useful for small companies and private people.

KaTeker is a backup tool for Linux useful for small companies and private people.

It saves data onto hard disks and CDs, DVDs or other random access media.

Actual version 0.95 change log
release is Alpha.

KaTeker is designed to manage the backup of data of daily work.

  • Full Web 2.0/AJAX fidelity, with custom options of Adobe Flash®, Java, and more

KaTeker provides

  • saving data onto hard disk

  • saving the archives onto multiple media like CD

  • a graphical user interface

  • restoring files: finding the version of a file to restore and restoring is in most cases a task of less than 1 minute

  • a data base with information on the media and the data saved onto the media

  • incremental backup

  • periodical backup

  • supporting restore on crashed systems because using tar or dar archives in a mirrored directory structure

KaTeker provides not the backup of whole file systems and partitions.

This beta release of KaTeker is tested on SuSE Linux 8.1, 8.2, 9.0, 9.1 and 9.2 .

Extending, adapting and improving KaTeker

KaTeker is open source, you can extend and adapt it by yourself. There are some improvements of KaTeker available:

  • new media like DVD, DVD-RAM, MO, flash cards, USB hard disk, other USB media

  • backup over network

  • saving several backups onto the same media

  • saving only files changed after a distinct date or installation

  • encrypting the archives

If you are interested contact kateker@dr-kuhlmann-software.de .

Open source software

KaTeker is open source software under the GPL.

KaTeker uses cdlabelgen.
Copyright (C) 1998, 1999 B. W. Fitzpatrick
Copyright (C) 2001, 2002 Avinash Chopde www.aczone.com

KaTeker uses cdrecord.
Cdrecord Copyright (C) 1995-2004 Jörg Schilling


KaTeker is experimental software. Use at your own risk.

If you apply or install the software you accept the disclaimer.


KaTeker is a backup tool intended to save data up to some GByte.

The data will be saved onto hard disk and then onto CDs, DVDs or other random access media. It is not intended to save data onto sequential media like tapes.

KaTeker is designed to simplify the standard jobs of saving and restoring data. Backup jobs can be started automatically or manually.

KaTeker provides a GUI and a command line interface.

KaTeker uses the standard Linux tools tar, cdrecord and dar if available. The backup data can be used without KaTeker. This is an important aspect when a system crashed and has be restored from bottom up. Furthermore the tar or dar archives are located in a directory tree similar to the data saved. The names of the archives describe the data in the archive.

KaTeker comes as a gzipped tarball.


Before you download and install KaTeker you should read the requirements on your system.

KaTeker can be downloaded at Download.html.

Quick start

There is a quick start instruction.

For those which got no time :-) it is possible to run KaTeker out of the box.

Select rootUnpack: KaTeker_RELEASE_2005_03_27.tgz

Select rootTest: KaTeker_RELEASE_2005_03_27/kateker Select root or Select root click Select rootkateker.

Select rootInstallation: KaTeker_RELEASE_2005_03_27/click_install_KaTeker Select root or Select root click Select root click_install_KaTeker.

Select rootDocumentation: KaTeker_RELEASE_2005_03_27/index.html


KaTeker is Perl. KaTeker uses some Perl modules and other software. It is necessary to install these before running KaTeker.

You require perl5.6, Perl/Tk and some programs listed at other programs required.

Follow the installation instruction, please.


Use this table of contents to go get an overview of the documentation shipped with KaTeker. The documentation is HTLM. It will be used by KaTekers internal help too.

version 0.95 RELEASE_2005_03_27

The release of KaTeker is described on a special release page.

Changes version 0.93 -> 0.95

  • run out of the box - no other has to be installed

  • new graphical user interface

  • improved configuration: setup almost automatically, improved graphical user interface


There is a change log available.

KaTeker on Knoppix 3.4

standard view: update

CDRW media

contents of archives

restoring files

integrated help

configuration of backup

Top Secret Hotel


The current release of KaTeker is version 0.95 RELEASE_2005_03_27 .

Other Software

KaTeker uses other software. The page Other software required describes the software required.


KaTeker includes cdlabelgen version 3.0.0. It will be installed automatically if cdlabelgen is not installed. If you want to use the original version of cdlabelgen install it before KaTeker.

Avinash Chopde's cdlabelgen version 3.0.0 is used to print CD labels.

You can get cdlabelgen at http://www.aczone.com/tools/cdinsert/#download.

Source Code

The source code of KaTeker is the tarball KaTeker_Source_RELEASE_2005_03_27.tgz .

Unpack the tarball and read README and index.html

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Ubuntu is a Linux distribution that offers an operating system predominantly focused on desktop computers but also provides support for servers. Based on Debian GNU / Linux, Ubuntu focuses on ease of use, freedom in usage restriction, regular releases (every 6 months) and ease of installation.
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