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TM Error Logger is a Time Machine error reporting program.

Do you get those Time Machine Error alert messages and wonder why? Would you like to find out exactly what caused the error so you can do something about it? Run TM Error Logger after you get the Time Machine error and you will get a report showing which file or folder caused the error. Click on "Open Problem Folder" to reveal the folder containing the problem.

This is donationware. If you find it useful, please click on the Donate button.

What's New

Version 3.0.9:
  • Added a check for Assistive devices when you enable email notifications.
  • Added error 1002 Disk Full


OS X 10.5 or later

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Eric-Woehler Member IconComment+417

don't forget Apple's Time Machine Buddy widget - a free Dashboard widget to keep an eye on your TM logs

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Version 3.0.3
Eric-Woehler Member IconComment+417

don't forget there is also the Apple Time Machine Buddy widget available from Apple.com and/or from pondini.org/TM/Troubleshooting.html

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Version 3.0.3
Chrischram Member IconComment+85

It looks like this version is showing its age. It seems to no longer work in Snow Leopard, at least version 10.6.6. I hadn't need to use it for a long time, but today I needed it, and it just beachballed at me. Reinstalling was no help. Too bad.

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Version 2.05
PizzaCake Member IconComment+43

This app only works in an admin account. I use terminal to output the time machine log but this requires you have access to an admin account user name and password.

open terminal and only enter the commands after '$' prompt

1. switch to a user account with admin privileges
$ su adminusername

2. enter password for this account

3. enter this command to produce a backup.log file
$ grep backupd /var/log/system.log > /Users/Shared/backup.log

4. exit admin account
$ exit

The backup.log is in your Shared Users folder.

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Version 2.03
Jon_White_BW Member IconComment+55

Am I being foolish, or is this doing something that you can't do by typing 'backupd' into the search field in Console?


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Version 2.02
rob.h Member IconReview+165

Marvellous little app - saved me so much time trying to track down an errant file that was causing repeated problems.

Would recommend this to anyone who's ever experienced Time Machine's enigmatic "Oh dear I had a problem but I'm not going to tell you what it is" error message. In fact I'd recommend it even if you haven't had a Time Machine error message - yet. One day...

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Version 1.16
Xenophile Member IconReview+693

Awesome app! I've been having intermittent TM errors and was pulling my hair out trying to figure out WTF the error messages even mean. TM Error Logger identified the problem file and selected it in the finder so I could trash it. Problem solved.

As a bonus for a single purpose app like this, the GUI doesn't make a simple task any more complex. No instruction manual required. Thanks for such a useful app!

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Version 1.15
Richard-Hallas Member IconComment+65

Minor little UI comments for the developer:

1. The 'donate' button seems to have no graphic inside it. It's just a white rectangle.

2. The 'Error Numbers' button is slightly misaligned (a pixel too low).

Sorry to be pedantic! Thanks for a handy utility.

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Version 1.14
Trutzblankehans Member IconComment+3

Downloaded it, started it, got message have to be logged in as administrator, trashed it.

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Version 1.1

The app reads the system log, and that *requires* admin privileges. There's no way round that.

You can use Pseudo to run it with admin privileges without actually logging in to an admin account.

I know that Rich is working on a way for the program itself to ask for an admin name and password. But if you're paranoid (perhaps with good reason) that's actually worse than being told you need to log in as an administrator.


By the way, where did you get the message that you have to be logged in as administrator? I don't get it when I run the program.

In fact, that was one of my complaints, that one is not currently told this. It runs in a non-admin account, but falsely claims (because it can't access the system log) that no backups have been made. As I said in my earlier post, Rich is working on this issue.


You trashed a SYSTEM UTILITY app because it requires admin privileges to work??

Some people really shouldn't own a computer.


I trashed the programm, because I would have to change to admin-acount in order to install it. Thats a difference. Some people shouldn't own a keyboard.

Roro01 Member IconComment+0

Thank you even more!!!

... ... for listening and acting promptly to rectify the problem. You could, probably, improve the interface using the developer's application Interface Builder.

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Version 1.1

I would like also to suggest moving all the buttons to the top of the window - except for "Open Problem Folder" button which should stay at the bottom right - and making them blue with brush metal background.

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Version 2.05
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Downloads 15,730
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Date 12 Jul 2013
Platform OS X / Intel 32
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