Excluding items from Time Machine

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  1. disasterdrone macrumors 6502

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    I have a time machine backup. I can add new excluded items, and remove them, but there is a list of items that used to be on my hard drive, and are no longer, that remain in the exclusion list. I can remove them, but when I close and re-open TM they reappear.
    It's a long list, so makes using exclusions more difficult than it has to be, otherwise I wouldn't bother - is there a way to remove a plist file to reset this without having to re-back up? If I need to re-create the backup I'm happy to do that, although the problem exists for new tm disks.
    Thanks!
     
  2. Weaselboy Moderator

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    Just follow this guide to reset Time Machine. You will not need to start over.
     
  3. disasterdrone thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Thanks - I tried that. I deleted the com.apple.Timemachine.plist (following the instructions), but it was recreated with the exclusions I'm trying to eliminate. I even went in and manually edited the plist with textedit, and it was still recreated with the exclusions. I'm at a bit of a loss to know where this is coming from...

    Thanks
     
  4. Weaselboy Moderator

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    You know what, since Mavericks, plist files are cached and when you delete one you need to reboot otherwise the cached copy gets restored. I should have thought of this when I first posted. That Pondini web site has not been updated to reflect this change in Mavericks.

    Sorry for the trouble. :eek:

    Go through the same process again, but reboot after you delete the plist and I bet it will work.
     
  5. disasterdrone thread starter macrumors 6502

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    The bastards. Thanks for the tip!
     

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