As I continue to develop my backup scheme, including a GUI wrapper
(probably with Platypus first, then with Python 3 as I get time), I
did think of another question:

How well does lbackup support NTFS filesystems either a source or
destination? It would be nice if I can backup to a NTFS formatted
external hard drive via NTFS-3G on my Mac, so that the backup can be
easily restored on Windows machines, too.

Do you think this is possible? Does anyone have experience with this? Thanks!

On 16 July 2012 19:06, henri <> wrote:
>> I plan to have the backup machine always on (unless there is a way to
>> schedule it to turn on at set times!), so I don't think Anacron would
>> be necessary. In addition, even though I am fine with scripting and
>> using the terminal, I am trying to develop a solution where the entire
>> backup configuration with scheduling can be set up with a GUI. This is
>> so that other members of my group can also set up lbackup without my
>> help. And neither Anacron nor fcron has a GUI as far as I know.
> With regards using Cron for scheudling, Cronnix 
> <> seems like the best GUI I have found to 
> date. I am guessing there are others. However, I have not tired them. If you 
> find a better one please let me know.
>> Right now I am writing a bash script that can generate basic
>> configuration files, bundled into a Mac OS X GUI application with the
>> versatile Platypus 4.4 wrapper ( If
>> you know of a good way (other than using Platypus) to do this I am
>> open to suggestions! This plus Cronnix will give the whole setup a GUI
>> configuration option. Perhaps one day this will turn into a full blown
>> GUI for lbackup?
> You could look at using (XCode) if you are making a GUI wrapper for LBackup. 
> I have used Platypus in the past. It could work (that will probably depending 
> upon how many options you are planning to add to the GUI). If you get 
> something working then please consider submitting it back to the LBackup 
> project. Should you require assistance then let me know.
>> Yes, the Mac OS X Energy Saver System Preferences pane can be used to
>> schedule a computer wake up time, but you can only specify one time.
>> The problem is I have different backup jobs scheduled to run at
>> different times of the day, one after another.
> There are ways to this. However, there is no GUI. I would suggest that you 
> leave the system on if possible for local backups. If you are performing a 
> network backup (pull backup). Then it is possible to wake a system on the 
> same LAN from sleep using the mac address of the interface you will use for 
> waking the system. This allows a backup server to wake clients prior to the 
> backup commencing. An example of the lines to add to the LBackup 
> configuration file are listed below :
>  hardware_address="00:03:93:B0:A0:BA"
>  # determines weather or not to wake/sleep the client machine on the LAN 
> (YES/NO)
> You would need to change the hardware address to match the client you are 
> waking up.
>> Unless there is a way to specify multiple directories to be backed up, and 
>> backed up to
>> different locations, other wise I will need the computer to be
>> awakened multiple times during the day. So I guess another question
>> would be can I specify multiple sources and destinations in a lbackup
>> configuration file?
> If you would like to backup to different directories I would suggest having 
> different backup configurations. There are ways around this. However they are 
> not officially supported.
> It is possible to select multiple source directories (not officially 
> supported due to the verification features planned for a future release) and 
> then have the same destination. However, if this will work in your situation 
> you could use this approach. The following link to the developer 
> documentation provides an overview.
>   -
> There are also at least a couple of threads on the mailing list referring to 
> this approach of backing up multiple directories on the same system.
>> I test-opened some files restored from my current scheduled test
>> backups, they all seem to behave correctly. So I guess using lbackup
>> with the stock rsunc 2.6 (in Mac OS X 10.5.8) without any patches or
>> other utilities might be OK for now.
> Great. Provided you are able to restore files that is great. It is 
> recommended, that you always make a copy of restored files before opening 
> them.
> If you have any questions or problems then just reply.
> Hopefully, this information is helpful.

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