[OS X TeX] OT: Backup software

Gerben Wierda Gerben.Wierda at rna.nl
Tue Oct 10 22:34:16 CEST 2006

On Oct 10, 2006, at 02:28 , Gary L. Gray wrote:

> On Oct 9, 2006, at 8:11 PM, Herbert Schulz wrote:
>> On Oct 9, 2006, at 6:56 PM, Alain Schremmer wrote:
>>> This is OT.
>>> I dutifully backup with Retrospect, say every hour, but just now  
>>> I needed one of yesterdays versions of one of the over 10000  
>>> files that make up the Magnum Opus. And I couldn't get Retrospect  
>>> to cough-up the file even when given the path name. Of course, I  
>>> know a Retrospect "expert" who will get me the file but I am fed up.
>>> I just spent over an hour googling for backup software (over  
>>> FireWire or Ethernet) to an external hard drive and, most  
>>> important, one that is idiot-proof.
>>> SuperDuper ($27.95) ,  Data Backup ($49),  Intego ($70) all  
>>> appear reasonable but of course they each claim to be the best.  
>>> The only Open Source I found was on the terminal so that ruled it  
>>> out.
>>> I would very much appreciate any suggestion.
>>> Regards
>>> --schremmer
>> Howdy,
>> I used to use retrospect and got fed up with its terrible  
>> interface. I now use SuperDuper but I'm not at all sure it will do  
>> what you want. It will maintain a bootable image of your hard  
>> drive but there is no way to retrieve old versions of files.
>> It really sounds like you need some sort of version control  
>> system. CVS is the traditional one and SVN a more modern system.  
>> Both are a bit of a pain to set up and will need Terminal work  
>> before you can use a GUI front end. For CVS I've been using CVL  
>> and for SVN I've been using svnX as the front ends.
>> Once SVN and/or CVS is set up, using SuperDuper to make the  
>> bootable backup is very nice.
> To say that setting up a version control system is "a bit of a  
> pain" is an understatement, at least it is for me. :-)

I have always found CVS to be a pain in the ass. But SVN is in my  
experience well thought out and easy to set up I have noticed.

There is an online PDF book svn-book.pdf which is very well written  
and explains all kinds of issues clearly.

I have been happy since switching.

Basically, what would probably match your needs is
	svn to set up version control to some directory on your system
	a regular rsync to a remote location (or mounted disk)

Both are on the terminal, Im afraid. I have an i-Package for svn, so  
it is easy to install.

Back to work...

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