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Old 09-09-2017, 08:07 AM   #226
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The chmod command no longer works with this version of Kindle for Mac, 1.20.3. Just tried it. Fails.
What's the ownership and permissions on the file before and after?

i.e. what's the output of

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ls -l /Applications/Kindle.app/Contents/MacOS/renderer-test
also while we're at it

Code:
file /Applications/Kindle.app/Contents/MacOS/renderer-test
Seems like the goal is to block execution of this file. If the chmod -x no longer does that it could be because it's being added back before execution. Another alternative is that the file isn't a binary - to execute a shell script you only need read permission. The file command would answer what type of file it is.

Now that I think of it, if the goal is to block execution and for K4Mac to see it's failed and therefore not use KFX then all you need is for renderer-test to always fail. Try this:

Code:
mv /Applications/Kindle.app/Contents/MacOS/renderer-test /Applications/Kindle.app/Contents/MacOS/renderer-test.orig
ln -s `which false` /Applications/Kindle.app/Contents/MacOS/renderer-test
That is rename the file and replace it with a link to the false executable (it's usually /bin/false but I wasn't sure on MacOS hence the backtick command)
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Old 09-09-2017, 09:53 AM   #227
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The chmod command no longer works with this version of Kindle for Mac, 1.20.3. Just tried it. Fails.
How does it fail? What is the error message produced? Is the error different if you use sudo?

(I wonder if the file name has changed or if it has been integrated into the main executable.)
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Old 09-09-2017, 01:06 PM   #228
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Not a Mac user myself, but those who tried that reported it prevented Kindle for Mac from running too. If it had worked, there wouldn't be different solutions for PC and Mac for "method 2" in the first post.
Why not try the rename and see what happens so you can report back?
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Old 09-09-2017, 03:00 PM   #229
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Try it with sudo and see if that makes the difference.
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Tried that. Still doesn’t work.
Did you do sudo chmod or just sudo alone?

The full command needs to be:
Code:
sudo chmod -x /Applications/Kindle.app/Contents/MacOS/renderer-test
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Old 09-09-2017, 08:15 PM   #230
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Why not try the rename and see what happens so you can report back?
As I said, I don't have a Mac. I'm relating what others reported. Renaming it prevented Kindle for Mac from running.
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Old 10-03-2017, 03:48 PM   #231
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Thanks for this great explanation. It saved my books.
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Old 10-06-2017, 10:15 AM   #232
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Anyone know if it's possible to force an azw3-download on Kindle for Android (an unrooted tablet)?
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Old 10-06-2017, 06:47 PM   #233
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Anyone know if it's possible to force an azw3-download on Kindle for Android (an unrooted tablet)?
I don't believe so. And if it has DRM, it wouldn't do you any good anyway.
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Old 10-14-2017, 12:08 PM   #234
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Just popping in to say Thank You! I prefer to keep all my books in one reader, and since Kindle is not great with epub formats, I prefer not to use it. Now I can transfer my books again...
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Old 10-18-2017, 11:51 PM   #235
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Yesterday, I received a email from Epubor. They announced that Epubor Ultimate can remove DRM from Kindle KFX directly. Any of you have tried it? How does it work?
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Old 10-19-2017, 02:58 PM   #236
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Yesterday, I received a email from Epubor. They announced that Epubor Ultimate can remove DRM from Kindle KFX directly. Any of you have tried it? How does it work?
Hmm, they probably used the code available at Harper's GitHub which hasn't been incorporated into Alf's tools yet. I'd rather wait. And even then, I'll probably just keep avoiding kfx.
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Just installed the latest Kindle for PC (1.20.1 47037) on a Windows 10 PC and the method of renaming renderer-test.exe works fine.

I had to remove and re-download the kfx content.
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Old 10-24-2017, 07:18 AM   #238
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Method 2 worked for me on OS X 10.11 and Kindle 1.21.0
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Old 10-24-2017, 02:01 PM   #239
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Method 2 still works with Kindle for PC 1.21, released today.

(Amazon is calling it "all-new", along with the revised Android and iOS apps, but the changes are actually minor.)
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Old 10-24-2017, 02:03 PM   #240
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Thank You so much for the concise, easy-to-understand instructions, jhowell!

You have (once again) saved the day for me

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