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Old 12-31-2018, 08:11 PM   #1
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Can Linux Mint 18.3 bookmarks be recovered from a saved Timeshift file?


Before I created a Timeshift backup today, I copied all of my personal folders/files to a USB stick (thank goodness).

What I FORGOT to do is export and save my Opera bookmarks! GEEZ!

Can I recover that bookmarks.html file from my Timeshift backup, and if so, how?

Thanks, guys.
 
Old 01-01-2019, 05:59 AM   #2
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Try ~/.config/opera/Bookmarks

Why do you say "thank goodness". Is your system now in an inoperable state?
 
Old 01-01-2019, 08:07 AM   #3
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Try ~/.config/opera/Bookmarks

Why do you say "thank goodness". Is your system now in an inoperable state?
hydrurga, tried your trick to recover the bookmarks. PERMISSION DENIED.

To your point about the state of our laptop: technically, it's not inoperable (it does boot up, sort of), but now I get a menu, offering 4 different boot options!

We now really depend on my wife's laptop, since mine got trashed a week ago, and has now been recycled.

At this point, I'm thinking of loading a simpler, Linux OS. Any advice, kind sir?

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Old 01-01-2019, 09:37 AM   #4
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hydrurga, tried your trick to recover the bookmarks. PERMISSION DENIED.

To your point about the state of our laptop: technically, it's not inoperable (it does boot up, sort of), but now I get a menu, offering 4 different boot options!

We now really depend on my wife's laptop, since mine got trashed a week ago, and has now been recycled.

At this point, I'm thinking of loading a simpler, Linux OS. Any advice, kind sir?
You need to be root user to access files in the TimeShift snapshots.

Why don't you revert to a previous TimeShift snapshot before the problem arose?

You're not going to get much simpler than Mint to be honest.
 
Old 01-01-2019, 10:14 AM   #5
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You need to be root user to access files in the TimeShift snapshots.

Why don't you revert to a previous TimeShift snapshot before the problem arose?

You're not going to get much simpler than Mint to be honest.
Don't have an earlier snapshot, hydrurga; just started using it.

I DO like Mint, but this isn't the first time that I stepped into Linux quicksand - and it's a royal pain getting things back to status quo. I was looking at some lightweight, stable apps, like Absolute Linux, Lubuntu, LXLE and Vector Linux. R U familiar with any of these?

We use our laptops for EVERYTHING: banking, document filing, web resources, so when one goes down, everything stops!
 
Old 01-01-2019, 10:28 AM   #6
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What are these 4 options on boot that you talk of?

Aye you sure that you want to be looking at different distros now? Your aim should be getting a working system. I can try and help you achieve that.
 
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What are these 4 options on boot that you talk of?

Aye you sure that you want to be looking at different distros now? Your aim should be getting a working system. I can try and help you achieve that.
https://www.techradar.com/news/best-...t-linux-distro


YES, a working system would be good. We seem to have one now, as I am typing from my wife's laptop as we speak. It's a TRUST issue; I am a tad skittish now.
 
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https://www.techradar.com/news/best-...t-linux-distro

YES, a working system would be good. We seem to have one now, as I am typing from my wife's laptop as we speak. It's a TRUST issue; I am a tad skittish now.
A lightweight distro is not necessarily the same as an easy one - it just means that the distro is able to run with fewer resources.

I am willing to help you get your system back into shape and, now that you have TimeShift installed, you should be able to wind back to a previous snapshot if issues occur from now on which you are unable to resolve.
 
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A lightweight distro is not necessarily the same as an easy one - it just means that the distro is able to run with fewer resources.

I am willing to help you get your system back into shape and, now that you have TimeShift installed, you should be able to wind back to a previous snapshot if issues occur from now on which you are unable to resolve.
hydrurga, I got Linux Mint 18.3 running again, but with issues, and in the midst of it all, my HP printer's scanner now doesn't work!

I'm thinking about installing Lubuntu or LXLE (and buying another, non-HP printer/scanner). Do you know anything about these distros? Can I buy an installation CD online, and if not, could you burn an ISO for me (I'd gladly pay you for it)?

Thanks, kind sir.

FenderGuy
 
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hydrurga, I got Linux Mint 18.3 running again, but with issues, and in the midst of it all, my HP printer's scanner now doesn't work!

I'm thinking about installing Lubuntu or LXLE (and buying another, non-HP printer/scanner). Do you know anything about these distros? Can I buy an installation CD online, and if not, could you burn an ISO for me (I'd gladly pay you for it)?

Thanks, kind sir.

FenderGuy
I'm not sure that switching distros will resolve your issues, but if that's what you want to do then fair enough. Are you unable to download the Lubuntu ISO due to limited network bandwidth?
 
Old 01-03-2019, 08:45 PM   #11
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I'm not sure that switching distros will resolve your issues, but if that's what you want to do then fair enough. Are you unable to download the Lubuntu ISO due to limited network bandwidth?
Hydrurga, my wife and I just got home from the movies (we saw The Mule, with Clint Eastwood). Wow! Surprising good film. Anyway, I digress.

What did you mean when you said,"A lightweight distro is not necessarily the same as an easy one"? Do you know some easy, lightweight ones? I have reinstalled the Mint OS at least twice in this endeavor, and believe me when I tell you: it's getting old, fast!

Secondly, we have wireless internet, via jetpack, and it would take almost two hours to download the ISO file!

Thirdly, do you have any printer/scanner recommendations? Dealing with HPLIP is not pleasant.

Can you help? What do you recommend?
 
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Hydrurga, my wife and I just got home from the movies (we saw The Mule, with Clint Eastwood). Wow! Surprising good film. Anyway, I digress.

What did you mean when you said,"A lightweight distro is not necessarily the same as an easy one"? Do you know some easy, lightweight ones? I have reinstalled the Mint OS at least twice in this endeavor, and believe me when I tell you: it's getting old, fast!

Secondly, we have wireless internet, via jetpack, and it would take almost two hours to download the ISO file!

Thirdly, do you have any printer/scanner recommendations? Dealing with HPLIP is not pleasant.

Can you help? What do you recommend?
I suppose what I was saying is that the ease-of-use of a distro doesn't necessarily correlate with it being lightweight or not. Does your hardware necessitate a lightweight distro?

You might be better to start new threads to ask about (i) where you can buy a Lubuntu DVD in the US; (ii) which printer folk recommend. I used to have an HP which worked fine, and now use an Epson which also works fine but for which the scanner took some time to get working ok over the network.

The thing is to my mind that you shouldn't have had to reinstall Mint. If you were using TimeShift then you should have been able to revert to a previous snapshot at worst. I'm just concerned that whatever is going wrong will transfer itself over to the use of another distro. On the other hand, perhaps you will indeed find a distro that suits you better.
 
  


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