Notational software Avid Sibelius installs preferences into the following path: /Users/username/Library/Application Support/Avid

That folder contains House Styles, Keyboard Shortcuts, Plug-ins and everything else one needs to professionally use the software.

I would like to have an automatic backup (or synchronisation) of this folder in a non-library folder. My intent is to have it mirrored to iCloudDriveso that it gets automatically backed up and I may be able to just copy-paste it into a new installation on a new machine should the need arise.

Any idea on how to obtain this? Thanks

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    How is Time Machine not already accomplishing the task of backing this up? – Allan Nov 6 '17 at 11:20
  • Very good point, but this is really the weak spot! If I would like to restore from a Time Machine backup (that is, all of the system) that would work but, if I had to only browse for that specific folder, I could not access the Library from Time Machine. Hence, I would like it to be copied also somewhere else. – NotationMaster Nov 6 '17 at 14:25

You just need a short script (even a single line command would work) to make a dupe of the files to your iCloud folder

Your iCloud folder is found locally on your machine in /Users/< username >/Library/Mobile\ Documents

(replace < username > with your actual username and be certain to notice the backslash before the space in "Mobile Documents")

If you want to avoid having to preface a backslash before (a.k.a "escaping") the space, put the whole line in quotes:

"/Users/Library/< username >/Mobile Documents/foo.bar" 

I would use tar to create a single file archive and gzip to compress it to save space. The command below will accomplish both:

$ tar cvfz "/Users/username/Library/Mobile Documents/Avid_Backup.tgz" "/Users/username/Library/Application Support/Avid"

You could then use Automator to run a shell script executing the command at a predetermined interval (Automator Calendar Alarm)

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  • The total size of the folder would be about 40MB so maybe ZIP is not vital but I will try it at once. Btw, I have always wondered what tar.gz files were. When new versions of Sibelius are issued they are always sent as .dmg if one wants to install them from zero or in tar.gz if one just wants to run the software. – NotationMaster Nov 6 '17 at 14:46
  • I have followed your instructions in Terminal, it did something but then I don't find the created archive. Also Spotlight doesn't find Avid_Backup.tgz. What did I miss? – NotationMaster Nov 6 '17 at 14:53
  • tar = "tape archive"; gz = gzip archive. tgz = "gziped tar archive". – Allan Nov 6 '17 at 14:54
  • check your icloud... also try using the command in Terminal first to make sure it works. – Allan Nov 6 '17 at 14:54
  • Checked iCloud, there is nothing; used the command in Terminal, it does perform some action but then in iCloud I have nothing created; tried with Automator and it throws me an Error. – NotationMaster Nov 6 '17 at 14:56

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