Is anbox safe?

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Is anbox safe?

Postby Scorpion » 2020-12-13 16:19

Lately when my notebook was turning off I have seen that it failed to unmount some anbox thing probably /var/lib/anbox.

The pc was working bad, and inexplicably ran out of space.
So I thought must be timeshift, but when I opened it, it was empty.

I used the "browse" button it opened /var/lib/anbox/rootfs, maybe another folder inside that.
That folder had a lock in the icon, because it was property of "user#100000".
Inside there was a lot of backups, timeshift was keeping to make them.
Even if I set monthly backup.

So I removed anbox, apt kept /var/ib/anbox because it was not empty.
It took 2-3 hours to delete all.
So it started the monthly backup and finally stopped.
After timeshift showed my 2 ondemand backups and the monthly one.

There is no more user "user#100000" now.

What happened?
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Re: Is anbox safe?

Postby sgosnell » 2020-12-14 17:37

Anbox and timeshift should not be related. If timeshift was putting backups into the anbox container, that was done by you. I would manually delete /var/lib/anbox and any subdirectories, and completely reconfigure timeshift. The snapshots really need to go to an external drive, because putting backups on the drive being backed up makes no sense at all to me. External USB drives are not very expensive, and if you need backups, you need one or more.
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Re: Is anbox safe?

Postby Scorpion » 2020-12-14 19:17

I did not set timeshift to do that.
Snapshots are saved to /timeshift on selected partition. Other locations are not supported.

It is also impossible the available partitions are /boot and /.

Scorpion wrote:It took 2-3 hours to delete all.

All is /var/lib/anbox and subfolders.

No need to reconfigure timeshift settings never changed.

sgosnell wrote:The snapshots really need to go to an external drive, because putting backups on the drive being backed up makes no sense at all to me.

Yes, I think that the best is to save a copy also on the external drive.
Having them on the backed up drive means quick access and convenience.

Timeshift behaved strangely and who is user#100000?
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Re: Is anbox safe?

Postby sgosnell » 2020-12-14 20:21

I assume that user #10000 was inserted by anbox and left over. There is no such user in normal Linux.
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