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 =====Using Git===== =====Using Git=====
 +* Git is a useful but quite a complex tool. This instructions do not pretend to be more than 1% exhaustive. Some people claim that, after 5 or more years using git they do not get a full grasp (do not look at me; I have spend a little bit less than two years!) Internet is your friend, so look there for answers when requiring something more complex than what I present in this tutorial (or make an appointment with Bob).
 ==== 1. Creating a Git repository==== ==== 1. Creating a Git repository====
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          git add myfile1.txt          git add myfile1.txt
-  * You can type "git status" to verify that myfile1.txt was added, while myfile2.txt remains untracked. +  * You can type "git status" to verify that myfile1.txt was added and ready to be committedwhereas myfile2.txt remains untracked. Here myfile1.txt represents files and folders suitable for being backed upsuch as source codesmakefiles and possibly parameters filesOn the contrarymyfile2.txt represents all that you should not incorporate into the backup, such as binaries, results, etc.
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-==Introduction of rsync and crontab == +
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-  * Introduction of rsync +
-  rsync is a software application and network protocol for Unix-like and Windows systems that synchronizes files and directories from one location to another while minimizing data transfer using delta encoding when appropriate. +
- In the backup procedure, rsync is used to synchronize your files and directories from the server to your local computer. +
-  * Introduction of crontab +
- A cron is a utility that allows tasks to automatically run in the background of the system at regular intervals by use of the cron daemon. Crontab (CRON TABle) is a filewhich contains the schedule of cron entries to be run, and at what times they are to be run +
- In the backup procedurecrontab is quite useful, which helps you do the backup once a day without manual operation +
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-==Detailed description of the workflow == +
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-  * **1. Make a directory in your local computer for backup**            +
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-         e.g. mkdir ~/backup  +
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-  * **2. Copy the //rsync// script to your backup directory** +
-Download the python script {{:sep:internal:backup.py}} (click on the name). +
-  * **3. Change the script** +
-There are two major parts that need to be changed in the script //backup.py// (currently the web backup is not performedthus I commented the corresponding lines out). Such parts are circled in the following figure+
- {{:sep:internal:script1.png}} 
-The upper red circle means the directory in your local mac that you want to back up to. The lower red circle means the directory in the server that you want to back up. In this example I back up my home directory in **oas**, cabrales. You can change them into your desired directory. Don’t forget to remove/add the //for// loop in the script if you plan to back up other than this directory, and change the server name accordingly. I use oas in this example (circled in blue). Notice if your user name on your mac is **different** from the user name on oas, you need to add the oas user name in the blue circle, i.e.  from **oas => my_oas_username@oas**. 
-  * **4. [Optional] Set up a notification** 
- Disregard this. Growl is no longer freeware. 
-  * **5. Create a cron schedule** 
-  * (1) Type "crontab –e" in the terminal window.  
-The text editor will open a blank window for the “crontab entries” to be entered. Each line presents a separate cron jobs. 
-  * (2) Put the following line in the window and remember to change the directory 
-    * * * * * /Users/YourNameInMacDirectory/backup/backup.py 
-If you used vi for the edition, when you exit you'll get the message: "crontab: installing new crontab." 
-An asterisk (*) is used to indicate that every instance (i.e. every hour, every weekday, etc.) of the particular time period will be used. 
-Here is how positions 1-5 are layed out: 
-|1| Minute 0-59| 
-|2 |Hour 0-23 (0 = midnight)| 
-|3 |Day 1-31| 
-|4 |Month 1-12| 
-|5 |Weekday 0-6 (0 = Sunday) | 
-  * (3) Change asterisks (*) accordingly 
-Find you name and the time for you to back up in the following table. The starting time means your backup script will automatically run at this particular time. Then change * * * * * according to the corresponding format. For example, my command would look: 
-  40 3 * * * /Users/alejandrocabrales/backup/backup.py 
-^  Name      Starting Time ^         Format      
-^ Fantine Huot  |00:00 am |0 0 * * *| 
-^ Joe Jennings   |00:20 am |20 0 * * *| 
-^ Taylor Dahlke |00:40 am |40 0 * * *| 
-^ Guillaume Barnier |01:00 am |0 1 * * *| 
-^ Ettore Biondi |01:20 am |20 1 * * *| 
-^ Yinbin Ma |01:40 am |40 1 * * *| 
-^ Jon Claerbout |02:00 am |0 2 * * *| 
-^ Biondo Biondi |02:20 am |20 2 * * *| 
-^ Rahul Sarkar |02:40 am |40 2 * * *| 
-^ Bob Clapp |03:00 am |0 3 * * *| 
-^ Jason Chang |03:20 am |20 3 * * *| 
-^ Alejandro Cabrales |03:40 am |40 3 * * *| 
-^ Huy Le |04:00 am |0 4 * * *| 
-^ Stuart Farris |04:20 am |20 4 * * *| 
-^ Eileen Martin |04:40 am |40 4 * * *| 
-^ Rustam Akhmadiev |05:00 am |0 5 * * *| 
-^ Siyuan Yuan |05:20 am |20 5 * * *| 
-^ Stew Levin |05:40 am |40 5 * * *| 
-^ Shuki Ronen |06:00 am |0 6 * * *| 
-^ Miguel Ferrier |06:20 am |20 6 * * *| 
-IMPORTANT: Crontab won't work unless your computer is awake.  
-  * 6. **[Optional] Check the success of your crontab** 
-Type “ls -ltr /var/mail”, and check the time in the following information 
-       "-rw-------  1 yishen  mail  5559 Mar 14 1:40 yishen" 
-The first backup may take a while, possibly exceeding 20 minutes. Manually running the script for your first backup during the weekend or in the evening instead of using crontab is recommended.  To run the script manually, type the following command in your back up directory.  
-  ./backup.py 
-(Ps: probably you will be asked to connect to the server at your first time.) 
-====  2. Synchronizing your files and directories from your local computer to your external hard drive==== 
-===First, Initialize your hard drive=== 
-  - Click **Initialize** in the pop-up window when you first attach the hard drive to your computer 
-  - Another window will pop up which is shown as follows. Select a disk which is circled in red; 
-  - Click **Partition** tab (circled in red); 
-  - Click **Volume Scheme** to choose how many partitions you need (circled in red); 
-  - Change the **Name** of your hard disk (circled in red); 
-  - Change the **Format** into **Mac OS case sensitive** (circled in red); 
-  - Click **Apply** (circled in red). 
-===Second, use time machine to back up your local computer===  
-==Introduction of time machine== 
-Time Machine is the built-in backup that works with your Mac and an external drive (sold separately) or Time Capsule. Connect the drive; assign it to Time Machine, and start enjoying some peace of mind. Time Machine automatically backs up your entire Mac, including system files, applications, accounts, preferences, music, photos, movies, and documents. But what makes Time Machine different from other backup applications is that it not only keeps a spare copy of every file, it remembers how your system looked on any given day—so you can revisit your Mac as it appeared in the past. 
-==How to use time machine to back up== 
-  - Select **Time Machine menu** > Open **Time Machine Preference**. 
-  - Click **Select Disk** 
-  - Choose a drive where backups will be stored, then click **Use Backup Disk** 
-  - [Optional] In Time Machine preferences you can click the **Options** button to select items to exclude from the backup 
-  - [Optional] change the backup interval 
-  * (1) From the command line 
-If you don’t want to install any extra software then you can change Time Machine‘s backup interval from a shell prompt. Start up a Terminal window and then type: 
-  sudo defaults write  
-  /System/Library/LaunchDaemons/com.apple.backupd-auto StartInterval -int 18000 
-The 18000 above is the required backup interval in seconds — five hours in this example. And note that the above command is all on one line. 
-  * (2) Point-and-click 
-There are several full Mac OS applications out there that allow you to manipulate Time Machine‘s hidden preferences. The two most popular are **Time Machine Scheduler** (http://www.klieme.com/TimeMachineScheduler.html) and **Time Machine Editor** (http://timesoftware.free.fr/timemachineeditor/). 
-==How to use time machine to restore==  
-Choose **Enter Time Machine** from the **Time Machine menu** and the restore interface appears. You can literally see your windows as they appeared "back in time."  
-==Encrypt your backup disk== 
-The best way to keep your backups secure is to encrypt your backup diskEncryption is available for Time Capsule, disks attached to another Mac on your networkand disks partitioned with the GPT partition scheme and attached directly to your Mac.+====  3Commit your changes==== 
 +  * Once you added the filesyou create the local backup using git commit:
-If you want to change from unencrypted to encypted backups, you must remove your backup disk and then set it up again. Follow these steps:+         git commit -m "This is my backup"
-1Open Time Machine preferences.+  * Notice that I have added label "-m" which allows to write a message or comment associated to the backupI strongly recommend you to take advantage of this, for it is easy to lose track of the changes that one makes in one's codes. If you are constantly changing your code, either debugging or testing, it can be wise to commit, for instance, before any "major surgery" that you are palling in your codes, commenting the current status and what you are about to do.
-2Click Select Disk or Add or Remove Backup Disk (if you have multiple backup disks).+====  4Create remote repository (you make this only once)==== 
 +  * The final step is to push the local repository to the serverHowever, you must first create the remote repository towards which you will push. Please take a look at this simple tutorial to learn how to create it:  {{:sep:internal:New.git.project.pdf}}
-3. Select your backup disk, then click Remove Disk. 
-4. Now set up the disk again as an encrypted backup disk. For instructions, see: 
-The first backup may take a while. You may want to set up Time Machine in the evening so that the initial backup can be done overnight. You should not interrupt the initial backup. You can continue to use your Mac while Time Machine backs up. 
-Once the initial backup is completed, Time Machine performs subsequent hourly backups of only the files that have changed on your Mac since the last backup (as long as your Mac is awake and the backup drive is connected).+====  5. Push to remote repository==== 
 +  * The final step is to push the local repository to the serverSimply type
-To know more information about time machine, please check the following website: +         git push
 +  * If you get no error message, congratulations! Your commits went to the remote repository.
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