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I apologize for this being so long, but I'm really stressed and desperate!


I am running 10.3.9 on my Mac dual-boot G4. After a major catastrophe in March around DST, I was unable to restore my entire disk because of creation date/time problems. My last post concerned extracting files from that backup. Several folks wrote posts with suggestions, and, after spending the last few months rescuing everything I thought I would need, I finally decided to trash the old backup that was on an external FW drive.


This week I upgraded from Retrospect 6.0.204 to Retrospect 6.1.138. Before backing up, I told Retrospect to "forget" the old catalog and I created a new one on the previously-used FW drive. There were eight execution errors in the initial recycle backup, most of them concerning the creation time, which is exactly one hour off, according to the log. The others had to do with different data sizes of my system.log and windowserver.log.


Then it occurred to me that this G4 boots into 9.2.2 as well as 10.3.9 and that DST time settings in 9.2.2 had to be done manually. I booted into 9.2.2, made sure the time and "set time automatically" source matched what I had in 10.3.9. I then did a recycle backup and this time I had 13 execution errors!


I don't know what to do to prevent this from happening again and would appreciate some help. At this rate, it is very likely that an attempt to restore entire drive would fail again, just as it did in March..


Here are the 13 execution errors from the Operations Log:


∆ Retrospect version 6.1.138

launched at 11/12/2007 2:49 PM

+ Retrospect Driver Update, version


+ Executing Immediate Backup at 11/12/2007 2:58 PM

To backup set Cobra Backup Set A…

11/12/2007 2:58:48 PM: Recycle backup: The backup set was reset


- 11/12/2007 2:58:48 PM: Copying Macintosh HD…


Can't read file “cu.modem.398”, error -43 (file/folder not found), path: “Macintosh HD/private/var/spool/fax/cu.modem.398”.


11/12/2007 3:55:56 PM: Comparing Macintosh HD…


File “console.log”: different data size (set: 4226, vol: 6784), path: “Macintosh HD/Library/Logs/Console/myshortname/console.log”.


File “modem.prefs”: different modification date/time (set: 11/12/2007 3:21:19 PM, vol: 11/12/2007 3:43:33 PM), path: “Macintosh HD/private/var/db/modem.prefs”.


File “SystemEntropyCache”: different modification date/time (set: 11/12/2007 3:08:53 PM, vol: 11/12/2007 4:08:54 PM), path: “Macintosh HD/private/var/db/SystemEntropyCache”.


File “system.log”: different data size (set: 2986, vol: 5100), path: “Macintosh HD/private/var/log/system.log”.


File “windowserver.log”: different data size (set: 4587, vol: 5040), path: “Macintosh HD/private/var/log/windowserver.log”.


File “cu.modem.log”: different data size (set: 3,363,710, vol: 3,367,278), path: “Macintosh HD/private/var/log/fax/cu.modem.log”.


File “ntp.drift”: different creation date/time (set: 11/12/2007 3:09:01 PM, vol: 11/12/2007 4:09:01 PM), path: “Macintosh HD/private/var/run/ntp.drift”.


File “Home.index”: different creation date/time (set: 11/12/2007 3:14:28 PM, vol: 11/12/2007 4:14:30 PM), path: “Macintosh HD/Users/myshortname/Library/Caches/com.apple.iCal/Indexes/Home.index”.


File “Work.index”: different creation date/time (set: 11/12/2007 3:14:28 PM, vol: 11/12/2007 4:14:30 PM), path: “Macintosh HD/Users/myshortname/Library/Caches/com.apple.iCal/Indexes/Work.index”.


File “Home.ics”: different creation date/time (set: 11/12/2007 3:14:28 PM, vol: 11/12/2007 4:14:30 PM), path: “Macintosh HD/Users/myshortname/Library/Calendars/Home.ics”.


File “Work.ics”: different creation date/time (set: 11/12/2007 3:14:28 PM, vol: 11/12/2007 4:14:30 PM), path: “Macintosh HD/Users/myshortname/Library/Calendars/Work.ics”.


File “com.apple.iCal.AlarmScheduler.plist”: different creation date/time (set: 11/12/2007 3:14:28 PM, vol: 11/12/2007 4:14:29 PM), path: “Macintosh HD/Users/myshortname/Library/Preferences/com.apple.iCal.AlarmScheduler.plist”.


11/12/2007 4:52:28 PM: 13 execution errors.

Completed: 354469 files, 25.6 GB

Performance: 489.0 MB/minute (518.4 copy, 462.6 compare)

Duration: 01:53:40 (00:06:41 idle/loading/preparing)


When I asked a similar question about 22 execution errors in October of 2004, I got this reply:

"If you would read the other posts in this thread, you will learn that such files usually belong to running apps and there is no way Retrospect can back them up on systems that do not have the open file backup option.

"Most of the time, you will find that those files do not really matter, but you have to examine the app fpr each to determine whethe tere may be an issue. In general, there will not be an issue.

"When you do a backup, disable/stop th erelevant apps and the "errors" should decrease. All I eve rdo is disable Norton auntie virus' autoprotect. The 2 (sometimes 3) errors I see in a backup just don't matter, at least on my system."


I'm not aware of iCal running...I never use it at all. The other wierd thing is that in the list of execution errors the music-notation software Finale 2007 appears in parentheses after each error. I know that Finale 2007 is not running, and I really don't know why it shows up as causing a problem, even with cu.modem.398!


I could really use some help here because in all the years I've used Retrospect it never ever failed me until this past March. I've been without a backup since then and don't like to be so unprotected. I'm afraid that if I don't get this creation-time problem straightened out now that I'm starting from scratch that I'll have the same problem in a real emergency.


Thanks in advance for your help.

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