Quetzal wrote: ⤴
Fri Aug 17, 2018 8:32 pm
Wouldn't it be sufficient just to identify each backup (as you make it) by adding the computer ID to the 'comment' line in the Timeshift snapshot list (as that's what I do).
All my Linux Mint 18.3 backups from 2 laptops, 1 desktop and one 64GB USB stick go to a single 'timeshift' folder on a 200GB external USB HDD. All the individual backup folders inside it are auto dated and timed as they are created and the same data is shown in the IDENTICAL Timeshift app snapshot list on EACH source computer, but only the snapshot list shows WHICH computer produced THAT backup
My machines are all using LM18.3, but I don't think it would it matter if they were running different flavours of Linux (as the OP stated in his post) would it? - (Since they're all using the same Timeshift app).
as I reread this, you have made me wonder a bit....
Will definitely give this some more thought, AFTER, my jawbone recovers from the Tooth Deamon, she wacked out two molars on Thursday
and I don't feel so good right now.
Honestly, I never thought to make the ID any different "per PC", that just might work, IF, it keeps a separate record for each PC. if it does NOT, then it will NOT work, as each PC, will be used at different times.
But, the recovery processs "should work" on each PC to bring them all up to the "current status" of the latest one.
The bugaboo that I see, is that PC3 got a "latest and greatest" install of some app, and it was used for a week or two.
then PC #1 is fired up, and it is 3 or 4 timeshift's older, and you decide to make a new timeshift on it... that PC #1 is going to be considered as the basis of how timeshift views the backup, and it will overwrite what is in the backup file....
this is a supposition based on the fact I don't know if "timeshift" compares the backup file, to the PC being backed up, and what it will do to PC #1 if it is missing a lot of stuff while the backup file is for a much later update???
To me, this is dangerous.
PC1 might have kernel 220.127.116.11
PC2 might have kernel 18.104.22.168
PC3 might have kernel 22.214.171.124
and each of those kernels may have different network drivers based on the hardware they are on.
for now, I prefer my method of totally separate Folders being renamed to the PC in use.
I will study what you say later, when I can make my head focus longer than 1 minute.