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I had a mini crisis today after deleting some files by mistake.

I have excellent Time Machine Backup to a local file server and have a history going back for a long time, and fine grained.

However, the files that were deleted were on iCloud/Documents (where so many of my files are.) I assumed this was a redundant backup.

I believe I figured out that files on iCloud are not backed up in a useful way by a local backup. Only their "stubs".

Can someone confirm this for me? This seems like a major loophole or gap.

  • Could you edit one or two specific locations you have a suspicion there is a gap in local backups? It’s pretty easy to answer objectively if you have some details to share other than a vague worry that “things” are not usefully backed up. – bmike Apr 8 '18 at 21:18

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