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Jay Lake
Date: 2008-03-03 15:00
Subject: [tech] Backup and restore
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Just in case you were wondering, Time Machine absolutely rocks the house for backup restoration.

However, in the event that you (like me) adopt a portable HD solution for Time Machine on the road, be aware that you'll need your OS X 10.whatever master install CD with you in order to make everything work properly.

Still, I've never in my life had a restore experience as smooth and clean as this one.
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User: jack_ryder
Date: 2008-03-04 00:06 (UTC)
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I understand Superduper is meant to integrate well with Time Machine now, and allow a full restore from an external drive without the Master Install CD (it uses a bootable clone.)

So I've heard - I haven't really played with it yet.
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Patrick Nielsen Hayden
User: pnh
Date: 2008-03-04 01:55 (UTC)
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I was just going to say. As far as I can tell, the closest thing to a bulletproof solution to Mac backup is Time Machine plus a clone of your startup disk made with Super Duper.

Super Duper is something like $27.95, and external FW disks are now given away in Cracker Jack boxes. There's really no excuse remaining not to Get Right With God.
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User: ex_chrisbil
Date: 2008-03-04 01:58 (UTC)
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I fried my router last Thursday, so I picked up an Apple Airport Extreme on Friday. After mucking about at the weekend, I've got it working at draft-N speed between my MacBook, my [Whingeows based] PC, and my Playstation 3 (which I just use for media streaming for my tv... it was free). I love it. The best thing, though, is that it has taken my LaCie external drive through USB and shared it at 130Mb/s speed to the connectioned devices. Network storage - hurrah! It will do the same for a printer, I believe... so I could begin to use Time Machine too.

What I'm saying is "go Apple".
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User: ex_chrisbil
Date: 2008-03-04 01:59 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
(... oh, and I'm glad you restored ok Jay - sorry, shoulda said that first!)
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Jay Lake
User: jaylake
Date: 2008-03-04 18:30 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
It's bizarre, dude. My Oki b6300n prints just fine from my PC (that machine never was down), but when I re-create the printer in the Mac, every time I try to print, it tells me the printer is paused. When I unpause the printer, it repauses about 2 seconds later.

My Brother MFC 5460CN is acting weird, too.
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User: ex_chrisbil
Date: 2008-03-04 23:04 (UTC)
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Is it networked in any way? (by airport or anything?)

There are a few things that you can do with cups, which is the printer management (simply put, and not entirely accurate, but close enough) in Mac OS X, but if you only have a couple of printers, I'd suggest you let the GUI do it all for you... first, though, if it's a network printer, make sure it isn't ticked to share in System Preferences/Printer. Mine did that by default, which probably confuses it.

In 10.4 you could reset Print Center, and then add your printers again. I'd suggest doing this if you only have those two printers to add back to the list, but the simple option is gone in Leopard. I'll dig up a document I wrote on how to do it in Terminal and see if it's still relevant to Leopard.

While I do that, try launching Terminal and entering the following (sans 'quotes' and without my comments in brackets) - keep in mind that it should clear your print jobs, if there are any:

'sudo csh' (this will ask you for your password to make you root - needed for next step)
'cd /var/spool/cups'
'ls' (you should see a bunch of junk from other print jobs)
'rm -f *' (this removes all files, but will say there are two directories)
'cd cache'
'rm -f *'
'cd ../tmp'
'rm -f *'
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User: ex_chrisbil
Date: 2008-03-04 23:12 (UTC)
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There are spaces between the -f and * - I notice it doesn't look that way in my post, dammit.

Anyhow, I found my old fix for recreating cups, and it's almost what we did there:

1. Open Terminal (/Applications/Utilities/).
2. At the prompt type: cd /var/spool/
3. Press Return.
4. Type: sudo mkdir cups
5. Press Return.
6. Type your Admin user password when prompted, then press Return.
7. Type: sudo chown daemon:admin cups
8. Press Return.
9. Type: sudo chmod 700 cups
10. Press Return.
11. Quit Terminal.
12. Restart the computer.

... however, it's all irrelevant. I've discovered how to reset the printing system using the GUI instead, after which you will have to add your printers again. Simply launch System Preferences, go to Print & Fax and ctrl-click the white box that has the list of printers in - it comes up with 'Reset printing system', I knew it would be there somewhere! This does effectively clear your cups service and restart it, but I'd reboot to make sure nothing's cached at all.
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