I've noticed that the new Firefox wouldn't come up in updates, so I've ended on this topic.
I'm downloading Firefox 31 ESR (slowly) as an interim.
I have tried the Backup Tool ("Outil de sauvegarde"), software selection first. It's fine, I can do that stuff with the command line but it's good to have that. If you're looking for the file sort by date or look for the one named "software_selection_...."
Later, I'll try to create a Mozilla account - that's pretty new - to save my bookmarks and tabs there and not have to care much if I don't save the ~/.mozilla directory. I think they're well meaning, right?
but I'm taking my time. I wonder if I should associate it with a throwaway e-mail address.
Oh, I'm trying the backup of my home directory now.
Very nice that you can exclude directories : I've excluded .cache and .mozilla (and .kde, but it's there just because I installed one KDE app)
tar.bz2 compression is nice but very slow. I'm cancelling it. Ooh, seems frozen. I've killed it!
I'm doing it again in raw .tar (no compression), I still find it a bit slow but it's much quicker.
I feel a tar file is better for me : it will cause less fragmentation on the destination volume (over 17000 files most of them small -> one big file)
Oh, bad news again!
It hanged on ".steam/steam.pipe". That is a special file, zero byte, I don't know what it does. (in ls -l output, start with prw-------)
So I'm excluding all the .steam directories.
Seems to be fine now. [btw I discovered I have quite some useless data in my home.. and there's a .local/share directory in it, with a Steam directory over 900 megabytes. What is it doing there?]
End of my minutes long experiment : it's done!
it said there was an error with a file : ".config/deadbeef/socket". It's an empty special file again (srwxr-xr-x), but unlike the steam one it didn't crash the backup tool