What's involved in restoring a Linux system that's completely hosed?

by MadEmperorYuri   Last Updated May 16, 2019 03:02 AM

I am very nearly sold on switching from macOS to Linux as my main operating system. But there's a very important thing I can do with macOS that I can't find how to do with Linux: one-click recoverable, full system backups.

With macOS, I just set up Time Machine, and I don't have to worry about anything. No matter what I change on my system, its all backed up. And when my system becomes totally unusable, all I have to do is have a recovery OS--could be a partition on my HDD, could be a USB stick--format my drive and put everything back. In less than 90 minutes, I'm back in business.

Linux doesn't seem to have any equivalent. The best I can find is Déjà Dup, the documentation for which has not been updated since 2013, and doesn't even describe how to set it up. There's also Cronopete, but it has no user documentation at all.

So what do Linux users do to solve this problem?

Tags : backup

Answers 1

Look at the timeshift package:

Description: System restore utility

Timeshift is a system restore utility which takes snapshots of the system at regular intervals. These snapshots can be restored at a later date to undo system changes. Creates incremental snapshots using rsync or BTRFS snapshots using BTRFS tools.

May 16, 2019 02:56 AM

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