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I'm a new user to Gramps genealogical software.

I absolutely don't understand how Gramps manages data. I have a .gramps file I think stores all the data, but when I launch the app, I have to select a family tree. What is it? Sometimes I click on the .gramps file and Gramps opens it but I see some modifications I made earlier don't appear.

Can't I just put everything in a single file and when I modify something just save it to this file? What's your advice about this?

I use Fedora 33.

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I have a .gramps file

That's a backup created by Gramps.

I think stores all the data

Incorrect.

but when I launch the app, I have to select a family tree. What is it?

Exactly what it says: a family tree. You can have multiple trees in Gramps.

Can't I just put everything in a single file and when I modify something just save it to this file?

No. That's not how Gramps works.

Historically, Gramps has stored each tree's data in many files which you should never touch. If you use Windows, they all live under the AppData\Roaming folder. This has changed somewhat in more recent versions, but they still live in AppData\Roaming.

As mentioned in the beginning, the .gramps file you see is a backup into one file of all the data from a tree.

That .gramps file is "just" a zipped text file, so you could unzip it and then edit the text file. However, you would not see those changes in your tree, because you're not editing the tree.

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  • So, if I want to send all the family data to a member of my family, how should I do? Dec 1 '20 at 15:58
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    @Contestosis start Gramps, open the relevant tree, make an "exclude media" backup of that tree (with a meaningful name), and then mail that .gramps file to the family member.
    – RonJohn
    Dec 1 '20 at 16:41
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    @Contestosis naturally they'll also have to have Gramps installed on their machine.
    – RonJohn
    Dec 1 '20 at 16:42
  • How can I prevent it to make anarchic backups in my home folder? Can't I set a parameter to make it save them elsewhere? Dec 1 '20 at 21:14
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    Go to Edit->Preferences then look in the Family Tree tab for the "Backup path:" field.
    – RonJohn
    Dec 1 '20 at 21:28

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