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System Restore for Peppermint: Timeshift
« on: July 15, 2016, 06:16:49 pm »
System Restore for Peppermint:  Timeshift

We all like to tinker with our Peppermint OS but sometimes it goes wrong... Timeshift may save your day!
Confirmed working on Peppermint 6 & 7


How to install:

Add the PPA:
Code: [Select]
sudo add-apt-repository -y ppa:teejee2008/ppa
Update the Package cache:
Code: [Select]
sudo apt-get update
Install Timeshift:
Code: [Select]
sudo apt-get install timeshift

If you're using the BTRFS file-system there's no need to install another version (all is merged in one version)!
See Settings -> Type. Screenshot under Extra Screenshots.


How to use:

After install, Timeshift can be found in the Menu under System Tools, it needs your password to open!
At first run you will be presented with a wizard which will configure the basic settings to your needs.

User interface:


Create: Make a snapshot of the current state
Restore: Restore your system to a previously taken snapshot
Delete: Delete one or more snapshots
Browse: Browse previously taken snapshots
Settings: Extra configuration options for setting up the backup location, scheduled snapshots and filter options
Wizard: Reopens the initial setup/install wizard, basically the same as Settings

Extra Screenshots:
Settings -> Type:


Settings -> Location:


Settings -> Schedule:


Settings -> Filters:


Settings -> Filters -> Summary:

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What does Timeshift backups:

Timeshift backups your entire Peppermint OS, including personal (program)settings minus your personal files!
To make this crystal-clear: Your personal files stay as they are if you restore to a previous snapshot...
You can change this behavior via Settings -> Filters.

Timeshift can run from your installed system AND from a live system (CD-DVD-USB) to restore your Peppermint OS and boot-loader!


Enjoy your Peppermint!  8)
« Last Edit: March 27, 2017, 10:23:00 am by GNULINUX »
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Re: System Restore for Peppermint: Timeshift
« Reply #1 on: July 25, 2016, 06:39:51 am »
This prog will not rescue a non booting system - if you need to restore the snapshot you need to prepare a bootable pen drive or Live CD. After booting from it, install TimeShift by running apt-get in a terminal window or by downloading and executing the installer.

also removing timeshift  via  sudo apt-get remove timeshift does not remove the snapshots - remove manualy or via timeshift before uninstalling.

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Re: System Restore for Peppermint: Timeshift
« Reply #2 on: July 25, 2016, 07:33:12 am »
Thanks for you comment Tea,

This prog will not rescue a non booting system...
Not sure what you're saying but Timeshift will "rescue" your system as long as you're able to (live) boot from CD/DVD/USB  ;)
This was also mentioned in my first post...

...also removing timeshift  via  sudo apt-get remove timeshift does not remove the snapshots - remove manualy or via timeshift before uninstalling.
Indeed, that is what should be expected from every (backup) utility, isn't it?  ;)
Example: Imagine you remove LibreOffice and it deletes all documents you've made with it...

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Re: System Restore for Peppermint: Timeshift
« Reply #3 on: July 27, 2016, 09:42:07 am »
Example: Imagine you remove LibreOffice and it deletes all documents you've made with it...

LOL :))

You can be sure this is coming in a future Microsoft Office (subscription) version.
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Re: System Restore for Peppermint: Timeshift
« Reply #4 on: October 05, 2016, 03:19:34 pm »
Handy! I've never seen other Linux Forum mentioning something as handy as this (maybe i did and didn't notice). Seems very useful, i'll leave it installed.

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Re: System Restore for Peppermint: Timeshift
« Reply #5 on: October 05, 2016, 04:16:13 pm »
Yep, it's essential for "new" users and even for seasoned user, unless your name is PCNetSpec;D

Not sure why this isn't advised/mentioned more...
Maybe people see it as a failure if they can't fix their system and have to use something like Timeshift to correct their "mistakes"?

I personally think it's a SUPER tool when you like to tinker with your system!  8)
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Re: System Restore for Peppermint: Timeshift
« Reply #6 on: October 15, 2016, 05:05:06 am »
[Blatent BUMP! due to the usefulness of this app for noobs and others]

GNULINUX, this is excellent!

This should be one of the 1st apps installed for noobs to linux/peppermint.  :)

It will save you the headaches as it has done for me in the past by taking a tweak or two, too far..

Sticky/FAQ per chance?  ;)

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Re: System Restore for Peppermint: Timeshift
« Reply #7 on: October 22, 2016, 09:31:39 am »
Yep, it's essential for "new" users and even for seasoned user, unless your name is PCNetSpec;D

Not sure why this isn't advised/mentioned more...
Maybe people see it as a failure if they can't fix their system and have to use something like Timeshift to correct their "mistakes"?

I personally think it's a SUPER tool when you like to tinker with your system!  8)

It is an excellent tool.  ;)

I wonder why Timeshift remains a PPA and has not yet become a program to be found in the repositories.  :-\
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Re: System Restore for Peppermint: Timeshift
« Reply #8 on: October 22, 2016, 09:49:59 am »
Would be a WHOLE lot better if it let you choose where to do the backups .. I have a NAS but no easy way to get Timeshift to back up there:
(need to check if it can be conned by symlinks)
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Re: System Restore for Peppermint: Timeshift
« Reply #9 on: October 22, 2016, 10:40:24 am »
Author has updated the software last week Timeshift v16.10.5  ;)
http://www.teejeetech.in/2016/10/timeshift-v16105.html

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Re: System Restore for Peppermint: Timeshift
« Reply #10 on: October 22, 2016, 11:43:39 am »
@ perknh: Don't really know, there are worse things in the repositories...  :-\



Would be a WHOLE lot better if it let you choose where to do the backups ..
For clarification: You can choose the location but I get what you mean... no directory choice!

I read somewhere that's all because of the way backups are stored (hard links between different backups). You also can't simply copy them from one location to another unless it's a single (or first) full backup!



@ acer: Yeah, I know but thanks for mentioning!

Was going to update the screenshots and adjust a bit of text until I saw something is missing in the user interface (thankfully it doesn't affect the use and reliability).
I'm actually awaiting a new update... If it doesn't come in a week or so I'm going to update the first post anyway!

Screenshot...
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EDIT:  Added a screenshot of the user interface!
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Re: System Restore for Peppermint: Timeshift
« Reply #11 on: October 22, 2016, 11:52:02 am »
I've just checked my installed version and it's 16.10.6 (64bit)  ???
Must be a point release earlier this week

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Re: System Restore for Peppermint: Timeshift
« Reply #12 on: October 22, 2016, 12:51:40 pm »
^ Still missing the Delete icon...  ;)

PS: Added a screenshot to my previous post.
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Re: System Restore for Peppermint: Timeshift
« Reply #13 on: October 22, 2016, 01:17:00 pm »
@ perknh: Don't really know, there are worse things in the repositories...  :-\

Good point!  I'll see where we are by November with this, and then I'll install it.  ;)
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Re: System Restore for Peppermint: Timeshift
« Reply #14 on: October 22, 2016, 03:55:12 pm »
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Would be a WHOLE lot better if it let you choose where to do the backups .. I have a NAS but no easy way to get Timeshift to back up there:
(need to check if it can be conned by symlinks)

i love Timeshift but as far as I can see it will only backup to a local drive, but that might be corrected in time, but nonetheless if you have the disc space I would highly recommend it in fact i would advocate for it's inclusion in PM8


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