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Where it all begins

The heart of the user data persistence feature is the filetool.sh utility, which reads the list of files to backup from /opt/.filetool.lst and stores the backed up files to the location specified in /opt/.backup_device. A file called mydata.tgz is created that contains the saved files.

A GUI called filetool can be used as well, and can be called from the control panel button “Backup/Restore”.

.filetool.lst and .xfiletool.lst

While .filetool.lst is used to determine what files and directories to backup, .xfiletool.lst determines which files in the .filetool.lst to exclude. For example, if you wanted to backup all but one file in a directory, you would add the directory name to .filetool.lst and the file name to .xfiletool.lst. Path names in .filetool.lst and .xfiletool.lst must be specified relative to /.

Backup rationale

  • Browser bookmarks
  • Wireless network settings
  • Browser extensions
  • X server settings (repeat rate, mouse speed)

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