[kde-linux] restoring from backup in Konqueror (and Firefox on KDE)

James Kerr jim at jkerr82508.free-online.co.uk
Wed Mar 26 12:08:44 UTC 2008

On Wednesday 26 Mar 2008, Lisi Reisz wrote:
> First, the background.  I have just done a fresh installation of Debian
> Lenny on a new hard drive.  (I was previously running Etch on a ?slightly
> dicey HDD.  My "home" and "backup" directories each has a separate HDD. 
> I have restored from this configuration without a problem before.
> I formatted the HDD containing /home because I feared that it might have
> got corrupted in an attempt to dist-upgrade on the old HDD which went
> pear shaped.  I then did
> # cp -Rpu /backup/. /home
> once the new installation was complete.
> All the files appear to be there.
> KDE is now version 3.5.8, KMail 1.9.7 and Konqueror 3.5.8.
> -------------------------------------------------------------------------
>------ **The problem**.
> Although all the data appears to be intact, the settings etc. appear not
> to have transfered to Lenny.  E.g. I have all my emails in KMail, but
> none of the settings, filters etc., which I am therefore having to redo. 
> A pain, but doable.
> But Konqueror, in addition to having lost all my settings, has not got my
> bookmarks.  As I say, all the files appear to be there on my /home.
> Again, I can redo the settings - tedious, but less so than KMail.  But
> those bookmarks would take an age to recreate, even if I succeeded - and
> I am sure that they are there somewhere.
> Has anyone any suggestions for what I might be able to do to retrieve
> them? Is there a file/folder that needs to be linked/loaded/otherwise
> brought into play?
> And while we are at it, I have the same question for Firefox/Iceweasel on
> KDE. But I use it far less, so the bookmarks are less valuable - and
> there are fewer of them.

I think that you should not have used the -u option with cp. The rc files 
created on installation or first boot will have later dates than your 
backup and so your backup rc files will not have been copied.


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