SCHAPPY — 13. July 2015, 12:15

[Fixed] Photos from are not synced through iTunes

Issue: After migration from to in Mac OS X Yosemite 10.10.4, photos are no longer synced to mobile Apple devices, e.g. iPod, iPad, iPhone, through iTunes 12.2.0.


  1. Quit any running iTunes instances
  2. Open (look into /Applications/
  3. Quit iPhoto, which results in updating the photo library
  4. Open
  5. Preferences -> General: Click on the button “Use as System Photo Library” if highlighted
  6. Close
  7. Open iTunes and navigate to Sync Photos: the options to sync from and now appears in the drop-down menu as usual


SCHAPPY — 21. May 2015, 11:14

[FIXED] After dist-upgrade from wheezy to jessie php scripts are not executed anymore

Situation: I upgraded a debian distribution wheezy to jessie with no significant issues. After upgrading I experienced that some of the already installed and formerly working php scripts stopped working. Content of some included php scripts, e.g. wordpress configuration, were printed as HTML content instead of being evaluated.

Reason: The updated php.ini disables short open tags by default. Check your affected php files whether they use the long php open tags [code]<?php[/code] instead of (my preferred) short open tags [code]<?[/code].

Solution: Either you replace all short php open tags by long php open tags or you can enable the use of short php open tags system-wide. The latter was more comfortable in my case, as I do not know how many files would be affected. To do so, check the installed php.ini used by your apache installation (typically located at /etc/apache2/php.ini) for [code]short_open_tag = On[/code] and restart your apache server [code]apache2ctrl restart[/code].

SCHAPPY — 17. January 2014, 13:46

[FIXED] Google Drive Update Version 1.13.5782.0599 get stuck on Mac OSX Maverick 10.9.2

Google Drive Update Message on Mac OSX 10.9.2

Problem: Google Drive asks to perform a update. When clicking update there is no prompt or action.


  1. Quit running Google Drive processes
  2. Open and execute the following command (replace 10.9.2 by your currently running OSX version, you can find it in the “About this Mac” menu):
    /Applications/Google\\ Drive --overlays_enabled_finder_versions="10.9.2"
  3. Google Drive will launch and ask for permission to complete updates. Click the corresponding entry in the Google Drive menu when clicking its menu bar icon. If asked for your credentials, please enter them to finish the update process. Google Drive will automatically close
  4. Stop debug output by STRG+C in and feel free to close
  5. Next time you run Google Drive from the Applications folder no more warning will occur


SCHAPPY — 18. June 2012, 7:53

Mac OSX 10.8: New feature calender weeks (counts wrong)

In Mac OSX 10.8 developer preview, Apple added a long desired feature to the for business use: calender weeks.

Problem: However, the displayed calender week is one week ahead the real calender week. Typically calender weeks starts with the first full week of the year. But, starts calender week one in the week with January, 1st. This might be an US/EU issue, but should be configurable in final release.

SCHAPPY — 11. April 2012, 6:49

[Solved] Java 1.6.0_31 update breaks subclipse / Eclipse hangs during launch on Mac OSX 10.7.3

After the yesterday’s java update for MAC OS X 10.7.3, my Eclipse stopped working this morning after a clean reboot. Eclipse hangs in the launch screen and no CPU activity can be measured.

How to detect the current java version:

$ java -version
java version "1.6.0_31" Java(TM) SE Runtime Environment (build 1.6.0_31-b04-414-11M3626)
Java HotSpot(TM) 64-Bit Server VM (build 20.6-b01-414, mixed mode)

Eclipse version:

Helios Service Release 2
Build id: 20110218-0911


  • Remove subversion plugin by navigating where you stored your eclipse app (Applications in my case).
  • Navigate to plugins and remove all org.tigris.subversion.*.jar
  • Navigate to features and remove all org.tigris.subversion.* folders


Here is a list of what I removed:

  • org.tigris.subversion.clientadapter_1.8.1.jar
  • org.tigris.subversion.clientadapter.feature_1.8.1
  • org.tigris.subversion.clientadapter.javahl_1.7.4.jar
  • org.tigris.subversion.clientadapter.javahl.feature_1.7.4
  • org.tigris.subversion.clientadapter.svnkit_1.7.0.jar
  • org.tigris.subversion.clientadapter.svnkit.feature_1.7.0
  • org.tigris.subversion.subclipse_1.8.7
  • org.tigris.subversion.subclipse.core_1.8.7.jar
  • org.tigris.subversion.subclipse.doc_1.3.0.jar
  • org.tigris.subversion.subclipse.graph_1.1.1.jar
  • org.tigris.subversion.subclipse.graph.feature_1.1.1
  • org.tigris.subversion.subclipse.mylyn_3.0.0
  • org.tigris.subversion.subclipse.mylyn_3.0.0.jar
  • org.tigris.subversion.subclipse.ui_1.8.7.jar
SCHAPPY — 12. September 2011, 15:19

[Solved] Netapp: Assign disks to partner

Start with options disk.auto_assign off on both partners FAS1, FAS2.

fas1> disk assign -s unowned 0a.23 – remove ownership on system that owns the disk (FAS1).
fas2> disk show -n – the disk shows up as unowned with the physical address it has on FAS2
fas2> disk assign 0b.23 – take ownership of the unowned disk on the partner system

SCHAPPY — 23. August 2011, 6:36

[Solved] Visual Editor (TinyMCE) stopped working after upgrade to WordPress 3.1.2

Problem: Debian release 6, wordpress installed from testing via “aptitude install wordpress -t testing”. This worked fine for years, however with upgrading to 3.1.2 users noticed that the visual tab does no longer display any text and no toolbar was loaded.

Similar problems were noticed earlier, e.g. here, here or here. However, deactivating plugins was not the issue. Thus, I debugged this problem further by using Firebug (see screenshot).

Dived deeper and found out, that there are broken links in installed package tinymce. Since there are two versions available, I removed the older one and forced to reinstall the current one.

aptitude remove tinymce2 -t testing
aptitude reinstall tinymce -testing

This fixed the broken links in /usr/share/tinymce/www/plugins.
If you don’t like to use the version from testing omit the ‘-t testing’ parameter.



SCHAPPY — 12. August 2011, 15:05

[Solved] Repeated Character in Vmware remote console

When typing via an UMTS connection or bad remote line via remote console, it is even impossible to login since credentials will by cryptically repeated. A single key stroke results in multiple characters printed.


  • Power off the virtual machine.
  • Add the following line to the end of the machine’s VMX file. This specifies the value in micro-seconds to delay identical inputs (here 2 seconds).
    keyboard.typematicMinDelay = “2000000”
  • Power on the virtual machine.
SCHAPPY — 29. June 2011, 7:52

How to fix stalled items in

After some crashes of you will finally end in some items shown in only in the client app. Obviously, this happens only when using IMAP or Exchange accounts. However, the traditional solution was to remove the account and recreate them. Since the sync depends on the size of items to synchronize, I was frustrated to wait for the complete sync and stopped cleaning these stalled items.

Finally, contains a “rebuild mailbox” options, which only rebuilds affected folders. Once you select the folder, select “rebuild mailbox” from the “mailbox” menu and sit back. A complete sync will bring you inbox up-to-date.

SCHAPPY — 13. June 2011, 15:18

[SOLVED] Unsupported Display Resolution on External Display (MAC OSX)

Problem: Accidently, some friends of mine changed the display resolution of the Mac Book Air’s external display to an unsupported resolution. Everytime you close the lid, the screen went blank.

Solution: Starting in safe mode (holding shift during startup) and third-party tools did not work. Therefore try the following:

  • login without the external screen attached (keep all other applications closed)
  • Attach external screen, close the lid, the screen should go back blank.
  • Press Alt + F1 keys (this will show up the display preferences window)
  • Press Tab (moves focus to the list of available resolutions)
  • Press Cursor up (changes resolution to the next available)

Now you should see the external display light up. Tested and verified on Mac OSX 10.6.