Disable TimeMachine via Terminal/SSH

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TimeMachine has saved my ‘bacon’ on many an occasion. However, when trying to stream movies over wireless in can sometimes get in the way, and cause the film to stutter whilst it backs up.

Now, the easy way around this is to disable TimeMachine before you start your film, and then start it again afterwards. However, if like me you forget to do so – and you Mac is set up for SSH access, you can do this easily via your phone.

SSH into your Mac, logon with your credentials and run the following command:

Entering your password when prompted. This should ensure no further interruptions whilst you watch your film.

Once you’ve done, turning it back on again is just as simple:

All that without having to get up out of your comfy chair! Perfect!

Mike Hudson

Mike Hudson is a Infrastructure Analyst living and working in Kingston Upon Hull. With extensive experience in Microsoft and Apple technologies, ranging from desktop OS’s to Server OS’s and hardware. By day working as part of an infrastructure team, and by night ridding the world of IT issues through blog posts..

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