Disabling blocking applications for a Munki package

I was having a weird issue with CrashPlan, in which Munki was blocking CrashPlan from uninstalling because CrashPlan.app was supposedly running (the actual app wasn't running‐just a CrashPlan-initiated launch daemon). Unfortunately, I didn't actually read the documentation on blocking applications, because there is, in fact, a different between not specifying a blocking application and specifying […]

Importing applications into Munki that have incorrect or no version numbers

Generally doing a munkiimport on a .app or .pkg to get it into a Munki repository will tend to just work. Munki will automatically create the appropriate .plist file and know whether an app is installed or not based on the receipts or based on an installs array (more details at How Munki Decides What […]

Allowing non-admin Mac users to resume printers

Apparently, more recent versions of CUPS do not allow by default for non-admin users to resume a printer. I'm not sure the logic behind this. Disabling? Activating? Sure. Non-admins don't need to do those things. Why shouldn't a non-admin resume a print job, though? Apparently, I'm not the only one who's had this issue. Thanks […]

Forcing a Chrome homepage on Macs

Nick McSpadden has a great (and thorough) write-up on Deploying and Managing Google Chrome: The Rough Guide, and his recommendation is to have some initial Master Preferences that set a default, which can be overriden. In some cases, though (for example, we have some machines that will be used for Hour of Code next week […]

Fixing Apache after upgrading to El Capitan

I'm not sure how many people are running Apache on non-server Mac OS X, but if you are and upgrade from Yosemite to El Capitan, you'll get some breakage. The breakage won't be as bad as upgrading from 10.10.4 to 10.10.5 was. Apache generally will still work (as in the server will server up files […]