The Boston Diaries

The ongoing saga of a programmer who doesn't live in Boston, nor does he even like Boston, but yet named his weblog/journal “The Boston Diaries.”

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Thursday, October 15, 2015

I think my long October nightmare is finally over

My friend, Brian, concerned for my sanity, did some searching and sent me this:

Sean Conner <>
El Capitan: Rootless "feature"
Thu, 15 Oct 2015 14:23:33 -0400


When you upgrade to El Capitan, it moves any "unauthorized" files from restricted areas to /Library/SystemMigration/History/Migration-(someUUID)/QuarantineRoot/.


[spc]marvin:~>ll /Library/SystemMigration/History/Migration-0C65E56F-4185-42B0-BBE8-5537E4FDEE38/QuarantineRoot/usr/bin/
total 92472
-rwxr-xr-x  1 root    wheel     60212 Dec  6  2005 bbdiff
-rwsr-xr-x  1 root    wheel     86416 Dec  6  2005 bbedit
-rwxr-xr-x@ 1 root    wheel  21226488 Feb  4  2005 emacs (from old Mac)
-rwxr-xr-x@ 1 root    wheel  21226488 Feb  4  2005 emacs-21.2.1
-rwxr-xr-x  1 root    wheel   1511312 Dec 21  2010 pkgbuild
-rwxr-xr-x  1 root    wheel   1605200 Dec 21  2010 productbuild
-rwxr-xr-x  1 root    wheel   1440848 Dec 21  2010 productsign
-rwxr-xr-x  1 wlofie  staff   1195132 May 14  2010 synergyc
-rwxr-xr-x  1 wlofie  staff   1751764 May 14  2010 synergys
-rwxr-xr-x  1 root    wheel      3561 Jul 12  2007 zegrep (from old Mac)
-rwxr-xr-x  1 root    wheel      3561 Jul 12  2007 zfgrep (from old Mac)
-rwxr-xr-x  1 root    wheel       103 Jul 12  2007 zless (from old Mac)


There are my missing executables! In /usr/bin! And … owned by wlofie? How did—


I found them!

I had to copy them out of that directory to $HOME/bin so they won't get blown away again. Then I had to tweak “System Preferences → Security & Privacy → Privacy” to allow Terminal and “sshd-keygen-wrapper” to have control over my computer, then I can run synergys in the foreground, and it works! If I let synergys run in the background (as it does by default) then El Presidente de Por Vida prevents it from doing anything useful.

But I got it to work!

So now I'm back to where I was on October 1st!


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