Weekly News Summary for Admins — 2021-01-15
The year is just starting, but Apple is waking up nearly as fast as an M1 MacBook Air. We got new betas for macOS 11.2 and iOS 14.4. MacAdmins have been busy, too. Thank you for all the great articles!

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Scripting OS X — Weekly News Summary for Admins — 2021-01-08
Happy New Year!

Even though the events of the last few days might make this sound cynical, I mean it honestly. Let's make the best of it!

I really hope you got to spend the holidays safely with family and get some peace and relaxation. I used some of the extra time to (finally) finish the first draft of my next book: "macOS Ter
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Weekly News Summary for Admins — 2020-12-18
Last week before christmas, but Apple already had plenty to give. The updates for macOS Big Sur, iOS and siblings dropped on Monday.

As this is the first real update for Big Sur, some flaws in the new software update workflow were exposed. Victor Vrantchan did an excellent write-up.

This is the last News Summary for 2020. I'll be taking a few weeks off and retu
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Scripting OS X — Weekly News Summary for Admins — 2020-12-11
You might think that things are starting to quiet down as the holidays are approaching. But we got a "last minute before christmas" announcement from Apple: new over-ear headphones called AirPods Max.

Hidden in the announcement, you can see that the new AirPods Max require iSO 14.3 (and siblings) or macOS Big Sur 11.1. Sure enough
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Update: desktoppr v0.4
I have posted an update for desktoppr. You can download it from the repository's releases page.

This update adds no features. It does provide support for the Apple silicon Macs with a Univeral binary and installer pkg.

In my initial testing desktoppr v0.3 worked fine on Apple Silicon Macs even without re-compiling, so I didn't feel pressure to build and provide a universal binary.

However, since then
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Platform Support in macOS Installer Packages (pkg)
Mac users and admins find themselves in yet another major platform transistion. For the duration of the transition, developers and admins will have to deal with and support software and hardware for the Intel and Apple silicon Macs. With Universal applications and Rosetta 2, Apple is providing very efficient tools to dramatically reduce the friction and p
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Weekly News Summary for Admins — 2020-12-04
Many interesting posts this week that go in depth on Big Sur and Apple silicon topics.

We also got an announcement that you can new "rent" an Apple Mac mini from Amazon EC2. While this seems to be a fairly expensive choice, it should enable some really interesting solutions. When you need a less expensive solution for this, remember there is MacStadium.

We also
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Scripting OS X — Weekly News Summary for Admins — 2020-11-27
Much quieter week after the last two newsletters were loaded with many posts on Big Sur and the Apple silicon Macs. This week is Thanksgiving week in the US and many companies, including Apple, close offices for this holiday.

So, whether you are currently in a food-induced stupor, getting ready for some Black Friday shopping, or y
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Ten Years of Scripting OS X
The oldest post on this weblog happened ten years ago. It makes me especially proud, that the first post has aged quite well. (The second post, not so much.)

This weblog was (quite obviously) inspired by the weblogs of Greg Neagle, Rich Trouton, Ben Toms, and many others. I wanted to share and give back to the MacAdmins community. I have always enjoyed scripting, in the sense of tinkering and co
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Weekly News Summary for Admins — 2020-11-20
This summary isn't quite as big as last week's, but very close.

This week many people got their hands on the first Macs with Apple silicon M1 chips. The reviews and benchmarks are in and it looks as if Apple wasn't over promising. Many software vendors are shipping updates for Big Sur and Universal app support. This is definitely an interesting and busy time.

W
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Deploying the Big Sur Installer Application
When you want to provide automated workflows to upgrade to or erase-install macOS Big Sur, you can use the startosinstall tool. You can find this tool inside the "Install macOS Big Sur" application at:

/Applications/Install macOS Big Sur.app/Contents/Resources/startosinstall

Note: Apple calls the "Install macOS *" application "InstallAssistant." I find this a u
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Scripting OS X — Weekly News Summary for Admins — 2020-11-13
Usually, I gather 30-40 links a week, which I then curate into this newsletter. This week I had more than a hundred links to work through, and discovered a few more posts and articles while I put everything together. What a week!

Macs with M1

New Macs with Apple Silicon M1 chips were introduced at the "One more thing" event on
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Book Update for Big Sur – Moving to zsh v4
I have pushed an update for the "Moving to zsh" book.

Big Sur is such an important update that gave it the long-awaited version number '11.' Thankfully, it did not bring many changes to the way the Terminal and zsh work.

zsh is still the (new) default shell for new users. bash v3 is (so far) still present on macOS Big Sur, but when you use it as your shell, you w
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Weekly News Summary for Admins — 2020-11-06
The news this week has certainly been… well… captivating on many levels.

Yesterday, Apple also dropped iOS 14.2 (and siblings) and a "macOS Catalina 10.15.7 Supplemental Update." (I had hoped we were done with these.) Also, a "release candidate" for macOS Big Sur 11.0.1.

Next week, is the long anticipated third Apple Event this Fall, where everybody is expectin
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Scripting OS X — Weekly News Summary for Admins — 2020-10-30
A strange thing happened last Friday: while I was putting together last week's news summary, HP printer connections on Macs all over started showing strange error messages. First suspicions were on the Xprotect update published a day before, but then HP had to admit that they had 'accidentally' revoked a certificate that was still ve
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Weekly News Summary for Admins — 2020-10-23
Bit of a lull in the news between the previous iOS 14 and forthcoming macOS 11 releases. Apple is shipping the iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Pro, and iPad Air 4 this week and the devices look good in the reviews.

No reason to be bored, though. You probably haven't caught up with the sessions from Virtual JNUC and MacSysAdmin Online, yet! (To be honest, there are some Campf
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Dealing with xpath changes in Big Sur
In one of the recent betas for macOS 11.0 Big Sur, the xpath command line tool changed. Big Sur uses the 5.28 version of the tool, while Catalina defaults to the 5.18 version.

These aren't version numbers for xpath but actually version numbers for perl. When you look at all the xpath executables you will see that they are actually perl scripts.

> head -n1 /usr/bin/xpath*
=
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Dealing with xpath changes in Big Sur
In one of the recent betas for macOS 11.0 Big Sur, the xpath command line tool changed. Big Sur uses the 5.28 version of the tool, while Catalina defaults to the 5.18 version.

These aren't version numbers for xpath but actually version numbers for perl. When you look at all the xpath executables you will see that they are actually perl scripts.

> head -n1 /usr/bin/xpath*
=
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Installomator Updated: v0.4
I had been fairly busy with both the JNUC and MacSysAdmin presentations, but work on Installomator has continued.

I also did an overview of what Installomator does in my MacSysAdmin Online presentation: “Practical Scripting”.

Many of these new features have been provided from others, either through GitHub issues, pull requests, or through comments in the channel on MacAdmins Sla
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Weekly News Summary for Admins — 2020-10-16
We got the expected new iPhones 12 this week, all four models, and a new HomePod mini. I am actually looking forward to a smaller iPhone 12 mini to replace my iPhone X.

In other (some would say good) news, macOS 11 Big Sur was not released this week, but we got beta 10 instead. There is an expectation for another Apple event introducing the first Apple Silicon bas
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