Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 25th Dec 2010 17:38 UTC
OSNews, Generic OSes First of all: the entire OSNews team would like to wish you a very merry Christmas. Even if you're not religious, there's always porn on the internet, right? Anywho, these wishes are a bit tardy, but that's because I've been fighting a battle with my computer the past few days trying to find a way to record Minecraft footage so I could make a Christmas wish from inside my creations - a losing battle, so it would seem. So, for Christmas, I have two OSNews Asks items for you to ponder. First, help me record Minecraft footage. Second, and this is of more practical use to myself and probably others as well, help me to set up an automatic backup solution that backs up the contents of one folder on an external hard drive to another external drive.
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Comment by werterr
by werterr on Sun 26th Dec 2010 00:01 UTC
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= Recording Minecraft =

This might be a place to try recording the session under Linux ? java runs under Linux and I'm hoping screengrabber java apps under Linux will work fine...

= Folder back-up =

Solution (1) DVCS:

First I would suggest to try and use version control... something like Mercurial or Git. Then set it up in such a way that it pull's on the stick every N-mins as long as that drive is available.. nice thing is that you get the two syncronisation as part of distributed version control.

Solution (2) UNISON[1]:

If you cannot or don't want to use version control (to much overhead?) then you might want to look at Unison. It runs on Windows and Linux and does two way syncing.
(of course you need to find a way to deal with merging conflicts, but unison tries to be real careful for you so not to lose data)

Only gripe with the two above is that you'll need to script something up yourself to do run the job, handle availability of the drive and choose something to handle synchronization conflicts. (which might be more straight forward if you use version control)


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