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KDE Archiving/Backup

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Link:  Link
Minimum required   KDE 4.x
Downloads:  18369
Submitted:  Aug 31 2006
Updated:  Jul 23 2012


KBackup is a program that lets you back up any directories or files, whereby it uses an easy to use directory tree to select the things to back up.

The program was designed to be very simple in its use so that it can be used by non-computer experts.

It can do full- and incremental backups.

The storage format is the well known TAR format, whereby the data is still stored in compressed format (bzip2 or gzip).

The backup can be put onto a local directory (mounted device, etc.) but also on a remote URL (thanks to KDE KIO).

It also includes a german, french, italian, slovak, czech, portuguese, swedish and russian translation for the user interface and an english, french, russian and german handbook.

Note: the documentation for 0.7 is only current in english and german.

For the former KDE3 version 0.5.4:
You'll find all RPMs including 64bit versions for different distributions on the openSuse build service (links below)


08.09.2013 (updated 0.8 package)
- Added translation for Interlingua, thanks to Giovanni Sora

23.07.2012 (0.8)
- Add dirpath wildcard filters to skip complete directories

05.03.2011 (0.7.1)
- fix handling of output from scripts used via --script
- better error message in case non-local target in non-interactive mode

- Fix display of version number in "about" dialog

- added Fedora and Mandriva packages on openSuse build service

19.06.2010 (0.7)
- Add Incremental Backup functionality
- Add wildcard filter to ignore files for backup matching a filename pattern

- updated french translation

- added czech translation (thanks to Pavel Fric)
- fixed other translation .po files

15.05.2010 (0.6.4)
- When an error occurs while reading a file (e.g. corrupted filesystem), cancel backup

25.09.2009 (0.6.3)
- When running in non interactive mode (e.g. cron), do not use KIO but only direct file access
as KIO needs a KDE session and $DISPLAY
This now makes the slice-reduction on the local target dir work.

05.09.2009 (0.6.2)
- Fix handling of disk-full situation (and a crash with it)

01.07.2009 (0.6.1)
- Avoid backup of the backup file
- make it compile with KDE Version < 4.2

24.May 2009 (0.6)
kbackup is now ported to KDE4 and has the following new features:
- Port to cmake and KDE4/Qt4, which also removes the 4GB limit per file
- sort hidden files/dirs before normal ones
- show dimmed icon for hidden files (like konqueror)
- don't allow to expand symlinked dirs as the content is not archived but only the link
- Add "Save As..." menu and store name of loaded profile, so that a save directly writes to that
- Add --autobg commandline which starts kbackup without a GUI e.g. for cron, at, ...
- Add --verbose commandline option which allows to see all files when using --autobg
- When the upload fails for a slice, offer a way to select a temporarily different target
- if target-dir does not exist, create it (mkdir -p)
- # of kept backups on target dir (per profile)
- show list of created archive slices in finish-dialog

25.Jan 2008
Added 2 new distributions in the openSuse build-service: RHEL-5 and CentOS-5 (both 32 and 64 bit)

19.Jan 2008 (0.5.4)
- correctly limit slice size:
- limited by the target directory (when we store directly into a local dir)
- limited by the "tmp" dir when we create a tmp file for later upload via KIO
- limited by Qt3 (4GB on 32bit)
- limited by user defined maxSliceMBs
- sort directories first in treeview
- correctly sort by size and timestamp in treeview
- check if a file that is archived into the backup is not the backup itself

4.Jan 2008
I have extended the usage of the openSuse build service.
Therefore I can offer now Suse, Mandriva and Fedora RPMs including 64bit versions.

13.Oct 2007 (0.5.3)
- Add russian handbook (thanks to Alexey Kouznetsov)
- show symbolic links with an overlayed "link" icon
- fix handling of files larger than 2GB
- avoid crash when writing special files (below /proc)

19.Aug 2007
- Repackaged to add spanish translation (thanks to Gerardo Bueno)
15.Aug 2007 (0.5.2)
Finally I release a minor update to kbackup. Here is the ChangeLog:
- start with the HOME folder opened
- add a profile option to avoid media change dialog
- add a profile option to avoid compressing files at all
- Whenever a directory is only partly included, show it with blue color
- Show a dialog when the backup has finished
- automatically save/restore window size
- add "auto" commandline option to automatically start a backup and quit kbackup when done.
- added predefined slice sizes (for CDs, DVDs) in profile settings dialog
- added portuguese translation thanks to Carlos Gonçalves

21.Dec 2006:
Thanks to Carlos Gonçalves kbackup is now in the openSuse KDE:/Community project.
kbackup is therefore now available for openSUSE 10.2 and Factory, SUSE 10.1, 10.0 and SLE10

1.Oct 2006: (0.5.1)
- added "recent files" action
- added profile setting to define a maximum slice size
- store recent directory for file dialog

29.Sept 2006:
KBackup is now included in the Fedora 5 branch.
Fedora users just have to do "yum install kbackup" as root.
- added french handbook

24.Sept 2006: 0.5 released
- added systray functionality
- added profile setting to define file-prefix
- added slovak GUI translation (thanks to Jozef Riha)
- fixed Umlaut encoding for directories

21.Sept 2006:
- added fedora RPMs (thanks to Alain PORTAL)

16.Sept 2006:
- added russian translation (thanks to Alexey Kouznetsov)
- added italian translation (thanks to Andrea Sciucca)

3.Sept 2006:
- added german handbook
- added french GUI translation (thanks to Régis FLORET)
- added missing "unlimited" translation string
- added the RPM .spec file
- added missing .mo translation files into RPM

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 What about backgroun

 by jegjessing on: Sep 4 2006
Score 50%

Could it not "export" the jobs to at or something like that?
It would be cool to setup a job and then save it for being run at i.e. 8:00 am each monday.

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 Re: What about backgroun

 by mkoller on: Sep 4 2006
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I assume you want it to run then without displaying a GUI, right?
This could be done if one defines a URL as target, otherwise there is no user which does the medium change.
Would that be sufficient ?
What do others think ?

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 patch or svn?

 by tlayton on: Sep 7 2006
Score 50%

This looks really promising so far. Where is the patch located, or better yet, svn? I'm running into the kdelibs error you mentioned. Thanx.

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 Re: patch or svn?

 by mkoller on: Sep 7 2006
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I incorporated this already into kdelibs in SVN.

In addition you can find the patch here:

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 Excellent Tools

 by BorgQueen on: Sep 16 2006
Score 50%

First off, wonderful work. So good in fact, I have a feature request.
Lets say we wanted to back /home/mainuser to /mnt/hde1/backups, it would be nice to be able to set it to use the name "mainuser-date" instead of backup_2006.09.16-15.51.57_1.tar
For example mainuser_2006.09.16-15.51.57_1.tar.

It would make it easier to track down the specific dir I wanted to restore.

Hope this isn't too much to ask for.

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 Re: Excellent Tools

 by BorgQueen on: Sep 16 2006
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Ooh and minimizing to systray would be great too. I'm using kdocker for now.

Hey, the price of producing a great app,
fan requests!


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 Re: Excellent Tools

 by mkoller on: Sep 16 2006
Score 50%

Shouldn't be complicated. I'll add this.

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 Default naming

 by dionysos on: Sep 25 2006
Score 50%

Hi Martin,
It should be nice if the backup prefix could be the profile filename.
This will be usefull when using kbackup in a crontab.


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 Re: Default naming

 by mkoller on: Sep 25 2006
Score 50%

I thought about this, but the problem is, that it would be an incompatible behaviour with what users got when using kbackup < 0.5

And as kbackup stores the prefix inside the profile (.kbp file), it will be used when you run kbackup from cron and pass that .kbp file.

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 Re: Re: Default naming

 by dionysos on: Sep 25 2006
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Yes, it's easy to add the prefix when creating the profile...

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 by dionysos on: Sep 25 2006
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Hi Martin,

- If we run kbackup several times, there are several kbackup icons in systray instead of only one.

- In an undeveloped tree, it should be nice if an unselected directory which have selected files or subdirs could be marked in grey.

- It should be nice to have a File/Recently Files entry with a settable (in number) list

- Consequently, it should be nice if kbackup remember the last directory of the last profile use, or a settable default profile directory

- In my opinion, the directory tree should be opened in the home directory, not at the filesystem root

- Consequently, if kbackup is running by default with the lastest profile, the directory tree should be opened in the first (in deep) selected directory.

Good work ;-)


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 Re: Wishlist

 by dionysos on: Sep 29 2006
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Another wished feature is the possibility to define a max size of the backup: the size of a CD, the size of a DVD. So we can burn easly the backup.

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 It's in Aegean!

 by timg on: Oct 2 2006
Score 50%

I have added kbackup into AegeanLinux, Martin. ( http://www.aegeanlinux.be )

You can install it with one quick command, just pacman -S kbackup!

The code used to build kbackup is over
==> http://svn.aegeanlinux.be:81/listing.php?repname=AegeanLinux+PKGBUILDs&path=%2Fextra%2Fkde-apps%2Fkbackup%2F

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 Re: It's in Aegean!

 by mkoller on: Oct 2 2006
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Hey, great! Thanks.

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