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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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 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 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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Tab completion for hosts defined in ~/.ssh/config doesn't work anymore on Yosemite

I'm trying to create my ~/.ssh/config file for simplify my work life on the server connection. In Mavericks all worked properly and with the tab I was be able to autocomplete the hostname with file ...
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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 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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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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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: https:...
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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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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 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 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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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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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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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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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?
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Configuring Apple Mail with Gmail Aliases

I am trying to use AppleMail and trying to configure to using gmail alias. My primary email address is sid@mydomain.com and I have configured this in Apple Mail and able to send / receive messages ...
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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 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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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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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 /usr/bin:/bin:/usr/sbin:/sbin:/usr/local/bin:/usr/local/...
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What does “each user must type in their password before they will be able to unlock the disk” mean?

I am setting up File Vault 2 on my Macbook Pro under Yosemite and I see the following message, each user must type in their password before they will be able to unlock the disk I don't ...
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How to configure the status bar?

Does anybody know how to configure the status bar (bar size, icons and font size, and so on)? I'd like to do it while keeping the screen resolution, of course. I've browsed and searched both Ask ...
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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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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 /usr/local/...
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Where Is Darwin's ARP Cache?

The Linux kernel generally tends to cache its ARP tables here: /proc/net/arp. Darwin & Mac OS X, however, do not seem to follow the same convention. So where can I find the Darwin & Mac OS X ...
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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 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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How to transfer preferences from one machine to another?

Is there a way to transfer my various preferences configured on Machine A to a new Machine B? For example, I would like to transfer many of the preferences configured within System Preferences and ...
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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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Editing system keyboard layout

I wonder how to edit the following two files, so that I can change the system keyboard layout. It seems they are binary resource files, but I'm not sure. /System/Library/Keyboard\ Layouts/...
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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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Configure sandbox permissions

While trying to modify a property list I was rather surprised to receive the following error sh-3.2# cp com.apple.mDNSResponder.plist com.apple.mDSNResponder.plist.backup cp: com.apple.mDSNResponder....
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rbenv not overriding default Ruby version

I used the thoughtbot laptop script to setup a new Macbook Air (OSX 10.10.5), but when I navigate within a Rails project that contains a .ruby-version file, running commands such as rails s returns an ...
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Pushing an Apple ID for App Store to IPads with Apple Configurator

Is there a way to push an Apple ID to the iPads with profiles via Apple Configurator? I have several 100 and would like to push it so we do not have to enter it manually for each.
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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 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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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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How do I change GNU Screen's meta-key to Cmd-a?

GNU Screen's default meta-key is Ctrl-a, which is really inconvenient for me because I frequently use Ctrl-a and Ctrl-e to move the cursor to the beginning or end of the line. I'd prefer to change ...
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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 ...