Easily back up lightweight documentation of installed packages, dotfiles, and more.
shallow-backup lets you easily create lightweight backups of installed packages, applications, fonts and dotfiles.
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What can I back up?
- macOS System Preferences
- Sublime Text Settings
- Atom Settings
Package Manager and Application
- Sublime Text 2 and 3 packages
$ pip install shallow-backup
$ sudo shallow-backup
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Usage: shallow_backup.py [OPTIONS] Easily back up installed packages, dotfiles, and more. Options: -complete Back up everything. -dotfiles Back up dotfiles. -fonts Back up installed fonts. -packages Back up package libraries and installed applications. -old_path Skip setting new back up directory path. --new_path TEXT Input a new back up directory path. -reinstall Reinstall packages from package lists. -delete_config Remove config file. -v Display version and author information and exit. -help, -h Show this message and exit.
shallow-backup works best when it's populating an empty directory.
$ shallow-backup # Launch interactive CLI backup process $ shallow-backup -old_path -complete # Make complete backup using same path as in config file $ shallow-backup -new_path new_backup_dir -fonts # Back up fonts using path: `/new_backup_dir/`
- Reduce your backup size by compressing all package manager libraries to
- Easily back up your dotfiles, Sublime Text settings and Atom config.
- Back up all user installed
backup_dir/ ├── dotfiles │ ├── .bashrc │ ├── .pypirc │ ├── ... │ ├── .ssh/ │ │ └── known_hosts │ ├── .vim/ │ └── .zshrc ├── fonts │ ├── AllerDisplay.ttf │ ├── Aller_Bd.ttf │ ├── Aller_BdIt.ttf │ ├── Aller_It.ttf │ ├── ... │ ├── Ubuntu Mono derivative Powerline Bold Italic.ttf │ ├── Ubuntu Mono derivative Powerline Bold.ttf │ ├── Ubuntu Mono derivative Powerline Italic.ttf │ └── Ubuntu Mono derivative Powerline.ttf └── installs ├── apm_list.txt ├── brew-cask_list.txt ├── brew_list.txt ├── gem_list.txt ├── installed_apps_list.txt ├── macports_list.txt ├── npm_list.txt └── pip_list.txt 5 directories, 214 files
I back up system images of my MacBook Pro to an external SSD multiple times every week, and it always takes way too long. I wanted to speed this up, so I took a look at what was actually being backed up. I saw that my
pip libraries took up way more memory than I imagined.
And it's totally unnecessary! All you need to "back up" your package installs is a list of the installed packages from each package manager. If you have these lists, restoring your system package installs is easy:
$ pip install -r pip_list.txt, for example. Additionally, you have the added bonus of always installing up-to-date packages after an OS wipe and reinstall.
I could now safely cut down my backup size by almost
10GB by replacing my
brew cask and
npm install libraries with simple text files, which cuts down the back up time significantly.
Once I'd built that functionality, I wanted to have a single backup utility for files and folders often used by developers, so I added the ability to backup
fonts. (Note: Because just having a list of installed fonts or a list of dotfiles that exist isn't very useful,
shallow-backup creates copies of all dotfiles and user installed fonts.)
- Automatic restic backup.
- MacOS GUI.
How to Contribute
- Clone repo and create a new branch:
$ git checkout https://github.com/alichtman/shallow-backup -b name_for_new_branch.
- Make changes and test
- Submit Pull Request with comprehensive description of changes
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