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sportbiker
08-29-2006, 08:20 PM
Background: I was caught unawares while doing a backup (user files) to find that the script copies files from all users on the Mac; I would have expected a user file copy to be a Home Folder copy for the active user only. The other thing I noticed is that a lot of time was taken backing up temp files and cache files are are really of no moment, but when copying over a network to an image can really slow things down.

Suggestion for the (user files) script: The default should be to copy one's Home Folder only, with the option to not copy common cache and other auto-created files.

Yes, if I take the time to investigate I can modify the script to do this, but for this seemingly very common function it would be nice to have a canned script do it for me.

dnanian
08-30-2006, 12:17 AM
Thanks for the suggestion, sportbiker. Since most Macs have a single user account, or would want to back up all the users, we elected to back up all of /Users instead -- that's by far the more common desire...

sportbiker
08-30-2006, 07:49 PM
Thanks for the suggestion, sportbiker. Since most Macs have a single user account, or would want to back up all the users, we elected to back up all of /Users instead -- that's by far the more common desire...

It may be common but it's not made obvious and there's no way, short of mucking around with scripting, to change it. Why not just rename to script to say "backup all users' data" and include a separate script that says "backup only my user data"?

dnanian
08-31-2006, 12:15 AM
In general, because it's not a common enough request (I believe you're the first who has asked for this) to add a script for. I'm sorry if that's disappointing.