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pib – Portable Incremental Backup

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pib (for Portable Incremental Backup) is a free backup tool I wrote.

As there already are zillions of backup utilities – what makes this one special?

  • Simple: It is just a commandline tool with four different functions: Backup, verify, (re-)create and info.
  • Portable: It does not use any external source code or libraries and is written in C (C11). So far it was tested with Linux and Windows, but getting it running on other plattforms shouldn’t be very hard.
  • Does exactly what I need (and maybe you like it, too): I never used any backup tools, because they always seemed too complex for the simple task I wanted them to do: Just keep two folders in sync. I am pretty sure you can do that with a lot of tools (like rsync), but I wanted to know exactly how the backup tool works and writing it was fun.

You can get a Windows binary and the source code for free at my GitHub page, there is also a complete description about its functionality.

Additionally to the content at GitHub, here is a little usage example:

1-create-backup-folder

1. Create a backup folder somewhere (e.g. on an external drive).

2-initial-backup-process

2. Start the initial backup. pib will always tell you what it is doing.

3-move-remove-create-and-change-some-files

3. Over time, the content of the folder you backed up will change. These are some examples.

4-next-backup-process-with-synchronisation

4. Next backup: pib tells you, what has changed since last time. You decide, if pib shall proceed and update the backup folder contents to match the source folder (again).

5-check-files-_-folders-and-byte-count

5. Info feature: pib can tell you the files & folders and byte count of any directory.

Hope you like it and maybe it is even useful to you!

 

Written by RhinoDevel

30. September 2016 at 18:46

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