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PostPosted: Fri Jan 04, 2008 5:04 pm    Post subject: TimeMachineScheduler 2.0 Reply with quote

TimeMachineScheduler 2.0
Friday, January 4, 2008
Posted by: Brian

Stefan Klieme has released TimeMachineScheduler 2.0. This simple application disables the automatic hourly backup function of Time Machine and installs its own launchd daemon. The backup interval can then be set between 1 and 12 hours with a slider control in the application. You can also click on a "Run Backup Now" button to backup immediately, or schedule a backup at startup. We're talking about total control over your backups here! So what's new in version 2.0?


Changes include:

- Automount, an option to mount and unmount the backup volume automatically
- Option to hide the backup volume
- Uses now a launchd daemon instead of an agent
- Improved authentication management
- French and Spanish localization
- Italian localization

TimeMachineScheduler 2.0 requires Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard or later. The download weighs in at 1.6MB.



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PostPosted: Fri Jan 04, 2008 6:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Anyone been using this? I don't see the reason. TimeMachine by itself is a wonder. For my usage I see no flaws with TM so I'll be following the old "If it ain't broke, don't fix it". . .

My 2 cents. . .
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 04, 2008 6:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'll pass, but you might be able to save some disk space by stretching things out. Are backups every hour really necessary? It seems a little like overkill.
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 04, 2008 10:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

This might be less glamorus, but it gets the job done.

If you think Time Machine backs up too often (or not often enough) for your liking, navigate into /System » Library » LaunchDaemons. There you'll find a file named com.apple.backupd-auto.plist. Open it in your favorite text editor, and look for this section:
<key>StartInterval</key> <integer>3600</integer>
Change the 3600 number to some other time interval in seconds, and you'll have changed Time Machine's backup interval.


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PostPosted: Sat Jan 05, 2008 3:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

jb wrote:
This might be less glamorus, but it gets the job done.

Just an FYI, TAB reports that adjusting the plist isn't reliable for adjusting TM backup schedules.
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 05, 2008 11:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Does this interfere at all with your ability to excluded new folders or the ones that you aleady have?
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 05, 2008 1:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Time Scheduler as far as I can tell, turns time machine off, then accesses Time Machine at your specified interval (3 hours in my case) and does a manual back-up. This seems to work well enough, but when Time Machine was switched on, its backup timings were erratic - several times per hour unless the scheduler was uninstalled.
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 05, 2008 5:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I really haven't been bothered or bogged down by the frequency of backups, but I like the idea of having more control over TM. So I would be happy to see Apple bring some of these features to TM down the road. Until then, I'll wait patiently. When's 10.5.2 coming out again? Laughing
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 07, 2008 2:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

hackersmovie wrote:
Anyone been using this? I don't see the reason. TimeMachine by itself is a wonder. For my usage I see no flaws with TM so I'll be following the old "If it ain't broke, don't fix it". . .

My 2 cents. . .


Kind of my sentiments too.
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