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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X on an empty partition, but perhaps more interestingly, you can also use it to upgrade existing OS X installations to a newer version of the OS X. There are many tools and workflows that support the installation of Apple packages; you can use these together with an OS X installation package to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

–jeroen

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 FileZilla.3.16.x.app back to FileZilla.app 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

–jeroen

 

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 »

Mac OS X: restarting Tunnelblick when it isn’t responding any more

Posted by jpluimers on 2017/03/31

In addition to my post about Mac OS X: restarting Google Drive when it shows a spinning wheel, restarting a hanging Tunnelblick is even easier:

killall Tunnelblick
open -a Tunnelblick

–jeroen

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

Mac OS X – serial communication programs

Posted by jpluimers on 2017/03/30

Some links that helped me getting FTDI USB serial communication to Raspberry Pi systems going:

–jeroen

Posted in Apple, Communications Development, Development, Hardware Development, Hardware Interfacing, iMac, Legacy Ports: COM, Mac, MacBook, MacBook Retina, MacBook-Air, MacBook-Pro, MacMini, OS X, OS X Maverick, OSX Yosemite, Power User, Raspberry Pi, USB | Leave a Comment »

Mac OS X: restarting Google Drive when it shows a spinning wheel

Posted by jpluimers on 2017/03/29

Every now and then, Google Drive on Mac OS X gets confused and starts showing the spinning wheel when hovering over the menu bar icon similar to for instance DropBox does every once in a while.

This is how to terminate and restart Google Drive from the terminal (no need for su):

killall -v -SIGKILL Google\ Drive
open -a Google\ Drive

Alternatively you can start Google Drive using this:

/Applications/Google\ Drive.app/Contents/MacOS/Google\ Drive &

I found this executable through osx – Find all executable files within a folder in terminal – Ask Different

Note that this won’t kill Google Drive as it sends the TERM signal (SIGTERM):

killall -v Google\ Drive

–jeroen

Posted in Apple, bash, Development, Google, GoogleDrive, iMac, Mac, MacBook, MacBook Retina, MacBook-Air, MacBook-Pro, MacMini, OS X, OS X El Capitan, OS X Maverick, OS X Mountain Lion, OSX Yosemite, Power User, Scripting, Software Development | 1 Comment »

 
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