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KDE Archiving/Backup

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Minimum required   Qt 4.x
Downloads:  6419
Submitted:  Dec 5 2008
Updated:  Mar 28 2014



... a powerful, fast and reliable backup & sync tool

Home page: http://luckybackup.sourceforge.net/


screenshots: http://luckybackup.sourceforge.net/screenshots.html
demo videos: http://luckybackup.sourceforge.net/videos.html

news - announcements

* 16 Mar 2014
Release of version 0.4.8

awards - distinctions

* 03 August 2009
3rd place at the sourceforge community choice awards as a "best new project"

* 2008 - 2010
Highest rated application at kde-apps.org (still is one of the top 5 !!)


* Backup data
* Support for multiple backup snapshots
* Synchronize folders
* Keep your data safe
* Simple / advanced option
* Exclude data from tasks
* Only include specific data
* Add/remove any rsync option
* Remote connections
* Execute other commands before or after a task
* Restore capability to any path
* Simulation mode
* Inlude only specific tasks and change the execution order
* Use of saved profiles (also import/export capability)
* Scheduling of tasks via cron
* email reports after a profile run
* logfiles
* Command line mode
* Tray notification support

for a detailed list of features please visit:


* no money
If you like this app and would like to donate something to me personally,
all you have to do is:
- Vote "good" here
- Become a fan
- Give a "thumbs up" at the sourceforge page (http://sourceforge.net/projects/luckybackup/reviews/)

This is my reward :)

* money
I personally never had and never will accept money for this project.
Nevertheless, I decided to use luckyBackup to support people that really need financial help.
So, please consider it seriously to donate money that will eventually be used for a good cause.
Donation link: http://luckybackup.sourceforge.net/donate.html


Wish you good, fast, reliable, safe and usable backups
(no matter if you use luckyBackup or not)



Version 0.4.8 :
* Added option to disable TLS for email reports
* Added some (useful) statistics at the end of a profile run
* Added destination disk free space at information window
* Minor modifications to "modify task" dialog
* View of remote places is now available through the "manage backup" dialog
* Default email options are now loaded when a new profile is created
* Split of full email command to command & arguments
* Changed the default exclude "system folders" from "/dev /proc /sys /var" to "/dev /proc /sys /run /var/run"
* Safety checks of mount-points now include deeper levels in paths than /media// and /mnt//
* Added support for vss implementation (windows)
* Added support for nt-streams (windows)
* Added support for e-mail notifications (windows)
* Added various libs used for the windows port
* Fixed issue: When one or more items were manually removed from an existing schedule list, LB would delete entries from the bottom of the list instead, when the cronIT button is pressed.
* Fixed issue: Progress bar did not update normally
* Fixed issue: Segmentation fault under certain circumstances, when --skip-critical is used as an argument and there exists one or more actual CRITICAL tasks.
* Fixed issue: Confusion at task list when an item's box state changed.
* Fixed issue (windows): Warning message regarding the changes.log files during a run

for the complete changelog, please visit:

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Slackware(slackbuilds.org repo)
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 Handbook Bug

 by sigma91 on: Jul 4 2010
Score 50%

When I try to use the handbook [F1], I cannot use any links. Using them makes the whole textbrowser go blank. I receive the error "QTextBrowser: No document for manual/index.html#overview" when using a shell.
I had the same issue with one of my own applications. However, using an absolute path fixed the problem. I tried putting an QApplication::applicationDirPath().append("/") in front of helpUrl at luckyBackup, links worked fine then.

Great App, btw.

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 Re: Handbook Bug

 by luckyb on: Jul 4 2010
Score 50%

Hi sigma.

Theoretically the handbook links are supposed to be working fine when the app is installed but not when run from a binary inside a folder (eg when you compile it yourself and run it from that folder)

Nevertheless, your advice sounds like a great solution to this issue and I will certainly follow it.

thank you very much for that tip

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 by BorgQueen on: Sep 4 2010
Score 50%

Am I wrong or did LB have compression abilities. I remember using it to create compressed backups.

If I'm wrong, I'd like to put in a request for compression capabilities.

Thanks again for the great app!



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 Re: Compression

 by luckyb on: Sep 4 2010
Score 50%

Hi Kate,

for once more thank you for your kind words :)

Unfortunately LB never did have a direct support for compressed backups.

Your request is already in the official app's to-do list:
(...but its priority is a bit low)

Alternatively, and if it suits your needs, you can always add a handmade "also execute -> after" command to create a compressed tarball out of the created backup

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 Re: Re: Compression

 by BorgQueen on: Sep 5 2010
Score 63%

No need to thank me, you deserve it. I'm glad to hear that compression is in the works, even if its a low priority. If possible add a test compressed file function to test the newly created backups. One should always test compressed files.

There are many advantages to a tar.bz2(etc) backup. The container protects files and it takes up less space.

I'll pay about with LB more, see if I can't get it to do what I want in the mean time.

Thanks again!

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 Windows terminology?

 by snowhog on: Sep 12 2010
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This is a Linux application, and a very nice one - thank you for your efforts.

But why are you using some Windows terminology in the dialogs?

Sync directory A:
Sync directory B:

Backup operations deal with source and destination

I would rather see:

Sync source:
Sync destination:

The use of drive letters is a Windows convention.

This is of course, just a cosmetic issue, but...

It takes less time to take the time to do it right the first time, than it does to fix it the second time.
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 Re: Windows terminology?

 by luckyb on: Sep 13 2010
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Hi snowhog,

the dir A & dir B terminology is actually used at "sync" tasks, not backup ones, where source & destination are used indeed !!

Syncing is a 2 way operation.
At the first stage, the 1st dir is used as source and the 2nd as a destination.
At the 2nd stage, it's the other way round ;)

That is why, the terminology changes when the task refers to syncing directories.

If you still believe this should be changed, let me know ;)

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 Shutdown after sync

 by fdsyncmaster on: Nov 8 2010
Score 50%

Great program!

Just one question:

Could you equate the possibility of LuckyBack to have the possibility of shutting down the machine after the backup is finished?

It can be useful if you're doing large sync's/backups to remote sites with a slow connection... And in this case you can leave the desktop computer unattended...

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 Re: Shutdown after sync

 by luckyb on: Nov 9 2010
Score 50%

Hi Francisco

It is quite often that users would like to execute various stuff before or after a task has finished.

That is why there is an "also execute" feature available:
You can provide an "also execute" -> after command at the very last task, so that your system will shutdown as soon as the profile finishes.

Have a look at the man pages of the commands shutdown, poweroff and halt to use the one that suits your needs ;)

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 Re: Re: Shutdown after sync

 by fdsyncmaster on: Nov 21 2010
Score 50%

Hi, thanks for the reply.

You're right, a post-backup task can be associated to backup task that can shutdown the computer.

But I'm not sure if this is adequate as the backup might end and I'm still working at the computer...

A better idea is like Ktorrent implements, if leaving the computer, just press the Shutdown button, and the computer will shutdown after all downloads finished.

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 Re: Re: Re: Shutdown after sync

 by luckyb on: Nov 22 2010
Score 50%

A couple of days ago and before you posted the last message, I used Ktorrent and wanted my pc to shutdown as soon as some download reached 100%.
Then I noticed that really handy "configure shutdown" button.

Despite the fact that you are absolutely right, I consider this a karmic coincidence and added your request at the project's official to-do list:

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 Re: Re: Re: Re: Shutdown after sync

 by fdsyncmaster on: Jan 11 2011
Score 50%


Great. Thank you.

As the great TV series, My name is Earl, we can't escape Karma :-)

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 one of best backup tool ever

 by BorgQueen on: Dec 27 2010
Score 50%

For Solstice, my brother gave me a top end WD 2TB drive. Between Krusader (for compression directly to a directory) and sometimes I use peazip as well and luckbackup for the final transfer to the external backup drive..

I did a 1.1 TB backup in 6 hrs.

Not all the files where compressed, the DVD videos for example, where not.

Thank you to luckybackup, krusader and peazip. You guys rock!

Cheers and happy holidays!

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 Re: one of best backup tool ever

 by luckyb on: Dec 28 2010
Score 50%

Happy holidays to you too, Kate :)

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 problem forgot to plug in usb

 by leonc on: Jan 26 2011
Score 50%

Just got luckyBackup, and I created a backup on ext usb Freecom disk. All went well but when later syncing I forgot to plug in the ext disk resulting in system freeze. I booted on another partition and found that the root directory was 100%. I then found that a Freecom directory in /media with all the files. I deleted this dir and was able to reboot again.

Is there any way of avoiding this in future.

Thanks great program

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 Re: problem forgot to plug in usb

 by luckyb on: Jan 27 2011
Score 50%

Hi Leon,

Is there any way of avoiding this in future.

Yes. This is probably the first feature of LB, back to the times when it was a simple bash script :)

Please have a look at the relevant section of the manual (declared data check):
(It's not much to read, don't worry)

to make a long story sort:
1. Take a quick look for "non-green" tasks just before you hit that run button.
2. Have the skip-critical box checked if you're scheduling.

Hope I helped

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 Re: Re: problem forgot to plug in usb

 by leonc on: Jan 27 2011
Score 50%

Yep thanks however for us non experts an automatic check to see if destination is open would be nice. If not then a little pop up to warn us and it would not continue. I have seen another exact same issue on another forum, so it does happen. When my problem did happen some one that doesn't have a clue would not be able to boot. Its critical for us techlessees.

All the best

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 Re: Re: Re: problem forgot to plug in usb

 by luckyb on: Jan 27 2011
Score 50%

I see what you mean.

That's how it actually was some time ago, but after some users suggestions, most of the warning dialogs were replaced by other kind of visual feedback.

But since it has happened again, as you mention, and its results are quite serious an extra warning has to be used.
How about a dialog that would demand the user's confirmation to go on after he/she hits the run button (if there are "critical" tasks) ?

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 Re: Re: Re: Re: problem forgot to plug in usb

 by leonc on: Jan 27 2011
Score 50%

Thanks luckyb for quick response. Yes need some warning/deterrent e.g 'Is your usb mounted?'. I do see the little symbols to the left of the backup name, however you have to click this to see the Critical warning or whatever. The symbol does change according to status. The Critical warning 'Destination directory /media/Freecom is empty or does not exist. This task will not be skipped. Directory will be created if it doesn't exist and filled with new backup data' I see that you have to create directory if not existing but if Freecom or whatever is not mounted a dir will be created in /media and filled resulting in root directory being 100% filled. Can a check be done for mounted media which would be best solution and if not mounted action not allowed until it is? I can't see anyone doing a backup to the /media directory on root so if the directory is not there (not mounted) then it should not be allowed to create one there.

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 Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: problem forgot to plug in usb

 by luckyb on: Jan 28 2011
Score 50%

ok, I just spent an hour writing about mount theories and scenarios.
Don't worry, I "ctrl+A & delete" them :D

Here's the verdict:
Your suggestion is very good but an ideal scenario for various reasons.

(I'm talking about checking whether a specific partition is mounted at a specific point)

By all means I will adapt and implement it :)

But I cannot just forbid the profile to run.
There always going to be users that would like to by-pass the safety checks for a reason.

I will make sure though, that a clear WARNING together with a clear user's confirmation is displayed.

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 Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: problem forgot to plug in

 by leonc on: Jan 28 2011
Score 50%

Thanks look forward to upgrade in Fedora. Great app.

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