Backup Script for Mac OS X experiences?

Dominik Reichardt domiman at
Tue Mar 19 04:34:41 PDT 2013

Am 19.03.2013 um 12:17 schrieb Craig Treleaven <ctreleaven at>:

> At 9:30 AM +0100 3/19/13, Niels Dettenbach wrote:
>> before i take te time to sit down to write my own script:
>> I'm looking for "typical" a Mac OS X backup script which takes regularly
>> backups of some filesystem folders i.e. twice a day (i.e. by cron or similiar)
>> incrementally or full copies over defined time periods (i.e. copies over 5
>> days, 2 monthes, 1 year - delet outdated automaticall) to a external disk
>> (i.e. by rsync and/or tar).
>> It would be nice to have some script based stuff (i.e. shell or similiar)
>> which is not relying from any binary compatibility as the user does system
>> updates from time to time and is not able to rebuild with macports or
>> similiar.
> Time Machine
> Automatic hourly incremental backups.  Daily backups are kept for a month; weekly for as long as possible.  Oldest backups are deleted when your disk becomes full.  Simple GUI.

And more or less foolproof ;)


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