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Old 12-31-2009, 05:15 PM   #1
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Question removing fwbackups

Hey guys,
So I installed fwbackups to give it a whirl to see if it was what I was looking for in a backup solution. So far I am not seeing features that I want. Also it errors out everytime a back up job runs. It doesn't matter if it is a scheduled backup set or a one time back up, I get this error
Dec 30 11:18:26 :: INFO : Starting automatic backup operation of set `debian_desktop - Full Weekly'
Dec 30 11:18:26 :: DEBUG : Attempting to connect to server
Dec 30 11:18:27 :: DEBUG : Thread returned with retval -1
Dec 30 11:18:27 :: WARNING : There was an error while performing the backup! Enable debug messages for more information.
Dec 30 11:18:27 :: DEBUG : Traceback (most recent call last):
  File "/usr/local/lib/python2.5/site-packages/fwbackups/", line 121, in run
    retval = self.__functorun(*self.__args)
  File "/usr/local/lib/python2.5/site-packages/fwbackups/operations/", line 615, in start
    managers = self.createPkgLists()
  File "/usr/local/lib/python2.5/site-packages/fwbackups/operations/", line 112, in createPkgLists
    retval, stdout, stderr = fwbackups.execute('dpkg -l', env=self.environment, shell=True, stdoutfd=fh)
TypeError: execute() got an unexpected keyword argument 'stdoutfd'

Dec 30 11:18:27 :: DEBUG : Could not create notification: The name org.freedesktop.Notifications was not provided by any .service files
Dec 30 11:18:27 :: INFO : Canceling the current operation!
Dec 30 11:18:28 :: DEBUG : Parsing configuration files
Dec 30 11:18:35 :: DEBUG : Regenerating crontab
Dec 30 11:18:37 :: DEBUG : Saving set `debian_desktop - Full Weekly' to the crontab
Dec 30 11:18:37 :: INFO : fwbackups administrator closed
Needless to say since it doesn't include the features I am looking for and it errors out I want to remove it. I am running Debian Lenny amd64. There is not an fwbackups package in the repos so I had to compile from source. However I can't figure out how to remove it now.

I tried using apt-get but it can't find it
debian:/home/jared# apt-get remove --purge fwbackups
Reading package lists... Done
Building dependency tree
Reading state information... Done
E: Couldn't find package fwbackups
When I look at the source tar I downloaded this is all that I have
jared@debian:~/Downloads/fwbackups-1.43.3rc4/fwbackups-1.43.3rc4$ ls               
aclocal.m4          COPYING-DOCS                              
AUTHORS             fwbackups-1.43.3rc4-stdoutfd.patch  missing                    
bin                 fwbackups.spec                      NEWS                       
ChangeLog                    pixmaps                    
ChangeLog.rej       INSTALL                             po                         
ChangeLog.stdoutfd  install-sh                          py-compile                 
config.log                 README                     
config.status                   src                        
configure                   TODO                      Makefile                                                       
I have checked /usr/share/local/fwbackups and there is not any scripts listed to remove this package.

Does anyone have any idea how I can remove this from my machine?
Old 12-31-2009, 06:38 PM   #2
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If you didn't install the program from apt-get, this won't be able to uninstall it either. Try after compiling the program,
 make uninstall
Good luck!
Old 12-31-2009, 06:43 PM   #3
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Sorry double posted, internet problems

Last edited by marco18; 12-31-2009 at 06:51 PM.
Old 12-31-2009, 11:21 PM   #4
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That seemed to work. Never used make uninstall before so I didn't think to try it. Thanks
Old 01-04-2010, 04:01 AM   #5
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I'm not sure if you want to give fwbackups another go, but there's a patch available (with instructions on how to apply it) on the fwbackups website that fixes the error you were experiencing.

I'm going to try to create a fwbackups deb package for the next release though, so that should make installing and removing it on Ubuntu easier in the future sorry for the troubles!


source, uninstall

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