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Old 01-09-2004, 07:34 PM   #1
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Shortcut Question

I have in my crontab file a backup script that runs every day. I want to redirect this output to a new log file each day with the following format...


Aren't there shortcuts that I can put in the command that will achieve this? Something like...

backup (directory) (files) > backup\d.log

Or something like that?
Old 01-09-2004, 07:43 PM   #2
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You could do something like:

$LOG="/var/log/backup.`date` # Or you could use `date +%m%d+%y` (Month, Day, Year)
/sbin/dump -0u -f /dev/tape /dev/hda? > $LOG

Remember though, that the > operator will overwrite any existing data in that file. Use >> to append the data to the end of the file.
Old 01-09-2004, 09:24 PM   #3
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Could I use the command substitution in the redirection and eliminate the use of the variable? It doesn't matter, but I am curious.

Thanks a bunch for the response.


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