Friday, September 18, 2009

Quick Backup Script

I often create scripts and programs (Perl mostly) to help me do things. When I'm developing these scripts, I will typically write a chunk of code, test it, add more functionality, test it, rinse, repeat.

However, there are times where I'll delete a chunk of code to try something different and end up breaking my entire script. Of course, when this happens I don't have a backup of the old code available to go back to.

To help me, I made this small script which will backup a file given to it to a directory. All it does is copy the file to a backup directory and tack on a date string to the end of it so every backup copy is unique. Yes, this is a simple copy, but it makes it nice to have to do things quickly.


# quick script to backup files

DATE=`date +%s`
if [ $# -lt 1 ] ; then
echo $0 file-to-backup [path to backup dir]

# set the backup dir location

if [ ! -d ${BACKUPDIR} ] ; then
echo ${BACKUPDIR} did not exist. Creating.
mkdir -p ${BACKUPDIR}

# make sure the file exists
if [ ! -f $1 ] ; then
echo $1 does not exist.

cp $1 $BACKUPDIR/${1}-${DATE}
if [ $? -eq 0 ] ; then
echo Successfully copied $1 to $BACKUPDIR/${1}-${DATE}
echo Error copying $1 to $BACKUPDIR/${1}-${DATE}

I just copied it to /usr/local/bin, called it myback, and chmod +x'd it. Now, whenever I want to backup a script quickly I just run "myback script".