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How can I open a .pkg file manually?

Some applications come in .pkg files, and ask for you administrator password, even if all they do is copy the binary to /Applications. I like to have my applications in ~/Applications, and I do not ...
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Why does Office for Mac need Safari and Chrome closed for installation?

In an update for MS Office for Mac, the installer asks to close Chrome and Safari — why? What do those programs have to do with Microsoft Office? I only have Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.
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Is it possible to burn a DVD out of the Lion app store install?

Is it possible to burn a DVD out of the Lion app store install?
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Amending PATH so that /usr/local/bin is ahead of /usr/bin

I'm trying to install brew but get the following warning: Warning: /usr/bin occurs before /usr/local/bin This means that system-provided programs will be used instead of those provided by Homebrew. ...
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Is it possible to pre-install apps on an iPad?

We're giving away iPads (for real, and no you can't have one) as part of a promotion to our referral network. But the plan is to ship it pre-installed with our sales presentation apps and sign-up ...
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Why don't I have to install programs?

I've just started using a Mac for iOS development, coming from two decades of Windows use, and I'm astonished and confounded to find that there's no installation process for Mac programs....you just ...
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Why do I have to drag my new apps into the application folder?

I'm a new Mac user and I've been installing a few different apps for different things. A lot of these use .dmg files. Why exactly do they all expect me to drag the icon into the application folder? ...
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App Store thinks apps are installed

I had a few apps originally purchased through the App Store that got corrupted. I removed them with the intent of re-installing them from the App Store, but it seems that the App Store thinks they're ...
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Installing wine with homebrew

So, I am running a bit of a different install. Here's the background: I have installed wine before with MacPorts. Later, I decided to install homebrew. Then, wine didn't work so I tried brew install ...
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Reinstalling Lion

My Mac has gotten pretty dirty from all the stuff I've installed and the files I have accumulated these past months. I have tried reinstalling by holding Command-R and following the process. However, ...
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Why are so many Mac downloads a .dmg just that contains a single .pkg?

I've noticed that many downloads are a dmg (disk image) that contains a single pkg file (installation package). Usually the pkg seems to be already compressed since the dmg doesn't reduce the file ...
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What is the best way to generate a Mavericks Install USB flash drive?

I could probably copy the contents from the package, but what is the best way to create an install Flash Drive for Mavericks? Of course ideally the drive should be bootable.
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Why do App Store applications transferred into ~/Applications on another machine not launch?

I have purchased some apps from the Mac App store and installed them on my personal computer. I would like to install them on a shared work computer. Unfortunately, I do not have admin access to the ...
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How can I install the Command Line Tools completely from the command line?

I'd like to script the installation of the the Xcode Command Line Tools. On Mavericks, xcode-select --install will open a dialog prompting the user to install, but I'd like to trigger the install ...
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Is there a way to determine what application wants Java installed?

After upgrading to Mountian Lion on both my MacBook Air and my wife's MacBook Pro, I recieved a prompt asking to install Java (I did not get this on my iMac). I was wondering what triggered this ...
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Can the Mavericks install binary be shared between two different apple accounts?

My question is similar to Re-use Mavericks install file, but instead of re-using the Mavericks install file on my own Macs, I would like to make a copy for a friend (so he doesn't have to download ...
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Unattended installation of pkg file

Is there any possibility to create a unattended installation of an pkg package? E.g. creating a mpkg and running a script which installed the package via console and installer. Background: I had to ...
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How to do fresh install of Mountain Lion?

My Mac is very slow. My Mac is running OS X Mountain Lion after an upgrade from Lion. How can I do a fresh install the OSX Mountain Lion, with a clean HDD (all of my documents deleted), so it ...
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How do I install an application from a disk image?

I've downloaded Firefox and it's now sitting on my desktop as Firefox.dmg. When I double click on Firefox.dmg it opens up a window with Firefox in it so I can use it - does this mean the application ...
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Apple-Certified RAM?

I'm planning to upgrade my RAM in my MacBook Pro (Late 2008) from the base 2GB to 4GB. I'm planning to buy RAM from Kingston. There's two types of Kingston 1066 2GB RAM here. (Laptop-sized RAM) ...
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How can I clone my Lion-pre-installed drive to a new smaller hard drive?

I got a new MBP with Lion installed (as detailed here: How can I install an SSD on my new Lion MBP w/out install disks?), and I want to clone the drive (including the Lion install partition) to my new ...
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How can I install an SSD on my new Lion MBP w/out install disks?

I just got a new MBP that came with Lion, and they didn't give me any install disks. If I swap in my new SSD, how can I install Lion on the new drive? Update: There is the Mac OS X Utilities that I ...
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How can I reinstall Mac OS X (Lion) without erasing data?

My Lion installation ruined. Everything doesn't work. Even my Mac doesn't sleep. I want to reinstall whole OS, but I have no spare backup drive. So I want to reinstall OS without erasing or ...
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Can't install apps from App Store on iPhone with iOS 7

I upgraded my iPhone 4 to iOS 7 last night but now I can't download apps using the App Store on my iPhone. It's still possible to get the apps using iTunes on my computer and syncing my phone, but ...
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What would I lose if I needed to reinstall from a Time Machine backup?

Is there a list somewhere of the areas of the hard drive that aren't backed up by Time Machine? And does reinstalling from Time Machine install everything from the backup or just parts of it? I like ...
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Erase and Install missing in Snow Leopard

When installing Tiger or Leopard, there was an option called Erase and Install that would delete the disk before installing the new OS. In Snow Leopard, this option seems to be missing. Is there any ...
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Is it possible to install Mac os x in virtual machine on a macbook pro?

I'm going to try diffrent versions of MacOSX on my macbook pro. I have a Snow Leopard installed there, and need something else (possibly a Tiger) as second solution, to test the software. So I ...
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How to reinstall Mac OS X built in Perl on Mountain Lion?

I updated to Mountain Lion 4 days ago and then realised that my perl scripts did not work any longer. So I installed ActivePerl 5.14 (newest version) because I thought that perl has been deleted. ...
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Why do some OSX progams have an installer (mpkg) instead of drag-drop?

Most OSX programs can be installed by dragging the app to the Applications folder (or wherever the user wants them). However, some software must be installed by launching an .mpkg package, acting ...
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Install Bootcamp Windows7 off external USB optical drive on Lion system

I got my new MBP today and I plan to use MCE's OptiBay to place a second harddisk in the drive bay and put Windows via Bootcamp on it, but I heard / read that, at least with Snow Leopard, it was not ...
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How to clone an entire disk with Lion (+Rescue) & Bootcamp Partitions

I have a faulty (hardware-wise) drive in my 2011 macbook pro and will probably get a replacement drive from the vendor, but I was wondering whether there is (by now) a way (tool) to clone the disk ...
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How can I download the Lion installation file?

I just got my new Macbook Pro 15" - it had OS X Lion pre-installed. Is there a way I can download the OS X Lion ISO (legitimately) so I will be able to have it in case I need to reinstall ? If I ...
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Xcode 4.2 Snow Leopard Doesn't Install

My mac crashed and I am trying to install Xcode 4.2 again, but it doesn't work. The GUI shows an 'The Installation Failed' error. In the console a few messages stick out to me. They are: The ...
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Chromium builds for Mac OS X

What is the proper way to install Chromium (not chrome!) on Mac OS X? Stable builds are a must, beta builds or nightlies are nice to have.
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Adding a new directory to the PATH environment variable?

I'm trying to install this library called phantomjs. The instructions include this line: http://code.google.com/p/phantomjs/wiki/BuildInstructions For convenience, copy the executable ...
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Newly Installed App (gem) Via Terminal, Path?

I have used sudo gem install to install a few gems. My question is how do I know where the executable was installed, so I can add it to the path in .bash_profile?
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Installing .pkg with terminal ?

Is it possible to install a .pkg using a terminal ? (I wanted to install an app through ssh).
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How can I burn an OS X Lion install DVD once the installer has been auto-deleted?

I've just installed OS X Lion on my iMac, and I want to make an installation DVD, so that I can reinstall without having to first install Snow Leopard. The way to create the DVD is answered ...
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Can I use the Mac OS X Install DVD that came with my Mac Mini on my Macbook?

I just bought a new hard drive for my Macbook and want to install a fresh OS X 10.6. I looked through all the CDs that I have and I could only find the Mac OS X Install DVD that came with a new Mac ...
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Install Xcode in OS X Tiger 10.4.11

So I'm attempting to install Xcode on OS X Tiger on my iBook G4 (It was a gift.) I needed Xcode because I was trying to install MacPorts so that I could easily install software, namely git. However, ...
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What happens to application data when I update vs uninstall an iOS app?

When I update my apps on iOS the configuration for the apps are always maintained, including passwords. I am wondering someone knows if the data is kept when I (as end-user) uninstall apps as well. ...
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How to remove an app stuck in “waiting” mode from the Mac App Store?

I've got 2 applications that I installed via the Mac App Store that are still in the "waiting" mode. How do I get these applications to finish installing? Or how do I remove them and try again? By ...
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Best practice for installing applications for multiple users?

I have a MBP with Lion (10.7.3) on it and there are two user accounts on it, I use them to seperate work and private stuff, but when I install apps, I generally want to use/upgrade/remove them using ...
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Best practices for a backup and fresh install

I try to keep my mid-2009 Macbook Pro (5,3) pretty clean but over the last year I have definitely felt things slowing down a bit. I'm anxious to do a fresh install but I want to make sure I have a ...
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Can I install a full copy of Snow Leopard on an Apple TV?

I have both a legitimate, store-bought retail license for OS X Snow Leopard, and I own an Apple TV. (Neither were stolen, copied, etc. ;-) Is it possible to install OS X Snow Leopard on an Apple TV? ...
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Mac won't boot: Way to mount drive and delete one file?

My macbook is currently a brick. I added a /etc/launchctl.conf file that must be malformed. The OS now crashes even when attempting to start in safe mode: "launchd System bootstrapper has crashed: ...
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How can I run Warcraft III (a PowerPC app) on OS X Mountain Lion?

When I tried to install Warcraft III I got this nice message that says: You can’t open the application “Installer.app” because PowerPC applications are no longer supported. So what's the best ...
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Advantage of doing a clean Install of Mountain Lion?

I have Mac OS X Lion 10.7.4 installed in my Macbook Pro. When I upgraded to Mac OS X Lion from Snow Leopard I did a clean install since some applications weren't compatible with Lion. I am planning to ...
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How can I mount partition disk0s4 that became inaccessible after a clean installation of Mountain Lion?

The hard drive on my MacBook Pro has two partitions. One with the OS and the other with data. Yesterday, from a USB boot drive, I performed a clean installation of Mountain Lion to the OS drive. I ...
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Can I copy (myself) an app purchased through the Mac App Store to another of my licensed computers?

I have some applications purchased through the Mac App Store, and I have two Macs. Presently, if I buy an application on my Mac mini, I just go and launch the App Store on my MacBook Air, and then ...