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Author Topic: DONE: Backup My TXT Files Everytime I Save - AKA incremental saves / wiki(-like)  (Read 4469 times)

spunch

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Boy, it would be nice to have a program that automatically backs up a specified list of files every time I perform an edit on them.

So for instance, if I had a couple of txt files in my documents that I frequently edit, this hypothetical program would run in the background, constantly checking for the "modified date" of these files, and every time this date changes, it would create a new backup in "my documents/backups/". So for example, after a while of using this program I would have dozens of files like "todo_1433_15-02-2006.txt" in this backup folder.

This is not much different than "incremental saves" that some programs feature, or history pages of wikis. I really believe it would become handy to many.

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Re: Backup My TXT Files Everytime I Save - AKA incremental saves / wiki(-like)
« Reply #1 on: February 15, 2006, 06:56:27 AM »
Since I didn't like to have TOO many versions of an important file in that destination folder, I'm using an AutoHotkey script to copy it every day to another folder.

But I admit, a script that would check if it has been saved again and creating a backup then might come in handy too.

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Re: Backup My TXT Files Everytime I Save - AKA incremental saves / wiki(-like)
« Reply #2 on: February 15, 2006, 07:01:43 AM »
A possible freeware is Logmon which I used for a small experimental project and found it very capable for "real time" monitoring.

It has lots of options which allow you to specify all sorts of actions when files change.

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"Log Monitor - Vadim Dumbravanu
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Log Monitor is a files and directories monitoring tool. The program periodically checks selected file s modification time and can execute external programs if file s time was changed or not changed. In addition to executing applications, you can also specify other actions which included pop-up notices, sounds, file operations like copy, move etc. and more. You can also combine multiple actions and pass on execution parameters for a more complex action. For directories it handles events as files change, addition or removal. The program is easy to use and makes a very powerful tool for a variety of monitoring and automation tasks."
http://freeware.it-m...te.co.uk/?Cat=System

Or you can find it http://www.freeware-guide.com/download/

Please note that the Author disappeared. But it's a pretty capable software and there was an active forum which you perhaps have to look for it on the
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http://web.archive.o...gmon/eng/default.asp
« Last Edit: February 15, 2006, 07:03:18 AM by patteo »

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Re: Backup My TXT Files Everytime I Save - AKA incremental saves / wiki(-like)
« Reply #3 on: February 15, 2006, 07:23:46 AM »
That looks like a nice solution Pate! Thanks, i think I'll get it myself.
For those intrested in developing something in ahk, the main function to do this is FileGetTime. Not a hard thing to do ;)

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Re: Backup My TXT Files Everytime I Save - AKA incremental saves / wiki(-like)
« Reply #4 on: February 15, 2006, 07:27:23 AM »
Great. It works. Thank you patteo!