Can Time Machine wake sleeping Ubuntu server


macrumors newbie
Original poster
Aug 10, 2012

I have setup my iMac, running Mac OS X Lion, to backup onto a Ubuntu server (12.04 LTS) using Time Manager. This works a treat.
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The Ubuntu server has been configured with Wake On LAN and this works without a problem from my iMac. I simply send the 'magic packet' and the machine wakes. Note, the network is wired rather than wireless.

However, if the server is sleeping Time Manager does not wake it. Does anybody know should TM wake the server?
Is there a mechanism (hook) to get TM to wake the server ?

I have seen threads on WOL with respect to waking Mac OS X machines (wirelessly) but have found nothing on opposite process.

Any thoughts ?



macrumors newbie
Oct 18, 2012
+1 looking for a solution to this. ill keep you updated on any progress.
What are you using to send wol signal to test from osx, i cant seem to find any terminal commands.

Edit: Terminal WOL
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macrumors 603
Feb 13, 2012
Perth, Western Australia
I suspect your wireless AP may need to send the magic WOL packet for you.

Can't remember off the top of my head but i think the airport extreme can do this somehow (been ages since i looked into any of it), but not sure.

According to a quick google search, it doesn't appear that there is a standard way of making WOL work over wifi.

this may give you some help

but again... normal consumer grade gear may not support it

this is another one of those "magical" "it just works" things you get from all apple devices. unfortunately the standards support just doesn't seem to be out there with other gear yet.


macrumors newbie
Oct 18, 2012
No airport, i am working on a shell script work around almost have it working, unfortunately haven't found a solution to have run the script right before connecting/running. (Any apple dev's have any insight. Ha Ha good one I know)

There is but don't know what it dose or for that matter where it is.

I'll post what I have when it works.

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