|Simple backup of the OS/2 desktop|
The OS/2 desktop can, at times, be a little fragile. It is therefore worth backing it up regularly. The desktop is essentially described by the following:
There is a standard desktop archiving mechanism in OS/2, accessed via the desktop Properties notebook, but it saves only the last three versions. Sometimes, by the time a problem has been identified, enough reboots have taken place to overwrite all of the 'good' copies.
Incidentally, the WarpCenter configuration is not saved by default when the desktop is archived using the above mechanism. To include it, add suitable lines (specifying the .CFG files) to the file \OS2\ARCHIVES\OS2.KEY on the boot drive; the format will be obvious from the existing entries.
This simple REXX script will create a recovery directory on the boot drive. Into this it will place ZIPped copies of the above files constituting the desktop. It will also include utilities which are useful when restoring the desktop (e.g. UNZIP).
The intention is that the script will be run before each normal disk backup, to record the current state of the desktop. I personally do this before each nightly backup, so that the nightly backup includes the latest copy of the recovery directory. In addition, this means that the most recent version of the recovery data is readily available, as corruption is less likely to occur in the middle of the night when the backup is run.
Restoration of the backup is a manual process; this is safer than an automated method that might go wrong. The steps are:
This works for me, and has saved me on a number of occasions. It should work for you, but I give no guarantees.
The REXX script and associated files are available here; the DTBACKUP.ZIP file includes the following:
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