Prefix / Date Format Usage

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Prefix / Date Format Usage

Postby Guest 929 » 29 Sep 2005, 14:46

Having only discovered your program within the past 24 hours, I find it very useful and laced with great potential.

I understand the workings of the "prefix" and "date format" in regard to how it is used to name/identify files placed on target or destination locations. As I see it, APBackup requires a minimum of at last one of those have a specified value and APBackup will permit me to use both at the same time:

Using prefix only produces a "directory" on the destination matching the prefix name. In my case "CFC" is the prefix, so the first time APBackup runs, it creates a new directory on the destination machine named "CFC".

If I also use a date format in conjuction with prefix I get a naming convention on the destination machine like:

CFC20051001 (This is a directory on the destination machine.)

NOW my question is: Why do I have to use a prefix OR a date format at all if my intent is to just copy everything into the default location on my destination machine?

My destination FTP server, has my username associated with a default directory anyway so that my actions are limited to a specific area on the server.

Requiring a prefix and/or a date format seems to impose an unnecessary restriction for just maintaining one copy of files in one location...the default of which is controlled by the destination FTP server.

No criticism intended at all. I really like this software...just trying to understand this feature. Thank you.

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Postby support » 30 Sep 2005, 13:13

This is bacause of working logic of APBackup. APBackup copy all source files into one archive (ZIP or just folder but it must be with name). After archive is completed APBackup can copy it to additional folders or to FTP and delete old fies with the same prefix according DEPTH setting.

In your case with FTP you can just set Prefix='/' and all files will be saved in root folder of your FTP account.

But DON'T do it with Destination folder to local or LAN disk root (Backup mode="Copy files"). In this case option "Delete old archive" is set by default. And if you set '\' as prefix all files and folders on your destination disk (If your destination folder is C:\ for example) will be deleted.

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Postby support » 30 Jun 2006, 13:06

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