Mac OS X

Solved: Apache won't serve files from external drive on macOS

If you've tried to develop a website and the files are on an external drive, you might find that httpd will refuse to serve the files. In your browser you'll see:

Forbidden
You don't have permission to access this resource.Server unable to read htaccess file, denying access to be safe

And in your Apache error log you'll read:

How to Install Canon ip4000R Wireless Printer Driver on OS X 10.9

We have a wireless Canon PIXMA ip4000R printer that has served us well. However, a new computer with OS X 10.9 Mavericks did not recognize it, and Canon did not have a driver for it.

I ended up moving the following components from an existing computer on which the printer was already working:

/Library/Printers/Canon
/Library/Printers/PPDs/Contents/Resources/Canon*
/Library/CFMSupport
/System/Library/Extensions/BJUSBLoad.kext

I fixed the permissions:

Solved: Apple Mail, Smart Mailboxes, and Exchange Junk Email

One of the nice features of Mail, the bundled OS X mail client, is Smart Mailboxes. A smart mailbox is a filtered view of your mail based on your own criteria.

I have both IMAP and Exchange accounts and use Mail for both.

Configuring syslog for Drupal 7 on OS X 10.7 or 10.8 or 10.9

I'm running OS X 10.7 Lion. Today I'm working on some database-heavy code that also creates lots of watchdog entries. So I decided to turn off Drupal's database logging and turn on syslog.

I created a file for the log entries to go into:

sudo touch /var/log/drupal.log

I added one line to /etc/syslog.conf to tell OS X to put messages coming to the local3 logging facility into the new file.

local3.* /var/log/drupal.log

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