recent posts related to the mac os x operating system
Here’s an example that shows how to find the largest files under a directory on MacOS and Linux/Unix systems.
A du/sort command to show the largest files under a directory on Mac OS X
The Unix/Linux command that worked for me on my MacOS system is this:
$ du -a * | sort -r -n | head -10
du is the disk usage command, and the
-a flag says, “Display an entry for each file in a file hierarchy.” Then I use the
sort command to sort the
du output numerically and in reverse. After that,
head -10 shows only the first ten lines of output. In the Music folder on my Mac the command and output look like this:
As a brief note about the Linux/Unix
sed command, today I learned how to append multiple lines of text to an HTML (or XML) file on macOS. The short answer is that I created a
sed commands file named changes.sed with these contents:
Mac Terminal FAQ: How can I change the title on the Mac Terminal app from the Mac/Unix command line?
I've been working on a project where I have three Mac Terminal tabs open at one time, and I found it was much easier to work this way when I changed the title on each Terminal window. This helped me easily identify what I was doing in each Terminal window.
Changing the Mac Terminal title
The basic escape sequence you need to change the Terminal title from the command line is this:
I was going to write a little application to let me annotate my MacOS screen during presentations, but the Ink2Go product looks like it does exactly what I was thinking. As I’m creating a video presentation, such as when showing how to write some Scala or Android code, I want to be able to draw on the screen, such as writing text, arrows, circles, and boxes to highlight parts of the screen. Ink2Go looks like what I want.
This is a good guide for things to be aware of when creating Mac/macOS applications using Java. It mostly includes a lot of information about the com.apple.eawt.AppEvent library/classes.
As a note to self, this apple.com Maintaining Your Signing Identities and Certificates page contains information on signing identities, certificates, provisioning profiles, developer accounts, developer id certficates, the keychain access app, exporting certificates, and more.
If you’re using the Oracle AppBundler to build a Mac/MacOS application bundle from a Java application and run into this error when running Ant:
NoSuchFileException: <directory path here> Info.plist
I have found that the problem is that I have not set and exported
JAVA_HOME. To set and export
JAVA_HOME on MacOS 10.12, I use this command in the shell script I use to build my Mac/Java app:
I was surprised to learn that when you sign a macOS application, the signing process doesn’t sign every file under the .app application directory. Here’s a quote from the Apple developer docs:
“Your app’s executable code is protected by its signature because the signature becomes invalid if any of the executable code in the app bundle changes. Note that resources such as images and nib files aren’t signed; therefore, a change to these files doesn’t invalidate the signature.”
Over the last two days I’ve gotten a Mac/Java app ready for Apple’s Mac App Store, including bundling the application as a macOS “.app” application bundle, and signing it so it can be submitted to the Store.
A relatively quick look at my browser history shows that I needed to hit over 260 URLs to get that done. As a wise professor once told me, “Keep learning, keep learning.”