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backintime not opening in gnome ubuntu


when i use the menu i see it open for a second then it closes. when i use the command line i get

lance@bermudezl:~$ backintime-gnome

Back In Time

Version: 0.9.26

Back In Time comes with ABSOLUTELY NO WARRANTY.

This is free software, and you are welcome to redistribute it

under certain conditions; type `backintime-gnome --license' for details.

/usr/share/backintime/gnome/app.py:1051: Warning: g_set_prgname() called multiple times

gnome.program_init( 'backintime', cfg.VERSION, properties = gnome_props )

Traceback (most recent call last):

File "/usr/share/backintime/gnome/app.py", line 1056, in

main_window = MainWindow( cfg, app_instance )

File "/usr/share/backintime/gnome/app.py", line 281, in __init__

self.update_all( True )

File "/usr/share/backintime/gnome/app.py", line 388, in update_all

self.update_folder_view( 1, selected_file, show_snapshots )

File "/usr/share/backintime/gnome/app.py", line 1000, in update_folder_view

new_iter = self.store_folder_view.append( [ item[0], rel_path, item[3], item[5], item[1], item[2], item[4] ] )

TypeError: value is of wrong type for this column


how do i fix this? I completly uninstalled it and reinstalled the program

for some reason the program will work if i do the gnome root option for backintime but i want to use it without having to use root


  • Goineasy9
    Goineasy9 Posts: 1,114
    You just might have to run backintime as root. I would assume that as it is restoring the computer to a previous state it will also have to access files that need root access. I have never used backintime on my Fedora install, so I'm just guessing. For example, when I run nvidia-settings from the menu, it won't save the xorg.conf file because it needs root access, I have to run it as root to do that. Why the developers of these apps don't take this into account puzzles me, unless there is some configuration setting that we are missing.
    Maybe filing a bug report to the developer is in order.
  • kowost
    kowost Posts: 1

    I had the same problem. I took the config file - it is located in /home/<yourname>/.config/backintime - and removed all entries that started with gnome.<xxx>

    my config looked like this


    after removing the UI displayed well


  • Francewhoa

    Same here using Debian 7 Jessie, GNOME 1.0.36, BackInTime 1.0.36. Another option to resolve this is to delete the "app.lock.pid" file.


    1. Using Nautilus, navigate to this folder

    2. Backup this file

    3. Delete this file

    4. Using GNOME, try to open “BackInTime” again
    5. Done. Enjoy :)

    The most likely cause of this challenge is that BackInTime was open, but somehow to computer was not shutdown cleanly. Such as during power outage or a crash. As a result BackInTime is still in a locked state. This lock state is set by the file "app.lock.pid". If this file contain a code. BackInTime will not open. Because it believes it's already open. But it's not. Thus you need to manually delete this file.


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