Ubuntu 13.04.

I am configuring a home folder backup using Ubuntu's built-in backup function and Ubuntu One as the destination.

My home folder is fairly large, and I'm looking for folders that I can exclude without too much of a deleterious effect. That said:

As I understand, Zeitgeist is an activity logger - it has a folder at ~/.local/share/zeitgeist which is large (~1.1 GB). What would the effects of not backing this folder up and having to run a restore later? Would they ever possibly include being unable to use my data?

For the curious, the other folders I am considering excluding are:

~/Trash (default) 
~/Downloads (default) 
~/eclipse-kepler (binary package only) 
~/.wine (losing this would not hurt my feelings at all) 

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Zeitgeist is effectively an activity logger (it does some other things), and removing it is entirely safe, so i would assume not backing up its data would not be harmful to your system. You would only be losing a list of recently run applications and accessed files.

More information on Zeitgeist

  • I'm going to look at the source for it and get back to this - I want to know what those "some other things" are, but you've convinced me that it's safe to exclude. Thanks!
    – jdphenix
    Aug 29, 2013 at 17:37
  • Note that under the Privacy section of Systems Settings, you can manually edit what is logged. Aug 29, 2013 at 17:40

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