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The strange case of some applications not being able to copy/paste on the Mac OS X clipboard

Posted by jpluimers on 2017/07/19

I’ve not tracked down the cause yet, but these seem to be related:

  1. The Mac OS X build of Atom IO
  2. WinBox v 3.4 WineBottle version from Winbox for Mac in an embedded Wine environment –
  3. pbcopy / pbpaste that allow command-line copy/pasting
  4. none of these being able to copy/paste any more and return error level 1 like terminal – pbcopy exits code 1, no error message – Ask Different but not even running tmux or screen which means this solution does not apply: ChrisJohnsen/tmux-MacOSX-pasteboard: Notes and workarounds for accessing the Mac OS X pasteboard in tmux sessions.
  5. I didn’t have Mouse Keys turned on
  6. Other applications (Chrome, FireFox, TextEdit, Finder, etc) still being able to copy/paste between each other

I’ve “fixed” 4. by doing this as recommended at osx – Copy and Cut sometimes don’t work – Ask Different:

launchctl list | grep

If the pboard daemon is running, then stop and start it. If it’s not running, start it:

launchctl stop
launchctl start

Now 4. works again if I restart each application, 6. still works, but these applications still cannot copy/paste to 1. 2. and 3.

What does work is a full reboot, but that takes a while (especially Chrome re-loading lots of Windows: I need to get more organised here).

It might be that I need to restart each application in 6.



Posted in Apple, Atom, iMac, Internet, Mac, MacBook, MacBook Retina, MacBook-Air, MacBook-Pro, MikroTik, OS X, OS X El Capitan, OS X Maverick, OSX Yosemite, Power User, Routers, Text Editors, tmux | 4 Comments »

2560×1600 on Iiyama PL3070WQ 30″ LCD with new MacBook Pro – via: Ask Different

Posted by jpluimers on 2017/07/03

For a Iiyama Монитор PL3070WQ 30″ LCD on a Retina MacBook Pro 15-inch Late 2013:

Display Port – works every time

via: 2560×1600 on Dell U3011 with new MacBook Pro – Ask Different

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Posted in Apple, Mac, MacBook, MacBook Retina, Power User | 1 Comment »

Mac OS X – need to research this one day: How do I Check DHCP Lease info in terminal – via Ars Technica OpenForum

Posted by jpluimers on 2017/06/20

One day I need to research how to get the conversions right for this: How do I Check DHCP Lease info in terminal – Ars Technica OpenForum as I think that ipconfig getoption en0 lease_time gives me the value in a different format than date -r expects.


At T1 seconds (typically set to 0.5*lease_time) after the last successful renewal, the DHCP client attempts to renew it’s lease with the DHCP server that granted it’s current address via unicast. If unsuccessful, at T2 seconds (typically set to 0.875*lease_time) after the last renewal, the DHCP client attempts to rebind with any DHCP server via multicast.


Posted in Apple, bash, Development, Mac, OS X, OS X El Capitan, OS X Maverick, OSX Yosemite, Power User, Scripting, Software Development | Leave a Comment »

munki/createOSXinstallPkg: Tools for packaging OS X installers – upgrade Mac OS X from InstallESD.dmg

Posted by jpluimers on 2017/06/12

You can use this package to install OS X on an empty partition, but perhaps more interestingly, you can also use it to upgrade existing OS X installations to a newer version of the OS X. There are many tools and workflows that support the installation of Apple packages; you can use these together with an OS X installation package to upgrade machines to the latest version of OS X.This is especially interesting when used with tools like Munki — you can automate the upgrade of a group of machines while still preserving user data, or offer an upgrade as a “Self-Service”-type option where a user can initiate an OS X upgrade themselves without needing to have administrative rights.

I will probably need this one day.

Source: munki/createOSXinstallPkg: Tools for packaging OS X installers


Posted in Apple, iMac, Mac, MacBook, MacBook Retina, MacBook-Air, MacBook-Pro, MacMini, OS X, OS X El Capitan, OS X Maverick, OSX Yosemite, Power User | Leave a Comment »

Mac OS X: “fzsftp could not be started” when connecting over SFTP

Posted by jpluimers on 2017/06/02

A while ago I had a “fzsftp could not be started” error using FileZilla on Mac OS X.

From the search results, it wasn’t exactly clear what I did wrong, as the “Show Package Contents” context menu showed “…/Contents/MacOS/fzsftp”

Then I remembered I got a bit confused with all the FileZilla updates coming out and renaming it to contain a version number (I do that with many applications so I can keep old versions allowing me to quickly revert to an older version if there are version compatibilities).

Renaming back to solved the issue: apparently FileZilla has a hardcoded dependency on exactly that name. I got there because of the hint about spaces in directories from this thread: fzsftp could not be started – FileZilla Forums

This was before Mac OS X El Capitan; with that version you have to set permissions correctly as well: fzsftp could not be started – Kruyswijk-ICT BV



Posted in Apple, Mac, MacBook, MacBook Retina, MacBook-Air, MacBook-Pro, OS X, OS X El Capitan, OS X Mountain Lion, OSX Yosemite, Power User, Security | Leave a Comment »

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