September 8, 2009 · General · Email This Post

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Mound Data Manager is a tool that can manage data in the context of other applications. You can take snapshots, delete, and move data from many of your favorite applications.

In the trend of short, quick applications comes Mound Data Manager. If you've ever swapped out profiles for applications or wanted to snapshot them, this is your new friend.

Install Mound Data Manager in Jaunty

First you need to edit /etc/apt/sources.list file from command line

sudo gedit /etc/apt/sources.list

add the following lines

deb http://ppa.launchpad.net/jpeddicord/mound/ubuntu jaunty main
deb-src http://ppa.launchpad.net/jpeddicord/mound/ubuntu jaunty main

save and exit the file

Update source list using the following command

sudo apt-get update

Install mound using the following command

sudo apt-get install mound-data-manager

Mound works by reading through your installed applications. Inside each application it will attempt to look for an X-UserData line inside the desktop entry, and if found, makes the application visible in Mound for managing. If one is not found, it will search through /etc/userdata (supplied) in attempt to find a default to show.

A UserData line in the desktop entry or in /etc/userdata tells Mound what files are available to manage. See a line for Empathy as an example:

empathy $CONFIG/Empathy;~/.gnome2/Empathy

$CONFIG is a shortcut for ~/.config using XDG directories. (Others are available, such as $CACHE and $DATA.) The two directories there are then scanned by Mound, and then the user is able to take snapshots of this data, delete the data, and revert older snapshots in place.

The shipped userdata defaults file currently only has support for 36 applications (those that are currently installed on my system). Give Mound a try, and if you see some applications that aren't listed that should be, be sure to let me know.

There are two ways to allow your application to be managed:

1. Add an X-UserData line to your application's shipped desktop entry, with a value of a semicolon-separated list of files/directories to manage.

2. Add a default line in /etc/userdata by contacting application developer or by making a merge request in Launchpad with your changes. No packaging changes required on your end.

Screenshots

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2 Comments to “Mound Data Manager – Manage data in the context of other applications”

  1. The applications name is “mound-data-manager”…

    You should replace the line:
    sudo apt-get install mound
    with
    sudo apt-get install mound-data-manager

    ;)

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    admin Reply:

    Updated main article

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