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Unmaintained Backing up xenForo using a shell script and crontab 1.0

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Shell script to backup your xenForo data via the command line (with the option to upload to AWS S3)
Compatible XF 1.x versions
1.0, 1.1, 1.2
Additional requirements
pigz or pbzip2 installed (if you want to use the faster, multi-core compression methods)

An Amazon S3 account (and s3put installed) if you want to sync your SQL backups with AWS
XenForo backup script
Made because I hate doing this manually!

You will need
  • SSH access
  • pigz or pbzip2 installed (if you want to use the faster, multi-core compression methods)
  • An Amazon S3 account (and s3put installed) if you want to sync your SQL backups with AWS
  • A little experience with the Linux shell environment
How to use
  1. Download backup_script.sh from the repo
  2. Save the backup script somewhere you'll remember. For example /home/backups
  3. Make it executable with chmod +x backup_script.sh
  4. Fill out the config variables (see below)
  5. Add a crontab entry to run every night at a time when your site is likely to be less busy. Something like this will do:
    Code:
    0 3 * * * /home/backups/backup_script.sh
    (this will run at 3am every night)
Config variables
  • db_username - The username for your SQL database
  • db_password - The passsword for your SQL database
  • db_name - The name of your database
  • compression_method - The compression executable that will be run. Choose between pigz, pbzip2 orgzip
  • backup_path - The location you want your backup files saved
  • web_dir - The location of your xenForo installation
  • bucket_name (optional) - The Amazon S3 bucket name and directory in which to sync the SQL backups
Future Updates
As this resource is a GitHub repository, updates will be posted there. I will try to update this resource every time I revise the backup script, but it's relatively mature (I've been using it for a while now) so shouldn't need too much maintenance.

I'll try to answer any questions you may have, but as I work on this in my (limited) spare time, please allow some time for a response.
Author
Calamity James
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