[OS X TeX] Backups -- Was Pointer to .bib file
macmechanic at fastmail.fm
Sun Apr 2 12:50:07 EDT 2006
I think that making a full backup of your entire home directory is a
great idea. I would highly recommend you check out ChronoSync or
Tri-Backup. I own both but use Tri-Backup myself, although many
folks I know are happy with ChronoSync too.
Full versions can be tested for 30
Limit of ~500 files in Demo mode.
I use a backup strategy based on "mirroring". I have Tri-backup make
a copy of my entire home every hour (you can choose whatever interval
you like) to another drive (at home and also at work). It does this
in the background only copies files that have changed, has no
problem with open files, and handles permissions, etc. with no
I also synchronize my home to an external firewire drive that I can
take between home and work so that I have the latest versions of all
my work with me wherever I go.
When I was in another job and part of my responsibilities was to
provide support to a half-dozen users who were truly 'point and
click', using Tri-Backup worked well because none of the users needed
to do anything for a backup, and the backups were never more than one
My only complaint about Tri-Backup is that its interface is not as
clear as one would like. I would suggest making up some sort of test
directores to use when you are learning and that way you won't lose
I haven't used SilverKeeper for a while, but it's not LaCie specific.
You can use it with whatever hardware you like (at least the version
I used last). I didn't like it for these reasons: 1) it choked on
directories with too many subdirectories, 2) it had a problem writing
to Linux volumes, 3) errors were not always logged so that one could
think the backup was ok until you needed the files.
Some folks I know use Carbon Copy Cloner together with rsync
and are quite happy with it. If I recall, CCC will assist one in
installing and configuring rsynch to work with it. I find that it
works well, but I like the level of specificity I can set with
Tri-Backup too much to use this solution. With Tri-Backup, I have
"filters" so that directories named "Cache" etc. are not backed up.
Regarding .Mac -- it's been years since I've used it -- since it's
cost money in fact. But I hear more complaints than kudos for this
solution. If you visit MacInTouch, for example, you'll see many of
these complaints. I think that this website also has a backup
software report that you may wish to read.
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