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This program functions somewhat similarly to a log rotator. It’s purpose is to rotate backup files, so your disk doesn’t fill up.
Suppose you have a third party backup program regularly dropping backup files into some directory. You could use this program to limit the number of files that remain in the directory at any given time.
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The script is invoked with Python3, like so:
Alternatively, if your env program is setup correctly for python3, you may simply execute this script as-is:
This program won’t do much without command line arguments. Primarily, it needs to know the location of at least one configuration file or directory.
Tells the program to run without making any changes. Instead, it will merely list the changes (deletions) it would have made.
Specifies a path to a configuration file or directory. If a directory is specified, all files in the directory will be used as configuration files.
Here’s an example of how you might invoke the program with two configuration paths and set globally to a dry run:
python3 backup-rotator --dry-run --config "/my/config/path-1" --config "/my/config/path-2"
Configuration files are written in YAML format. Supported keys are as follows:
If this is set to true, this particular configuration file won’t cause any changes to disk (see --dry-run command line argument above)
The target type can be set to either file or directory, and specifies what we will be rotating.
When file, only files inside the specified paths are considered for rotation. This is appropriate for rotating backups that drop single files into the same destination directory. For example, a directory structure that looks like this:
When directory, only directories inside the specified paths are considered for rotation. This is appropriate for rotating backups that are saved as whole directories, inside an outer destination directory. For example, a directory structure that looks like this:
In both examples above, the main configured backup path is /my/backup/path
Specifies the method used when attempting to determine how old a backup file/dir is.
Currently, only file is supported
Specifies the maximum number of backup files/dirs that are allowed in a path before rotating will happen. Should be an integer.
For example, when the maximum-items value is set to 5, and target-type is file, the program will not rotate any files until there are at least 5 in the target directory.
Specifies all paths that should be scanned with these settings. You may specify one or more paths
dry-run: true target-type: file date-detection: file maximum-items: 5 paths: - /path/to/backup/dir1/ - /path/to/backup/dir2/ - /path/to/backup/dir3/ - /path/to/backup/dir4/