Automated Mac Cleanup Tools

I generally don’t like automated cleanup tools. It’s rare that they are even necessary. OS X is designed to clean up after itself. Since most of these applications require administrative permissions, If I do need an automated tool, I prefer open source...

Where has my Mac disk space gone

If you are trying to figure out what is using up all your disk space, you might use a tool like Disk Inventory X. However, if you run it as yourself, you won’t get accurate results for the entire system. But you can run it with root privileges. To run Disk...

Run OS X graphical apps as root

With most graphical apps you can use sudo to run them as root. Just open terminal and type (or use completion), sudo /Applications/[app name].app/Contents/MacOS/[app name]. Use sudo with...

Sudo

sudo is a special command that you can use before any other command in the terminal to temporarily grant root privileges on that command. Use extreme caution. The root user has total control. You can seriously damage your operating system if you don’t know what...

Terminal completion

When using the terminal you can type the first few letters and press the tab key to auto-complete the command or path.