- This script checks if changes happened to a given list of files, and if so, it'll store them into a next version as back up.
- ## Setup
- Install git.
- Create a folder that should act as your automatic archive.
- Open that folder with your terminal and execute ```git init```
- Create a file in the folder called ".gitignore" and put the following in it:
- Create the files "backup_routine.sh" and "backup_filelist.txt" in this folder.
- Copy the code from "backup_routine.sh" in this repository into yours.
- Put the complete filepaths to the files you want to automatically be versioned into "backup_filelist.txt".
- Now use ```git add *``` and ```git commit -m "initial commit"```
- You're done setting up your automatic archive.
- ## Automation
- Make it so that "sh backup_routine.sh" gets called automatically. I recommend setting up a cron job, for example by executing ```EDITOR=nano crontab -e``` and writing the following into crontab:
- 0,15,30,45 * * * * cd ~/Automatic\ Git\ Versioned\ Backups && sh backup_routine.sh
- This will run the script every 15 minutes.
- ## Restoration
- git log -- filename.ext
- to view all the past versions.
- Copy the commit-id of the version you wish to restore.
- To recreate a past version, use
- git show commit-id:filename.ext > path/to/restoration/filename.restored.ext
- For example: ```git show 8f1dc7362dd5f6781ccf9ccc5a9cfdccb57ed709:ToDo.xlsx > ToDo.restored.xlsx```