Sunday, 20 March 2011

Using cron to backup Thunderbird emails

My bash script (which I've saved as in my home folder and made executable) looks a little like this:

 set -x   
x=`date +%y%m%d.%H%M`
tar zcf thunderb-mail-${x}.tgz ~/.mozilla-thunderbird
mv thunderb-mail-${x}.tgz /media/MY_HARDDRIVE/email_backups/

Then invoke in cron using:

 crontab -e   

add something like:

 30 4 * * * ~/./  

which does the backup at 04.30 every day

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