iCloud ‘Optimize Mac Storage’ breaks the Mojave installer

Yet another example of a really bizarre macOS bug that’s pretty inexcusable as a test escape, given it occurs with the default installation settings on a completely clean OS install. In short, the Mojave update installer does not work (on High Sierra at least) if you have ‘Optimize Mac Storage’ enabled for iCloud Drive (System … Read more

tmutil is broken by SIP in Mojave

A diskutil bug unceremoniously erased an entire hard drive of mine a few weeks back.  While I was able to successfully (AFAICT) restore the drive’s contents to it from various backups, the erasure gave the drive a new identity (UUID, specifically).  The next time Time Machine ran, it compounded the diskutil bug by also unceremoniously … Read more

Apple Mail crashes on launch if connection logging is enabled

This was a fun one.  Mail started crashing on launch for absolutely no apparent reason – nothing had changed to its config or similar in a long time.  The crash logs were all fingering an identical culprit – -[IMAPTaskManager secondaryIdleMailboxName] called on the wrong GCD queue: Process: Mail [19884] Path: /Applications/Mail.app/Contents/MacOS/Mail Identifier: com.apple.mail Version: 11.3 … Read more

Your system has run out of application memory HUR HUR HUR

I hate this dialog with the fire of a thousand suns. When this appears, it basically means one (or both) of two things: Some application went nuts and chewed through all your memory and/or disk space. macOS got itself into a darkly comical & embarrassing deadlock. Quitting any of the listed applications is rarely the correct … Read more

macOS 10.12.2 appears to have brought with it some GPU issues

I run Einstein@Home, using both CPU cores & my GPU.  Other than a few month period where Einstein@Home was issuing broken GPU work units, I’ve been successfully doing this for years, I think.  Longer than I can really remember, in any case. It appears, however, that 10.12.2 has introduced some serious issues impacting those GPU … Read more