Re: [Evolution] Evolution backup problem

Do what?  The diff?  At the command line you do 

diff file1 file2 

Tried diff but not sure I did it right it said no such file or directory

replacing file1 & file2 with the full paths to the two files  (I can't
be any more specific since it depends on where the files are located and
I don't know where Ubuntu mounts external disks).

This one (above) I definitely don't understand, where do I learn how to
do that please?

You copied the evo backup file to the external hard disk - what was the
path that you copied it to?  If you used the Gnome file manager to do it
then that should be in the bar just above the file icons - something
like /media/diskname/ - alternatively you can just type 'mount' at a
command prompt and you should see where the disk is mounted.  You then
need to type 

  diff ~/evolution.tar.gz /media/diskname/evolution.tar.gz

Remember to replace /media/diskname with the path to the external disk -
if 'diskname' has spaces in it, then you need to be careful to escape
the spaces.  The easiest way at a command prompt is to use the Tab key
to autocomplete the filenames - i.e. the key sequence would be something
like 'diff ~/evo<tab> /media/di<tab>/evo<tab>'  - each time you press
the <tab> key the shell will autocomplete the name - if it doesn't then
you might need to type more characters so it can uniquely identify the
file you want.  The 'di<tab>' is just an example, you need to start
typing the correct name of your disk.  Also remember that it is case

"You could also try doing 'tar tzvf evolution-backup.tar.gz' on the file
on the external drive.  Does it come up with an error?"

did you mean me to write that as a command in Teminal??


I understand how to paste stuff into terminal but how do I make it
relate to that file?

Make sure you use the full pathname to the Evo file like you did in the
diff command above.

As a work-around..if the USB stick approach works, why not just us that
as the backup store as opposed to the hard drive?

That's entirely up to you...


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