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mint backup tool

Posted: Sun Dec 01, 2013 5:35 pm
by philjjct
Hi everyone
Everytime I use this tool to reinstall my software after an upgrade I get into problems. I am relatively new to Linux and obviously don't completely under stand the
relationship between Sources.list, sources.list.d and ppa managers. Most people seem to say that all you need is souces.list but is that 100% correct?
can oneone please clarify the following
does "mint backup tool" backup the sources list when backing up the software even if modified from standard, as without it it is pretty much useless after installing other non mint software?
does it save the sources.list.d directory. In fact if you save a manual copy of sources.list is that all you need to get all your software back? or do you need all the directories ( sources.list.d and the PPA and the repository keys.

I have just upgraded to Mint16 love it but lost some software I thought would come back. Now I have Broken packages that I can't fix with Synaptic as it reports
Held Packages might be causing the problem.

I have installed Y PPA manager but that does not get reinstalled with the backup tool so not much help really.
Any help would be great
Phil

Re: mint backup tool

Posted: Fri Dec 06, 2013 1:16 pm
by krustybaguette
The last time I upgraded my Mint was from LM9 to LM13, although I'd been on LM11 and went back to LM9 for a while...if my memory serves me correctly. I hadn't used the Mint Backup Tool but simply copied my /home to an external drive after which it was simple enough to copy it back once the new version was installed. However, several programs were lost inasmuch as I had installed via .gdebi hence no references in the apt sources. In addition, it seems something always gets stored somewhere besides /home and if I don't remember to back it up manually, it gets lost.
In the year or more since I last upgraded I've done similar installs, in addition to WINE installations and Windows programs within WINE. AAMOF I think WINE itself was a casualty last time around. Given the uncertainty of what might be lost if I upgrade again, and in 2014 LM13 LTS (Long Term Support) ceases I'm thinking of abandoning Mint for another distribution that does rolling upgrades.
In the meantime I'm look for a backup program to do scheduled backups of my /home without copying everything, just adding new files and replacing altered files with the latest version.
Krustybaguette

Re: mint backup tool

Posted: Fri Dec 06, 2013 1:23 pm
by Don_Pedro
In the meantime I'm look for a backup program to do scheduled backups of my /home without copying everything, just adding new files and replacing altered files with the latest version
So you need luckybackup.

It does what you want (incremential) + you keep your own setting (Example you can exclude the files you want) + you can run it "DRY" that means yu can test it fast on you screen before wrtiting on your disk.

Cordially