How Far We’ve Come – Pt 11

This post is a bit of housekeeping. Since I started this series my development machines have all moved to KDE Neon so I started reading forward from the original post and when I got to this post I realized we didn’t have a pre-installed method of restoring a Raspbian image. Yes, there are lots of posts giving you the dd command for restore after you run a bunch of other commands to identify the SD card, but, should you really have to do that.

I went to the Raspbian download site and pulled down and unzipped it. (No, we aren’t going to start over at this point, I just wanted to tell Neon users how to do it since most of you will be switching to Neon if you already haven’t.)

On the download page the “official” method of doing this is now with a tool called Etcher. I pulled down the file for 64-bit Linux and unzipped it.

roland@roland-HP-Compaq-8100-Elite-SFF-PC:~$ cd Downloads/
roland@roland-HP-Compaq-8100-Elite-SFF-PC:~/Downloads$ sudo ./etcher-1.1.2-i386.AppImage 
[sudo] password for roland: 
./etcher-1.1.2-i386.AppImage: error while loading shared libraries: cannot open shared object file: No such file or directory

roland@roland-HP-Compaq-8100-Elite-SFF-PC:~/Downloads$ dpkg-query -S 'libfuse'
libfuse2:amd64: /usr/share/doc/libfuse2/kernel.txt.gz
libfuse2:amd64: /usr/share/doc/libfuse2/changelog.Debian.gz
libfuse2:amd64: /usr/share/doc/libfuse2
libfuse2:amd64: /usr/share/doc/libfuse2/how-fuse-works
libfuse2:amd64: /lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/
libfuse2:amd64: /lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/
libfuse2:amd64: /usr/share/doc/libfuse2/copyright
libfuse2:amd64: /usr/share/doc/libfuse2/NEWS.gz
libfuse2:amd64: /usr/share/doc/libfuse2/
libfuse2:amd64: /usr/share/doc/libfuse2/README.NFS


Seemed odd so I tried the following

roland@roland-HP-Compaq-8100-Elite-SFF-PC:~/Downloads$ sudo apt install libfuse2
Reading package lists... Done
Building dependency tree 
Reading state information... Done
libfuse2 is already the newest version (2.9.7-1+16.04+xenial+build5).
Starting pkgProblemResolver with broken count: 0
Starting 2 pkgProblemResolver with broken count: 0
The following packages were automatically installed and are no longer required:
 python3-dbus.mainloop.pyqt5 python3-pyqt5 python3-sip
Use 'sudo apt autoremove' to remove them.
0 upgraded, 0 newly installed, 0 to remove and 0 not upgraded.


Obviously looking for a different version of libfuse than KDE Neon comes with. Yes, there was a method of adding a Git repo for a .deb, but, I had visions of that installing an older version as a dependency reeking all kinds of future havoc.

You see, Disks isn’t installed by default on Neon. I assume because it is a rather Ubuntu specific version and KDE is working on their own. You can install a version of Disks. It is not as complete as what I seem to remember on Ubuntu because it did not let me resize a partition or delete an existing one. Then again, I only looked in the obvious places.

disks install image
Disks Install

Once you start disks and insert your SD card you can start Disks, select the drive then choose to restore an image. The 3 bar icon in the upper right corner is where they hide the restore option.

Restoring disk IMG image
Restoring disk IMG

Upon completion your will see this.

After restore image
After restore

Now we just have to resize in the KDE Partition Manager.

Resize in KDE Partition Manager image
Resize in KDE Partition Manager

When it is all done it should look like this.

After resize image
After resize

That is it. We managed to know nothing about the command line and use GUI tools to restore an image. Not only that, but, we can use this same Disks tool to make a backup of our PI SD card. Simply power down your Pi, remove the SD card and put it in your desktop computer (even if you have to use one of those USB holder/adapter things) and start disks. That same 3 bar menu icon has an option to create an image.

Backing up Pi image
Backing up Pi


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Roland Hughes started his IT career in the early 1980s. He quickly became a consultant and president of Logikal Solutions, a software consulting firm specializing in OpenVMS application and C++/Qt touchscreen/embedded Linux development. Early in his career he became involved in what is now called cross platform development. Given the dearth of useful books on the subject he ventured into the world of professional author in 1995 writing the first of the "Zinc It!" book series for John Gordon Burke Publisher, Inc. A decade later he released a massive (nearly 800 pages) tome "The Minimum You Need to Know to Be an OpenVMS Application Developer" which tried to encapsulate the essential skills gained over what was nearly a 20 year career at that point. From there "The Minimum You Need to Know" book series was born. Three years later he wrote his first novel "Infinite Exposure" which got much notice from people involved in the banking and financial security worlds. Some of the attacks predicted in that book have since come to pass. While it was not originally intended to be a trilogy, it became the first book of "The Earth That Was" trilogy: Infinite Exposure Lesedi - The Greatest Lie Ever Told John Smith - Last Known Survivor of the Microsoft Wars When he is not consulting Roland Hughes posts about technology and sometimes politics on his blog. He also has regularly scheduled Sunday posts appearing on the Interesting Authors blog.