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Title: Mondo Rescue repository unsigned for apt-get
ID: /2018/01/09/Mondo-Rescue-repository-unsigned-for-apt-get
Created: January 9, 2018    Edited:  January 10, 2018
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Install using built in repository

The Mondo Rescue Website says manually downloading install files is not needed as it natively available for for Debian/Ubuntu, using:

sudo apt-get install mondo


The website goes on to say you can download the repo file mondorescue.sources.list and add it to your /etc/apt/sources.list.d directory if you want to use upstream packages.


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Deleted answer one year ago

On December 30, 2016 an answer was posted here and deleted because the user lacked reputation to post a comment. That answer tells us a lot:

I used to use mondo for all Linux data center backups about 10 years
ago. However, since then, each release has been spotty on installation
for distributions that we use (RHEL, Fedora, CentOS, and Ubuntu). On
top of that, I have gotten it to install and work on a VM but fail on
the same install on a physical box.

Iโ€™m sorry to rant. I miss this fantastic tool. I just donโ€™t have the
time to debug each piece of the install only to get to the point where
Iโ€™m managing compilations, repositories, versions, etc. for it to
crash or worse, not restore properlyโ€ฆ

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One Man Show

On the surface it appears mondo development rests primarily on the shoulders of one man: Bruno Cornec which is a gigantic feat IMO. Unfortunately it seems time is primarily spent in Red Hat Linux arena first with UEFI recent support and Ubuntu not having UEFI support yet. But why woudnโ€™t you develop for a paying market place first and a free market place second? Not everyone is a Warehouse Receiver with a good wage by day that can help people in Ubuntu for free by night.

The best summary of problems installing mondo in Ubuntu I found was this Source Forge conversation between developer and user on January 8, 2017:

About dependencies : i did not write down all that happened, sorry :-(
I wil install a new vm from scratch later. But at least :
did not work, so I downloaded the packages by hand :

wget \

various packages where still missing : from my shell history :

and in the logs, I noticed that lzop was needed too (this one I
noticed !) so I installed it by hand as I installed mondo alone the
first time with dpkg, it was left broken.

In the end it was finally installed to backup, but restore didnโ€™t work

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Just the FAQs Maโ€™am

There is an older FAQs page from Ubuntu 12.04 era that describes installing mondo manually in Ubuntu:

If you want to use the packages made upstream for Debian or Ubuntu,
you need to know that numbering schema are different between upstream
mondo (3.0.x) and Ubuntu / Debian packages (1:2.2.x), so you should
adapt your /etc/apt/preferences file to avoid updates of mondo with
apt-get with older versions. Do the following:

wget`lsb_release -r|awk '{print $2}'`/mondorescue.sources.list
sudo sh -c "cat mondorescue.sources.list >> /etc/apt/sources.list"
sudo sh -c "cat >> /etc/apt/preferences << EOF
Package: mindi
Pin: version 2.1.*
Pin-Priority: 1001

Package: mondo
Pin: version 3.0.*
Pin-Priority: 1001

I would double check these version numbers

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What can I do to use Mondo?

If you really insist on using Mondo I would contact Bruno in his name link posted above. Offer to test out the install on your Ubuntu system and report back results to get fixes.

Ubuntu 14.04 does have instructions for installing mondo and these might work in version 16.04. Or at least they might be a better starting point that the other instructions above:

cd /tmp
rm *.list
wget`lsb_release -r|awk '{print $2}'`/mondorescue.sources.list
sudo cp mondorescue.sources.list /etc/apt/sources.list.d/mondorescue.sources.list
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install mondo afio buffer lzop mindi mindi-busybox
sudo ln -s /sbin/parted2fdisk /usr/sbin/parted2fdisk
sudo ln -s /sbin/mke2fs /usr/sbin/mke2fs

Now Mondo Archive v3.2.120150305095420-0 is installed, including the required dependencies (afio buffer lzop mindi mindi-busybox)

Then you can run mondo using the following commands:

sudo mondoarchive


sudo mondorestore

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Other Ask Ubuntu Q&As

These other users have asked questions / stated problems with installing mondo recently:


For myself I just use cron to run a daily backup that creates a .tar backup file every morning when I boot up. The .tar backup file is then e-mailed to my account and stored in the cloud.

You can simply search daily backup for list of options in Ask Ubuntu or google the search term for multiple Linux sites.

I wish my search had yielded more positive results.

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