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Posts posted by swalker

  1. Disappointing. I really just wanted the product to work. For me, new features are just new things that can break. Adding the kitchen sink to a product is not the way to make it reliable. Certainly not how I design stuff. Any word from the developers when they might make this aspect more bullet-proof, or are they just running scared with marketing? I mean I wish them well, as it appears that maybe the product has been rescued from a series of inappropriate relationships by people who care, but my relationship with the product is still compromised.

  2. I have one client that is very slow and has been for years, including under several versions of Retrospect 6 and Retrospect 8, and many versions of Mac OS on a couple of Retrospect servers. The client hardware has also changed over the years. The user doesn't do a lot with his computer. All that seems to be common over the years is:

    He is Japanese, not a power user by any means.

    His client is Windows (all other Windows clients are fine).

    The place everything bogs down appears to be "Building Snapshot..." as reported by the Status line in the Summary pane while the backup is proceeding.

    The backups are fine but take many hours to complete for relatively few changed files. I am curious if there is a solution.

  3. A suggestion from my experience:


    Retrospect Has been stable for me in the last 2 months, after a period in which I had to keep fixing things regularly due to config corruption and the engine crashing.


    It crashed last night. Normally I run the console to check on things and then quit it, but this time I left it open. Maybe it it a good habit to quit the console promptly after use to improve stability.


    The other habit I have gotten into is to give the console a few extra minutes after connecting before I use it to make sure it has all the config info from the server before I modify things.


    I also do a quick check on the scripts, sources and destinations before modifying anything. Once in a while the config seems to load incorrectly, then I quit the console, then launch it again after waiting a few minutes. For example, this morning, the console claimed that one of my tape backup sets had no members, but contained many files. From my experience, waiting for the console further doesn't correct this particular mis-communication, so I quit the console and it was fine after the next launch.

  4. I did a clean installation of Retrospect redoing the scripts from scratch, adding all the clients, etc. I can now confirm that 8.2 still edits its own settings. When I looked at them this morning two of the scripts were changed. The script which backed up a server is now backing up ordinary PCs instead, and nothing has backed up the server for a week. My proactive backup script now is backing up nothing.


    So its time to ask again when are the settings going to be separated from the event logging so that my settings will stay put?

  5. From this image it appears that retrospect has a problem reading its own settings. I had never used smart tags anywhere, but they started showing up selected this morning. RetroScreenShot.jpg

    When I tried to expand the first of the two Tags in the image, the console crashed. On relaunching it, fortunately the Smart Tags selections had disappeared.


    The problem I have experienced in the past might be a consequence of the settings being read incorrectly, and then, when I edit some other setting, the misinterpreted one also gets saved.

  6. I was using a script to restart the engine after it crashed. The beta crashed 26 times between June 25 and August 8th. The next day I installed the release version without changing anything else and it hasn't crashed in the last 10 days. So that problem is at least partly licked.


    I think the program is still "editing" its own settings though. Will do all the scripts from scratch and see if they are staying put.

  7. >I just found that all my tagging is gone, so no backups.


    I found that most of my sources disappeared from one of my scripts again this week. Similar experience with tagging in the past. Most of 8.2 Retrospect seems solid, but the remaining bugs are annoying. Seems to me there is sloppy programming in a couple of areas that Roxio needs to weed out.


    When I'm back from vacation, I'll re-install from scratch with fresh preferences if there's another beta out and we'll go from there.


    8.2 Engine has crashed 15 times in a month, always weekday mornings. I set up a cron job to log & re-start the engine after a crash which has made the server fairly reliable:




    result=`ps ax | grep "RetroEngine" | grep -v "grep"`

    if [ "x" == "x$result" ]


    /Library/Application\ Support/Retrospect/RetrospectEngine.bundle/Contents/MacOS/RetroEngine &

    echo "dead $dat" >> /root/retro.log


    echo "ok $dat" >> /root/retro.log



  8. Imagine my surprise when I manually tell Retrospect 8.1 to run my Mac client backup script and I find that it backs up the Windows server instead, and that the script for several important folders on my Mac server now is also doing the same.


    So Retrospect has replaced the substance of my Mac backup scripts and replaced both of them with the Windows server script. I don't like retrospect editing its own preferences! How about making the file a little less likely to get messed up when one of the bugs in Retrospect writes to the wrong place?

  9. I had a simple script to back up a single Windows machine which seemed to crash the engine (reboot required), I fixed it by adding that machine to my proactive backup list instead. The failure took place soon after the scheduled script became active (waiting to execute with the proactive backup already active).


    Not too keen on experimenting with the setup. I think it is stable now.

  10. • Upgrade from 10.5.8 to 10.6.3 Server

    • 1st generation 4 core Mac Pro + ATTO UL5D + one Ultrium 2 tape drive; 4 GB memory; 4 drives, 2 in mirror RAID

    • Services: AFP, SMB, Web, wee bit of Mail, cronjobs & custom daemons for data logging PLUS Retrospect for 20 mixed clients. Lightly loaded server with only a few clients for the other services in a small workgroup

    • Staying on 10.6.3 Server

    • General cleanup of shell scripts, re-compiling of daemons, had waited long enough for 10.6 to be relatively bug-free. Had considered waiting for next (no doubt better & due soon I think) iteration of Retrospect, but jumped anyway.


    Have had sundry troubles with Retrospect on 10.5.8, so I have to keep minding it. Eager for next version to make it more trustworthy.

  11. Two windows client machines with client 7.6.107 give -519 network communication failed error with Retrospect 8.1.626. One client is Vista, one is Windows 2000 Pro.


    I then launched Retrospect 6.1.230 from same server and they communicate OK.


    Retrospect 8.1.626 running on Intel MacPro OS X 10.5.8 with ATTO SCSI & LTO2 tape drive


    Removed clients and then added them again, problem unchanged.