[OS X TeX] Pointer to .bib file
bvoisin at mac.com
Sun Apr 2 10:13:24 EDT 2006
Le 2 avr. 06 à 15:11, Winfried Zettelmeyer a écrit :
> I make backups of the entire drive and have not thought of backing
> up Library separately which would secure, as you say, mail messages
> AND the bib file in one go. I wonder about your backup policy, what
> do you do ?
Now that I have a 160GB LaCie external drive at work, I am doing
backups of my entire home directory. The ~/Documents folder is not
enough, as there are many things you'll want to keep (e-mailboxes,
bookmarks, keychains, etc.) that live in ~/Library; plus music in ~/
Music, and so forth. Apple offers pre-designed selections of items to
save, but I find it easier to just save the whole home directory.
My backup strategy: one full backup on the 1st day of the month, plus
incremental backups each day. My home directory is a bit above 20GB.
All this is possible in my case with Apple's Backup, because I have
a .Mac subscription. I thought there were no restrictions on Backup's
use for non-.Mac subscribers, but I read somewhere IIRC that, without
a .Mac subscription, Backup cannot save more than 20MB (or some other
limit, I don't remember for sure) in one go.
Another possibility is the utility that comes with the external hard
drive itself: SilverKeeper. I haven't tried it. This one is LaCie-
specific, I imagine other hard drive manufacturers provide similar
Finally there is also Carbon Copy Cloner, which allows cloning an
entire hard drive, making the clone bootable. I think it does
incremental backups too, but I haven't tried it. Other people on this
list mentioned also SuperDuper, I haven't tried it either.
Back to Backup: it can normally use the iDisk that comes with
the .Mac subscription, but I have entirely given up on my iDisk due
to the ridiculously slow connection between France (where I reside)
and the US (where the iDisk reside). Examples of annoyance:
- Don't modify the default setup which is to keep a local copy of the
iDisk on your hard drive for offline use, and to have it synchronized
automatically. Unfortunately I did that. Result: given that most of
the time I leave my office in a rush in the evening, I try to shut
off my PowerBook and have to wait generally several minutes before it
completes the shutoff. Extremely annoying (when all you're thinking
about is the irate partner expecting you at home already)! It took me
some time before realizing this was caused by the iDisk
synchronization. And, as for all network-related tasks performed in
the Finder, in these cases the Finder becomes totally unresponsive,
all you can do is look at the spinning wheel of death and wait.
- Use a .Mac address in IMAP mode (I'm not even sure POP is an option
any longer; or has it ever been?). Result: when opening in the
morning my OS X TeX mailbox containing generally between 10 and 40
messages, say, Mail takes maybe 2 or 3 minutes to get all the
messages; then, it takes several seconds to notice I have read a
message and moved to the next one, and sometimes it even fail to
notice it and doesn't flag the message as "read" at all.
Do other .Mac users out of the US experience similar problems?
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