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Archiving Made Simple

At least for your own Live Journal. I forgot who mentioned this and I am NOT going through the pile of stuff I read through this last week again (whew....), but I just archived my entire history on LJ in a few minutes with LJArchive. The link is just the original author's page on the subject; you'll find the program on SourceForge. If all you want is to run the thing, just download the exe file. The doc files appear to be more for those who plan to tinker with it and download the source code; leastwise I finally gave up and figured out how the program worked by running it. I wish this would let you pick up friends' LJ s as well for reading offline, but all the same this thing is great for backups.


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Jun. 3rd, 2007 02:48 am (UTC)
Way cool. Thank you!!
Jun. 3rd, 2007 03:01 am (UTC)
You're welcome. It works fine for my Greatest Journal journal too; which makes since since it's intended for any LJ style engine.
Jun. 3rd, 2007 03:01 am (UTC)
Only for Windows, unfortunately. So far there isn't a good solution for Mac or Linux users who want to preserve comments.
Jun. 3rd, 2007 03:23 am (UTC)
I wound up hacking my own together for Linux. Right now it's still a work in progress, but it does download entries and comments. Of course, that's all it does: download entries and associated comments and put them in an XML file. There's nothing in it to let you browse the archive or anything. Tools for that could be written, but I was mainly interested in getting the data tucked away where it'd be safe.

Source code tar file
Jun. 3rd, 2007 05:26 am (UTC)
Many thanks
Jun. 3rd, 2007 08:16 am (UTC)
Jun. 3rd, 2007 11:31 pm (UTC)
Er... I was talking about ljArchive, not ljBackup. Which does look to be a useful program, to be sure.
Jun. 4th, 2007 12:20 am (UTC)
I was the one talking about the need for a Linux archiver.
Jun. 8th, 2007 07:04 am (UTC)
Sorry about that; missed the turn so to speak. And you're right, there really should be one. Mush, Penguins!
Jun. 4th, 2007 12:17 am (UTC)
Thanks; the documentation in the tarball was actually sufficient. I may hack on it later so that it stores each post in a separate file; it'll be easy enough to split, but it's a little inconvenient. In its current state it would be painfully slow if I hadn't recently upgraded my DSL connection.
Jun. 4th, 2007 03:11 pm (UTC)
Unfortunately it's not quite as easy to split up the download as it looks. Entries are easy, it's comments that're the killer. There's no way to request the comments for a specific entry, and no simple way to synchronize entry and comment downloads to insure the second download doesn't miss comments that were downloaded the first time but whose entries weren't. I know it should be doable, and I've got some ideas percolating.
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