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Restoring all files
Restoring a specific file or directory
Restoring from a previous version
Restoring without GlacialBackup software
GlacialBackup was designed so that it should not be difficult to restore data -- even if GlacialBackup is not installed.
For example, let's look inside one of the .tar files created by GlacialBackup.
As you can see, there is a "filenames.txt" that describes the contents of this .tar.
If you wanted to restore song1.m4a, notice that it has number 00000002. So extract the file 00000002.file, rename it to song1.m4a, and this file is restored.
If you wanted to restore text5.txt, notice that it has number 00000003. So look for the file 00000003.xz. Uncompress to get 00000003 and rename to text5.txt, and this file is restored.
GlacialBackup archives should thus last many years into the future, because all files can be restored as long as software can read the standard tar, xz, and text formats.