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Old 02-22-2005, 08:14 PM
kbradnam kbradnam is offline
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Will version 2.0 solve my cron scheduling problems?

Hi again,

After a few days experimenting with crontab entries, I've had to give up trying to automate the running of SuperDuper! via a cron job.

My first attempt used the adminstrators crontab entry but this - like most Mac OS X user accounts it seems - is only active when that user is logged in. Not helpful if you want your backups to run in the middle of the night.

My second attempt was to enable the backups to run as root by adding lines to the /etc/crontab file. This initially worked whilst I was logged in as the admin user, but if you are not logged in at all then very strange things happen....

The central login window remains at the center of the screen but behind this the root user desktop appears and launches SuperDuper (incidentally I found out that I had to re-register the SuperDuper program as the root user). SuperDuper starts but never runs the desired backup though.
I think is because the root user needs to have all of the various library settings stored locally (/var/root rather than in the adminstrators home area).

What is scary about this approach is that even though the login window remains on screen you can take charge of windows behind it (presumably with full root access to delete anything you wanted to).

So I'm currently at a loss as to how to schedule SuperDuper without physically being at the machine or leaving an account logged in.

Will the scheduling functions that you have mentioned for version 2.0 be able to help me out?

Regards,

Keith
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