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System Restore

Posted: Tue Jun 02, 2015 6:26 am
by Pierre
in the World of Windows, there is System Restore,
which whilst it's not perfect, has helped out,
- in the event of something like a hardware driver issue,.
and for the Mac, there is Time Machine,

In the World of Linux, there was Remastersys - which has been discontinued.
:(

- there are some other Linux projects:

Systemback: Restore Your Linux System To Previous State
http://www.unixmen.com/systemback-resto ... ous-state/

and

TimeShift: Restore Your Linux Desktop To Previous State
http://www.unixmen.com/timeshift-restor ... ous-state/

& so have been looking at Systemback.
:)

Re: System Restore

Posted: Tue Jun 02, 2015 8:21 am
by Dyfi
If only people would learn to backup correctly, especially before attempting the unknown!

Re: System Restore

Posted: Tue Jun 02, 2015 8:29 am
by Ark987
Everything is not just black & white, neither everyone needs a full fledged backup infrastructure. What we need is the right tools for specific tasks.

Snapper is one of the reason why I keep staring at OpenSuse...

http://events.linuxfoundation.org/sites ... llback.pdf

https://news.opensuse.org/2014/11/12/wh ... nsuse-13-2

I wish that Mint team focus on some enterprise-like features to make this amazing project even more powerful, I think it is already considered that a separate /home is the way to go and that's the first step for a Snapper solution.

Re: System Restore

Posted: Tue Jun 02, 2015 8:35 am
by Pierre
some OPs use a symlink to copy /home to to /backup,

others use both a separate /home AND /data partition,
- whilst others plug using a portable HDD as the way to backUP your stuff.
which is what is done here. ..
- with LuckyBackUP ..

Re: System Restore

Posted: Tue Jun 02, 2015 8:46 am
by Dyfi
Plus one for portable USB hard drive for backups. Rysnc (rotating) and either Clonezilla or Qt4-fsarchiver will get you out of anywhere.

Re: System Restore

Posted: Tue Jun 02, 2015 8:54 am
by Pilosopong Tasyo
Pierre wrote:In the World of Linux, there was Remastersys - which has been discontinued.
:(
Quite a shame its development stopped (well, someone else took over but they decided not to make it available for free). What impressed me was the core was written entirely as a self-contained shell script. No need to compile anything and anyone with the appropriate skill level can make changes/improvements to the script itself.

Re: System Restore

Posted: Tue Jun 02, 2015 9:02 am
by Dyfi
Refracta tools will do the same job as Remastersys. I have used it on mint - but on 17 I had to search for extra dependencies.
- Google Refracta OS.

Re: System Restore

Posted: Tue Jun 02, 2015 12:22 pm
by Flemur
I backup and restore OS's with

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cp -ax 
It's pretty tricky...

Re: System Restore

Posted: Tue Jun 02, 2015 7:35 pm
by English Invader
I had a problem related to this yesterday. On the spur of the moment, I swapped the open source graphics card driver with the proprietary one and got a black screen when I rebooted. The only thing I could do to fix it was reinstall the OS and fortunately my important files are backed up to an external hard drive and various CDs/DVDs.

Re: System Restore

Posted: Thu Jun 04, 2015 6:01 am
by killer de bug
You could simply have removed the graphics driver. No need to reinstall...

Re: System Restore

Posted: Thu Jun 04, 2015 7:16 am
by English Invader
killer de bug wrote:You could simply have removed the graphics driver. No need to reinstall...
The problem is that the OS booted up to a black screen which made it impossible for me to access the Driver Manager.

Re: System Restore

Posted: Thu Jun 04, 2015 7:18 am
by killer de bug
Terminal and command lines are useful in this case...

Re: System Restore

Posted: Thu Jun 04, 2015 7:47 am
by Pilosopong Tasyo
English Invader wrote:
killer de bug wrote:You could simply have removed the graphics driver. No need to reinstall...
The problem is that the OS booted up to a black screen which made it impossible for me to access the Driver Manager.
And that's where the Live CD/DVD/USB shines. If a normal installation goes FUBAR (e.g. GUI doesn't boot up) the next course of action is to boot from the Live media, go online and search for solutions or post in forums... all within the confines of a live environment. :D

Re: System Restore

Posted: Thu Jun 04, 2015 8:12 am
by killer de bug
Or go in TTY and remove with command line the graphics drivers you have just installed... :wink:

Re: System Restore

Posted: Thu Jun 04, 2015 9:44 pm
by mr_raider
I use btrfs. It addresses a lot of the issues.

https://www.linux.com/learn/tutorials/7 ... nux-part-2

Re: System Restore

Posted: Thu Jun 04, 2015 10:07 pm
by Pilosopong Tasyo
<off topic>
killer de bug wrote:Or go in TTY and remove with command line the graphics drivers you have just installed... :wink:
Of course, this is to ASSUME the end-user knows beforehand that he/she has to use a virtual terminal and type in commands to remove the non-working graphics driver. But for the lot of end-users who don't know this (as in the case of English Invader), the next best thing is to use the live media, go online and write down the instructions FIRST. ;)