Xcode Compile/Neon/Subversion

On a long path to get subversion working in Eclipse on OS X.

Command line SVN is not working because the command line client is too old.

Found great instructions on this here.  Thanks Jason McCreary for this, great instructions.

Neon fails, seems to be because I’m missing Xcode command line tools.  “No acceptable C compiler”.  While unrelated to the topic at hand, the instructions for dealing with this are here.  Some of the details are wrong/shifted, but the essence of the solution is in there, you need to install the “command line tools” in Xcode to get this going.  Apple gives this away, no big deal, but its a big download – its their whole developer workbench.

The configure command is running now, so its off to the next problem…

Monitoring Network Traffic

This may apply to OS X only, but maybe Unix/Linux as well.

My DSL service is pretty low end by today’s standards, around 786K bandwidth compared to the bazillion G per second of FIOS or whatever.  It’s always been fine, you only really notice its low end when downloading something really big like streaming HD video services.  But, not doing that a whole lot so its been generally unnoticeable.  Lately, thought, its starting to show signs of being not-enough.

I think the problem is that over time I’m adding devices, and along with that, those devices are doing more things on-line that I’m not conscious of.  I was wondering why page refreshes were so sluggish, then I noticed that the lights on my hub were blinking away even though I thought nothing was going on.  So, how do I see what’s going on?

Googling around found this:

http://www.cultofmac.com/158061/see-what-your-network-traffic-is-like-using-the-terminal-os-x-tips/

Very useful, I now can see what’s going on, although frequently in cryptic daemon process labels.  But, some are very useful, especially when you see a ton of activity from Apple software update services, which was not an active application at the time.  I expect this program to poll the mothership for updates when I ask it to, I didn’t expect it to download those many-megabyte files until I told it I cared about the download.

If you open up Software Update, you’ll notice as you go through the entries that some of them indicate “downloaded” status.  If you have a lot of bandwidth, not bad, you didn’t have to wait for the download for processing.  But, if you don’t, you might want to control the time when this activity is happening, so you’re not clogging up the pipe when you are doing something more important.

Fortunately, there is a control panel to deal with this.  Note the check box below “Download Updates Automatically”.  Go ahead and uncheck this if you want to control this.  The down side; if you see some update you want to process, clicking “install” will start up a download process you need to wait for.  Not fun for that 163 M iTunes update (what the heck is in that?) or that close to a Gig OS X update.

Other solutions are out there.  A number of links led to a program called Little Snitch.  Seems like a nice program, just does a lot more than answer the basic program.  If you’re roaming around a lot might be worth looking at.

WordPress Dashboard Resolved (Maybe)

This post on the WordPress support forums seems to have helped me resolve the bad Dashboard display, although I can’t point to a specific issue.

I changed the name of my plug-ins folder (renamed from “plugins” to “plugins_old”), logged out and logged into the dashboard and forced a reload of the pages.  Dashboard looked normal.  I then turned on the plug-ins one by one to see if I could identify a specific one that was causing a problem.  Alas, plug-ins back on and the problem did not come back.  So, the problem is fixed, but the source of the problem is not identified.

I’ll roll this through the other sites and see if I can find out more, but for now dashboard works fine which is all I care about right now.  Too busy to spend time exploring.