Many files in macOS are more than just their data, and contain metadata in extended attributes. Does macOS know the true size of any file, taking into account those attributes?
What happens next with Apple’s new file system is a strong indicator of its commitment to the Mac as a computer platform. Copy-on-write is the issue.
A new tool for performing full analysis of metadata for an APFS volume is now available – on an early bird offer.
Explains how Time Machine knows what to back up, why it performs deep event scans, and how that system is different from HFS+ journaling.
Apple’s release of new iPhones and iOS 11 next week will trigger a series of events which will bring great embarrassment. Its new file system APFS is at the centre.
One of the great hidden features in macOS, xattrs are rarely used by anyone outside Apple, largely because they are so poorly supported by functions calls and tools.
Apple is making adjustments to its new APFS file system for iOS. Will that bring similar improvements in compatibility to High Sierra?
A classic scripting task: iterate through a folder and its entire contents, testing to see if each file is readable or writable. It’s straightforward in Swift too.
Want to hide text from electronic searching and matching? Or just explore some of Unicode’s encoding issues? Here’s a useful tool.
In recent years, most Mac users have stopped partitioning drives into volumes. In High Sierra, you will probably want to use volumes again. Lots.