A couple of months ago, I backed up using deja dup. Since then I've reinstalled 12.04. Recently I tried to restore the Documents directory via 'Restore missing files', and the scan came up empty. Restoring everything from the backup works, but there's a giant chunk of useless information on it that I don't need. Is there any troubleshooting for this, or maybe a way to exclude a folder when I restore? Or any other way to do this? Backup is located on an external hard drive. Thanks in advance.

  • Is your system using the same host name / user name / .... ???
    – Fabby
    Jul 15, 2015 at 23:20
  • No, different ones. Jul 17, 2015 at 15:03

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Déjà Dup is a file back-up program that is quite easy to use and does what 95% of users need 99% of the time.

However, it is not the most intelligent back-up solution around. As you re-installed your system and you have a different host name and user name, Déjà Dup cannot find the files the new user is looking for…

Therefore, you have to restore all files of a different host from a different user to a different location on the new host/user (very logical when you know about it). Then just copy the needed files over from the total restore to the new location (~/Documents) and delete the total restore.

Don't kill the messenger! ;-)

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    – Fabby
    Jul 17, 2015 at 17:23

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