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I decided it was time to start backing up my dreamwidth entries. After looking at some of the available clients I decided the quickest way to do this was probably going to be a shell script, and thankfully there was a list of tools for the purpose of backing up livejournal entries.

So, I chose the one that seemed to back up the most stuff, LJSM, and tweaked it for Dreamwidth. This wasn't that much work (I needed to change livejournal.com to be dreamwidth.org in one place, then I needed to fix it so the titles were set correctly in the index) but in case anyone else wants it, here's my modified version, DWSM:

http://terri.zone12.com/code/dwsm.pl

I'm sure I'm not the only lazy person out there who'd do more backups if they didn't have to think too much about it. I think everyone's new year's resolutions should include "make more backups" and I'm doing my part to make this a reality. So here you go: one less excuse!

Instructions



Download DWSM: http://terri.zone12.com/code/dwsm.pl

Basically, you need perl and you need to know how to run stuff from the command line. If this makes no sense to you, you might want to ask someone else for help. For those you know what I'm talking about, you'll want to run something like:

./dwsm.pl -a -u terriko:password terriko

Only you need a real password and probably you'll want to supply your own username in both places. Or only the first if you really want a copy of my journal. Or you can set the second one to any journal name if random acts of backup are your thing. Grab all your friends' journals and print a newspaper! Automate it to run every day and never think about backups again! Whatever. You have fun there!

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