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MacOS 10.9.5 Samba client has wrong permissions

I have a Samba server running on Ubuntu. When I mount it on my MacOS 10.9.5 box using the name smb://servername/ every single file looks like it has permission 0700. If I mount it using ...
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Why is my USB drive suddenly read-only and how can I make it read-write again?

I have a 1 TB USB drive. I've been using it for months. My main iTunes library is on it. As of yesterday, for no apparent reason, it has become read only. I can't open iTunes. I also tried ...
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Can't open files after changing username

I use OS X Mavericks 10.9.4. I changed my username and this may have caused that I am not able to open any files. I still can see my PDFs and photos in Preview! I get this: File XYZ couldn’t be ...
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Multiple Application Folders Priority?

How are Application folders treated or considered on multiple volumes of OS X? Are they treated and indexed with equal priority as the root /Applications? I my case I am considering putting the bulk ...
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Devices folder in Finder?

Is there anyway that I can view the /dev folder with its contained pseudo-files inside of Finder? I can access it just fine in the terminal with cd /dev, but in Finder it doesn't show up even with ...
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How to automount UDF partition with strange partition ID

I have two partitions on my usb hdd: #: id cyl hd sec - cyl hd sec [ start - size] ------------------------------------------------------------------------ 1: AF 1023 254 63 - 1023 ...
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Find Windows incompatible file / folder names

Is it possible to detect files / folders that are incompatible with Windows in Mac? We are uploading all our files to Dropbox (from Mac) and we have found that folders with names like "< 2014" ...
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Where file revisions are stored on OS X?

Most Apple applications in newer OS X versions, like OS X 10.9, automatically save all changes to all files and documents without your approval, and file versions and revisions are automatically ...
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Is there a way to find out when a USB flash drive has been last used (on any computer)?

I have a USB flash drive and I believed someone else may have plugged it in their computer and copied some files. Using my Mac, how do I know when was the last time my usb flash drive was plugged ...
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How to close a file and a folder using bash?

Is it possible? I would like something which is the opposite of the command open file_or_folder_name. I have searched on the web but I got no results.
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Is there a way to order all the files and folders automatically?

I am new to OS X, but there's one thing that annoys me a little bit, which is that every time I have to clean up all the files (by name, for example) because they are always pasted in an unordered ...
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Move Documents folder to different drive

I would like to move the Documents folder to a different drive. I am running OS X 10.9.4. I am trying to preserve space on my OS SSD.
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What is the standard location for the “recent files” information that each app seems to store?

The app in question is called RStudio. When I am using it, if I want to look at a file that I have looked at recently, I can click: File...Recent Files...and a menu of the last 5 or 6 files used ...
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How to access a connected iPhone device from within Terminal?

How can I access the connected iPhone or iPad from within Terminal on OS X? I want to get all the photos (only photos) from the connected iDevice and save it to any directory in my OS X filesystem. I ...
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What is the difference between 'Capacity' and '%iused' when running the 'df' command in the terminal

When I run the df command I'm getting different values for capacity and %iused. What is the difference between them?
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Thumbnails for Image Files on Desktop won't load

I have a dozen or so image files on my iMac's desktop. Most of the time, after booting up my computer, it displays a thumbnail of each image (as it should). But sometimes, the thumbnails won't show ...
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Mac OSX 10.9.4 file Write Access Error on Network on various Applications

I am working on a corporate network. I use a Mac running OSX 10.9.4. Recently I have started to get the following error message when trying to write to a windows share running on an smb:// share. If ...
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Launch iTunes and iPhoto when external USB drive is connected

Is there a code that I can just copy an paste into Terminal or Automator? If not what is the best Application to download?
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Is 500,000 files in my home directory too much

On my mac I did find ~/ in the terminal to list all the files in my home directory it listed over 500,000. This seems like an awful lot to me and occasionally my computer is slow. Is there any ...
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How to convert relative to absolute path? [duplicate]

As per this answer, the solution in most flavors of *nix is readlink -f /relative/path But the MacOS (I use 10.9.2) implementation of readlink does not support the -f option. How do I convert a ...
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How do I retrieve files copied into iPad iOS 7 from Linux

I bought a new iPad Mini, with iOS 7.1. So a friend of mine had some epub and pdf files that she wanted to share with me, so we plugged the new iPad into her laptop running Ubuntu, and we could acces ...
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How do I mount Ext4 using OS X Fuse

I installed OS X Fuse on OS X 10.9.4 as outlined in http://osxdaily.com/2014/03/20/mount-ext-linux-file-system-mac/ Unfortunately it does not mount any of my Linux filesystems (on external HD or SD ...
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How do I merge folders using finder? [duplicate]

I have a folder (let's name it main-folder and it's mounted via smb) that contains lots of files and subfolders. I want to copy half of the contents of main-folder to a local subfolder (let's call it ...
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Partition Table Overwritten by MBR for USB external storage

I was trying to make my SD card writable again on my MBP which I had my 1 TB external storage connected to my Macbook Pro. So I ran the command $ sudo diskutil eraseDisk FAT32 SDNAME-SD MBRFormat ...
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Why is everything set to immutable and how do I reverse it?

I can't seem to change the permissions (let alone delete) anything in directories like /usr/local (which I should be). My research has indicated that it's due to OSX automatically setting everything ...
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How should I reconcile dot-underscore files after a manual backup?

I recently had to (hurriedly) back up data on an older Macbook before migrating it to a new one. Since all I had at my disposal was a large FAT32 formatted drive, I used that and a manual copy. I've ...
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Reason for root `/private` heirarchy [duplicate]

What is the reason for the /private directory structure located at the root of an OSX system volume? Why are /etc, /tmp, and /var symlinks to subdirectories of /private? NOTE While writing my ...
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How can I overwrite a file or prevent 'copy' from being appended?

When I copy/paste a file into a folder where a file with the same name exists, instead of replacing, it changes the filename to 'file Copy'. Is there a way to copy/replace similar to windows or ...
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how to not show two version app when open file in mac osx?

I copy OSX system with another SSD, and when want open file, you can see following, that means I can open file with the application in deprecated osx, but I want keep osx for restore oneday. how not ...
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How can I find out what version/fork of fuse is being used on OS X?

I'm trying to debug an encfs-related issue where my filesystem seems to become randomly unmounted or root-read-only. I've gone through a number of reinstalls, but I'm now confused about what ...
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How to change ISO volume label on OS X?

I have some ISO files here with weird volume labels. I want to rename them to something I can easily remember. I know in Windows using either winiso or poweriso (both are non-free?) it can be done ...
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Unable to determine the Mac OS X version on the targeted disk (-69831)

I recently moved my home folder to another internal HDD on my MacbookPro (early 2011 OSX 10.9.4). I'm having an issue where in-app file dialogs cannot display my new home directory or its contents. I ...
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Disable storage of invisible files “._” on my cfs or smb network storage

I use OS X Mavericks and have some company storage drives mounted (using smb or cfs). (smb://username@address.path.toserver.com/directory/data). When I work with files on the drive or copy files to ...
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How to download embroidery design files to iPad

When I try to download embroidery design files from a website to iPad, the download fails. I would like to know if there's a way we can force Safari (or Google Chrome) to save such files (formats such ...
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What is an alternative to a BAT file on Mac?

What is the alternate for BAT file (Windows) on Mac? Does different version of OS X have different format of BAT files? I am trying to create a BAT file on Mac which normally changes directory while ...
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Change file kind / kMDItemContentType

I have two text files with no extension and made them executable. Both are set to open with Terminal app. However one file is shown as kind "Text" and the other one as "executeable unix file". if I ...
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Automator service to extract file and delete parent

I am trying to create an automator service to take the selected folders in Finder and search each of them for movie files, move those movie files to a certain directory and then move the original ...
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SD Card: Read-Only file system

A follow up to my earlier question about the Mavericks installation from an SD Card. I am running this in Terminal: mv Packages /Volumes/OS\ X\ Base\ System\ 2/System/Installation The response is: ...
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How to save only the “configuration” of an iPod for later restore?

My iPod Classic 160GB is formatted "Windows" (presumably FAT32). I want to "Macintosh" format it (hfs+). Is there a way to save only the "configuration" of said iPod so I can more-easily restore it ...
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How to resize the file system of a linaro img

I am following the instructions here to setup an ARM VM for the Open Security training "Intro to ARM". How to set up an ARM VM for Open Security Training's "Intro to ARM" course In the instructions ...
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Resource is busy, but lsof doesn't think so

Occasionally, I get file (typically after they are edited by Microsoft Word) that I can not delete: > rm -rf foo.docx rm: M_AI_SO.docx: Resource busy However, lsof doesn't report anything, even ...
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Where does Screensaver store images?

I have only used iPhoto a couple of times by accident (preferring one of the many alternatives). Each time, I carefully removed those images from iPhoto to the iPhoto trashcan and then emptied the ...
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Encfs volume randomly unmounts

I have an encfs volume that used to be mounted continuously without any issues. Some months ago, the volume started occasionally become unmounted - even if there were open files on it! This ...
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Shell scripting: Select folder based on part of file name

My project I'm creating a bash shell script to execute from the Terminal. Its purpose is to archive lots and lots of project folders. Each folder follows a prescribed nomenclature: [YYYY.MM.DD] - ...
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some file system operations very slow, ssd

(macbook air 2012, noticed before I upgraded to mavericks) on my SSD, newly downloaded files or newly created folders take a very long time to be moved, viewed, or examined. I have 1/5th of the free ...
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How to forcibly unload kernel extension

I am using Paragon NTFS to mount an external USB hard disk formatted in NTFS. Occasionally the NTFS kernel extension will hang, especially after writing a lot of data. Running $ umount ...
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Can someone describe the purpose of OSX root level folders in laymen's terms?

Simple and concise documentation on the OSX folder hierarchy is sparse. I'm looking for a simple description of each - what are the functions of each? /private /var /usr /tmp /etc /bin /sbin ...
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Is it safe to delete heapdump.hprof.old?

I'm on a mac book air running OS X 10.9.2. I want to free up space. I see that a file called headdump.hprof.old is occupying a lot of space. Is it safe to delete it? What does it do?
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need suggestion, Common file system between MAC OS Mavericks and Windows 7

I have Mavericks on one HDD and Windows7 x64 on another HDD in same machine. Windows can't even see MAC partitions while MAC gains READ ONLY access to NTFS partition. I want a robust and common file ...
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how to move and merge folders in OSX Mavericks?

I have 2 subfolders (which in itself contains many subfolders) in my main folder. e.g. main folder == subfolder1 ==== folder1 ==== folder2 == subfolder2 ==== folder1 ==== folder3 ==== folder4 some ...