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Help with Cron Job Syntax

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by marcodeluca, Feb 16, 2011.

  1. marcodeluca

    marcodeluca Registered

    Feb 16, 2011
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    Hi there - realize this isn't a cPanel "problem" so I'm not regarding it as a support issue - just looking for some help with some cron job syntax. If you can help, I appreciate your time!

    I currently have a bunch of cronjobs backing up my databases, looks like this ( and works fine ): mysqldump -u worklabs -pXXXXXXX worklabs_one | gzip -c > /home/worklabs/backup/backup_worklabsone.sql.gz

    So I end up with a list of zipped SQL files in a folder called BACKUP, which is what I want. It's the next step that I'm having troubles with: I want to zip that entire BACKUP folder, append the current date to it, and place that zipped folder into another folder, backup_archive. Afterwards I can set up a local script to retrieve the file using SSH.

    I'm having troubles getting the syntax right for the process of zipping a folder, appending the current date, and moving it into another folder. I set up my crons using the cPanel cron job module. Any suggestions?

  2. vanessa

    vanessa Well-Known Member PartnerNOC

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    tar -cvf /home/worklabs/backup_archive/backup-$(date +%m.%d.%y).tar /home/worklabs/backup && rm -rf /home/worklabs/backup
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