Backing up private files in macOS 10.14+ (Mojave, Catalina...)
Posted by Andre Kuehnemund, Last modified by Andre Kuehnemund on 08 December 2020 22:07
Due to Apple's new privacy settings first introduced in macOS 10.14 ("Mojave"), macOS will not allow backup applications to access a user's personal/private files, e.g. Mail, Calendar, Photos etc. In order for P5 to be able to backup those files with P5 version 5.6+, the following change needs to be made:

The '/usr/local/aw/bin/nsd' binary needs to be granted 'full disk access' in macOS System Preferences > Security & Privacy > Privacy > Full Disk Access. 

Step-by-step instructions:
  1. Open Apple System Preferences.
  2. Open Security & Privacy.
  3. Select the Privacy tab.
  4. Click the lock icon in the lower-left corner.
  5. In the left pane, select Full Disk Access.
  6. In the right pane, click the + icon.
  7. In the Finder, select 'Go' from the top menu bar, then 'Go to Folder…', type in '/usr/local/aw/bin' (without the single quotes), hit Enter key.
  8. Locate the 'nsd' binary and drag it into the 'Full Disk Access' window.
  9. Close System Preferences.
  10. Stop and restart P5.
Done. P5 backup should now be able to backup those personal/private files.

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