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Time Machine Buddy organises and displays the systems logs generated by Apple's Time Machine Backup feature found in Mac OS X Leopard. With this widget you will be able to quickly tell what is happening behind the scenes for the backup in progress or any previous backups.

What's New

Version 1.08:
  • OS X 10.9 Mavericks support

Requirements

OS X 10.5 or later

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bbw7 Member IconComment+313
bbw7
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MU link doesn't work; however, the developer's does, and the latest version is 1.07 -- support for 10.8

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Version 1.06
Regular-Warren
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Updated. Thanks!

Cortig
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and it works great (though it doesn't appear to be signed for Gatekeeper).

Niku1000 Member IconReview+6
Niku1000
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It doesn't do what I expected, and I'll probably never use it again, BUT in installing it I found that my Time Machine hadn't been loading since March. That was good enough for me.

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Version 1.06
Satcomer Member IconComment+64
Satcomer
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On this website it says it is version 1.03. If you go to the web site it says it should be 1.04 but on the web site once you download the widget it says it is version 1.02. So the developer needs to fix this as soon as possible.

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Version 1.03
Higherterrain Member IconComment+80
Higherterrain
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Version on Time Machine Buddy website is 1.04

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Version 1.03
Wanderer
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But it still downloads 1.03 which is not working with Snow Leopard :-(

Higherterrain
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I installed it and is working fine on mine and I installed SL on Sat. I know for a fact that in earlier versions that a permissions problem cropped up and mine would'nt work and I spent countless hours trying to get it to work after suggestions from the author but to no avail, so I quit using it until recently and when I did it worked with out any input from myself.

PizzaCake Member IconComment+43
PizzaCake
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The widget didn't produce any output. It probably only works with administrator privileges.

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Version 1.02
Dana Sutton Member IconComment+667
Dana Sutton
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Developer's site says "The widget will poll the system logs for backups every 15 minutes. If a backup is active it will poll every 5 seconds until completed. If the Dashboard is closed all polling is stopped. You can manually trigger a refresh by mouse clicking the refresh button." In the first place, this means that the usefulness of this widget is very limited: it won't log the operation of Time Machine in the background, which is after all what Time Machine is all about. In the second place, when I do bring up the Dashboard layer and click the refresh button absolutely nothing happens. So instead of being largely useless, this widget is totally useless. If the developer will post a version that works as advertised, I'll be glad to try it. If he will post a version that works alongside Time Machine in the background and logs all its activity (probably with a Clear Log option to keep things from getting ridiculous), then he will have done us all a big favor. But this version isn't it.

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Version 1.0
Tate Jones
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This widget simple extracts the backupd output from the system log. If does exactly as advertised. As the TM runs (backupd process) is outputs its activity to the system.log. When the dashboard is displayed the widget will obtain and display the current logs contained for the current (active) or previous backup. There is no need for it to run constantly in the background as it will immediately parse the system.log once the widget is displayed. The purpose of this widget was to make it easier to view the system.log file for TM activity. The alternative is to open the console and filter all lines containing backupd.

Dana Sutton
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Sorry, but I've had TM Buddy installed for about 8 hours, When I have it displayed, the message box remains blank, it simply isn't loading information. I click the Refresh icon, nothing happens. So far,anyway, it is remaining stubbornly and completely inert. How can I get it to come to life. Reload it? Reboot?

Tate Jones
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Open a 'Terminal' and execute the following line.

grep backupd /var/log/system.log > ~/Desktop/backup.log

Does the backup.log file contain any data?

Dana Sutton
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No, nothing happens (although my Time Machine otherwise works quite well). If you want to continue this discussion, maybe it's better to do so by e-mail and not bore the lurkers. E-mail: danasutton@mac.com.

codethought
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I did the line:

grep backupd /var/log/system.log > ~/Desktop/backup.log

However I still see nothing in the Time Machine Buddy screen. I gave up using it.

codethought
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Sorry I should be more clear..

I see output from the grep line you suggested but *still* see nothing in Time Machine Buddy when it runs.

Tate Jones
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Please send me the backup.log file with your output to widgets@bluedog.com.au

grep backupd /var/log/system.log > ~/Desktop/backup.log

It will be visible on your Desktop.

Cheers

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Satcomer
Version 1.06
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Downloads 14,119
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Date 08 Feb 2014
Platform OS X / PPC 32 / Intel 32
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