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#1 2017-10-09 22:38:46

k6LZpoBxNiz7NB
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macOS 10.13 with DS 1.7.8 Works but for 1 small detail

Ok I am running Deploy Studio 1.7.8 on a Mac Mini macOS 10.12.6 with a netboot image of 10.13.0

I have been able to boot from my netboot image 10.13.0 and make a master of my 10.13.0 master system that I wanted to capture running on a hard drive with a HFS+ file system back to DS 1.7.8. Then restore back to another mac that has a hard drive using file system HFS+ with no errors or problems. So cloning 10.13.0 macs with hard drives work great.

Some of you maybe asking what about the new firmware that is required for 10.13.0 systems. I extracted them from the installer and made a FirmwareUpdateStandalone.pkg that I run on any system that I want to move to 10.13.0 before I clone it. The FirmwareUpdateStandalone.pkg will run from macOS 10.11.6 or higher and with no problems that I have come across. Just run then reboot and the Mac Rom is updated then I clone it. "Updated" If you want to know how to make your own FirmwareUpdateStandalone.pkg here is the URL that tells about it. https://github.com/grahamgilbert/imagr/wiki/High-Sierra-Notes

Now for the 1 small detail. I have been able to boot from my netboot image 10.13.0 and make a master of my 10.13.0 master system that I wanted to capture running on flash memory with a APFS file system back to DS 1.7.8. Then restore back to another mac that has flash memory using a file system APFS with no errors and boots like it should and works like it should. So cloning 10.13.0 macs with flash memory can be done but I have 1 detail that is not normal for a cloned system.

3 alias folders at the root of the hard drive are now visible. They should be invisible but as it is, the system works great no errors no crashes or lockups, I did run disk utilities first aid and the file structure is all intact with no errors. So I have three folders that are now visible to the end-user. The alias folders on the root of the hard drive are etc, tmp, var.

Any help or clue why ?

Last edited by k6LZpoBxNiz7NB (2017-10-09 22:55:50)

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#2 2017-10-09 23:43:28

Meat
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Re: macOS 10.13 with DS 1.7.8 Works but for 1 small detail

Postponed script using chflags hidden?

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#3 2017-10-10 00:39:09

k6LZpoBxNiz7NB
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Re: macOS 10.13 with DS 1.7.8 Works but for 1 small detail

chflags does not work on symbolic links in my reading. Tried it already.

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#4 2017-10-11 00:37:18

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Re: macOS 10.13 with DS 1.7.8 Works but for 1 small detail

Ok solved the last problem. It is all working great for 10.13.0

So with more reading I found the SetFile command line tool can do what i ask on symbolic links but the tool is only install via an optional package from the Apple developer website. As I have an account with the developer website I found the optional package and so I downloaded it to extracted the SetFile command tool and had great success.

I placed the SetFile tool in the shared folder on the master load and then after the clone I run this script to make it work and it removes the tool when done.

/Users/Shared/SetFile -P -a V /etc
/Users/Shared/SetFile -P -a V /var
/Users/Shared/SetFile -P -a V /tmp

rm -Rf /Users/Shared/SetFile

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#5 2017-12-06 01:13:14

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Re: macOS 10.13 with DS 1.7.8 Works but for 1 small detail

How did you make a 10.13 netboot set?  Thus far it seems DS 1.7.8 isn't able to do this, it errors immediately for no known reason, and fails to log anything in system.log where it points you for more info.  Making a 10.12 set works fine, it just can't work with 10.13 for some reason, seemingly based around the recovery partition image.

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