This is a small Perl script to create backup CDs out of images. I like to
organize my digital pictures into a directory structure based on image content
and subject. I don't store them by date. This makes it nice to find pictures,
but difficult to back them up without using traditional incremental backup
software and/or backing up some images more than once.
Although this program is made to work well with AutoScrapbook, it can work with any directory
of images. You run the program and specify a base directory. The directory is
processed recursively and any images are mirrored into a staging area. Once
enough images are in the staging area, the program will (optionall) run
AutoScrapbook to create a set of web pages specifically for that disc of
images. It will then create an ISO image that you can burn to CD when
convenient. This script is made to work on Linux, but could work on other
systems with a bit of modification.
Once a disc has been created, the list of images that were on that disc is
stored in a hidden data file in the base directory specified. You can then run
ImageBackup on that directory again. Any images not included in any previous
backups will be mirrored to the (now empty) staging directory. If the
directory fills, another ISO will be generated. If not, the staging directory
will remain partially-filled. You can then run ImageBackup regularly (i.e.
from cron even) and new images will be added to the staging directory as they
are found. Whenever the disc is full enough, an ISO is generated, and the
whole process starts over.
To use the program, simply download the program below and place it
somewhere on your system. If your Perl interpreter is not in /usr/bin/perl,
you will have to edit the first line of the file.
Edit the program and change any of the variables near the top that need to
Then, simply run the program with a directory name as a parameter. You
should always enter the same base directory name for good results. If, for
example, you run ImageBackup on ~/pictures and created a backup CD, you
should always run it on the same directory from then on.
You can download Version 1.8 (April 6,
You can have this script run automatically -- say once per week. Just run
this script from cron (on Red Hat Linux, for example, just place this in
mkdir -p "$TEMPDIR"
for dir in $DIRS ; do
echo "Processing directory $dir"
iso=`$image_backup $dir 2> "$TEMPDIR/image_backup.errors" | grep '^ISO Image Ready:'`
if [ $? == 0 ] ; then
mail -s "$iso" $email < /dev/null
elif [ $? == -1 ] ; then
echo "Not enough images yet..."
echo "ERROR running image backup!" >&2
mail -s 'Image backup errors!' $email < "$TEMPDIR/image_backup.errors"
Now you will receive an email whenever a new ISO image is available or if
there are any errors. Note that if you configure ImageBackup to use
AutoScrapbook to create an index on the backup CDs, you must have already run
AutoScrapbook on the source directories if you are running ImageBackup non-interactively.
If you haven't, then picture descriptions will be requested during the cron job,
which won't work too well.