The crazy thing I did to fix Yosemite performance

Michael Crawford mdcrawford at
Mon Nov 3 12:22:00 PST 2014

> I'm a frothing Unix geek (for about 40 years)


I'm a frothing VAX/VMS Geek myself.  I actually scored a FORTRAN
contract in 2006.

There _are_ some advantages to OS X over UNIX.  One thing that has
always gotten me down about UNIX is that when one "installs" a new
program, it's likely to spew files all over G-d Almighty's Own
Creation.  OS X GUI applications, and many other programs are all in
these newfangled "packages" - small directory heirarchies.

However, very few UNIX distros will permit the adoption of GnuStep - a
Free Software Cocoa Clone - for the specific reason that these
packages violate the Linux Standards Base.

I myself regard these packages as solving the Linux filesystem layout
problem, not screwing it up.

Apple has lots of mailing lists that you'd find useful, all at  Stuff like darwin-kernel, darwin-drivers.
Everyone there is friendly to the UNIX folk.
Michael David Crawford
mdcrawford at

   Available for Software Development in the Portland, Oregon Metropolitan

On Mon, Nov 3, 2014 at 12:12 PM, Dave Horsfall <dave at> wrote:
> On Mon, 3 Nov 2014, Michael Crawford wrote:
>> There's lots of good stuff for developers.
> [...]
> Thanks; that's pretty much what I'm after.
> I'm a frothing Unix geek (for about 40 years) who was attracted to the Mac
> precisely because it ran FreeBSD (sort of), but I never ceased to be
> amazed at how they've basically broken things that worked just fine, such
> as /etc/fstab, /etc/inetd.conf, /etc/crontab, etc.  They all seem to be
> merged into one monolithic program that I find difficult to trust, yet
> alone understand.
> I'm very much a command-line freak, not a Gooey-freak.
> --
> Dave Horsfall (VK2KFU)  "Bliss is a MacBook with a FreeBSD server."
> (and check the home page whilst you're there)
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