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qxotic

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PostPosted: Tue 11 Feb 2020, 11:31    Post subject:  Saving - optional: Am I doing it right?
Subject description: Choosing when to save a session
 

Some older directions such as http://www.murga-linux.com/puppy/viewtopic.php?p=497458 had the user making changes to an rc.shutdown file. It also mentions "Go to "Menu->System->Puppy Event Manager->save session->save Interval", and set the value to zero [actually 0] minutes, and OK that."

I have done the latter only and that gives me the option to save or not without making any other file changes.

I am using BionicPup. I have a usb frugal install with the install in a single folder which I can save elsewhere to back up.

I have a back up from a good restore point. My goal in this change is so that if I mess something up, I can copy the back up over top of the main file and exit without saving in order to be at the restore point on the next boot.

Is my approach the right one? Is there a a better way to set a restore point and go back to it easily?

I don't want to do any more playing around until I am more clear on my restore strategy.

Thank you.
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PostPosted: Tue 11 Feb 2020, 21:17    Post subject:  

Yes, just make a copy of the good working save folder and put it someplace safe.
A different partition, a different storage device, a location that is not part of the operating Puppy.

Yes, if something goes bad with the save.
Delete the bad save.
Replace it with the backup save.

Menu->Utility->Pupsave Backup can do this.

You are running Puppy from a USB.
It uses a section of memory for a working save ramdisk.
So, it has options for when to save.

A save icon on desktop.
Auto save at a set time.
Save at shutdown.

Quote:
Menu->System->Puppy Event Manager->save session->save Interval", and set the value to zero [actually 0] minutes, and OK that."

That turned off auto save.
On that same window, when you set to 0.
There is also an option to be asked to save on shutdown.
Shutdown will not just save without asking.

If you now have auto save set to 0.
Ask at shutdown if you want to save.
Save icon on desktop.

Any changes, added programs, settings, etc are in the save ramdisk only in memory, not in the save, yet.
If you have not pressed the save icon on desktop.
Shutdown and selected to save.
Nothing new has been put into the actual save.
But Puppy will run like that new stuff is already in the save.
Now, if something goes bad.
Just do not update the save.
Do not press the save icon.
Do a reboot.
when asked, say no to save.

When it boots backup.
You are back to using the original save.

This is a good way to first test something.
Try it out before you actually put it into the save.

Note:
This does use memory to make the save ramdisk.
Memory could run low, if there is less than 1 or 2 GB of memory in computer.
But you will get warnings, if it gets too low.

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PostPosted: Wed 12 Feb 2020, 10:35    Post subject: Thanks  

Thanks bigpup, that gives a lot of peace of mind to know I was on the right track.. now with a good backup and feeling more sure I know how to restore if needed, I feel more confident to try things out.
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PostPosted: Wed 12 Feb 2020, 21:07    Post subject:  

Hi qxotic,

You might also want to consider what I discuss in this post, http://www.murga-linux.com/puppy/viewtopic.php?p=974066#974066
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