I've dug through old questions, and the only ones I found that seemed to address this were five or six years old, referencing folders that don't exist in my install. I'm on 16.04 Mate, trying to get Deja-Dup to let me start completely over as if never run before, but I'd be happy if I could just get to the point of verifiably complete backups that actually ignore the folders I've specified to be ignored.
As it stands, every time Deja-Dup runs a backup (whether manual or automatic), it stops with a message that
can't back up file
I presume this is happening because the file is open, but I would expect backup software to be able to work around that.
- I've verified multiple times that
~/.cacheis in the "ignore" list (in fact, it appears twice, even though I've deleted it completely from the list and reentered it a single time).
- I've also tried individually adding folders inside
~/.cache; they show in the list, but I included
~/.cache/dconfand still got the same error.
At this point, I've got a Google Drive folder full of duplicity files and can't tell which is what, can't tell whether Deja-Dup is backing up everything except the file that generates the error, or only files handled before the error, don't see why I'm getting duplicates of folders shown in the "ignore" list -- and I think it would be simpler to remove Deja-Dup entirely and start over.
I found an answer that suggests purging the deja-dup package, but when I simulate purging Deja-Dup, I get this:
Reading package lists... Done Building dependency tree Reading state information... Done The following packages were automatically installed and are no longer required: libntlm0 linux-headers-4.10.0-28 linux-headers-4.10.0-28-generic
linux-image-extra-4.10.0-28-generic linux-image-extra-4.10.0-33-generic Use 'sudo apt autoremove' to remove them. The following packages will be REMOVED: deja-dup* deja-dup-backend-cloudfiles* deja-dup-backend-gvfs*
deja-dup-backend-s3* deja-dup-caja* ubuntu-mate-desktop* 0 upgraded, 0 newly installed, 6 to remove and 0 not upgraded. Purg ubuntu-mate-desktop [1.154.1] Purg deja-dup-backend-s3 [34.2-0ubuntu1.1] Purg deja-dup [34.2-0ubuntu1.1] [deja-dup-backend-cloudfiles:amd64 deja-dup-caja:amd64 deja-dup-backend-gvfs:amd64 ] Purg deja-dup-backend-cloudfiles [34.2-0ubuntu1.1] [deja-dup-caja:amd64 deja-dup-backend-gvfs:amd64 ] Purg deja-dup-backend-gvfs [34.2-0ubuntu1.1] [deja-dup-caja:amd64 ] Purg deja-dup-caja [0.0.4-0ubuntu2]'
I presume this would only be uninstalling the mate-desktop meta-package, since it doesn't list hundreds of dependencies that would amount to removing my DTE -- but the other questions I've seen suggest this alone won't fix the problem, and Ubuntu has changed enough since 10.04 or 11.04 that some of the referenced folders don't exist or aren't where prior answers assume they are.
Since someone apparently thought it was unclear what I'm asking: given the information above, how do I either completely purge Deja-Dup without removing my desktop, so I can reinstall it clean -- or how can I make Deja-Dup work like new, correctly ignore the folders it shouldn't back up, and make backups I can depend on?
Followup: After implementing the "just purge the settings" part of the solution below, Deja-Dup ran a full cycle but failed with a completely different error that seems to have come up at the very end of the "first backup" cycle -- after writing 300 MB of backup files and a signatures file, writing the manifest file failed with an error dump. I'm going to start over, and if I reproduce the error, I'll search or ask a different question on how to resolve that.