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MacFUSE, EncFS, Snow Leopard, and MacBook Pro 2011

There is a problem with modern Macs and MacFUSE: Since every recently shipped Mac has set the Mac OS X kernel to 64bit mode by default, MacFUSE 2.0.3 wont run properly anymore.

Unfortunately, there hasn’t been any official release that fully supports the 64bit kernel yet. However, there seem to be two unofficial releases (namely 2.1.7 and 2.1.9), that work around this problem. Some reading in several Google groups indicates to me, that at least the 2.1.7 “release” should be avoided, because it suffers from serious issues (e.g. it is not considered to be thread safe).

However, the second release seems to work fine for people.

Remove MacFUSE first

Before you download and install this version, make sure to unsinstall the current installation of MacFUSE first.

You can do so by opening the System Preferences and choose “Remove MacFUSE” from the MacFUSE preference panel.

Also, if you installed MacFUSE using Macports, make sure to uninstall the package using macports.

$ sudo port uninstall macfuse

In order to make sure, that MacFUSE has been successfully removed, check that the following files are not present anymore.

  • MacFUSE file system bundle (/Library/Filesystems/fusefs.fs)
  • MacFUSE Objective-C framework (/Library/Frameworks/MacFUSE.framework)
  • MacFUSE C-based libraries (/usr/local/lib/*fuse*.dylib) and headers (/usr/local/include/fuse*)
  • MacFUSE preference pane (/Library/PreferencePanes/MacFUSE.prefPane)

(List taken from the MacFUSE FAQ.)

Remove EncFS

In my case, I need MacFUSE in order to use EncFS to store encrypted files on my Dropbox. If you are using some other filesystem with MacFUSE I strongly suggest to remove it first and reinstall it later in order to make sure, that the 64bit version is used.

There are several ways to install encfs. Depending on which you chose, there are different ways to remove it again.

In the course of this tutorial we will later install encfs in /usr/local/. So just make sure that it not installed in any other path anymore. Especially, if you installed it using macports, uninstall it now.

$ sudo port uninstall encfs

Remove macports

I highly recommend to switch from MacPorts to Homebrew. The later is a replacement for the former and seems to be much more actively supported. Find instructions on how to remove macports in the macports online documentation.

When done, checkout Homebrew and install it as described on its GitHub page. Use the default install prefix. This will make Homebrew install packages in /usr/local/.


In order to install MacFUSE and EncFS on Snow Leopard in 64bit mode, you will need the following:

Install EncFS 1.7.4 using Homebrew

Simply enter the following line in a terminal window.

$ brew install encfs

Homebrew will download and install all required dependencies automatically.


New EncFS Plugin for Macfusion2 released

Finally, I’ve managed to update my EncFS Plugin for Macfusion2. It now requires EncFS 1.7.4 to be installed in /usr/local/bin. The easiest way to do this, is by using Homebrew.

I hope this will solve many of the problems prople had with the old version.

See the EncFS page for details!

So true…

If Microsoft had invented the iPod, it would have been called the Microsoft I-pod Pro 2005 Human Ear Professional Edition.

(via Twitter)

iPhone-free zone

no_iphoneSince I am a passionate reader, I of course read the featured article about Melinda Gates, Bill Gates’ (if you don’t know who that is, you missed something – jfgi) wife. Ok you got me, I didn’t, at least not completely. I just read the part that’s relevant for this post. Anyway besides talking about a lot of other stuff, Mrs. Gates tells Vogue, that in their house Apple’s iPhones and iPods are not allowed (hence the picture included in the post). Which is of course understandable, but for their kids it must still suck, because not having an iPhone/iPod does not correlate with not having money. Mrs. Gates btw mentiones that she wouldn’t mind having an iPhone.  For myself, I probably found out the one thing I have in common with the Gates family: not having an iPhone/iPod, because being related to someone that belongs to the richest people of the planet ain’t it!


Fixing a mysterious iChat Agent crash

I’ve been haunted by a mysterious iChat problem for the past week. Once in a while (speak: randomly) iChat would disconnect from all accounts and display an error message, telling me that the iChat Agent unexpectedly quit. I then had to reconnect my accounts manually.

In system.log the following entry caught my attention:
iChatAgent[191]: WARNING: iChatAgent exception caught on main thread: *** -[NSCFArray objectAtIndex:]: index (0) beyond bounds (0)
Obviously iChat Agent tries to acces an empty array and this throws an exception. After some googleing, I found a post in the Apple Discussion Groups mentioning this crash happens when a buddy connects or disconnects. The solution is as simple as weird. Just remove some buddy and add him again! No problems again for me.

Just in case it happenend to you

I already told you how I am used to being the IT-support for my family and friends. I am this used to it, that I am volunteering information right now. (Since thats mostly what we’ve been doing, thats not really news, but I wanted to be able to link this post to an older post, just because I can). Anyway, the other day I noticed that spotlight did not search my external volumes anymore. Don’t ask me how I noticed it, I just did, then I did some testing by looking for files, I obviously knew that they were on that volume and it again did not find them. I tried unplugging the volume, didn’t help either. I figured that it would have something to do with the index spotlight creates for every volume. So I went on the internet and googled this at the macrumors forum: Continue reading

Introducing: The Dropbox

sandbox250px_smallDropbox is relatively new online service, which allows you to sync files between multiple computers (Mac, Linux and something called Windows). It basically syncs one designated folder on your hard disk to a server (i.e. the cloud). Every computer that runs the dropbox application will have a copy of this folder on its harddisk. The service integrates into Mac OS X (and other systems) very nicely. Once installed, you have a new folder “Dropbox” in your home directory, which is automatically synced to the cloud in the background.

Everyone who wants to sync data between several computers or who is looking for some online storage to share files, photos or videos and who is not concerned with security issues, may stop reading now and give Dropbox a try.

Everyone who wants to use Dropbox as a method to securely store files online (e.g. backup) and who is not afraid of some technical talking, should stay and read on!

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