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[SOLVED] Timeshift insufficient disk space

Posted: Tue Jan 21, 2020 7:04 am
by tyru
Hello,

I just installed LMDE 3 on a new 500 GB hard drive
The installer automatically created me:
4.4GB swap partition
a partition / with 30 GB
a partition / home with the rest

the installation went well except that when I launch timeshift, it says "insufficient disk space (<937.1 GB)"
it needs so much space? !!!
I do not understand ... I can not configure backups ...

An idea ?

Re: Timeshift insufficient disk space

Posted: Tue Jan 21, 2020 7:24 am
by gittiest personITW
Can you check that Timeshift isn't trying to save to one of your smaller partitions.
If it is change it to the larger partition - (it will need to be formatted with EXT4)

Also, it would be worth making another partition specifically for Timeshift snapshots or make sure to do backups and manual Timeshift snapshots to an external drive every few days because if something goes wrong with your hard drive, at least you have backups that are not on your computer.

Re: Timeshift insufficient disk space

Posted: Tue Jan 21, 2020 8:12 am
by tyru
Can you check that Timeshift isn't trying to save to one of your smaller partitions.
It's trying to save to an ext4 450 GB partition...

Re: Timeshift insufficient disk space

Posted: Tue Jan 21, 2020 8:30 am
by decrepit
So how often is it creating an image? And how many entries are there. One timeshift file isn't all that big. I only do it once a month or so.

Re: Timeshift insufficient disk space

Posted: Tue Jan 21, 2020 8:35 am
by JerryF
In Timeshift's settings, double check to see if it's actually saving in the /home partition and not the / partition.

Re: Timeshift insufficient disk space

Posted: Tue Jan 21, 2020 9:15 am
by tyru
It's saving to /home (450GB)
Even if I set only 1 save a month it says the same "insufficient disk space (<937.1 GB)"

Re: Timeshift insufficient disk space

Posted: Tue Jan 21, 2020 9:22 am
by gittiest personITW
Just to check it is set to RSYNCH in settings....
Would it be possible to screenshot the SETTINGS windows from Timeshift which displays the Location of the snapshots and the FILTERS

Re: Timeshift insufficient disk space

Posted: Tue Jan 21, 2020 9:56 am
by tyru
I will try but I don't know how to do screenshots...

Re: Timeshift insufficient disk space

Posted: Tue Jan 21, 2020 10:12 am
by tyru
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Re: Timeshift insufficient disk space

Posted: Tue Jan 21, 2020 10:17 am
by tyru
And I just checked, it is set to RSYNCH in settings

Re: Timeshift insufficient disk space

Posted: Tue Jan 21, 2020 10:27 am
by trytip
this means your installation is more than 930GB? open Disk Usage Analyzer and how much is your /root size?

Re: Timeshift insufficient disk space

Posted: Tue Jan 21, 2020 10:41 am
by tyru
/ is 20GB used /30GB
I don't find "/root"

Re: Timeshift insufficient disk space

Posted: Tue Jan 21, 2020 10:44 am
by tyru
I have that :

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Re: Timeshift insufficient disk space

Posted: Tue Jan 21, 2020 10:58 am
by rustyp
Just wait until Timeshift creates a backup that fills your entire drive leaving you in a login Loop you might as well research that while your on the subject of Timeshift viewtopic.php?f=46&t=308716

I fixed it by turning Timeshift off

Re: Timeshift insufficient disk space

Posted: Tue Jan 21, 2020 4:14 pm
by gittiest personITW
rustyp wrote:
Tue Jan 21, 2020 10:58 am
Just wait until Timeshift creates a backup that fills your entire drive leaving you in a login Loop you might as well research that while your on the subject of Timeshift viewtopic.php?f=46&t=308716

I fixed it by turning Timeshift off
Yes, that would be one way of fixing it, but that doesn't help if you need to restore a snapshot does it?
This is why it is a great idea to put the snapshots onto a different partition, but better still onto a separate hard drive.
If your other hard drives are formatted in EXT4, could you try and experiment and see if you could use it as a repository.

Re: Timeshift insufficient disk space

Posted: Tue Jan 21, 2020 6:07 pm
by tyru
I don't understand why it asks 931GB ?
And, anyway, it refuses to plan backups because he says there is not enough space...

Re: Timeshift insufficient disk space

Posted: Tue Jan 21, 2020 8:01 pm
by pbear
I have Timeshift installed in a couple dozen test boxes (including LMDE3) and have never had this problem. Either you've changed one of the default settings, you're mounting partitions in a non-standard location, or the app has lost its mind.

What I would do is purge and reinstall Timeshift itself.

Re: Timeshift insufficient disk space

Posted: Tue Jan 21, 2020 8:18 pm
by tyru
Timeshift re-installed... not better...
Either you've changed one of the default settings, you're mounting partitions in a non-standard location, or the app has lost its mind.
I didn't change default settings
what do you mean by "mounting partitions in a non-standard location" ?
I'm not shure I beleve in app's mind existence...

Re: Timeshift insufficient disk space

Posted: Tue Jan 21, 2020 9:13 pm
by pbear
Are you mounting any partitions? What are the mount points?

Re: Timeshift insufficient disk space

Posted: Wed Jan 22, 2020 4:59 am
by tyru
I'm not shure I understand what "mounting" means but, as I said in my first post :
The installer automatically created me:
4.4GB swap partition
a partition / with 30 GB
a partition / home with the rest
everything on a 500GB brain new SSD...

And I try to tell Timeshift to save backups to /home