Resizing Google Chrome’s file dialog on OS X Yosemite

There is a bug in Apple’s OS X Yosemite in which the file dialog boxes grow larger than the screen. However, it does not seem Apple are in a rush to fix this.

The workaround is different for each application but for Google Chrome you can temporary solve it by running the following commands.

defaults delete NSNavPanelExpandedSizeForSaveMode
defaults delete NSNavPanelExpandedSizeForOpenMode

The box will continue to grow each time you use it, so you will have to run these commands again every time the box gets too big again.

Imagick not loading on MAMP for Mac

If you’re running MAMP and you’ve finally managed to get the Imagick extension to add ImageMagick support compiled, the battle may not be over yet. There are more things you need to do. You might get an error similar to the following.

Firstly, was probably installed into the sytem’s PHP extension directory. So you might need to copy this into MAMP’s directory. Don’t just copy and paste the code below as you need to check the paths are correct for your system.

php -i | grep extension_dir
cp /usr/lib/php/extensions/no-debug-non-zts-20090626/

Secondly, some of the libraries are out of date. You might get an error like the following.

[01-Jun-2012 08:46:22] PHP Warning:  PHP Startup: Unable to load dynamic library 
 - dlopen(/Applications/MAMP/bin/php/php5.3.6/lib/php/extensions/no-debug-non-zts-20090626/, 9): Library not loaded: /opt/local/lib/libjpeg.8.dylib
  Referenced from: /Applications/MAMP/bin/php/php5.3.6/lib/php/extensions/no-debug-non-zts-20090626/
  Reason: Incompatible library version: requires version 13.0.0 or later,
but libjpeg.8.dylib provides version 12.0.0 in Unknown on line 0
[01-Jun-2012 08:51:54] PHP Warning:  PHP Startup: Unable to load dynamic library '/Applications/MAMP/bin/php/php5.3.6/lib/php/extensions/no-debug-non-zts-20090626/' - dlopen(/Applications/MAMP/bin/php/php5.3.6/lib/php/extensions/no-debug-non-zts-20090626/, 9):
image not found in Unknown on line 0

We can solve this by editing a configuration file.

sudo vim /Applications/MAMP/Library/bin/envvars

Comment out the first two lines below and add the last one.

export PATH="$PATH:/opt/local/bin"

This should override out of date libraries such as libjpeg. If you’re still having problems, you can manually copy in the freetype library too.

cp /opt/local/lib/libfreetype.6.dylib /Applications/MAMP/Library/lib/

Though in theory this step should not be required. Restart Apache and you should see Imagick appear on the phpinfo() output.

Installing PECL YAML on Mac OSX Lion

If you are trying to install YAML via PECL on Lion, you may get an error such as the following.

configure: error: Please install libyaml
ERROR: `/private/tmp/pear/install/yaml/configure --with-yaml' failed

Some solutions on the internet suggest installing it via a package manager.

rvm pkg install libyaml

However, although this process will claim to work, when you come to run the command again, it will fail at the same point. Instead, you need to download libyaml, which you can do here, then extract it, cd into the directory and run the following commands.

make install

You don’t need to sudo. You should now be able to run the install command again.

sudo pecl install --ignore-errors yaml

This time it should be successful.

Conflict error on PECL YAML

If you are trying to install PECL YAML on Mac OS X Lion, you may find you get a conflict with an error message similar to the following.

WARNING: conflicting files found:
yaml/LICENSE (

This error is documented on GitHub and as it is not critical, can be overcome by turning off errors.

pecl install --ignore-errors yaml

On running that command, it should no longer stop at that point.

PHPUnit on OSX Lion CLI

If you’re trying to run PHPUnit from the terminal in Mac OSX Lion, you may get an error similar to the following.

File/Iterator/Autoload.php failed to open stream

You can resolve this by running the following commands.

curl > go-pear.php
sudo php -q go-pear.php

PHPUnit should now run without errors (or at least, without errors in their code 😉 ).

Mac VNC client location

There are quite a few different VNC clients available for Mac, and most of them are, in my experience, pretty disappointing. And totally unnecessary, because OS X actually comes with a build in VNC viewing client which works fine. For some reason though, Apple have kept it pretty well hidden.

Never fear though, because once you know the location, it’s easy to find and use.


It’s pretty simple, but then I’ve never found the need for all the extra crap a lot of the viewing clients come with – I just want to be able to control a remote computer!

Using TextEdit as a text editor

One utility Mac OS X seems to be lacking is a simple text editor such as Notepad for Windows. It comes with TextEdit but the problem is that this uses rich text format (RTF) which is very annoying when editing system files or code.

Thankfully, you can reconfigure it to use plain text.

Simply go to TextEdit on the menu bar and hit Preferences. The top option should allow you to toggle between Plain Text and Rich Text.