A Configuration is a set of rules, often governing how a program or the operating system should apply certain settings.

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Enable URL rewriting (mod_rewrite) using .htaccess files in ~/Sites on Lion

I cannot get mod_rewrite to work on Lion. I am developing a number of websites locally, in ~/Sites, using .htaccess files. I am on 10.7.3 and I have not touched any configuration files except for ...
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Is there a GUI for OS X LaunchAgents?

I'm a web developer by day and a lot of the software I install on my computer (namely databases and web servers) come with an optional LaunchAgent to automate starting/stopping processes on boot. I'm ...
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Enable ssh-key-only login to my Mac for 1 user

I have a Macbook Air that I would like to allow remote SSH access to without a password. I have created a user called remotepair that I have logged into and verified I can used the Mac with. I have ...
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Is there any way to set Gmail app as the default mail client in iPhone and iPad?

I want to be able to one-click email links from apps such as Twitter, Safari and Instapaper. Is this possible if I'm using Gmail and not Apple's Mail app? Do I have to set Gmail as the default mail ...
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How can I move through words when typing a command in iTerm2?

I'm in Lion with iTerm2, Zsh and Oh-My-Zsh but I cannot move through words when pressing: ALT+left arrow or CMD+left arrow or something instead, when I press "ALT+right arrow" it prints [C and when ...
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Is this possible to improve boot time?

Is there a way to accelerate the boot process? Can we disable some (rarely used or not useful) services?
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Can I get iOS notifications for emails routed to folders?

I have rules in outlook that routes certain emails to folders. These still appear as "unread" in the mail app, but not in the inbox, so I'm not getting notifications. Is there a way to enable ...
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Cannot compile C code after installing xcode

When I installed Xcode on Snow Leopard, gcc was not in my path. I manually added /Developer/bin to get gcc. However, I wrote a simple C program to include stdlib.h and stdio.h and print a string, but ...
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Is it possible to automatically configure multiple iPads with the same settings?

I need to configure a bunch of iPads with the same settings. For instance, volume level, auto-lock, side-button, timezone and light level. Currently I'm doing this manually on each iPad through the ...
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How to view man pages in a web browser?

Which .conf file do I need to edit in order to view man pages in a web browser? I'd like to use Google Chrome to do this. Is this possible?
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Any way to completely disable iOS passcode?

I have a cart of iPads in my high school classroom. Each iPad is shared by several students in different classes throughout the day. A clever student in one class decided to lock one of them. We have ...
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Is $HOME/.MacOSX/environment.plist still used in OS X 10.9.2 for setting global environment variables?

Is $HOME/.MacOSX/environment.plist still recognized/used in OS X 10.9.2 for setting global environment variables? Apple's official documentation does not say explicitly it's deprecated, AFACT: ...
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Master volume control is grayed out

on my Mac 10.6 (MacBook Pro Late 2009) master volume control for both Line-In built and for external USB Microphone is disabled (grayed out) Nobody really wanted to help what is the reason and how ...
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How can I modify OSX GUI colors to be more readable for weakened vision

A bit of preface: I'm currently a Windows user but I'm looking into switching to Mac for work purposes. This of course means that I'd be staring at the UI of OSX for about 40 hours every week at least ...
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mac osx lion security configuration guide

I could find the security configuration guide for mac osx versions at http://www.apple.com/support/security/guides/ however, I can't find any for OS X Lion. Any one know if it is in the works or if it ...
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Suspicious NTPD Connection

I use Little Snitch on Mac OS X 10.6.8 and noticed a connection that seemed suspicious to me. The snitch reported ntpd trying to connect to: "$host 94.23.243.53 53.243.23.94.in-addr.arpa domain ...
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How to recover .profile on Mac OS?

I have mis-configured ~/.profile while adding new environment variable. I want to restore my original .profile for my Mac OS, I am not mac expert please help me. None of my shell command is working ...
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Do not show refit menu on boot (only with option key)

Is it possible to configure rEFIt so that the menu does not automatically show on my macbook when booting? I would like it to boot straight to OSX and only show the menu when I hold the option key, ...
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How to have Mail.app in Lion sort messages within a thread oldest to newest (like gmail)

In Mail.app on 10.7 Lion, When I select an email thread, it shows all the emails within that thread in the right-hand pane, with the newest message first. How can I change this to sort from oldest to ...
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Prevent employees from using anything else but my proprietary application [duplicate]

I will be getting several mac minis for different branches that will have installed my software application which I need my employees to use. I need to make sure of the following: When the computer ...
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Unflip mouse buttons in Microsoft RDC client

I have used an older version of Microsoft RDC client on an old MBP with mouse on the left side of the keyboard. I had flipped the left and right mouse buttons of the mouse in preferences, which made ...
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How do I give mysqld write access to a directory?

I am running OSX right now and trying to run a mysqld process and seeing the following error: $ /usr/local/mysql/bin/mysqld --user=root 111026 11:05:08 [Warning] Can't create test file ...
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How do I whitelist hosts when using 3G?

When I'm on the move I want to tether to my phone to access a few essentials (telnet, ssh, IM, a few low bandwidth websites). What I don't want is for a load of background processes like Software ...
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What would cause a certificate installed on iOS to be invalid?

I recently installed two certificates (for use in signing mail) on several iOS devices. Both certificates derive from the same trust chain and were purchased from the same vendor on the same day. The ...
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Setup Mac for kiosk/installation environment

Is there any tool out there to automate the process of turning a regular mac into a kiosk machine? That is... not an internet kiosk but a regular machine with no warning, notifications, popups, etc... ...
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How can I get my albums to sort by track numbers in iTunes 11's expanded view?

I've been trying to figure out why my track sort order is wrong in iTunes 11. I have track metadata, and sorting by Album in the songs view works fine, but in the expanded view my tracks appear in ...
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How to change Mac OS X iCal's calendar color for Microsoft Exchange server account?

I'm using iCal for managing my schedules in my company. And my company is using Microsoft Exchange server for schedules. When I added the company account to iCal, it set the calendar color as orange. ...
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Can I apply my iPhone 3GS backup to my iPhone 4S?

As mentioned is a previous question, I made a backup of my old AT&T iPhone 3GS, then exchanged it for a new iPhone 4S at Sprint. They transfered over my contacts. However, there's a lot of other ...
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Configuring alot of iPhones?

I configured a bunch of iPads at my previous job, and I had to do it one at a time. Granted, there were only like 6 of them, but I am wondering what I would do if I needed to configure a whole bunch ...
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How to stop InternetSharing overwriting /etc/bootpd.plist

I set up a /etc/bootpd.plist so as to protect my wireless network, and to manage statically attributed IP addresses. Unfortunatly, when I start InternetSharing, this file is overwritten by a plist ...
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How do you set the maxopenfiles limit in Yosemite?

How do you set a soft limit for maxopenfiles in Yosemite? I installed Yosemite last night, and now it's ignoring my settings in my /etc/launchd.conf file: $ cat /etc/launchd.conf limit maxfiles ...
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where is the system wide $PATH set in OSX?

I'd like to set the $PATH variable for all users but don't find where it is defined. Having no $PATH export in my .bash_profile I have this ...
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Is it possible to configure the 2013 Airport Extreme to use a syslog server?

I know it was (and still is) possible to configure the earlier Airport Extreme and Airport Express stations to forward syslog events to an external server. The trick is to use AirPort Utility 5.6.1 ...
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Automatically turn bluetooth on or off depending on current network (MBP running Lion)

Is there any way to automatically turn Bluetooth on or off when my MacBook Pro (mid-2010, running Lion) joins specific networks? I typically want Bluetooth off except when I am connected to my home ...
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Most programs don't use proxy

To get internet in my school I have to use the schools http proxy server. So I configured my network preferences to use the proxy. But nearly no program seems to accept that configuration and use the ...
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Where does Mail keep its configuration files?

I had to replace my hard drive and don't have a backup. I do have a copy of my home folder on an external disk but it was a simple copy/paste job. I've been dragging my stuff from that disk to my new ...
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How to configure OS X for exhibitions

I need to configure a Mac Mini and OS X for use in exhibitions so that it: boots when power switches on (or wake on LAN) starts Safari in full-screen mode suppresses closing Safari and/or showing ...
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How to get the cellular APN on iPad?

I'm using iOS 5.0.1 on an iPad 1 and want to look at the APN settings. This article from Apple http://support.apple.com/kb/HT2283 says that I should be able to see them through Settings > Cellular ...
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How to change dock icon when some app has created generic icon images?

I want to use a custom app dock icon, and followed instructions found online, which specified the following: Find image in Finder cmd-i on file to "Get Info" Click the little icon in the top corner ...
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Connect MacBook Air to Cisco 2811 Console (RS-232 serial)

I'm trying to console connect into my business's Cisco 2811 console with my MacBook Air with a Thunderbolt to Gigabit adapter. I've googled around for a day and haven't found any information. How can ...
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Setting up environment variables for GUI apps?

Transitioning from Windows to the Mac. In Windows, I had a lot of environmental variables set-up that I used to speed up my work. Thinks like DEVDIR=C:\WORKDOCS\DOCS_jaravj\PROJ\dev ...
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Create and distribute printers

Is there a way to create a printer on a machine. Then bundle up the Printer bundle and create an installer out of it for multiple users at a location. To avoid having to explain to each user how to ...
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My iPad keeps asking to configure it after sync with iTunes

I've saved my iPad 1 config on iTunes I've updated iTunes on my PC I've updated my iPad from iTunes I've restored my config from iTunes There's a black screen with a white apple, then my iPad shows ...
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How to disable the warning when saving names that begin with a dot?

I get a warning when I try to save a dotfile. The warning message is: How can I disable this?
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Apache problem with hostname on OSX 10.8.4

After updating to 10.8.4 I am having trouble running my macports apache server. I stop the built-in apache with: sudo apachectl stop, then I try to start macports apache with: sudo ...
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Can Time Capsule/Airport (4th gen) serve local DNS?

I just got a 4th gen Time Capsule for my wife to use as her own backup server, and I'm potentially interested in using it as the main router and Wifi AP on my home network. My current router and AP is ...
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Is there any way to save Mac OS X preferences into a shell file?

Whenever I reinstall my Mac OS and/or buy a new Mac, I have to configure manually almost all the options of mouse, dock, etc. I'd like to know if Mac OS or some software can provide some way to save ...
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How to uninstall completely “Blackberry Device Manager”?

I've uninstalled the blackberry software from my mac using the original uninstaller utility. This software did not work properly, so it left a login item called called "Blackberry Device Manager" ...
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Starting Apache2 on Mountain Lion

I have tried every option to get apache2 to work in Mountain Lion, and I am baffled by how impossible the task seems to be. I just got a new iMac and on a fresh, clean install, I went about setting ...
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How to set alternatives in 10.8?

On Linux you can use update-alternative to change the version of a command. Which command in OS X (10.8) will switch the alternative of the current command?