Python Backup Cleaner Script

• Storage   • Virtualisation

A Python script I’ve written to clean up old backups, keeping only the newest specified amount.

As I covered in a previous post, I am currently backing up my VMs using XSIBackup. There is an option in XSIBackup to delete folders older than N days. This option --del-dirs however is only available in the Pro version.

So I’ve took it upon myself to script it up, using the available Python 3.5 executable in ESXi and XSIBackups’ built-in cron functionality.

ESXi Instructions

  1. Copy the script to a datastore
  2. Edit the xsibackup crontab: vi xsi-dir/conf/root-crontab
  3. Add in the script with it’s required options. -p for path, -r for regex and -k for how many to keep.
      # This crontab belongs to the root user, thus it starts by root-
      # Add cron jobs to this file in the classic crond Linux way.
      # This is an example of a backup job being run everyday at 2:00 a.m.
      # change according to your needs and run ./xsibackup --update-cron
      # min hour day mon dow command
      # 0 2 * * * "/vmfs/volumes/datastore1/xsi-dir/jobs/001"
      0 4 * * * "/vmfs/volumes/files/Misc/VMs/xsi-dir/jobs/002"
      0 6 * * * /bin/python /vmfs/volumes/files/Misc/VMs/ -p '/vmfs/volumes/files/Misc/VMs/' -r 'backup*' -k 5
  4. Install xsibackup’s crontab: ./xsibackup --install-cron
  5. Update xsibackup’s crontab: ./xsibackup --update-cron
  6. Double check ESXI’s crontab: cat /var/spool/cron/crontabs/root