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How to install “command line tools” with xcode 5.0.1

With Xcode 5.0.1 and Mavericks 10.9 the command line tools are no longer available via Xcode. There is only two ways to install command line tools.

1) Download directly from Apple developer downloads (

2) Using command line. Run this below command to install -

xcode-select --install

After you enter this command you’ll get a popup like below -


Just press Install and it will start downloading command line tools.. and you are good to go.

FacebookSDK/FacebookSDK.h file not found

If you are getting “FacebookSDK/FacebookSDK.h file not found” error, even if you have Facebook SDK included in your project? It might be possible that project is not able to access FacebookSDK because of some mis-configuration in references.

Your best bet to resolve this error is by  removing FacebookSDK.framework from your project and then start over with these steps. Re-linking the framework won’t help in many cases -

Step 1. Go to Build Phases in your Project Target.
Step 2. In Link Binary With Libraries, click the “+” button.
Step 3. Click on “Add Other…” button
Step 4. Browse your FacebookSDK folder. Generally in ~/Documents/FacebookSDK/
Step 5. Clik on (select) “FacebookSDK.framework” and then OPEN.

Hope this will save someone’s time!

Keyboard not working in iOS simulator?

If your keyboard (mac keyboard) is not working in the iPhone simulator you must have something wrong in iPhone Simulator preference file.

To fix the problem follow this -

0) Quit Xcode and simulator
1) Press ‘command+shift+g’ .. it will open the “go to folder” dialog.
2) type “~/Library/Preferences” in this dialog to go to your preference folder.
3) Delete “” in this folder
4) Done. “” will be regenerated when you start simulator again.

Alternatively you can also do this with just one command.

Open terminal and fire -

rm ~/Library/Preferences/

This will do the trick in one step! Just make sure you quit Xcode and simulator before running this.

Xcode 4.2 documentation offline install

If you have installed the new Xcode 4.2 (only a 1.6 GB file instead of the former 4GB file), you will notice that documentation does not work properly, actually people have been complaining about it and the solution was to download the documentation from inside Xcode preferences.

But if you are a team of iOS developers and want to download the documentation only once and install it on many machines running Xcode?
Here you are the steps:
1. Download the documentation from Xcode from any machine.
2. Go the download installation (See Figure Below)

3. Copy the “documentation set” files (it is actually packages with a lot of file so it is recommend to zip them).
4. Move them to the same location where you installed Xcode on the other machines
5. Restart Xcode.
6. Done.

Automatic Reference Counting (ARC) in Xcode 4.2

Xcode 4.2 now includes a new feature called Automatic Reference Counting aka. ARC which automates memory management for Objective-C objects. ARC makes memory management much easier, greatly reducing the chance that your program will have memory leaks. First, Xcode reviews your project to determine whether there are items that cannot be converted (and that you must therefore change manually). Then, Xcode rewrites your source code to use ARC.

ARC works by adding code at compile time to ensure that objects live as long as necessary, but no longer. Conceptually, it follows the same memory management conventions as manual reference counting, by adding the appropriate retain, release, and autorelease method calls for you.

ARC is supported in Xcode 4.2 for Mac OS X v10.6 and v10.7 (64-bit applications) and for iOS 4 and iOS 5. Weak references are not supported in Mac OS X v10.6 and iOS 4.

Instead of you having to remember when to use retain, release, and autorelease, ARC evaluates the lifetime requirements of your objects and automatically inserts the appropriate method calls for you at compile time. The compiler also generates appropriate dealloc methods for you. In general, if you’re only using ARC the traditional Cocoa naming conventions are important only if you need to interoperate with code that uses manual reference counting.

A complete and correct implementation of a Person class might look like this:

@interface Person : NSObject
@property (nonatomic, strong) NSString *firstName;
@property (nonatomic, strong) NSString *lastName;
@property (nonatomic, strong) NSNumber *yearOfBirth;
@property (nonatomic, strong) Person *spouse;

@implementation Person
@synthesize firstName, lastName, yearOfBirth, spouse;

Using ARC, you could implement a contrived method like this:

- (void)contrived {
    Person *aPerson = [[Person alloc] init];
    [aPerson setFirstName:@"William"];
    [aPerson setLastName:@"Dudney"];
    [aPerson:setYearOfBirth:[[NSNumber alloc] initWithInteger:2011]];
    NSLog(@"aPerson: %@", aPerson);

ARC takes care of memory management so that neither the Person nor the NSNumber objects are leaked.

You could also safely implement a takeLastNameFrom: method of Person like this:

- (void)takeLastNameFrom:(Person *)person {
    NSString *oldLastname = [self lastName];
    [self setLastName:[person lastName]];
    NSLog(@"Lastname changed from %@ to %@", oldLastname, [self lastName]);

ARC ensures that oldLastName is not deallocated before the NSLog statement.

ARC Enforces New Rules
To work, ARC imposes some new rules that are not present when using other compiler modes. The rules are intended to provide a fully reliable memory management model; in some cases, they simply enforce best practice, in some others they simplify your code or are obvious corollaries of your not having to deal with memory management. If you violate these rules, you get an immediate compile-time error, not a subtle bug that may become apparent at runtime.

  • You cannot explicitly invoke dealloc, or implement or invoke retain, release, retainCount, or autorelease.The prohibition extends to using @selector(retain), @selector(release), and so on.

    You may implement a dealloc method if you need to manage resources other than releasing instance variables. You do not have to (indeed you cannot) release instance variables, but you may need to invoke [systemClassInstance setDelegate:nil] on system classes and other code that isn’t compiled using ARC.

    Custom dealloc methods in ARC do not require a call to [super dealloc] (it actually results in a compiler error). The chaining to super is automated and enforced by the compiler.

    You can still use CFRetain, CFRelease, and other related functions with Core Foundation-style objects (see “Managing Toll-Free Bridging”).

  • You cannot use NSAllocateObject or NSDeallocateObject.You create objects using alloc; the runtime takes care of deallocating objects.
  • You cannot use object pointers in C structures.Rather than using a struct, you can create an Objective-C class to manage the data instead.
  • There is no casual casting between id and void *.You must use special casts that tell the compiler about object lifetime. You need to do this to cast between Objective-C objects and Core Foundation types that you pass as function arguments. For more details, see “Managing Toll-Free Bridging”.
  • Cannot use NSAutoreleasePool objects.ARC provides @autoreleasepool blocks instead. These have an advantage of being more efficient than NSAutoreleasePool.
  • You cannot use memory zones. There is no need to use NSZone any more—they are ignored by the modern Objective-C runtime anyway.

To allow interoperation with manual retain-release code, ARC imposes some constraints on method and variable naming:

You cannot give a property a name that begins with new.