Backup api.

Michael Terry michael.terry at
Wed Dec 16 15:31:54 UTC 2015

Hello, Stef!

I'm the maintainer of the current backup software pre-installed in Ubuntu

That menu item is installed by deja-dup via a nautilus extension.  Feel
free to copy that code and use it for your own software (it's GPL and

As for a generic integration API, I feel like that would fall under the
trap of "one more standard" that would suffer from buy-in.  Like, I don't
think you'd get many of the various backup authors to be interested.  Nor
would there likely be interest from several of the desktop environments,
who might want a more tightly coupled experience (I can imagine GNOME only
wanting to cater to a GNOME Backup program for example).


On Wed, Dec 16, 2015 at 5:41 AM, Stef Bon <stefbon at> wrote:

> Hi,
> I'm a developer of a backup project. It's called fuse-backup, and aims to
> provide easy access to backup and earlier versions through a fuse
> filesystem.
> It's using btrfs to create snapshots, sqlite to keep track of what has
> been changed ans what versions of a file are available, and a fuse fs to
> provide easy access and a simple interface to manage backups.
> One of the things I want to achieve is integration with Dolphin, the
> filebrowser in KDE. I want to make it possible to add an option to the
> context menu per file to show versions. The most I want is that Dolphins
> expands the file with all the versions available.
> See:
> The screenshots will give some explanation I hope.
> I've been looking at the existing versioncontrolplugin API  of Dolphin,
> but it looks like I need something else. Now on one my computers I have the
> latest Ubuntu desktop version installed, and I see that in the filemanager
> in Unity there is already such an option:"Revert to Previous Version...".
> You are ahead of me !
> But isn't it a good idea to develop a common api to deal with various
> backup sollutions?
> To work with different filemanagers and different backup software?
> Stef Bon
> the Netherlands
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