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From http://macs.about.com/od/usingyourmac/ss/moving-apple-mail.htm#showall

Published: 11/10/2009

Updated: 1/19/2015

Worked for me, but didn’t get accounts in System Preferences. Had to add email accounts manually to get calendars, but email accounts was not updated. As a temporary solution this is good enough.

Move Your Apple Mail to a New Mac or a Clean Install Of OS X

Setting up Mail again from scratch is a waste of time. Instead, migrate your Mail from a previous Mac.

Moving your Apple Mail to a new Mac, or to a new, clean install of the OS, may seem like a difficult task but it actually only requires saving three items and moving them to the new destination.

There are a few ways to perform the move. By far the easiest, and the most often suggested method is to use Apple’s Migration Assistant. This method works well in most cases, but there’s one drawback to the Migration Assistant.

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Its approach is mostly all-or-nothing when it comes to moving data. You can select some basic categories, such as applications or user data, or just support files, and most of the time it works fine.

Where you can run into problems is when there’s something wrong with your Mac. You’re not sure what it is, maybe a corrupt preference file or a system component that’s a little whacky, and causes problems now and then. The last thing you want to do is copy a bad file to your new Mac or new install of OS X. But starting over completely doesn’t make sense, either. You may have years of data stored on your Mac. While some of it may be fluff, other pieces of information are important enough to keep on hand.

While it may be easy to recreate your mail accounts on a new system, it’s not easy to start off fresh, with none of your older email available, your Mail rules gone, and Mail always asking for passwords that you may have long since forgotten.

With that in mind, here’s a simple way to move just the data Apple Mail needs to a new location.

When you’re done, you should be able to fire up Mail on your new system and have all your emails, accounts, and rules working just the way they did before the move.

What You Need to Move Mail

  • A way to transfer files to the new location. You can transfer your files over a network, burn them to a CD or DVD, copy them to a USB flash drive, or, if the new system is on the same Mac, copy them from one hard drive partition to another. We won’t discuss the actual mechanism you use to perform the transfer, only which source files need to be copied, and where they need to be stored in your new installation.
  • Administrative access to your data. You may need to change the file privileges, although for most users, this will probably not be necessary.

If you’re all set, then let’s get started.

 

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Back Up Before Moving Mail Data

If you’re using Time Machine for backups, be sure to add the Time Machine status item to your menu bar.

Before you start moving files around, make sure you have a current backup of your mail.

Back Up Data Using Time Machine

Select the ‘Back Up Now’ item from the ‘Time Machine’ icon in the menu bar or right-click the ‘Time Machine’ icon in the Dock and select ‘Back Up Now’ from the pop-up menu. If you don’t have the Time Machine menu bar item, you can install it by doing the following:

  1. Launch System Preferences by clicking the ‘System Preferences’ icon in the Dock, or selecting ‘System Preferences’ from the Apple menu.
  1. Select the ‘Time Machine’ preference pane in the System Preferences window.
  2. Place a check mark next to ‘Show Time Machine status in the menu bar.’
  3. Close System Preferences.

You can also create a backup using one of many third-party applications. Once you back up your data, you’re ready to continue.

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When Moving Apple Mail Copy Your Keychain Data

Before copying your Keychain files, make sure they are in good shape by running Keychain First Aid.

There are two folders and a file that need to be copied to your new Mac or your new system. You will actually be copying data for both Apple Mail and Apple’s Keychain application. The Keychain data you copy will allow Apple Mail to operate without asking you to supply all of your account passwords. If you only have one or two accounts in Mail, then you can probably skip this step, but if you have many Mail accounts, this will make using the new Mac or system easier.

Before you copy the Keychain files, it’s a good idea to repair the files to ensure the data within them is intact.

Repair Your Keychain Files

  1. Launch Keychain Access, located in /Applications/Utilities.
  2. Select ‘Keychain First Aid’ from the Keychain Access menu.
  3. Enter the User Name and Password for the user account you are currently logged in with.
  4. You can perform just a ‘Verify’ to see if anything is wrong, or you can select the ‘Repair’ option to verify the data and repair any problems. Since you have already backed up your data (you did back up your data, right?), select ‘Repair’ and click the ‘Start’ button.
  5. When the process is complete, close the Keychain First Aid window, and then quit Keychain Access.

Copy the Keychain Files to the New Location

OS X Lion and later, hides the users Library. You can make the username/Library folder visible by following the guide OS X Lion Is Hiding Your Library Folder.

  1. Open a Finder window by clicking the ‘Finder’ icon in the Dock.
  2. Navigate to username/Library/, where ‘username’ is the name of your home directory.
  1. Copy the Keychain folder to the same location on your new Mac or in your new system.

 

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Copying Your Apple Mail Folder and Preferences To a New Mac

The com.apple.mail.plist file contains your Mail accounts and preferences.

Moving your Apple Mail data is a pretty simple task, but before you do, you may want to take a bit of time to clean up your current Mail setup.

Apple Mail Cleanup

  1. Launch Apple Mail by clicking the ‘Mail’ icon in the Dock.
  2. Click the ‘Junk’ icon, and verify that all of the messages in the Junk folder are indeed junk messages.
  3. Right-click the ‘Junk’ icon and select ‘Erase Junk Mail’ from the pop-up menu.

Apple Mail Rebuild

Rebuilding your mailboxes forces Mail to re-index each message and update the message list to accurately reflect the messages actually stored on your Mac. The message index and the actual messages can sometimes get out of sync, usually as the result of a Mail crash or an unintended shutdown. The rebuild process will correct any underlying issues with your mailboxes.

If you use IMAP (Internet Message Access Protocol), the rebuild process will delete any locally cached messages and attachments, and then download fresh copies from the mail server. This can take quite a while; you may decide to forgo the rebuild process for IMAP accounts.

  1. Select a mailbox by clicking once on its icon.
  2. Select ‘Rebuild’ from the Mailbox menu.
  3. Once the rebuild is done, repeat the process for each mailbox.

Copy Your Mail Files

OS X Lion and later, hides the users Library. You can make the username/Library folder visible by following the guide OS X Lion Is Hiding Your Library Folder.

  1. Quit Apple Mail if the application is running.
  1. Open a Finder window by clicking the ‘Finder’ icon in the Dock.
  2. Navigate to username/Library/, where ‘username’ is the name of your home directory.
  3. Copy the Mail folder to the same location on your new Mac or in your new system.

Copy Your Mail Preferences

  1. Quit Apple Mail if the application is running.
  2. Open a Finder window by clicking the ‘Finder’ icon in the Dock.
  3. Navigate to username/Library/Preferences, where ‘username’ is the name of your home directory.
  4. Copy the ‘com.apple.mail.plist’ file to the same location on your new Mac or in your new system.

That’s it. With all the necessary files copied to the new Mac or system, you should be able to launch Apple Mail and have all of your emails in place, your Mail rules functioning, and all Mail accounts working.

 

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Moving Apple Mail – Troubleshooting Keychain Issues

The Keychain list shows which Keychains are being shared. If a Keychain is shared, you may not be able to replace it.

If something can go wrong, it usually will, and moving Keychains around can cause a problem. Luckily, it is easy to correct.

Problems With Keychain

When you try to copy the Keychain file to its new location on your new Mac or system, the copy may fail with a warning that one or more Keychain files is in use. This can happen if you have already used your new Mac or system, and in the process, it created its own Keychain files.

To work around the problem, try the following:

  1. Launch Keychain Access, located in /Applications/Utilities, on your new Mac or system.
  2. Select ‘Keychain List’ from the Edit menu.
  3. Make a note of which Keychain files in the list have a check mark next to their name.
  4. Uncheck any checked Keychain files.
  5. Repeat the instructions on Page 3 to copy the Keychain files to your new Mac or system.
  6. Reset the check marks in the Keychain list to the state you noted above.

 

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Moving Apple Mail – Troubleshooting Mail Issues

Your Mail files should list you as having ‘Read & Write’ privileges.

Moving mail files between systems can cause permission problems. Fortunately, these problems are easy to correct.

Problems With Copying Mail Files

Occasionally, you may run into a problem when you first launch Apple Mail on your new Mac or system. The error message will usually tell you that Mail does not have permission to access a file. The usual culprit is username/Library/Mail/Envelope Index. Make a note of which file is listed in the error message, then do the following.

  1. Quit Apple Mail, if it’s running.
  2. Open a Finder window by clicking the ‘Finder’ icon in the Dock.
  3. Navigate to the file mentioned in the error message.
  4. Right-click the file in the Finder window and select ‘Get Info’ from the pop-up menu.
  5. In the Get Info window, expand the ‘Sharing & Permissions’ item.
  6. Your username should be listed as having Read & Write access. You may find that, because the account IDs between your old Mac and the new system are different, instead of seeing your username listed, you see ‘unknown.’ To change the permissions, do the following:
  7. Click the lock icon in the bottom right corner of the Get Info window.
  8. Enter your administrator username and password, and click ‘OK.’
  9. Click the ‘+’ (plus) button.
  10. The ‘Select a New User or Group’ window will open.
  11. From the list of users, click your account, and click ‘Select.’
  12. The selected account will be added to the Sharing & Permissions section.
  13. Select the ‘Privileges’ item for the account you added in the Get Info window.
  14. From the Privileges dropdown menu, select ‘Read & Write.’
  1. If there is an entry with the name ‘unknown,’ select it, and click the ‘-’ (minus) sign to delete the entry.
  2. Close the Get Info window.

That should correct the problem. If Apple Mail reports a similar error with another file, you may want to just add your username to every file in the Mail folder using the Propagate command.

Propagating Your Privileges

  1. Right-click the Mail folder, located at username/Library/.
  2. Using the instructions above, add your username to the Permissions list, and set your permissions to ‘Read & Write.’
  3. Click the gear icon at the bottom of the Get Info window.
  4. Select ‘Apply to enclosed items.’
  5. Close the Get Info window and try launching Apple Mail again.

You can also try reseting user permissions, if all else fails.

That’s it. You should be ready to go with Apple Mail.

Published: 11/10/2009

Updated: 1/19/2015

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July 11, 2015 at 9:07 PM

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Home Row Computing on Macs from http://duartes.org/gustavo/blog/

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It can be interested for the mac lovers:

It can be interested for the mac lovers:

Home Row Computing on Macs

http://duartes.org/gustavo/blog/ Nov 24th, 2014

For a number of years I’ve configured my desktops so that most tasks can be done using only home row keys on the keyboard, a technique I call home row computing. It takes the Vi idea of staying on the home row to every app, all the time, but without using modes so things are simpler.

I’ve described an implementation for Windows, but I have since moved to Macs and back to a qwerty keyboard (away from Dvorak). The current setup is described in this post. It uses familiar Vi key bindings and is far more suitable. It’s fairly painless to configure on the Mac and has never given me any problems, thanks to Takayama Fumihiko’s awesome keyboard apps.

Using this is a joy. It’s really fast, easy on the hands, and makes you feel like a geek god. If you don’t use Vim, you’ll now have one of its benefits in your favorite editor and in other apps, plus a weapon against smug Vimmers. If you already use Vim, your cherished hjkl keys become universal and pressing Esc gets a hell of a lot easier.

Some of the important keys that must be moved to home row are the arrow keys, Esc, delete (backspace) and forward delete. Another helpful home row task is moving and resizing windows. The key to all this is remapping Caps Lock to allow combinations of Caps Lock plus a home key to do these tasks. Again, there are no modes involved here, Caps Lock works as a modifier like the cmd and fn keys. Here’s a good start:

I have left several keys unmapped so you can customize your own setup, and we’ll get to window management in a moment. The first step is to set Caps Lock to No Action in System Preferences > Keyboard > Modifier keys:

Now we must remap the Caps Lock key code to something else. To do so, you need a small tool called Seil (open source). You can map Caps Lock to any other key, like cmd or option. So if you don’t want to go all-out home row, you can still benefit from the remapping.

I like to remap Caps Lock into something that guarantees no conflicts ever for our combos. So I use key code 110, which is the Apps key on a Windows keyboard and is safely absent from Apple keyboards:

Now we’re in business, the world – or at least the keyboard – is our oyster. The maker of Seil also makes Karabiner, open as well and an outstanding keyboard customizer for OS X. I have no affiliation with these tools, apart from being a happy user for years. If you end up using them, please donate. So go ahead and install Karabiner, and you’ll see a plethora of keyboard tweak possibilities:

Each of the tweaks can be toggled on and off. There are even native Vi, Vim, and Emacs modes. However, I don’t like the built-in ones, so I built my own config. Go to Misc & Uninstall and click Open private.xml:

In this file, ~/Library/Application Support/Karabiner/private.xml, you can define your own keyboard remapping scheme. I actually symlink that to a Dropbox file to keep the configuration consistent across my machines, but at any rate, here is a file you can use to implement what we have discussed so far. Drop the file in, click ReloadXML and you’ll have this:

Home Row Computing is at the top (prefixed with ! for sorting). Toggle it on, and you’re done. Enjoy your new keyboard layout, do a search on Spotlight and see how fast and smooth it is to choose an option.

Finally, there is window management. That’s an area where you can fumble quite a bit, resizing and moving about clumsily with a mouse. My favorite options to make it fast and homerow-friendly are ShiftIt (open) and Moom (best $10 I ever spent, no affiliation). There are some others, but to me Moom towers above the rest. It has a great two-step usage, where one hot key activates it:

And the following key triggers a command you get to define using window primitives like move, zoom, resize, and change monitors. You can also define shortcuts that run commands directly. Moom has some handy default actions:

Out of box, arrow keys can be used to send a window to the left, right, top, or bottom of the screen, and Moom natively interprets hjkl as arrows making it easy to stay on home row. You can associate keys with various commands and precise window positions:

This is gold for large monitors like Apple Thunderbolts. I remap Caps Lock + M into the global Moom shortcut for painless activation. This allows me to set the shortcut itself to something bizarre that won’t conflict with anything but would be a dog to type. Currently it’s an improbable Fn + Control + Command + M. I also have Caps Lock + N activating a Moom command that cycles a window between my two monitors. Both of these shortcuts are in the keyboard map I provided.

If you have any questions, let me know. I know a number of keyboard nuts out there use this scheme on Windows and Linux, and I hope this makes it easy to do so on Macs.

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May 15, 2015 at 6:00 PM

Posted in MacOS

Yosemite, iOS 8, Spotlight, and Privacy: What you need to know By Rene Ritchie, Monday, Oct 20, 2014 a 8:31 pm EDT

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According to Landon Fuller, who collected the data in the first place,
this is not just about Spotlight, and the data will continue to be
sent to Apple even if Spotlight Suggestions -- or any of a number of
other seemingly relevant system configuration options -- are disabled.

See

https://github.com/fix-macosx/yosemite-phone-home

for the raw data and analysis, without either the Apple apologism of
iMore or the journalistic spin of the Washington Post article they
cite.

Of course it is in Apple's interest to say that they care about
security and privacy, to emphasize how much effort they put into
minimizing data (we've heard this one from James Clapper before!), and
to claim that their snooping serves to benefit users by providing more
accurate answers.  None of this changes the surveillance they have
built into their system or how difficult it is to avoid!

Yosemite, iOS 8, Spotlight, and Privacy: What you need to know
By Rene Ritchie, Monday, Oct 20, 2014 a 8:31 pm EDT
http://www.imore.com/yosemite-ios-8-spotlight-and-privacy-what-you-need-know

A story made the rounds earlier today calling into question the new Spotlight Suggestions feature in OS X Yosemite and iOS 8. In an effort to garner attention, it reports the collection and usage of the information required to enable this feature in a needlessly scary way. As any long time reader knows, security and privacy are always at odds with convenience, yet features like Spotlight Suggestions — and Siri before it — do an excellent job balancing as much convenience as possible with maintaining as much privacy and security as possible. Here’s Apple’s statement on the matter:

“We are absolutely committed to protecting our users’ privacy and have built privacy right into our products,” Apple told iMore. “For Spotlight Suggestions we minimize the amount of information sent to Apple. Apple doesn’t retain IP addresses from users’ devices. Spotlight blurs the location on the device so it never sends an exact location to Apple. Spotlight doesn’t use a persistent identifier, so a user’s search history can’t be created by Apple or anyone else. Apple devices only use a temporary anonymous session ID for a 15-minute period before the ID is discarded.

“We also worked closely with Microsoft to protect our users’ privacy. Apple forwards only commonly searched terms and only city-level location information to Bing. Microsoft does not store search queries or receive users’ IP addresses.

“You can also easily opt out of Spotlight Suggestions, Bing or Location Services for Spotlight.”

Here’s the original charge:

Apple has begun automatically collecting the locations of users and the queries they type when searching for files with the newest Mac operating system, a function that has provoked backlash for a company that portrays itself as a leader on privacy.

The “backlash” cited by the sensationalistic story is not the result of the story but the result of sensationalism, and that’s disappointing. We depend on major publications to provide us with accurate information for our benefit, not for their own benefit. Where they could have taken the time to look into it, assess the facts, and help people understand, they chose to double down on FUD, and that’s not only disappointing, it’s distressing.

So what are the facts? Apple discloses how Spotlight Suggestions work in both the Spotlight section of System Preferences on the Mac, and in the Spotlight section of Settings > General on iPhones and iPads.

There’s also a Spotlight Suggestion check box on both so that you, the person using the device, can easily turn it off if you value privacy and security over convenience. (And if you are such a person, and have already disabled location services, Spotlight honors that setting and doesn’t send the information.)

Apple links to the following text right from the prefs/settings pane on both OS X and iOS. Not only is it simple to find, it’s plainly written and understandable:

When you use Spotlight, your search queries, the Spotlight Suggestions you select, and related usage data will be sent to Apple. Search results found on your Mac will not be sent. If you have Location Services on your Mac turned on, when you make a search query to Spotlight the location of your Mac at that time will be sent to Apple. Searches for common words and phrases will be forwarded from Apple to Microsoft’s Bing search engine. These searches are not stored by Microsoft. Location, search queries, and usage information sent to Apple will be used by Apple only to make Spotlight Suggestions more relevant and to improve other Apple products and services.

If you do not want your Spotlight search queries and Spotlight Suggestions usage data sent to Apple, you can turn off Spotlight Suggestions. Simply deselect the checkboxes for both Spotlight Suggestions and Bing Web Searches in the Search Results tab in the Spotlight preference pane found within System Preferences on your Mac. If you turn off Spotlight Suggestions and Bing Web Searches, Spotlight will search the contents of only your Mac.

You can turn off Location Services for Spotlight Suggestions in the Privacy pane of System Preferences on your Mac by clicking on “Details” next to System Services and then deselecting “Spotlight Suggestions”. If you turn off Location Services on your Mac, your precise location will not be sent to Apple. To deliver relevant search suggestions, Apple may use the IP address of your Internet connection to approximate your location by matching it to a geographic region.

Apple has also posted a privacy section on their website, and an updated version of their iOS 8 security document that reiterate what they’re doing and their long-standing position on privacy. Here’s the relevant parts:

To make suggestions more relevant to users, Spotlight Suggestions includes user context and search feedback with search query requests sent to Apple.

Context sent with search requests provides Apple with: i) the device’s approximate location; ii) the device type (e.g., Mac, iPhone, iPad, or iPod); iii) the client app, which is either Spotlight or Safari; iv) the device’s default language and region settings; v) the three most recently used apps on the device; and vi) an anonymous session ID. All communication with the server is encrypted via HTTPS.

The white paper goes on to explain how locations are blurred, anonymous IDs are only kept for 15 minutes, recent apps are only included if they’re on a white list of popular apps, etc. (It starts on page 40 of the above-linked PDF if you’re curious about the specifics.)

So, again, Apple is only doing what they need to do to provide the conveniences of the feature they announced — the same way they’ve needed to collect enough data to answer questions with Siri in the past, or show you locations on Maps, or find your iPhone, iPad or Mac, and the list goes on.

If you don’t like or want it, you can turn it off. That’s the real story here — education. How it works, and what you can do with it and about it.

If you have any concerns or questions about Spotlight Suggestions, let me know in the comments!

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October 24, 2014 at 2:17 PM

Bluerays

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A disc with a capacity of 25 gigabytes is equivalent to 23.28 gibibytes, depending on whether you are using a base-2 system or a base-10 system. Additionally, some of that space is reserved as overhead for the file system as well as error-correction information. This results in a true recordable capacity of 23.28 gibibytes instead of the 25GB stated on the package. http://blog.cdrom2go.com/2010/12/maximum-capacity-of-a-blu-ray-disc/

The same situation is true of dual-layer Blu-ray discs. These are normally rated with a 50GB capacity, but in practice you can record about 46.57GB of data on a disc. Again, this is due to differences in the way the disc capacity is measured plus a small percentage of space reserved for file system information.

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October 6, 2014 at 1:07 AM

Posted in HW, IT, MacOS

Good presentation about Objective-C on eWeek

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Application Development: Objective-C Is Kicking Butt in the Programming World By Darryl K. Taft on 2012-07-11

http://www.eweek.com/c/a/Application-Development/ObjectiveC-Is-Kicking-Butt-in-the-Programming-World-813076/?kc=EWKNLCSM07172012STR1

“Objective-C, the language of the Apple world of iOS and the Mac OS X, recently overtook C++ in a key index that measures the most popular programming languages in use today. The TIOBE programming community index shows Objective-C as the third most popular programming language behind first-place C and second-place Java, suggesting that the popularity of mobile development is outpacing that of enterprise app development and building large high-performance systems—where Java and C++ typically reign. Both Java and C++ showed declining use in the July 2012 TIOBE index. Both Objective-C and C++ started in 1983 as object-oriented successors of the C languages. … “

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July 17, 2012 at 4:18 PM

CVS and SVN setup on MAC Server and user admin

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  • User admin
    • Identify an unused user ID by using the dscl tool:
      dscl /LDAPv3/ipaddress -list /Users UniqueID| awk ’{print $2}’ | sort -n

I use different sources and trying to recreate it for my server. I’ve tried to play with Web Server – doesn’t work through Server manager. I use my personal SVN repository within my user account, but now I need to have group access to the repository for an on-line collaboration. Maybe the guideline below will work for me.

OK. Let start (from https://discussions.apple.com/thread/3874020?start=0&tstart=0)

  1.  sudo mkdir -p /usr/local/svn/repos
  2. sudo chgrp _developer /usr/local/svn/repos
  3. sudo chmod g+w+s /usr/local/svn/reposSet the file mode creation mask to give the group write permissions to the repository we are about to create.
  4. umask 002
  5. svnadmin create /usr/local/svn/repos/<project_name>And set the user mask to the default value.
  6. umask 0227.
  7. cd ~
  8.   svn co file:///usr/local/svn/repos/<project_name>
  9.  cd <project_name>
  10.  svn mkdir branches tags trunk
  11.  svn ci -m “initial structures”Now, let’s enable remote access to the repository.
  12.  sudo vi /usr/local/svn/passwd-developers
    The structure of the file should be as follows:
    [users]
    <user_1> = <password_1>
    <user_2> = <password_2>
    <user_3> = <password_3>Save the file and change its permissions, so it’s only readable by the owner (root).
  13. sudo chmod 600 /usr/local/svn/passwd-developers
  14.  vi /usr/local/svn/repos/<project_name>/conf/svnserve.conf
  15. Paste the following after [general] (line 8):
    anon-access = none
    password-db = /usr/local/svn/passwd-developers
    realm = developers
  16.  sudo svnserve -d –foreground -r /usr/local/svn/repo
  17.  svn checkout svn+ssh://<server_ip>/usr/local/svn/repos/<project_name> –username <user>

As I expected – doesn’t work. Spend several hours – doesn’t work. Works only for the administrator account.

After some investigation found very strange behaviour – works in a such way (with double password request):

svn checkout svn+ssh://username@<server_ip>/usr/local/svn/repos/<project_name>

Found another interesting paper: http://odyniec.net/articles/ubuntu-subversion-server/

For Fedora and SVN HTTP see http://www.if-not-true-then-false.com/2010/install-svn-subversion-server-on-fedora-centos-red-hat-rhel/

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June 14, 2012 at 9:24 PM

Posted in IT, MacOS

“Before you drop $100 on Windows 7, I suggest you give Ubuntu a try.”

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I was glad, when I found the following stories in PC Magazine on September 5, 2011:

1. How to Build a PC for $200
“Think twice before you pass on this chance to build a $200 PC. The steps are easy and chances are this PC is faster than what you are using right now. (Indeed, as affordable as this system is, it would still count as an upgrade for a few unfortunate PCMag staffers. Upgrades are coming guys!) Now, to be fair, this is a Linux system. You would probably want to kick in an extra $100 for Windows 7, but you will be surprised just how much you can do with $200 and a few hours of your time.

2. Ubuntu 11.10 Beta 1 Launches
Before you drop $100 on Windows 7, I suggest you give Ubuntu a try. Beta 1 just launched and it includes a host of new features, including using the familiar Firefox 7 as its default browser. The second beta is due Sept 22 with a final release on October 13, but if you want to see what it looks like now, check out Sebastian Anthony’s take on ExtremeTech.

My Notes: I use Linux for several last years (about 3 – 5 years) at home and at work and really I’m more happy with Linux (Fedora/Ubuntu) than with any version of Windows (taking in account, that I use MS Dos and then Windows from 1987). Additionally I started to use Mac OS about 3 years ago as well. In the past I was unsatisfied by the MS Windows. I don’t like to pay money for the crap by myself and can’t recommend to pay money for the crap to other people. It took a time to change my habits and reflexes from MS Window working style to Linux, but now I’m happy with the performance, stability and most important by eliminating headache with MS Window crashes, license updates, notifications for new upgrades with extra payments, security flaws, SW incompatibilities, extra paid applications (like Symantec, Nero, etc.) and many other issues. Usually I had to reinstall MS Windows every 2-3 or 4 years and then reinstall everything, including purchased application. I still keep couple old MS Windows OSs just for the old applications, which are not working in the Wine under the Linux or in the Mac OS.

That’s it. Enjoy the stories from the PC Magazine.

Youry

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September 5, 2011 at 2:08 PM

Posted in IT, MacOS, News, Windows Hacks