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Old 11-24-2010, 03:27 PM   #1
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system restore ??? in linux


hi,sorry if this is a daft question,,is there anything like system restore in linux mint 9 please
 
Old 11-24-2010, 03:33 PM   #2
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Depends what you want to do or what the problem is.
There is no restore like in windows though.
Perhaps you can tell us what the problem is.

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Old 11-24-2010, 03:49 PM   #3
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repo thanks for that,i dont have a problem, was just wondering for future referance cheers
 
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A good backup strategy should be enough in case of problems.

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Old 11-24-2010, 07:48 PM   #5
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you don't need restore in linux.
use separate /home partition and wherever you reinstall linux you will get your files and settings.
if you want to save your current installed programs use something like apt on cd or linux mints tool for back upping (back up installed programs or somtehing like that)
sorry for my english
 
Old 11-24-2010, 10:58 PM   #6
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I disagree with silvyus_06 to this extent: Hard drives fail. Laptops get stolen. Therefore regular backups are good. Baring hard drive failures and stolen laptops, though, silvyus_06 is pretty much on point.

Linux is not Windows. It's not subject to the same problems as Windows.

Linux does not have anything like the Windows "system restore" because it doesn't need it. Linux does not use anything like the disastrous kludge that is Windows registry. Generally, a software installation that misfires in Linux does not commonly destroy the installation; the most common result is that the new program just doesn't work.

Linux configuration files are text files. With a very little bit of study, you can learn which ones to back up to external media. You can often boot to a live CD and fix them if they go awry.

Windows has system restore because it comes by default with a "system trash" function.

The files I routinely back up when I change them or when I'm reinstalling, in addition to the unhidden contents of my home folder, are these:

/etc/samba/smb.conf, the Samba configuration file.
/etc/rc.firewall/rc.firewall (if I'm using an rc.firewall script--with some distros I use the Firestarter firewall program).

These are files I worked hard to understand and don't want lost.

In my home folder, I also back up these hidden folders:

/.opera folder, because I use the Opera browser and that contains my Opera configuration, mail store, and lots of other good Opera stuff.
/.pan2 folder, because I use Pan for newsgroups, and that contains my Pan configuration.
/.fluxbox, because I use Fluxbox for a window manager and that contains my Fluxbox configuration.

I also back up my personal template file from Open Office, because I spent half a day fixing it up and don't want to have to do that again.

In short, I back up the configuration files and folders that I have customized, plus data that is important to me. I don't back up stuff that would be recreated on a reinstallation.

Last edited by frankbell; 11-24-2010 at 11:00 PM. Reason: spellink
 
Old 11-25-2010, 06:48 AM   #7
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@acein1: you could make an image of your hard disk or individual partitions if you want something like a restore disk. It'll save you the hassle of having to re-install the OS and all other software if something goes wrong. This is not a substitute for backups though.
 
Old 11-25-2010, 09:00 AM   #8
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thanks to all for your replies cheers
 
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