Synchronization and Backup on Mac OS X

Note that not all the methods listed here fully support backup of Resource Forks.

Apple .Mac Backup

Using the Backup tool that is obtained as part of the Apple .Mac product is possilbly the most simple method of backing up a personal Apple machine. It can be used to backup important files to optical media, local hard disks or network locations. Network locations can include DICE network filesystems or Apple iDisk remote storage.


TODO: Write the Mac OS X specific bits (like how RsyncX is bad and maybe mention rsyncbackup) and link to CommonRsyncBackup.

Unison File Synchronizer

Unison, courtesy of Benjamin Pierce is a file-synchronization tool for Unix and Windows. It allows two replicas of a collection of files and directories to be stored on different hosts (or different disks on the same host), modified separately, and then brought up to date by propagating the changes in each replica to the other.

I have Unison installed using FinkCommander - as a by-product this also gives you an installation of ocaml. Unison is an "unstable" packackage installed from source, so to install it you first need to install Apples's XCode and X11 SDK (from the Tiger installation disks) to provide the compilers, headers etc neded to build the application. Then in Fink Commander Preferences select "Use unstable packages" (Fink tab). From the menus run Source>SelfUpdate then Source>UpdateAll. Finally, select the unison package then install from source (click the .h icon).

To use unison to synchronise your mac with your DICE files, run unison from the command-line in an X terminal window using the server. The DICE unison installation may not be the latest, so use 'unison-[version]' to run a matching version on the Mac. (eg I currently use unison-2.10.2)

-- MichaelFourman - 17 Sep 2005

Retrospect Backup Service

TODO: Toby - can you write something about this?

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