Timeshift & Similar Solutions - Safeguard & Recover Your Linux

wizardfromoz

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I'm watching you...Hey Bri' while you are around, do me a favour and run

Code:
du -ah /var/cache/apt/archives
and jot down the figure.

What Mint version are you on currently?

Chris
 


Granny Sue

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Sue when you get a chance, the output of the Terminal command

Code:
inxi -DP
will tell us how you are situated for space

Wiz
Drives:
Local Storage: total: 335.35 GiB used: 30.75 GiB (9.2%)
ID-1: /dev/sda vendor: Seagate model: ST3360320AS size: 335.35 GiB
Partition:
ID-1: / size: 329.09 GiB used: 30.75 GiB (9.3%) fs: ext4 dev: /dev/sda1

This looks like a lot to me, but then again, what do I know?
 

wizardfromoz

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You're doing fine, girl. We are really pleased with your progress.

Just to check those figures, give us

Code:
df -h
Wiz
 
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wizardfromoz

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TIMESHIFT NEWS - BULLETIN 6

1. For Fedora Users


Don't know if this is old news, as I skipped using Fedora 30 Work Station and went from 29 to 31.

Work Station 31, certainly, is now more accommodating to the installation of Timeshift.

While it does not ship installed, it is in their Repositories.

You can check with

Code:
dnf info timeshift
... and if that generates output to the screen, you can then use

Code:
sudo dnf install timeshift
In my Cinnamon version, it appears in the Menu under Administration.

So no need to use the procedure of downloading the installer from Tony's Github presence and then

Code:
sudo sh ./timeshift*amd64.run
... any more (unless you want to :))

It's good to see more of the mainstream Linuxes recognising the considerable value of Timeshift.

Cheers

Wizard
 

Granny Sue

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You're doing fine, girl. (I love it when you call me, "girl." At 68, I don't hear that very often any more. :)) We are really pleased with your progress.

Just to check those figures, give us

Code:
df -h
Wiz
[email protected]:~$ df -h
Filesystem Size Used Avail Use% Mounted on
udev 960M 0 960M 0% /dev
tmpfs 199M 1.2M 198M 1% /run
/dev/sda1 330G 31G 282G 10% /
tmpfs 992M 85M 908M 9% /dev/shm
tmpfs 5.0M 4.0K 5.0M 1% /run/lock
tmpfs 992M 0 992M 0% /sys/fs/cgroup
tmpfs 199M 36K 199M 1% /run/user/1000


So am I good to set up Timeshift or do I still need to get an external hard drive?
 

wizardfromoz

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You're good to set it up any time.

Brian and I are two of Timeshift's staunchest advocates or ambassadors because it has saved our bacon many times over.

Brian has recommended an external HDD, as does TS's developer Tony George, as you will also read elsewhere, including my recommended reading.

But we are not here to tell you to expend limited finances on buying something that you can do without for the short term. So your existing HDD is fine and has plenty of space for Timeshift storage.

I would first read, and once absorbed, follow, the guide at Linux Lite

https://www.linuxliteos.com/manual/tutorials.html#timeshift

and just make allowance for differences with your circumstances, eg no need to create a /backups folder or whatnot.

Under this approach, there is no need for partitioning, as well, because when you choose, in the Wizard Settings, /dev/sda1 - Timeshift will create a folder called

.timeshift (note the dot)

in your Home folder. It will take the first snapshot, and store it there.

Again in the settings, be sure to check the box/es under eg "Include All", this will take a full snapshot.

The first snap will consume about 31 GB, by the looks of the output from the df command.

Subsequent, incremental, snapshots will only consume a few hundred megabytes or a gigabyte or so, as determined by the nett increase in usage of updates installed, and any foreign software you choose to install.

See how you go, and ask any questions where unsure.

Cheers

Wizard
 
Sue when you get a chance, the output of the Terminal command

Code:
inxi -DP
will tell us how you are situated for space

Wiz
Hey Wiz,
I have a question concerning the code you gave Sue.
What does the inxi stand for? I have used it a couple of times with interesting results, but don't really know what I am doing!!!
Thanks
TC
 
Hey Wiz,
I have a question concerning the code you gave Sue.
What does the inxi stand for? I have used it a couple of times with interesting results, but don't really know what I am doing!!!
Thanks
TC
Hey Wiz,
To quote a famous US comediene - "Never mind". Lili Tomlin was her name and she played the part of an old time telephone operator back in the early days of TV.
Seriously, I figured it out by going to the man page 'man inxi'. Now, If my memory will co-operate, I may be able to figure out a whole bunch of stuff.
Nice talking with you anyhow.
TC
 

wizardfromoz

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Glad you are exploring Charlie, goodonyer! The "mans" are good albeit some are long, and most of them you can also get in PDF format on the internet if you want to save them.

I adore/d Lili Tomlin in Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In and all of the cast, especially when she snorted with laughter. If you are interested there is an Off-Topic Forum Rob (our admin) started in June here

https://www.linux.org/forums/off-topic.203/

and in there is a TV topic we could shoot the breeze in.

Nice talking with you anyhow.
Always a pleasure.

Wiz
 

Granny Sue

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You're good to set it up any time.

Brian and I are two of Timeshift's staunchest advocates or ambassadors because it has saved our bacon many times over.

Brian has recommended an external HDD, as does TS's developer Tony George, as you will also read elsewhere, including my recommended reading.

But we are not here to tell you to expend limited finances on buying something that you can do without for the short term. So your existing HDD is fine and has plenty of space for Timeshift storage.

I would first read, and once absorbed, follow, the guide at Linux Lite

https://www.linuxliteos.com/manual/tutorials.html#timeshift

and just make allowance for differences with your circumstances, eg no need to create a /backups folder or whatnot.

Under this approach, there is no need for partitioning, as well, because when you choose, in the Wizard Settings, /dev/sda1 - Timeshift will create a folder called

.timeshift (note the dot)

in your Home folder. It will take the first snapshot, and store it there.

Again in the settings, be sure to check the box/es under eg "Include All", this will take a full snapshot.

The first snap will consume about 31 GB, by the looks of the output from the df command.

Subsequent, incremental, snapshots will only consume a few hundred megabytes or a gigabyte or so, as determined by the nett increase in usage of updates installed, and any foreign software you choose to install.

See how you go, and ask any questions where unsure.

Cheers

Wizard
Thanks. Perhaps I'll get to that tomorrow, bit under the weather today.
 

wizardfromoz

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Timeframe is all yours, Sue.

Be well :)

Chris
 

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