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How to Test Rules?

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Back in v6, I could edit a Selector/Rule and then setup an immediate backup and preview a complete nested view of all the folders and files. It was a fast and easy visual way to see the real world results of rules. (without having to run an actual backup)

 

It's a necessity now as I'm having to rewrite all of these in v8.

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None of the rules are previewing. For example I have a rule to include a folder named Movies in a rule named "Important". When I setup the backup and hit the Preview button. Nothing is selected. Not the movies folder in my home or any other movies folder.

 

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You can do a preview just before starting the backup, that will apply the rule

Can a scheduled backup be previewed? I don't see any preview button on the menu bar, or elsewhere(?) for a scripted backup preview.

 

A workaround would be to set up a new backup and preview the selected rule+manual backup.

 

Hint: the preview takes a long time to build the tree in the backup assistant window... And drill down, to find the unchecked files filtered in the Rule.

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It doesn't work quite as well as in v6. Here's why-

One reason I test rules is to see how much space the backup will require. In v6 you could test a rule, select and deselect items and see the total storage requirements change immediately.

 

In short, I would request that the Preview pane show a running size total.

 

 

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If you use the Backup wizard -- it's at the "Backup Summary" page -- where you would click "Start Now".

 

On the line showing the source(s)

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