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      Latest reply on Apr 12, 2019 7:59 AM by john daniel
      john daniel Level 4 Level 4 (700 points)

        Someone please correct me if I'm mistaken, but I think Apple just deprecated the entire help infrastructure in Mojave.


        I am doing final testing on a new build of my app. It really bugs me that help anchors don't work. It seemed like I could sometimes get them to work in the past. But now, nothing.


        It is just a webview, so I decided I would just scrap the whole thing and do it all myself. 2 hours later, that's done. However, I still wanted to use those convenient anchors. I figured I would just call hiutil at runtime to extract the anchors and I would be all done. But hiutil doesn't work on Mojave anymore. It seems seems to create them OK. I can use hiutil to read a helpindex file created on Mojave. But I can't read the same helpindex file on Mojave.


        I suppose that's irony for you. The one piece of the old help infrastructure that I thought I could salvage in my new version is now broken.


        Congratulations, Apple!



        That's the sound of one hand clapping.

        • Re: What happened to help authoring in Mojave?
          istudiochris Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

          Hi John,

          I just recently came across the same problem. It seems hiutil is broken on Mojave.

          My build script was set to use the local hiutil, so my anchors weren't working either.

          I wound back to the High Sierra version of hiutil and everything sprang into life.


          I did some tests:


          chris$ which hiutil



          chris$ hiutil -V

          hiutil version 2.0 (60)


          I've got an external caddy with all my older OS versions on:

          chris$ /Volumes/High\ Sierra/usr/bin/hiutil -V

          hiutil version 1.3.2 (55)


          I created a temp dir and bunged some test files in.


          chris$ hiutil -Caf test.helpindex ./testdir

          chris$ hiutil -Af test.helpindex

          "There was a problem unarchiving the index file."


          Doing the same with the High Sierra version of hiutil works fine:

          chris$ /Volumes/High\ Sierra/usr/bin/hiutil -Caf test.helpindex ./testdir

          chris$ /Volumes/High\ Sierra/usr/bin/hiutil -Af test.helpindex








          I can't get the Mojave version of hiutil to read back my anchors under any circumstances, regardles of which version of hiutil created the helpindex file.

          Took me a while to find this as the only symptom you get presented with is that the Help system can't locate the help resource.



          I've built a test app that incorporates my main app's help and explicitly launches the help, using a UI button to open a page at an anchor.

          I'll try calling an older hiutil from an xcode build phase.

          Hopefully this will solve the problem.




          I built a test app using Xcode 10 on Mojave.

          Anchors don't work.

          The app works fine on High Sierra.

          I checked the contents of the helpindex file using hiutil -D and it's fine.


          Conclusion (the same as yours): anchors don't work on Mojave.