Aptik – A Tool to Backup/Restore Your Favourite PPAs and Apps in Ubuntu

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12 Responses

  1. SAMUEL ISHOLA says:

    Ravi Saive,

    Thank for your prompt reply. I am yet to succeed in backing up the partitions needed to retain the original functionality of the application in the old Ubuntu 8.04 server. Redo application was stubbornly picking folder mnt for backup destination. But this folder could not afford me the write permission to create the Backup folder in this folder.

    Please i need your guidance. My external drive could not be mounted. Also the aptik does not seem working on Ubuntu 8.04 server. Please I need your help. I am very new to Linux/Ubuntu operating system.

    Thanks very much for your readily available assistance. More grease to your elbow.

  2. Craig Smilovitz says:

    I just found this tool and it is excellent. Really fills a need. I will donate.

    Yet another reason to not trust the cloud… You mention that Aptik is not included (and it should be not only included but mentioned PROMINENTLY in the installation instructions) in the ubuntu release because Canonical does the same through the cloud and Ubuntu One.

    Not liking the cloud myself — it’s my data and my life, why should I trust someone else to keep it — I still decided to look up Ubuntu One. Turns out Canonical has discontinued the whole service. So rather than providing this service with a piece of software with willing support engineers, they create an complex, expensive-to-run service that they can’t continue to offer.

    BTW, I found the migrating of users to be especially useful. Perhaps this could have been done by just copying the user directories into the new installation but I didn’t want to try.

    Craig

  3. darkhart says:

    Wow! I wish I knew this after my first reinstall. Would have made my days go by a lot easier!

    To be absolutely honest… This is probably my 10th reinstall?

  4. steeeve says:

    Heard about this on UBUNTU PODCAST.
    But not working in 14.04 distro’s except in command line.
    As stated above why does the gui not work ?
    Using xubuntu XFCE-4.12 desktop.
    Is it a GTK problem ?

  5. Sudip Raj Koirala says:

    Wonderful. I was looking exactly for this as I was wondering how people keep on upgrading Ubuntu new versions considering the hassle to download and install every software package again. Gr8 help from this article.

  6. David Darr says:

    For some reason Aptik’s GUI does not work in KDE 4. Luckily the application works by means of CLI. I have tried to contact the owner (Tony George) of APTIK to relay, but have not gotten any feedback.

  7. cmcanulty says:

    I use it and really like it. Should I run it in every user or would it carry over all users?

  8. Jon H says:

    This is great. I recently read (somewhere on Stack Overflow) and backed-up my PPAs, but completely forgot where the docs were and how to restore them.

    Aptik worked out wonderfully. I upgraded from 12.04 to 14.04. I have a bit more verification to do, but this worked out exactly as I needed it to.

    I didn’t have any obvious issues running on 14.04. Perhaps it was updated since the April 23rd response.

  9. Richard Stack says:

    I installed aptik on Ubuntu 14.04. The install seemed to go well and the terminal version works. However, I have no icon in Applications and no way to use a GUI. I may be doing something really dumb–I’m relatively new to Linux, but I think I folowed your install suggestions perfectly. Any Ideas?

    Thanks

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