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Thread: Can I restore files to a different Ubuntu version ?

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    Can I restore files to a different Ubuntu version ?

    Hi,

    I was using Ubuntu 18.04 on my old laptop which basically died last week, just as the latest Ubuntu LTS 20.04.1 became available.
    I made a back up of my files with Deja Dup Backups on my old laptop (using 18.04).
    I now have a new laptop and installed Ubuntu 20.04 on it (didn't seem to make sense to install an old Ubuntu version).

    My question is can I restore my files with Backups on my new laptop, which runs with 20.04 even though the back up was made using 18.04 ? Will the different version of Ubuntu be a problem at all (e.g. with software data) ??

    Thanks for your help.

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    Re: Can I restore files to a different Ubuntu version ?

    It shouldn't be a problem.

    The software is the same albeit a newer version but fundamentally nothing has changed. It should recognize the old backup.

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    Re: Can I restore files to a different Ubuntu version ?

    Depends on which files you backed up.

    You can always restore data without a problem, but if you backed up the whole home directory then it may not be a good idea to restore it in total, since the DE may have changed and may not work with different version settings.

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    Re: Can I restore files to a different Ubuntu version ?

    Hi,

    Thanks a lot for your replies. Yes, it was pretty much all of the Home directory. So to be on the safe side, should I just restore my own personal data (Documents, Music, Pictures etc) and avoid any folder related to Desktop Environment and any specific software?

    I still would like to be able to restore data related to e.g. Firefox (bookmarks), Thunderbird (emails) and Keepass (passwords). Can I still do that ?

    Are there any folders (in Home) I should definitely avoid to restore ?

    Thanks a lot.

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    Re: Can I restore files to a different Ubuntu version ?

    There is a hidden .info and a few other directories that you should not restore. The troublesome ones are all hidden I think, but if you do a blanket restore, then they may get copied and screw up your newer/older DE.

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    Re: Can I restore files to a different Ubuntu version ?

    OK, many thanks for the advice. I figured the safest way would be to restore my files to a separate / specific folder on my new computer using Backups and then from there copy the files I really need in my Home folder. I know where my passwords / emails and bookmarks are located and the rest is just my personal files. Thanks.

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