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II.8.3 Automated Backup

The recommended backup strategy for a production sit is to use an automated script which first backs up the database to a file in /var/lib/aolserver/$OPENACS_SERVICE_NAME/database-backup and then backs up all of /var/lib/aolserver/$OPENACS_SERVICE_NAME to a single zip file, and then copies that zip file to another computer.

  1. Make sure that the manual backup process described above works.

  2. Customize the default backup script. Edit /var/lib/aolserver/$OPENACS_SERVICE_NAME/etc/backup.sh with your specific parameters.

  3. Make sure the file is executable:

    chmod +x backup.sh
  4. Set this file to run automatically by adding a line to root's crontab. (Typically, with export EDITOR=emacs; crontab -e.) This example runs the backup script at 1:30 am every day.

    30 1 * * *        sh /var/lib/aolserver/$OPENACS_SERVICE_NAME/etc/backup.sh