Archive for February, 2010

Arq 1.2 is out!

Saturday, February 20th, 2010

Feature Additions

  • View and restore from backups of other computers using the same S3 account. NOTE: This only works for backups that have the same encryption password.

Bug Fixes

  • If trial expires, Arq Agent launches Arq so that the user sees the trial-expired message and understands that backups aren’t happening anymore.
  • Fixed crash during backup on PowerPC computers.

Pick “Check for Updates” from the Arq menu, or get it here:

Arq 1.1.12 is out!

Saturday, February 13th, 2010

Here are the changes:

  • If a file disappears between getting the directory listing and accessing the file, don’t fail the backup.
  • Strip leading and trailing whitespace from license name and key before validating it.
  • Fixed an issue where S3 object-list query returned an unexpected error and caused the Arq GUI to crash.
  • Fixed an issue where bogus file type code or file creator code could cause a crash during restore.

Pick “Check for Updates” from the “Arq” menu, or get it here.

Arq’s Backup Bouncer results

Saturday, February 13th, 2010

The critical feature of any backup product is its ability to restore your files correctly. If it can’t do that, then it really doesn’t matter how fast it is, how easy to use it is.

Files on the Mac can have a bewildering array of important metadata attached to them, and it’s critical to restore all the metadata, not just the file’s main data (contents). Fortunately there’s an awesome open-source tool for testing whether your backup solution is capable of restoring correctly: Backup Bouncer.

Arq passes every Backup Bouncer test. It’s safe to use for backing up your files. What are you using for backup? Does it pass all the Backup Bouncer tests?

Here are the Backup Bouncer results:

Verifying: basic-permissions ... ok (Critical)
Verifying: timestamps ... ok (Critical)
Verifying: symlinks ... ok (Critical)
Verifying: symlink-ownership ... ok
Verifying: hardlinks ... ok (Important)
Verifying: resource-forks ...
Sub-test: on files ... ok (Critical)
Sub-test: on hardlinked files ... ok (Important)
Verifying: finder-flags ... ok (Critical)
Verifying: finder-locks ... ok
Verifying: creation-date ... ok
Verifying: bsd-flags ... ok
Verifying: extended-attrs ...
Sub-test: on files ... ok (Important)
Sub-test: on directories ... ok (Important)
Sub-test: on symlinks ... ok
Verifying: access-control-lists ...
Sub-test: on files ... ok (Important)
Sub-test: on dirs ... ok (Important)
Verifying: fifo ... ok
Verifying: devices ... ok
Verifying: combo-tests ...
Sub-test: xattrs + rsrc forks ... ok
Sub-test: lots of metadata ... ok

Arq 1.1.11 is now available

Friday, February 12th, 2010

Here are the changes:

  • Fixed issue where backup wasn’t being retried soon enough when an error occurred.
  • Fixed issue with agent startup in a no-internet-available environment.
  • Fixed issue with agent startup in a public Wifi environment where router login is required.
  • Fixed up the license agreement in the Help docs.

Pick “Check for Updates” from the “Arq” menu, or get it here.

Arq 1.1.9 is now available

Wednesday, February 10th, 2010

I guess I was too focused on shipping fixes for customers to remember to blog about releases 1.1.7 and 1.1.8. Anyway, here’s what’s fixed in 1.1.9 (and 1.1.8 and 1.1.7):

  • Fixed an issue with excessive error logging in trial mode (when there’s no license key configured).
  • Fixed a file-descriptor leak when saving packs and pack indexes.
  • Better indicators when errors occur: the status menu icon gets an error overlay, and the main window shows which folder(s) had errors.
  • Replaced confusing non-editable text area of excludes with a simple summary.
  • Added help docs.

Pick “Check for Updates” from the “Arq” menu to get it, or download it here.

Arq 1.1.6 is now available

Saturday, February 6th, 2010

Arq 1.1.6 just shipped.

  • Fixed an issue registering too early for notifications agent startup could cause a crash.

Pick “Check for Updates” from the “Arq” menu to get it, or download it here.

Arq is out of beta

Saturday, February 6th, 2010

Arq is now officially out of beta!

To all the beta testers: thank you so much! If you haven’t received an email from me with a coupon, please contact me at

Arq has a 30-day trial and costs $29, with a money-back guarantee.

Download it or buy it today!