What is the process name of Time Machine timeline?

Picture of Apple Time Machine timeline

I would like to write a script that looks up when it is running so that I can disable my windows manager (Kwm) when I enter the timeline.


To view process, in Terminal:
top -o cpu

Top will list all your current processes and organizing by CPU load makes it a breeze to find the desired PID

  • Thanks! I was able to figure out that Time Machine processes are backups and backups-helper. It looks like those processes are always running in the background, though. I am looking for the process that creates the Timeline interface when you go to restore a previous backup. – coffeecola Nov 27 '16 at 17:19
  • I would not at all be surprised if it turns out to be the Finder that is responsible for that display. My main evidence for believing it is, is circumstantial: Witness the smooth transition as you enter and leave Time Machine. (Edit: I noticed just now that this is an old question and answer. Odd that no one else has made the same guess.) – Harald Hanche-Olsen Oct 11 '18 at 14:12
  • @HaraldHanche-Olsen Finder is the interface for Time Machine. If you turned off window animation and transparency, I'm certain you wouldn't see that pretty display. – CJ Dana Nov 30 '18 at 3:12

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