Many a time you do a Ctrl+Z while writing on the MS Word file or notepad. What if you want to do the same for your Operating System such as to revert to the previous state without any of the consequences which sounds almost similar to a miracle. You can easily return to your work as if nothing has happened even when you don’t know what caused the problem. Hence it is the reason why system restore features is among the top things ex-Window users are accepting from LINUX. There are some tools which help users in System Restore functionality in LINUX as well.
One should be aware that system restore doesn’t work on LINUX. You won’t find a feature called System Restore in your distro’s menus. You will have to look up for the approach to which you are comfortable and install the necessary applications. All the apps are based on the same principle as system restores on Windows OS. A snapshot is being created at specified intervals and let you roll back to a selected point in time.
Snapshots are saved states of the file system created at specific points in time and are kept on the same storage device as the file system, unlike the backups which are copies of files kept in the separate locations. Snapshot include all directories and files system within it. As you are keeping the snapshot in the same place as the file system makes it possible to perform the rollback, and it also saves disk space. Snapshots act as incremented backups and save only changes that were made since the last snapshot that means every snapshot depends on the previous one to fully restore the system.
Few of the applications that will help you in maintaining the system snapshots are discussed below:
Timeshift: It is a simple graphical interface which can be used from the terminal. No personal file is included by default but you can add custom directories to your snapshots.
Cronopete: If the timeshift is simple, Cronopete is even simpler regarding appearance. It is called as the Time Machine for OS X and works a bit differently than TimeShift. Cronopete offers the package for Ubuntu, Debian, and Fedora while Arch LINUX users can find it in the AUR.
Back in time: it looks very user-friendly as it attracts LINUX beginners while its settings offer control which is fine-grained. It interface behaves like regular file manager, and you can preview all the taken snapshots, browse files in each of them and restore the selected files and folders.
Systemback: it packs the impressive amount of features in a tiny interface. Users of Debian, Ubuntu, and its derivatives can play with the systemback for now because there are no installation files for other distributions.
Snapper: It is closely tied to open SUSE where it was introduced in version 12.1. It is possible to install it on other distributions but it’s not of the surety that it will work or not. To setup, the snapper you can follow the easiest way is to open the SUSE on BTRRFS partition. And in that case, Snapper gets automatically installed and configured. You can use the snapper as a command-line tool or via YaST, there is alternatively called Snapper GUI.
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