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Old 02-04-2006, 10:48 PM   #1
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Exclamation How to make a scheduled backup procedure using the cron file?

Does anyone here know how to make a scheduled backup procedure using the cron file?

Please tell me as soon as possible.

Thanks in advance.
Old 02-04-2006, 11:51 PM   #2
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It's pretty straightforward. You simply write a bash script (or whatever shell flavor you like) to do the backups (either tar or dar commands). Then create a scheduled crontab event using:

 crontab -e
I'm assuming you know how to input the lines in crontab. Here's an example from mine:

 5 0-23/1 * * * /usr/local/bin/ /backup/users .users-backup 5 >> $HOME/backup-users-weekly.err 2>&1
This line runs my script every hour at 5 minutes past the hour. Your scripts can be as simple or complicated as you like. Mine are a little complicated in that they look for hotplug events to migrate my backups and do checks to see when the last backup was performed and such. That's why I installed them to run every hour since they are on my laptop and it's not always powered on. So I let the scripts do all the checking instead of relying on my computer being powered on at the appropriate times. A place to check for some simple backup scripts is:

Hope this helps.

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