I have been struggling a bit with backups since I migrated over to Manjaro from Mint. On Mint I used Luckybackup and it went well.
On Manjaro KDE I have tried different applications, like KBackup, Dejadup and although these backed up well I did not like that the backup was compressed in an array of different folders that was unrecognizable to me. I like to be able to go in and fetch what I want without having to decompress
So I went back to Luckybackup, but now it throws back lots of errors saying: failed: Invalid argument (22) on files. So I installed Kup Backup and get the same error.
If I check the files that gets the error messages they may have a special character somewhere or a long path.
Which leads me to an impression I have that KDE or is it perhaps dolphin, does not particularly like special characters because sometimes it will not “find” a folder or a file with special characters in it.
This is something I can work around up to a certain point, but being Scandinavian there will be special characters. It is also difficult to avoid long names as I work on an extra HD and once mounted it gets one of those long names of “/mnt/59b08e4b-1a8f-46f2-a410-5699bc1b1b7b/”
I am not much for command line, I prefer GUI. I like to use incremental backup, and I back up to an external HD, that I also use for other things.
I think (not sure though) that luckybackup and Kup are GUI’s for rsync. And that makes me think that rsync probably will give me the same error. Also rsync is command line and I prefer GUI. I am horrible at remembering commands.
In that case, I would advise TimeShift. It does exactly what you want. It uses rsync to create a complete backup copy, with everything in the same folder names.
Upon every subsequent backup, it will then only copy the files that were altered against the original backup copy, while the unaltered files will simply be hard-linked, so that it doesn’t even need more storage space than what is strictly needed for storing incremental backups. At the same time, given that the unaltered files are hard links, you can still restore everything by simply selecting the individual files that you want to copy back from within a file manager or via the command line, and copying them.
Thank you Aragorn.
The thing I run into with Timeshift for backing up my files and folders is that I back up to an external HD and Timeshift does not support the HD as it does not have Linux partition.
I use these two applications: Timeshift and dejadup.
I already had some start-up problems following some updates and because I only have one computer at home, I didn’t have access to the forum to ask my questions.
Fortunately, Timeshift was there.
After logging in tty, a man timeshift and I was able to put my configuration back in place before the - update(s).
Then, thanks to the forums or the Net, I could see what changes I had to make in my configuration files regarding these updates.
Of course, these backups are made on an external HDD.
With no other information … the first thing this makes me think of is a combination of poorly named files (with spaces and special characters) and a program that for one reason or another doesnt know how to deal with them.
would the program Kdiff be something useful for your task? Or, if additional ligraries don’t bother you, Meld is another nice choice. Both can compare directories (and their content) and do not necessarily use compression, they just mirror one directory on another (or merge them, or …).