I did my backups with back in time before I moved to Elementary. Now I installed back in time and I do have to start the (root)-version - but it won´t start. How do I get the thing running?

Thanks a lot!

  • Do you get an error message when trying to start the application? What do you mean by "the root version"? See also: github.com/bit-team/backintime/issues Commented Nov 8, 2016 at 16:20
  • This is a limitation in pkexec that is it refuses to run a process in the background. We should check if there is already a bug report pending…
    – lemonslice
    Commented Nov 10, 2016 at 18:54
  • (Answer based on askubuntu.com/questions/608419/…)
    – lemonslice
    Commented Nov 10, 2016 at 19:08
  • No, there is no error-message. Yeah, there is a "normal" version installed, and a root-version - you have to take the root-version, so that you can find the mounted directories under mnt (if you mount it there)
    – brandy
    Commented Nov 14, 2016 at 10:55

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You can start it from a terminal with pkexec backintime-qt4.

Actually as a bugfix you can create a script /usr/local/bin/backintime-pkexec

pkexec "/usr/bin/backintime-qt4" "$@"
  1. Save these lines as /usr/local/bin/backintime-pkexec
  2. Make it executable: chmod +x /usr/local/bin/backintime-pkexec
  3. And finally replace in the file /usr/share/applications/backintime-qt4-root.desktop the line Exec=pkexec backintime-qt4 to Exec=/usr/local/bin/backintime-pkexec
  • Works as expected. This answer should be accepted.
    – der_grund
    Commented May 21, 2018 at 15:29

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