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10.5: Show files that Time Machine does not backup
Authored by: ppp on Apr 04, '08 10:06:59AM
My iTunes Library.xml is also in that list. That's playlists, ratings and lots of info I'd rather not lose. Good to know that I need manually back that up.

Thanks to the other poster for the Standard Exclusions path. This file includes the /Library/Logs and ~/Library/Logs folders, and most (all?) other daemon logs, including Apache's error and access logs (/var/log/apache2).

I guess the thought is that if you're a basic enough user to be using Time Machine, you don't care about your logs? Certainly, I wouldn't be devastated if they were gone, but I wouldn't expect them to be. Perhaps keeping that information could be an option.

Note that "Previous Systems" is also excluded, so if you're lazy about reintegrating your Archive Install components (if any), then you lose those on a restore. I think this is a fine decision, but it's good to know.

For people wanting the whole list:


Paths Excluded
	/.Spotlight-V100
	/.Trashes
	/.fseventsd
	/.hotfiles.btree
	/Backups.backupdb
	/Desktop DB
	/Desktop DF
	/Network/Servers
	/Previous Systems
	/Users/Shared/SC Info
	/Users/Guest
	/dev
	/home
	/net
	/private/var/db/Spotlight
	/private/var/db/Spotlight-V100</string>	
Folders Copied, but Contents Excluded
	/Volumes
	/Network
	/automount
	/.vol
	/tmp
	/cores
	/private/tmp
	/private/Network
	/private/tftpboot
	/private/var/automount
	/private/var/log
	/private/var/folders
	/private/var/log/apache2
	/private/var/log/cups
	/private/var/log/fax
	/private/var/log/ppp
	/private/var/log/sa
	/private/var/log/samba
	/private/var/log/uucp
	/private/var/run
	/private/var/spool
	/private/var/tmp
	/private/var/vm
	/private/var/db/dhcpclient
	/private/var/db/fseventsd
	/Library/Caches
	/Library/Logs
	/System/Library/Caches
	/System/Library/Extensions/Caches
Local User Folders copied, but contents Excluded
	Library/Application Support/MobileSync
	Library/Application Support/SyncServices
	Library/Caches
	Library/Logs
	Library/Mail/Envelope Index
	Library/Mail/AvailableFeeds
	Library/Mirrors
	Library/PubSub/Database
	Library/PubSub/Downloads
	Library/PubSub/Feeds
	Library/Safari/Icons.db
	Library/Safari/HistoryIndex.sk


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iTunes Library.xml is a copy not the original
Authored by: thebug on Apr 04, '08 02:25:42PM
My iTunes Library.xml is also in that list. That's playlists, ratings and lots of info I'd rather not lose. Good to know that I need manually back that up.
iTunes Library, which is backed up, is the source of playlists, rating and all that other information. Deleting (or moving) the xml file will cause it to be regenerated. It's there to make it easier for other apps to get at that information by parsing a xml file. Apple's saving a bit of room on your backup by avoiding a file that can be easily re-created off the original information.

http://docs.info.apple.com/article.html?artnum=93732

You can also use the xml file to rebuild your Library file if it becomes corrupted.

http://docs.info.apple.com/article.html?artnum=93313

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10.5: Show files that Time Machine does not backup
Authored by: johnsawyercjs on Apr 04, '08 06:36:58PM

Personally, I'd prefer if "Previous Systems" was backed up too. It usually doesn't contain much that might be of use, except for non-Apple items in /Library that can usually be reinstalled, but it's nice to be able to look inside it to see what those items are, if one has forgotten. I'm not sure if Archive & Install moves one's personal cron scripts into a newly-installed system, but if it doesn't, they'd be in Previous Systems too.



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10.5: Show files that Time Machine does not backup
Authored by: TvE on Apr 05, '08 02:01:09AM

Then you can just rename the folder…



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