Show some details of recent Leopard Time Machine activity - shell: bash, Mac OSX 10.5

syslog -F '$Time $Message' -k Sender /System/Library/CoreServices/backupd -k Time ge -72h | tail -n 30
While they are few config options and even fewer useful details regarding what actually is being sent by the time machine 'backupd' process, this can at least tell you its doing something, how much it's doing, and exactly how often. Via macosxhints, http://xrl.us/begrwa, which in turn was via comments
Sample Output
Tue Feb 17 19:38:13 No pre-backup thinning needed: 603.9 MB requested (including padding), 4.73 GB available
Tue Feb 17 19:39:47 Copied 23039 files (33.8 MB) from volume 200GBsOfPurePower.
Tue Feb 17 19:39:47 No pre-backup thinning needed: 563.3 MB requested (including padding), 4.69 GB available
Tue Feb 17 19:40:05 Copied 492 files (60 KB) from volume 200GBsOfPurePower.
Tue Feb 17 19:40:13 Starting post-backup thinning
Tue Feb 17 19:40:13 No post-back up thinning needed: no expired backups exist
Tue Feb 17 19:40:13 Backup completed successfully.
Tue Feb 17 19:40:19 Ejected Time Machine disk image.
Tue Feb 17 19:40:23 Ejected Time Machine network volume.
Wed Feb 18 08:58:36 Starting standard backup

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2009-02-19 04:33:25

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