Special files generated and used by storeBackup
Never change the files described below! They are absolutely important
for storeBackup to work properly!
Inside a backup, the following entries are always created. Do not delete
them. Also, make sure you do not have them in the top level directory
of your source tree:
- This file contains meta information
about the backup. Example (I cut some lines for better readability):
exceptSuffix='\.bz2' '\.gif' '\.gpg' '\.gz' '\.jpg' '\.mp3' '\.mpeg' '\.mpg' '\.ogg'
exceptDirs='/home/hjc/Mail' '/home/hjc/Maildir' '/home/hjc/nosave' '/home/hjc/tmp'
exceptRule='$size > &::SIZE("100M")'
- This file contains all information
about the files, directories etc. in the backup. A few lines
selected as an example:
# contents/md5 compr dev-inode inodeBackup ctime mtime atime size uid
gid mode filename
dir 0 2097-386 0 1169342164 1094800914 1200948038 0 1049 100 493 c++
063e5feb114a82059e7f44c5fb0e548c c 2097-1834 1372638 1169343033 1078512595 1125554314 489786 1049 1001 384 mbox
symlink 0 2097-31105 0 1169350675 1169350675 1169350675 0 1049 0 0 .Xresources
The permissions (mode) are stored as decimal values (not octal).
- A directory which is empty if all
links are set.
These files may be in the root of your backup directory:
- Up to version 3.4.3: The
existence of this file indicates that this backup was not properly
finished (e.g. if it was stopped by pressing [ctrl]+[c]).
- Backups created with
version 3.5 or higher: The existence of this file indicates, that
this backup was properly finished. If it is missing, the backup was
not finished properly (means it was e.g., stopped by pression
- The log file of
storeBackup.pl. This is the default name which you can change using
the options of storeBackup.pl (options logInBackupDir and
- If you exclude files with
rules, you can generate a list of files (via the option writeExcludeLog of
storeBackup.pl) which are not stored in the backup.
The following files only exist if you use option
lateLinks. After a successful run of
storeBackupUpdateBackup.pl, these files are deleted:
- Contains (parts) of the
information what has to be done by storeBackupUpdateBackup.pl
(beside file .md5CheckSums[.bz2]).
- Contains relative paths to the
backups where linkFile.bz2 refers to, eg:
Here you see a relative path to a previous backup and a link to a
backup in another backup series.
- Each file contains
relative paths from backups to the actual one. Example: