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Modular backup script written in python



I recommend using virtualenv, but nothing prevents you installing it into the root system


When installing this package, it will build the MySQL and Postgres clients. So you'll need the necessary headers, plus gcc on your machine.

For Ubuntu, run the following:

sudo apt-get install libmysqlclient-dev libpq-dev python-dev \

Installation procedure

  • Download the latest package from I recommend using the latest tagged version, but if you want bleeding edge, you may also download the "master" branch.

  • untar the package:

    tar xzf exhuma-pickup-<version number+hash>.tar.gz
  • enter the folder:

    cd exhuma-pickup-<version number+hash>

When not using virtualenv, you may skip this section


If you don't have virtualenv, run the following:

sudo apt-get install python-setuptools && easy_install virtualenv

  • create a virtualenv:

    virtualenv --no-site-packages /path/to/your/env
  • activate the environment:

    source /path/to/your/env/bin/activate

Without virtualenv

  • run the installer:

    python install

Finished & Trying things out

The script is now installed in you system's binary path as "pickup". When using virtualenv, this will be /path/to/your/env/bin, otherwise it will most likely be /usr/local/bin

You may now deactivate the virtualenv by entering "deactivate". In the future it will no longer be necessary to activate the environment manually. The executable script will run automatically in the proper environment.

To see if everything worked as expected, you may run:

/path/to/your/env/pickup --help

or simply (if it's on your $PATH):

pickup --help

Please see the official docs at for more information!

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