Deja-dup integration with Ubuntu desktop

Asked by leeshipley on 2010-05-09

Your short description says: "Integrates well into your GNOME desktop".
Yes, but how? This is not apparent from the documentation that I have found.
However in a bug report I found a reference to Nautilus and inability to restore individual files. I experiemented by right clicking on a file in the file browser(it is not labelled as Nautilus). I was surprised to find a new option in the list "Revert to Previous Version...". A whole new world of functionality so badly needed on Ubuntu.
Are there any other undocumented features we should know about?

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Best Michael Terry (mterry) said : #1

Uh, yeah I suppose:
 * If you have an automatic backup setup over the network, Deja Dup will talk to NetworkManager and wait for a network connection, rather than just throwing up an error.
 * Likewise, if you have an automatic backup setup for an external drive, Deja Dup will talk to GVFS to wait for it to be connected.
 * If you are using an old version of duplicity (before it implemented support for resuming a backup), if you tried to logout from GNOME, you would get a warning from GNOME that Deja Dup was running.

I can't think of other GNOME-integration features. Eventually we will also add an option to nautilus context menus to be able to restore missing files (the ones that you can't click on today to say 'revert' because they aren't there!), but the UI for that isn't written yet.

leeshipley (leeshipley) said : #2

Sufficient, and I thank you for the care you are taking to get the basics right. The reason that I asked was that, after cruising the net for a while, was that so many people did not realise that it was possible to retrieve previous version of single files. I would urge you to keep working for an effective way of retrieving files that have been trashed and now need to be retrieved from the backup. I continue to run Nssbackup rather than Deja Dup on one of my machines just for this reason. Let me put it this way: Ubuntu needs a workable Apple Time Machine app. I see Deja Dup/ Duplicity being just the engine needed. You are doing a good job of providing the chassis.