"Top Notch Apple"

Posted by Ryan C. Scott on Tue 13 April 2010
I want to make it very clear:  I am not talking about the latest Adobe/Apple drama and the 4.0 iPhone OS ToS.  I don't really care about that to be completely honest.

  1. OS X auto-update failed and left my machine in an unusable state... no way to resolve this
  2. Fresh install.  Decide to wait until a different minor version
  3. Months later, try a different OS combo update.  Freezes at 98%.  On reboot, machine crashes... no way to resolve this
  4. I try any number of hacky, command line from the install DVD approaches to get the Combo Update to install.  No dice.
  5. Finally decide to just do a completely clean install and deal with having to update my settings and applications.
  6. Due to not being warned at all, I format HFS+ with case sensitivity.
  7. Many applications, Unity and Unity iPhone specifically, will not install.
  8. Look for a conversion function somewhere in disk utility thinking that would just be some sort of low-level flag in the filesystem format... no... no that is not the case.
  9. <---   This is right now:  I realize that in all likelihood I will be repeating my install + combo update process all over again.  Simply because Apple didn't think to warn anyone that they're case sensitive option is not the standard as it is on so many Unix based platforms and that there are myriad, well known compatibility issues.
Great job.  I'm not asking for much when it comes down to it.  I'm even willing to deal with inevitable crashes on system upgrades, which I would assume would have me counted among a very small subset of users.  But really?  No warning?  No contingency plan?   Awesome.


For anyone reading, the following is a fairly painless solution:

  1. Make a Time Machine backup of your botched, case-sensitive disk
  2. Reinstall leopard from DVD and choose to reformat your drive as case insensitive (do not be tempted by the option to merely restore your Time Machine backup... that will copy over your case sensitive format)
  3. Once your machine boots the Migration Assistant will come up and you should select to pull settings/files/etc. over from your backup.

Note:  This does not copy over any OS updates you had done in your backup.  Those will have to be redone... and don't be a jackass (i.e. like myself).  Make a fresh new backup of your cleanly installed system replete with your personal files and applications.