I am running OS X Lion/10.7.4 and have set up a network disk hosted on an Ubuntu server using directions I found online. Time Machine recognizes the disk and backs up to it. However it backs up as sparsebundle "bands" files. I would like to be able to read the backed-up files from the Ubuntu server.

Is there any way to tell Time Machine to back up to regular files instead of using sparsebundle/bands files?

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    short answer, no.
    – jakeva
    Commented Aug 28, 2012 at 16:17

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I found a github project a short time ago, which handles the "read the backed-up files" part of this question:


That is good enough for my purposes.

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