Backing up private files in macOS 10.14+ (Mojave, Catalina)
Posted by Andre Kuehnemund, Last modified by Andre Kuehnemund on 24 February 2020 23:21
By default, macOS 10.14 & 10.15 ("Mojave" and "Catalina" respectively) will not allow backup applications to access a user's 'private' files, e.g. Mail, Calendar, Photos etc. In order for P5 to be able to backup such files with P5 version 5.6.3 and earlier, the following changes need to be made:

1. 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.
2. Edit file '/usr/local/aw/etc/LaunchDaemon.plist' in your favorite editor. Near the top of the file, there is a line that looks like this: 
Replace that line with:
Save the modified file and restart P5.

Done. P5 backup should now be able to backup even your 'private' files.

Item #2 will be included in the 5.6.4 release.

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