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gromgit's macOS FUSE stuff

This tap exists to support macOS FUSE-related software that have been dropped from Homebrew core.

!!! WARNING: Mojave Deprecation !!!

Homebrew dropped support for macOS Mojave as of 25 Oct 2021. I'll continue to build Mojave bottles for the FUSE formulae for now, but not for any external dependencies that they rely on, especially core formulae. Therefore, at some point in 2022, I will also no longer support Mojave in this tap.

How do I install these formulae?

First, if you've already installed FUSE formulae from the core tap before they were disabled, you might not want to switch over to my formulae, because:

  1. As far as I know, Homebrew will not remove them from your system, even after the formulae themselves are deleted.
  2. Many of these formulae are rather old, so you're unlikely to find updates anyway.

But if you do want to install my formulae over the core ones, you should uninstall the latter first:

brew uninstall XYZ
brew install gromgit/fuse/XYZ-mac

Note the -mac suffix to the formula name.


brew help, man brew or check Homebrew's documentation.


Why is XYZ not available?

It's probably available, but with a -mac suffix to avoid name clashes with Homebrew core (e.g. sshfs becomes sshfs-mac).

If you can't find it under its new name, possible reasons include:

  1. All available versions of XYZ require version 3 of the libfuse API, but macFUSE only supports v2.
  2. I might not have gotten around to getting it up. File an issue to get my attention. 😀

Why is XYZ so old?

Possible reasons:

  1. Current XYZ requires libfuse v3, so I found and bottled the last version that requires libfuse v2.
  2. XYZ was abandoned by its authors. If you know of a revived fork of such software, file an issue with the details and I'll see what can be done.
  3. I might not have gotten around to updating it yet. File an issue to get my attention. 😀

Why is the XYZ formula called XYZ-mac?

To avoid a naming conflict with the formula called XYZ that still exists in Homebrew core.

Why is the XYZ program installed as XYZ-mac?

brew info gromgit/fuse/XYZ-mac and read the Caveats section.

Why does Homebrew say I need to build XYZ-mac from source?

It's likely one of the following:

  1. You're using an M1 Mac. I don't have one, so there are no bottles (for now).
  2. You're running Homebrew on an Intel Mac in a non-standard location, so the existing bottles won't install for you.

Why can't I build XYZ on an M1 Mac?

Homebrew currently filters out /usr/local entirely during M1-based builds. I've devised a workaround for this, and it works on Intel Big Sur with Homebrew installed in a non-standard location, but I don't have an M1 Mac, so I can't test it for real. If you still can't build it, please file an issue.

If you need the software urgently, you'll have to set up a Rosetta-based Homebrew installation (which has prebuilt bottles):

arch -x86_64 /bin/bash -c "$(curl -fsSL"
/usr/local/bin/brew install <FUSE_formula>