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Executing 'killall Finder' in Terminal raises reopening windows popup

I open Terminal, type killall Finder, press enter to execute, then Finder icon bounces and the well known error popup appears: The last time you opened Finder, it unexpectedly quit while reopening ...
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Mail.app causing Macbook fans to spin loudly and turn CPU up to 100%

Over the past few days on My Macbook on Mountain Lion 10.8.5, when I refresh my email in Mail.app, it gets stuck here and then the fans start turning on(along with the CPU running 90-100%). I can ...
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How to install OS X 10.7 and 10.8 in VMWare Fusion, on a 10.9 host?

I'm working on fairly new Mac Mini, running OS X 10.9.4 and VMWare Fusion Pro 6.0.4. For software testing purposes, I want to install both a OS X 10.7 Lion and OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion inside a ...
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sudo: unable to cache user root, already exists

Suddenly started getting this strange error when attempting to run any command via sudo: sudo: unable to cache user root, already exists I've tried different Terminal windows, repairing ...
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1answer
44 views

Why files created by Kaleidoscope App are in quarantine?

I like to use Kaleidoscope (v 2.1.0 - build 133.01 under Mac OS X 10.8.5) to compare 2 directories. But, when I create files by copying them from a directory to another using ...
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Not able to update from 10.8.5 to OS X Mavericks

I'm currently trying to update my mid 2009 Macbook Pro to Mac OS X Mavericks. I've downloaded the file from App Store several times the but every time when the Install progress reaches about "1 second ...
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1answer
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Why does my mac keep crashing?

(I will have to do this fast, since I think my mac will crash again.) My Mac keeps crashing. It started happening since I installed Adobe Acrobat Pro (since then I have removed it), but it might be ...
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Dock background disappears. Bug or trouble?

It's already the second time that this occurs. I switch from one user to another and the dock has no background. It looks pretty cool but I don't understand if there's a problem on my hard drive setup ...
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79 views

Running Mac OS X in non-apple hardware [duplicate]

I want to know if its "legal" to run Mac OS X in non apple hardware. If not, what is the point of having to run Mac OS X in a apple hardware, when apple hardware is running Mac OS X already.
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29 views

White Login Screen?

Whenever I boot up my mac, I get a white login page with only my user on it. This started after I entered single-user mode to give myself admin (this is a school laptop... shhhhh ;) ) I can boot ...
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1answer
46 views

What's up with “paused” applications in Launchpad?

When I activate Launch on both my Mavericks and Mountain Lion systems, a few of the application icons are (seemingly permanently) greyed out and marked "Paused" with an empty progress bar. It isn't ...
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Can't connect to linux samba server from Mountain Lion

I am running a samba server on my Linux laptop, attempting to share some media on an NTFS-formatted external USB disk drive. I can connect to it flawlessly from my Android phone, can view the folders ...
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Mouse cursor sporadically stuttering, “IOHIDSystem cursor update overdue. Resending.” revisited

this is a new (improved? ;)) version of this post, which never got an answer. I've been having the same issue off and on for a while on different hardware and OSes. First: 2008 Mac Pro Dual 2.8Ghz, ...
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Software-only way to disconnect and reconnect a USB device?

I have a DisplayLink 3rd monitor on a Mac Mini. Half the time I wake the computer up, the DisplayLink syncs but the graphics onscreen are garbled. Reaching behind the computer and ...
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Blinking question mark on folder on boot

I am attempting to boot up my 2009 MacBook Pro, but when it starts it immediately shows a white screen with a 'question mark folder' — it keeps blinking until the computer shuts down (unless I keep it ...
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Mac OSX: strange shaking (jitter) of screen

I noticed that sometimes a strange interference in rendering happened on my screen. I thought it was some minor issue with hardware. It happened 2 or 3 times a few months ago and I didn't think much ...
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Eject button next to disk in list view does nothing?

When I go to Computer from the Go menu in the Finder and view the list of mounted drives, I can mouse over an eject button for each removable drive (within the list of drives in the window, not the ...
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Very large WebConfig.log on Mac OSX 10.8 Server

On a Mac mini I administer I recently came across the file WebConfig.log as it was roughly 7 gb in size, and increasing with 80 mb per day. Every other second this is added to WebConfig.log: I, ...
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How to login as a different bash user in terminal?

I have to check if my web page running locally on nginx does not work due to permission issue. My web scripts are running as _www user, so I tried to switch to _www but this does not work: ...
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Logs “leaking” in Mountain Lion

I'm running an ipfw ruleset on most of my Macs (yes, I know it's deprecated, I'm replacing it with pf as soon as I work out a few kinks). To catch the numerous messages from it in a separate file, ...
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1answer
61 views

Is it safe to lock my startup disk?

A mysterious file keeps appearing on my startup disk. It's most likely a typo in a script or something, but even though it's being created with my user account as the owner, that hasn't helped me ...
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Allow access to www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies, but not www.bbc.co.uk

I'm using OS X Parental Controls to limit what my son can do on our Mac. He has his own user account, managed by the Parental Controls. Under Website Restrictions, I've chosen "Allow access to only ...
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1answer
267 views

What is the technical reason why OS X can't write to NTFS devices?

Mac OS X can't write to a hard drive with the NTFS format. It can, however, read it. Why can't it write to it? My basic understanding is that a file format dictates how is data stored and retrieved ...
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Why is OSX Mail suddenly not showing me the correct messages for “Red Flag”

I just went into my mail as I often do and clicked on the Red Flag filter. Strangely, it's showing four random messages from my ancient history, none of which are flagged. It's not showing the dozen ...
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How can I get all my open TextEdit documents back?

I have a bad habit of having zillions of open documents in TextEdit, containing brief notes that I've made. Most of these are unsaved, so they have titles like "Untitled 67". Usually this isn't a ...
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1answer
63 views

Modifying .plist with shell changes .plist order

I wrote a simple shell command and saved it as .command. The shell command is simply: defaults write /Users/Milo/Desktop/MyPlist "My Key" "My Entry". The issue that I'm having is that after running ...
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273 views

OSX programs crashing, 'Kernel: file: table is full'

Over the last few months, I've seen increasingly erratic behaviour on OSX (10.8.5). Chrome won't load elements on a page, my dev tools crash etc. Recently I had a look in Console and found that ...
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1answer
70 views

Install 10.8 on an external drive from 10.9 [duplicate]

I have OS X v10.9. I downloaded v10.8 installer from the AppStore in order to install it on an external drive. However, when launching the installer it says that it can't be installed on this computer ...
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614 views

Hidden Folder not showing in Finder with show all hidden files

I have a FreeBSD server where I store my web files. One of the files I have been using for years has the naming convention ._Folder When I try to open this file in the Finder it doesn't even show, ...
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renamed folder becomes a file with an extension

When I create a folder and name it "test.tmp" the finder asks me if I want to add the file extension ".tmp" to my folder. When accepted, the folder changes to a document with an icon. I then can no ...
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Why would WindowServer go into uninterruptible wait?

I have a previously very reliable iMac (27", 3GHz Core 2 duo, 4GB, 10.8.5) that over the last week has started to regularly get stuck at a black screen if left alone for a while. The problem only ...
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2answers
491 views

Is it possible to go from pre-installed Mavericks to Mountain Lion on my new Macbook Pro?

I just brought a brand new MacBook Pro (mid-2012) and it came with Mavericks installed on it. The previous Mac I had before I got this one had Mountain Lion and it ran my pro tools sufficiently but ...
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1answer
52 views

On OS X, how can I see which song/stream/… is playing in iTunes?

On OS X, how can I see which song/stream/... is playing in iTunes? I don't want to go to the messages dock on the right side of the screen, just want to see the currently playing title in iTunes ...
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How do I change the URL of a widget?

I've got a widget that was pointing to a page on a server on the LAN. Problem is, something in my configuration changed, breaking the URL (e.g. I put "host" instead of "host.local.net" and now "host" ...
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248 views

What is rollbackBackupDirectory for?

I recently found this folder in my /Applications folder. Anyone have any idea what it is for or what does it do?
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1answer
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How do I check if my son has accessed my computer at 2:00 AM?

When I opened my Finder this morning, it said that Google Chrome had been accessed and edited at 2:01 AM. I suspect that my son has woken up and done something on my computer in the middle of the ...
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1answer
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Secondary group membership

I have two systems accessing a NAS (Isilon), with local user authentication. On first system (actually two systems with same OSX) running Lion (OSX10.7.5) I used following command: dscl . -append ...
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Installing OS X on new SSD with 10.8 found online

Since I had lost the cds that came with my MBP (late 2010/11 model - 10.6 OSX CDS) I couldnt continue with my OSX installation. I asked apple about purchasing the CDS but it would take for them to ...
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Workspaces not switching automatically

Despite the fact that I have told mission control under 10.8 to spaces when switching applications(to the key window), it does not appear to work. In fact the only time spaces works is when I tell it ...
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Terminal wraps at 80 chars even if window is wider

Problem description If I increase the width of a Terminal version 2.3 (309) window, and then use less (or some command invoking less, like man) in that window, I often get garbled output, since the ...
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3rd party apps won't load in os x 10.8.5

Today none of my 3rd party apps (quickbooks2012, pixelmator, transmit, firefox, etc) would not load. I would get one bounce on the icon and nothing more, no error msg or anything. The apps are on an ...
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1answer
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What are disks “MadRiver5M993.iPhone”, “ Bittersweet6M149.iPh…” as shown by “diskutil list”

When I type diskutil list, I see disks I don't recognise: /dev/disk0 #: TYPE NAME SIZE IDENTIFIER 0: GUID_partition_scheme ...
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Autokey NTP client?

What's a reasonably short path to getting OS X to be an NTP client of an NTP server, using autokey? I tried adding the server's public keyfile (iffpar) and the appropriate commands in ntp.conf in the ...
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186 views

How to make Mac shut down when fully charged?

Since I have heard that keeping on the charger plugged while the battery is at 100% will degrade battery life, I would like to find a way to make the Mac switch off by itself when it reaches 100%. ...
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How do I navigate through Dashboard widgets using keyboard (Mountain Lion)?

When on the Dashboard, is there a way to move from one widget to another using the keyboard? For now, I have used my mouse to change the active widget on the Dashboard. It would be more convenient ...
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274 views

Junk mail doesn't get automatically deleted

This is happening with Mail.app 6.6 on OS X 10.8.5, but has been going on for a few OS X versions. In Mail.app, my account settings specify to delete junk mail after one day. Except it never gets ...
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Why does my 10.8.5 OS X not recognize my iPod when I plug it in?

Just today, I plugged in my iPod Classic (bought recently; 160 GB), and it doesn't charge or show up in iTunes. Its screen turns on though. I have OS X 10.8.5, and the latest iTunes on a MacPro 2008. ...
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Mac OS X Speech Won't Work

Let's say i'm reading a book online. I wouldn't want to read i would use the Speech Feature by Apple. I open Safari, read a book, I select all using CMD+A and i right click and start the speech. I ...
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Double clicking the title bar hides the app. How do I make it “zoom” like the green button? / Maximize

I'm a windows user who is sub consciously trained to double click the title bar of an app that I am "active" in to make it fit and align in the screen better. I don't want it to fill the entire ...
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Software recommendation: Command line network analyser that shows owning process

I'm looking for something that is a mix of tcpdump, lsof, and netstat. I want to be able to filter like tcpdump, but have an additional column showing the process ID. At the end I'd like to be able ...