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Old 12-10-2021, 01:26 AM   #1
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Should I close Chromium before I back it up?


I started making daily backups of my .config/chromium/default folder about a week ago, but then started wondering if I should close the browser before doing that. I'm able to copy the folder without closing the browser, but maybe as a result I'm not getting everything I should be. Or maybe I'm copying more stuff (like temporary files) than I need to. Thanks
 
Old 12-10-2021, 06:17 AM   #2
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I started making daily backups of my .config/chromium/default folder about a week ago, but then started wondering if I should close the browser before doing that. I'm able to copy the folder without closing the browser, but maybe as a result I'm not getting everything I should be. Or maybe I'm copying more stuff (like temporary files) than I need to. Thanks
Tricky.
Chromium seems to be doing some caching in both ~/.cache and ~/.config/chromium.
Altogether there's a lot of stuff, and my guess is yes, you should close Chromium before doing the backup.

A quick search does not reveal anything either.

Why not make a test:
  • start Chromium, log into your favorite site
  • backup the folder
  • close Chromium
  • move the folder to your current Chromium folder
  • open Chromum in a terminal, to catch all messages
  • log into your favorite site
 
Old 12-10-2021, 10:41 AM   #3
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I started making daily backups of my .config/chromium/default folder about a week ago, but then started wondering if I should close the browser before doing that. I'm able to copy the folder without closing the browser, but maybe as a result I'm not getting everything I should be. Or maybe I'm copying more stuff (like temporary files) than I need to. Thanks
In general (applies to all backups) the directory/files being backed up should be idle so there are no changes while the backup is being performed. This means files should be closed and no changes of any kind ---> implies you should close chromium while backing up.

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