Complete Linux novice here, I've been trying to set up one of my disks in my server as a Time Machine backup.

Below is a follow up from this post: http://www.reddit.com/r/applehelp/comments/1r7rzy/trouble_setting_up_time_machine_share_on_ubuntu/

I've been Google-fuing away with some success, I deleted and reinstalled NetaTalk, I could see the server but when I tried to set it up I got this error:

Time Machine can't access the backup disk "TimeMachine". 

The operation couldn't be completed. (OSStatus error 2.)

A quick change of permissions fixed that.

I can now access my drive on my server and point Time Machine to it. Only one problem, it's only showing less than ~30GB of space on the drive.

For a quick test I tried creating a folder on the Time Machine drive on my Mac but it never showed up on the Ubuntu side.

Screenshots - http://imgur.com/a/vrzV2

Now this could be two things;

  1. It could be pointing to my OS SSD in the sever
  2. The size of the Time Machine drive is limited some how.

This is what is in the /etc/netatalk/AppleVolumes.default file at the moment

# By default all users have access to their home directory
#~/                "Home Directory"   options:usedots,upriv    ea:ad
/mnt/TimeMachine/tm_backup "TimeMachine" options:usedots,upriv,tm ea:ad allow:myusername

Tried redefining where the backup is

mkdir /mnt/TimeMachine/tm_backup
sudo chown username:username /mnt/TimeMachine/tm_backup
chmod 755 /mnt/TimeMachine/tm_backup

But it's still saying that there is ~30GB of space on the drive

Second guide I used: ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1811541


I hope you found the solution with time but just in case. I had the same error but with a Debian 7 And I correct it just by removing a Comment I had on my shared drive.

my rights are

  • chmod -R 775
  • chown -R root:users
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  • Which comment did you remove? This answer isn't much help without that. – Chenmunka Feb 15 '16 at 10:42
  • The comment you give to your share into the afp.conf to describe your share. netatalk.sourceforge.net/3.1/htmldocs/afp.conf.5.html Such as example my share was "tm_jodumont" with the comment/description of "Time Machine for JOduMonT" and my Time Machine wasn't able to write in until I remove my comment/description on my share. – JOduMonT Feb 18 '16 at 13:22

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