nssbackup does not work when backing up root directory (/*)

Bug #578982 reported by John Rose on 2010-05-11

This bug report was converted into a question: question #141679: How can I backup '/' and all its sub-directories?.

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Bug Description

I used to use sbackup to backup my whole file system (excluding such
directories as /mnt, /media, /sys, proc. However, sbackup does not work
under Ubuntu Lucid. So as per discussions in Ubuntu Forums, I installed
nssbackup from deb http://ppa.launchpad.net/nssbackup-team/ppa/ubuntu
lucid main. I set the Excluded directories as stated previously and the
Included directory by using Add Directory and selecting root i.e. the
same method as worked in Ubuntu Karmic. I saved the configuration and
selected Make a Backup Now. The app then created a /root directory on my
file system with approximately 80 hidden files & directories.

Jean-Peer Lorenz (peer.loz) wrote :

Thank you for reporting this issue.

I think you're messing some things together:

1. yes I can confirm there are difficulties when a user wants to select the whole filesystem (i.e. the root '/' directory)
2. I really doubt nssbackup created that folder '/root' - this folder is the home-directory of the admin (the root user) and is always present within a Linux filesystem.

In order to check if a backup was created you should inspect the backup destination you've defined.

I'll investigate this further. Providing some information would help:
- how did you include your '/' root directory?
- was a backup done?


Changed in nssbackup:
status: New → Incomplete
John Rose (johnaaronrose) wrote :

You're correct in that the app did not create /root (i.e. it already existed): sorry about the confusion. I included the /root directory by selecting root from under Places after clicking Add Directory for Include. Backup of /root was done. I expected backup of / to be done, as per Simple Backup. Otherwise, how would I be able to backup / and all its sub-directories?

summary: - nssbackup does not work when backing up root
+ nssbackup does not work when backing up root directory (/*)
Changed in nssbackup:
status: Incomplete → Invalid
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