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KDE Archiving/Backup

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Link:  http://
Minimum required   Kommander
Downloads:  2375
Submitted:  May 9 2007
Updated:  Nov 17 2007


RetrospeKt is my attempt to make working with backups easier and more
intuitive. It is inspired by Apple's "Time machine" backup system and
is based on rsnapshot backup script.

The main advantage comes from using the hard links in backup snapshots. The snapshots are not archived/compressed in any way so with Retrospect you can easily
browse your folders (in konqueror) as they were at any previous backup
point. If you are using the Strigi desktop search, you can now search not only the current disk state but all the past disk states!

A simple konqueror service menu entries are also provided for:

* restoring files from backups
* comparing any two versions of a text file with the excellent Kompare
(see exactly what you changed and possibly un-apply those changes)
* browsing all the versions of the selected file
* finding all the deleted files in the current directory
* listing all the changes made on the selected file/directory (journal)

Now there is also included an extremely simple rsnapshot configuration utility. You just select the directories to backup, where to backup and how often to backup and the scripts will (should) take care of the rest! :)

For full functionality make sure you have kommander, rsnapshot, kdialog, konqueror and kompare insalled.
Uncompress anywhere and run the 'install' script. Provide your root/user password when asked by kdesu.

Rsnapshot does not handle links correctly. For example, if your /home is a link to /disk2/home then please backup both the link (/home) and the actuall data (/disk2/home).

Any feedback much appreciated!


- cool new timeline style! (see the TIMELINE.readme or Help.html)
- Search renamed to Find
- Find: full (optional) regex support
- Find: can easily list all the files in the current directory with all the
versions of each file and all the deleted files (see Help!)
- Find: should be a bit faster (but still can take a long time)
- bug: correct nfs support (thanks dreadhead!)

- NEW! Search - locate all the files (even deleted!) that match the search string
(all the different versions of each file are also shown)
- directories are now marked in the journal
- a few cosmetic changes on the timeline

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 by jmiahman on: May 27 2007
Score 50%

You've already doomed the application by giving it a similar named to an existing doomed application. Maybe you should have called it NetPault or BReh!

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 by infernalroot on: Nov 2 2007
Score 50%

add an option to change the timeline to a "like calendar" view, only that, good idea.

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 Re: idea

 by dsvilko on: Nov 2 2007
Score 50%

I can't think of a way to simply add a calendar view. Will try to think of something.
On the other hand, I don't know how useful it would be considering you can have a few daily, weekly, monthly and yearly snapshots. It would be hard to find the exact snapshot date if you have a 'linear' scale. It is not shown on the screenshot but timeline has different size buttons and different colors for daily, weekly, monthly and yearly snapshots.
Currently my biggest problem is that I can't move the stupid timeline mo matter what I do. I wanted to put it on the top or the bottom of the screen, without window titlebar (compiz) but I just can't do it! The -geometry argument gets ignored, dcop call is missing and even my window manager (compiz) can't remamber it's location! Really frustrating (it's a Kommander 'feature').

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 by prizident on: Nov 2 2007
Score 50%

it would be very nice to have a kio-slave for this.

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 Nice idea

 by phalcoon on: Nov 5 2007
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I really like your concept of integrating rsnapshot into konqueror via service menus. This increases the usability of rsnapshot a lot.

But there's a bug in the "retrospekt" perl file: if there are multiple instances of konqueror running (which is at least the case on my kubuntu desktop, where 2 hidden (?) konquerors are launced at kde startup), the $kdcop variable is not a single string but a list of strings. That makes all following dcop calls fail :(

I don't know how to resolve this issue...

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 Re: Nice idea

 by dsvilko on: Nov 6 2007
Score 50%

Thanks for pointing it out! That part used to work ok but I disabled it as a quick hack to make timeline possible.
I tink it should bi ok now. The script goes through the list of all the loaded konqueror instances in search of either a focused window or, if not that, then last visible window.
Please, could you test it an tell me if it works?

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 Non- root user

 by bitcrazy on: Nov 6 2007
Score 50%

would be great, if one can use it as non-root user with an alternative config file and snapshoot_root. I use .rsnapshotrc as normal user.


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 Re: Non- root user

 by dsvilko on: Nov 6 2007
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That's an excellent idea. I'll try to implement it when I have more time.

As you already, apparently have a working rsnapshot, you can simply edit ~/.retrospekt/config and define your own snapshot_root and backup_name to get a completely working retrospect scripts.
I see no reason why it shouldn't work.

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 Thank you ...

 by alexfridge on: Nov 8 2007
Score 50%

... for the great work! I installed retrospeKt yesterday and I'm utterly happy about it. It is simple, powerful by combining the right kit of software, and extremely useful. Maybe it is worth having a bullet point mentioning that you need to have rsnapshot and Kompare installed (although it is fairly obvious from the documentation).

all the best

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 Re: Thank you ...

 by dsvilko on: Nov 8 2007
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I am very glad you like it! I am not much of a programmer so I just followed the good ol' unix phylosophy, took a bunch of excellent programs and glued them together with perl :)
I do beleve that rsnapshot is the best solution for desktop backup and that something like RetrospeKt (only better written) should be integrated into Dolphin and come preinstalled on user-friendly distros (kubuntu).

Today, when most of your disk space is tied up by already compressed content (mp3s, movies, pictures, pdfs...) there is really no point compressing your backups (rdiff-backup). This is much faster and more convenient.

As for the RetrospeKt requirements, doesn't Kommander usually come preinstalled? If rsnapshot is not installed the install script says so and offers to try to install it via apt-get.

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