Cannot test backup with empty password?

Bug #1809742 reported by Antonin Chambolle on 2018-12-25

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Bug Description

Hi
I am keeping a backup with no password. I checked it once (by restoring) and it seems it worked.
I do this because my PC is not encrypted either, and because I never could remember the password of my first backup, which made it useless.

After backup, periodically, deja-dup proposes to test the backup, and asks for a password. However, there does not seem to be a way to enter an empty password there, is it normal? Or do I have somewhere another encrypted backup which is confusing deja-dup (and me?) (It does not seem so, I only am using one backup directory.) So I can never test (except by doing a full restore)

Michael Terry (mterry) wrote :

I've tested locally and couldn't reproduce. In my tests, it tested the backup without asking for a password.

Do the files in your backup location end in .gpg or .gz? This will tell us whether the files are encrypted or not, respectively.

Changed in deja-dup:
status: New → Incomplete

Le 05/01/2019 à 03:07, Michael Terry a écrit :
> I've tested locally and couldn't reproduce. In my tests, it tested the
> backup without asking for a password.
>
> Do the files in your backup location end in .gpg or .gz? This will tell
> us whether the files are encrypted or not, respectively.
>
> ** Changed in: deja-dup
> Status: New => Incomplete
>
Hi

I think I understand the problem. I am using the "deja-dup" interface,
which unfortunately has become now so minimalist that when I thought I
would do a new backup from scratch, I just moved the location of my
backup. But still it must have a password somewhere encoded and keeps
doing new (useless) backups which in fact I cannot really restore (at
least I would be unable to restore from scratch).

The problem is that in deja-dup it is apparently impossible to start
again from scratch, and have it forget about previous backups and
configurations. Or not straightforward (actually there are very few
options, in particular when restoring it claims it is possible to
restore only a few files but the option is not even present).

I will try to find the configuration files and scratch them completely
(and scratch my backups as well) in order to be able to make a new one
(or learn better about the duplicity command-lines)

sorry

best

Antonin Chambolle

Ok, sorry, I think it was me. The first time I had thought I had started a new backup "from scratch" but apparently it was not true, my password was still registered somewhere. I did it again with a very elementary passphrase and it worked (I unchecked the box "remember password" to make sure it really accepts the new password).
I did not try to keep the password empty though, I was fearing it would keep the old one (which I had asked deja-dup to remember but had forgotten myself).
I consider that "it is all my fault" and won't bother again, however I still have the impression the deja-dup interface is a bit too minimalist (minimalist is good, but it might lack some "advanced" menu to help people understanding what they are doing when things go wrong).
best
A.C.

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