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Nerd News – CrashPlan’s Command-line Interface

One of our main objectives in the design for CrashPlan is for it to be simple and easy to use. This is often very challenging, given that different users prefer different levels of control and have different strategies for their backup plan. Whenever we contemplate adding new features or settings, we prefer to err on the side of simplicity. When we added the Backup Sets feature, for example, we tried to consider the needs of the advanced users and weigh that against possible confusion for basic users. We think we arrived a good solution, but we are always looking for ways to improve it.

But since we are a bunch of nerds ourselves, we still wanted to find ways to satisfy our more advanced users. So we’ve included some of the more complex/advanced features in a command-line interface (CLI). These are mostly designed for our support team so they can make changes and diagnose problems, but some of them are more widely useful. You can pause your backup for any desired amount of time, manually initiate a scan for changed files, and a few other gems.

Before I tell you how to get to it, be aware that you can muck things up with the CLI. Much like the Terminal, you shouldn’t be using it if you don’t know what you’re doing.

Now that you’ve been suitably warned…you can get to the CLI by launching the CrashPlan application and double-clicking on the house image in the upper-right corner of the main window. The CLI window will open, along with a list of supported commands.

CrashPlan's hidden CLI

For detailed information on the CLI, see this article on our support site.

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