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So, here's the problem that I have with restoring. First, I backed up like everything. So I had place on the external HD for only one copy.

I had to reinstall everything, but I didn't worry because I had a backup. But now, restoring doesn't work and it starts to be annoying.

So, I right click "Restore missing files...". Then I have the popup window from Deja Dup asking where is the backup. So, I select the external HD and either put nothing in "folder" or just put ".". Thinking that it should be the base to look for backups.

In both cases, after a while scanning, I get: The Volume "Filesystem root" has only 139.7mb disk space remaining. But my partition "/home" has 799.6Gb free. Also, I just want to restore some files, I don't need all of them.

On my external HD, there's a file called: duplicity-full.20120514T220834Z.manifest. A text file. In it, I can see that everything is partitions in files of 52mb. So, small files are in one archive while very large files are split in multiple one. But I can see the exact list of file that I have.

So, I'm guessing that my backup is intact.

What am I doing wrong ?

Is possible that it failes, even to list all the files, because I don't have enough space left on my ExtHD ? Why can't duplicity used another location to do that ?

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I advise you to try to restore a important files.

The commande line : duplicity list-current-files --no-encryption file:///media/[rest of the root to your hard_disk] > /home/yourusername/list.txt don't liste all files in the backup since the beginning, source

and from author You can restore the full monty or selected folders/files from a specific time.

Try to creat list of files and directory you need to restore using liste.txt generated by last commande and the liste of files in the manifest genereted by Deja Dup in backup directory like duplicity-full.20120922T175100Z.manifest, (name it for example *final_list.txt*)

final_list.txt :


Creat restore directory

$mkdir /tmp/restore

Creat bash file

# Read file form list 
while read line 
    duplicity --no-encryption --file-to-restore  "$line"  file:///media/[rest of the root to your hard_disk] /tmp/restore/"$line" 
done <"$FILE"

Restore you list

$sh final_list.txt

Done! and good luck :)

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I will try this! Thanks for the script too... if it works, will be quite handy :) – widgg Sep 30 '12 at 0:11

I usually use duplicity to get part of the backups done with deja-dup (deja-dup is a front-end for duplicity)

The first thing I would do would be creating a list of files in your backup by, for instance:

duplicity list-current-files --no-encryption file:///media/[rest of the root to your hard_disk] >  /home/yourusername/list.txt  (if there is encryption, use the proper option)

If that works, your backup is OK. Then, with duplicity restore you should be able to restore everything, or with duplicity --no-encryption --file-to-restore just a folder or files (type 'man duplicity' in a terminal for more info, or ask if you have more doubts)

I hope your backup is safe!

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I will try this and let you know... I have to reinstall... again my computer and I will try it. – widgg Aug 19 '12 at 19:03
That command... is it suppose to take forever? – widgg Aug 21 '12 at 23:23
After taking forever... I still have the same message that I don't have enough disk space! My external HD is full and because of that, it won't let me list the files! Same problem when trying to restore... – widgg Aug 21 '12 at 23:48

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