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

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System logs backup with Time Machine

It seems that Time Machine does not backup system.log in /private/var/log. Anyone know how to force it to do so? Thanks. John Mac OS X 10.9.5/Six core Intel Xeon
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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 ...
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Print to PDF rewrites URLs

I have an A3 InDesign file, containing hyperlinks, that I use to export an A3 PDF. If I want to scale that PDF down to A4, a convenient way is to simply open it in Preview and use the 'Save As PDF' ...
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Keyboard/trackpad joint failure, resolved on TWO reboots

The keyboard and trackpad on my MacBook Pro stopped working suddenly. They went completely unresponsive. The power button did work, though, so I managed to reboot using it. Upon the FIRST reboot, the ...
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Google accounts sync frequently

My Google accounts on my Mac sync constantly. accountsdand soagent go crazy and Messages works hard or freezes, etc. Can’t I tell my contacts to just sync like once an hour or something? The fetch ...
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XCode 5.1.1 crashes 10.9.5 Mavericks on Run (Mac project)

The project is a mere C++ command line application - writes a file, nothing fancy. But if I set just one breakpoint this crash happens, and sometimes even without one. Until recently I was using ...
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Keyboard strokes do not appear on computer

I have an iMac with OS X 10.9.5 installed that has intermittent keyboard issues. From time to time, for no apparent reason, you cannot enter anything from the keyboard even though the computer says it ...
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Cannot access Boot Camp partition after OS X reinstall

I've already used Boot Camp to install Windows on my computer. A while back I had to erase my hard drive and reinstall Mavericks. Once I did that my Windows portion still exist as a volume, but when I ...
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All the apps do not show for another user login on my Mac OS X 10.9.5

All the apps do not show for other login users on my Mac OS X 10.9.5. I share the Mac with another person & the other person has all the apps showing in her apps folder that are not showing in my ...
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Can I access an OS X Yosemite Time Machine backup if I revert to OS X Mavericks?

I've had problems with Yosemite since I've installed it but I'm also wondering if it is even worth it to revert since I've done everything on Yosemite?
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Disk utility will not allow me to resize a partition on an unencrypted external hard drive

I want to back up a copy of Windows onto a new partition of external hard drive currently formatted in exFAT. I don't know how to use Windows, so I want to use my Mac (mid-2009 MacBook Pro, running ...
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How to force Mail to keep messages in their folder when copying – to a server – a folder that contains both messages and a subfolder

Environment Apple Mail 7.3 (1878.6) in OS X 10.9.5 (13F1507) with many folders stored locally. I began copying to IMAP servers – first to iCloud, then to the [Google Mail] area of Gmail. The ...
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OS X upgrade leads to Contacts database destroyed

On a Mac running Mountain Lion (10.8.5) I had a Contacts database containing 700 entries organized within 12 groups. After a 1st analysis it seems that Mavericks and Yosemite upgrade destroy the ...
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MacBook Pro reboot twice every time I wake it up from sleep mode

I'm wondering if I need to migrate to Linux to have a functioning OS.. Anyway, my problem is present from Mavericks till El Capitan and is about rebooting twice every time I wake my MacBook Pro from ...
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Enable calculation history on OS X Calculator app?

Is there a way to display the calculation history, like what is done in real calculators with a register tape?
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Un-encryption on ext hard drive has caused the partition not to function

I have a MacBook Pro 13" 2011 running MacOSX 10.9.5. I have encrypted a partition on an external Seagate hard drive on which I also run a Time Machine partition. The encrypted partition started to ...
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Cannot login to OS X 10.9 because password field disappears after clicking username

I didn't add or do anything to computer except reboot. When the login screen appeared with my user account I clicked it as usual and the password box briefly appears and then disappears stopping me ...
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Function keys Magic Keyboard not bound correctly

I just bought the new Magic Keyboard. On my Mac mini with Mac OS X El Capitan the function keys worked perfectly, but on my iMac still with Mavericks the function keys are not working... F12 for ...
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MacBook Pro 2008 stuck in OS X Mavericks installation

I want to make a clean OS X Mavericks install on a MacBook Pro 2008 (A1278). I don't have the installation disc anymore. Because the OS is already wiped out, I can only try (a) Recovery, (b) internet ...
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MacBook Pro keeps freezing randomly

Since about two weeks ago, my MacBook Pro started freezing randomly. If iTunes is open, for example, the music keeps playing, but both the keyboard and the trackpad are not responding and it only ...
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Com.apple.finder.plist is missing and isn't being made automatically

My com.apple.finder.plist file is missing. I've looked in Library/Preferences and it isn't there, I already have hidden files and folders made visible, etc. Whenever I restart my computer (by going ...
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Install Mavericks on Mac Mini with a completly formatted hard disk

I have an older Mac Mini with Snow Leopard installed on it. When I was upgrading to Mavericks, the installation was stuck and the MacMini didn't start any more. I didn't know about Recovery etc. So ...
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Will upgrading to 10.11 restore tkinter or do I need to reset to factory settings?

It is my understanding that OS X comes with some sort of tkinter already installed. I believe I deleted this while trying to restore matplotlib (see my current problem posted to SO). If I upgrade from ...
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Messages Audio Alert not working, despite settings?

On my Mac, I'm hearing sound from other apps. I hear a sound when I drag the "Output volume" in System Preferences > Sound > Output. It all works perfectly fine. Except that in Messages, my alert ...
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How to share application folder between users without administration right?

On my Mavericks i have 2 users. Is it possible to let other user use app folder as normal without a full administration rights? I just want that second user would be able to install simple apps by ...
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Can't reinstall OS X 10.9.5 Mavericks

I updated a 2009 MacBook to OS X 10.9.5. It was running a version of 10.9, but I don't recall which one. After the update, commands like ls went missing. I tried a Repair Permissions via Disk Utility, ...
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Browsers opens only https sites

I have OS X Mavericks on my Mac and 3 browsers (Firefox, Safari, Chrome). When I try to open any site I see only "connecting..", but when I try https sites it works fine! Ping and traceroute shows ...
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How much free space do I need to install Mavericks 10.9.4?

I have downloaded OS X Mavericks 10.9.4 which is 283 MB, and I have free space of 168 GB and I am getting an error as shown:
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brew link error

many times I do brew install and I keep getting error unable to link, and brew doesnt give what it is not able to link to, it does tell what it is able to, time back I manually did it but now I ...
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what is located under /var directory?

Today I was checking running processes and found a process running as root from this location, I am on osx maverics. I wanted to know what kind of process might be that's running from /var folder that ...
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How to get the default compiler of c++ on Mac os x

I am new in c++ on Mac os x and I need to know how to get some details: How to get the default compiler c++/c? How to change the default compiler? How to set the compiler in a CMakelists.txt file ...
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bit lost wrt to permissions and users

So I am installing postgresql and it mostly works, kinda. I have a user postgres that was create by the postgres createuser commmand. I understand that the intent is a do-nothing user that can just ...
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Mac Mini - Mac OSX 10.9.5 no longer recognizes Seagate Backup Plus Portable Drive

I recently updated the software on my Mac Mini Mac OSX to 10.9.5 and since then it no longer recognizes my Seagate Backup Plus Drive. The drive is running ( I can hear it ) but the error message says ...
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How to restore user account from different boot?

So I did something dumb and now I'm locked out of my Mavericks partition on my MacBook. The dumb thing I did, specifically, was trying to change the user folder using the Directory Utility app, which ...
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Is there any way to run a PowerPC video game (Call Of Duty United Offensive) on Mavericks?

My MacBook is running Mavericks (10.9.5). I dug out my old "Call Of Duty United Offensive" video game and thought I'd give it a whirl. Turns out it's PowerPC based and Mavericks does not have ...
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How to bring OS X native Digital Camera RAW support from 10.11 El Capitan to 10.9 Mavericks?

I work on an old Mac Pro and Mavericks 10.9 seems the best system for me. However Apple is not updating Digital Camera RAW support for Mavericks and so does not support my new digital camera, a Nikon1 ...
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How can I get Safari to set kMDItemWhereFroms when using “Save Image to Downloads”?

Specifically in Safari 9.0: when I save an image via right clicking and selecting Save image as... I can specify the downloads folder and the kMDItemWhereFrom data is saved just fine, as revealed both ...
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Uninstalling freetds from OS X Mavericks

Does anyone know how to uninstall freetds from OS X? I have installed it from source by following instructions: tar zxvf freetds-stable.tgz cd freetds-'0.91' ./configure --prefix=/usr/local ...
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How do I open port 5672 in OS X 10.9.5?

I'd like to allow users on my local network to access the RabbitMQ server that's running on my Mac. I tried adding pass in proto tcp from any to any port 5672 to /etc/pf.conf, applying the rule and ...
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Network issues between El Capitan and Mavericks

I've just updated to El Capitan from Yosemite on my main machine. If I connect to a 10/100 router, I can get a 100Mbit/s link to it. However, if I connect to a Mavericks machine over a LAN cable ...
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Downloadable updater for Keynote 6.2.2?

I've kept an older Keynote 6.0 app as a backup for use on my system running Mac OS X 10.9.5 Mavericks. However, I was just reading on the Keynote Wikipedia page that Keynote 6.2.2 seems to be the last ...
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Two Safari's at once?

The goal is to have two (or more) versions of Safari accessible on my mac at the same time. I know this is possible because I have done it with iMovie 9. I now can run iMovie 9 and the latest version ...
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Make Finder Windows Tiny

Is it possible to set OSX to allow tiny finder windows? The minimum window size on 10.9.5 is 452 x 294. On a 30" monitor, 452 x 294 is still much larger than I need; wasting screen real estate. On ...
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How to install openMP? [closed]

I am using C++ in my MacBook Pro running OS X Mavericks. I need to install openMP library. I have used macport as sudo port install openmp but I had an error Error: Port openMP not found Could you ...
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sleepimage manipulation

How can I cause Mavericks to generate the sleepimage without actually putting the computer to sleep? How can I manually cause Mavericks to replace current contents of the memory with the sleepimage? ...
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Mac Mini Invisible File Problem

I've got an issue where after moving a file from the desktop a shared location (mac mini) the file doesn't appear. After duplicating the file, both the copy and the original file appear so it's not ...
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Is VMware Fusion 5.0.5 compatible with OS X El Capitan?

I'm currently running OS X 10.9.5 on my MacBook Pro along with VMware Fusion 5.0.5. I want to upgrade to OS X EL Capitan. Will version 5.0.5 of VMware Fusion be compatible?
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Where do closed notes in OS X Notes app go?

When you close a note in the OS X 10.9 Notes app it leaves no trace, there's no warning and no revert. It's just appears to be gone. Very unMac like to me. It's in user interface design 101 that if ...
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How to install Mavericks OS for Mid 2011 Macbook Pro (or other older OS's)

It could be wiped and started again, we don't need to back anything up. It's currently running on 10.6.8 but the software we're using to stream is too new and glitchy :/ What is the easiest way of ...
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How to improve spell check in OS X

When I write a letter my workflow is like this. I type sentence. Some words end up underlined red. I right click on the underlined words and select the correct spelling. The problem is that the ...