Well I use the following script for my backup:
# Gets date of most recent backup.
newestfile=$(cd /home/<USERNAME>/.Backups && find . -type f -printf '%T@ %p\n' | sort -n | tail -1 | cut -f2- -d" ")
budate=`echo $newestfile| cut -c10-19`
# Gets current date
# If the cureent date is the same as the date of the most recent backup, don't run the backup, just give a notification that says it has already been done today.
if [ $cdate = $budate ]; then
echo "Backup Complete"
notify-send -i /home/<USERNAME>/Pictures/Logos/safe.png "Backup Status" "Already started/finished backup for today."
# If the dates are different, start the backup.
echo "Starting backup"
notify-send -i /home/<USERNAME>/Pictures/Logos/safe.png "Backup Status" "Starting backup for today."
# Compresses the files into .tar.gz format
tar -cvpzf /home/<USERNAME>/.Backups/backup-$(date +%Y-%m-%d-%H:%M).tar.gz "/home/<USERNAME>/folder/to/back/up" --exclude=.Backups && notify-send --expire-time=60000 -i /home/tim/Pictures/Home/Logos/safe.png 'Backup Status' 'Finished backup for today.'
This will save a backup file that looks like this:
In the hidden folder
The safe.png file that it used for the notifications can be downloaded from here.
Save the script in
Run the following commands:
chmod +x Scripts/backup.sh
Then add the command
Scripts/./backup.sh to the start at login applications. Even if you login more than one time in a day, you only get 1 backup.
You could also use cron to run the script regularly. Edit it using
crontab -e and add this line to the end:
0 15 * * * bash /path/to/script/backup.sh
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