TimeMachineScheduler
TimeMachineScheduler
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TimeMachineScheduler

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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39 Reviews of TimeMachineScheduler

rayj
11 October 2010
Version: 3.0

Most helpful

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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5
Gog4
20 May 2020
Version: 4.0b8
The beauty of this app is that it can mount and unmount the disk after it is done. It can also make it invisible while is mounted! Thank you so much for adding these features!
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Gog4
12 May 2020
Version: 4.0b8
Any plans for updates on this app?
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TurdFerguson82
18 February 2020
Version: 4.0b8
I used to absolutely LOVE this app, but ever since I did a clean install of Catalina, I am no longer able to get the app to load without an error. Until the app has been updated, it is useless (at least for Catalina macOS
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GeogProf
29 April 2017
Version: 4.0b8
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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Tomq
16 January 2016
Version: 4.0b8
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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Eric•Woehler
12 January 2014
Version: 4.0b8
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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Eric•Woehler
13 November 2013
Version: 4.0b5
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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Fotodivr
11 November 2013
Version: 4.0b5
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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Andrew8042
11 November 2013
Version: 4.0b4
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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Aargl
09 August 2013
Version: 3.1.4
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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Yolo
23 June 2012
Version: 3.1.3
Installed as instructed, did not launch any backups per set schedule. Running on Lion 10.7.4. Any ideas?
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Macahi
22 June 2012
Version: 3.1.3
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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Pripyat
21 April 2012
Version: 3.1.3
On 10.7.3, it never makes a backup. Doesn't work.
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5
Hanspoot
13 November 2011
Version: 3.1.1
Works as advertised, also on 10.7.2. You have to 'disable' TimMachine but after that its greyed out clock in the menubar shows the results correctly. 4 star for stability is only given for the 'unsecure' look/feel in the menubar.
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TAOGde
12 November 2011
Version: 3.1
Easy to setup, but it does not work here. Lion with 10.7.2 it makes no backup. wrote to the dev. and hope he will fix that.
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Johnny-T-Dane
11 November 2011
Version: 3.1
Did not work for me on Lion - it never makes a backup.. TimeMachinEditor works perfect so I stay with that.
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Tipp-Flo
02 December 2010
Version: 3.0.2
Works fine here in the intervalls I determine, Version 3.0.2 in 10.6.5
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Zx81
31 October 2010
Version: 3.0.1
Why does a Newsgroups/Usenet reader appear as an alternative app?
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us31994
31 October 2010
Version: 3.0.1
Reboot the MAC is ok
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us31994
31 October 2010
Version: 3.0.1
No funktion no install crash
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Ycnan
22 October 2010
Version: 3.0
Upon installing it crashes, over and over again. Tried re-installing etc, it just won't install.
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Migrant
12 October 2010
Version: 3.0
The option to skip backing up between specified times is not working (OS 10.6.4).
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Rmigneron
11 October 2010
Version: 3.0
Version 3 : - It never starts, although saying so in the top window bar of the System Pref. - If you click on it a second time, it crashes My setup : I access my Time Machine disk via the globalSAN iSCSI driver. Cheers, Ritchie
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rayj
11 October 2010
Version: 3.0
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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Laine
25 February 2010
Version: 2.3.1
Now it won't even start the backup if you click Run Backup Now in its main window.
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Laine
25 February 2010
Version: 2.3.1
This appears to have stopped working on 10.5.8 after the last security update.
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Tonys
28 January 2009
Version: 2.3.1
Me again. The actual message I get reads: "You do not have appropriate access privileges to save file “.001b63a1dcc0” in folder “My Book”. To view or change access privileges, select the item in Finder and choose File > Get Info." Sorry, TonyS
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Tonys
28 January 2009
Version: 2.3.1
As soon as I installed and configured this app, Time Machine stopped recognizing my external (backup) disk and greets with this message every time I try to choose the backup disk: "You do not have appropriate access privileges to save file “.001b63a1dcc0” in folder “ Get Info." A spotlight search doesn't find this file. I've tried all I can think of, up uninstalling the program to cure the problem, but no luck. I suppose I'm looking at an Archive and Install of Leopard. Any suggestions would be appreciated. Thanks TonyS
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Jeff-H-
07 January 2009
Version: 2.3.1
This never worked for me either... Trashed it.
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Peter94
21 December 2008
Version: 2.3.1
Does not seem to work on my MacBook Pro running OS 10.5.6. The TMS preference window indicates that it is installed and loaded, but all it does is switch Time Machine to "Off". No backups. Am I missing something?
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Gregr
04 February 2008
Version: 2.0
Does not work. Hangs on launch.
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Sinouhe
25 January 2008
Version: 2.0
Does not work on my iMac 24 nor on my MacBook Pro...
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Solefald
13 January 2008
Version: 2.0
sorry to bring this up again, but it does not seem to be working.... It says that scheduler is Installed and Loaded, disk mounted, BUT i just checked my TimeMachine disk and looks like the latest backup is from January 4th, the day before i installed new TimeMachineScheduler 2.0
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Etearl
01 January 2008
Version: 2.0
Very nice! Clean, easy to understand and works.
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Solefald
14 December 2007
Version: 1.1
for me the Sechdule does not seem to load across reboots. When i start TMS, it says "installed but not loaded" and i have to hit Load button myself. How do i make it Load automatically? And are you planning on adding a time frame that is longer than 12 hours? thanks
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Hervé-5
01 December 2007
Version: 1.1
I am extremely surprised. Two days ago I posted here a quite negative comment, explaining this application adds a serious modification to the system when all is needed is to change one line inside the existing timemachine prefs file. I then got a reply to my comment stating that everything was plain wrong (a quite despising sentence like "if you had tried what you say you would have seen it doesn't work"), to which I reasonably answered with the url of the MacOSXhint paper describing the safe way in detail. Needless to say, it works on my machine. Today I discover all my posts have been censored. I won't re-describe everything, but I am a paid MacUpdate subscriber, and believe me, if this one post is censored again, I'll never put a single cent more into MU. The OSXhints url FWIW: http://www.macosxhints.com/article.php?story=200710291721156
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Francola
29 November 2007
Version: 1.1
For me it does not accurately back up in the increments I tell it to, or at least the folders that are created on the backup drive get an incorrect time stamp.
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Dana-Sutton
27 November 2007
Version: 1.0
Since the author has no e-mail link on his Web site, let me ask the question here in the hope he will answer. From the documentation it is not clear to me whether I am just to run this application once to set a desired interval, or whether I have to launch and use this every time I reboot my Mac. Please advise.
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MacParc
26 November 2007
Version: 1.0
I made 2 successful backups now with a 2 hrs interval set - it just works.
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