[Dirvish] Has anybody successfully restored a Linux OS (f.i., Ubuntu) with Dirvish?

JPH jph4dotcom at xs4all.nl
Sat Jun 19 18:31:31 UTC 2010

It is virtually impossible to do a full restore without doing some 
serious after work. The problem is at least that your boot sector is not 
being backed up, and if it would be, it'd be most probably useless 
because the file layout on disk has changed. Another problem you'll run 
in to with Ubuntu is that the filesystem's UUID's have changed during 

To do a full restore from dirvish (and most even commercial backup apps) 
you'll have to:
- install a fresh system
- recover the files from back up
- be very carefull with files like /etc/fstab /boot/... and maybe lots more.

Most backup apps, including dirvish are really about restoring specific 

Hope this helps,


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> From: Konrad Koller <koko9991 at googlemail.com>
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> I like and admire Dirvish for regular backups of my home directory. So why
> my provocative question? There is a lot of documentation about the saving
> process, but documentation about restoring is scarce. Of course backing up
> and restoring go together and everybody should check whether the restoring
> process is successful and he should do so before a disaster happens. In my
> case last year after having worked with a Gentoo system for 2 years and
> keeping the system continuously up-to-date I had a hard drive crash and
> hoped to restore Gentoo on a new hard disk with my dirvish backup, but it
> failed. I don't exactly remember the details. I dropped Gentoo and since
> then I backup the root partition of my Ubuntu with Clonezilla, but I miss
> the advantages of Dirvish (incremental backup and access to single files)
> which Clonezilla does not provide.
> I would like to start a new try with a system backup by Dirvish, but I think
> to need the helping hand of an expierienced user of Dirvish. One may not
> forget the restoration of the Master Boot Record (Grub 2), which Clonezilla
> does automatically. This was perhaps the reason for my failure last year.
> Such hints are certainly also welcome by other users of Dirvish.
> I thank you very much in advance.
> Cheers Konrad
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