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10.5: Repair Time Machine after logic board changes
Authored by: readparse on May 31, '08 12:19:29AM
As promised, here's my reply to report on the success of browsing my Time Machine backup tree after letting my machine know of the new ethernet MAC address in two different places: That one hidden file (the one starting with a dot, followed by the MAC address) and the attribute modified with the xattr command.

When I first tried this, as I said in the previous post, I got the MAC address wrong in the xattr command. And the result was that it would have backed up my system, but in a directory named the same as my original directory, with a 2 added. So "Foo Computer 2" instead of "Foo Computer". This was not acceptable AND I don't have enough space on the external drive to back up the whole thing again.

Having gone back and checked and rechecked my work, I got it to work as expected and as advertised. The 1.9 GB incremental backup succeeded and I'm able to browse through all of my backup data in the Time Machine wormhole interface. Yee-hah. And I just forced a second manual backup to verify that everything is fine and it's doing small incremental backups again. All is well.

Thanks again!

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