TINA (Time Navigator): Files Recovery

TiNa (Time Navigator) is the backup software used at IDRIS. With this software you can recover files which were accidentally lost or you can recuperate files from other machines.

Note that at IDRIS, only the HOME files are backed up (and therefore recoverable) regardless of which machine is used.

After launching TINA Software (as described below) you can:

How to launch TINA software

The recovery procedure described for the Adapp machine is the same as that which is used for all the machines at IDRIS. Simply replace “adapp” by the name of the machine on which you wish to recover the files.

Go on the machine on which you wish to restore the files and type the command:

$ tina -language -english & 

Remark 1: Launching TINA is done by using the command:

$ tina [-mono] | [-color] [-display my_screen]

-color : By default (except if already using the option mono).
-mono : Monochrome version to be used only in the case of a problem of colours.
-display mon_ecran : The window on which the tina user interface will be displayed.

  • If you obtain the message “Unable to connect to X-Window server” this means that your DISPLAY window is incorrect. You must correct it (explanations on this page) and relaunch your command.
  • There is also a version of TiNa for users who do not have an XWindow environment. To restore a file in this case, use the following commands: tinaalpha or tinares. The command tinares only works if you specify at least one option. Contact the User Support Help Desk if you need assistance.

Remark 2: On the Adapp and Ada machines, the window Connexion sur le système (Connection to the system) appears which asks you to enter your login and your password. (This is not the case on the Turing and Ergon machines.)

First screen of TINA application:

Note the three areas :

The "Platforms" area

Indicates the user and host names under which you are connected.

The file tree (on the right)

Shows you the situation of your platform or archive folder in the present or in the past. The host viewing date and time mode (Present or Past) is displayed above the tree.

  • By clicking on the cross (+) to the left of your login in the tree hierarchy, you will see which of your files are present at that moment on the disk cache.
  • Ticking an object in the file tree (directory or file) allows it to be restored. When you tick the small box corresponding to a directory, all the sub-directories and files included in this parent directory will automatically be selected.
The "Time Navigation" area
  • Allows you to choose the viewing date of the file tree. You can display the current file tree (Present) or a file tree in the Past. If you choose the Past, you can specify the exact date. Four differents time units can be defined: hour, day, month and year. (The default date is the current date.)
  • It also allows you to define a time navigation period. TiNa is able to show you which files have been deleted during a specified time interval.