Adobe Package Downloader error on Big Sur

If you get a The installation cannot continue as the installer file may be damaged. Download the installer file again. error when trying to run the Adobe Package Downloader.app on Big Sur, the quickest workaround (as of the writing of this blog post) is to copy the Adobe Package Downloader.app (or, more precisely, the .dmg… Continue reading Adobe Package Downloader error on Big Sur

What can you do at the password prompt in Catalina’s recovery mode?

The mysterious password prompt Starting in macOS 10.15 (Catalina), Apple started requiring a password to do anything useful after booting into recovery mode: It’s not exactly clear what this password is for. T2-chip Macs have hardware-based encryption, and that encryption is able to turn on instantaneously. Without mounting the encrypted drive, you can’t really reset… Continue reading What can you do at the password prompt in Catalina’s recovery mode?

Using Munki to ignore Catalina upgrade in macOS

Update: Apple has deprecated the –ignore flag, so this probably will never work again. Apple used to make you go out of your way to download an OS upgrade. Then, Apple started having those OS upgrade installers auto-download to the /Applications folder. Then Apple made it so OS upgrades appeared as regular updates. For Mac… Continue reading Using Munki to ignore Catalina upgrade in macOS