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Document use case of running backups conditionally based on laptop power level (#419).

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      docs/how-to/backup-to-a-removable-drive-or-an-intermittent-server.md
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NEWS

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1.5.15.dev0
* #419: Document use case of running backups conditionally based on laptop power level:
https://torsion.org/borgmatic/docs/how-to/backup-to-a-removable-drive-or-an-intermittent-server/
1.5.14
* #390: Add link to Hetzner storage offering from the documentation.
* #398: Clarify canonical home of borgmatic in documentation.

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docs/how-to/backup-to-a-removable-drive-or-an-intermittent-server.md

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server is offline, then you'll get an annoying error message and the overall
borgmatic run will fail (even if individual repositories still complete).
Another variant is when the source machine is only sometimes available for
backups, e.g. a laptop where you want to skip backups when the battery falls
below a certain level.
So what if you want borgmatic to swallow the error of a missing drive
or an offline server, and continue trucking along? That's where the concept of
"soft failure" come in.
or an offline server or a low battery—and exit gracefully? That's where the
concept of "soft failure" come in.
## Soft failure command hooks
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- ping -q -c 1 buddys-server.org > /dev/null || exit 75
```
Or to only run backups if the battery level is high enough:
```yaml
hooks:
before_backup:
- is_battery_percent_at_least.sh 25
```
(Writing the battery script is left as an exercise to the reader.)
## Caveats and details
There are some caveats you should be aware of with this feature.

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sample/systemd/borgmatic.service

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Description=borgmatic backup
Wants=network-online.target
After=network-online.target
# Prevent borgmatic from running unless the machine is plugged into power. Remove this line if you
# want to allow borgmatic to run anytime.
ConditionACPower=true
[Service]

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setup.py

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from setuptools import find_packages, setup
VERSION = '1.5.14'
VERSION = '1.5.15.dev0'
setup(

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