I'm using tmpfs on my SD card for working with I/O intensive programs. From time to time (let's say once a day) I want that all data should write to SD card to be on the safe side in case of power failure (in backuped folder). Any idea how to do it?

  • cron would be my go to for such a task Mar 3, 2020 at 8:23
  • Maybe I wasn't clear enough. I understand that part of creating a recurring task. But I don't know how to clear the ramdisk. Mar 3, 2020 at 9:07
  • Not sure you can directly do this, as it's intended to be temporary storage. You could try the usual disk imaging tools (dd or partimage) but I'm not sure that's what you want. A more elegant way might be to investigate having a partition on the SD card and then using a union mount (e.g. "OverlayFS" or "aufs") to put the tmpfs over it that you can then sync to the actual SD card once in while? Mar 3, 2020 at 10:01
  • Does exists "unmount" and then "mount" again for tmpfs mounted in fstab? This would maybe be a solution. Mar 3, 2020 at 10:32

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To backup all data from the temp directory just create a daily cron job with a tar backup job. For example this tar would do it, assuming it is executed as root:

rpi ~# /bin/tar -czf /backupdir/backup-from-tmpdir.tar.gz -V "daily backup from tmpfs" -C /tmpdir/ ./
  • Would dd work also?
    – Seamus
    Mar 5, 2020 at 21:39
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    @Seamus I have just no idea. With dd you need a device file, something like /dev/tmpfs but that doesn't exist. Just the same with /proc and other virtual file systems. Maybe there is a way to use a loop device?
    – Ingo
    Mar 5, 2020 at 22:10

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