restoring backup

David Fletcher dave at
Tue Jul 12 09:18:02 UTC 2011

On Tue, 2011-07-12 at 11:02 +0200, roberto wrote:
> Hello, i did a backup of my home data when i was using debian and
> backup2l utility.
> Now i'd like to restore everything onto my new laptop with ubuntu
> 11.04. Is it possible ? I think ubuntu can properly restore data from
> that standard format (.tar.gz).
> Thank you in advance.
> -- 
> roberto

I've done this several times, but I do it all manually from a tar.gz
file that is created from a script I wrote.

Do you also have /etc/ in your backup? If you do, you can also restore
the user accounts and passwords.

Basically, reinstate the user accounts then copy the contents of /home/
from the extracted tar file to /home/ on your new computer. You might
need to do
sudo chown -R user:user /home/user

on your restored directories to get it to work properly.

I have to go out now. If you want more detail about what I do,
especially restoring the user accounts and passwords, ask me later.


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