Scripts written to perform various backup-related tasks.
Python Shell


These are scripts written to perform various backup-related tasks.

This script has moved to its own repository at pigmonkey/cryptshot.

This script has moved to its own repository at pigmonkey/backitup.

A Python script to manage Tarsnap archives.

Tarsnapper will use tarsnap to backup any specified files or directories. It can create one archive or many. The archive is named by the user, and can have an optional suffix (such as the current date) automatically added to the name.

That's dandy, but the real reason that Tarsnapper exists is to delete old archives. Give it a maximum age, such as 7d (7 days) or 8w (8 weeks), and any archives older than that age will be deleted.

Save your picodollars! Don't waste disk-space.

See source for configuration.


An example configuration file for

Tarsnapper may be configured with a file. This should be installed at ~/.tarsnapper.conf. All entries are optional (as is the file itself).

Backup databases! See source for configuration and usage.

I like to use email for remote backups. It's cheap (a free Gmail account provides 7+ gigs of storage) and one-way: if an attacker breaks into my server, he can see what address I'm sending backups to, but is going to have a difficult time accessing and altering those backups.

But email is sent across the internets in plain text and (in my case) I do not control the destination server. Thus, the backups must be encrypted. I use GPG's symmetric encryption for this. It gets the job done and is simpler than asymmetric encryption with keys.

A simple Bash script to remove files older than a given age.