Thank God for backups!

Tommy Trussell tommy.trussell at
Sun Apr 23 22:44:06 UTC 2006

On 4/23/06, Tab Gilbert <tabbox at> wrote:
> > Just delete the contents of /var/backup
>  /var/backup/
>  /var/backups/
> There are two "backup" folders
> the  /var/backup/ is locked, has lock icon on it, even under knoppix
> the  /var/backups/ can be deleted without a problem

/var/backups seems to have been created by/for other programs because
I see it on my system, and I haven't run simple-backup yet. It looks
to me like it has some backup files from system upgrades, so maybe it
was created by apt? Maybe you want to re-create the empty directory
(with root permissions) just in case your system needs it.

As for /var/backup being "locked" -- the permissions must be set to
prevent even root from deleting it. Have a look at the permissions,
using a terminal.

cd /var/backup
ls -la

Actually if there's nothing in there, your problem may lie elsewhere.

In your earlier posting, you said you chose "/" as the destination
folder, so I would look to see if there are unusual files at the root
level of your drive. (Normally there are only directories at the root
level, and the names of those directories are fairly standardized.)

Then you can change the permissions

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