10 Replies Latest reply: May 28, 2014 12:02 AM by putzfetzenORG
Plusjp Level 1 (0 points)

I get a "sudo: tmutil: command not found" message on terminal when I am trying to inherit backups as per the fantastic instructions on the website by pondini. What does it mean and how can I correct it?

 

My old backups on time machine are not highlighted on time machine so cannot restore them. This is either because I have restored the OS or repaired the external HD used for backups.


MacBook, Mac OS X (10.6.8)
  • WZZZ Level 6 (12,875 points)

    I'll leave the TM questions for someone else -- maybe Pondini will come along at some point. But there is no tmutil command. There is nothing for man tmutil or man util.

  • BobHarris Level 6 (17,734 points)

    tmutil is a new command in Mac OS X 10.7 (Lion)

  • Plusjp Level 1 (0 points)

    Any idea what would be equivalent for 10.6.8 to inherit backups? Or is it even possible to do so for 10.6.8?

  • qwertyu Level 1 (0 points)

    I would love to find this out too....

  • fane_j Level 4 (3,660 points)

    qwertyu wrote:

     

    I would love to find this out too....

    I cannot comment on the instructions the OP refers to. However, if you get the error message

     

    "sudo: tmutil: command not found"

     

    then you are attempting to use in SL instructions which apply only to Mac OS X v10.7 (Lion). Either use instructions for Mac OS X v10.6, or find an alternative solution.

  • qwertyu Level 1 (0 points)

    "Either use instructions for Mac OS X v10.6, or find an alternative solution."

     

    ...I thought that was the question. What are the instructions for SL, or is there an

    alternative?

  • fane_j Level 4 (3,660 points)

    qwertyu wrote:

     

    What are the instructions for SL

    How should I know that? The OP wrote he was "trying to inherit backups as per the fantastic instructions on the website by pondini". You wrote, "I would love to find this out too....". So go to the website in question and find the instructions for Snow Leopard.

  • qwertyu Level 1 (0 points)

    Lets' see....The thread is titled "Cannot inherit backups as sudo tmutil not found in terminal".

    The OP just replied "Any idea what would be equivalent for 10.6.8 to inherit backups? Or is it even possible to do so for 10.6.8?"

    The question was asked in the post right before mone. I should have highlighted that, I guess. Sorry.

     

    To answer your second comment, I DID "go to the website" and looked for information. Including finding this thread.

    DId not find an answer.

     

    For anyone out there looking for an actual answer beyond "go find it yourself", the fact is that you CANNOT reconnect a backup in SL. THIS asnwered my question and I hope it helps others looking for the same.

  • sun king Level 1 (0 points)

    Well it _IS_ possible to do under SL/10.6, but it is more involved, complicated and risky:

     

    http://hints.macworld.com/article.php?story=20090213071015789

     

    I'm about to try the above linked hint...

  • putzfetzenORG Level 1 (0 points)

    In 10.6 it is not necessary to use the comand line "sudo tmutil inheritbackup /path/to/backup because the GUI of Time Machine offers this options, as Pondini states. At the first time after logic board or hard disk replacement you will get a dialogue offering you to re-use (synonym: inherit) the backup history.

     

    UPDATE: Just sucessfully re-used Time Machine backup history the GUI way myself.

    A few minutes (a few GB) for re-use instead of a few hours (hundreds of GB) for a fresh backup. :-)