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File & Folder Selection question

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perkin-warbeck
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File & Folder Selection question

Post by perkin-warbeck »

I use Adobe Lightroom every day. When I quit the program, Lightroom saves a backup copy of its "catalog" (a kind of database). These backup copies are saved in dated folders. So, for example, last night's backup is

D:\Users\Perkin\Pictures\Lightroom\Backups\2016-08-04\Lightroom Catalog.lrcat.zip

while the one from the night before is

D:\Users\Perkin\Pictures\Lightroom\Backups\2016-09-03\Lightroom Catalog.lrcat.zip

Here's the problem. I want my SyncBackFree profile to only mirror only the latest backup. However since the name of the folder containing the latest backup is not fixed, I either need to (a) edit the Files & Folders selection for the profile or (b) rename the most recent dated folder to a fixed name, (e.g., rename folder "2016-08-04" as "LATEST"

The first solution is not very appealing. The second solution leads to naming clashes within the Backups folder on Windows.

Is there a way to do this in SyncBackFree? If not, can a more advanced version of SyncBack do it?

I have been using SyncBackFree for only a week, but I am already very comfortable with it. It is easy to use and amazingly functional.
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Re: File & Folder Selection question

Post by Swapna »

Hi,

Seems like there is a typo in your example:
So, for example, last night's backup is D:\Users\Perkin\Pictures\Lightroom\Backups\2016-08-04\Lightroom Catalog.lrcat.zip while the one from the night before is D:\Users\Perkin\Pictures\Lightroom\Backups\2016-09-03\Lightroom Catalog.lrcat.zip”
you have stated the Source folder name for the last night’s backup as “2016-08-04”, but the folder name from the night before was “2016-09-03”. Please clarify?

However, if your requirement is to backup files from a folder that has yesterdays date as the folder name, then you have to use a variable in your Source path. Sorry, but a number of variables are not available in SyncBackFree (please refer to the help file > Variables section for the list of unavailable variables).

If you want to use SyncBackSE/Pro then you can consider adding variable %DATE_P% in your Source path. When the profile is run %DATE_P% will be replaced with yesterdays date (which is in the short date format configured in your Windows) and SyncBackSE/Pro will backup files from that folder to your destination.

For example: You can add %DATE_P% variable in your Source path as D:\Users\Perkin\Pictures\Lightroom\Backups\%DATE_P%\. When the profile is run SyncBack will backup contents from “D:\Users\Perkin\Pictures\Lightroom\Backups\05-09-2016\” to your destination.

Please refer to the Help file > Using SyncBackSE/Pro > Technical References > Variables section for the list of variables supported in SE/Pro. With SyncBackSE/Pro opened, press F1 to open the contextual help.

If you want you can test with SyncBackSE/Pro, which we offer a free 30-day evaluation. You can download and install latest version of SyncBackSE/Pro from here:

http://www.2brightsparks.com/downloads.html

If you do decide to purchase, the serial number will convert the 'trial' to the 'registered' version.

Thank you
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