Backing up critical files.

After a lot of help from John and getting my Kiwi/BBAI-64 in a permanent location on the opposite coast, I have been crafting a backup script file to run nightly in case I inadvertently burn my Kiwi down and I have to re-image it. My script dumps the tarball onto a mounted flash drive and looks like this:




X=$(date +%F)



#Prep Directories.

if [ -d "$DIR1" ]; then

  echo "Prep Directory Present."

else mkdir /root/assembled-files


if [ -d "$DIR2" ]; then

  echo "Compression Directory Present."

else mkdir /root/compressed-files


#Remove existing files.

rm /root/assembled-files/*

rm /root/compressed-files/*

#Move and compress.

echo "Copying Configuration files to Prep Directory."

cp /root/kiwi.config/*.* /root/assembled-files/

echo "Tarballing files."

cd /root/assembled-files

tar -czf /root/compressed-files/"KiwiSDR_"$X.tar.gz .

mv /root/compressed-files/"KiwiSDR_"$X.tar.gz /media/storage/kiwi-config/

exit 0


There is also a cron job that monitors the output directory and deletes any archives older than 60 days.

Right now I am just taking ALL of the files from the /root/kiwi.config directory (even though I know I may not use some of them). The idea was that if I had to re-image and re-compile the Kiwi, I'd individually put back the files that held the bookmarks, custom band definitions and the like to re-customize it.

My question is: Are the OTHER files I should consider keeping as well? The resultant tarball is about 1.1M and I have 16G storage on the external flash drive, so storage isn't a problem...

Thoughts, ideas, are welcome.




  • That should be okay. The idea was that all the necessary configuration would be stored in one directory: /root/kiwi.config

  • Currently running Version 2 Kiwi, Is there a simplified backup procedure that is recommended?


    Steve, NA5C

  • The admin page backup tab should work well. The user interface is improved over previous versions.

    Even though this is a complete backup designed to create an sd card to completely re-flash the Beagle, it is possible to access individual files from the sd card in case you wanted to access specific files. Like the configuration files for example.

  • Thank You John, I will give it a try..

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