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10.5: Change Time Machine settings with Lingon System 10.5
By default, Time Machine will start backing up as soon as you attach your designated Time Machine drive. This isn't an issue for desktops, but it can be for notebooks users who plug in their drives every day and then suffer an immediate slowdown as a result. There is also an issue with the preset one hour interval -- not everyone needs to back up that frequently. I prefer to do it once a day in the middle of the night.

The free program Lingon will allow you to change many aspects of Time Machine with ease (as well as many other aspects of Leopard). Here's how:
  1. Download and Install Lingon.
  2. In the right-hand column, access the System Daemon heading and highlight com.apple.backupd-auto.
  3. In the main window, skip to section three, uncheck Run it every time a volume is mounted and check At a specific date:. Set days and time as you wish.
  4. Save and Restart OS X.
Note that this previous hint doesn't require Lignon to be installed, but only alters the intervals between Time Machine backups.
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10.5: Change Time Machine settings with Lingon
Authored by: tabuny on Feb 20, '08 09:40:37AM

On my system (10.5.2) the launchd plists controlling Time Machine are a little different -- perhaps it's something Apple changed in the latest update.

To adjust the time interval of Time Machine backups, you go into the com.apple.backupd-auto plist as you write, but to change the setting to run Time Machine when a volume is mounted, there is a separate plist in System Daemons: com.apple.backupd-attach.

Drew



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Thanks
Authored by: solipsism on Feb 20, '08 10:47:43AM
I just checked the System Daemons in Lingon. The com.apple.backupd-attach has a default time of midnight checked. So I checked my Time Machine backups and have been getting two backups: one at midnight from com.apple.backupd-attach and one at 4am from com.apple.backupd-auto.

I suppose the instructions need to altered to:
1) Download and Install Lingon.
2) In the right-hand column, access the System Daemon heading and highlight com.apple.backupd-auto.
3) In the main window, skip to section three, uncheck Run it every time a volume is mounted
4) Now access the System Daemon heading and highlight com.apple.backupd-attach.
5) In the main window, skip to section three, set days and time as you wish.
6) Save and Restart OS X.


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10.5: Change Time Machine settings with Lingon
Authored by: ars on Feb 20, '08 09:55:47AM

I just turn Time Machine off and then use the menubar item to get my back-ups of my Macbook manually. I don't want to put in any schedule as I never know exactly when my Macbook will be able to use the back-up drive. It just requires some discipline to it frequently.



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10.5: Change Time Machine settings with Lingon
Authored by: Biker on Feb 20, '08 12:51:43PM
This is exactly the reason why I use the very simple (free) TimeMachineEditor; one backup a day and no automatically TM backups when I mount the external drive manually.

http://www.macupdate.com/info.php/id/26704/timemachineeditor


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10.5: Change Time Machine settings with Lingon
Authored by: furly37 on Mar 04, '08 09:12:45AM

Nice suggestion, looks more like what I want.



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