Backing up your raspberrypi emoncms or emoncms.org account

I've added a couple of scripts to the emoncms usefulscripts directory that makes backing up an emoncms account whether on a local raspberrypi or emoncms.org much easier than the sync module solution, although still not as easy as I would like it to be, I would like setting up a backup to be as easy as installing a dropbox client. 

The scripts work with Linux at the moment, hopefully soon I'l get a solution running on Windows. I would highly recommend keeping your own backup of your data, a backup of your emoncms data on your main computer can also be useful for both quicker access to the data and doing additional analysis of the data.
1) Install emoncms on your backup machine following the guide here: http://emoncms.org/site/docs/installlinux
Create an account and note down your mysql credentials.

2) Download the usefulscripts repository
https://github.com/emoncms/usefulscripts

There are two scripts available under usefulscripts/replication

  • import_full.php
  • import_inputs.php

3) Try importing your inputs first to test that it works: Open to edit import_inputs.php.
Set your mysql database name, username and password, the same credentials as for the settings.php step of the emoncms installation. Set the $server variable to the location of the raspberrypi or emoncms.org account you want to backup and set the $apikey to the write apikey of that account.

In terminal, goto the usefulscripts/replication directory. Run import_inputs.php:

    php import_inputs.php

If successful you should now see your input list and all input processing information backed up in your local emoncms account.

4) Backup all your feed data:

As for importing inputs open import_full.php and set the database credentials and remote emoncms account details.

Run the backup script with sudo

    sudo php import_full.php

That's it, it should now work through all your feeds whether mysql or timestore (no phptimeseries support yet) making a local backup. When you first run this script it can take a long time. When you run this script again it will only download the most recent data and so will complete much faster. I run this script once every few days to keep an up-to-date backup. To engage in discussion regarding this post, please post on our Community Forum.