I just replaced an aging Mac Mini with a new one. Anytime you move to a new computer it creates a little stress about getting your data and settings from the old to the new. Apple has made the process as seamless as possible via Migration Assistant.
When setting up the new Mac you can tell it to migrate your user (with accompanying data and settings). When you do it will start Migration Assistant on the new one and you start Migration Assistant on the old one as well. It’s an easy process of selecting where (and who) to migrate data for. In my case, the transfer took 5 hours and 45 minutes and included mail, calendars, contacts, notes, documents, photos, music, applications, etc totaling roughly 190 GB.
When it is complete, everything and I mean everything, is migrated right down to icon locations on the desktop, keyboard repeat rates, colors, in-app settings, everything! I only had to do 3 things afterward:
- Reinstall XMarks browser extension for Safari.
- Enter my Dropbox password.
- Install iTunes 11 since I was on it before, yes I moved to 11.
After doing those 3 things I decided to update XCode to the latest version since the OSX version on the new Mac is 10.8.2 and the old one was 10.7.8. I went to the App Store and installed XCode 4.6 (I was previously using 3.2.2, yes an older one).
After XCode was installed I wanted to make sure the extra Perl modules I use were installed. They were not, so add one more item to the list. I tried to install the first one and got an error telling me ‘/usr/bin/make’ wasn’t found. What?! XCode is still installed, so make should be there.
My new friend Bing tells me that as of XCode 4.2 the developer command line tools are no longer part of the base app, but are now installed as components. And the fix is easy.
- Launch XCode.
- Open XCode > Preferences from the menu.
- Select Downloads section.
- Find “Command Line Tools” and click the “Install” button.
Once you do that, ‘/usr/bin/make’ should be present again.
All in all, only having to do three or four things, that only take a few minutes, when migrating to a new computer is a pretty slick deal. I’ll take that any day over spending hours personalizing a new computer.