Upgrading to OSX 10.10 Yosemite

When upgrading my Macbook Pro 15″ Retina to Yosemite, Homebrew, Postgres and RabbitMQ broke. But, they were quite easy to get running again.


If you didn’t upgrade homebrew before you upgraded to Yosemite (why should you?), you might have a broken homebrew. None of the brew commands work. To get it working again, follow these steps.

First, update homebrew via git:

cd /usr/local/Library;
git pull origin master;

Next, use homebrew to update and clean your installed packages:

brew update;
brew prune;
brew doctor;

Homebrew should now work.



When installing Yosemite, some Postgres folders are removed for some reason, and these folders are required for Postgres to run.

$ postgres -D /usr/local/var/postgres
FATAL: could not open directory "pg_tblspc": No such file or directory

To fix this, and prevent Yosemite to remove the folders again, run:

mkdir -p /usr/local/var/postgres/{pg_tblspc,pg_twophase,pg_stat_tmp}/
touch /usr/local/var/postgres/{pg_tblspc,pg_twophase,pg_stat_tmp}/.keep



RabbitMQ would not start for me, for some reason.

Status of node 'rabbit@xxx' ...
Error: unable to connect to node 'rabbit@xxx': nodedown

Checking the broker log, it said “cannot_delete_plugins_expand_dir”:

Error description:

This was clearly a permission problem, easily solved by setting the rabbitmq user as owner for the directory.

chown -R rabbitmq:rabbitmq /var/lib/rabbitmq/