Sorry in advance if this question happens to be of a naïve sort.

I know that recovering files in Déjà-Dup is pretty straightforward: simply go the the directory where the file used to be and (in Nautilus) do "File => Restore Missing Files".

But what if I do not know the directory where the file used to reside? Can I search for the filename in Déjà-dup?

Many thanks for your help.

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    askubuntu.com/a/332914/15811 ?
    – Rinzwind
    Mar 7, 2015 at 20:00
  • Yes, thank you @Rinzwind. This solved my problem. Since that post covers other themes in addition to the one I've raised, I have added below an explicit answer to my question, in hope to help less experienced users as myself.
    – Og DeSouza
    Mar 7, 2015 at 20:13
  • @OgDeSouza, Would you accept your own answer as it is the one that works for you.
    – user.dz
    Apr 18, 2016 at 8:18
  • @Sneetsher, sure! I did try it and it worked well for me. I had forgotten to click on the "accept it" icon. It is done now, thanks!
    – Og DeSouza
    Apr 19, 2016 at 10:41

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One simple solution is to use duplicity (on which Déjà-dup sits) and produce a list of files in the backup:

duplicity list-current-files --no-encryption --time <timestring>  target > list.txt

where "timestring" is given, according to man duplicity, as:

The acceptible time strings are intervals (like "3D64s"), w3-datetime strings, like "2002-04-26T04:22:01-07:00" (strings like "2002-04-26T04:22:01" are also acceptable - duplicity will use the current time zone), or ordinary dates like 2/4/1997 or 2001-04-23 (various combinations are acceptable, but the month always precedes the day).

and "target" is the path to the directory where your backup is.

In my case the full command was:

duplicity list-current-files --no-encryption --time 3D file://mybackup > list.txt

After this, you can open "list.txt" in any text editor and search for the filename.

If you want something more elaborated, have a look on https://askubuntu.com/a/486458/213084

  • And how do you determine target when only using Déjà Dup?
    – Andy
    Oct 23, 2017 at 20:41
  • @Andy: the target in Dejà Dup is set up when you start using it for the first time as 'Storage Location'. Have a look on linux.com/learn/total-system-backup-and-recall-deja-dup
    – Og DeSouza
    Oct 24, 2017 at 21:34
  • I do know that, but in CLI you don't have a fancy dropdown to select S3, and a key manager. You'd need some URL I guess.
    – Andy
    Oct 26, 2017 at 20:36
  • how do things change when deja-dup is installed as a snap application? Jun 24 at 10:33

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