Akeeba Backup for WordPress

#37316 Manually archive backup files via FTP

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Latest post by nicholas on Tuesday, 21 June 2022 03:01 CDT


Is is possible to manually archive backup files via FTP to my local Dropbox backup folder instead of doing it via post-processing?

Basically, I want to transfer the file from the website to my local Dropbox backup folder and then mark the record as archived, then remove the backup file from the server.  This is a fairly large website and I make weekly backups so it's consuming a lot of disk space.



This archiving process for a 1.3GB backup file has been going on for over 15 hours now and part 1 is still not finished.  For very large backup files, FTP is probably best. I transferred a 2.1GB backup file in less than 2 minutes to my local Dropbox backup folder and another 1 minute to sync up to backup folder. For websites with very large backup files, I can do this without any issues as I can setup a calendar reminder.  But the issue is how I can show it as being archived in the Manage Backups in Akeeba Backup Wordpress version.




Akeeba Staff


I'm sorry but you have to use a post-processing engine. You can directly upload to Dropbox by choosing the correct post-processing engine. If you're worried about disk space, you can tell Akeeba Backup to delete the files once they have been uploaded, it's an option inside the engine.

That being said, why do you want to do the extra step using FTP instead of going directly with Dropbox? If you want to speed up your upload, I'd suggest to create smaller archives, so they will be uploaded faster and the chances for a timeout will be lower.

Davide Tampellini

Developer and Support Staff

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The backup finally timed out after two days!!!

Here are the new settings:

I'm trying to Archive the backup file again.  I'll let you know what happens.


Akeeba Staff

If your server is really so dead slow that it takes over 2 days to transfer 1.5GiB my recommendation would be to find a different host. Let's do the math. You're talking about transferring less than 9KiB / second. I've had dial-up which was faster than that 25 years ago. And I am talking about dial-up over copper lines which were older than my parents and the local exchange a good 2Km away in one of the most densely populated cities in Greece (downtown Thessaloniki, that's where I attended uni).

To give you a comparison target, a "normal" speed transferring to Dropbox is around 1-2MiB/s. Your backup should take 20 to 30 minutes to transfer to Dropbox. What we'd consider to be a slow host would take twice as long — not 50 times as long...

Nicholas K. Dionysopoulos

Lead Developer and Director

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