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Monday, March 20th 2006, 4:23pm

Kdar Crashing

Compaq Presario R3240 AMD-64 laptop
Ubuntu-64 Breezy, Gnome shell (OK, OK, chill.)

Kdar is the only backup solution I have found that works for me. There are like thousands of Linux backup tools, but almost all of them are designed for huge installations with a gazillion workstations. I just have a laptop that I want to back up to a 60 GB external USB pocket drive. And I want to do it only when I get to a point where I have created enough new files to make it advisable to do a backup. Thus, there might be a couple weeks between backups. Automated backup tools just won't work here. Kdar is about the only tool I have found that suits my scenario.

But the problem is that it crashes all the time. This morning I went to make a backup. I had just started the computer, logged in, and Kdar was the only application I launched. It got almost to the end, then suddenly the shell went down and I was back at a login screen. When I logged back in Kdar was gone. This is always what happens -- Kdar goes down and takes the shell with it.

After logging back in I restarted Kdar and remade the backup. This time it completed perfectly. The crashes seem to be random; that is, I can't figure out any common elements.

Does anyone have any idea what might be wrong?

bram85

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Monday, March 20th 2006, 8:34pm

RE: Kdar Crashing

An application should never crash, so you'd better contact the author about this. Don't forget to create backtraces, that makes the debugging process more convenient.
Bram Schoenmakers
KDE Netherlands (www.kde.nl)

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Wednesday, March 22nd 2006, 2:24pm

RE: Kdar Crashing

Thanks for the suggestion. I tried to send a bug report with the Help menu in Kdar, but no matter what I tried it was unable to find the network. Eventually I gave up and did it manually from my e-mail client. No response so far, but it's been only a couple of days. Meantime, it continues to crash the whole computer on about one out of three backups. I've never needed to do a restore, but it does not inspire confidence. What if the restore function is equally broken? I mean, even the bug report tool doesn't work. I think I need to look for something else.

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Wednesday, March 22nd 2006, 3:05pm

RE: Kdar Crashing

Remember, KDar is just a frontend for dar. So if you want to restore your backups you can always use the command line tool.
Bram Schoenmakers
KDE Netherlands (www.kde.nl)