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Quicksilver is a desktop app launcher.

Setting process priority (nice level)

To set a process to full/first priority:

# renice -20 PID

Where PID is the Process ID. e.g.:

# renice -20 12345

You find the Process ID by looking for it in Activity Monitor or by using the 'ps' command, e.g.:

# ps aux

To set a process to lowest priority:

# renice 20 PID


# renice 20 12345

Mac OS X keyboard shortcuts

In firefox use Command+Tilde(`) and Command+Shift+Tilde(`) to tab browser windows.

Read about other OS X keyboard shortcuts.

Finder: Show All Files

To show hidden files in finder:

$ defaults write com.apple.finder AppleShowAllFiles TRUE
$ killall Finder

To hide hidden files in finder:

$ defaults write com.apple.finder AppleShowAllFiles FALSE
$ killall Finder

Note: the finder config file is:


Locking files and folders to prevent changes

To find out about chflags:

$ man chflags

The ucfg flag makes a folder immutable. To remove the uchg flag from a folder:

$ chflags nouchg FolderName

Single User Mode

To boot a Mac into single user mode: restart and hold down Command-S after the chime.

Darwin Ports

Use DarwinPorts to install software. E.g.

$ sudo port install subversion

Force Quit

To force a non-responsive app to quit: Apple+Option+Esc

Running svnserve via launchd

Create a plist,

$ vi /Library/LaunchDaemons/org.tigris.subversion.svnserve.plist

The plist file is an XML file that controls how the daemons runs, specifying the group/user, executable, parameters, sockets, etc.

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
<!DOCTYPE plist PUBLIC "-//Apple Computer//DTD PLIST 1.0//EN" "http://www.apple.com/DTDs/PropertyList-1.0.dtd">
<plist version="1.0">
       <string>SVN Version Control System</string>

To load and test:

$ sudo launchctl load /Library/LaunchDaemons/org.tigris.subversion.svnserve.plist
$ sudo launchctl start org.tigris.subversion.svnserve
$ svn co svn://condor/file file

To change the hostname

On Tiger (10.4) edit the /etc/hostconfig and specify HOSTNAME=.

On Leopard (10.5) use the command:

# /usr/sbin/systemsetup -setcomputername "condor"

Then reboot. Hmm, I tried that on Leopard but it didn't work.

$ man hostname
$ su
# hostname condor

That worked.

To nominate default language for spell check in Microsoft Word

In Word: Tools -> Language

== Installing Hardy Heron under VMWare Fusion on OS X 10.5 Leopard


Shortcut keys for screenshots: Command + Shift + 3. Also Command + Shift + 4