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Updated CasperCheck now available

July 29, 2015 2 comments

JAMF announced today that, due to changes that are coming in OS X 10.11, Casper’s jamf binary will be moving its location in a future release of Casper. For those not familiar with Casper, the jamf binary is the agent software which Casper installs on Macs in order to manage them.


Update – 7-30-2015: JAMF clarified that the new location is going to be /usr/local/bin/jamf, instead of /usr/local/jamf as I originally understood it to be. I’m updating this post and CasperCheck with the new path information.


Current location:

/usr/sbin/jamf

Future location:

/usr/local/bin/jamf

From today’s announcement, it also appears that the jamf binary will not be moving on all versions of OS X:

Mac OS X 10.5.x – 10.6: The jamf binary will be staying in /usr/sbin/
Mac OS X 10.7.x and later: The jamf binary will be moving to /usr/local/bin

Now that this information is public, I’m releasing an update to CasperCheck that should be able to handle checking for the Casper agent in both its current and its future locations. For more information, see below the jump.

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Categories: Casper, CasperCheck, Scripting

Mining OS X for Apple’s artwork

July 29, 2015 3 comments

When building a presentation in Keynote, I often use Apple’s icons and other images included in OS X to illustrate my slides. This is because Apple’s already done a lot of work creating high-res images for OS X and it’s often helpful to use Apple’s own artwork when illustrating how something works. However, this artwork can also be hard to find as it can be buried deep within applications and other resource files. To help me get this artwork all together in one place, I’ve developed a script to search OS X for icons and other relevant images in various file formats, copy them when found, then organize the copied artwork. For more information, see below the jump.

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