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System Restore for Peppermint: Timeshift
« on: July 15, 2016, 03:16:49 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:
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sudo add-apt-repository -y ppa:teejee2008/ppaUpdate the Package cache:
Code: [Select]
sudo apt-get updateInstall 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:
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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, 07:23:00 am by GNULINUX »

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Re: System Restore for Peppermint: Timeshift
« Reply #1 on: July 25, 2016, 03:39:51 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 27, 2016, 06:42:07 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 #3 on: October 05, 2016, 12:19:34 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 #4 on: October 15, 2016, 02:05:06 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 #5 on: October 22, 2016, 06:31:39 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.  :-\
[T]here are a lot of people happily running Peppermint ICE which hasn't been receiving ANY updates for a while now .. and I personally would STILL consider that MUCH more secure than any version of Windows with up-to-date AV/Anti-malware ;)

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Re: System Restore for Peppermint: Timeshift
« Reply #6 on: October 22, 2016, 06:49:59 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 #7 on: October 22, 2016, 07:40:24 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 #8 on: October 22, 2016, 08:52:02 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 #9 on: October 22, 2016, 10:17:00 am »
@ 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 #10 on: October 22, 2016, 12:55:12 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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Re: System Restore for Peppermint: Timeshift
« Reply #11 on: October 22, 2016, 01:41:56 pm »
Well, I have tried and tested it in a fubar situation due to a tweak too far in the pursuit of SPEED and system trim-down (learning curve)
Saved to a 16Gb USB3 flash-drive and also to an external HDD and can confirm they both work.
Don't hold much hope for VM's though.. ;)

Took about 10 mins to restore for the USB flash and a bit quicker for the external HDD (one after the other to test)
The only problem I encountered after restoring was some links/symlinks were broken which were easily repaired within a few minutes.
(my custom links in the XFCE4-Panel but not the defaults)
I just took a snapshot with no other scheduled updates from within the program itself (one off)

Saves a total reconfiguration of your system,
just saying..

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Re: System Restore for Peppermint: Timeshift
« Reply #12 on: October 22, 2016, 05:34:08 pm »
I have a few backups, but it doesn't seem to be making anymore. It keeps scytching files and never ends... If i close it with taskmanager it still doesn't let me get a new one running because "it's already open"

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Re: System Restore for Peppermint: Timeshift
« Reply #13 on: December 08, 2016, 08:21:55 am »
They have also sorted out the NVME problem from previous versions. Working lovely here now

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Re: System Restore for Peppermint: Timeshift
« Reply #14 on: March 27, 2017, 06:11:32 am »
Last night I was playing with NoobsLab's Chrome OS and Android themes for Ubuntu and Mint.  After doing so I couldn't get into my Software & Updates program.  (Apparently the themes were unsigned. Why I couldn't get into my Software & Updates program because of that, I do not know --but it wouldn't open for me.)  And, unfortunately, for the umpteen time, I had forgotten to install Timeshift. 

It's installed now, I tell you.  I've got a new installation of Peppermint this morning, and a brand spanking new installation of Timeshift too. ;)

Thank you, GNULINUX.
[T]here are a lot of people happily running Peppermint ICE which hasn't been receiving ANY updates for a while now .. and I personally would STILL consider that MUCH more secure than any version of Windows with up-to-date AV/Anti-malware ;)

--  PCNetSpec, Cornwall, Eng.  Dec 03, 2013 5:18 pm