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I tried TimeTracker, tms and timedog but none of them works with OS X 10.6

Any suggestions?

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Lion has come out with the tmutil command and the man page shows that it will crawl a specific backup and report very detailed information on your specific backups. The verbs compare, uniquesize, and calculatedrift look most useful if you don't mind the terminal.

I still use BackupLoupe on Lion (as well as on older OS) and have high praise and thanks to the team that built it every time I need to use it. I should probably send them more money, too. It's that good.

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It makes it very easy to see what files are taking the most space between backups and also is indispensable for knowing when a specific file has been changed by tracking each time it is saved as a new version going back in time. It works on a local database so you are not crawling the filesystem each and every query - just once each time to collect the deltas for each backup. enter image description here

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+1 For this great piece of software! –  mspasov Jun 10 '11 at 21:29
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Thank you so much! –  Roman Prykhodchenko Jun 10 '11 at 23:26
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BackupLoupe - great tip. Solved my problem, too many caches and extra app specific backups inside ~/Libary/Application Support. –  Alex Soto May 31 '13 at 20:59

Since Time Machine uses hardlinks to store unmodified files (and directories), this would mean that changed files in the latest backup will have a link count of 1 since they are unique. Use this together with find to generate a listing:

find /path/to/your/latest/backup -type f -links 1 -print 
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This doesn't work. It just displays all files. –  Roman Prikhodchenko Jun 10 '11 at 11:04
    
Actually - this does work for me. I tested several folders with more than 2000 photos, and each time it picked out the 20 or 200 ( or zero) files that were new that backup. I still like soma-zone.com/BackupLoupe but this seems to answer the question as to what's new in a backup with a clever and speedy find command. –  bmike Jun 10 '11 at 15:09

The problem with that find command seems to be that HFS allows hard links on directories as well as regular files. As a result, files that have not been backed up for a while will show up with one link but one of their parent directories may have many links.

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