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Control Time Machine from the command line

Kirk McElhearn | April 16, 2013
Backing up your data is the most important thing you can do with your computer--even more important than tweeting or posting on Facebook. If you don't back up your Mac regularly, you may lose those photos that you want to share; you may find that your latest holiday videos are missing; and your music library may go poof!

Note that this command takes a long time to run, as your Mac has to calculate a lot of information.

The tmutil command offers many other options, such as the ability to inherit destinations, perform detailed comparisons of backups, restore items and much more. See man tmutil to find out all that you can do.

If you love delving into the nitty-gritty, and especially if you manage remote Macs, you'll find this to be a very useful tool.


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