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Backing Up Database

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  • Backing Up Database

    I have a simple database application that I built for our service department. We currently manually copy the folder with all the files once a month. This is obviously not sufficient and someone has to remember to do it.

    I have been using Crashplan for files on other machines. They say that their software will not copy a live database properly. Here's my question, how can I have an automated copy of the folder be made daily so that Crashplan can back that up?

    Also, can this be done while the application is in use as there always seems to be someone who does not close the application down on their workstation.

  • #2
    Re: Backing Up Database

    One rule from years ago was to never copy/zip/move a live open database. That may not be true today, but I am set not to do that.

    You can set up a windows timer(not in a5) to run a predefined zip operation at a certain time when you know there will be nothing going on.

    I use 7zip on all my machines and am pretty sure it could be used for your purpose. There is also a zip ability within alpha and you may be able to do the same there. Safest to just zip the whole folder, but there are other ways as well. You could just zip all the data files like dbf, fpt. I also like to get the cdx files.

    Others may have already crossed this like you need it and be able to post a bit of code for it.
    Last edited by DaveM; 09-13-2014, 01:06 PM.
    Dave Mason
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    • #3
      Re: Backing Up Database

      Is there a reason for zipping? The folder is not that large in size.


      • #4
        Re: Backing Up Database

        You can simply copy it to another location. There is facility in alpha to do that. You can copy the whole directory/folder to another location if you want.
        That is done by way of xbasic, I believe. Just make a script(what I do), then I use the interactive window to get the code right.

        How about FILE.COPY_FOLDER() you can copy the whole data folder to another spot on a drive.
        It is in the help files
        Last edited by DaveM; 09-14-2014, 12:41 AM.
        Dave Mason
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        • #5
          Re: Backing Up Database

          Chris, it's possible to build routines into your database that periodically check a table on the server to see if a flag for shut down has been raised, so to speak. If they see a flag each workstation will close itself. A bit of searching here ( and at www.learn ) will show you how its done.