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 Post subject: CopyRat -- simple backup app
PostPosted: Fri Feb 26, 2010 3:05 am 
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Hello all, it's been a while!

Just thought I'd share CopyRat, a Windows backup utility I wrote and have been using for a few months:

You can grab it here: temporarily down...

Let me know what you think of it, I might post the source when I think it's pretty complete.

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PostPosted: Fri Feb 26, 2010 3:20 am 
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Very nice. I think this may be my new backup software I use for work related needs.


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PostPosted: Fri Feb 26, 2010 3:50 am 
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I might post the source when I think it's pretty complete.

When you do that I'll look at it, no offense intended.

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netmaestro wrote:
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I might post the source when I think it's pretty complete.

When you do that I'll look at it, no offense intended.

None taken! It's actually a step closer to being "done" as I just uploaded a new version 0.93.

Features added today:
- simple backup log file
- option to associate .jbs files to automatically run backup jobs
- online check for updates (I'm a sucker for these, as long as they aren't automatic)

The latter 2 features are in a popup menu I added to the [ ? ] button in the bottom right.

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PostPosted: Sat Feb 27, 2010 5:17 am 
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kenmo, how do you make an update checker? Something I have wanted to toy with for a while.

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Fangbeast, There are a million ways to implement it, depending on how smart/complicated you want it to be.

For this I'm using a super simple method. When I finish a new version:
1. I update an integer "Release" constant in the program (currently 4)
2. I update a simple text file (one-node XML actually) on my server that has the latest release number and version name
3. To check for updates, I ReceiveHTTPFile() the XML, and simply compare the exe's release number vs. the servers.

You could do automatic downloads, automatic installs, and partial updates, but this
is only a single exe so I chose to just offer to open the webpage.

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PostPosted: Sat Feb 27, 2010 11:58 pm 
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Thanks Kenmo, that gives me some ideas to try out.

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No way you really eat that stuff :D

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No way you really eat that stuff :D

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What????

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rsts wrote:
No way you really eat that stuff :D

cheers


Shhhhh, save that for Off-Topic :)

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PostPosted: Tue Mar 02, 2010 10:47 pm 
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Fangbeast wrote:
kenmo, how do you make an update checker? Something I have wanted to toy with for a while.


You also could throw an eye on this.

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Link doesn't work.

Are you still working with this backup software?


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You're right. Link has been fixed.

I still USE this software every week, to back up to my external HD, but I haven't changed it in about a year.

The only thing left on its to-do list is a help file... but the program is mostly self-explanatory.

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PostPosted: Sat Jan 22, 2011 3:54 pm 
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Thanks for repairing the link.

I was looking for a simple & effective backup utility.

I downloaded and ran a few tests. It is simple to use and seems pretty efficient at its job.

However, if there are multiple jobs defined, I couldn't find a way to run just one job. Running each defined job every time isn't workable for me.

Now, if you can run just one or more selected jobs this could be a very useful tool for me.

? Is there any provision for a "command" line execution to execute one job?

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Those are good ideas. Running only selected jobs should be easy to implement.

The only commandline action currently is sending a jobs (.jbs) filename to it which runs automatically.

What sort of commandline interface/commands would you like to see?


I will try to add these features this week - it's just tricky because I spend my days writing VHDL and C for school while I'm working on a PB game in my free time!

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