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ApplePi-Baker v1.6 update

ApplePi-Baker v1.6 update
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ApplePi-Baker, the application I developed for Mac OS X user that like to work with the Raspberry Pi, is now available in version 1.6.
With ApplePi-Baker, you can write an IMG file to an SD-Card, prepare an SD-Card for NOOBS use, and make a backup of an SD-Card.

This new version adds on the fly reading (restore) and writing (backup) of compressed IMG files.
Supported compression formats are ZIP, 7ZIP and GZIP.

Additionally, I’ve implemented an “Abort” button, so you can abort your restore or backup process when needed.

Unfortunately, doing compression while reading/writing prevents me from using the authentication dialog provided by Apple, and I had to resort to SUDO usage. On all my Mac’s this did not present a problem, but you, the user, need to be part of the Admin user group for this to work. I’m unsure if this is done by default or not. If users run into issues with this, please report it in the comments (here on the ApplePi-Baker article).

For this reason v1.5.1 will remain available in the downloads – for those users that run into a problem.

See the ApplePi-Baker article or the Downloads Page for download and details.
Also: many many thanks to the people that did a generous donation to support my work, it’s highly appreciated!

Enjoy  …




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  • Jul 3, 2014 - 7:00 PM - HeNrY Comment Link

    Thanks for keeping improving this program!
    SUDO works great on my Mac, and it’s saving me plenty of diskspace now that it supports 7zip for reading and writing …

    Reply

    HeNrY

    • Mar 30, 2015 - 6:39 AM - A.T. Seliotis Comment Link

      SUDO does not work on my iMac 10.6.8. I haven’t tried it on my MBP yet but I can say even after enabling root and changing password numerous times, the app always says I have the password wrong.

      Reply

      A.T. Seliotis

      • Mar 30, 2015 - 8:40 AM - hans - Author: Comment Link

        Hi A.T. Seliotis!

        Oh that’s interesting … Good info … I’d expect it to fail on newer OS X versions, but not on older ones.
        What happens if you try SUDO from Terminal? For example (just lists files):

        sudo ls
        Reply

        hans

  • Jul 21, 2014 - 4:46 PM - JAB Comment Link

    For some reason it won’t recognize my admin password.  I’ve used sudo in terminal before without a problem, so am a bit confused by this.  I verified admin privileges and have been Googling for an answer.  No luck.

    Reply

    JAB

    • Jul 21, 2014 - 7:57 PM - hans - Author: Comment Link

      Thank you JAB for reporting the issue … 

      It should be the same password you use for SUDO on the command line (terminal).
      That’s exactly what AppelPi-Baker will do in the background: open a terminal and issue a “sudo” statement, followed by the password you provided.

      When does it give you an error message? Right at the beginning?
      Any info would be helpful, so I can investigate the problem … 

      Reply

      hans

      • Jan 1, 2015 - 3:26 AM - Rob Guinness Comment Link

        I also have the same problem. It doesn’t accept my SUDO password. I tested the password with the terminal, and it seems to be working fine. The error message I get is:

        ApplePi Baker – Incorrect Sudo Password

        The Sudo (Admin) password you entered is either incorrect or you do not have Sudo access rights.

        Please try again, or click Cancel to exit.

        Reply

        Rob Guinness

      • Jan 1, 2015 - 10:15 AM - hans - Author: Comment Link

        Thanks Rob!

        v1.5 should work better. I will try to find a work-around so that the method I’ve used in 1.5 can be used with compression as well.
        Thanks for reporting! 

        Reply

        hans

  • Aug 11, 2014 - 9:37 AM - llixha - Author: Comment Link

    Thank you for this wonderful tool. I’ve just updated to ver 1.6 and as always it works flawlessly. 

    Reply

    llixha

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  • Oct 20, 2014 - 3:02 AM - Humanoide70 Comment Link

    Hello, I have a problem for zip images . Whenever I have an error message on all types of images zip (zip, 7z, bz2 ..). But it’s the only problem. To overcome this problem, I decompresses. thank you

    Reply

    Humanoide70

    • Oct 20, 2014 - 4:04 AM - hans - Author: Comment Link

      Hi Humanoide70,

      Thanks for the feedback – without good feedback I can’t improve after all . As soon as I’m home again, I’ll start working on a complete revamp. You’re the 2nd person mentioning issues with compression. I’ll try to find what might cause this. 

      Reply

      hans

  • Nov 6, 2014 - 6:36 AM - Mike Comment Link

    Hi,

    I’m trying the ApplePi-Baker 1.6. Seems to be a nice tool but when I try to restore a backup I previously made, it seems to hang in the “Baking IMG recipe…” phase. Progress bar has stopped at about 5%. How long should it normally take for a 8 GB SD-card? No warnings or errors output in the Utilities/Console.app

    Reply

    Mike

    • Nov 6, 2014 - 7:44 AM - hans - Author: Comment Link

      Hi Mike,

      are you by chance running MacOS X 10.10 (Yosemite)?
      It appears that v1.6 has minor issues there … you might want to try v1.5.1 …

      Reply

      hans

    • Nov 6, 2014 - 7:45 AM - hans - Author: Comment Link

      Almost forgot:

      If you made a backup with compression, for v1.5.1 you’ll need to decompress the file first to get the IMG file.

      Zip files result in a funny file name, simply rename it to bakcup.img.

      Reply

      hans

      • Nov 7, 2014 - 3:27 AM - Mike Comment Link

        I’m using 10.8.5 and the backup file is an .img file. Anyway, I will try some other solution to restore the backup. Thanks for your quick reply!

        Reply

        Mike

      • Nov 7, 2014 - 3:31 AM - hans - Author: Comment Link

        You’re welcome – sorry to hear you ran into issues  …

        Restoring an IMG does take quite a bit of time, I recall 10+ minutes and even worse … but I assume you’ve already tried waiting longer.

        Reply

        hans

    • Jun 22, 2016 - 6:29 AM - Slip7000 Comment Link

      Hi I am having the same problem with V1.9.1 on 10.11.5 every time i’m trying to restore an img it just hung/ stuck on the spinning MacOS wheel 

      Reply

      Slip7000

      • Jun 22, 2016 - 6:38 AM - hans - Author: Comment Link

        Hi Slip7000!

        Sorry to hear you’re running into issues.

        A few things to check:

        – Do you have any program running that might access the SD card (ie. AntiVirus, Cleanup tools, etc)?
        – Have you tested a different SD card?
        – In case of a micro SD; have you tried a different micro SD to SD card adapter?

        Reply

        hans

  • Dec 3, 2014 - 11:10 PM - aaron Comment Link

    hi

    is it possible to restore multiple USB/SD drives simultaneously? Currently the USB/SD listbox is single-select … I was hoping that I could multi-select a bunch of target drives and flash them all with the same image….

    Reply

    aaron

    • Dec 4, 2014 - 2:46 AM - hans - Author: Comment Link

      Hi Aaron,

      Interesting idea! I like it! 

      However, at the moment, “dd” is being used in the background, and I’m not sure yet if I can make it in such a way that multiple threads can run simultaneously. I could consider doing it sequentially though … but I’m not sure how much time you’d win with that.

      On the other hand, the current limitations of the security system Apple put in place has a higher priority. It seems that the method used in v1.6 causes issues with some users, so I will have to revert back to the method I’ve used in v1.5x. This comes with complications when using compressed backups and will take quite some time to “fix” this situation. 

      I will however take in consideration to look at flashing multiple devices, either in parallel or sequential.

      Reply

      hans

      • Dec 4, 2014 - 4:02 AM - aaron Comment Link

        Hi Hans

        can you spawn each dd in its own process? I was going to try something like that with one of these:

        High Speed USB 2.0 4 Slot SD Card Reader/Writer

        also, a checkbox for ‘auto eject when finished’ would be nice too..

        Reply

        aaron

      • Dec 4, 2014 - 4:19 AM - hans - Author: Comment Link

        Hi Aaron,

        interesting – I had not seen one of those little guys before.

        Yes I could create multiple processes in parallel, tracking progress might need som thinking, but is not impossible.
        What is a problem right now however is the security options, or rather limitations, when using DD and compressed archives when piping. That problem is something I’d like to fix first and then see if I can create a way to write multiple devices in parallel. 

        Reply

        hans

  • Dec 4, 2014 - 2:20 AM - aaron Comment Link

    hello

    i’m using 16GB SD cards but the raspian img file is only ~ 4GB .. so it flashes pretty quickly.

    I then go into my pi and install a few small things … such as tmux

    I don’t use raspi-config to ‘expand the filesystem to fit the card’ .. so it should all still be ~4GB

    However, when I do the backup, the resulting img file is ~ 16GB

    I was expecting to see an img file ~4GB

    any idea what’s going on here?

    Reply

    aaron

    • Dec 4, 2014 - 2:49 AM - hans - Author: Comment Link

      Hi Aaron,

      this is caused by a “limitation” of “dd”. DD images the entire disk, even when only 4Gb is written on a 16Gb SD card or USB drive.

      In a future version, I’m planning to look into methods to preserve the smaller size and/or even resize existing partitions. However, this is substantially more complicated than just making an image of a disk.

      Reply

      hans

  • Feb 25, 2015 - 7:44 PM - Zachary Romer Comment Link

    Originally (just yesterday) Apple-Pi Baker was working great but now it crashes after the password entry.  I’ve tried deleting it and downloading a new copy as well but it hasn’t resolved the issue.  I tried to find the “Contact Us” form but this website isn’t the most straightforward…a hyperlink where it says ‘You can contact us through the “Contact Us” form.’ at the bottom of the page would probably be helpful

    Reply

    Zachary Romer

    • Feb 26, 2015 - 4:12 AM - hans - Author: Comment Link

      Hi Zachary,

      That’s … ehm weird. Did you install something, or upgrade OS X,…?
      Which version of Apple-Pi Baker are you using? 1.51 or 1.6?

      As for the Contact Us form – I’ve done that intentionally. I do not have time to answer all personal emails, and I’d prefer questions in the Comment section so it benefit others, or so others can reply as well. Sorry ….

      Reply

      hans

  • Mar 7, 2015 - 4:00 AM - waterkarma - Author: Comment Link

    Thank you very very much for the ApplePi-Baker.  Format battles can destroy any development project or worse cripple into a never ending money losing hobby.

    My guys use Windows (all engineers use Windows) ;-).   Apple products are not logical.

    Sorry for the dialog, just wanted you to know I really appreciate your software.

    One quick question:  We’re ready for mass production.  Do you know of any obvious problems using ApplePi-Baker to mass produce a disk image of a RPI B+, SDmicro class 10, Wifi Dongle, classic iot stuff.  WAP, Client.  (Seem to have issues running 50 RPI’s with the same image on the same Commercial Grade wireless router WLAN. 

    I’m the non-engineer front of house business dude. I have a gifted Java Coder and an amazing hardware guy but this question is sort of in the middle (i think).  Forgive me if my question seems trivial.  Thought I’d ask an expert.

    Thank you again friend.

    -chad

    Reply

    waterkarma

    • Mar 7, 2015 - 4:23 AM - hans - Author: Comment Link

      Hi Chad,

      Thank you for the compliment!

      Apple-Pi Baker should not cause you any problems – just make sure the image is not larger than the capacity of your SD-cards.

      As for hooking up 50 RPI’s on a WLAN, I can imagine (even with commercial grade routers) that this might be a bit much in terms of radio traffic. But I’m sure your hardware guy will know and understand the limitations of your WLAN.

      Reply

      hans

  • Mar 9, 2015 - 2:26 PM - Felix Comment Link

    GREAT WORK, thank you so much for this!!

    Reply

    Felix

    • Mar 9, 2015 - 3:29 PM - hans - Author: Comment Link

      Thanks Felix for taking the effort to post a “Thanks!” – it’s much appreciated! 

      Reply

      hans

  • May 8, 2015 - 1:23 AM - SandMouse Comment Link

    Hello Hans,

    Thank you for creating Apple Pi Baker. I have a request for a small change. I find it rather strange that when entering my password in the “Admin Password” dialogue, it actually shows the characters I enter. (And yes, I do tend to forget to uncheck the checkbox ;-) ) I’m pretty sure best practice would be hiding the password by default. The option to show your password is just fine if people have a complex password which is error prone. Could you please change the default setting in this dialogue so that you password is not visible?

    Kind regards,

    SandMouse

    Reply

    SandMouse

    • May 8, 2015 - 3:26 AM - hans - Author: Comment Link

      Hi SandMouse,

      This request has been added to the “todo” list (Ekdor made the same request) – and I agree that this should be the preferred method. It’s just safer, I guess I wasn’t thinking straight with the last version … 

      The idea will be: default password not visible, and remember your setting for next time.
      This way the password by default is not visible and when a user prefers to have the password visible, it will be set to visible the next time they start ApplePi-Baker.

      Reply

      hans

  • May 13, 2015 - 8:46 PM - Alexandra Comment Link

    Hey Hans,

    Thanks for making such a attractive interface BUT I have a problem! I can only open Pi-Baker when I have restarted my computer. Also, once I have the MicroSD card and the Raspbian image selected, it says the IMG recipe is starting and I get a small loading status bar but never an ETA, much less any movement (I waited 2 hours =[ )  

    I have a 16GB SanDisk, MS-DOS (FAT16), but I’m on a Mac and it says Read Only! I have a feeling that this Read only issue might be why Pi-Baker can never proceed or make an ETA. Could you help me work past this so I can finish uploading Raspbian?

    Thanks again so much for the work you do!

    Alex

    Reply

    Alexandra

    • May 14, 2015 - 6:47 AM - hans - Author: Comment Link

      Hi Alex!

      Thank you for the nice compliment!

      What you are seeing commonly happens when an SD card is “locked” – I know with my micro-SD card adapter, this happens almost every single time I use it, since the latch “touches” the side of the SD card slot of my MacBook Pro. When that happens, ApplePi-Baker seems to start but then get’s stuck.

      SD-Card and MicroSD-Crad - ReadOnly lock

      Reply

      hans

  • Jun 7, 2015 - 9:52 AM - Barry Comment Link

    Love the program,  However the comment above about hanging up after unmounting the image seems to hold true for OS X 10.10.3  It worked flawlessly prior to the .3 release of OS X, Now it just hangs.Even loading the 1.5 version doesn’t help. it starts by reformatting and then claims the “pi is finished” in about 5 seconds or less.   I think the problem is the latest version of Yosemite.

    Reply

    Barry

    • Jun 8, 2015 - 1:52 AM - hans - Author: Comment Link

      Thanks Barry for reporting this issue.
      I have been using ApplePi-Baker under 10.10.3 and 10.10.4, and as far as I recall the only “issue” I’ve ran into is that the SD card is locked and keeps “writing” for eternity.

      I will try to find an SD today or tomorrow and try it again to test again. 
      It might take a few days, since all my stuff is in a shipping container, on it’s way to Europe from the US, so I’ll have to see if a friend has an SD card laying around to test.

      Reply

      hans

      • Jun 8, 2015 - 6:15 AM - Barry Comment Link

        Hans,

        Just so you know I am using µSD cards, and not using either the SD Card reader on my Mac Mini and also a USB card Reader / Writer with no carrier so there is no write inhibit switch to contend with in this problem.   Ian not sure what is unique about what I do.   One factor that may give a hint is when I use McPaw Clean My Drive similar but not exact hang symptoms occur.   Your program does an unmount and Clean my Drive tries to erase the unique Files that OS X puts on.  I had to learn to quit clean my drive before starting Apple-Pi Baker.  So it may have to do with mounting the SD Card with exclusive use if that is possible with OS X

        Reply

        Barry

        • Jun 9, 2015 - 4:01 AM - hans - Author: Comment Link

          I had not thought about that – good point.
          I use Blue Harvest for the same purpose (well, to prevent specific Mac files to be written to external drives or network shares) which does not seem to be bothered by that.

          I’ve added USB support so one can use other USB adapters – I just received an adapter for microSD, but have yet to test this scenario.

          Reply

          hans

          • Jul 4, 2015 - 9:35 AM - Barry Comment Link

            Hans,

            Any progress …. the only thing that seems to work is format for NOOBS….

            Still in an infinite “wait” loop after it unmount the SD Card now on 10.10.4

            Barry

          • Jul 5, 2015 - 2:20 AM - hans - Author: Comment Link

            Hi Barry,

            I’ve tested 1.6 and 1.5 with Yosemite 10.10.3, 10.10.4 beta and 10.10.4 final, and it just works. I’ve tested it with the internal SD Card reader of my MacBook Pro (microSD w/adapter) and with a microSD USB adapter.
            So … I cannot reproduce your problem. 

            Are you able to temporary disable tools like CleanMyDrive?
            Do you have other tools running that might access the drive (ie. AntiVirus or something like that)?

            hans

          • Jul 5, 2015 - 2:23 AM - hans - Author: Comment Link

            Hi Barry,

            I just installed CleanMyDrive to see what might be going on … and guess what: ApplePi-Baker worked once. After the unmount CleanMyDrive asked if I wanted to keep the drive clean (keep it clean from junk on unmount), I selected “Yes” and … as of that point ApplePi-Baker seems to get stuck …

            How I fixed it:

            – in CleanMyDrive, click the 3 green dots next to your drive
            – set “Keep it clean from junk on unmount” to “NO”

            Try ApplePi-Baker again … now it works.

            Hope this helps 

            hans

      • Jul 6, 2015 - 1:57 AM - hans - Author: Comment Link

        @Todd:

        Do you have any other utilities running (like “CleanMyDrive”) that might interfere?

        I’ve tested both 1.5 and 1.6 under 10.10.3 and 10.10.4 and it works just fine – the only thing I have observed so far is the annoying little latch of my microSD adapter that keeps locking, and Barry’s situation with “CleanMyDrive”.

        In the next version I’ll try and see if I can build in some log mechanism so we can track/debug better.

        Reply

        hans

    • Jul 5, 2015 - 4:47 PM - Todd Clausen Comment Link

      I’m having exactly the same problems on rMBP with 10.10.4 currently. Everything was fine before 10.10.3, then after that .3 update I would have to restart. Now with the .4 update I can’t get it to work at all, tried USB adaptor, several SD adaptors. None seem to work. Checked and the adaptors slides are in unlocked position.

      Reply

      Todd Clausen

  • Jul 5, 2015 - 9:24 AM - Barry Comment Link

    I am not sure, I normally just remove clean my drive just before I try to write an SD card.  Will go with your solution for now.   Maybe we need to let them know that there is a problem.   They may be taking exclusive use of the drive which keeps you from mounting it after you do the unmount.   A very long time ago we did this while hacking on a Then Univac now Unisys 1106/1108/1110 to the Async Ports to keep everyone including Exec8/Exec10 from getting the Async Ports.   It was a harmless  “April Fool” joke, but the concept is the same.   

    Thanks again Hans for the effort to help, and the extremely fine software you have created.   

    Reply

    Barry

    • Jul 6, 2015 - 2:00 AM - hans - Author: Comment Link

      Hi Barry!

      Yeah, it might be a good idea to notify the guys of CleanMyDrive … do you have access to their support?
      If not, then I could see what I can find and contact them, see what they can tell me.

      Glad you like the application and I’m truly sorry that you have this little hurdle with CleanMyDrive – like I said, I’m using BlueHarvest and that does not seem to cause any issues. 

      Reply

      hans

      • Jul 7, 2015 - 4:48 PM - Barry Comment Link

        Hans,

        I deleted Clean My Drive off the system entirely, and still having problems…  There must be something about 10.10.4 that seems to interfere with the dd process.   When I use dd from the console, It works flawlessly.   Perhaps the problem might be in the way you get access to write.  Apple has been tightening up security, so you may have to set root mode on a more permanent basis.  When I do it I usually do a “sudo bash” and that keeps me in root mode for a long time.  Maybe when you fork to dd, you lose the admin privileges.  Just a thought, not exactly sure what you are doing to maintain admin rights.

        Reply

        Barry

      • Jul 8, 2015 - 3:48 AM - hans - Author: Comment Link

        Hi Barry,

        thank you for the suggestions. Right now I start a separate process which calls sudo and pushes the password through standard input to sudo.
        I’ve tested ApplePi-Baker now on 4 Mac’s with 10.10.4 and it works just fine on all of them, and I could reproduce your problem by having CleanMyDrive installed.

        Could you try making a new account on your Mac (additional) and test it there? Just to see if something else is running (which might not be running with the new account)?

        I’ll have to build a version that logs what happens in the background – but I’m in the middle moving from the US to Europe which gives me limited time to do so.

        Reply

        hans

        • Jul 9, 2015 - 3:54 PM - Barry Comment Link

          Not sure what is interfering….   On my Desktop a 2012 MacMin it fails but my MBPr it runs just fine.

          not sure what the problem is.   Removed Clean my Drive (also sent a note to support) and shut down most of the background programs on the Desktop and still no joy….

          Reply

          Barry

        • Jul 9, 2015 - 3:56 PM - Barry Comment Link

          I have two macs a MBPr and the software runs find on that….  I have a Mac Mini and it doesn’t run.  I uninstalled Clean My Drive (also sent a report to their support organization) and removed most of the background programs, still no joy…

          Reply

          Barry

        • Jul 10, 2015 - 2:57 AM - hans - Author: Comment Link

          Is your other Mac also running 10.10.4?
          (just to make sure it’s not a 10.10.4 fluke)

          I sure wish Apple would make their new security stuff easier to work with. So far I have spend more time working with that than the actually program functionality …

          Reply

          hans

  • Jul 19, 2015 - 5:43 PM - Paul Comment Link

    Hi,

    since I run OS X El Capitan Version 10.11 Beta (15A215h) no SD Cards are listed by PiBaker any more.

    It would be great if you could investigate this.

    Thanks, Paul

    Reply

    Paul

    • Jul 20, 2015 - 2:25 AM - hans - Author: Comment Link

      Hi Paul,

      I’d love to test it, but I do not have 10.11 beta available … 
      I would love to run in it in a virtual machine and see what’s going one.

      Does this MacOS X version still have “diskutil” available on the command line (Terminal)?
      I would assume so … 

      Reply

      hans

      • Jul 20, 2015 - 1:00 PM - Paul - Author: Comment Link

        Hi Hans,
        thanks for your prompt reply!
        Yes, diskutil is still available, see below. The graphical user interface has changed quite a bit, please check out the screenshot. The images I use are very small, about 15 MB, compared to the size of the SD Cards available today, see here.Since the images are dynamically generated after clicking the download link, there could be as well an issue with the images.Furthermore I tried the graphical version of diskutil (Festplattendienstprogramm) to copy the images to SD Cards, but this did not work either. I got an error message, see this screenshot.
        Thanks again for looking into this!
        Paul

        Mac-mini:~ user$ diskutil
        Disk Utility Tool
        Utility to manage local disks and volumes
        Most options require root access to the device
        Usage: diskutil [quiet] <verb> <options>, where <verb> is as follows:
             list (List the partitions of a disk)
             info[rmation] (Get information on a specific disk or partition)
             listFilesystems (List file systems available for formatting)
             activity (Continuous log of system-wide disk arbitration)
             u[n]mount (Unmount a single volume)
             unmountDisk (Unmount an entire disk (all volumes))
             eject (Eject a disk)
             mount (Mount a single volume)
             mountDisk (Mount an entire disk (all mountable volumes))
             enableJournal (Enable HFS+ journaling on a mounted HFS+ volume)
             disableJournal (Disable HFS+ journaling on a mounted HFS+ volume)
             moveJournal (Move the HFS+ journal onto another volume)
             enableOwnership (Treat as exact User/Group IDs for a mounted volume)
             disableOwnership (Ignore on-disk User/Group IDs for a mounted volume)
             rename[Volume] (Rename a volume)
             verifyVolume (Verify the file system data structures of a volume)
             repairVolume (Repair the file system data structures of a volume)
             verifyDisk (Verify the components of a partition map of a disk)
             repairDisk (Repair the components of a partition map of a disk)
             eraseDisk (Erase an existing disk, removing all volumes)
             eraseVolume (Erase an existing volume)
             reformat (Erase an existing volume with same name and type)
             eraseOptical (Erase optical media (CD/RW, DVD/RW, etc.))
             zeroDisk (Erase a disk, writing zeros to the media)
             randomDisk (Erase a disk, writing random data to the media)
             secureErase (Securely erase a disk or freespace on a volume)
             partitionDisk ((re)Partition a disk, removing all volumes)
             resizeVolume (Resize a volume, increasing or decreasing its size)
             splitPartition (Split an existing partition into two or more)
             mergePartitions (Combine two or more existing partitions into one)
             appleRAID <verb> (Perform additional verbs related to AppleRAID)
             coreStorage <verb> (Perform additional verbs related to CoreStorage)
        diskutil <verb> with no options will provide help on that verb
        Mac-mini:~ user$
        Reply

        Paul

      • Jul 21, 2015 - 2:53 AM - hans - Author: Comment Link

        Hi Paul!

        Thank you for the extensive info! Looks to me that Apple Pi Baker should run under El Capitan.
        I assume you tried one of the standard IMG files for the Raspberry Pi as well (NOOBS, Raspbian, etc)?

        I use the following to determine if something is an SD Card or a USB drive.

        diskutil info disk0

        (for disk0, but this should be your SD card)

        The line “Protocol” should appear, something like this:

        Protocol:                 Secure Digital

        Could you copy and paste what yours is saying for your SD card. Please mark the line as “Source Code” so I can see if there are minor differences.

        Reply

        hans

        • Jul 21, 2015 - 5:37 AM - Paul - Author: Comment Link

          Hello Hans,

          PiBaker does not list the SD Card. A picture shows more than thousand words. Please take a look at this screenshot which shows the windows of PiBaker, Terminal, diskutil, and the Finder.

          Paul

          Reply

          Paul

        • Jul 22, 2015 - 2:02 PM - hans - Author: Comment Link

          Could you copy and paste the line from the diskutil output that says “Protocol”?
          I wonder if there is a minor difference between the diskutil output of 10.10 and El Capitan.
          Your output looks the same as under 10.10. But I can’t count the spaces and such.

          Unless you’re willing to wait for me to run El Capitian on my other MacBook Pro.

          Reply

          hans

          • Jul 25, 2015 - 11:47 AM - George Comment Link

            OS X 10.11 Beta (15A225f)

            The diskutil output from an 8GB Sabdisk SD card in the SD card slot of a Macbook Pro (mid 2009):

               Device Identifier: disk1

               Device Node: /dev/disk1

               Whole: Yes

               Part of Whole: disk1

               Device / Media Name: APPLE SD Card Reader Media

               Volume Name: Not applicable (no file system)

               Mounted: Not applicable (no file system)

               File System: None

               Content (IOContent): FDisk_partition_scheme

               OS Can Be Installed: No

               Media Type: Generic

               Protocol: USB

               SMART Status: Not Supported

               Total Size: 7.9 GB (7948206080 Bytes) (exactly 15523840 512-Byte-Units)

               Volume Free Space: Not applicable (no file system)

               Device Block Size: 512 Bytes

               Read-Only Media: No

               Read-Only Volume: Not applicable (no file system)

               Device Location: Internal

               Removable Media: Yes

               Media Removal: Software-Activated

               Virtual: No

               OS 9 Drivers: No

               Low Level Format: Not supported

            Mes-MacBook-Pro:~ g_patt$ diskutil info disk1

               Device Identifier: disk1

               Device Node: /dev/disk1

               Whole: Yes

               Part of Whole: disk1

               Device / Media Name: APPLE SD Card Reader Media

               Volume Name: Not applicable (no file system)

               Mounted: Not applicable (no file system)

               File System: None

               Content (IOContent): FDisk_partition_scheme

               OS Can Be Installed: No

               Media Type: Generic

               Protocol: USB

               SMART Status: Not Supported

               Total Size: 7.9 GB (7948206080 Bytes) (exactly 15523840 512-Byte-Units)

               Volume Free Space: Not applicable (no file system)

               Device Block Size: 512 Bytes

               Read-Only Media: No

               Read-Only Volume: Not applicable (no file system)

               Device Location: Internal

               Removable Media: Yes

               Media Removal: Software-Activated

               Virtual: No

               OS 9 Drivers: No

               Low Level Format: Not supported

            George

          • Jul 26, 2015 - 2:05 AM - hans - Author: Comment Link

            Thanks George!

            I think I have an idea where the bug might be – I’ll install El Capitan this weekend, and see if I can fix it.

            hans

  • Jul 26, 2015 - 9:18 AM - Paul - Author: Comment Link

    Thanks for posting the output. I didn’t get to it.

    Paul

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    Paul

  • Jul 30, 2015 - 11:59 AM - George Comment Link

    Hi Hans…  

    OS X El Captain is now public beta 3, version 10.11 beta (15A234d).  There is no change for Applepi-Baker 1.6 mac.

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    George

    • Jul 31, 2015 - 2:14 AM - hans - Author: Comment Link

      Hi George,

      I’ve installed El Capitan, and after 2 days of misery with mail on El Capitan (beta 2 fixed it), I’ll give it a try either today or tomorrow.
      With public beta 1 suddenly all my email got screwed up throughout all my Apple devices and it took me a while to get it to work again. Well, I should say: I had to find out the hard way that I needed to wait for beta 2.

      I’ll do an update check to see if beta 3 is there, but I’ll first work with ApplePi-Baker to see what’s going on … 

      Reply

      hans

  • Nov 12, 2015 - 6:43 AM - Niccolo Comment Link

    Did anyone ever get this to work with el capitan now thats its a public release?

    Reply

    Niccolo

  • Jan 9, 2016 - 2:59 AM - sway Comment Link

    How can I backup an SD card? i mean i know theres a bottom for backup but after that, i don’t know which format is better to choose from, Default or IMG backup files? like whats the difference..

    Reply

    sway

    • Jan 9, 2016 - 5:36 AM - hans - Author: Comment Link

      Hi Sway,

      IMG is the same as the default, it’s the dialog that automatically adds that option.
      Using one of the compressed formats is good too – it will keep the filesize down. Of the compressed formats I’d choose either 7Zip or GZip. Due to a limitation Zip, there will be no “real” filename when you uncompress the zip file, instead the file will be named “-” (just a dash, no extension).

      The IMG file can be used with “dd” (Terminal) and other applications that support the IMG file format as well.

      Reply

      hans



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