[SOLVED] Is there a visual way to monitor Timeshift progress?

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[SOLVED] Is there a visual way to monitor Timeshift progress?

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Hello all,

Basically what the topic is, is there a visual way to monitor Timeshift progress?

For context, I have been using deja-dup for as long as I remember but having just moved to LMDE in the last few weeks have decided to stick with Timeshift (to be fair, I just read good things about it). So far, so great. However, if I open deja-dup, and it is running, it will launch a window with a progress bar. However, if I do the same for Timeshift I just get a window telling me a process is already running, but I have no real indication how long it will take or where it is in the process.

I have had a look around, but have not found anything obvious to give me the same experience as deja-dup. Anyone here has any suggestions?

Thank you.
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Re: Is there a visual way to monitor Timeshift progress?

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kd353 wrote:
Tue Jun 21, 2022 9:34 am
Basically what the topic is, is there a visual way to monitor Timeshift progress?
How are you launching Timeshift?

If one opens the Timeshift GUI and from there starts a back-up, there is an indicator bar on the screen which shows progress including which files it is backing up.
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Re: Is there a visual way to monitor Timeshift progress?

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OK, did not know that.

In my case these must be the automated backups (at boot, daily, etc.). Timeshift is already running when I go into it.
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Re: Is there a visual way to monitor Timeshift progress?

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kd353 wrote:
Tue Jun 21, 2022 11:04 am
In my case these must be the automated backups (at boot, daily, etc.). Timeshift is already running when I go into it.
I've always done manual snapshots so I'm not familiar with the pop-up window you are mentioning. It is just a notification window of sorts (ie. no options other than to close it)?

Based on logs I've reviewed, I believe the cron for Timeshift starts at seven minutes past the hour.

In the Linux Mint blog - May 2022 Clem announced the Linux Mint development team would take over maintenance of Timeshift. Here is the GitHub: LinuxMint Timeshift.
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Re: Is there a visual way to monitor Timeshift progress?

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I will get a screenshot for you later of the pop-up just to make sure I am describing it correctly.
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Re: Is there a visual way to monitor Timeshift progress?

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Will mark the post as solved now.

I have found an applet for the panel called "Timeshift Spy". This lets me see if an automatic backup is running. Screenshot of it in action;

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Many thanks for the help :)
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Re: [SOLVED] Is there a visual way to monitor Timeshift progress?

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Hidden in the comments in the blog there is an announcement for a tray icon to indicate timeshift snapshots.
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Re: Is there a visual way to monitor Timeshift progress?

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kd353 wrote:
Wed Jun 22, 2022 4:21 pm
I have found an applet for the panel called "Timeshift Spy". This lets me see if an automatic backup is running. Screenshot of it in action;
That seems to do the same thing as opening Timeshift according to your first post:
kd353 wrote:
Tue Jun 21, 2022 9:34 am
However, if I open deja-dup, and it is running, it will launch a window with a progress bar. However, if I do the same for Timeshift I just get a window telling me a process is already running, but I have no real indication how long it will take or where it is in the process.
However, if that meets your need, glad to hear you found a solution with which you are happy. :)
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Re: [SOLVED] Is there a visual way to monitor Timeshift progress?

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Cosmo. wrote:
Wed Jun 22, 2022 4:27 pm
Hidden in the comments in the blog there is an announcement for a tray icon to indicate timeshift snapshots.
Thank you for that. Since I use LMDE, I might have to wait until the next LMDE release before seeing updates like that?
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Re: [SOLVED] Is there a visual way to monitor Timeshift progress?

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kd353 wrote:
Thu Jun 23, 2022 4:21 am
Thank you for that. Since I use LMDE, I might have to wait until the next LMDE release before seeing updates like that?
No, it will get pushed for LMDE5 too, Clem is good at doing that with new features and builds of Cinnamon too for that matter.
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Re: [SOLVED] Is there a visual way to monitor Timeshift progress?

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antikythera wrote:
Thu Jun 23, 2022 4:24 am
kd353 wrote:
Thu Jun 23, 2022 4:21 am
Thank you for that. Since I use LMDE, I might have to wait until the next LMDE release before seeing updates like that?
No, it will get pushed for LMDE5 too, Clem is good at doing that with new features and builds of Cinnamon too for that matter.
Fantastic! Thank you :)
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Re: [SOLVED] Is there a visual way to monitor Timeshift progress?

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I made a snapshot today and grabbed a screenshot of the screen I referenced in my earlier post.
(I have never found the time remaining section to be accurate and usually just check the bar's progress to get an idea of how much longer it will take.)
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