I have a request for a future improvement with low priority. I just want to put it up here for future reference.
I am using Duplicati in the default mode, with System Tray icon and no remote server instance. In this mode, I have three methods to start a backup job: via web gui, via scheduler, or via command line, which I don’t use (almost) at all, because I appreciate the information provided by the web gui.
If I want to make sure that my web browser’s user profile included in the backup set always gets backed up in a 100% consistent state, I have to close the browser, let it write all of its memory content to the disk, and then wait for a scheduled backup job to swoop up the files.
I have scheduled the backup of my home directory to run in the early hours, so that when I open my laptop in the morning, this backup immediately kicks off. I then have to wait for the backup to finish before I can open the browser or any other application that may modify the files in the backup set. For convenience, I have scheduled also the other backup jobs to run in morning one after each other.
So my morning routine is to first open the laptop, then have my breakfast, and only after that check that the backups have finished before I start launching any applications.
While the scheduled backup jobs are running, the System Tray icon only shows that a job is running, and the icon’s appearance only changes when all jobs have finished.
I really would like to have a little bit more information about the jobs without having to open my web browser. More specifically, I wish to see the name of the backup job currently running, and its state. I don’t want to see any of the internal states, however. Instead, all I want to see is whether the current job is in “hands-off” state or in “housekeeping” state. In other words, I want to see if the job is still checking or copying my files, or whether it is past that stage and I can start opening and modifying files although the job is still performing some remaining tasks, whatever they are.
I can imagine that even a simple addition to the behaviors of the System Tray icon may invite more requests, but please understand that I am not asking you to restore the convoluted mini-GUI that Duplicati1 provides via its System Tray icon. I believe that the minimal addition I am proposing is not too much to ask, as it serves a rather basic need.