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I am using an external drive for a disk media set. I see the option to eject the disk after my backup script is completed, but is there a corresponding option somewhere to mount the disk before starting a script?

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you could create an applescript to mount the drive. if you do this you can also stop with mounted drive's window from opening (which is the mac osx default behaviour).

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you could create an applescript to mount the drive. if you do this you can also stop with mounted drive's window from opening (which is the mac osx default behaviour).

Yea, but then there's that pesky problem that Retrospect 8 lacks scripting coordination, so you'd have to schedule the applescript to run a short time before you think the backup will start. And then there's the related (and more difficult) problem of unmounting when the backup is done, again made more difficult because there is no (easy) way to coordinate external scripting events with Retrospect, so no (easy) way to know when the backup is done.

 

Of course, you can cobble up a hack to sleep for a while, then check the Mac OS process status (e.g., ps | grep) to see whether the Retrospect engine is still chugging along with a certain high CPU percentage, etc., repeat until action stops.

 

It would be very nice if (when) some form of scripting capability returns, as in Retrospect 4 through 6.

 

Still even more problematic is the volume name confusion that results if Retrospect doesn't mount the drive itself. Mounting a volume in the Finder (and running an Applescript has the same effect because it runs as some user, different from the detached Retrospect engine doing the mounting) can confuse Retrospect. This is a great cause of confusion to users in this forum, and probably needs to be given great thought by the developers so that a "real" solution can be designed (what a concept - software by design) that covers mountable local volumes consistently with mountable network shares.

 

Russ

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