Xcode Debugging – Failed to get the task for process

Recently after our yearly provisioning profile updates we do for a client I wanted to run a quick debug version on a iDevice to make sure everything was still functioning. I connected the device and pushed the App to the device via Xcode. The device started up the App but Xcode returned:

Failed to get the task for process

The App continued to run on the device I just couldn’t hit any breakpoints as I used the App on the device. A quick search turned up something interesting, it seems in my haste I had assigned my newly renewed Ad-Hoc profile to my debug build settings. After changing the debug profile to use my Development certificate everything was working fine again.

Source: Stack Overflow

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iOS9 – The resource could not be loaded because the App Transport Security policy requires the use of a secure connection

A new version of iOS always brings new changes. This one was encountered while doing our yearly Ad-Hoc Distribution Profile renewal. An App that hasn’t been changed in a while suddenly no longer wants to make web requests. Nothing is seen on the iDevice except for a blank table. Debugging in XCode we get the following error message:

The resource could not be loaded because the App Transport Security policy requires the use of a secure connection

The permenant fix is to add an SSL certificate to your HTTP endpoint and make sure all requests are HTTPS but this being a client environment I couldn’t wait for them to do so and just needed to implement the work-around as follows:

  1. Open your projects [ProjectName]-info.plist file
  2. Add a new key called NSAppTransportSecurity as a Dictionary
  3. Add a sub-key called NSAllowsArbitraryLoads as Boolean and set its value to YES (see image below)

NSAppTransportSecurity

Now just build and you are set!

Note: this is a blanket exemption but you can also further configure as mentioned here (How do I load an HTTP URL with App Transport Security enabled in iOS 9?)

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