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Document ID:1916
Subject:Using Syncrify client from console without GUI
Creation date:1/5/12 8:50 AM
Last modified on:1/5/12 8:51 AM


Using Syncrify client from command line

When using Syncrify client on platforms other than Windows, it may be convenient to use the command line interface to run your backup instead of using the GUI interface. If you are connecting to a Linux/UNIX machine remotely using SSH, you may not have a choice of using the GUI client. In such cases, you don't have a choice but to use the command line interface.

This section demonstrates how to use the command line interface.

Prerequisites

  • Java run-time must be installed on the machine. If you downloaded Syncrify Client with installer, check $INTSTALL_DIR/jre/bin/java to ensure a file exists. Otherwise, download java from http://java.com
  • Either java must be on your machine path or use the absolute path to run java

Command line usage

java -jar SyncrifyClient.jar -console ProfileName.syncrify Preferred method

OR

java -jar SyncrifyClient.jar -console [OtherOptions] [SourceFile/Folder] [TargetURL] Deprecated method 

Options

Most options are in a name-value format, except for the stand-alone parameters. The parameter name starts with a minus (-) sign followed by its name, a space and then its value. For example:

-pr ProfileOne

Option Description
-console This option makes Syncrify client run in console mode. If this is missing every other option will be ignore and Syncrify client will run in its default GUI mode
-u User's email address that is used to identity the account on the server.
-p User's password
-pr Profile name corresponding to the Profile name on the server. Use the same value for profile name when running the same backup again. Specifying a different value will cause the server to store files in a different folder. This can be a one-word value without spaces and should contains characters that are considered valid for a directory name.
-sp Server path. This corresponds to a one-word folder name on the server that is used for storing files under the profile. Use the same value for this parameter when running the same backup again. This can be a one-word value without spaces and should contains characters that are considered valid for a directory name.
-sF Selected Folder. Specifies one folder location that you want to backup or restore. This parameter must be accompanied by -tF
-tF Top Level Folder. Specifies the top-level folder where the selected folder is located. This parameter must be accompanied by -sF. The -sF and -tF parameters are only valid if you are running backup/restore on an existing profile and just want to run a backup on a specific folder. This is equivalent of backing up a selected folder specified here using console.

Refer to example 2 below.
-enableVersioning This is a stand-alone parameter. Enables versioning.
-twoway This is a stand-alone parameter. Enables Two-way sync.
-saveProfile This is a stand-alone parameter. This is a convinient way of creating a profile file without running the actual backup. The profile file will be created in ~/.syncrify folder. Refer to example number 2 below to see how to use this profile to run backup.
-nocompression This is a stand-alone parameter. When present Syncrify client won't use compression before transferring files.
-skipRedir By default, messages sent to STDOUT and STDERR are sent to files in the $DATA_FOLDER\logs directory. Use -skipRedir to send console messages to screen instead of redirecting them to files.
-v This is a stand-alone parameter. When present log messages will appear on the console.

Examples

An important information to keep in mind is the use of -console parameter. When this parameter is missing, Syncrify will display a GUI window showing a status bar. -console parameter is very useful when you do not have the GUI interface available, which is typically the case on Linux and Unix machines.

Example 1

Use the following example to run a backup based on a pre-created profile file. This is the preferred method of running backup.
java -jar SyncrifyClient.jar -console  myProfile.syncrify
The above example assume you have a pre-created profile called myProfile and want to run it through command line.

Example 2

Use the following example to run a backup based on a pre-created profile file. This is the preferred method of running backup.
java -jar SyncrifyClient.jar -console  myProfile.syncrify -tF /user/home/jack/Desktop -sF /user/home/jack/Desktop/Pictures/NewYork
This example runs a profile called myProfile and will only backup files in /user/home/jack/Desktop/Pictures/NewYork folder.

Example 3

Use the following example to run a backup based on a pre-created profile file and use a specific folder for TEMP.
java -Djava.io.tmpdir=/opt/ATempFolder -jar SyncrifyClient.jar -console  myProfile.syncrify
The above example a backup is run against myProfile and the client will use /opt/ATempFolder to store temporary files.

Example 4 (deprecated)

java -jar SyncrifyClient.jar -console  -v -u jack@company.com -p secret -pr firstProfile -sp t2 -nocompression /user/home/jack/Desktop https://backup.company.com
In the above example, files located in \user\home\jack\Desktop will be backed up to a server running on backup.company.com using the HTTPS protocol on default port. No compression will be used.

IMPORTANT NOTE: This example is deprecated and does not provide every backup option and therefore, we recommend you use the first example.

Capturing Exit Codes

Often users want to capture the exit code returned by Syncrify, which is useful if you are running Syncrify client from a script and want to know if it ran successfully. Syncrify returns the following exit code when it is run in console mode.
0
Unknown error - Syncrify client will never return a 0
1
Backup ran successfully
2
Backup ran with errors
3
Backup did not run at all
100
Invalid parameters
Note:
Exit codes are only returned when running Syncrify client in console mode. They are not returned by BackupClient.exe file on Windows.

Creating profile from console

You can create a new profile using the following command from console:
java -jar SyncrifyClient.jar -console -createProfile


This will prompt you for the following questions.

Profile name: Name of the profile. We recommend you use a one-word name without spaces. Assume you use MyBackup for this value, you can issue the following command to run a backup

java -jar SyncrifyClient.jar MyBackup.syncrify
Server URL: Refers to the URL where your server is running. For example:

http://backup.YourCompany.com:5800 OR
https://backup.YourCompany.com
Login email: Email address used for user's login
Password: User's password
Path: Refers to the path that you want to backup. For example:

/users/home/john/Documents
Filter Specify a filter string. Refer to this document for more information
Additional path: Specify additional folders/files to backup. You can specify as many paths as you like. Hit ENTER without typing any path when done.
Excluded path: Enter path that you want to exclude from the list
Compress data: Type Y for yes and N for no. When set to Y, client will compress data before sending it to the server
Delete files: Type Y for yes and N for no. When set to Y, server will delete files if they are deleted from the client.
Backup locked files Type Y for yes and N for no. When set to Y, VSS services are used on Windows. This parameter is only meaningful on Windows. It has no affect on other operating systems.
Enable versioning Versioning is enabled if set to Y
Send email: An email is sent with a backup log
Email recipient Address that gets the email. If blank, login email is used for the recipient's address
Encryption key Password used for encryption




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