[maemo-users] Nokia N810 PIM

From: Graham Cobb g+770 at cobb.uk.net
Date: Sat Feb 9 00:52:15 EET 2008
On Friday 08 February 2008 22:02:44 Tommy Persson wrote:
> I just changed from a Palm T5 to a N810 and are trying to reuse my
> memos and todos and see if the gpe calender is useful. What I wonder
> is if the calender and todo data is backed up when I do a backup? I
> really do not have any need to synchonize with some other calender but
> I want to be sure that I cannot loose my data.

Yes, it is backed up.  However, there is a problem with restoring the data 
(see https://bugs.maemo.org/show_bug.cgi?id=2881).  

The GPE data counts as "documents".  If you select "documents" to be backed 
up, the data is correctly stored in the backup ZIP files.  I believe it will 
be correctly restored if you have to reflash the device.  However, restoring 
to an existing system does not work.

This is a backup/restore bug, not a GPE bug.  It applies to all data you 
backup -- you cannot restore a backup of your documents if you manage to 
delete one of them by mistake.

In an emergency you could install "unzip" and then unzip the backup files by 
hand and copy the data files.  Alternatively, if you are paranoid, you can 
copy the GPE data yourself onto a memory card.  The data is in a hidden 
directory, so you can't use the GUI, but you can do it from an X Terminal -- 
you would copy everything in the ~/.gpe directory.

Or vote for bug 2881, if you care about restoring your backups.

> And more general, how do you know that for an arbitrary applicaton?

Well, you can check the files which control this, which are 
in /etc/osso-backup/applications/.  But the best way to be sure is to test 


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