This is to announce a very simple yet useful wrapper around the GNU tools 'find', 'cpio', 'gzip' and 'zcat'.
The script makes is easy to do a verified backup of a hierarchy of directories using sane tool options (I hope !).
Restoring a few files from the archive selected by a pattern is simple and straightforward.
Filenames with non ASCII characters are restored correctly. If they are shown correctly, depends on the setting of LC_ALL. A recipe for success is included in the script.
The homepage is here: http://www.net-es.dk/%7Epj/python/backup-admin/
Give it a spin and tell me if it works for you.