OS X (formerly Mac OS X) is the marketing name for Apple's computer OS. Note the proper pronunciation is "ohh ess ten" and not "oh ess ex".

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I can't find the location of jdk for Java 7 and 8

I have 3 different versions (jdk) of Java installed: 6, 7 and 8. In bash_profile: export JAVA_HOME=$(/usr/libexec/java_home -v 1.8) setjdk() { export JAVA_HOME=$(/usr/libexec/java_home -v $1) } ...
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Discrepancy between Finder and Disk Inventory X on Yosemite

I recently got warning that my 500GB SSD was nearly full. So, I offloaded stuff in Dropbox, image files, videos, duplicates, etc. and cleared over 200GB off the drive, leaving about 170GB of iTunes, ...
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Shutdown from launchd script no longer works in Yosemite

I'm new to this forum; please excuse any faux pas. I've been using rsync fired by a LaunchDaemon written in tcsh for several years now. It worked great on my 2008 MacBook Pro under Snow Leopard. I now ...
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How to disable emoji substitution for pictographs/symbols in special characters?

When I try to insert a special character/symbol/pictograph that has an emoji equivalent, it always changes into the emoji instead. Is there a way to make it not do this? I am not asking about how to ...
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OS X SMTP issue - Unable to send email (gmail)

I have installed OS Yosemite 10.10.1 a couple of months ago. Everything was ok especially with mail. However a couple of days ago it just stopped to sending emails with no apparent reason since none ...
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Unable to save or You don't have privilege to save file

PREMISE: My mac has two HDs, an SSD for system and an HDD for storage (and user folder). I'm using an Utility which takes some strings and create a text file to localise that strings. Trouble is ...
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Mac OS X menu bar music player

Anyone know of a menu bar app that will allow you to pick a song out of your iTunes library and play it, without having to have iTunes running. Alarm Clock allows you to do that (but you need to ...
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determining Preferred Language in OS X via cli

I was hoping to do something like: defaults read -g AppleLanguages | awk -F, '/[^(]/{print $1;exit}' but if only one language is listed in "Preferred Languages", then defaults read -g ...
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Enlarging the omnibar in Safari 8

I am using Safari 8.0.2. Safari 8 introduced some really great features, but it made the omnibar tiny - it now occupies less than a third of the toolbar, and it seems impossible to adjust its size. I ...
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How do I simulate a random VPN disconnect?

I'm trying to write an applescript that reconnects a VPN that gets disconnected (sort of like this one) and I want to test it to see if it works. One of the key parts of the script is being able to ...
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Using Console.app - how to find disk force eject logs?

I've been having a number of issues with external disks force unmounting (most often while waking from sleep). Where can I look in Console.app to track down the potential issue?
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How do I hide the “open window icons” in the dock in OSX 10.10?

I recently got my very first MacBook Pro. It has OSX 10.10 Yosemite on it. After some time, though, I noticed that there are many icons accumulating in my dock that just represent open windows. Note ...
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Mac FileMaker server does complete shutdown mysteriously - need to find logs as to why

We have an important FM 11 server running on an 8GB SSD iMac with 10.8. Occasionally it does a complete shutdown for no rhyme or reason. I'm trying understand why and am curious if there are logs ...
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OSXFUSE, BindFS and HFS+ extended file attributes

I use BindFS with OSXFUSE to mount some folders on an external drive on mount points within my user home folder. This is a sample line from my fstab: /Volumes/Content/Pictures ...
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File's image well displays PNG icon not actual PNG

I would like to replace the standard icon for an Automator application that I created with a PNG. Unfortunately, the resulting icon is the generic PNG icon, not the actual PNG image. Steps: ...
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Disabling/shortening keyboard shortcut animations for volume control

As stated in the question title, I'd like to know if there's a way to disable or shorten the animations that occur when I press keys F10, F11 and F12 to control volume. I've been searching around for ...
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MacBook keeps booting into system installation after failed installation

I did try to install Mavericks from the original installer package onto a separate disk via Firewire. The machine used is a MacBook Pro which is newer than the Mavericks package. As usual, after ...
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Outlook IOS sync to Outlook Mac?

Now that Microsoft's released Outlook for iOS, does anyone know if it will sync calendars, contacts and tasks with Outlook on a Mac?
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Moving files in Yosmite doesn't move all the files

I am having the weirdest problem since upgrading to OSX Yosemite. If I select a bunch (hundreds) of files and try to move them to a different folder, only a few (under 100, like 86) of the files ...
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OS X Server Profile Manager port forwarding?

I am setting up a MDM server on OS X Server. This is just a personal project, so I am hosting off of my iMac running Yosemite and OS X Server. I have configured port forwarding and DNS records so ...
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ssh -X does not work on Yosemite

Can no longer use X11 with ssh. Have XQuartz2.7.7 installed. Logging in with X11 via ssh gives the warnings Warning: untrusted X11 forwarding setup failed: xauth key data not generated Warning: ...
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Is it possible to toggle the trackball as a scroll wheel using Karabiner?

Is it possible to configure Karabiner (formerly keyremap4macbook) such that clicking the 3rd mouse button will toggle using the pointer to scroll? Ideally I would like to be able to click the 3rd ...
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My ISP's web interface is blocking OS X Server?

I have setup a domain on OS X server, pointed the domain to my public IP, and enabled port forwarding on my AirPort router. My services are set up in OS X server, and I can access them from my ...
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Dynamically change opening app according to file folder

When I double-click, for example, a pdf file which is in the Desktop folder, I'd like it to be opened with Acrobat Reader. However, if the file is in any other folder, e.g. Downloads, I'd like it to ...
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I want to stop gmail messages appearing on my screen as soon as I log on

When I put my password into my mac and log on I get my gmail screen with its messages appearing together with other items how do i stop this happening. I am using OSX version 10.8.5 Thank you IR.
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How to move windows on Mac as in windows from keyboard? [duplicate]

I'm an ex windows user and I loved to move windows clicking on the windows logo button and using arrows. Is there something similar on Mac?
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Signature shows too BIG to recipients

I am using Apple Mail 4.6 and have simple text lines for my signature. Even though I have the "match text in email" box checked, the signature shows as much larger (obnoxiously large) to many ...
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Using VMware Fusion on Yosemite, how can I prevent crashes with sleep wake failure?

I am using VMware Fusion 7.1.0 on Mac OS 10.10.1 Yosemite. Every evening, I send my iMac to sleep. The next morning the mac usually sits in login mask - so it has rebooted. After login, I get "sleep ...
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Google Chrome for OS X not detecting update

My version of Google Chrome on OS X doesn't seem to detect updates properly: There is a new version (40.0.2214.93 as of this writing), as the Google Chrome release blog shows. It doesn't give an ...
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Brief graphic glitch right before screensaver

I have a 2013 iMac running OS 10.8.5. Lately I've noticed that, whenever I manually initiate the screensaver (one of the included ones, "Shell"), there is a momentary graphical glitch before the ...
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Application Wrapper Dock

I would like to wrap the chrome application with another application in Mac OSX. I would like it so that when the user clicks on the icon it brings the app it to focus while clicking on the icon the ...
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iMac stuck at white screen - graphics issue?

I have a mid-2007 iMac that can't boot into OS X Lion unless it's in safe mode. When I turn it on, the Apple logo appears, then the loading spinner, then a white screen with no cursor. What makes me ...
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How can I check USB drive contents safely?

I would like to check the contents of a USB stick drive from a not-quite trusted source (my sister): is there a safe way to do this in OSX 10.9.5 or 10.10.1?
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Dota 1 in Yosemite

Is there a way to install and play Dota All Stars 1 (a famous mod of the original Warcraft and Game of Thrones) in Mac OS X Yosemite? Since OSX Snow Leopard Blizzard doesn't care with Macs anymore.
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Unable to click on the menubar

Recently I edited a *.plist file of an App in order to hide it from the Dock. Everything works but I can't click on the menubar anymore when the App is selected..! Any help? This is what I did ...
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Where are the iCloud Drive icons located?

For example, I need to know where the Automator folder icon is. I want to use it for a thing. Most system folder icons and stuff are in /System/Library/CoreServices/CoreTypes.bundle/* But these ...
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Shell script to restart a certain process if it is not responding

I need an java application to run 24/7 on my mac. Unfortunately the JVM process sometimes gets stuck and thus the java application does not respond anymore. Is there a possebility to detect if a ...
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Background time tracking application

I've a bad memory, therefore I can't recall where I spent my time during last day, last week and definitely not last month. However I still need to log my hours and generate reports to track the ...
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My cursor keeps freezing

I have a late-2009 MacBook running OS X Yosemite. Every so often my cursor freezes for 5+ seconds at a time. "Swiping" on the touch pad doesn't move the cursor, nor does the two-finger scroll work, ...
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Why my MacBook Pro is so slow?

I have a MacBook Pro Mid 2012 (MacBook Pro 9,2). Few years ago I was using previous versions of Mac OS X, and it was a great experience. I've found it delicious OS for personal use. Today I use ...
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How to manually control processes launched on start?

Every time my Mac starts, about ~210 processes are launched, requiring about ~1000 OS Threads. With every Apple update this number increases. My laptop freezes for 1-3 min a couple of times per week ...
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How to repair ~/Library permissions?

While migrating to Yosemite, I manually copied some ~/Library files and folders from my old system to my new system. Now some of the affected apps show weird behavior. Often they cannot save their ...
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which os x will be good for pentium 4 pc?

I have an old pentium 4(2.67GHz) pc with 1760MB RAM, 80GB Hard-disk. I was wondering if i can install something different than windows xp on that.
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OS X Server - Device enrollment returns 500 Error?

I'm currently working with OS X Server (Yosemite) to try and create profiles for certain devices. It appears that I have configured the server correctly, and I have assigned a domain to it. When I ...
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Is it dangerous to interrupt the post-OS X update optimizing?

When I log in after every OS X update, I get a push notification saying that my computer is being optimized and that performance and battery life may be affected until it's complete. Is it dangerous ...
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Is there a way to cancel or disable the minimize animation completely?

Is there a way to cancel or disable the minimize animation completely in Mac OSX?
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Run a shell script on visual alert

I have "visual alerts" set on my Mac, so the screen flashes white whenever there's a system alert sound. Is there a way I can also run a shell script whenever this happens? I'd like an attached LED to ...
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Activate Application Window on clicking dock icon

I would simply like to activate Application Window when clicking on the dock icon. Currently you must hold the icon to activate the functionality I would it to automatically occur just like Ubuntu's ...
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Native Mac timer app for Freshbooks

What's a Freshbooks-compatible native Mac time-tracking app that is still updated? I found a few that work on Freshbooks's site, but it looks like they haven't been updated in years. I can track via ...
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Caching HDD Files on an SSD

Given a system with a fast internal SSD, and a slower external HDD, is it possible to improve the HDD's performance using free space on the SSD without creating a Fusion Drive? In my case the external ...