fedora 23 backup for full restore

asked 2016-06-22 15:48:31 -0500

ceres2009 gravatar image


i'm doing my backups with deja-dup and storing my home folder (except ~/Videos) and /etc /opt

I was wondering if this is enough to do a complete restore in case of a disaster?

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Usually it is also convenient to have list of all user-installed packages backed up: sudo dnf history userinstalled > my-installed-packages.list. Also, are you making sure that you have included all hidden .files and .folders in your backup? There is stuff you can leave out, such as ~/.thumbnails, .cache, Trash, ...

florian gravatar imageflorian ( 2016-06-22 16:32:27 -0500 )edit

I would also like to recommend that you take a look at Clonezilla for this purpose. It's a great way to grab a whole drive and restore on another drive. While it is only as good as a point in time and a Clonezilla image isn't small, in terms of quick recovery to a point in time can't be beat.

Mordoc gravatar imageMordoc ( 2016-06-23 11:27:20 -0500 )edit

@florian: thanks, i will check it - deja-dup is pretty much on standard settings except the folders to be ignored. (checked, by default it is storing . dirs but ignoring (~/.adobe/Flash_Player/AssetCache ~/.cache ~/.gvfs ~/.Private ~/.recent-applications.xbel ~/.recently-used.xbel ~/.steam/root (which by default also ignores ~/.local/share/Steam) ~/.thumbnails ~/.xsession-errors /proc /run /sys /tmp) which sounds reasonable to me. I would've thought, that dnf package list is stored somewhere in /etc.

ceres2009 gravatar imageceres2009 ( 2016-06-23 11:59:17 -0500 )edit

@Mordoc: @Mordoc: thanks, i use it also for other laptops, but i'm looking for the comfort of deja-dup. Set the switch to on and everytime i connect to USB Drive it makes a Diff Backup. But i think i wil make a clonezilla just in case. my worst fear in case of restore is LVM.

ceres2009 gravatar imageceres2009 ( 2016-06-23 12:00:05 -0500 )edit