[SOLVED] Timeshift is not creating automated backups. Cron?

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[SOLVED] Timeshift is not creating automated backups. Cron?

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Good news!
The third-last post has an easy fix for Timeshift.
If you need Timeshift but it isn't starting, then go to page 2 and read allan's answer.

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Hi,
I installed ArcoLinux from the ISO and one of the first things I did when I had everything set up was to "Create" a backup.

I then set it so that I would get 3 daily backups but so far, Timeshift is not creating those.
We all use the same system and updates and I am surprised that no one has brought this up.

How can this be fixed?


To save time, I have run Timeshift for months with another distro and am well aware of how to set up scheduling.
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Re: [OPEN] Timeshift is not creating automated backups. Cron?

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I updated Timeshift as per the video posted which shows how to download the package from the master server.
The upgrade to version 19.1? was done over 24 hours ago but no automated/scheduled updates are being created.

Everything else works really well.

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Can anyone pitch in?

Here is an old issue report

https://github.com/teejee2008/timeshift/issues/42

maybe it helps

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Re: [OPEN] Timeshift is not creating automated backups. Cron?

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If anyone is using Timeshift and got the automated daily backups working PLEASE let me know how you achieved this.

The image shows conflicting messages.
First, "snapshots are "NOT" scheduled at fixed times.
And at the bottom/footer: Scheduled snapshots are enabled.

I have used the same path (ext 320 GIG USB3) with my previous distro and it worked perfectly.

Image

Backups window screenshot

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UPDATE!

I just created a "daily" snapshot via command line.

sudo timeshift --check

Amazingly, that created a backup with the long desired "D" in the tags category.
This solves the space issue as the daily backups will hopefully overwrite themselves after the set quantity of two is reached.

If no better solution comes along then I can live with this but would prefer to "set and forget" instead.

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Re: [OPEN] Timeshift is not creating automated backups. Cron?

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Bump!

I have a hard time believing that no one here is running Timeshift?
I found a "work-around" and would prefer it to simply just function as it does with other distros (set and forget).

Anyone???

Supplemental info:
I just run a standard XFCE desktop with the current updates. Timeshift is set to backup to an external USB 3 hard drive that was originally 350 GB and has about ~290 GB free. My computer is a new Dell workstation which I bought in Q3 of 2018.

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Hi vancouver,
Excellent share! Thank you.

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Totally agree!

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vancouver wrote:
Sat Feb 16, 2019 9:47 pm
UPDATE!

I just created a "daily" snapshot via command line.

sudo timeshift --check

Amazingly, that created a backup with the long desired "D" in the tags category.
This solves the space issue as the daily backups will hopefully overwrite themselves after the set quantity of two is reached.

If no better solution comes along then I can live with this but would prefer to "set and forget" instead.

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Fast forward 4 months ... still no Timeshift.

Without it, I can't continue on ArcoLinux. The other day, I installed the 390xx nvidia driver which "used to work before" and my external display stopped working. A lot of time lost because I forgot to do a manual Timeshift backup.

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On the to-do list
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