The system used to format and organize files on a disk. This includes directory structure, permissions management, metadata, and more. The current default file system for the Mac OS is HFS+

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Best file system for an external hard drive sharing between OS X and Windows

I would like to buy an external hard drive that I'll use on Mac OS X and on Windows, but I don't know the best file system for it (reading and writing on the both system). I know I can used FAT32 ...
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Can Disk Utility and Disk Warrior be used on a Fusion volume containing Mac OS X

I have Snow Leopard Server 10.6.8 running in a VMware Fusion 4.1.3 virtual machine. When I run a Disk Utility "Verify Disk" from within the VM, errors are reported. Invalid B-tree node size ...
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Can you reinstall OS X on a FileVault 2-encrypted drive?

I've been researching FileVault 2 to make sure that I understand it before I enable it on my Mac. While reading Macworld's Complete guide to FileVault 2 in Lion, I encountered an unexpected caveat ...
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Installing iOS SDK (Xcode) portably?

Is there any way to install the entire Xcode and iOS SDK developer suite on an external hard drive, and run it? When I open the .mpkg, I get " Xcode and iOS SDK can't be installed on this disk. You ...
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Installing gcc without admin?

Is there a place to install command line programs on OSX without an admin password? I've tried /bin and /usr/bin, and I have permission for neither. Like a ~/Applications, but for the command line.
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Unremovable directory

I have a problem with a seemingly unremovable directory/bundle. I moved Spotify.app from /Applications to the Trash and later tried to empty the Trash. The empty trash progress bar shows up but then ...
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Linus Torvalds and the OS X Filesystem

Back in 2008, Linus Torvalds famously said in an interview that "OS X in some ways is actually worse than Windows to program for. Their file system is complete and utter crap, which is scary." I've ...
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How do I rename a file in git that differs by case only?

In my git (Xcode) project, I committed a filename with improper case. Now I went to try to rename it, but when I commit, I get: fatal: Will not add file alias 'MyProject/MyFile.h' ...
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`open http://foo.com` and specify the chrome user which is to be used

Using the open command from terminal I would like to be able to specify the chrome the specific chrome user to open the url with? Local Chrome users are outlined here. Essentially I have a local ...
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New programs must be launched twice in 10.7.3?

I noticed recently that new programs (newly installed or downloaded) are not opening on first try on my MacBook Pro, or on my wife's MacBook. Both are running 10.7.3. On first launch, new programs ...
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Why is FAT16 limited to read-only with TrueCrypt on Snow Leopard?

I'm experiencing a problem with TrueCrypt. The problem is described elsewhere but not resolved for me. When attempting to mount encrypted containers, the following error is generated: hdiutil: ...
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Where are audio device files in OSX?

Probably because OSX uses different naming conventions for devices files and because OSX uses Core Audio audio subsystem (not ALSA or OSS) there are no devices such as: /dev/sdp /dev/audio /dev/mixer ...
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Setting user & group in a new installation (Mac)

Our product is an Audio Units that needs to be installed in /Library/Audio/Plug-Ins/Components/ In order to allow automatic updates, we need to create the Audio-Unit bundle (ourapp.component) with ...
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What are the advantages of formatting an external disk as journaled HFS+?

The application Disk Utility /Library/Utilites/Disk Utility.app which is part of the applications that ship with the Mac OS allows to reformat an external disk. Options include: Mac OS Extended ...
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How to confirm that a file has copied to a new disk without any errors?

I'd like to copy files from one external drive to a network connected drive. I want to make sure that there are no errors. I know of MD5 hash files that I see for large single files that are download ...
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What programs have trouble with case-sensitive (HFSX) filesystems, and how to fix them?

There are some programs that require a case-sensitive filesystem, and others that require case-insensitive. Even though Apple warns against using case sensitive file systems, in some situations it is ...
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Selectively control when Aperture/iPhoto opens

Both Aperture and iPhoto have a setting of whether to open "when a camera is connected." I want this option to be checked, but I don't want it to consider my iPad a camera. How can I enable it for ...
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What happens if you create another folder alongside the Contents folder in an application bundle?

I know the icons representing programs that end in .app are really a specially treated folder, and not a single file. And inside that folder, there is a folder called Contents, and in that folder lies ...
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How to change path in Finder by entering the path manually?

It seems that by default there is no way to enter a whole path in the Finder, so instead one should traverse through all the tree to get somewhere deep in the filesystem. Is there anyway to overcome ...
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Copy system bundle to a Mac on network?

I screwed up while using Monolingual and removed the "AppleKeyboardLayouts.bundle". Before I realized what happened, I logged out and now I can't type a password to log back in. I have tried to copy ...
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Move complete Lion installation to another physical drive

is there a way to completely move my OSX Lion to my new SSD without reinstalling? I came from Windows and Linux to OSX and i thought maybe it is possible to simply change the bootloader config after ...
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In Lion, the “Open File” dialog doesn't refresh until 30 to 60 seconds after the window appears

I'm running Lion (10.7.3). In any application, when I bring up the "Open File" dialog, it shows an outdated list of files — files I deleted hours ago still show up; files I recently created don't ...
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Open app in current directory when another app with the same name exists, from command line

I have an app name foo.app I want to open from command line (using open). My folder structure is like this: ~ +---bar +--- foo.app +---baz +--- foo.app I want to open the app located in ...
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How to investigate fragmentation of one file?

I'd like to see if one of my file is "all over the place", ie fragmented in little pieces at different locations on my hard drive. I'm not looking for a software like iDefrag but rather a command ...
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Is it safe to delete ~/Library/Caches/com.apple.iLifeSlideshow/Pictures?

I was just doing a quick audit of the files on my hard drive and noticed that ~/Library/Caches/com.apple.iLifeSlideshow/Pictures is taking up 1.57 GB on my machine! This leads to the following ...
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Can't delete copied Time Machine files

I'm trying to move my time machine backup files all under Backups.backupdb to another drive. I initiated a file copy overnight. In the morning I saw that only certain backups(folders with dates) got ...
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What folders should I be backing up? Are there any I should avoid?

I'm in the process of configuring a cloud backup for my OS X machine and am trying decide what folders to back up and whether there are any folders I should avoid. I have complete control, by ...
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How can I retrieve files cached in the RAM?

there are some applications that don't write cache files on the disk, instead they write into the RAM directly and thus you can't back it up, analyse it or do anything with it. How can I retrieve ...
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Recover a file after hitting “replace” in copy dialog?

Someone I know copied a file into a directory over another one and hit "replace" accidentally. Is there any way to recover the older version of the file on Mac OS X Leopard 10.5.8? EDIT: Time ...
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Excessive “Opening application for the first time” dialogs

I often get the dialog box warning me that I'm opening an application for the first time. But, it isn't the first time. Some of these are applications that I use daily. I seem to be getting more ...
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Why would you choose Alfred over Spotlight?

Mac OS X is already loaded with Apple Spotlight, why use Alfred? What does Alfred bring to the table that Spotlight doesn't?
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Simplest way to prevent iTunes from automatically launching when iPhone/iPad is connected

Everything is stated in the title. When I connect my iPad or iPhone iTunes automatically launches. What is the simplest way to prevent this from happening?
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How can I associate a file extension with a content type?

I have some files with extension "module" and "inc," which are PHP files. When I try to open them, the list of applications that can open them shows only the application I have set as default ...
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How can I use NTFS-3G installed using MacPorts?

After upgrading to Lion I'm having problem mounting NTFS drives in read/write mode. This is because NTFS-3G distributed by Tuxera does not work with Lion. At their suggestion I installed NTFS-3G ...
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How Can I Clear the Website Loaded on Startup?

On Mac OS Lion, apps seem to persist their state across launches. Generally, this is a good thing. However, I seem to have run into a problem. In Safari, I must have typed quickly and hit enter ...
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How do I mount a jailbroken iPhone as a volume in Lion?

In Snow Leopard I was using this utility (it uses MacFuse) to mount my iPhone as a volume upon its connection. Worked very well, and I could browse my jailbroken iPhone's files easily and drag/drop ...
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How can I use LaCie USB Key “Private Volumes” with 10.6.8/10.7?

Today I purchased a LaCie iamaKey v2. When I first ran the included 'La-Private' software, it urged me to install MacFUSE, so I did. After going through the steps, I tried to open my Private Volume, ...
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Can I Save Open Dialog Windows Size and Filesystem Location?

Sometimes I have to upload, attach, open, insert, multiple files into various programs and websites. Often I have to do many in a row. Every time I "Browse" to add a file, OSX or Finder takes me ...
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Can I enable file removal in the open window on OS X?

Can I enable file removal in the open window on OS X? The open or save dialogs do not allow you do do many opeations, like removing a file or renaming it. Is there any hidden defaults preference ...
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Run plist command every 5 seconds

I have the following plist file in my User/Library/LaunchAgents folder. It presses the "g" key every 60 seconds. My question is, how can I change this to press the "g" key every 5 seconds? ...
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How can I create an entry in the /Applications folder that runs a command in the terminal?

I would like to have an item in the /Applications folder that will open a new terminal window and run a specific command inside. How can I create this?
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Always open app in “reduced” form

When I Open certain apss (such as MacVim) I don't need the toolbar. So is there a way to make the app know this and always open in with the toolbar hidden (eg. as you would do by pressing the bean ...
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Opening a terminal window to a specific directory from a bash script

How can I write a bash script in Mac OS X that opens a Terminal window in a specific directory? I'd assume something like: open /Applications/Utilities/Terminal.app But that does nothing (maybe ...
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opening an app in a shell script with sudo

I'm trying to open an app that listens to port 25 within a shell script. In order to listen to port 25, I need to run the app with sudo. So I tried the following: sudo open appThatNeedsPort25 It ...
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Simplest way to audit and monitor my home network and deal with intruders (while leaving it all open)

Please don't give me a suggestion that you haven't tried and approved yourself. Also please feel free so skip and not read anything below. I trust the title is already summing up pretty good. What ...
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Why is there a duplicate entry for my TextMate?

I was changing the default program to open .txt files with and I noticed 2 entries for TextMate. Its one of those little things that annoy me. How can I fix it? I didn't see 2 directors of ...
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Is it possible to mount SharePoint as a volume in 10.6?

Background My office uses: Microsoft SharePoint to store and version our documents Microsoft Office, with Microsoft Document Connection to connect to the SharePoint site. Question 1 Can Finder ...
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How to setup a default program opening an unknown file extension?

I tried to open a file with an extension name of adb in Finder (to be precise, PathFinder). When I clicked the file, vi editor is activated to open the adb file. I didn't do anything with the adb ...
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Automatically launch a program or action when an external drive or disk is connected

I have an external drive. Is it possible to launch a program or perform an action when I connect it or plug it in?
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How can I change the keyboard shortcut key to open Quicksilver?

Fyi.. I searched Apple.SE and didn't found an answer, so I am posting here. Currently I open Quicksilver by Ctrl + Shift + spacebar. And my Spotlight preference is Cmd + spacebar. Most of the time I ...