Tuesday, January 01, 2008

Leopard got some ticks

Hey I am getting a little bugged with leopard. Its all coming out of very high expectation... standards that Mac has set for itself. Of course there are some common ones that you can live with, like when you drag any file from finder and then do to the screen corner to show desktop and move your mouse on the desktop, the icon that ur mouse was dragging along simply disappears, although you are actually still dragging the object.

Now yesterday I was deleting a folder from my external hard disk. It would go into the Trash, but the thrash would not empty because there are some locked files in the subfolders. It told me it hold onto the option key while emptying the thrash, but even then it would not empty the thrash. It will copy the folder to the local hard disk, and then from here you can delete and hold on to the option key while issuing the empty thrash command, it works. But if would not move the folder to the local hard disk, saying that you do not have privileges. I have never heard of a privilege problem in a FAT formatted disk. Anyways I open up the terminal to try rm -rf, but it wont work. Karan suggested me to do sudo rm -rf, it still gives some privileges error. Futhermore I eject and reconnect the hard-disk and also do a reboot. But the folder just remains there. Finally the last solution, start Windows in VM and delete the folder, and boom, its gone.

The again some time later, I realized that my computer started to freeze instantaneously. Everything started to slow down. The fans became too loud. On checking the iStat Pro I found this:

Two processes: mount_hfs and syslogd were really sucking the juice out of my processor whose temperature had risen to 82˚C. I dont know why, what initiated it, when did it start. It just started happening and I was a little late in realizing the problem. The processes could not be killed from the Activity Monitor as they were root processes, so I tried to restart the computer. The computer froze permanently half way to shut down. So I had to like warm boot it, kept the power button pressed.

No doubt Leopard has been a bit buggy, it has just been about two months since its release, and I hope to see 10.5.2 soon.
Finally to end on a good note, I tried out DTrace on Leopard. Its a great feature. Currently Leopard has a lot fewer probes than Solaris which I am sure will increase.

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