Category Archives: macOS

macOS: Application stealing focus

A few weeks ago I had an issue with a macOS system which focus kept being stolen by an unknown application. All the windows were displaying as inactive so it had to be a background process. A StackExchange user called medmunds had adapted a script from another post, that seems to have been modified from… Read More »

SNFS/Xsan: Changing a volume name

In the past it used to be a very straightforward process. You would rename the volume configuration file and run cvfsck. With newer versions if you try to do that you will get an error message. To make the name change you can use the cvupdatefs command. If you have more than one volume running,… Read More »

macOS: Spotlight results not showing applications

Sometimes if your system restarts unexpectedly Spotlight stops working as expected. In this particular case it won’t show any Applications on the results despite the settings on System Preferences. This will happen even if you disable and re-enable Spotlight through the GUI. The solution is do it via the CLI. Stop Spotlight indexing: Stop Spotlight:… Read More »

macOS: macOS installer fails with “No packages were eligible for install”

Having to re-install recently mac OS High Sierra 10.13 from a USB flash drive I got stuck getting the following error message: macOS could not be installed on your computer. No packages were eligible for install. Contact the software manufacturer for assistance.Quit the installer to restart your computer and try again. This happened repeatedly and… Read More »