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Hide the Time Capsule Time Machine backup file System
I did not like to see the backup sparsebundle image from the Time Machine backup in the Time Capsule directory. So I made it hidden with this command in Terminal (after I used cd to get into the Time Capsule directory):
chflags -R hidden MyComputername.sparsebundle/
The backup still works, even though the backup file is hidden.
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Hide the Time Capsule Time Machine backup file
Authored by: everkleer80 on Oct 09, '09 09:00:08AM

Rather than just not seeing the sparsebundle, I wanted to put mine under a "Backups" folder. I don't think you can move the file so I also hid mine (I forget what command I used but I think it was different) and created a symbolic link to it in another folder (ln -s <SOURCE_FILE> <DEST_FOLDER>)



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Hide the Time Capsule Time Machine backup file
Authored by: Arcank on Oct 09, '09 01:37:06PM
Did you mean: SetFile -a V MyComputername.sparsebundle/ ?

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Hide the Time Capsule Time Machine backup file
Authored by: everkleer80 on Oct 09, '09 03:22:36PM

Yea I think that's it - for anyone looking at this you need the Developer tools for this command so the original method may be better.



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Hide the Time Capsule Time Machine backup file
Authored by: derek_beatty on Oct 09, '09 10:25:53AM

Can you still restore from the time capsule to your Mac after starting it from the installation disk?



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Hide the Time Capsule Time Machine backup file
Authored by: everkleer80 on Oct 09, '09 03:44:53PM

I can confirm that you can do a restore when booting from the restore disc if you hide the backup using SetFile -a V <backup_name> (from the Developer tools - see my post above.) I assume it would also work with the chflags command, but I can't confirm that since that's not what I used.

(I kind of wish the restore didn't work when the file was hidden though because I just did a full restore the other night to fix something I did that screwed up PHP on my machine, but I forgot about a few folders I had excluded from my backups! If I'd had to think some more about how to restore from the backup, I might have remembered to backup my excluded folders!)



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Hide the Time Capsule Time Machine backup file
Authored by: NedScott on Oct 09, '09 01:35:13PM

I don't really understand why one would want to do this. Why would you be looking in the backup directory and not want to see the backup file? Does seeing arbitrary files anger the submitter? I must be missing something here.

In any case, this is just hiding a file. Meh.



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Hide the Time Capsule Time Machine backup file
Authored by: everkleer80 on Oct 09, '09 03:26:04PM

If you use also your Time Capsule for regular file storage, you might want to just see the files you put on it and not have the finder window unnecessarily cluttered with TM Backups.



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Hide the Time Capsule Time Machine backup file
Authored by: Anonymous on Oct 12, '09 09:48:15AM

Maybe this should be the other way around then:

You're going into an automatically-maintained folder, so you really shouldn't be touching anything in there. Creating a folder in there for your manual backups neatly solves both requirements.



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