I installed Timeshift backup and Restore manager for my Ubuntu 20.04 and I interrupted the backup. Now I uninstalled the Timeshift but the folder still exists under the root with 15 GB of storage, And also there are many timeshift files in many locations. So How can I remove them all.

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To remove the folder, open a terminal and enter the command

sudo rm -rf /path/to/folder

Then type your password, followed by enter

Here path/to/folder may be /home/timeshift or just /timeshift. Correctly check the path before you enter the command.

To find all the timeshift files (which are outside /home/timeshift), enter the command locate timeshift, and it would show the locations of all files/folders having the name timeshift. Then you can remove them (one by one if the number of such folders is not large, or with a bash script, if there are too many folders).

  • Thank's a bunch. I did the same As you told I removed every file every folder but still when I locate timeshift I get those results that are already deleted by me Mar 18, 2021 at 15:14
  • @AmitNikhade That's probably because the computer is still using the old database (which is updated every 24 hours). To regenerate the database, enter the command sudo updatedb. Once that is done, check if locate timeshift shows anything. Mar 18, 2021 at 15:20
  • great.. bro. thank's a lot Mar 18, 2021 at 15:22
  • @AmitNikhade My pleasure Mar 18, 2021 at 15:24
  • this solution didn't work, still cannot delete the folder of timeshift. I have it on external drive.
    – doctorate
    Apr 24, 2023 at 12:26

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