My custom searches

I thought others might find a couple of my custom searches and fallback searches for interesting. When I type some text that doesn’t match anything, here’s what I get:

Marc's custom and fallback searches

Marc’s custom and fallback searches

The “Jira search” entry searches my company’s local Jira server. You can add one for yourself by clicking this link and editing the URL in Alfred Preferences | Features | Web & URL | Custom Searches (this is in version 1.3.1).

The “OF Inbox” entry uses an omnifocus:// URL to send the text to your OmniFocus Inbox. Here’s a link to add this to your Alfred config.

OS X Lion: Restore windows when quitting and re-opening apps

I just upgraded my work laptop to Lion recently.

After the reversed scrolling behavior, the next big annoyance was that when I launch apps they open with all of the documents that were open when I quit them. This was particularly noticeable and annoying with and Microsoft Word, because I typically open these to quickly look at something and then I quit them.

If you’re wondering how to turn this behavior off, uncheck the box shown below in System Preferences | General | Restore windows when quitting and re-opening apps:

OmniFocus extension for PopClip

I just hacked together an OmniFocus extension for PopClip

The extension creates a new task with the selected task in the OmniFocus quick entry window. Just a tiny bit of AppleScript.


Unpack into ~/Library/Application Support/PopClip/Extensions/OmniFocus.popclipext and then open the extension by double-clicking in Finder or using the open command.

PopClip resources

iTerm2: How to unsplit a pane back to a tab or window

This morning I accidentally dragged an iTerm2 tab and created a split pane in one of my tabs. I searched for quite a while to find out how to move it back to its own tab. Finally, I found it at

You can already do this by holding cmd-shift-opt and dragging the pane to a
tab bar or away from any terminal window to create a new window.

Don’t be alarmed by super large VSIZE on OS X

(Also at

Don’t freak out too much if 64-bit processes on OS X have a VSIZE of 10 GB or more.

    marca@SCML-MarcA:~$ cat macruby_test.rb 
    print "What's your name? "
    name = gets.chop
    puts "Hi, #{name}!"

    marca@SCML-MarcA:~$ psgrep macruby
    marca 76551   0.0  0.3 10899176  12272 s004  S+    9:09PM   0:00.06 macruby macruby_test.rb

    marca@SCML-MarcA:~$ top -pid 76551 -l 1 | tail -2
    76551  macruby 0.0  00:00.06 1   0   40+    131+   5640K+ 15M+  12M+  323M+ 10G+  76551 72846 sleeping 346486362 3266+  189+ 234+    115+    254+   157+    35+ 0       marca

What this shows is a ridiculously simple Ruby program (running under MacRuby) having a VSIZE of 10 GB.

OTOH, Activity Monitor shows up a much more sane “Virtual Mem” of 315.0 MB for this process:

Also, vmmap seems to indicate that most of the virtual memory comes from “reserved VM address space (unallocated)” and it seems to consider this as unimportant:

    marca@SCML-MarcA:~$ vmmap 76551
    Virtual Memory Map of process 76551 (macruby)
    Output report format:  2.2  -- 64-bit process
    ==== Summary for process 76551
    ReadOnly portion of Libraries: Total=68.5M resident=59.0M(86%) swapped_out_or_unallocated=9792K(14%)
    Writable regions: Total=8.1G written=5068K(0%) resident=5164K(0%) swapped_out=0K(0%) unallocated=8.1G(100%)
    REGION TYPE                      VIRTUAL
    ===========                      =======
    MALLOC                            286.3M        see MALLOC ZONE table below
    MALLOC (reserved)                   7.8G        reserved VM address space (unallocated)
    ===========                      =======
    TOTAL                               8.2G
    TOTAL, minus reserved VM space    463.3M

                                         VIRTUAL ALLOCATION      BYTES
    MALLOC ZONE                             SIZE      COUNT  ALLOCATED  % FULL
    ===========                          =======  =========  =========  ======
    auto_zone_0x100bbd000                 256.0M      10635       680K      0%
    DefaultMallocZone_0x100b5b000          29.2M      28569      3207K     10%
    DispatchContinuations_0x100bfe000      1024K          1         32      0%
    ===========                          =======  =========  =========  ======
    TOTAL                                 286.3M      39205      3887K      1%

This issue, by the way, is not specific to MacRuby (my initial suspicion). I saw a similar pattern with Xcode, which also has a VSIZE of around 11 GB. I did not see this pattern with MRI Ruby [ruby 1.9.3p0 (2011-10-30 revision 33570)],, Finder, iTerm, Alfred, Safari, or mysqld — these apps all have a much lower VSIZE of around 3 or 4 GB each. I have no idea why.

OS X appears to “reserve” a large amount of virtual memory for 64-bit processes, but they are not necessarily using it just because it’s been reserved for them.

brew install growlnotify-1.2.2 on OS X 10.6 (Snow Leopard)

The latest growlnotify in homebrew (1.3) fails on OS X 10.6 (Snow Leopard), because it’s a Lion-only binary.

marca@SCML-MarcA:/usr/local$ growlnotify 
dyld: Symbol not found: _kSecRandomDefault
  Referenced from: /usr/local/bin/growlnotify
  Expected in: /System/Library/Frameworks/Security.framework/Versions/A/Security
 in /usr/local/bin/growlnotify
Trace/BPT trap

Here’s how to fix it (thanks to

Easy access to TrueCrypt from the command-line in OS X

TrueCrypt on Mac OS X has a nice GUI, but if you’re a command-line afficionado…

Put this in your ~/.bashrc or similar file:

alias truecrypt='/Applications/ --text'

Then you can do stuff like:

$ truecrypt
Usage: Truecrypt [--auto-mount <str>] [--backup-headers] [--background-task] [-C] [-c] [--create-keyfile] [--delete-token-keyfiles] [-d] [--display-password] 
[--encryption <str>] [--explore] [--export-token-keyfile] [--filesystem <] [-f] [--hash <str>] [-h] [--import-token-keyfiles] 
[-k <str>] [-l] [--list-token-keyfiles] [--load-preferences] [--mount] [-m <str>] [--new-keyfiles <str>] 
[--new-password <str>] [--non-interactive] [-p <str>] [--protect-hidden <str>] [--protection-keyfiles <str>] 
[--protection-password <str>] [--random-source <str>] [--restore-headers] [--save-preferences] [--quick] [--size <str>] 
[--slot <str>] [--test] [-t] [--token-lib <str>] [-v] [--version] [--volume-properties] [--volume-type <str>] [Volume path] [Mount point]


$ truecrypt --text --non-interactive --password=(password) --mount /Users/marc/Dropbox/TrueCryptVolume.truecrypt /Volumes/TrueCrypt

12:31:43 $ ls /Volumes/TrueCrypt
Audio/     Backups/   Documents/ Taxes/


$ truecrypt --list
1: /Users/marc/Dropbox/TrueCryptVolume.truecrypt /dev/disk4 /Volumes/TrueCrypt


$ truecrypt --dismount
$ truecrypt --list
Error: No volumes mounted.