OS X 10.8 "Mountain Lion"

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error: There was a problem with the editor 'vi' when using it with git

I have this strange problem with using vi as the editor for git commit -a. Normal flow is: I type git commit -a, vi appears, I enter my commit message, and then :wq to save & exit from vi. This ...
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How can I create a new Recovery Partition on EXTERNAL disk?

I want to enable encryption on an external FireWire disk. The disk has been formatted a while ago (2+ years), and when choosing "encrypt volume" from the Finder context menu, Mountain Lion refuses ...
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Time Machine drive encryption going for 22 hours. Is it stalled?

I set up Time Machine in Mountain Lion by plugging in a newly formatted 500GB USB drive, selecting that from the Time Machine dialog, and checking the box to encrypt my backups. A window appeared that ...
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What software can replace AppleWorks on a new Mac?

I just purchased a new Mac Mini, replacing an ancient iMac with AppleWorks. I use that software for email, web-browsing, word processing, spreadsheets and an occasional database. Is there a package ...
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How I can unminimize windows from an application using a key combination?

Coming from the Windows world, I was initially used to using Cmd-Tab to switch between open windows. On OS X this switches between applications, so I had to learn to use Ctrl-` to switch between ...
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How to have multiple names in Apple Mail?

In Mail.app I can send e-mails on behalf of different mail addresses. It looks like this: I've achieved this by inputting multiple e-mail addresses separated by a comma in the Email Address field of ...
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Mountain Lion: how to change webcam resolution

I've just recently got my first Macbook Pro. I'd like to change the resolution of the inbuilt webcam, because my daily GoToMeeting chews through 1-2Gb of traffic and there's no flatrate available from ...
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How do I turn off new mail notifications in Mountain Lion?

After upgrading to Mountain Lion, I'm receiving new email notifications. I previously turned these off in the Mail application. How do I turn them off now?
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Has the Virtual Display screen sharing been removed in Mountain Lion?

One of the great things about Lion was the Virtual Display, whereby when screen sharing you could login as a 2nd user rather than just take over the physical display. In effect it was like turning ...
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How to go truly Flash-free in Mac OS X?

After the Mountain Lion install I'm trying to now go Flash free. Really, really 100% Flash free. This is fine for 99% of content out that I access, but sadly there are some videos that I still cannot ...
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Will I still be able to buy and install Lion after Mountain Lion is released?

I own an Early 2008, white MacBook (MB403LL/A) which still has Snow Leopard, 10.6.8, installed. My understanding is Mountain Lion will not support my MacBook. If this turns out to be true then I ...
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Coreaudiod spams system log: Enabled automatic stack shots because audio IO is inactive

I'm getting my system log virtually spammed with: May 13 23:56:36 alluminium coreaudiod[238]: Enabled automatic stack shots because audio IO is inactive May 13 23:56:37 alluminium coreaudiod[238]: ...
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Google Calendar sync not working in Mountain Lion

Last week my OS X Calendar stopped syncing to Google Calendar. Past events are still there, but new events aren't pushed to Google anymore. I already tried deleting Calendar's/iCals Cache and ...
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How do I limit calendar notifications to certain calendars?

In Calendar, I have a number of "iCloud" calendars that I share with my wife. ("Family", "Me", "Her", etc.) so we can see when we're both free/busy. While I do want to see her whole schedule on my ...
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Change Mac OS X Finder sidebar icons

I have seen a lot of related questions/answers but it seems that there still isn't a working solution for it. So I have sum up all related info that I found and maybe we can find a solution to it. So ...
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How to get iMessages in sync across an iOS 5 iPhone, iPad and Mountain Lion Mac?

One of the new features of Mountain Lion is the Messages app - and the "fact" that all your Messages threads are consistent across all your devices. I would really like to have my the threads that I ...
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Replacement RSS reader for Mountain Lion, integrated with Notification Center?

I am looking for a recommendation for a replacement RSS reader for Mountain Lion. I have used RSS feeds in Mail.app for semi-important alerts, like maintenance announcements from my webhost or new ...
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Where can I get a copy of Mountain Lion that I can resell with my Apple hardware?

I'm looking to turn over some older Apple hardware I have and all of the gear has been upgraded to the latest Mountain Lion using the App Store version of Mountain Lion and my Apple ID. Section 2.B of ...
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Quicktime records a green screen

When I record a screen with a standard QuickTime Player functionality, I get a completely green video. I'm using Mac OS X 10.8, Mountain Lion, and a Retina MacBook Pro 15". Does anybody know what is ...
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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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What has changed in Terminal.app in OS X 10.8?

Just upgraded OS X to Mountain Lion and noticed that Terminal.app version has changed from 2.2.3 to 2.3. Unfortunately, can`t find any information about what has changed. Do you know if there is any ...
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Disable cross-screen shadows

I have a dual-screen setup, which works fine, but there's one annoyance, the window shadows. If I maximize a window on one screen (or just make its edge touch the edge of one of the monitors), the ...
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How to fix Terminal error DYLD_ environment variables being ignored because main executable (/usr/bin/login) is setuid or setgid?

Any time I open a new terminal window (independent of terminal app), the console stderr displays dyld: DYLD_ environment variables being ignored because main executable (/usr/bin/login) is setuid or ...
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OS X Mountain Lion - Kernel Panic and Restart after Sleep

I have a mid-2009 15" MacMook Pro, with 10.8.2 installed. Periodically, after sleeping my machine, I open it and hit a kernel panic. The logs fail at the AppleIntelCPUPowerManagementClient kext, and I ...
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How do I change the number of desktops in Mountain Lion?

I have just downloaded Mountain Lion and I would like more than one desktop (the default setting) how do I change the number of desktops?
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Where can I find a comprehensive and detailed technical software manual for OS X?

Are there books written for OS X (particularly the most current version) like the hundreds of thousands written for Unix? I'd like to know about the command-line utilities and the locations of system ...
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How do I unlock my Mac without having to click my name?

In Snow Leopard, at least, I could press Cmd + L to select my name and then press Enter to get the password prompt, but I can't get that to work in Mountain Lion when I've left the computer locked for ...
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Ruby 2.0.0 install via RVM: errors surrounding openssl

Using: Mountain Lion 10.8.2, RVM 1.18.15 Having trouble with, apparently, openssl when trying to install Ruby 2.0.0 via RVM: $ rvm install 2.0.0 ... Extracting openssl to ...
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Can I list all the Bonjour-enabled services that are running?

I would be interested in knowing which programs advertise themselves using Bonjour on my machine. Is there a way to do that?
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How can I perform the swipe gesture for quickly accessing Notification Center?

The swipe gesture for accessing Notification Centre is the same as for going back in Safari (amongst others). How can I consistently get it to do one or the other to stop me using the wrong gesture?
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What happens when I've closed all of an application's windows on OSX?

I'm used to Windows, where applications disappear from my task tray, Alt+Tab menu, etc. when I close their last window; so it's a little unexpected to me that an application's icon still sits in my ...
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Can Mountain Lion's Preview.app be configured to use Lion's highlighting colours?

The highlight function in the Mountain Lion version of Preview.app is now directly accessible from the toolbar, while the other annotation functions keep their usual location. The problem is that ...
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How to get keyboard focus on login screen password field in OS X 10.8?

My computer doubles as a server, so I leave it turned on and not asleep, but logged out, most of the time. In 10.6, if I logged out of the computer for an extended period of time, I could log back ...
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Install 2 different OS X versions on the same machine/hdd

OK, here's my situation : I am a developer needing to debug under different OS X versions I currently own 2 macs : a MacBook Pro and an iMac the iMac has Snow Leopard (10.6) on it - it came ...
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What causes OS X to mark a folder as Quarantined?

I had a folder under ~/Sites, let's call it Foo, from which I was sharing a Wordpress site-in-development via Apache. This was working fine, I'd mapped foo.local to 127.0.0.1 in my hosts file and was ...
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Sync Google Contacts in Mountain Lion

I am having trouble with keeping my Contacts sync'd with my Google Apps account. In "Mail, Contacts & Calendars" there is no Contacts option: In the contacts program, I did get it to sync by ...
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Why is Safari ignoring my /etc/hosts file?

I added some domains to block (127.0.0.1 mydomain.com) to my /etc/hosts file and for some reason, Safari seems to be ignoring them. I have tried disabling Safari extensions, clearing the cache (sudo ...
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Why does the folder icon in my Terminal have a question mark overlaid?

From time to time, I spot that the folder icon in the titlebar of one of my Terminal windows has a question mark overlaid on it, e.g. this one: What does this mean? It doesn't seem to have any ...
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Create new partition in unallocated space with diskutil

I have deleted the first partition on my external HD such that it now has 100GB of free space at the beginning of the partition. I'd like to reclaim that space, but Disk Utility doesn't let me create ...
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How can I bring a window to frontmost without focusing it using Applescript in OS X 10.8

I want to bring a window (QuickTime for example) to frontmost, without focusing it. I can do it in OS X 10.7 using the following code in Applescript. tell application "System Events" set visible ...
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JAVA_HOME error while maven build, OSX-10.8.4 Version

Error: JAVA_HOME is not defined correctly. We cannot execute /System/Library/Frameworks/JavaVM.framework/Versions/CurrentJDK/Home/bin/java I have upgraded my OSX to 10.8.4. After OSX upgrade I ...
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How can I get Network drive shortcuts added to the Finder sidebar in Mountain Lion?

I updated to Mountain Lion from Lion and I noticed that my network drives are no longer shown in Finder's sidebar under Devices. Under preferences I have all checkboxes ticked. And when I click on ...
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Java Plugin for Chrome on OS X Mountain Lion 10.8.2

I'm trying to use webex in Chrome. To click on webex links, I need the java plugin. However, it appears that a recent OS X Mountain Lion update removed the java plugin from my computer. When I try ...
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Force OS X to use Bluetooth dongle instead of built in controller

I'm using a Magic Mouse with my MacBook Pro and Mountain Lion. The cursor sometimes start to lag. I figured, the reason for this could be the distance between my Mac and the mouse (about 1.5 meters / ...
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OSX won't automatically connect to WiFi

About a week ago, my OSX machine stopped connecting to any WiFi networks automatically. If I open the WiFi menu from the top bar and select the desired network, it connects OK. Also, if I enable "Ask ...
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Disable expanding scroll bars in Mountain Lion

How can I stop the scroll bars in Mountain Lion from expanding when I move my curser over them? Sometimes when I try to click on the bottom item in a finder window the scroll bar expands, covering ...
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Testing a MacBook Pro's RAM upgrade

What are the best possible RAM tests that can be run on a MacBook Pro (Early 2011 running Mountain Lion) after upgrading RAM from 4 GB to 16 GB? I see there a quite a few tools out there and the ...
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How can I remove a signature once it's saved in Preview.app?

How can I delete a signature that I inserted using Preview.app? I can edit or delete all the text fields but the signature seems locked somehow.
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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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Can Mountain Lion be modified so that a double click will open “hidden” folders and files?

I've noticed something strange in Finder since upgrading to Mountain Lion; any hidden folder or files (that I've already run defaults write com.apple.finder AppleShowAllFiles TRUE for) can only be ...