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vickyperkin
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Timeshift help

Post by vickyperkin » Tue Jul 16, 2019 12:38 pm

i need to backup my system
i want to backup the whole thing except for one folder in my home directory
can you please explain the + and - thing please

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Re: Timeshift help

Post by Larry78723 » Tue Jul 16, 2019 1:01 pm

Timeshift is not designed to back-up your /home folder, I would recommend installing BackInTime for that purpose. It can be installed from the Software Manager. Also, make sure that Timeshift isn't saving the snapshots to your / folder.
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Re: Timeshift help

Post by AndyMH » Tue Jul 16, 2019 5:11 pm

Also, make sure that Timeshift isn't saving the snapshots to your / folder.
He's saying that because if you don't have lots and lots of space on your / partition, timeshift will fill it up and you will run out of space and won't be able to boot :( Had a few posts on that recently.
Also recommend backintime. The default settings are:
  • Timeshift backs up everything except /home.
  • Backintime backs up everything in /home and excludes everything else.
Ideally both should be setup to backup to a different drive, e.g. external USB drive, or failing that a different partition on your main drive that is not / or /home.
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Re: Timeshift help

Post by slipstick » Tue Jul 16, 2019 6:10 pm

I also use TimeShift for system snapshots and Back-In-Time for backing up my data. I store the TS snapshots on a separate partition on my internal HDD, but every few days I plug in an external USB drive and run a script which copies the TS snapshots to the external drive, keeping all the hard-link structure intact. My BIT backups are made to external USB drives (two separate drives which I alternate. Here's some links which may be helpful:
A description of my seup (see the postimage link for my current settings in TS and BIT) - viewtopic.php?f=47&t=289550&start=20#p1611843
Some info about TimeShift - viewtopic.php?f=90&t=282795#p1560805
More TS info - viewtopic.php?f=47&t=272471
And more - viewtopic.php?f=90&t=285111
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Re: Timeshift help

Post by michael louwe » Tue Jul 16, 2019 9:28 pm

vickyperkin wrote:
Tue Jul 16, 2019 12:38 pm
i need to backup my system
i want to backup the whole thing except for one folder in my home directory
can you please explain the + and - thing please
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Desktop Linux does not have a user-friendly GUI-based System Imaging program like the built-in Windows Recovery Partition, Macrium Reflect Free or Acronis True Image or Aomei Partition Assistant. It only has the techy CLI-based Clonezilla program for System Imaging/Cloning.
....... You can give the no-longer-maintained Systemback program a try = can create an ISO DVD of a running Linux system for system recovery later.(.?)

A workaround for this is to use Macrium Reflect Free from Windows to create a System Image of a dual-booted Windows+Linux system running on an internal hard-drive, eg create the System Image on an at least 64GB USB flashdrive or external USB hard-drive to accommodate both systems = system recovery will be for both Windows+Linux.

Data backup is very different from System Backup.

Why is this.? Likely because some open-source Linux software developers do not want to develop a GUI-based System Imaging program, only to see all their hard-work being easily forked by others, like how LM has forked teejee's Timeshift(= like Windows System Restore tool) and then called it her own. Notice all the various Firefox and Chromium forks, eg Palemoon, Basilisk, Waterfox, Brave, Opera, Vivaldi, etc.

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Re: Timeshift help

Post by Matera » Wed Jul 17, 2019 12:41 pm

For a selective home directory backup, you could use a backup/sync program such as Lucky Backup. Lucky has a nice gui and a lot of options (which can be confusing at first). It can do a dry run to test if your backup profile is working OK.

As a former Windwoes user, I formed a habit of keeping all my important files on a separate partition -- or drive -- well away from Microsoft's rather shaky special user folders. Things happened. Though I now use the Mint home directory with confidence, even re-installing the system without worrying about data loss, I still believe in redundant backups. My desktop computers have two internal hard drives, and I use external drives as well.

Timeshift has saved my butt quite a few times when I didn't wach out for hinky updates or installed something that caused conflicts.
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