What does backup restore actually backup?

I cant connect my USB SSD or mouse anymore. I’m sure i broke something when i was playing around with my debian templates. So i decided to restore from yesterdays backup. Restore finished without errors. I was under the assumption that restore, restores the entire system to its previous state. The changes i made to the debian templates where still in my templates after a restore.

After restore there were quite a few *1 qubes which I shutdown and deleted. Including a sys-usb1 vm (didnt fix the mouse/SSD issue)

What am I missing? Any pointers would be appreciated.

I did try this to recreate sys-usb. Still cant attach mouse or SSD. SSD gives a QubesException error - cant attach device

  • qvm-remove sys-usb
  • sudo qubesctl state.sls qvm.usb-keyboard
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I was under the assumption that restore, restores the
entire system to its previous state.

It restores the qubes and the home directory of dom0

After restore there were quite a few *1 qubes which I shutdown and
deleted. Including a sys-usb1 vm (didnt fix the mouse/SSD issue)

Those where your restored qubes, as the originals where still in place.

  • qvm-remove sys-usb * sudo qubesctl state.sls qvm.usb-keyboard

Well if you messed up the template and that’s still the default template
then you are simply recreating what you deleted.

What templates are you using? Do you have a unmodified one? Do you know
how to get an unmodified one?

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Hi Sven

I’ve noticed that the restored qubes, for example the restored debian template, doesn’t have any applications in the qube. just start qube.

@Galt007 wrote:

I’ve noticed that the restored qubes, for example the restored debian
template, doesn’t have any applications in the qube. just start
qube.

Not quite. Dom0 simply hasn’t updated the application menu yet. You can
go into the settings of the template and click the “Refresh
Applications” button to fix that.

Also:

Thanks Sven. that restored USB connectivity to my SSD and USB Mouse.

Saint Sven!