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I simply recommend backing up the entire home-folder including hidden files and folders. Backup space is so cheap that it probably doesn't hurt to backup everything. Hidden folders contain things like your email folders and settings, your firefox bookmarks, your picture and music database, your store passwords and GPG keys, Gnome extensions, Virtual machines, Settings for each application, and much more. Why loose this?

If you want to save little space you can exclude ~/.thumbnails (it will easy be regenerated on a new system), and the Trash: ~/.local/share/Trash/.

I simply recommend backing up the entire home-folder including hidden files and folders. folders. Backup space is so cheap that it probably doesn't hurt to backup everything. Hidden folders contain things like your email folders and settings, your firefox bookmarks, your picture and music database, your store passwords and GPG keys, Gnome extensions, Virtual machines, Settings for each application, and much more. Why loose this?

If you want to save little space you can exclude ~/.thumbnails (it will easy be regenerated on a new system), and the Trash: ~/.local/share/Trash/.

I simply recommend backing up the entire home-folder including hidden files and folders. Backup (Backup space is so cheap that it probably doesn't hurt to backup everything. everything.)

Hidden folders contain things like your email folders and settings, your firefox bookmarks, your picture and music database, your store passwords and GPG keys, Gnome extensions, Virtual machines, Settings for each application, and much more. Why loose this?

If you want to save little space space, you can exclude ~/.thumbnails (it will easy easily and automatically be regenerated on a new system), and the Trash: ~/.local/share/Trash/.

I simply recommend backing up the entire home-folder including hidden files and folders. (Backup space is so cheap that it probably doesn't hurt to backup everything.)

Hidden folders contain things like your email folders and settings, your firefox bookmarks, your picture and music database, your store passwords and GPG keys, Gnome extensions, Virtual machines, Settings for each application, and much more. Why loose this?

If you want to save little space, you can exclude ~/.thumbnails (it will easily and automatically be regenerated on a new system), and the Trash: ~/.local/share/Trash/.

EDIT: (Thanks to @hmaarrfk 's comment): If you are doing a remote backup you probably want to exclude .cache too.