My Own Time Machine

I was inspired by this post Ubuntu TimeMachine to do my own Apple TimeMachine. The install was pretty much straight forward .

I have a Debian box and I also have a 500GB Seagate USB drive. Those two would make a pretty neat setup if I can pull it off.

First,I had to setup the usb drive mount on my Debian box. The Seagate drive is formatted HFS+ already since I was using it directly with our MacBook. Now I had to set it up so that I can use it as a regular user.

my fstab entry :
/dev/sdc1 /mnt/timemachine hfsplus users,force,umask=0 0 0

The force option is to enable write access.

Now to setup the AFPD config.
Pretty much followed Kremalicious posts.

For the apple volume I just added the “tm” option to turn on timemachine support.
Avahi setup was also straightforward.

I’ve had to do to the first backup a lot of times coz it keeps getting interrupted for some reason and the logs weren’t that much helpful. But as of now ,It seems to be pretty much stable.

I hadn’t tried a restore though. I’ll try it next weekend.

Sarasota, Florida, United States

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