HOWTO backup with find and tar

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Short and simple way to backup an entire directory and a mysql database. Log some informations and send an email when the job is done. This bash script was write to be executed on OSX Yosemite, but with some minor changes it should run on almost any X driven system. If you need compression just add -z (gzip) to tar command, and name your tarball [FILENAME].tar.gz


# By Alexander Stocker
TODAY=$(date +%Y%m%d)
TIME=$(date +%H%M)

# Source directory
# Target tarball

function log
NOW=`date +"%Y.%m.%d %H:%M:%S"`
echo "${NOW} : $@"

# Remove old backup if needed
sudo rm $BKUPDIR/backup_*.tar
# Remove old text file containing absolute path to files
sudo rm $BKUPDIR/filestobackup.txt
# Find files to backup and write path to text file
find $SOURCE -print0 > $BKUPDIR/filestobackup.txt
tar -cf $TARGET --files-from $BKUPDIR/filestobackup.txt
log "Tarball created"

# Backup Database
sudo /usr/local/mysql/bin/mysqldump --user=USERNAME --password=PASSWORD DATABASENAME | gzip -c | cat > $BKUPDIR/DATABASENAME.sql.gz
log "Database dump created and zipped"
log "Backup done"
mail -s "Backup Log" < $LOGFILE

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