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pmocek
12-29-2006, 08:35 PM
I'm using Mac OS X 10.4 on Intel hardware. The machine has an MBR (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Master_boot_record) partition table instead of the default partition table type, GPT (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/GUID_Partition_Table), so that I can more easily run other operating systems on it.

I am able to successfully clone to another partition, but Superduper fails when it attempts to mark the other partition ("volume") as bootable.

Is Superduper compatible with MBR partition tables?

dnanian
12-29-2006, 08:39 PM
We don't really care what the partition scheme is, but OSX might. I'd need to see the error to attempt any kind of diagnosis, though.

pmocek
12-29-2006, 09:00 PM
I'd need to see the error to attempt any kind of diagnosis

Here's the relevant portion:| 04:51:36 PM | Info | PHASE: 3. After Successful Copy
| 04:51:36 PM | Info | ...ACTION: Making Mac OS Backup bootable
| 04:51:36 PM | Info | ......COMMAND => Blessing OS X System Folder
| 04:51:36 PM | Info | Did not bless Mac OS X System Folder on Mac OS Backup because it does not exist.
| 04:51:36 PM | Info | ......COMMAND => Blessing OS 9 System Folder
| 04:51:36 PM | Info | Did not bless Mac OS 9 System Folder on Mac OS Backup because it does not exist.
| 04:51:36 PM | Info | ...ACTION: Restoring Spotlight state on Mac OS Backup
| 04:51:36 PM | Info | ......COMMAND => Restoring Spotlight search indexing state on Mac OS Backup
| 04:51:37 PM | Info | /Volumes/Mac OS Backup:
| 04:51:37 PM | Info | Indexing enabled for volume.
| 04:51:37 PM | Info | Indexing enabled on Mac OS Backup
| 04:51:37 PM | Info | PHASE: 4. And Finally...
| 04:51:37 PM | Info | ...ACTION: Setting Mac OS Backup as Startup Disk
| 04:51:37 PM | Info | ......COMMAND => Setting startup disk to Mac OS Backup
| 04:51:37 PM | Info | Could not set Mac OS Backup as the startup disk because it does not contain a valid Mac OS X System Folder.
| 04:51:37 PM | Error | ****FAILED****: result=256 errno=22 (Unknown error: 0)

dnanian
12-29-2006, 09:23 PM
I need the whole thing, not just a clip.

pmocek
12-29-2006, 09:31 PM
I need the whole thing, not just a clip.

Hmm... It's pretty long and I'd have to read the whole thing to make sure there's no personal information in there before I go posting it on the Interwebs. Is there some particular part (besides that which shows the error and associated codes, which I have already posted) that you need to see in order to diagnose?

dnanian
12-29-2006, 09:37 PM
Feel free to send it to me at the support address. But I do need the whole thing.

pmocek
12-29-2006, 09:40 PM
Is it saved somewhere, or do I need to run another clone? (I closed Superduper after running it to get the error code you requested.)

dnanian
12-29-2006, 09:48 PM
Open SuperDuper!, press Cmd+L, then "Send to shirt pocket..."

pmocek
12-29-2006, 09:57 PM
I need the whole thing, not just a clip.

Here it is (note that although I changed the names in the abbreviated log quoted above, I'm actually backing up from "Mac OS (backup)" to "Mac OS"):
| 04:44:57 PM | Info | SuperDuper!, 2.1.3 (80), path: /Applications/SuperDuper!.app, Mac OS 10.4.6 build 8I1119 (i386)
| 04:44:57 PM | Info | Started on Fri, Dec 29, 2006 at 4:44 PM
| 04:44:57 PM | Info | Source Drive: Mac OS (backup), mount: /, device: ST3300831AS, interconnect: Internal ATA, file system: "Journaled HFS+", OS: 10.4.6 (8I1119), capacity: 40.00 GB, used: 17.32 GB, directories: 39136, files: 206896, ejectable: NO, ACLs: Disabled
| 04:44:57 PM | Info | Target Drive: Mac OS, mount: /Volumes/Mac OS, device: ST3300831AS, interconnect: Internal ATA, file system: "Journaled HFS+", OS: 10.4.8 (8L2127), capacity: 40.00 GB, used: 17.08 GB, directories: 41145, files: 209780, ejectable: NO, ACLs: Disabled
| 04:44:57 PM | Info | Copy Mode : Smart Update
| 04:44:57 PM | Info | Copy Script : Backup - all files.dset
| 04:44:57 PM | Info | Transcript : BuildTranscript.plist
| 04:44:57 PM | Info | PHASE: 1. Prepare to Copy Files
| 04:44:57 PM | Info | ...ACTION: Preparing Mac OS (backup)
| 04:44:57 PM | Info | ......COMMAND => Verifying the integrity of volinfo.database
| 04:44:57 PM | Info | volinfo.database OK
| 04:44:57 PM | Info | ......COMMAND => Enabling permissions on Mac OS (backup)
| 04:44:57 PM | Info | Refreshing Disk Arbitration ...
| 04:44:57 PM | Info | ......COMMAND => Verifying that permissions are enabled for Mac OS (backup)
| 04:44:58 PM | Info | Permissions on '/' are enabled.
| 04:44:58 PM | Info | ...ACTION: Repairing permissions on Mac OS (backup)
| 04:44:58 PM | Info | ......COMMAND => Repairing permissions on Mac OS (backup)
| 04:45:31 PM | Info | Started verify/repair permissions on disk disk0s3 Mac OS (backup)
| 04:45:31 PM | Info | Determining correct file permissions.
| 04:45:31 PM | Info | The privileges have been verified or repaired on the selected volume
| 04:45:31 PM | Info | Verify/repair finished permissions on disk disk0s3 Mac OS (backup)
| 04:45:31 PM | Info | ...ACTION: Preparing Mac OS
| 04:45:31 PM | Info | ......COMMAND => Enabling permissions on Mac OS
| 04:45:31 PM | Info | Refreshing Disk Arbitration ...
| 04:45:31 PM | Info | ......COMMAND => Verifying that permissions are enabled for Mac OS
| 04:45:32 PM | Info | Permissions on '/Volumes/Mac OS' are enabled.
| 04:45:32 PM | Info | ......COMMAND => Verifying that Mac OS ACL support matches Mac OS (backup)
| 04:45:32 PM | Info | ...ACTION: Preserving Spotlight state on Mac OS
| 04:45:32 PM | Info | ......COMMAND => Disabling Spotlight search indexing on Mac OS
| 04:45:32 PM | Info | PHASE: 2. Copy Files
| 04:45:32 PM | Info | ...ACTION: Copying files from Mac OS (backup) to Mac OS using Smart Update
| 04:45:32 PM | Info | ......COMMAND => Cloning Mac OS (backup) to Mac OS
| 04:45:32 PM | Info | Copying copy files with delete using script: /Users/phil/Library/Application Support/SuperDuper!/Copy Scripts/Standard Scripts/Backup - all files.dset
| 04:45:32 PM | Info | Loading 19 commands from copy script /Applications/SuperDuper!.app/Contents/Resources/Copy Scripts/Exclude system temporary files.dset
| 04:45:32 PM | Info | Loading 6 commands from copy script /Applications/SuperDuper!.app/Contents/Resources/Copy Scripts/Exclude system cache files.dset
| 04:45:32 PM | Info | Loading 1 commands from copy script /Applications/SuperDuper!.app/Contents/Resources/Copy Scripts/Exclude Norton FileSaver files.dset
| 04:45:32 PM | Info | Loading 2 commands from copy script /Applications/SuperDuper!.app/Contents/Resources/Copy Scripts/Exclude Spotlight search index.dset
| 04:45:32 PM | Info | Loading 0 commands from copy script /Users/phil/Library/Application Support/SuperDuper!/Copy Scripts/Standard Scripts/Backup - all files.dset
| 04:45:32 PM | Info | /
| 04:45:35 PM | Info | /cores
| 04:45:35 PM | Info | /usr
| 04:46:29 PM | Info | /.Spotlight-V100
| 04:46:29 PM | Info | Ignoring /.Spotlight-V100/.journalHistoryLog
| 04:46:29 PM | Info | Ignoring /.Spotlight-V100/.store.db
| 04:46:29 PM | Info | Ignoring /.Spotlight-V100/_rules.plist
| 04:46:29 PM | Info | Ignoring /.Spotlight-V100/ContentIndex.db
| 04:46:29 PM | Info | Ignoring /.Spotlight-V100/store.db
| 04:46:29 PM | Info | /.Trashes
| 04:46:29 PM | Info | /.vol
| 04:46:29 PM | Info | Ignoring /.vol
| 04:46:29 PM | Info | /Applications
| 04:48:40 PM | Info | /automount
| 04:48:40 PM | Info | /bin
| 04:48:40 PM | Info | /Network
| 04:48:40 PM | Info | /Users
| 04:49:14 PM | Info | /System
| 04:50:58 PM | Info | Ignoring /System/Library/Extensions.kextcache
| 04:50:58 PM | Info | /dev
| 04:50:58 PM | Info | /efi
| 04:51:01 PM | Info | /sw
| 04:51:10 PM | Info | /Library
| 04:51:34 PM | Info | /sbin
| 04:51:34 PM | Info | /private
| 04:51:36 PM | Info | Did not COPY shared-item /private/tftpboot/private/tftpboot because it would have overwritten the original
| 04:51:36 PM | Info | Ignoring /private/var/db/volinfo.database
| 04:51:36 PM | Info | Ignoring /private/var/db/BootCache.playlist
| 04:51:36 PM | Info | Ignoring /private/var/run
| 04:51:36 PM | Info | Ignoring /private/var/tmp/folders.502
| 04:51:36 PM | Info | Ignoring /private/var/tmp/mds
| 04:51:36 PM | Info | Ignoring /private/var/vm
| 04:51:36 PM | Info | /Volumes
| 04:51:36 PM | Info | Ignoring /Volumes/Mac data
| 04:51:36 PM | Info | Ignoring /Volumes/Mac OS
| 04:51:36 PM | Info | Ignoring /Volumes/Mac OS (backup)
| 04:51:36 PM | Info | Ignoring /mach.sym
| 04:51:36 PM | Info | Ignoring /mach
| 04:51:36 PM | Info | Ignoring /Desktop DF
| 04:51:36 PM | Info | Ignoring /Desktop DB
| 04:51:36 PM | Info | Ignoring /.hotfiles.btree
| 04:51:36 PM | Info | Evaluated 245554 items occupying 16.98 GB (39130 directories, 201110 files, 5314 symlinks)
| 04:51:36 PM | Info | Copied 20917 items totaling 0.67 GB (3185 directories, 9236 files, 8496 symlinks)
| 04:51:36 PM | Info | Cloned 16.87 GB of data in 364 seconds at an effective transfer rate of 47.46 MB/s
| 04:51:36 PM | Info | PHASE: 3. After Successful Copy
| 04:51:36 PM | Info | ...ACTION: Making Mac OS bootable
| 04:51:36 PM | Info | ......COMMAND => Blessing OS X System Folder
| 04:51:36 PM | Info | Did not bless Mac OS X System Folder on Mac OS because it does not exist.
| 04:51:36 PM | Info | ......COMMAND => Blessing OS 9 System Folder
| 04:51:36 PM | Info | Did not bless Mac OS 9 System Folder on Mac OS because it does not exist.
| 04:51:36 PM | Info | ...ACTION: Restoring Spotlight state on Mac OS
| 04:51:36 PM | Info | ......COMMAND => Restoring Spotlight search indexing state on Mac OS
| 04:51:37 PM | Info | /Volumes/Mac OS:
| 04:51:37 PM | Info | Indexing enabled for volume.
| 04:51:37 PM | Info | Indexing enabled on Mac OS
| 04:51:37 PM | Info | PHASE: 4. And Finally...
| 04:51:37 PM | Info | ...ACTION: Setting Mac OS as Startup Disk
| 04:51:37 PM | Info | ......COMMAND => Setting startup disk to Mac OS
| 04:51:37 PM | Info | Could not set Mac OS as the startup disk because it does not contain a valid Mac OS X System Folder.
| 04:51:37 PM | Error | ****FAILED****: result=256 errno=22 (Unknown error: 0)

dnanian
12-29-2006, 10:00 PM
Quite weird. So, you're updating a 10.4.8 volume with a 10.4.6 install... something weird clearly happened. Can you try an erase-then-copy rather than a Smart Update to see if that works?

pmocek
12-29-2006, 10:16 PM
you're updating a 10.4.8 volume with a 10.4.6 install

Oh. Oops. No, actually I applied the 10.4.8 update to the clone partition after creating it with Superduper and receiving the same error. I just ran it again today so I could get the error code for you.

dnanian
12-29-2006, 11:48 PM
OK. But could you try an erase-then-copy to see what that does?

pmocek
12-30-2006, 01:29 AM
But could you try an erase-then-copy to see what that does?

Done.

| 07:56:26 PM | Info | SuperDuper!, 2.1.3 (80), path: /Applications/SuperDuper!.app, Mac OS 10.4.6 build 8I1119 (i386)
| 07:56:26 PM | Info | Started on Fri, Dec 29, 2006 at 7:56 PM
| 07:56:26 PM | Info | Source Drive: Mac OS (backup), mount: /, device: ST3300831AS, interconnect: Internal ATA, file system: "Journaled HFS+", OS: 10.4.6 (8I1119), capacity: 40.00 GB, used: 17.32 GB, directories: 39133, files: 206900, ejectable: NO, ACLs: Disabled
| 07:56:26 PM | Info | Target Drive: Mac OS, mount: /Volumes/Mac OS, device: ST3300831AS, interconnect: Internal ATA, file system: "Journaled HFS+", OS: 10.4.6 (8I1119), capacity: 40.00 GB, used: 17.00 GB, directories: 39116, files: 206808, ejectable: NO, ACLs: Disabled
| 07:56:26 PM | Info | Copy Mode : Erase, then copy files
| 07:56:26 PM | Info | Copy Script : Backup - all files.dset
| 07:56:26 PM | Info | Transcript : BuildTranscript.plist
| 07:56:27 PM | Info | PHASE: 1. Prepare to Copy Files
| 07:56:27 PM | Info | ...ACTION: Preparing Mac OS (backup)
| 07:56:27 PM | Info | ......COMMAND => Verifying the integrity of volinfo.database
| 07:56:27 PM | Info | volinfo.database OK
| 07:56:27 PM | Info | ......COMMAND => Enabling permissions on Mac OS (backup)
| 07:56:27 PM | Info | Refreshing Disk Arbitration ...
| 07:56:27 PM | Info | ......COMMAND => Verifying that permissions are enabled for Mac OS (backup)
| 07:56:27 PM | Info | Permissions on '/' are enabled.
| 07:56:27 PM | Info | ...ACTION: Erasing Mac OS
| 07:56:27 PM | Info | ......COMMAND => Preserving Mac OS UUID
| 07:56:28 PM | Info | 5AD115E5C74A8A94
| 07:56:28 PM | Info | ......COMMAND => Preserving spotlight indexing state
| 07:56:28 PM | Info | ......COMMAND => Erasing Mac OS
| 07:56:38 PM | Info | ......COMMAND => Restoring Mac OS UUID (5AD115E5C74A8A94)
| 07:56:39 PM | Info | 5AD115E5C74A8A94
| 07:56:39 PM | Info | ......COMMAND => Restoring Spotlight search indexing state on Mac OS
| 07:56:39 PM | Info | /Volumes/Mac OS:
| 07:56:39 PM | Info | Indexing enabled for volume.
| 07:56:39 PM | Info | Indexing enabled on Mac OS
| 07:56:39 PM | Info | ...ACTION: Preparing Mac OS
| 07:56:39 PM | Info | ......COMMAND => Enabling permissions on Mac OS
| 07:56:39 PM | Info | Refreshing Disk Arbitration ...
| 07:56:39 PM | Info | ......COMMAND => Verifying that permissions are enabled for Mac OS
| 07:56:39 PM | Info | Permissions on '/Volumes/Mac OS' are enabled.
| 07:56:39 PM | Info | ......COMMAND => Verifying that Mac OS ACL support matches Mac OS (backup)
| 07:56:39 PM | Info | ...ACTION: Preserving Spotlight state on Mac OS
| 07:56:39 PM | Info | ......COMMAND => Disabling Spotlight search indexing on Mac OS
| 07:56:39 PM | Info | PHASE: 2. Copy Files
| 07:56:39 PM | Info | ...ACTION: Copying files from Mac OS (backup) to Mac OS
| 07:56:39 PM | Info | ......COMMAND => Cloning Mac OS (backup) to Mac OS
| 07:56:40 PM | Info | Copying copy files using script: /Users/phil/Library/Application Support/SuperDuper!/Copy Scripts/Standard Scripts/Backup - all files.dset
| 07:56:40 PM | Info | Loading 19 commands from copy script /Applications/SuperDuper!.app/Contents/Resources/Copy Scripts/Exclude system temporary files.dset
| 07:56:40 PM | Info | Loading 6 commands from copy script /Applications/SuperDuper!.app/Contents/Resources/Copy Scripts/Exclude system cache files.dset
| 07:56:40 PM | Info | Loading 1 commands from copy script /Applications/SuperDuper!.app/Contents/Resources/Copy Scripts/Exclude Norton FileSaver files.dset
| 07:56:40 PM | Info | Loading 2 commands from copy script /Applications/SuperDuper!.app/Contents/Resources/Copy Scripts/Exclude Spotlight search index.dset
| 07:56:40 PM | Info | Loading 0 commands from copy script /Users/phil/Library/Application Support/SuperDuper!/Copy Scripts/Standard Scripts/Backup - all files.dset
| 07:56:40 PM | Info | /
| 07:56:43 PM | Info | /cores
| 07:56:43 PM | Info | /usr
| 07:59:04 PM | Info | /.Spotlight-V100
| 07:59:04 PM | Info | Ignoring /.Spotlight-V100/.journalHistoryLog
| 07:59:04 PM | Info | Ignoring /.Spotlight-V100/.store.db
| 07:59:04 PM | Info | Ignoring /.Spotlight-V100/_rules.plist
| 07:59:04 PM | Info | Ignoring /.Spotlight-V100/ContentIndex.db
| 07:59:04 PM | Info | Ignoring /.Spotlight-V100/store.db
| 07:59:04 PM | Info | /.Trashes
| 07:59:04 PM | Info | /.vol
| 07:59:04 PM | Info | Ignoring /.vol
| 07:59:04 PM | Info | /Applications
| 08:11:44 PM | Info | /automount
| 08:11:44 PM | Info | /bin
| 08:11:44 PM | Info | /Network
| 08:11:44 PM | Info | /Users
| 08:27:19 PM | Info | /System
| 08:31:17 PM | Info | Ignoring /System/Library/Extensions.kextcache
| 08:31:17 PM | Info | /dev
| 08:31:17 PM | Info | /efi
| 08:31:17 PM | Info | /sw
| 08:31:59 PM | Info | /Library
| 08:33:34 PM | Info | /sbin
| 08:33:37 PM | Info | /private
| 08:33:40 PM | Info | Ignoring /private/var/db/volinfo.database
| 08:33:40 PM | Info | Ignoring /private/var/db/BootCache.playlist
| 08:33:41 PM | Info | Ignoring /private/var/run
| 08:33:41 PM | Info | Ignoring /private/var/tmp/folders.502
| 08:33:41 PM | Info | Ignoring /private/var/tmp/mds
| 08:33:41 PM | Info | Ignoring /private/var/vm
| 08:33:41 PM | Info | /Volumes
| 08:33:41 PM | Info | Ignoring /Volumes/GRUB
| 08:33:41 PM | Info | Ignoring /Volumes/LINUX
| 08:33:41 PM | Info | Ignoring /Volumes/Mac data
| 08:33:41 PM | Info | Ignoring /Volumes/Mac OS
| 08:33:41 PM | Info | Ignoring /Volumes/SWAP
| 08:33:41 PM | Info | Ignoring /Volumes/Mac OS (backup)
| 08:33:41 PM | Info | Ignoring /mach.sym
| 08:33:41 PM | Info | Ignoring /mach
| 08:33:41 PM | Info | Ignoring /Desktop DF
| 08:33:41 PM | Info | Ignoring /Desktop DB
| 08:33:41 PM | Info | Ignoring /.hotfiles.btree
| 08:33:41 PM | Info | Evaluated 245561 items occupying 16.98 GB (39133 directories, 201114 files, 5314 symlinks)
| 08:33:41 PM | Info | Copied 284582 items totaling 16.87 GB (39113 directories, 201044 files, 44425 symlinks)
| 08:33:41 PM | Info | Cloned 16.87 GB of data in 2221 seconds at an effective transfer rate of 7.78 MB/s
| 08:33:41 PM | Info | PHASE: 3. After Successful Copy
| 08:33:41 PM | Info | ...ACTION: Making Mac OS bootable
| 08:33:41 PM | Info | ......COMMAND => Blessing OS X System Folder
| 08:33:41 PM | Info | Did not bless Mac OS X System Folder on Mac OS because it does not exist.
| 08:33:41 PM | Info | ......COMMAND => Blessing OS 9 System Folder
| 08:33:41 PM | Info | Did not bless Mac OS 9 System Folder on Mac OS because it does not exist.
| 08:33:41 PM | Info | ...ACTION: Restoring Spotlight state on Mac OS
| 08:33:41 PM | Info | ......COMMAND => Restoring Spotlight search indexing state on Mac OS
| 08:33:43 PM | Info | /Volumes/Mac OS:
| 08:33:43 PM | Info | Indexing enabled for volume.
| 08:33:43 PM | Info | Indexing enabled on Mac OS
| 08:33:43 PM | Info | PHASE: 4. And Finally...
| 08:33:43 PM | Info | ...ACTION: Setting Mac OS as Startup Disk
| 08:33:43 PM | Info | ......COMMAND => Setting startup disk to Mac OS
| 08:33:43 PM | Info | Could not set Mac OS as the startup disk because it does not contain a valid Mac OS X System Folder.
| 08:33:43 PM | Error | ****FAILED****: result=256 errno=22 (Unknown error: 0)

dnanian
12-30-2006, 11:53 AM
This is quite peculiar, pmocek. It's almost like you're running on a non-Apple computer. Possible?

pmocek
12-31-2006, 01:44 PM
It's almost like you're running on a non-Apple computer. Possible?

Well, depending on how you define "non-Apple" it's beyond possible -- it's a fact. As I said before: this is not a stock machine. I have changed the partition table from GPT to MBR in order to more effectively boot multiple operating systems. GPT is fairly new, and many other operating systems don't yet handle it properly. It's a better system, in my opinion, but I'll stick with the old one if doing so will make OS X to play nicely with GNU/Linux and others.

Is Superduper restricted to use with machines using GPT partition tables when running on OS X on Intel hardware?

Truth be told, I have had trouble getting the cloned partition set as a startup disk. But I would think that if Superduper cannot do so, Shirt Pocket would prefer it to recognize this and then issue a warning, refuse to run until the option to set as startup disk is disabled, etc., instead of running all the way through the backup then failing with a cryptic error message. The latter is definitely not consistent with Superduper's otherwise excellent UI.

So, any clues? I realize this is a corner-case for now, but I'm confident that with time you'll find yourselves with more customers running OS X on newer hardware, and more of us Unix geeks jumping on the bandwagon, pushing the boundaries of OS X and Superduper in the process.

dnanian
12-31-2006, 01:56 PM
Well, more than just a non-stock machine: this isn't Apple hardware at all, right? It's just a generic box you've managed to get OSX working on, no? (I don't mean this in a disparaging way, I just want to confirm the situation that I can't reproduce on any of the hardware I have here: this is not a standard OSX install, regardless of partition type.)

This has nothing to do with MBR: it's because the source partition doesn't have the proper standard configuration to be bootable in a standard way (for example, it doesn't have BootX in the right place). The files have been copied, and you'll have to repeat whatever you did to get the source partition booted on the destination.

pmocek
12-31-2006, 02:35 PM
this isn't Apple hardware at all, right? It's just a generic box you've managed to get OSX working on, no? I'm not the original owner, so I can't trace all the parts that make up this computer back to their manufacture (and does Apple manufacture its own hardware, anyway?) but for all practical purposes, yes, you're correct.

This has nothing to do with MBR Sorry for the confusion. I wasn't really referring to the master boot record, I meant "the MBR partition table scheme" as opposed to "the GPT (GUID partition table) scheme".

it's because the source partition doesn't have the proper standard configuration to be bootable in a standard way Hmm... I believe it is booting in the standard way, but on a proprietary OS, it's really hard to tell what's going on, so I can't say for sure. (Oh, how I miss the thorough documentation that often comes with free software (http://www.gnu.org/philosophy/free-sw.html).)

If you want to test for this situation with "stock" Apple hardware, you could: Start with a new, un-partitioned hard disk in an Intel-processor-based Mac
Create some partitions on it with something other than Apple's Disk Utility, such as fdisk, cfdisk, or sfdisk on GNU/Linux, possibly from a "live CD" distribution like KNOPPIX Linux (http://www.knopper.net/knoppix/index-en.html) (mine has three primary partitions and an extended partition that contains several others)
Perform a standard installation of Mac OS X to one of the primary partition (I installed to the third one)
Clone to another primary (mine: second), and tell Superduper to set that one as the startup disk

(FYI, I use a registered copy of Superduper on a Pismo all the time and am thoroughly satisfied with it when used for that purpose.)

dnanian
12-31-2006, 04:39 PM
Really, there was no need to be coy about this, and you could have saved us both a lot of time -- and me a lot of testing -- if you had just indicated this wasn't a real Mac in the first place.

Anyway, no, I just can't spend the time necessary to try to reproduce this situation -- once you step off the standards, you're kind of on your own. Sorry -- it's hard enough dealing with all the Macs that do get released to start dealing with non-Apple hardware with a nonstandard partitioning scheme (Disk Utility will partition with MBR, FYI) created with nonstandard tools, etc.

As I indicated, your configuration doesn't have a BootX file in the proper place, so it's not going to be seen as a standard System folder and isn't going to bless properly. But if you mess about with it appropriately perhaps you'll be able to get it to work; feel free to indicate to others how you managed it, in this thread -- should they encounter a similar situation, they'll at least find this documentation.

pmocek
12-31-2006, 04:54 PM
Sorry -- didn't mean to be coy. When asking for help with software, I try to pare down the details to just those that I believe to be necessary to reproduce the behavior, rather than just dumping everything I know and letting others sort out the details.

Can you point me to documentation of Superduper's requirement that a BootX file be in the proper place? The Superduper User's Guide does not include the word "bootx".

dnanian
12-31-2006, 04:58 PM
It's not our requirement. It's OSX's.

pmocek
12-31-2006, 05:06 PM
I just did a quick Web search and found that BootX is only used with PowerPC-processor-based Macs (http://developer.apple.com/documentation/MacOSX/Conceptual/BPSystemStartup/Articles/BootProcess.html). Those with Intel CPUs don't use BootX.

So the lack of existence of BootX must not be the problem in this case.

dnanian
12-31-2006, 05:10 PM
Not really relevant: BootX is present for all Macs.