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ebtguy
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Daily Backups

Sorry if this is posted, and I just am not seeing it, but...

I know toucan can be run with command line variables, and there are built in variables for sync/backup, etc... so I can backup files every day to a new folder. What I would like to do, even if it doesn't use the date, but a numbering system of some sort, would be so save ## number of backups only...

example: 3 daily backups

day 1 - Monday files backed up
day 2 - Tuesday files backed up
day 3 - Wednesday files backed up
day 4 - Thursday files backed up, Monday files deleted
day 5 - Friday files backed up, Tuesday files deleted

this way I have a constant rotating set of backups, and I'm not going to use a ton of space.... maybe it's not possible, and I still like this program a lot, but this would be a nice perk Smile

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Try this

Steve already has a standing request to limit the number of backups in a series, sort of like the way that Firefox holds bookmark backups.

Until then, you could set up three backup jobs.

  • DailyBackup1
  • DailyBackup2
  • DailyBackup3

On Monday run the first one, Tuesday run the second one, Wednesday run the third one, Thursday run the first one, Friday run the second one, etc.

Not too elegant, but it will get the job done.

For me, I run a backup job called FirefoxProfile and it creates a backup file called @date@-FirefoxProfile.7z

Also run a backup job called ThunderbirdProfile and it creates a backup file called @date@-ThunderbirdProfile.7z

Every once in a while, I go into my backups directory. Since they are in date order, it is easy to highlight and then delete enough of them until I'm left with the number of backups I want to keep.

Jim

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thank you, I was unaware

thank you, I was unaware there was already a request.. I was hoping for a more automated method, rather than deleting files yourself, or choosing the correct backup number depending on what the last one was run, and accidentally running the wrong one.

I have a couple non-profit clients I help run networks for (and don't even get paid myself), and finding good backup utilities is difficult, especially with little to no funding for small groups (fire stations, churches), and no IT staff... well, and I don't want to monitor these every couple days, lol.

I'll continue to look for this in future versions, thank you for the speedy answer.

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If you're looking for something to install on regular PCs for backups, Abakt is pretty good.

Sometimes, the impossible can become possible, if you're awesome!

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There

will be a way to do this in the next version of Toucan based on the scripting stuff. An example will be included.

J Neutron
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Excellent!

Looking forward to it, Steve.

Jim

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woohoo! :) not to push, but

woohoo! Smile

not to push, but is there an ETA?

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really, I am in the middle of an exam season at the moment but I am making fairly decent progress, just have to wait and see.

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"logarithmic" backups

hi, I don't know if this is possible with reasonable effort - what about a "logarithmic" backup, i.e. increasing spacing between the backups?

Days - weeks - months, years? E.g. all yearly backups, a few monthly backups, and the last four weekly backups?

I would find that really useful - just got that idea from a plugin for TiddlyWiki: http://mptw.tiddlyspot.com/#LessBackupsPlugin

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