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What does "didn't compare" mean, in the log? I see this message several times when checking the log after a backup with thorough verification. Other messages like "different data size" make sense, but I'm not sure about "didn't compare."

 

If it means Retrospect didn't compare the original file with the version in the media set, why would it skip a file during the thorough verification?

 

I can't find an explanation in the Retrospect manual.

 

Thanks.

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It means that the files hasn't been appended to (as that would be "different data size").

It means that the file size hasn't changed, but the contents has changed anyway. This usually happens when the file is some kind of internally indexed file, such as a database file.

 

I don't understand why you say the files are skipped. Can you explain?

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I don't understand why you say the files are skipped. Can you explain?

 

Thanks for the reply. :)

 

According to your explanation, the files were not skipped. I was incorrectly guessing that Retrospect didn't perform the comparison (verification) for the files that were marked, "didn't compare."

 

Perhaps Roxio should change the "didn't compare" report to read, "different contents" or "contents changed" because "didn't compare" is ambiguous. It could be interpreted to mean "[Retrospect] didn't compare [the backup file to the original]," or "[the contents of the file] didn't compare," where "compare" means "match."

 

Thanks again.

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Thanks for the reply. :)

 

According to your explanation, the files were not skipped. I was incorrectly guessing that Retrospect didn't perform the comparison (verification) for the files that were marked, "didn't compare."

 

Perhaps Roxio should change the "didn't compare" report to read, "different contents" or "contents changed" because "didn't compare" is ambiguous. It could be interpreted to mean "[Retrospect] didn't compare [the backup file to the original]," or "[the contents of the file] didn't compare," where "compare" means "match."

 

Thanks again.

I see.

 

You are correct: The wording should change.

This is just a user-to-user discussion, so reporting that directly to Roxio is what you need to do.

http://www.roxio.com/enu/company/contact.html

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I see.

 

You are correct: The wording should change.

This is just a user-to-user discussion, so reporting that directly to Roxio is what you need to do.

http://www.roxio.com/enu/company/contact.html

I am just starting to use Retrospect 11.5 Desktop Mac and now had this same question, 3 years later.

 

A shame that they didn't do anything about it. It really is unclear...   :huh:

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