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

Dale dalek1967 at bellsouth.net
Wed Mar 26 12:19:22 UTC 2008

James Kerr wrote:
> 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.
> Jim
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When I copy user generated files, I always use the -a option since it 
retains all file settings including permission, ownership, group etc 
etc.  You may want to check who owns the files and what group owns 
them.  I suspect one or both of those has changed. 

Hope that helps.


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