OS X 10.9, Mavericks, is the tenth iteration of the computer operating system, OS X.

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Send messages in Mavericks

Two questions on using iMessage: A few months ago, I was able to send messages from the OSX Messages app, which would go to the recipient's mac, iPhone, and/or iPad. Now, the messages only appear on ...
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I have several memory questions regarding OS X 10.9.5

I have just purchased CS3 and it has been legally transferred to me. Do I have enough memory to handle it? In addition I want to upgrade to Yosemite or El Capitan. Do I have enough memory to do that ...
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Dictation just stopped working

I've been using Dictation in TextEdit for several months now. Yesterday, out of the blue, it stopped working. The microphone icon appears and it responds to my voice, but no text appears. I've been ...
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MacPro1,1 on Mavs - suddenly won't start

I updated the EFI and it has been working for the last 6 mons with Mavs 10.9.5. the method I used Suddenly last night it decided not to start up. I've tried Recovery, Target, option held to expose ...
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Is it possible to install Xcode 7 in 10.9 OS X?

I have very slow Mac with an HDD (MacBook C2D 2.24Ghz/2.40Ghz) and there is no possibility to install El Capitan or Yosemite (very,very slow). I want to use a newer Xcode to learn programming though. ...
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Pretend to be specific Mac OS X version when running app

I've purchased a Mac OS X app (outside the App Store) that seems to have arbitrary limitations based on the Mac OS X version. It is fully functional on El Capitan, but has a few features that it ...
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Encrypt Time Machine backups without deleting old backups?

I'm on Mavericks (10.9.5). I have an external USB drive that I use exclusively for Time Machine backups. I just realized that the backups are unencrypted. Is there a way to configure Time Machine to ...
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Disable idle sleep within a shell script

How can I use caffeinate or pmset within a shell script to prevent my laptop from sleeping and interrupting the script? Something like: #!/usr/bin/env bash # disable idle sleep # rsync ... # more ...
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Log file that `sudo last` accesses?

The bash command last (needs sudo) prints out logs, which contain information on when different users log in/out of the shell. I have been looking for the file that stores this information, that last ...
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screen tearing in 10.9.5

Hi running an Imac with 10.9.5 and am getting tearing with playing GS:GO and wondering how to disable Vsync in 10.9.5? 2.8 GHz INtel core i7 with 12 GB of DDR3
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Mac freezes when logging in as >console [logging in to terminal directly without launching the GUI]

When I try console login, my Mac freezes. Nothing happens visually: no switch to a black window, no spinning loading indicator in the ‘Password’ field; nothing. The only thing I can still do is press ...
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Dock and Terminal don't work on systems with home directory on different versions of OSX

I have two macs, one running Mavericks and one running El Capitan. Most of the users on both of the machines have their home directory in an external server connected by NFS. When I try to launch ...
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Can naming/running a program “sudo” somehow cause problems?

I hope this is an appropriate place to post this--I have no idea what happened. I named a c++ file (a simple sudoku solver) "sudo.cpp" and then compiled it with "g++ sudo.cpp -o sudo" and ran "./sudo"...
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How to fix 10.9 Mail.app that sents plain text message with image attachments still with an html alternative?

Plain text without attachments ➔ Content-Type: text/plain When using OS X 10.9 Mail.app a.k.a. Apple Mail (2.1878.6) to sent a plain text message (text-only) without any attachments, the application ...
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Anyway to change the cursor icon position like x/y?

I'm using VMWare Fusion and whenever I run in Full Screen view, resolution 1920x1080, the cursor gets offset by a lot and it's really hard to click stuff, i.e. the actual cursor position when ...
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How can I get Fn-↑ to pageup, and Fn-↓ to pagedown with an Anker external keyboard?

I have this Anker keyboard. Fn↑ and Fn↓ executes Home and End, instead of Page Up and Page Down. Is there any way to fix this? It works fine using the builtin keyboard. In Chrome, on many websites ...
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Wakeups Causing Firefox to Crash?

Using OS X 10.9.5 on a 2011 MacBook Pro and running Firefox as my browser. For a while now I've had problems with FF crashing and causing strange things to follow. After FF crashes I cannot restart ...
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cDock - Finder too close to edge

Attempting to make a Tiger-like dock on Mavericks. Slight bug in cDock 2 program: What I'm hoping for: Is there a .plist file I can edit to bring my Finder icon away from the far left edge? ...
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How to force Safari resolve local URLs (localhost:9000, 127.0.0.1:3000 etc) on proxy?

I have a SOCKS5 proxy. I have a use-case, in which I want to route all traffic (even local URLs) via my proxy. It works on Chrome & Firefox. However, on Safari, it resolves the local URLs locally....
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How do I break out of a stuck lock screen?

On a MacBook Pro (the office's, I'm a noob), I started the upgrade process from Mavericks to El-Capitan from the app store. After a while, the screen locked as, I assume, is usual. But now I cannot ...
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Macbook 12,1 (OSX 10.11.4) will not boot SSD clone of OSX 10.9.5 from MacbookPro 11,1

I am trying to create a boot disk for an older MacBook Pros that I have (MacBookPro 11,1 running OSX 10.9.5) which I plan to then boot from a newer MacBook Pro (MacBookPro 12,1 running OSX 10.11.4). ...
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I need to connect to the internet with an Ethernet cable

I just installed OS X 10.9 and I'm having trouble connecting to the Internet. All my network status says is Failed. When I use the assist me option, it says: "This computer does not seem to be ...
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Replacing El Capitan with Mavericks

I'm trying to install Mavericks from a bootable USB. I'm using this guide; http://macpaw.com/how-to/clean-install-os-x-mavericks-on-my-mac I delete El Capitan in disk utility, but there is no '...
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How to ignore S.M.A.R.T. error during El Capitan update?

I have a disk with a S.M.A.R.T. error. In my particular case I know that it is relatively safe to continue to use my disk. I have error in SMART attribute #173 (wear level) but all those block ...
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How to access devices on 2 different 10/24 networks when using 2 active VPN connections?

After a company is sold to different parties, you might end up with a situation where the old 10.0.0.0/8 network is split in two or more different networks, like 10.0.0.0/24 and 10.0.1.0/24. Now I ...
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How create an identical timestamp format as used in ppp.log file in a shell script?

In the need to add custom logging messages to ppp.log, I see that the date and time are missing when outputting the command to >> /var/log/ppp.log. Other pppd related messages in ppp.log are ...
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Had to reinstall OS X due to corrputed journal: is this a symptom of something more serious?

I have a 13'' Macbook Pro from early 2011 with a Hitachi 320Gb. HD, using OS X 10.9.5. For the last few months, it's gotten slower and slower to become responsive every time it wakes up, and I've also ...
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After login mac is stuck on progress bar

I have 15 inc Mac book pro with Mavericks installed. I can successfully on the Mac but I cannot login to my account. Upon press enter I get progress bar and after that I get grey screen then nothing ...
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File permissions and saving to `smb` server

Suddenly I have the problem that I cannot save files with Xcode on a server mounted via cifs:// or smb://. [Xcode 6.1; Mac OS X 10.9]. I get the following uninformative error: I also checked the ...
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Disable Upgrade to El Capitan [duplicate]

I have Maverick and the option to Upgrade to OS X El Capitan pops up. I don't want to do this. Ever. How do I disable this notification?
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Mac Photo Syncing Issues

Since updating my MacBook to Mavericks and the update from iPhoto to Photos, iTunes is no longer syncing any photos to any devices. I don't use the cloud, but purely uploading photos to; 1. iPhone 2. ...
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Finder windows just show screen artifacts/cheese

On our Macbook Air (Mid-2011 11", OS X 10.9.5 Mavericks), starting a few days ago, every time we open Finder windows, the right side just shows screen artifacts/cheese. File Open dialogs in MS Word ...
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Airport Extreme shared disk will not show on desktop

I have an airport extreme 802.11n (7.6.4), with a 3TB drive attached via USB and shared "With device password". I formatted the drive "Mac OS Extended (Journaled)" attached directly via USB to my Mac, ...
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Path in .bash_profile is not recognized

I have the following in .bash_profile: export PATH="/Library/PostgreSQL/9.5/bin/:${PATH}" I even tried it without the string: export PATH=/Library/PostgreSQL/9.5/bin/:$PATH I know for sure an ...
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Locate database does not exist, even though it is already loaded

I am trying to use the locate command because even though I installed postgresql, psql is not recognized on command line: $ locate psql | grep /bin WARNING: The locate database (/var/db/locate....
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How To Identify Process From A Toolbar Icon?

How does one identify which process is behind a certain tool bar icon without having to rely on asking someone on the know or just killing processes until the icon in question magically disappears? ...
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Dual Boot Mavericks + El Capitan

I was using El Capitan without issues till now. I'm starting to use Pro Tools 10 which is incompatible with El Capitan, so I will need to install a previous OS X version like Mavericks to make it work....
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How To Get Rid Of “Upgrade to OS X El Capitan” Notification?

The upgrade notification gets more and more intrusive day by day. Now there is no option to be "Reminded Tomorrow" or "Skip This" anymore. Now one could just turn on "Do Not Disturb" feature from ...
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Error while trying to create an account in single user mode on OS X Mavericks

On OS X Mavericks, I am trying to create an account using single user mode, using the following script. #! /bin/bash # create user dscl . -create /Users/hiddenuser dscl . -create /Users/hiddenuser ...
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How to fix OS X Finder window with file/folders panel that doesn't draw itself?

For no apparent reason, my OS X 10.9.5 Finder has gone haywire. Whenever I create a new Finder window, the main panel, where the files/folders are usually shown, just shows whatever is beneath it, as ...
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Mass Change Security to Mac App only option

looking to see if others have created a successful way in using ARD to deploy a script to change the security settings from Mac App & Identified developers to Mac App store only. OSX - 10.9.5 ...
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Create a virtual machine running Safari 7.1

Safari 7.1.x is not included in any standard release of OS X or iOS/iOS emulator, and as far as I know it is also not included in any standalone package that one could simply download and install on ...
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MacBook Pro (Mavericks) sees details of non connected wifi network

I have a MacBook Pro, connected to my private Wi-Fi (Apple Time Capsule) network. I have another Wi-Fi guest network (Devolo). Opening who's on my Wi-Fi shows details of machines connected to my ...
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Mavericks or El Captain for old MacBook Pro (early'11)

In case of performance for multithreaded applications, development (Java) and virtualization (Parallels 11), what's better - upgrading to 10.9 Mavericks or El Captain? (or Yosemite) ? Now I'm on 10....
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Mavericks Open Directory: a user can't open or modify files he's created

The OS X server & clients are on 10.9.5. I've got a client who's had some issues, various corruptions, etc.. I had to re-create the entire user, and in doing so, have some permissions issues. ...
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Issue with Homebrew when trying to parallelly install Python 3.x

I am trying to install Python v.3.x in parallel with the already installed Python v.2.7.10. I'm following the procedure explained in this tutorial which I found on YouTube. Despite it seems not an ...
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Location of Fullscreen Icon in Mavericks

If anyone has a copy of 10.9, could you search system files for "fullscreen" or "tif" and post the location of "fullscreen-hover.tiff.."
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Switch spaces with apple script

My goal is to switch spaces from within an apple script. My shortcut to switch to the 4th space is ctrl+4, but when I tried this in an apple script nothing happens: tell application "System Events" ...
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System logs backup with Time Machine

It seems that Time Machine does not backup system.log in /private/var/log. Mac OS X 10.9.5/Six core Intel Xeon Can I force that file to be backed up?
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How to move spotlight back to the top right corner in El Captain?

I guess Apple got a bit too literal with the "Spotlight" feature. I feel far too sceptical about upgrading to El Captain just because of my most favourite feature, the Spotlight smacks right at you in ...