Snow Leopard upgrade notes (UPDATED)

I upgraded yesterday. Here’s what happened…

The MacBook Pro was a Tiger install upgraded to Leopard. I deactivated and removed Photoshop CS2, Illustrator CS2, and Acrobat 7 as I knew they wouldn’t run afterward (and really ran kind of lame beforehand too). I had 51.77 GB on the drive, which I then backed up with Carbon Copy Cloner to an external drive. Immediately post-install I had 64.99 GB of drive space. I don’t know how much of that pickup is attributable to the base 10 change, but 13 gigs is quite a difference. I think it probably had more to do with cleaning up the two previous installs.

I lost quite a few apps, but by choice. Anything that required Rosetta was deleted, and I don’t think the machine is any worse for wear. After cleanup I was sitting on just over 70GB of free space. There were some [geeky] quirks too:

  • Little Snitch still runs, but when messing with settings System Preferences reverts to 32-bit mode.
  • I had to re-pair the Nokia with the computer, bluetooth-wise. My AT&T service still isn’t any better.
  • MySQL ceased operation, and I believe it had something to do with symlinks from the startup module. I upgraded to 5.1.39, the 64-bit version, and all is good again. I also ran Marc Liyanage’s script for removing MySQL, and it found an old version 4 lying around. It never harmed anything before (I was previously running like 5.1.10), but freeing up even more drive space was a blessing in disguise.
  • Home grown OpenSSL certificates got wiped out. Now I get to follow my own instructions for re-creation. I found this out when Apache wouldn’t start, and thought it strange that the upgrade would delete the certs while the httpd.conf file was left untouched.
  • GD is included in the PHP build, which is now 5.3.0. No need to plug that in anymore.
  • mcrypt was not included in the new PHP build. And that problem has already been solved.
  • My hosts file doesn’t seem to work anymore. Still haven’t figured out what the issue is there.

It was a sum total six or so hours of work. Still well worth the hassles, as I picked up roughly 18GB of drive space and the machine is now noticeable snappier.

MG signing off (while keeping his fingers crossed he didn’t overlook anything)

UPDATE: Also, I’ve taken to GIMP as the go-to photo editing tool, at least until I work up the courage to plunk down the dough for CS4 (or is that CS5). The universal binary, version 2.6.7 for Leopard, works just fine here.

Comments

Gives me the heebie-jeebies everytime I upgrade – like playing Russian Roulette. I think I’m going to wait this
one out for a bit until they’ve had some more time to work out any kinks (at least 6 months to a year).

Working with multimedia, I lost a lot of production time when a few of my heavy-hitters (Lightwave, Electric Image,
FCP) took a sabbatical on me after I upgraded.

Love the ‘keeping your fingers crossed’ comment. No kidding!

This whole Intel transition has dragged out too long, and I think that is part of the reason each upgrade is so painful. Thankfully, this one didn’t do too bad, and most of what I lost was fairly useless anyway. The exception was the Adobe line, but I probably should have upgraded from CS2 a while ago anyway.

Amgine says:

Your mcrypt article (http://michaelgracie.com/2009/09/23/plugging-mcrypt-into-php-on-mac-os-x-snow-leopard-10.6.1/) is missing, and that’s what I’d dearly love to find. Trying to install mcrypt on Snow Leopard is a pain!

Sorry Amgine…should be back now. (hopefully you subscribed to this comment thread, and will get a notification momentarily)

Amgine says:

Great! Thanks Michael Gracie! will hopefully have a chance to do this over the weekend.