Destroying "only" your home directory (was Re: Newbie question on permissions)

Ari Torhamo ari.torhamo at
Mon Apr 3 08:53:30 UTC 2006

ma, 2006-04-03 kello 00:36 -0500, Kenneth P. Turvey kirjoitti:

> I don't see the gaps in backup software that you do.  I admit that I am
> quite happy using tar and growisofs to do my
> backups.  You write the script once and then it then it is just a matter
> of putting it in crontab, or running it from the command line.  Even if
> this isn't your kind of thing, Nautilus can do the backups without any
> problem and without you touching a command line. 

You don't seem to understand the reality of us non-geek users - Michael
does. I'm a regular user who is helping other people (who know even
less) to install and use Ubuntu. I keep to get the same suprised
questions time after time when I teach people to do their back-ups with
"Do I have to copy all my files to the CD-RW every time I need to back
up some files?"
"Umm...yes. You can also copy just the files that have changed to
another disk."
"Sounds rather primitive to me..."
"There ARE some really advanced tools for this available, but they are
text based and I think you should have a local network to use
them ...and...well, I don't know how to use them myself :-/ "

First I tell people that security is the strong point of Linux. Then I
tell them that backing up personal files is very important. Next I have
to tell them that there's no usable graphical tool available for doing
this in Ubuntu/Linux. (Backing up 1,5 gigs of data every time when some
of the files have changed isn't usable. Trying to remember which files
have changed when you would like to get them backed up isn't usable).

I think this problem has been recognized among Ubuntu developers and
hopefully things will get better in the future :-)


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