I had to manuver about 800GB of research databases (I use DEVONthink Pro Office) from one zfs filesystem to another because at some point after OS X Server got ahold of my Research volume the permissions and filesystem ACLs went bananas and DEVONthink was completely baffled by it.

Solution was to use Apple’s ignorant-of-xattrs-and-ACLs

to move it to another filesystem where everything is fine. So sometimes it’s good to have a broken

available. Still can’t be certain it won’t happen again and I’d like a more elegant way to recover.

And no, smart-asses,

did f-all to fix anything. Oh, it ran alright. But

still listed long ACLs on everything after supposedly removing it. I suspect it’s something to do with posixacls, and ACL inheritance in OpenZFS’s options, or the mimic HFS+ code is involved somewhere.

Either way, I was sweating recovering those databases with long restore times from Google Nearline until I tested one and it was fine again. Going to alter my backup destinations for different databases anyway to rely on S3 for my Personal and Household stuff at least. Oof.

What a pain.


Filesystem ACLs on OS X are Tedious


Filosync beta

Have you ever wanted to benefit from using a service like Dropbox for easy and accessible cloud storage without handing over your unprotected data to a third party? Filosync gives you a lot of the benefits of Dropbox or similar services but allows you to have control over the storage and sync service by using encryption and Amazon Web Services.

You run the App, give it your AWS credentials, and you’re done. A safe remote storage service for synchronization.

Filosync is currently in beta, and is headed by Stefan Reitshamer; who is also the author of Arq, the best backup software for the Mac, full stop.