The built in backup application on a fresh installation of Ubuntu 13.04 works great. I have it set to encrypt my files and upload them via SSH to an offsite file server.

However, not wanting to waste space and bandwidth, I chose to ignore several folders in my home directory by adding them to the 'Folders to ignore' list in the Backup options.

The backup seems to ignore this list and upload the contents of those folders anyway, as evidenced by the detail output of the backup window when the backup is running.

I've tried to restart my computer several times. Remove and add again the folders to the ignore list. I've done hit both 'Resume Later' and 'Cancel' on the backup and starting it manually.

Bounty will be awarded to whoever can tell me the reason why my folders are not properly being ignored and provide a fix leading to the resolution.

Here is my Folders tab for the backup options.

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Here is the output of the backup dialog.

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  • Which version of deja-dup are do you have? deja-dup 26.0-0ubuntu1 seems to be working correctly.
    – John Siu
    May 2, 2013 at 20:59
  • @John, yes it is 26.0. May 4, 2013 at 22:47
  • Do you have any symbolic link to your home folder?
    – desgua
    May 5, 2013 at 1:45

3 Answers 3


I never did figure out why folders were not ignoring properly. However, I went back and selectively chose which folders to backup, rather than select which ones to ignore. In other words, I setup a whitelist to backup rather than a blacklist to ignore.

This isn't really an answer, but a work around that gets the job done.

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    how do you deal with backing up the files under the home folder? Because by selecting the home folder it will automatically select all subfolders and we're back in the same problem again
    – Felipe
    Sep 17, 2015 at 19:01

You might want to check your backup files directly. Have a look at this bug


looks like directories are listed, but not backed up.


It looks like this is an instance of Bug #1313034. As of June 16, 2016 the author of a patch is requesting help with testing.

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