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Daily Backup using Perl

Posted on 2009-07-10
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Last Modified: 2012-06-21
I need to make a Perl backup script that creates a new dated folder every day, copies data from a source folder to the new dated folder until it reaches 28 days, then deletes the oldest folder and continues. This will have to function in Server 2k3. Below is what I have so far - I started getting confused when generating and naming the folders failed. Any Perl Genius want to help out?
#! C:\Perl\bin
use Date::Calc qw(Day_of_Week Week_Number Day_of_Week_to_Text);
use Time::localtime;
$tm = localtime;
($day, $month, $year) = ($tm->mday, $tm->mon, $tm->year);
# Set date/time/day of week
$year = $year+1900;
$month = $month+1;
$wday = Day_of_Week($year, $month, $day);
$wnum = Week_Number($year, $month, $day);
print "date set\n";
# Create new folders by date
use POSIX qw[strftime];
if(-e $DestDirFinal) {
      system("rm -fr $DestDirFinal");
mkdir($DestDirFinal) or die "Could not mkdir: $!\n";
system("cp -R $SourceDir $DestDirFinal");

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Question by:ICT-KevinM
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Expert Comment

ID: 24825130
Instead of using system, you should use perl commands, as it'll be easier to tell if it was successful.

Instead of "rm -fr" (a unix command - I thought you need win2k3?) to remove directories, you should use the rmtree from the File::Path module.

Instead of "cp -R" (again unix command?) to copy, use File::Copy::Recursive.

using these modules will also make your script more portable, in case it is needed on both unix and windows systems.

Author Comment

ID: 24825172
Thanks Adam - I guess I having been reading so much information on Perl, I have begun to blur the lines between perl and unix commands. Is it possible for me to name folders based on local date using a Perl command? I have searched high and low.
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Adam314 earned 1000 total points
ID: 24828178
Yes, you can use the $DestDirFinal like you have, which uses the strftime function to generate the folder name from the date.  Is this not what you wanted?

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Tintin earned 1000 total points
ID: 24828233
You are best not to mix backslashes and forward slashes.  Much easier to stick with forward slashes so you don't need to make differences between Windows and Unix/Linux systems.





Author Closing Comment

ID: 31602113
Thanks, that's great.

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