I have recently switched to a newer MBP from a TM backup. Unfortunately something seems to have gone wrong during the migration. TM cannot complete a backup, it just keep accumulating into a directory, with .inProgress suffix.

After a bit googling I found this answer, which suggests removing the folder by moving it to the Trash. That doesn't really work as it just says Removing files, but there is literally no progress after hours. I tried to remove the folder from the terminal, that's a no go due to Permission Denied.

I tried to change to a admin account, then do a sudo rm -rf and that results in Operation Not Permitted. Do I need to disable csrutils just to be able to repair a stalled backup?


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    Does tmutil listbackups show that backup's timestamp? Are you able to tmutil delete /path/to/backup.inProgress? – grg Jun 8 '17 at 16:10
  • Use the hidden command tmutil status and post back what you get, assuming the backup is currently running. – William T Froggard Jun 9 '17 at 1:10
  • @grgarside that works thank you.. If you put it down as an answer I'll accept it – posdef Jun 14 '17 at 15:07

tmutil listbackups shows you a list of the backups found on your Time Machine disk.
To delete a backup shown in this list, run

tmutil delete /path/to/backup.inProgress
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    whats the difference between this and sudo rm -rf /path/to/backup.inProgress? – JBis Sep 1 '18 at 3:17
  • @JBis Firstly, rm won’t work because of SIP-like restrictions: only Time Machine can make changes to its backups. Secondly, I don’t know how much of a mess that makes with the hard links that TM uses in its backups. Third, if TM is backing up to it and you pull the folder out from underneath it without telling it and giving it a chance to stop write operations and remove the backup from its index, I don’t know how much of a mess that would make too. – grg Sep 1 '18 at 8:04
  • Ok I guess its just safer. P.S. rm won't delete the hard links take a look at this great answer → unix.stackexchange.com/a/50188/267377. – JBis Sep 1 '18 at 15:00

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