TimeMachineScheduler
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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
What's New
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.
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 more...
Requirements
  • Intel, 64-bit processor
  • OS X 10.7 or later



MacUpdate - TimeMachineScheduler



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+227

Eric-Woehler reviewed on 12 Jan 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Approached dev and he has been remarkable in assisting with my troubleshooting efforts - identified out of date Adobe utility and some legacy SIMBL files that prevented TMS from running.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!
[Version 4.0b8]


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Eric-Woehler reviewed on 12 Nov 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?
[Version 4.0b5]

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Martyskinner replied on 28 Nov 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 commented on 11 Nov 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?
[Version 4.0b5]


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+2

RONIN427 reviewed on 11 Nov 2013
I do not know, I'm doing something wrong or TimeMachineScheduler makes copies in addition to copies of TM?? O_o
[Version 4.0b4]

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RONIN427 replied on 11 Nov 2013
I'm dumb, I forgot to turn off the TM. (^ ____ ^)
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Aargl commented on 09 Aug 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.
[Version 3.1.4]

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Aargl replied on 12 Aug 2013
I'm trying TimeMachineEditor now and it seems to work. And no backup at wake-up! :-)
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Yolo reviewed on 23 Jun 2012
Installed as instructed, did not launch any backups per set schedule. Running on Lion 10.7.4. Any ideas?
[Version 3.1.3]


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+1

Macahi reviewed on 21 Jun 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.
[Version 3.1.3]

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+1
Macahi replied on 21 Jun 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 reviewed on 21 Apr 2012
On 10.7.3, it never makes a backup. Doesn't work.
[Version 3.1.3]


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+2

Hanspoot reviewed on 13 Nov 2011
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.
[Version 3.1.1]


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+1

TAOGde reviewed on 12 Nov 2011
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.
[Version 3.1]

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Bdkennedy1 replied on 23 Jan 2013
It doesn't work and you gave it 4 stars?
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Diebesten2008@web.de had trouble on 31 Oct 2010
Reboot the MAC is ok
[Version 3.0.1]


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Diebesten2008@web.de had trouble on 31 Oct 2010
No funktion no install crash
[Version 3.0.1]


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Ycnan had trouble on 22 Oct 2010
Upon installing it crashes, over and over again. Tried re-installing etc, it just won't install.
[Version 3.0]


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Migrant had trouble on 12 Oct 2010
The option to skip backing up between specified times is not working (OS 10.6.4).
[Version 3.0]


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TonyS had trouble on 28 Jan 2009
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
[Version 2.3.1]


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TonyS had trouble on 28 Jan 2009
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
[Version 2.3.1]


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solefald had trouble on 12 Jan 2008
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
[Version 2.0]


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solefald had trouble on 14 Dec 2007
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
[Version 1.1]

1 Reply

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+1
Stefan Klieme (developer) replied on 16 Dec 2007
Hi,

the next version of TimeMachineScheduler (which will be released in a few days) will use a launchd daemon
instead of launchd agent. This will solve your reboot problem.
No, I'm not planning to implement intervals greater than 12 hours because this will undermine the purpose of Time Machine's incremental backups
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francola had trouble on 29 Nov 2007
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.
[Version 1.1]

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Stefan Klieme (developer) replied on 29 Nov 2007
Hi Francola,

did you press the "apply" button after making your adjustments? TMS doesn't affect timestamps directly, it just calls the same UNIX executable file as the user does choosing the contextual menu item "Back up now" of Time Machine in the dock
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francola commented on 29 Nov 2007
HI,

Thanks for your reply. Now that you mention it, I don't believe that I did hit apply! I am trying it again now. It was strange though. Without hitting apply the backups were occurring, but at sporadic times. I will right back with the results. Thanks again.

Frank

Eat_A_Peach rated on 19 Apr 2014

[Version 4.0b8]



Maco rated on 21 Nov 2013

[Version 4.0b6]



+2

RONIN427 rated on 29 Oct 2013

[Version 4.0b2]



williamgranger6716 rated on 16 Mar 2013

[Version 3.1.4]



+15

Quiiick rated on 18 Nov 2012

[Version 3.1.4]



+1

Okami rated on 18 Aug 2012

[Version 3.1.4]



Mr.Poon rated on 13 Nov 2011

[Version 3.1.1]



-9

Indio rated on 08 Dec 2010

[Version 3.0.2]


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Date:22 Dec 2013
Platform:Intel 64 / OS X
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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.


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