Tag Archives: macOS

Fix Invalid Package Name “.DS_Store” for Node.js NPM Global Update on macOS

If you got the following error message when run npm update -g:

$ npm update -g
npm ERR! Invalid package name ".DS_Store": name cannot start with a period

npm ERR! A complete log of this run can be found in:
npm ERR!     /Users/sparanoid/.npm/_logs/2021-04-28T13_59_32_013Z-debug.log

Simply run if you installed your Node.js via Homebrew:

find /usr/local -name '.DS_Store' -type f -print -delete

macOS Bug: Connecting to another Mac via SMB protocol results in client hanging indefinitely at shutdown or restart

How to force SMB2, which actually doesn’t work for me:

10.14.3 – SMB3 Performance Issues – Force SMB2

Related discussion on Apple Communities

Computers Won’t Shut Down After Connecting To Server

Bug reports on Apple Radar:

How to submit sysdiagnose:

  • Command + Option + Shift+ Control + Period (.)
  • Or in Terminal: sudo sysdiagnose

Note: The sysdiagnose process can take 10 minutes to complete. Once finished, the folder /private/var/tmp/ should appear automatically in the Finder and the sysdiagnose file there will look similar to this:


View active SMB connection status:

smbutil statshares -a

How to Rebuild a RAID 1 Setup (WD My Book Duo) on macOS, the Right Way

This guide will talk about rebuilding a failed RAID 1 disk with WD My Book Duo on macOS, it should also works on Thunderbolt Duo or other RAID 1 setup.

Many other guides only tell you how to replace the whole two disks without restoring / rebuilding data for this common situation:

In a common case, your RAID 1 setup could fail with only one defective disk, while the other is online. If you see this status on your macOS:

  1. Buy a brand new disk, same size and model as your failed disk.
  2. Reboot your mac in recovery mode, this step is very important to make sure your disks are not used by macOS.
  3. In recovery boot, open Disk Utility.
  4. Rename your RAID set, for example if your RAID set is External-Raid, rename it to something like External-Raid-Rebuild or just some names different than your original, this is the most important step to make sure your RAID set wouldn’t be using after entering macOS system.
  5. Restart your system in normal mode.
  6. Login to your system, then open Disk Utility, congrats, you will see the new disk is now rebuilding.

Other notes:

  • Restraint editing/adding/removing files on your RAID set while rebuilding.
  • The rebuild process could take hours depends on your disk size (10-20 hours for a 4 TB + 4 TB RAID 1 setup).
  • After the rebuild complete, you can rename your RAID volume name back to original.

This is not the only way to rebuild your RAID with a failed disk. According to WD documentation, you can power on your My Book Duo without connecting to macOS (remove the thunderbolt cable), then the My Book Duo should rebuild it automatically. However, it’s really hard to know when the rebuild process will finish, there’s no special indicator status for this situation, so I prefer rebuilding in macOS. This could be the best method for me.