Quick Backups/Snapshots when Editing - Only Automations, Scripts, Helper, Scenes, Configuration,

You’re working on your Automations, and change several Entries with Entities and Conditions.
Only to find out after a couple of hours, something went terrible wrong, and first of all, you need to “undo” your editings :unamused:

By now, this isn’t easy possible:

  • In Case you did a manual Backup, you could restore that. But that takes a Lot of Time, and you gonna loose all your History
  • In Case you dare, you can try to extract the corresponding yamls from the tar.gz, inject, reboot and cross Fingers
  • And, of course, you never take a Backup every Time you edit a different e.g. Automation
  • And of course, you gonna loose your obviously messed-up work, and can’t take a look later, what probably went wrong

Wouldn’t it be awesome, if you could just navigate to Developer->YAML->Editing History, and find an editing History sorted by Time, where you can choose to restore an automatically taken Snapshot? :heart_eyes:

Easiest way to achieve that, would be probably before saving the Editing, an automatic Backup of that *.yaml gets greated with a preleading Timestamp. User chooses the Backup he/she wants to restore.
There could be a simple Retention-Policy to delete those Backups older than xx Days
It might look like this:

2023-02-19 08:23 Automation
2023-02-19 08:21 Automation
2023-02-19 08:17 Helper
2023-02-19 08:23 Automation

Probably a bit more complex, but awesome User Experience, would be an Editing-History, just like you have it in Adobe Products. The User sees a Timeline with all Editings in all *.yamls made, and can always choose the Point to jump to. It might look like this:

2023-02-19 08:23 Edited | Automation "Downstairs Lights"
2023-02-19 08:21 Created | Automation "Downstairs Lights Remote"
2023-02-19 08:17 Created | Helper "Downstairs Lights Remote"
2023-02-19 08:23 Edited | Automation "Downstairs Lights"

I guess almost everybody here had several Times such “for-fu****-sake” Moments. I think it would be a significant improvement, and drastically increase the Happiness-Factor.
Just imagine you’re editing a picture in Photoshop, without having undo :crazy_face: