Backup failure

Petter Adsen petter at synth.no
Sun Sep 27 06:34:48 UTC 2015


On Sat, 26 Sep 2015 21:27:20 +0200
Chas IRONS <ironscf at telkomsa.net> wrote:

> 
> On Sat, 2015-09-26 at 16:50 +0100, Colin Law wrote:
> 
> > On 26 September 2015 at 16:41, Chas IRONS <ironscf at telkomsa.net> wrote:
> > >
> > > On Sat, 2015-09-26 at 16:09 +0100, Colin Law wrote:
> > >
> > > On 26 September 2015 at 15:18, Chas IRONS <ironscf at telkomsa.net> wrote:
> > > >
> > > > Hi Ubuntu
> > > >
> > > > I get this error when I try to Backup on 14.04.1 using an 8GB usb flashdrive.
> > > >
> > > > Backup location ‘/tmp/duplicity-_JyeBF-tempdir/mktemp-uAPqIc-2’ does not exist.
> > >
> > >
> > > Are you using the Backups graphical application?  If so what have you
> > > specified for Storage Location on the backups dialog?
> > >
> > > Colin
> > >
> > > *******************
> > > Hi Colin and other ubuntu-users
> > >
> > > I am a retired end user and have used Backups several times before with no error. Never tried any restore though.
> > 
> > Are you trying to restore when it fails?
> > 
> > >
> > > Yes I used Backups gui and set the Storage Location to Lexar which is my flashdrive that is mounted with all files deleted.
> > *********************
> > If it is failing when backing up have you included /tmp in the folders
> > to backup?  If yes then this is a bad idea.  If you are trying to
> > backup the whole system then add /tmp to the folders to ignore.  In
> > fact you will have problems with a number of other system folders also
> > in this case.
> > 
> > Colin
> 
> **********************
> Hi Colin , Ralf and Brandon
> 
> Sorry. I did not give enough detail in my question.  My Backups settings
> were:
> 
> Folders to save: Home (chas)
> Folders to ignore: Rubbish Bin, ~/Downloads 
> Storage Location: Lexar (my flashdrive that is mounted with all files
> deleted)
> So I was just trying to backup all my data.
> 
> Backups is from the Ubuntu Software Centre.  "Deja Dup is a simple
> backup tool and uses Duplicity as the backend ".
> Reading the reviews by other users, it seems unreliable.  
> I liked the fact that a few settings gives an encrypted result and
> incremental additions.
> 
> I will try one more time tomorrow adding  /tmp to be ignored. I will
> also try clearing the deja-dup settings that Brandon advised.
> After that I suppose copying my whole /home folder will be next best
> method.

If you can't get Deja Dup to work, you might want to take a look at
Back In Time (package: backintime-gnome). It's an easy to use GUI that
uses rsync to actually make the backups, can make encrypted backups if
you also install encfs, and remote backups if sshfs is installed.

You can get it to back up to a USB drive, as long as the drive is
mounted first. I would probably format the USB stick with a file system
that supports all the regular Linux attributes, such as ext4 - I think
you can do this with GParted if you do not know how to do it from the
command line.

Another thing I would *strongly* recommend is that you try to restore
files from one of your backups regularly - a backup isn't much good if
it can't be used to recover from.

Petter

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