The backup program (deja-dup) could be more verbose to the user

One thing I have noticed is the backup program that comes with mate isnt very good at letting you know when there is an issue.

For example, I have a USB disk plugged in that is configured as the backup location. It works and the backup program dutifully backs up each day on a schedule to the drive. However I unplugged it at one point because I was clearing my desk and forgot to plug it back in. 39 days later I decided to just check the backup randomly and noticed no backup had happened over a month. There was no notification at all to tell me there was an issue. I could have been in a situation where I lost files had I not noticed. I quickly found the problem and plugged the drive back in whereupon it immediately started backing up on its own, however I feel that a notification should inform the user when a backup is missed and continue to do so daily until the user corrects the problem.

Thank you for your time.


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Using a different backup program would not Help to improve the built in program.

Default programs are just that. If they do not fit your needs there are many other options which is why many of us use Linux.
It is up to the developers what they want for default programs. They do ask, and usually use what is the most popular, not necessarily the best (as defined by who?). Yet I can guarantee you that there will never be a consensus on "best" from Linux users. User vigilance is the first key to good security, no matter what system you use.

People wouldnt know there is a problem thats my point. It is reasonable to assume many people would try the default backup program. We cant have a situation where people are losing files because the program didnt bother to tell them it couldnt backup.

I use the default program and have been happy with it but It would be a good feature if it notified (nagged) you if a scheduled backup failed to start.


@pallebone @spanky What is the "default program" ? Are you referring to "Applications/Accessories/Disks/Disk image"?

@joe Timeshift looks very interesting. I have been using ReDo and Clonezilla and would prefer an easier or automated solution. How does Timeshift deal with a drive with a corrupt Grub or sector 1 partition?

The backup default is "deja-dup" located in the software boutique as far as I know. Timeshift is similar to setting a restore point on Windows.

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Fixed that (deja-dup) for this topic.

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Déjà Dup is developed by GNOME. It would be worth raising this bug with them via the questions area on Launchpad:

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Ok I will do that on Monday. Thanks guys.