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Wednesday, February 15, 2006

Flashback Version 1.4 Posted

Flashback is a little Unix shell script which can save your life when you fat-finger a shell command or accidentally save a file you're editing after having made a disastrous change. Simply typing flashback makes a complete compressed backup of the current directory and all working directories in an archive directory, named with the full path of the directory backed up and the date and time of the backup. Command line arguments (new in this release), allow you to exclude subdirectories from the backup or name the specific files and/or directories to be backed up.

The original flashback (which remains available) would run on just about any Unix-like system. This version uses a few features of the GNU find and du commands, which will require modification if the script is used on a system with “vanilla” System V or BSD semantics for these commands. This release has improved error checking for common problems, and prints a summary of command line options if invoked with the −u or −−help options.

Posted at February 15, 2006 00:42