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NAME ^

File::Rotate::Backup - Make backups of multiple directories and rotate them on unix.

SYNOPSIS ^

    my $params = { archive_copies => 2,
                   dir_copies => 1,
                   backup_dir => '/backups',
                   file_prefix => 'backup_'
                   secondary_backup_dir => '/backups2',
                   secondary_archive_copies => 2,
                   verbose => 1,
                   use_flock => 1,
                 };

    my $backup = File::Rotate::Backup->new($params);

    $backup->backup([ [ '/etc/httpd/conf' => 'httpd_conf' ],
                      [ '/var/named' => 'named' ],
                    ]);

    $backup->rotate;

DESCRIPTION ^

This module will make backups and rotate them according to your specification. It creates a backup directory based on the file_prefix you specify and the current time. It then copies the directories you specified in the call to new() to that backup directory. Then a tar'd and compressed file is created from that directory. By default, bzip2 is used for compression.

This module has only been tested on Linux and Solaris.

The only external programs used are tar and a compression program. Copies and deletes are implemented internally.

METHODS ^

new(\%params)

    my $params = { archive_copies => 2,
                   dir_copies => 1,
                   backup_dir => '/backups',
                   file_prefix => 'backup_'
                   secondary_backup_dir => '/backups2',
                   secondary_archive_copies => 2,
                   verbose => 1,
                   use_flock => 1,
                   dir_regex => '\d+-\d+-\d+_\d+_\d+_\d+',
                   file_regex => '\d+-\d+-\d+_\d+_\d+_\d+',
                 };

    my $backup = File::Rotate::Backup->new($params);

Creates a backup object.

archive_copies

The number of old archive files to keep.

no_archive

If set to true, then no compressed archive(s) will be created even if archive_copies is set.

dir_copies

The number of old backup directories to keep.

backup_dir

Where backups are placed.

file_prefix

The prefix to use for the backup directories and archive files. When the directories and archive files are created, the name for each is created by appending a timestamp to the end of the file prefix you specify.

secondary_backup_dir

Overflow directory to copy files to before deleting them from the backup directory when rotating.

secondary_archive_copies

The number of archive files to keep in the secondary backup directory.

verbose

If set to a true value, status messages will be printed as the files are being processed.

use_flock

If set to a true value, an attempt will be made to acquire a write lock on any file to be removed during rotation. If a lock cannot be acquired, the file will not be removed. This is useful for concurrency control, e.g., when your backup script gets run at the same time as another script that is writing the backups to tape.

use_rm

If set to a true value, the external program /bin/rm will be used to remove a file in the case where unlink() fails. This may occur on systems where the file being removed is larger than 2GB and such files are not fully supported.

dir_regex

Regular expression used to search for directories to rotate. The file_prefix is prepended to this to create the final regular expression. This is useful for rotating directories that were not created by this module.

file_regex

Regular expression used to search for archive files to rotate. The file_prefix is prepended to this to create the final regular expression. This is useful for rotating files that were not created by this module.

backup(\@conf)

Makes the backup -- creates the backed up directory and archive file. @conf is an array where each element is either a string or an array. If it is a string, it is expected to be the path to a directory that is to be backed up. If the element is an array, the first element is expected to be a directory that is to be backed up, and the second should be the name the directory is called once it has been copied to the backup directory. The return value is the name of the archive file created; unless 'no_archive' is set, then it will return an empty string.

rotate()

Rotates the backup directories and archive files. The number of archive files to keep and the number of directories to keep are specified in the new() constructor.

my $archives = getArchiveDeleteList()

Returns a list of archive files that will get deleted if the rotate() method is called.

my $dirs = getDirDeleteList()

Returns a list of directories that will get deleted if the rotate() method is called.

setCompressProgramPath($path)

Set the path to the compression program you want to use when creating the archive files in the call to backup(). The given compression program must provide the same API as gzip and bzip2, at least to the extent that it will except input from stdin and will write output to stdout when no file names are provided. This defaults to 'bzip2' (no explicit path).

setCompressExtension($ext)

This sets the extension given to the archive name after the .tar. This defaults to .bz2 if bzip2 is used for compression, and .gz if gzip is used.

setTarPath($path)

Set the path to the tar program. This defaults to 'tar' (no explicit path).

AUTHOR ^

    Don Owens <don@regexguy.com>

CONTRIBUTORS ^

    Augie Schwer

COPYRIGHT ^

    Copyright (c) 2003-2007 Don Owens

    All rights reserved. This program is free software; you can
    redistribute it and/or modify it under the same terms as Perl
    itself.

VERSION ^

    0.13
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