Running an AppleScript which tries to run a shell command with root privileges can fail. Here’s why, and what we can’t do about it.
How can you put four files with apparently identical names in the same folder? Here’s the secret, and the magic of Unicode.
Do you know how to customise the zsh shell now standard in Catalina? Here’s an excellent book which covers it in detail – and curious choice in 10.15.
Does using xattr flags disrupt Spotlight indexing, and how are those flags respected using different methods of copying a file?
I’m sure this used to be much easier in HFS+, but here’s a detailed set of instructions for making a bootable clone in High Sierra or Mojave, for an APFS disk.
Advice on preparing for and using Mojave for all who go beyond using standard off-the-shelf apps – scripting, automating, building from source, or full-blown Xcode development.
How can third-party command tools access files under Mojave’s new privacy protection? Isn’t this going to be a nightmare?
When your Mac seems unresponsive and its GUI frozen, you don’t have to reach for the Power button. Try connecting using ssh: it’s actually very simple and valuable.
A defining difference between macOS and iOS, the command line depends on constancy of file names, and consistency of paths. iCloud breaks both, as well as Finder aliases.
Illustrated workthrough with Desktop & Documents Folders option turned on, showing file layouts in the GUI and file system. And a new version of Cirrus to do it with.