The sixth major version of Mac OS X, 10.5 is marketed as Leopard.

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Is there a way to prevent those pesky .DS_Store files from being ever created?

Is there a way (eg. a binary hack into Finder) to stop it from creating .DS-Stores on LOCAL Volumes? I am using Leopard, therefore these don't work: Asepsis (requires Lion) TotalFinder (requires ...
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How can I stop spaces from switching automatically?

I will often use Spaces on Mac OS X 10.5 to switch to another space when a program is busy / unresponsive. Very often, without warning or apparent reason, Spaces will switch back to the first space ...
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G5 wakes up for no apparent reason

I’ve got a very odd problem with an old G5 of mine. It's a 2.3GHz Dual-Core G5 with Mac OS X 10.5.8. Sometimes, though not always (about 50/50), when putting the computer to sleep, it wakes up after a ...
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Update from 10.5.8 to Lion with the Lion USB stick

I bought this small OS X Lion USB stick for $69 today. The guy in the Apple Store said that I can simply upgrade from my 10.5.8 to Lion with this thing. Well I plugged it in and hello, I'm not able to ...
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How can I copy the path of a file?

This surely sounds weird to PC users ;-), but my actual question is "How can I copy the path to a folder or a file ?" The Info Dialog doesn't allow me to copy the information that stands there ... ...
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How do I stop my Mac from attempting Time Machine Backups?

I have a 2005 PowerBook running 10.5.8 that, in its previous life, was my personal, full time machine that I used all the way through graduate school. It has been relegated to very light duty in the ...
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Photo Stream access on pre-Lion Macs

I have a machine not running Lion because of software Lion does not support. This machine is currently my primary household media hub, and it would be very helpful if it could take advantage of Photo ...
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Can you hide hidden files in specific folders (like the desktop) while keeping them shown everywhere else?

I work with hidden files all the time, but I like an uncluttered desktop. It would be nice to make files like .DS_Store, and .localized invisible just on the Desktop. Please note I am already aware ...
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Why is Java virtual memory reservation so high? Bug?

On my Mac Os 10.5.8 Server, Java is reserving 16,777,216TB (about a third more then the sum of all human knowledge -eek!) of virtual memory. I know it's not really reserving this (it would be pretty ...
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Is there a web browser I can use safely on Mac OS 10.5.8?

Sometime in 2012, Adobe Flash asked me to update it. I tried, but it didn't work because my browsers (firefox and chrome) didn't support the newest flash. I tried to update my browsers, but neither ...
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Free tool to create a screencast to upload on hosting video platforms

I would like to make a small video tutorial of a web application I deployed recently. Could you recommend some free programm to record screencast easily, ready to upload to video hosting platforms ...
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No right to open file once copied on the desktop

I'm new to Mac, so I may not have the correct vocabulary. We have a Mac 10.5.x configured to share files with AFP and SMB. We have 4 other Mac as clients, various versions between 10.5 and 10.6. ...
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How do I change back from MacPorts Python to system default version?

I used MacPorts to install a newer version of Python on my system (10.5.8 PPC), and then used the MacPorts select command to change the default invoked version of Python to the MP version. Now I want ...
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Software update never completes

I have an eMac (PPC G4) with 512 MB RAM, running 10.5.8. When I run Software Update, the "Checking for new software..." process never completes. I have tried deleting my ...
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How do I change containers from Matroska to MP4 without modifying the stream data?

I want to take some Matroska (.mkv) movies I have (h.264/AAC with subtitle & chapter tracks) and change the container to the more iOS friendly MP4 container, but without re-encoding all of the ...
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What tool is best for removing pages from a PDF?

I have a set of PDF documents that each have a few extra pages. I'd like to remove the first two and last pages from each of them. Preview only lets me look at and annotate a PDF, not edit one. Can ...
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Which OS X is the fastest for my old MacBook?

I am going to do a clean install of OS X on my old MacBook (Late 2008), but the computer will only be needed for: tabbed web browsing (Safari/Chrome), word processing (Office/iWork), and maybe some ...
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Give a new life to my 2007 MacBook Pro (help it live longer)

TLDR: What can I do to my 2007 MacBook Pro (under Leopard) to make it snappier? I have a 2007 MacBook Pro (technical characteristics below). I use it for heavy nonprofessional office-style work: ...
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Can I upgrade directly from Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard to 10.7 Lion? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Can I upgrade to Lion straight from 10.5.8? For us 10.5 users, is the only path a two step upgrade to 10.6 then 10.7? Also, is there a hardware compatibility chart? My ...
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Mounting a “Mac OS Extended (Journaled, Encrypted)” drive formatted in Lion on either Mac OS X Leopard or CentOS 6

I formatted a Seagate FreeAgent external hard drive on a system running OS X Lion (10.7) as "Mac OS Extended (Journaled, Encrypted)". Everything works great on the Lion system. However, when I try ...
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Is there a way to sync music between a PowerPC Mac and an iOS 7 device?

My friend has a G5 running 10.5 Leopard (the last supported version of OS X on PowerPC). However, after updating to iOS 7, syncing is no longer supported, as iOS 7 requires iTunes 11, which in turn ...
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User rights of a super user and the administrator

I'm used to "classic" unixoid user right system with a machine running a normal user, as main account, and a super user (or root account), just for maintenance or configuration purposes. Then I was ...
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Why does “echo'' ” in /etc/bashrc cause scp to hang?

I am copying directories from a Snow Leopard machine to a Tiger machine using scp -r and for some reason, it appears that the final line of the target (Tiger) machine's /etc/bashrc (echo '') causes ...
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Installing Python on Mac 10.5.8 64-bit

I'm working on getting Python installed on my Mac 10.5.8 and I have been having a heck of a lot of trouble. The standard downloads at Python.org do not show a compatible version. They have 10.3 - ...
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Leopard won't remember default programs

Everytime I restart/boot my mac and open up a mail application (thunderbird) or a web browser (firefox or chrome) I am always asked if I want to make it the default. This happens even if I click yes. ...
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Can a Mac OS X DVD that came with a computer be used to upgrade another computer?

I have two computers -- the newest, a MacBook Pro, came with OS X 10.6, and the oldest, an iMac, is running 10.5.8. In order to upgrade from 10.5.8 to Mountain Lion, one has to first upgrade to 10.6, ...
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Can not set startup disk

At System Preferences > Startup Disk I select a disk with Mac OS X (10.5 or 10.6) installed, but when I click Restart I get this error message: You can’t change the startup disk to the selected disk. ...
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iMac: update OS X from 10.5.8 to 10.6 (and beyond)

A friend of mine has a desktop Apple computer (I googled Apple computer images and it looks like an iMac). He has Mac OS X version 10.5.8. When we tried to upgrade it the OS reported that there are no ...
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Recommended way to back up a Macbook before upgrading its OS?

I'm planning on upgrading a friend's Macbook from OS X Leopard to OS X Snow Leopard. I think it's a good idea to backup all the data before upgrading the OS, in case something goes wrong. The problem ...
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What tools allow for creation and editing of a PDF document on OS X?

I would like to create a PDF document with images, text and table of contents. I have also other PDF documents that I would like to merge in this new PDF. Do you know some tools/software for creating ...
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Mac OS reinstall - what to backup for manual restore?

In the next few days I'll have to reinstall my Mac OS/ Snow Leopard computer. I'm trying to figure out what to backup first. I’m not talking about the user data but rather OS specific things like in ...
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How can I log screen sharing access on OS X?

I've got my firewall on (the OS X firewall) and I've got a lot of attempts on screen sharing. Allow AppleVNCServer connecting from 93.78.170.237:2223 uid = 0 proto=6 I want to log successful ...
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Messages issued by syslog not showing up in system logs

I'm having some trouble with <syslog.h> in 10.5. I'm writing a small fork based server for class and I want to use syslog() to print a bunch of debug info. However, I can't find any of the ...
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What software for video editing should a G5 Tower Use?

My friend has a G5 Tower and would like to create some music videos for his band. I've looked into Final Cut Pro, but unfortunately the latest version is Intel only. I assume if we went that route, ...
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Client torrent for broadcatching

I would like to drop Vuze that I've been running for many years now on my G4 Mac mini in favor of a more lightweight torrent client. These two features are mandatory: Watched folder RSS scanner for ...
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Why does battery die during sleep mode?

I'm running MacOSX 10.5.8 on a MacBook Pro. I was working on my computer last night. I finished work, closed the lid and expected the computer to go to sleep. I assume this is the Apple Safe Sleep ...
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How to use environment variables in applescript

I'd like to use my environment variables, which were defined in my environment.plist file, in my applescript. How do I do that, for instance: log "Glassfish Home: " & AS_HOME Where AS_HOME is ...
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What is the last version of Skype that will run on OS X 10.5 for a PPC Mac?

I've got a G4 Mac Mini that is running 10.5.8 and the latest version of Skype (v 5.3) will not install on my machine because it is Intel only. What is the last version that would work on PowerPC?
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Spotlight pop-up effects

I saw someone with a Macbook Pro using the Spotlight feature several times, and every time the Spotlight opened, it used a certain effect that's not like what I see in other Macs (I use Leopard). ...
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OSX Network: “could not save because write access was not granted”

We have a really basic network of Macs here in our studio. We keep all our files on a machine running Leopard server, but we're all on Lion. The problem we're having is every single time we open a ...
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Where do I start with re-installing OSX on my 2008 MacBook?

I'm in kind of a mess. I have a 2008 MacBook (White) and I tried to re-install the OS. I wiped the HDD as part of the re-install process but the install failed and said the disc is scratched. I have ...
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Helvetica font rendering issue on MacBook Leopard

So I have just re-installed Leopard on my MacBook and recovered from my Time Machine only to find I have font rendering issues with the Helvetica font: This happens in browser or in apps like Mail. ...
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How to remove non-essential files from Leopard

I am cleaning up a really old mac to bring it back to use. It has an 80 gig hard drive and after wiping out downloads, documents, pictures, music, videos and unneccesary applications I am now stranded ...
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Unable to share screen over iChat

I've been trying to set up iChat screen sharing between an iBook G4 and my MacBook (both running the latest Leopard) for some time now without success. iChat has been configured on both computers with ...
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Can I configure the modem on my G5 to only allow calls from certain numbers to ring through?

This is a weird question, I know, but... I have an alarm system which I can call into and send commands to, I.E. to arm/disarm/listen to the ambient noise. However, for this to work obviously it has ...
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Is there an easy way to update a NetBoot image?

I have a NetBoot image which I use for booting into to do things like disk maintenance and testing new applications without having to install them on my workstation. It's really handy, but I created ...
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How to configure OS X 10.5 to always open .WAV files with QuickTime?

I use iTunes to listen to my music, all of which is in .mp3 and .aac files. I periodically want to listen to .wav files, however these are never music. Most often, they're voicemails sent to my by our ...
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Caffeine taking up 2.88GB virtual memory

Caffeine is a small program. Why is it taking up so much virtual memory or am I reading this wrong? Edit: persists across application and os restarts
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Where can I get install discs for OS X 10.5 to max out a Powerbook G4?

Over the past year, my dad's Powerbook G4 (OS X 10.3) lost the ability to run any usable version of firefox or other end of life PPC software. Apple customer service wouldn't sell him a copy of 10.5 ...
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Using iCloud on Leopard with iPhone 4

I am on Leopard 10.5.8 (my MacBook is too old to upgrade to Snow Leopard) on itunes 10.5, and on iPhone 4 (iOS 5.0). I have a MobileMe account. My iPhone shows iCloud is available in the settings ...