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10.4: Workaround for a Spotlight - Retrospect 6 conflict
Authored by: jollyroger on Aug 11, '05 12:22:53PM

Actually, I restore frequently, and have used Retrospect for many years through many operating system versions, on many models of Macintosh. With the exception of one unfortunate tape drive hardware failure (unrelated to Retrospect), I've *always* been able to count on my Retrospect backed up data being 100% accurate, and 100% accessible. I have never encountered the problems you state.

It seems your beef lies mainly with Retrospect's filters. Could it be the problems you are having are more the result of your misuse or miunderstanding of the (admittedly bad) filtering interface? For instance, it seems like you expect a filter only to work in one place in the file system. But filters are designed to filter ALL files in the backup source; so of course it will filter out (exclude) all files that match in other places in the file system - that's what it's designed to do. Also, are you sure filters are designed to take partial POSIX paths like you illustrate? I'm not trying to excuse any bugs, if they do indeed exist, but it wouldn't surprise me if most Retrospect users don't use filtering very much, and therefore this isn't an area the authors deem as important. I digress.

If you really want to exclude certain directories from backups, why not either not include them in the backup source to begin with, or maybe use the Retrospect Client exclude feature to exclude files with a certain character in the name?

Anyhow, for most people, Retrospect does indeed work reliably, including data restoration. I personally have relied on Retrospect for many years (granted with minimal filtering) - and it's always been rock solid.

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10.4: Workaround for a Spotlight - Retrospect 6 conflict
Authored by: MahatmaWFC on Aug 12, '05 12:55:31AM

I, too, have used Retrospect for many years, and without any overwhelming problems. However, I find duplicating my main drive to an external drive both efficient in the long run and, shall we say, less stressful. First of all, my purpose in backing up my drive is to have everything available when disaster strikes. Why keep something on my drive that I don't need or don't want? Second, I simply select Duplicate and, a couple of clicks later, I take a lunch break or read a short story. Finally, if disaster does strike, I simply reverse the backup.
I have noticed about a half dozen or so minor error notations — but no error numbers — but these have never seemed to impede a reverse backup. Now that I have noticed the question about Spotlight, I shall look further into this — and perhaps let Dantz in on the secret as well.

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Just plain Bill



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