Posts categorized “OS X 10.7”.

Move your Sites folder in OS X with a SymLink NOT an Alias

Two hours of my life were wasted on this one, even though I’ve done it before. So…

If you want to move your ~/Sites folder into say Dropbox or AeroFS or Google Drive or SkyDrive and then you still want to point to it from its default location don’t use an alias.

I know an alias is only a ctrl-click away, but it means all sorts of pain.

Instead, move the folder to dropbox by dragging it (yes you can do this), then open Terminal and type:

ln -s ~/Dropbox/Sites ~/Sites

Replace Dropbox with whatever the folder of your service is called.

Restart Apache either by restarting Web Sharing in System Preference -> Sharing or by using Terminal and typing:

apachectl graceful

Cross your fingers and open a virtual host in your web browser. I fought with an Alias and all sorts of folder settings and httpd.conf lines to try and get it working, and then all I needed was to use a SymLink in its place.

Don’t worry about no longer having a ‘real’ ~/Sites folder. You don’t actually need one.

Cheers to James Galley, my desk neighbour for helping my brain to click on this one.

Mac Book Pro + OS X Lion external monitor issues

This is a short post to allow me to keep track of all the issues I have seen with graphics when using my Macbook Pro on OS X Lion with an external monitor. There is a thread on the apple discussion forums which is worth a follow too:

The app switcher contrast issue:

app switch contrast

If you click the image above you will see the app switcher has very high colour contrast.

The White / invisible app switcher icons:

Click the image above for a better quality image.

Other issues I have seen, but haven’t got screenshots of yet…

White / invisible app switcher icons
Distorted (bold and blurry) text in app windows
App windows which contain diagonal coloured noise

A restart of my mac seems to fix the issues temporarily.