backup/restore don't seem to be reliable

asked 2017-10-14 00:03:48 +0200

Mariusmssj gravatar image

I flashed my Xperia X with SailfishOS and did a restore from a backup. My accounts were synced along with messages but only 10% of the contacts came through. So I restored again and all of contacts showed up but only few accounts worked and messaged only up to 2016 came up.

Restoring a backup seems very unreliable

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I too had a problem restoring from a backup. For contacts, I extracted the all.ics from the tar file and did a separate import which worked without issue. I then tried a full restore from the same backup and that failed on the Calendar. I then mounted the Xperia using sshfs on my linux machine and found the empty all.vcf which I copied to my linux box. I extracted the all.vcf from the Jolla 1 backup and although it's the same file that the import had choked on, this time the calendar imported it without problem.

But that still left the problem of the full restore not importing. So I extracted all the files from the Jolla backup into an empty folder in linux, replaced the full all.vcf file with the empty one from the Xperia and created another tar file which the Xperia then imported without problem and finally I have a working Xperia with all the data from the Jolla 1.

A word of warning if you try doing the same thing yourself. I stuck to the naming conventions of a Jolla backup file and also compressed it as that's what the phones do. So my command looks like this (from within the folder where the extract of the backup is located) :- tar -czvf sailfish_backup_2017-10-13T12-41-18Z.tar *

Hope this helps.

toner_cloud ( 2017-10-14 12:47:51 +0200 )edit

I have a recent back-up copy from my Jolla on an SD-card. I have inserted the SD-card in the Xperia X. Now I can’t see any restore option - just back-up or update your back-up. What am I missing?

ThGut ( 2017-10-15 21:19:52 +0200 )edit