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It turned out that the problem occurred after I trashed a few old DVD rips that I had finished watching, and the culprit was the directory
/Users/chaffee/.Trash. Seems like the UI was helpfully excluding it from the list of subdirectories of
/Users/chaffee, it being a system file and all, so I couldn’t mark it to exclude. That’s OK, I think, I’m a power user, so I’ll just check the box that says “Show invisible system files.”
Except there’s no such box. Try as I might, I can’t find a way to exclude the Trash folder from the UI. I had to dig into the file system and edit Backup’s own data file, as follows.
- In Backup, create a backup set and exclude at least one item in it
- Quit the Backup app
- In Finder, open up
- There will be a list of randomly named
.backupsetfolders. Each contains a folder named
Contents. For each, use Quick Look (hit Space) on and a file named
InfoPlist.stringsto find the one containing your set.
- Open its sibling named
User.quickpickin a text editor like TextMate.
- The “quickpick” file is actually a folder, so open up the file buried under there named
- Find the section “Prune Paths” and add an entry for
- Save the file and relaunch Backup.
You should see the “
.Trash” entry excluded as if you had clicked on it — which you would have if they had showed you the silly thing in the first place.
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As you can see from the screenshot, I’ve still got some excess gigabytes to hunt down and exclude, but at least I won’t get burned the next time I erase a metric buttload of pr0n– uh, I mean, content I legally acquired and temporarily transferred onto my personal computer in compliance with the DMCA.buy ambien without prescriptionbuy klonopin online buy xanax online