The process of sticking PCMCIA memory cards (or now USB sticks) into each one of your controllers, going to the FILE menu, creating directories, Backup > All of the above, etc. is a huge pain. I felt this pain very sharply when working on an 18-robot line years ago.
BackupTool allows you to concurrently backup all the robots on your project to your PC with a single command.
Download BackupTool v0.0.1 for Windows 64-bit
(Edit: Go to the BackupTool page to download the latest version)
(Note: this is considered alpha software, only tested on a 64-bit Windows 7 machine… use at your own risk!)
There’s a README included in the distribution, but here’s a quick how-to:
- Extract the zip file
- Either copy BackupTool.exe to your current project’s directory, install it to a directory on your system’s PATH, or extract it to some new directory (making sure to add it to your systems PATH)
[What’s a PATH?](http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/PATH_(variable))
- Open a command prompt and navigate to your current project’s directory
BackupTool initto initialize your project
BackupTool addto add each robot to the project
BackupTool backup allto do an MD:. backup
You can simply type
BackupTool to see a help on available commands,
sub-commands, options, etc.
BackupTool will create a timestamped backup for each robot on your project that may look something like this:
/your_project /backups /2014-06-04T16-35-00 /R1 /R2 /R3 ...
Let me know if you run into any issues. I’d appreciate any feedback.