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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RAID + FileVault and startup partition

From this answer: Why doesn't FileVault work on a RAID volume? I learnt that it is possible to have RAID and FileVault together. However it seem that the solution is for a separate data volume not ...
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How do I Change Force Touch “taptic” or haptic feedback on MacBook Pro?

I love my new MBP Retina but I would like to change the amount the Force Touch vibrates. I know there are the settings called Light, Medium and Firm to change not only the amount it vibrates but also ...
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How long to hold key combinations when booting mac

I can't believe no one has ever asked this, but I can't seem to find it: How long should you hold down key combinations, such as Command + S, while your Mac is booting? I can get this iMac to boot ...
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Is there a way to see the automator script in text?

If i create some type of workflow on Automator, can I see the script in plain text? For example, maybe get the script and push it out through Apple Remote Desktop to a remote computer?
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External Harddrive Permissions Changed / No Access

my external harddrive permissions have suddenly changed. I am getting mount errors in Disk Utility when I try to verify the disk. When I Get Info for the drive in question, it states that I have "NO ...
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Move Certificates from Server to Remote Computer (MACS)

So I am trying to push a certificate from a location (server) onto a remote mac computer so that then I can run a script that installs the certificates onto keychain and installs the application. Do ...
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Unset iTerm as the https:// handler

I made iTerm the default handler for a number of protocols that it doesn't know how to handle. How can I unset these protocols? And how can I set them to be handled by Chrome? So far I have tried ...
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Safari 'Download' Icons are stuck showing incomplete

Here is an image of what I am talking about I have two 'download in progress' icons in my Safari window that won't go away. They two 'download in progress' icons are not clickable either. There ...
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How to direct an app to use a specific Java version?

I got an Java application that does run under Java 1.8 without problems when I start its JAR directly. However on my Mac the JAR is wrapped within an app that demands me to install Java 1.6 -- which I ...
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Migrating local accounts to locally stored network account

We have local users running on stock MacBooks, but it's time to move up and start managing things. Active Directory accounts are created for all users, and OSX Server is pushing the AD config ...
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Console Message: “kernel: Sandbox: net.conceited.Ru System Policy: deny(1) mach-priv-task-port 391”

I'm getting about 50 messages like the following on the console every second. 01/09/15 17:50:32,000 kernel[0] Sandbox: net.conceited.Ru(295) System Policy: deny(1) mach-priv-task-port 402 ...
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File modify date is not updated in Finder file properties

I have a video capture of a strange behavior: File prior to editing: Edited at 5:15PM using TextEdit In Finder I see the file with strange rename, and Modified date value is not updated, nor does ...
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Kali Linux auto boot

I have just installed Kali Linux in a separate partition of an iMac with wireless keyboard and mouse and with rEFInd. When I turn on the Mac it boots into Kali Linux automatically and doesn't ...
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Left shift and alt are stuck together

My left shift and left alt seem to be stuck together, as in when I press one the system acts as both were pressed (the keyboard viewer shows both pressed as well). It only happens with the built-in ...
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Disable Yosemite 'Today View' but keep notifications

Is it possible to disable the 'Today View' inside the notification center but keep the notifications view or vice versa? I find the 2 views to be very awkward and mostly only need the notification ...
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TextEdit keeps crashing

I am using TextEdit to edit some tcl files. periodically, or even frequently, but not always, when I go to save the file, I get a spinning beach ball. I tried launching text-edit via the command-line, ...
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How to run Continuity Activation Tool from Recovery HD's command line?

I use Continuity Activation Tool to enable Continuity on my early-2011 13" MBP with an upgraded AirPort card. However, El Capitan's Rootless feature has forced me to use a modded version of CAT that ...
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How to read and understand kernel reports?

When trying to troubleshoot kernel panics and I look at a log, I see these: 0xffffff821bd9b510 : 0xffffff802fd2bda1 I would like to know if there is any possible way of reading these, or ...
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Terminal: command to show application folder

I recently discovered that I can open application from Terminal like this: $ open -a TextEdit Is there any command that would just show the application folder instead of opening it? Such that I ...
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Permissions sharing between MySQL and myself in Yosemite

I would like to have full access (read/write) on everything in the MySQL data directory (/usr/local/mysql/data). Then an application running as "me" could create/edit/delete every data. I tried to ...
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Audio playback randomly causes kernel_task to consume 300% CPU

Issue started when I was dragging a seek bar in iTunes and suddenly, I heard a bad click noise and volume icon went grey and there was no sound. Kernel_task showed 200 - 500 % CPU usage. First time I ...
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Zabbix agent installation

On the Zabbix website it says Mac OS X agent is supported, however, I do not see a download link available. Does anyone know how to install the agent on OS X? Here is a link to the list of supported ...
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What is memory pressure, and how do I relieve it?

I have had my machine for more than a year now, and I'm looking at Memory Pressure in the Activity Monitor. What is this memory pressure and How do I "relieve" this memory pressure from my system? ...
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Problem after cloning a Mac with dual boot

I bought an SSD to upgrade my MacBookPro (late 2011) and have cloned the HDD with CloneZilla. I have dual boot with OS X Yosemite and Windows 7 Pro. However, now on the SSD, I can't boot into the ...
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Video files organizer for mac

I'm looking for an app to organize my video files (movies, series, etc.) much like iTunes does with music. I'd like it to have series support (separating seasons and ordering episodes) and to have an ...
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Yosemite to AFP Ubuntu server connection freezes (UBUNTU CNID dbase error)

I have problems with Yosemite network connections to ubuntu server. Connection working for a while and freez after one minute or little more. This is big 3 TB server for work, with lot of files like ...
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AsciiDoc viewer for Mac OS X

Is there an AsciiDoc viewer for Mac OS X? Preferably one that views the document live, much like MacDown for markdown documents. There’s nothing on the App Store, and I’ve done rounds of the search ...
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How to backup photos app on Mac?

I used to use iPhoto but then Apple scrapped it and introduced Photos app. Earlier to backup my library I would copy the iphoto library to external hard disk, but after this new introduction I have ...
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Apple Mail script/plugin for moving mail between accounts

I need a script/plugin for moving mail, in the Apple Mail app, between accounts (online ↔︎ online and/or online ↔︎ local). The standard build-in move option isn't reliable enough, at least from my ...
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Compiling multiple files in a project using schemes [on hold]

How to use schemes to compile multiple c++ files (each having main inside) inside a project. Is the answer here the only solution to compile the projects by building new targets?
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Docbook Viewer for OS X

Is there a docbook viewer for OS X? I don’t mean an editor, just something to view the output. I know that there is no standard format, but something that looks like formatted output rather than XML ...
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Need an OSX cd to reset admin password

Issue - father in-law has alzheimers (early but impacting) Wants files from Apple laptop and can't remember password(s) Shop who set it up for him wants $$$s to unlock and reset and I said what a lot ...
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Some task get cancelled when i use number pad for entering numbers

I have observed a strange behavior with my mac system, In some certain tasks when I use number pad for entering numbers, then task gets cancelled and the window in which I am entering numbers get ...
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Disable dialog on each restart

I use Logitech G700s mouse on my Mac with its Logitech Gaming Software which configures mouse buttons and their actions for specific applications. I setup it and all works fine. But one thing bothers ...
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Launchctl List - Screen Sharing Process Running While Disabled?

Below is my list of active processes as produced by the launchctl list command in terminal. I'm not messing with those processes, but I am studying them to learn more about how OS X works. The ...
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OSX 10.4.11 Intel Macbook pro

I am using Camino on OSX 10.4.11, this combination still works well. I am able to use yahoo mail and youtube. I get constant requests to update Flash player. There does not appear to be an ...
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Change in sleep behaviour on MacBook Pro and ignoring settings on Yosemite

Recently (possibly since the 10.10.5 upgrade, but not sure) my MacBook Pro mid 2012 changed its sleeping behavior and I cannot seem to restore it. For years, I used a 48 hour hibernate delay ...
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Display sleep is lower than systemsleep, but I still get this error: Display sleep should have a lower timeout than system sleep

The error I am getting does not seem right. My sleep is set to 10, disksleep too, and display sleep is set to 2. Still it says display must be lower than systemsleep. See below: ~/$ pmset -g Active ...
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Macbook pro will not connect to wifi?

I have a Macbook pro late 2011. It has always been connected to the same wifi and never had any problems. I updated to Yosemite and now my wifi goes off all the time. Most of the time when I the in ...
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Finder preview by file type in different views

I've investigated when will the Finder show a preview of some file and when it will only show a partial preview. For example, txt files are only read 204KB and displayed partially. png always has a ...
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OS X 10.10.5 - root user suddenly activated

As far as I know, the root-user is deactivated by default in OS X. And I remember trying the command "su" some time (a few weeks) ago and it stated something like "su: sorry" which it should state. I ...
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Where does OS X store USB mouse plist?

I've found that often when you are experiencing trouble with a peripheral, deleting the plist file can often fix the problem. My USB mouse has been sticking/freezing for a second at a time lately. ...
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Have OSX Launch Applicaiton on restart?

This may seem like a odd question since most people would want to know how to start a program on boot. I was wondering if there is a way to have OSX launch an application when the restart button is ...
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How to install Windows on a MacBook without Bootcamp?

Recently my Mac got erased while trying to format the partiton. So i was trying to install windows 8.1 on my MacBook Pro. I can't use Bootcamp as there is no OS X in my Mac. The Internet Recovery is ...
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Application Support directory, some apps are using tons of space!

After running out of space multiple times, I started researching and putting a strategy to permanently fix this issue. In the end I found that Application Support is an important directory for most ...
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How to migrate an OS X guest VM to a physical machine?

I am running OS X Yosemite, and Parallels 10. I have a guest VM running OS X Yosemite. I would like to migrate the guest VM to a physical machine. Is this possible? The reason is that the guest vm is ...
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How to install RGtk2 on OS X 10.10.5?

I am trying to install RGtk2. I have installed GTK+ and XQuartz with Homebrew: $ brew cask install xquartz Warning: A Cask for xquartz is already installed. Add the "--force" option to force ...
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GitSupport.sh permanently running, apparently hangs

I have a niggling process that sometimes runs persistently, somewhat randomly, and sometimes cannot be cancelled. In the screenshot, there are three processes of the same running simultaneously. I'm ...
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Google Photos Backup creates large Pictures/GPBackup folder

I installed Google Photos Backups on OSX (Mavericks). It created a /Users/rob/Pictures/GPBackup folder that is 10 gig in size, and it looks like it has copies of all my photos and movies. I don't ...
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Having trouble with file sharing between two Macs

Due to slow Internet I have two Mac mini's on two different networks and moving data between these two Macs have been a problem for me as disabling my hard drive and moving it to the other Mac is ...