TimeMachineScheduler
TimeMachineScheduler
4.0b8

4.3

TimeMachineScheduler free download for Mac

TimeMachineScheduler

4.0b8
22 December 2013

Set Time Machine interval (beta).

Overview

TimeMachineScheduler disables the automatic backup function of Time Machine and installs its own launchd agent. As the agent is located in the main library, the administrator password is required for all (writing) operations. Except disabling Time Machine no further system files and preferences will be touched by TimeMachineScheduler.

There are (still) some access privileges problems in OS X 10.5, if the operation system has been updated, migrated or installed with the archive & install option. TimeMachineScheduler takes care of all files and sets owner, group and the privileges to the proper default value.

You can install and uninstall the agent as well as only load and unload it to disable making backups temporarily. The interval can be set between 1 and 12 hours, and the agent can be set to run additionally at load, which means also at startup and login. You can press a button to run a backup immediately. The status of the scheduler will be displayed.

Known problems:
  • As TimeMachineScheduler works independent from the Time Machine Preferences, some information might be displayed wrong in the Preference Pane of Time Machine.
  • It could happen, that the backup volume cannot be unmounted (using the automount feature). This occurs also, if the application of TimeMachineScheduler is running. However the daemon is not affected.

What's new in TimeMachineScheduler

Version 4.0b8:
  • A local volume with automount enabled will be unmounted at a reliable point in time to avoid thinning backups error.
  • The outhook script is run at the same time.
  • A new state is added for the outhook script in case the backup is cancelled by the user.
  • If the localized disk image volume name in Time Machine preferences is not defined the default name Time Machine Backups is used.

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rayj
11 October 2010

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It's trivially easy to do this for yourself, with no risk of unwanted consequences. In System/Library/LaunchDaemons there is a small text file called com.apple.backupd-auto.plist. It can be opened in TextEdit. Part way down there are a couple of lines that define the backup interval (in seconds): StartInterval 3600 Just change 3600 to whatever time interval you want. Job done.
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Version 3.0
GeogProf
29 April 2017
Does this work in macOS 10.12.4 Sierra? According to this page, it hasn’t been updated in 3½ years, while Time Machine, Console and other Time Machine affiliated apps have changed substantially.
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Version 4.0b8
Tomq
16 January 2016
Help! TMS does not update my new hard drive names. Time Machine did. I tried App Delete, clearing caches, reinstalling, but nothing works yet. TMS keeps showing the old hard drive names. Any help? Thanks, Tom
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Version 4.0b8
Eric•Woehler
12 January 2014
Approached dev and he has been remarkable in assisting with my troubleshooting efforts - identified out of date Adobe utility and some legacy SIMBL files that prevented TMS from running. Installed and all working fine - can recommend this app if you want to tweak your TM schedule. Worth a trial run!
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Version 4.0b8
Eric•Woehler
13 November 2013
Doesn't seem to be working under Mavericks. Under 10.8 it was a Preference Pane, now an app. It does't automatically kick in after restart - I have set interval to 2h and nothing has happened after 3 days. Dev - Do I have to add this to my list of login items to see my TM backups run every 2h as I would like, or is there something missing?
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Version 4.0b5
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MartySkinner
MartySkinner
28 November 2013
I had similar issues, even with beta 6. I got in touch with the developer and within hours had a test build that completely resolved my issues. So if you are seeing "no volume" like I was, I think you'll like the upcoming build after beta 6. :) And if it still isn't working for you then please reach out to the developer (many of them do not watch for comments/reviews in MacUpdate).
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Fotodivr
11 November 2013
I installed TMS when I was using Mountain Lion. Worked great. Now with Mavericks, if I put my MBP to sleep, while the Mac is asleep, my Time Machine external drive ejects. To get it to show up again, I have to fix permissions (with the Command-R restart) and then hope for the best because it doesn't always work. However, when I uninstalled TMS, all is good again - except I can't schedule back-ups anymore. :( Not happy camper. I really like this application. Normally it works as advertised. Was hoping I would see a fix. Any suggestions?
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Version 4.0b5
Andrew8042
11 November 2013
I do not know, I'm doing something wrong or TimeMachineScheduler makes copies in addition to copies of TM?? O_o
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Version 4.0b4
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Andrew8042
Andrew8042
11 November 2013
I'm dumb, I forgot to turn off the TM. (^ ____ ^)
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Aargl
09 August 2013
I'm trying it on 10.6.8: simply no way to make it work... :-( (I've waited 2 days with all checked and installed: no backup at all) I must say that not having used Time Machine before, I'm not used with its strange behaviours... (it's backing up whenever I wake the computer up, even if it's been backed up 5 minutes ago...) I haven't found a way to tame it.
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Version 3.1.4
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Aargl
Aargl
12 August 2013
I'm trying TimeMachineEditor now and it seems to work. And no backup at wake-up! :-)
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Yolo
23 June 2012
Installed as instructed, did not launch any backups per set schedule. Running on Lion 10.7.4. Any ideas?
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Version 3.1.3
Macahi
22 June 2012
So far this seem to be almost exactly what I'm looking for. The one missing piece for me is the ability to set schedule by days of the week. For instance, I don't want the backups to run between 6am - 3pm Mon - Fri because that's when I'm working and require full system resources. Outside of those hours, for the most part, it can back up anytime it needs to.
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Version 3.1.3
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Macahi
Macahi
22 June 2012
I've realized it's missing another thing, a simple way to turn it off. When I travel, I don't want it to attempt backups. Yes, I suppose I can set the 'network connection limited to' some bogus setting, but that's not really the same thing. Wait, is this what Load and Unload do? If so, that's not intuitive.
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Pripyat
21 April 2012
On 10.7.3, it never makes a backup. Doesn't work.
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Version 3.1.3