Snap2 backup utility

Forum member lstandish (Lloyd) has developed a backup program that uses 'rsync':

I have now included this in Quirky. Quirky 1.0 already has Pbackup and Pmirror created by zigbert. I haven't used any of these tools, so I don't know how they compare. Maybe after I release the next Quirky I could get some feedback on whether all three of these are useful or maybe one or two should be dropped -- perhaps they each have some unique features.

Note to Lloyd: With Puppy packages, there must be a hyphen separating package name from version, not an underscore. I have remade the PET accordingly, now ''.

I tidied up a few things in the package, for example 'pet.specs':

snap2-4.6|snap2|4.6||Archiving|152K|pet_packages-quirky||+rsync|snap2 snapshot backup now!|||official|

Actually, if you were making your PET and don't know where it is going to be hosted, leave fields empty that you don't know the definite value for:

snap2-4.6|snap2|4.6||Archiving|152K|||+rsync|snap2 snapshot backup now!||||

Note that the original had |puppy|4|official|, but the "puppy" and "4" is only for a binary compiled application, designating in what distro and release it was compiled in. A non-compiled distro-independent PET package should leave those fields empty.

Posted on 10 May 2010, 8:48


Posted on 11 May 2010, 9:53 by lstandish
reply from Lloyd
Thanks very much, Barry, for fixing up the pet and for explaining my errors in building the pet. And thanks for putting snap2 into Quirky!

Since "snapshot" type backups allow the user to directly inspect and recover past versions (backups) of files without the hassle of needing special software, I'm quite sure many users will find it useful. I hope having it in Quirky will increase this relatively new program's popularity.

Posted on 17 May 2010, 9:50 by lstandish
Another snap2 update for Quirky
I have feedback from a user setting up backup to a remote server, which led to some important improvements in the snap2 GUI. ( Please update to version 4.10 for Quirky. Pet download:

Posted on 24 May 2010, 2:54 by lstandish
another snap2 bugfix version
Hi Barry,
I made 3 more bugfix releases since my last comment to this post, mostly fixing GUI issues with backup to remote server. For any future Quirky or Puppy releases please be sure to get the latest version from my website (4.13 at this writing).

Posted on 2 Jun 2010, 23:23 by lstandish
bugfix version 4.14
Hi Barry,

I was embarrassed to realize that the "snapshot backup now!" menu entry for my snap2 backup utility is not working in v4.13. (The menu entry called xterm with incorrect syntax.) I have corrected this in v 4.14, download: Please update this for Quirky.

Posted on 3 Jun 2010, 8:16 by BarryK
Re Snap2
Ok, 4.14 will be in Q1.2.