Mac OS X: How to install EAGLE as a non-administrator user

There are few EDA programs that run on Mac OS X. One of them is CadSoft EAGLE PCB & Schematic software (v5), but unfortunately the integration with Mac OS X is minimal.

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Mac OS X: Install package with administrative rights

There are some packages that can be properly installed only with administrative rights. If you are like me, and run your account with regular rights, you might face some installation failures with poorly build packages.

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Mac OS X: Startup key combinations

There are moments when even Mac OS X has problems and needs to be started in special configurations.
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Mac OS X: How to see hidden files in Open and Save dialogs?

Most of the time, hiding the system or configuration files is ok, it reduces the clutter and also the risk of inadvertently removing/changing them.

However, there are moments when we need to change, for example, the PATH, or some shell aliases, or some startup configurations. In other words, we need to edit such hidden files.

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Mac OS X: Where do various programs store licensing information?

Have you wondered where some programs store the licensing data, or various information to account for time limited or to count for limited demo/test licenses?

Well, these files should be shared between all users. Then… take a look at /Users/Shared!

With the default configuration, Finder will probably not show you what you expect, but open a Terminal window and type

ls -lA /Users/Shared

You’ll probably notice some hidden files, with names starting with dot. Deleting some might even reset your demo licenses!

Enjoy!

Mac OS X: How to write to a NTFS disk?

windowsNTFS support is available in Mac OS X for some versions already, but only reading from NTFS is currently (v10.6.4) possible.

Like it or not, there are moments when we need to share files with other non Apple computers (Windows, Linux). I dedicated a slim USB powered disk for this and I thought that formatting it as FAT32 is the best option in terms of portability. As long as you have only small files, FAT32 is fine, but if you need to transfer files larger than 2 GB (like .iso images, movies), FAT32 is no longer appropriate, and a solution based on NTFS needs to be considered.

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Mac OS X – Tips & Tricks

MacLogoI added a static page where I plan to collect Mac OS X Tips & Tricks. It is also accessible via the Knowledge base global menu.

If you encounter something interesting, please let me know and I’ll add it to the list.