fwbackups - FAQ

  1. Is fwbackups actively developed?
    fwbackups is under minimal maintenance: major bugs will be fixed, however development of new features has taken a backseat until further notice.
  2. Is there any documentation available?
    Yes! There are complete user manuals available for versions 1.43.1 through 1.43.4. Documentation for the most recent version of fwbackups is available here. Previous versions of the user manual may be found at the documentation archives.
  3. Is the documentation offered in other formats such as PDF?
    The documentation will be available for download in PDF format starting with the next release. In the mean time, you can access the single-page HTML version here.
  4. I installed fwbackups on my Linux distribution, but I get an error on startup! (ImportError: No module named fwbackups.const)
    This can happen when you have installed fwbackups for another version of Python than your system has installed, or if you upgraded without uninstalling the previous version first. To resolve it, first uninstall any RPM or DEB packages you previously installed for fwbackups. Next, follow the uninstallation prodecure. Finally, reinstall fwbackups using the appropriate installation procedure for your OS.
  5. I think I've found a bug in fwbackups. What can I do?
    If you are using Fedora, please use the bug tracker located at bugzilla.redhat.com (Product "Fedora", component "fwbackups"). Otherwise, please send reports via email to Stewart Adam at s.adam at diffingo.com.
  6. Is fwbackups compatible with Vista/7?
    Yes, however it requires that UAC be disabled. Disabling UAC poses a security threat to your machine, so it is recommended you leave UAC enabled and use fwbackups on Windows 2000 or Windows XP instead.
  7. There are no pre-built packages available for my distribution. What do I have to install before using fwbackups?
    Please see the fwbackups installation page for more information.
  8. How do I build fwbackups from source or Git?
    For the stable/Python branch, run the autogen.sh script (if you are running Windows you will need to do this from within a MinGW installation) and then use the following to build, configure and install fwbackups:
    ./configure, make, and make install
    If you want to try out the new C++ branch (still under development), first ensure that Qt and CMake are installed on your system. Then run this command in the appropriate build/platform:
    • On Windows with MinGW: cmake . ..\..\ -G "MinGW Makefiles"
    • On Mac OS X, Linux or other *nix based platforms: cmake . ../../

    Once CMake has completed generating the Makefiles, run: make and make install