[SOLVED] Timeshift broke ever since upgrading from 19 to 19.1

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[SOLVED] Timeshift broke ever since upgrading from 19 to 19.1

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Solved! viewtopic.php?f=47&t=284258&e=1&view=unread#p1629303


I added some replies to a post over in the software forum but it doesn't seem to be getting any attention: viewtopic.php?f=47&t=284258

A big reason I opted for Mint on my media server was rock solid stability and the comfort of knowing that OS upgrades -SHOULD- be fairly reliable. Before I settled on Mint, I tested out Antergos and Manjaro as the idea of a rolling distro was good and bad to me. Good in that I wouldn't need to wipe/reload when a new version of the OS came out but bad in that bleeding edge could break my system. I was OK with the idea of using one of those as my rolling distro but ran into problems with their package management software and couldn't resolve some small update problem (was so long ago I forget what it was) and I was caught up in this weird file/folder permission issue with some of the programs I was using. Frustrated, and not really getting anywhere, I abandoned Antergos and came running back to Mint.

But here I am now (along with another person) with a busted Timeshift that died after upgrading from 19 to 19.1. I'd really, REALLY like to stay with Mint but it troubles me that upgrading to 19.1 seems to have killed Timeshift and I've seem to have reached a dead end getting it working. I opened a bug report on their page but is this more of a problem for the author of TS to resolve or is there something a Mint dev can take a look at to get me back up and running? I'm starting to wonder if TS is busted..... what else didn't survive the upgrade and is waiting to bite me down the road?

Would appreciate any and all help getting TS up and running again, thanks!
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Re: Timeshift broke ever since upgrading from 19 to 19.1

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What do you mean by a busted timeshift? What is the behaviour you are seeing? What is it not doing that you want it to do? Its fully functional in 19.1. I upgraded to 19.1 as well from 19.0 and Timeshift is working fine for me. I'd just reset your settings, destination location, frequency etc. Then do a manual backup to set today's working system as a base time point. You can test by booting from a 19.1 live USB and see if it looks ok. You might not be able to use a system snap from 19.0 or earlier for 19.1 nor (probably, just guessing) use an older live Mint USB than 19.1
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Re: Timeshift broke ever since upgrading from 19 to 19.1

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You might not be able to use a system snap from 19.0 or earlier for 19.1
Yes you can, I have repeatedly upgraded LM19.0 to LM19.1 and then timeshifted back to LM19.0 while trying to sort out a problem with LM19.1.
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Re: Timeshift broke ever since upgrading from 19 to 19.1

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oldgranola wrote:
Sun Apr 28, 2019 9:35 pm
What do you mean by a busted timeshift? What is the behaviour you are seeing? What is it not doing that you want it to do? Its fully functional in 19.1. I upgraded to 19.1 as well from 19.0 and Timeshift is working fine for me. I'd just reset your settings, destination location, frequency etc. Then do a manual backup to set today's working system as a base time point. You can test by booting from a 19.1 live USB and see if it looks ok. You might not be able to use a system snap from 19.0 or earlier for 19.1 nor (probably, just guessing) use an older live Mint USB than 19.1
Here's a copy/paste from the other thread:



Same thing just happened to me. Was cruising along with Mint 19 and everything was working perfectly. Upgraded to 19.1 minutes ago and noticed Timeshift is dead.

When running 'timeshift-launcher' from the terminal, this is the error:

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ERROR:arraylist.c:1400:gee_array_list_real_remove_at: assertion failed: (index >= 0)
If it helps, I'm not using BTRFS. I have my boot SSD (xfs) and Timeshift does rsync over to a spare SSD (xfs).

I recently set up Mint 19.1 for a friend (fresh install) and Timeshift works correctly so I think something in the upgrade killed it.

I have removed TS and purged it from the system and same issue.

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Re: Timeshift broke ever since upgrading from 19 to 19.1

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AndyMH wrote:
Mon Apr 29, 2019 3:23 am
You might not be able to use a system snap from 19.0 or earlier for 19.1
Yes you can, I have repeatedly upgraded LM19.0 to LM19.1 and then timeshifted back to LM19.0 while trying to sort out a problem with LM19.1.
I cloned my boot SSD and put that in a test system. I booted Mint 19.1 from a thumb drive and was able to successfully restore back to 19.0. I did the upgrade again and same, exact problem...... TimeShift dies. I want to take advantage of some of the things 19.1 brings me so I really need to figure out why it isn't working after the upgrade.

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Re: Timeshift broke ever since upgrading from 19 to 19.1

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Hi gene0915,

The problem only occurs when upgrading. With your system and systems of several others.

Although I can understand you want it solved per se, is there any particular reason why you do not do a fresh install 0f 19.1 ?

I think most of us, myself included, have TS working perfectly after fresh 19.1 install. So that would solve your problem.

OK, takes a bit of backup- and recovery work. Seems worth it to me.

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Re: Timeshift broke ever since upgrading from 19 to 19.1

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gene0915 wrote:
Mon Apr 29, 2019 8:22 am
I cloned my boot SSD and put that in a test system. I booted Mint 19.1 from a thumb drive and was able to successfully restore back to 19.0. I did the upgrade again and same, exact problem...... TimeShift dies. I want to take advantage of some of the things 19.1 brings me so I really need to figure out why it isn't working after the upgrade.
This is interesting. When I upgraded from 19.0 to 19.1, I wasn't using Timeshift so I never ran into this problem; with a fresh install, it works great. Maybe you can try upgrading Timeshift before upgrading Mint, using the Timeshift PPA: sudo apt-add-repository -y ppa:teejee2008/ppa.
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Re: Timeshift broke ever since upgrading from 19 to 19.1

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ajgringo619 wrote:
Mon Apr 29, 2019 12:41 pm
gene0915 wrote:
Mon Apr 29, 2019 8:22 am
I cloned my boot SSD and put that in a test system. I booted Mint 19.1 from a thumb drive and was able to successfully restore back to 19.0. I did the upgrade again and same, exact problem...... TimeShift dies. I want to take advantage of some of the things 19.1 brings me so I really need to figure out why it isn't working after the upgrade.
This is interesting. When I upgraded from 19.0 to 19.1, I wasn't using Timeshift so I never ran into this problem; with a fresh install, it works great. Maybe you can try upgrading Timeshift before upgrading Mint, using the Timeshift PPA: sudo apt-add-repository -y ppa:teejee2008/ppa.
I carried out the steps requested and same result, Timeshift doesn't survive the upgrade.

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Re: Timeshift broke ever since upgrading from 19 to 19.1

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I saw the links to the error on the Github page; they're referencing an old version (v17.2). Sorry, but I'm at a loss - I can't replicate this error and have no idea where to turn next. There must be something else going on, or this error would have popped up for a lot more users.

EDIT: just saw the new updates on Github, with the same version we're using. Still at a loss...
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Re: Timeshift broke ever since upgrading from 19 to 19.1

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ajgringo619 wrote:
Mon Apr 29, 2019 4:08 pm
I saw the links to the error on the Github page; they're referencing an old version (v17.2). Sorry, but I'm at a loss - I can't replicate this error and have no idea where to turn next. There must be something else going on, or this error would have popped up for a lot more users.

EDIT: just saw the new updates on Github, with the same version we're using. Still at a loss...
It's fixed! In the thread I mentioned in my OP, gm10 came up with the solution.

Thanks for pitching in!

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