How does the Lion "time machine for a file" feature work on files in a sparesbundle?

Discussion in 'macOS' started by Sean Dempsey, Feb 3, 2012.

  1. Sean Dempsey macrumors 68000

    Sean Dempsey

    Aug 7, 2006
    I have a text file I keep in an encrypted sparesebundle. I write things in there of a sensitive nature.

    I unmount the sparsebundle drive when I am done obviously. But I realized that Lion keeps a revision history of all the saves of that file when I click on the filename title.

    Where is that stored? Is my sensitive text file being stored somewhere accessible even though it's supposed to just be safe in the sparesbundle??

    Not quite sure how this time-machine style versioning of files works when you're editing something you DON'T want saved somewhere accessible.
  2. r0k macrumors 68040


    Mar 3, 2008
    Versions are kept here: In a hidden folder named .DocumentRevisions-V100 in the root directory of your hard drive.

    I suggest you consider SplashID Safe or 1Password. Managing your own sparsebundle seems like too much work and now you are fighting against Lion's automatic version saving to a non-encrypted area of your HDD. Another option to consider is the freeware Textwrangler which behaves like Textedit ought to.
  3. Sean Dempsey thread starter macrumors 68000

    Sean Dempsey

    Aug 7, 2006
    I just want to write private, un-reachable documents that don't leave versions or traces. Maybe I have to go online for this. Full encryption.

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