[ubuntu-uk] getting help - UK List

alan c aeclist at candt.waitrose.com
Wed Jan 31 15:18:21 GMT 2007

Alan Pope wrote:
> On Tue, Jan 30, 2007 at 02:38:11PM +0000, baza wrote:
>> On Tue, 2007-01-30 at 14:30 +0000, alan c wrote:
>> > London School of Puppetry wrote:
>> > > Hi Jonathan, I agree but I think the problem is wider than just us isn't 
>> > > it....I'm concerned that non-groupy types....like most of the ordinary 
>> > > world should be able to access Ubuntu and other OSS
>> > > and know that there is exactly the same expert support available as 
>> > > there is for Windows etc. Caroline
>> > 
>> > I give phone support (free) if asked, for local contacts.  I am not 
>> > any expert!
>> > 
>> > When I began with linux a few years ago, I was experienced with online 
>> > use getting help, but found my local LUG of limited value for a number 
>> > of reasons. I like the idea of very local help. Experience to date 
>> > suggests that it is only the very initial questions that need answers, 
>> > reassurance included.
>> The best advice anyone can give, IMHO, is to burn your 'home' directory
>> to CD or DVD every month, that way if you system does the big firework
>> you can reinstall and keep (most) of you data.
> Heh, that might not be quite so easy for many people.
> alan at wopr:~$ du -hs .
> 100G 
> Maybe time to get one of those new fangled HD-DVD or BD burners ;)
> Alternatively you could use a nice backup tool such as SBackup [0] or HuBackup [1] to selectively backup the stuff that is important 
> like documents, photos and email, skipping the less important stuff (and bulky stuff) like games (which can be re-installed) or (in my 
> case) qemu/virtualbox virtual machine images:-
> alan at wopr:~/vm$ du -hs .
> 53G 
> Cheers,
> Al.
> [0] http://sbackup.sourceforge.net/ScreenShots
> [1] https://wiki.ubuntu.com/HomeUserBackup

Kubuntu offers kde keep, (as does suse with kde). This did not work in 
suse and does not work with dapper or edgy I think. Others have also 
found this. The backup periods are offered to be set but are ignored, 
giving hourly only, for example.

IIRC python has to be installed first manually also. A bit of a guess 
for me - I accepted most stuff that seemed python related.....

Keep promises to be *exactly* what I require, and have always 
required. I just wish it worked.
It is based on rdiff-backup, which I now actually use from cl etc, but 
I strongly prefer gui.

I think I tracked one problem back to lack of all dependencies. Keep 
really is easy, and rdiff-backup is a good base.

If Keep stays in the kde menu (system), then it hopefully should work. 
If I had more time I would persue it. I am not fully well just now also.
alan cocks
Kubuntu user#10391

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