Backup Solutions

Backup Solutions

Keep Your Data Safe

There are many backup solutions for Linux-based operating systems like the Kubuntu Focus. We have configured BackInTime as the out-of-the-box solution, but there are other options you may want to consider.

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BackInTime

BackInTime

BackInTime is installed by default on the Kubuntu Focus, and it stores snapshots to /backintime on your primary drive. You may use this to revert to an earlier version of a file or restore a deleted file.

To see what is being backed-up, examine the BackInTime settings. It is pre-configured to ignore directories that would otherwise be useless, such as cache directories and temporary directories. It only backs-up your home folder, and backs up most of your configuration files as well.

While the default configuration of BackInTime is definitely better than nothing, we highly recommend you use an external or remote drive with it instead. To learn more, please see the official BackInTime documentation. Please make sure you adjust the backup filter to allow larger files and test your backups to ensure you capture all the data you need.

Take a Snapshot with USB Drive

Another handy technique is to copy your home directory to a USB thumb drive or external drive:

Because of file permissions, you may not be able to copy all files. When this happens, it may be helpful to run Dolphin as root. One can add this capability like so: Click on [Hamburger Menu] > Configure Dolphin… > Services > Download New Services…. Then search for and install "Open Dolphin As Root".

Other Solutions

Cloud storage, such as Dropbox, Microsoft OneDrive, or Google Drive, can often provide multiple versions of files using heuristics. However, we recommend explicitly versioned backups such as thosed provided by SCMSs (Source Control Management Systems like Git) for more exact control. Ultimately, one must balance convenience and storage requirements with completeness. And remember, any backup solution is better than none.

Troubleshooting

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Disclaimer

We try hard to provide a useful solution validated by professionals. However, we cannot anticipate every situation, and therefore cannot guarantee this procedure will work for your needs. Always backup your data and test the solution to determine the correct procedure for you.

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