Mac OS X

Waterroof is incredulous

I've been using WaterRoof, a frontend for ipfw on OS X. It's only a bit clunky and works well. What is particularly endearing, however, is its response when you have configured your rules and you tell WaterRoof that you want your computer to load them at startup:


Moving Swap on OS X 10.5 Leopard

By default, OS X 10.5 stores its swapfiles in /private/var/vm:

$ ls -lh /private/var/vm
total 131072
-rw------T  1 root  wheel    64M May 28 10:32 swapfile0

Recently I've been having some fun with a Mac Pro that has 32GB (sic) of RAM. The machine is being used for some bioinformatics work which involves huge chunks of memory. Naturally we ran out of memory and started swapping, but we wanted to swap faster.


OS X: To Protect and Serve

Over the weekend an importer force attacked my Mac. Fortunately, even though the box was unattended at the time, Mac OS X retaliated, eliminating all traces of this hostile force.

I couldn't find much on the web about the "Importer force killed!" message other than Simone Manganelli's helpful tweet.


ImageMagick, MacPorts and MAMP

After installing ImageMagick from MacPorts, I ran into the following error in my MAMP Apache error log when trying to run PHP code that resized images:

Symbol not found: __cg_jpeg_resync_to_restart

To solve this, edit /Applications/MAMP/Library/bin/envvars to read:

export DYLD_FALLBACK_LIBRARY_PATH=/Applications/MAMP/Library/lib


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