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hi all, i can't seem to set a backup location for the omnifocus database. I wanted to move it out of the documents folder to somewhere less in the way but it was resistant to any kind of change and started plopping down backups straight into 'documents' rather than in its own subfolder. I tried to move it to the HOME/Library folder but it didn't like that either and is now refusing to do anything but backup right into my HOME directory.

Anyone know any discipline tips that can make OF behave?
 
I have the same problem. It was also started creating backps every minute after I did this. It stopped that after restart.
 
How are you changing the backup location? Moving the files in the Finder doesn't tell OmniFocus to change where it puts the backups. You need to open Preferences in OmniFocus. On the General tab, there's a "Backup Location" text box with a "Choose..." button below it. Use that to change your backup settings.

(If that's what you were already doing and it's not working, please let us know so we can fix the bug!)
 
Yes. I tried to change through preferences.
 
@Lizard - Same problem here, can't change it in preferences I have created a folder in documents called OF Backups, when I choose it it just defaults to the documents folder, creates a mess in my documents folder. I'm running th latest "sneeky peak build" , just updated today, but the problem has been around for a while now.....

Regards
 
I can reproduce the problem, so I'm reporting it locally. Our apologies for the problem, and thanks for pointing it out.
 
I'm having this issue as well, is there any fix for this?
 
I can confirm this bug still exists in 1.10.4 Revision: 174315.

The workaround I found is to create a new folder in my home directory called "OmniFocus" (no spaces, not "OmniFocus Backups") and then choose that directory as the backup location with the file chooser. That sets the correct location in the preference pane, and backups do indeed go there. I then just dumped the old backup files into the new folder and deleted the old ones.

When I initially tried to move the folder, I too started seeing backups every minute in my home folder, but that behavior stopped when I performed the above procedure.

It seems that the path isn't properly escaped to allow long folder names with spaces.
 
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Anyone know any discipline tips that can make OF behave?
I run Hazel and use that to keep my backups in order.

I have a Hazel script which run three rules. Hazel monitors the backup folder and runs the rules when it sees a change. The first rule sets the colour label to GREEN if the date added is today. This way I know its a new backup and Hazel is working correctly. I then have another rule which turns the label red if the file is more than 5 days old and then lastly one which looks for red labels and deletes them if they are more than a week old. I guess I could now miss out the red phase and just delete them after 5 days.

It's not quite what your after but it does stop your system from filling up with hundreds of backups and wasting lots of hdd space.
 
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I can confirm this bug still exists in 1.10.4 Revision: 174315.

The workaround I found is to create a new folder in my home directory called "OmniFocus" (no spaces, not "OmniFocus Backups") and then choose that directory as the backup location with the file chooser. That sets the correct location in the preference pane, and backups do indeed go there. I then just dumped the old backup files into the new folder and deleted the old ones.

When I initially tried to move the folder, I too started seeing backups every minute in my home folder, but that behavior stopped when I performed the above procedure.

It seems that the path isn't properly escaped to allow long folder names with spaces.
OmniFocus has been backing up to a folder "~/Documents/foo bar" for me all day without complaint. I clicked the "Browse" button, navigated to where I wanted my test backup folder, clicked the "New Folder" button, created my folder, then clicked the "Open" button to select it. After that, the backups went there without any further action on my part. Anticipating the next possible objection, I also successfully tried it with a considerably longer pathname with many components separated by spaces.

If you just tried editing the text field showing where the backups go, you probably won't be successful.
 
 


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