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Mar
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Mar
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answered The volume can't be ejected because it's currently in use
Feb
26
comment How to get the shortest file size on aliases?
Did not find any hint yet on how to tame that beast.
Feb
26
comment How to get the shortest file size on aliases?
It's as bad as it can be: Those huge alias files do not even use HFS+ filesystem compression, so they really consume storage exorbitantly! I was bothered by this, but thought "Maybe it's not as bad as Finder's 'Get Info' reports and HFS+ compression is activated on those huge aliases in the backend, those icon bitmap resources considerably compressed? Created ~/Desktop/Folder and aliased it to ~/Desktop/Folder-Alias, then ran afsctool -v on them. Total size: Data fork 1.825.604 + resource fork 3.649.830 + xattr 32 overhead 536 + file overhead 5262 = 5.481.264 bytes
Feb
25
comment Where is the MAC address of my Thunderbolt to Ethernet adapter?
On a rMBP 11.3 (Mid 2014) with 2 Thunderbolt ports and yet no Thunderbolt/Ethernet adapter connected, querying ifconfig returns en0 (Airport) and en1 (Thunderbolt, MAC address ending in …e0) and en2 (Thunderbolt, MAC …:e1). Am not sure whether these MAC addresses are generic placeholder numbers -- googling them found 0 results, indicating that they are likely unique or no-one discussed this generic MAC address scheme yet -- or the actual MAC addresses, and wether dongles have their own address & wether the network device intelligence resides in the dongle or the Thunderbolt controller.
Feb
17
comment How can I view/inspect my Mac’s Parameter RAM (NVRAM)?
Thanks! Now I found out why a totally wiped Mac still had a locale other then English in the install routine. NVRAM contains a variable with the key prev-lang:kbd and the value LL:NN, where LL is the language code and NN a numerical keyboard layout id. Was de:92 in my case.
Feb
10
comment Is there a way to speed up the way Mac responds to my trackpad clicks?
The double-click speed (=timeframe within 2 clicks must occur to be interpreted as a double click rather than two consecutive single clicks) seems to have no effect on the "tap to drag and drop" delay. The "tap to drag and drop" timeout is either hard coded or at best within a hidden or undocumented setting.
Nov
16
comment Is there a keyboard shortcut to close the edit window in Calendar (and retain changes)?
Close the editing window in iCal on OSX 10.6 can be achieved with ENTER and on 10.9 with ENTER and RETURN. I don't have a 10.8 Mountain Lion at hand, but likely RETURN and/or ENTER works.
Apr
30
comment iWork Numbers evaluate string
Anyone with a solution for evaluating a cell with multiple arbitrary operands?
Mar
6
comment How does the Finder refresh in OS X Mountain Lion?
Only one restart later to find that the bug reoccurs :-( After that I killed UserEventAgent, and then refreshing worked fine, but Finder jumped to 100% CPU. Killed and thereby restarted Finder. Bug there again. Killing UserEventAgent again did not help this time. I am at the end of my testing for now. Think I'll do a fresh install somewhen...
Mar
6
comment How does the Finder refresh in OS X Mountain Lion?
Finally Finder 10.6.8 refreshes properly again! Did so much within my user account, that I'm not sure what actually fixed it & am certainly not trying to reproduce the bug now that Finder works again! But to share some experience my hot guess is: From within the control panel Users I deleted unused accounts & the group access_bpf (needed for Wireshark network device), enabled, used, then disabled Fast User Switching. Besides this, within ~/Library I checked Services & Scripts, erased Contextual Menu Items (empty but who knows...) and LaunchAgents/com.apple.FolderActions*.
Mar
6
comment How does the Finder refresh in OS X Mountain Lion?
I tested this on the guest account, and there the bug does not occur! So Finder.app is definitely not corrupted, and the cause of the problem must be somewhere within my home directory. I had erased com.apple.finder.plist and the .DS_Store files in the troubled directories, and restarted Finder, and also logged out and in again, but the problem still persists. I can only assume that my file/folder permissions are not as supposed to be or that a 3rd party software integrated into Finder or Filesystem events causes the trouble. (Contextual Menu) Services? Dropbox? Any ideas?
Mar
6
comment Is there a way to refresh a Finder file listing?
Thanks for this workaround. Maybe I create a daemon which runs this script once per second (but that's not very power efficient), although that polling approach is not very power efficient, would prefer Finder to automatically properly update based on file system events. Isn't there a fix for this? (Erasing com.apple.finder.plist and .DS_Store in affected folders did not fix it for me).
Feb
24
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Feb
24
comment Why is my MacBook Pro's fan constantly on at 6000RPM?
I also once experienced a similar issue on a MacBook Pro 4,1 (A1260). See my report (including miraculous solution for which I don't know the true cause): Fans rotating at maximum although reported temperatures are very low.
Oct
13
comment How does the Finder refresh in OS X Mountain Lion?
So as long as a file is actively written to (programmatically speaking: file handler open), the responsible process (writing app, kernel or possibly fsevents or similar fs monitoring processes) seem to not trigger Finder to refresh, only if the event "finished writing" occurs. Makes sense, as the Finder would need to refresh a lot otherwise (even if reduced to certain refresh intervals). I think this is by design. My script was a loop of consecutive open/write/close processes, thus triggered the refresh, whereas the other observed cases were open … write … write … write … close cases.
Oct
13
comment How does the Finder refresh in OS X Mountain Lion?
Same effect in ~/Downloads. While downloading a file from Chrome, its size is not updated, although its written to constantly. A refresh is triggered, either by navigating our and back in again, or by creating a new or renaming an existing folder within ~/Downloads. When the download finished the size and timestamp are updated correctly. But not while the download progress.
Oct
13
comment How does the Finder refresh in OS X Mountain Lion?
Btw, I am on 10.6.8. Sadly, the refreshing bug still occurs. Example of a current manifestation adb backup -apk -all -f ~/Backups/android.ab. android.ab constantly shows the same file-size although its constantly being written to. If I point my fast growing file script at this directory, both the file growing and the file android.ab regularly refresh their file size! It seems that some write operations trigger a refresh, while others don't. I don't know specifics. Maybe certain Services that I use cause that.
Oct
8
comment How to fix “512 bytes per sector” to “4096 bytes per sector” for an “Advanced Format” 4K sector USB hard drive?
I connected a Toshiba DT01ACA300 3TB via eSATA cable to the eSATA ExpressCard AKE BC338 in my MacBookPro2,2 running OS X 10.6.8. diskutil shows me 512 byte sectors, whereas stat shows 4096. smartctl shows me 512 logical / 4096 physical. These differing infos assert nothing, just leave me insecure, not really knowing what's happening under the hood. I have to trust my BlackBoxes I guess. ;-) Hoping that one of the involved devices just misreports and the optimum happens in reality.
Oct
8
comment How does the Finder refresh in OS X Mountain Lion?
Adding small files frequently: cd ~/Desktop/update/;i=1;while [ $i -lt 1000 ];do mkfile 0 $i;(( i++ ));echo "File Nr $i";sleep 1;done Slowly growing file: cd ~/Desktop/update/;mkfile 1000 1kb;mkfile 0 growing;i=1;while [ $i -lt 1024 ];do cat 1kb >> growing; echo "$i kB";(( i++ ));sleep 1;done Fast growing file: cd ~/Desktop/update/;mkfile 1000000 1mb;mkfile 0 growing;i=1;while [ $i -lt 1024 ];do cat 1mb >> growing; echo "$i mB";(( i++ ));sleep 1;done