2010/9/18 Bob Kuehl <kubobby@gmail.com>
Thanks for the explanation Benny. 

I do backup ~./.gramps/grampsdb along with other similar directories on a regular basis with the Back In Time utility.

Note that in version 3.2.3 the log files pile up. So this can become up to a gigabyte.
Version 3.2.4 which is for somewhere next month, fixes this (thanks to Doug).

Benny

Bob


On Sat, Sep 18, 2010 at 8:27 AM, Benny Malengier <benny.malengier@gmail.com> wrote:
http://gramps-project.org/wiki/index.php?title=How_to_make_a_backup

XML is (after unzipping) a human readable version ideal for backup, sharing or moving data between computers.
The database is a binary file that can be many Megabytes, will work on your pc with your version of database software, and might give errors should you send it to others to use.

Best backup strategy is backing up the ~/.gramps/grampsdb folder if you have the data storage to do that, otherwise you export to .gramps xml file, and back that up.

Benny

2010/9/18 Bob Kuehl <kubobby@gmail.com>

Thanks Michael,

My research data is a special case, so a separate database would be the desired result.

So, as I understand, the actual 'database' is in a subdirectory in the  ~/.gramps/grampsdb , which I now see.

Is the XXX.gramps xml file an auxiliary file for editing purposes or some such thing? Or does it play some other significant roles in the scheme?

Bob


On Fri, Sep 17, 2010 at 5:31 PM, Michael Lightfoot <michael.lightfoot@pcug.org.au> wrote:
On Saturday 18 September 2010 09:35:57 Bob Kuehl wrote:
> Thanks Nick for the prompt reply.
>
> I think I understand the structure.
>
> If I have A.ged and B.ged then I create a new family tree A and import
> A.ged into it and export it as an xml file to A.gramps. Then create a new
> family tree B and import B.ged into it and export it as an xml file to
> B.gramps and the 2 family trees will be in separate databases, with data
> of either being in the data of the other. Saving, of course, each into my
> designated GrampsData directory.
>
Yes, except there is no need to export anything after importing into Gramps.
The databases exist in your grampsdb directory.

I personally only have one database except when I am doing special things.  If
you like to keep separate trees for entirely separate purposes then create
more than one database.  Be aware, though, that Gramps does not synchronise
records between databases so if you have common people in different databases
they will have to be updated in each.


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