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using fetch as a backup tool (4 posts)
- Started 8 years ago by chippewapublishing
- Latest reply 8 years ago from Scott McGuire
Is there a way to use Fetch as a backup tool so I can set determined dates and only replaced items that are changed?
Jim Matthews Administrator
You can use the Mirror command to upload only changed items. As for scheduling, you can use a program like iDo Script Scheduler (from http://www.powerkey.com) to run an script at set times, and have that script run the mirror command. I use iDo Script Scheduler to delete old files from a server every day.
Does this mean there is no way of having AppleScripts launched automatically at certain times with MacOSX's inbuilt tools? (10.3.9) I have written an Apple Script automating my back-up process with Fetch through mirroring, and was about to go and find out how to have this script launched automatically at certain times - iDo Script Scheduler seems good, but the price is that of Fetch itself, which seems to be a bit exaggerated for a one-function tool. Not a registered user of Fetch yet for technical reasons, but will definitely buy it as soon as I can.
Scott McGuire Administrator
No, Mac OS X does not provide a graphical user interface tool for launching AppleScripts automatically at certain times. It does include the Unix utility 'cron' which can be told to run programs at specified times. If you save your AppleScripts as applications, you can schedule them using 'cron'. However, cron is a command-line tool that Apple doesn't provide a friendly user interface for, so you must use it from the Terminal (although some there are some third-party interfaces to it). It's also somewhat less flexible than third-party scheduling programs.
Another product for scheduling AppleScripts is ScriptTimer, http://appsmore.theboss.net/script_timer.htm . It is somewhat cheaper than iDo Script Scheduler, so you may want to look into it, but we do not have any experience with that product.
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