Apple Releases Second OS X 10.11.2 El Capitan Beta to Public Beta Testers

Apple today seeded the second beta of OS X 10.11.2 El Capitan to public beta testers, two days after releasing the second beta to developers and a week after seeding the first OS X 10.11.2 public beta. Today's update comes two weeks after the public launch of OS X El Capitan 10.11.1.

The second OS X 10.11.2 beta is available through the Software Update mechanism in the Mac App Store to those who are enrolled in Apple's beta testing program. Those wishing to join the program can sign up on Apple's beta testing website.

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The first OS X 10.11.2 beta did not include any outward-facing changes, but it likely includes bug fixes, security enhancements, and performance improvements to address issues discovered since the release of OS X 10.11.1. Apple's release notes for the initial developer beta asked testers to focus on Graphics, Wi-Fi, Calendar, USB, Notes, Photos, and Spotlight.

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65 months ago
Hope this fixes [INSERT PROBLEM I'M HAVING THAT I WRONGFULLY ASSUME EVERYONE ELSE EXPERIENCES WHEN IN REALITY ONLY 0.2% OF USERS SEE].
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65 months ago
Will safari be snappier? Seriously, Safari in El Capitan 10.11.1 run so slow.
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65 months ago

Will safari be snappier? Seriously, Safari in El Capitan 10.11.1 run so slow.

Snappy for me.
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65 months ago

Windows and older Macs have NO issues accessing SMB shares. This problem has been present in the last 4 versions of OS X and Apple has done little to nothing to address it. Go search their user forums or Google it. There is no shortage of people complaining about it.

And yes, egregiously broken. An older Mac or Windows client can list a directory on an SMB share containing 400+ files in a matter of 2-3 seconds. El Capitan (and Yosemite and Mavericks...) take upward of 3 minutes to list that same directory. File copying takes twice as long.

That is the very definition of egregiously broken.

And once again, I've updated to this new beta and all those problems are still there.

It's an issue with how OS X deals with SMB shares and DS_Store files. Because OS X writes a DS_Store at ever level of the folder tree on local and mounted drives and folders, it can seriously slow down folder population in Finder on those SMB mounted drives. So turn off DS_Store file creation on network mounts. In Terminal, enter:
defaults write com.apple.desktopservices DSDontWriteNetworkStores true

That will definitely speed things up considerably, near instant folder population in Finder. OS X also doesn't index mounted drives by default, so if you and your users want to search mounted drives just type in Terminal:
mdutil /Volumes/<folder name> -i on

To turn it off:
mdutil /Volumes/<folder name> -i off

It takes a long time to index mounted drives typically. To see the progress, Type in something into Spotlight and there'll be a progress bar for the index progress.

That should definitely speed up everything on network mounts! :)

I should caveat that not writing a DS_Store file makes it so Finder will not remember your chosen view for that folder/drive. Meaning if you like column view on your mounted folders, you have to select the column view each time. Not a huge deal, but just how Apple made it. Not having those DS_Store files writing is sooo much better though. I also highly recommend deleting the ones that already exist on your SMB share. They're hidden files so you have to turn on view hidden files.

Also make sure your SMB share is using the highest available SMB version. Yosemite and El Capitan use SMB 3.
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65 months ago
There are two camps of folks posting on the OS X release topics these days: (1) those who have a problem and act as though everyone else must have the same problem or else they're lying, and (2) those who don't have a problem and assume all those who do are beandip-for-brains idiots. Would people in both camps please put a sock in it so those who have found problems can identify them and others can make suggestions about fixes without being harassed?

Thanks from the rest of us.
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65 months ago

Hope this fixes [INSERT PROBLEM I'M HAVING THAT I WRONGFULLY ASSUME EVERYONE ELSE EXPERIENCES WHEN IN REALITY ONLY 0.2% OF USERS SEE].

Hope this fixes the unacceptably slow SMB that has been destroying the productivity of professional Mac users in business settings since 10.8 although maybe I should just accept it or switch to Windows because apparently expecting the biggest, wealthiest and most powerful computer company on the planet that charges a premium because "it just works" to fix their egregiously broken software is going to make their fanboys unhappy if it doesn't affect everyone everywhere.
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