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KDE Archiving/Backup

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Minimum required   KDE 4.x
Downloads:  18365
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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 Now in Kubuntu

 by kitterma on: Jul 13 2010
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I've packaged kbackup for the next Kubuntu release and it's in the official Ubuntu repository now. I'm also planning on getting it in for Debian Squeeze.

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 Re: Now in Kubuntu

 by kitterma on: Jul 26 2010
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It's in for Debian Squeeze now too.

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 Update Free BSD Port?

 by dejamuse on: Jul 29 2010
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I've emailed the maintainer of this port on Free BSD but nothing has happened. Could you prod him for me and get the port updated? This is a popular app on PCBSD.



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 Running command line as root

 by kitterma on: Sep 15 2010
Score 50%

I got a bug report in Debian from a user wanting to run kbackup via command line as root. It doesn't work.

root@mail:/# kbackup --autobg KBackup.kbp
kbackup(28543): Session bus not found

KCrash: Application 'kbackup' crashing...
Warning: connect() failed: : No such file or directory

Is this something you would expect to work?

Scott K

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 Re: Running command line as root

 by kitterma on: Sep 15 2010
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Forgot the bug link...


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 Re: Re: Running command line as root

 by mkoller on: Sep 15 2010
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I think the problem here is only the connection to DBUS. See the message
"Session bus not found".

I run kbackup here also as root started from within crontab and it works.
On this system, when I run kbackup as root from a shell (not inside a KDE session), I see that a new dbus session bus process is started.

Probably this is not happening on the Debian system ?

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 Re: Re: Re: Running command line as root

 by jamjam on: Dec 10 2010
Score 50%

I had same problem on openSUSE 11.2

This seems to fix it, in crontab use this command, for example:

dbus-launch --sh-syntax kbackup --autobg /root/mybackup.kbp

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 User feature request

 by kitterma on: Nov 10 2010
Score 50%

Here's a request from a Debian user:

It will be better (for me, but I believe for others too) if kbackup
is capable to estimate uncompressed size of selected directories.
Maybe a special button for running estimate. Or may be 'simulate'
mode when archiver walks tree but writes no output, only collecting


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 Re: User feature request

 by kitterma on: Jan 31 2011
Score 50%

I should have mentioned the when I initially posted this that there's a patch in the Debian bug.

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 How do I restore!?!

 by BryanMohr on: Jun 14 2012
Score 50%

I can't figure out where to ask for help so I'm doing it here. I've been using KBackup pretty religiously to make sure I don't lose anything in case something were to happen. Well, something did happen, an install went bad, destroyed a bunch of stuff and I had to reinstall Kubuntu 12.04 from scratch. No problem, I have my backups. Well, how do you restore from the .tar file? If I do tar -xf backup.tar, it produces a ton of .bz2 files. How do I either extract all of those bz2 files or, even better, extract from the tar and unzip the bz2 files at the same time? I still don't have my desktop back to how I like it or any of my personal data. Why isn't there a "kRestore" application? Or just an option to "Restore" from within kBackup? That would make life soooo much easier! And judging from the number of people I've seen ask this, it's desperately needed!

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 Re: How do I restore!?!

 by mkoller on: Jun 14 2012
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Have a look here:

The restore functionality is not yet implemented due to lack of time, sorry.

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 One question regarding packaging...

 by coogor on: Jul 27 2012
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KBackup offers the option to pack the backup - each file as single zip. This makes it quite uncomfortable to restore e.g. from ark.
IMHO it makes sense to add an option to pack the whole archive, what do you think?

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 Re: One question regarding packaging...

 by mkoller on: Jul 27 2012
Score 50%

You can disable the compression completely via a profile setting.

The reason for compressing each file was the idea to allow for archive slices with a maximum size but still have compressed data.
To be able to know if a file still fits into a slice, I have to compress it before putting it into the slice, otherwise I can not know how large the slice will be when I compress the complete slice.

Of course this does not rule out another option to compress the complete uncompressed tar file after creation - it just does not make much sense in combination with a slice size limit.

I'll put it onto my TODO list

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 Re: Re: One question regarding packaging...

 by coogor on: Jul 27 2012
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Indeed you are right regarding slicing...but the slice value can still count for the unpacked file :-)
Still you can open the packed slice with a file manager and easily extract single files from it. If each single file is packed, I see no comfortable way in doing so (which does not mean that someone else has a solution for this...)

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