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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Gnuplot with xterm in yosemite

I installed gnuplot on my yosemite system using brew. When I try to plot cos(x) the way I would on ubuntu, I get this: gnuplot> plot cos(x) WARNING: Plotting with an 'unknown' terminal. No output ...
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All downloaded files cannot be opened as they are 'damaged and should be moved to the Trash'

Everything I download will not open. OS X says the file is damaged and can't be opened and should be moved to the Trash. Like Adobe Reader, for PDF documents. JPEG files will not open. Office files ...
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Unable to delete IMAP mail account in Yosemite

I have an IMAP mail account in the Apple Mail client that I want to delete. I first goto the Accounts preferences pane in Mail. When I click the minus icon to delete the account, I get a message ...
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OS X: Memory usage freaking me out

I know, OS X 10.10 memory management knows what it does, it is good, you shouldn't question it. But this, I do not understand. I have 16 GB of RAM, 6 GB used, plus 2.5 GB app-cache, 1 GB file-cache ...
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How to preconfigure wifi on Mac OS X (Yosemite)?

Does anyone knows a way to preconfigure a WPA2 WiFi network on Mac OS X (Yosemite)? I'm preparing an iMac for a friend and would like to setup his home WiFi while currently far away from the network. ...
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Can't install ncmpcpp on Yosemite

I'm installing ncmpcpp using macports and getting the following error: Error: org.macports.build for port ncmpcpp returned: command execution failed Please see the log file for port ncmpcpp for ...
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OS X Mail - How can I setup multiple e-mail addresses under the same mail account?

OS X Mail - How can I setup multiple e-mail addresses under the same mail account? I use two addresses with the same account one is me@myworkdomain.com and the other is me@mypersonaldomain.com. On ...
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Is there a way to have audio continue playing from background user session

When using Fast Switching from one User to another, audio from the now background user stops. That usually makes sense, but I wonder if there's a way to have the audio continue? I'm using Yosemite ...
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Error when installing Apache 2.4, PHP 5.5 and MySQL via Homebrew

I tried to install Apache and PHP on Mac OS X version 10.9.5 brew install httpd24 php55 --with-mysql --with-homebrew-apache --homebrew-apxs -v exit with this error ...
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How to manually reset OS X Applications settings without reboot?

I want to reset OS X Applications settings, like TextWrangler or some other applications. I kill the TextWrangler Process in Activity Monitor, delete ...
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vm_compressor=VM_PAGER_DEFAULT in Yosemite caused freeze when physical memory was full

The memory compression caused frequently lag so I tried turning it off. The lag was gone but I got crashing freeze when I opened some memory hungry apps. During freezing, it was not possible to quit ...
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Anyone else having problems joining domain in OS X 10.10.2?

I am (have confirmed I have rights since I can remove and join a Windows 7 box) having problems joining a Yosemite OS X 10.10.2 to the domain--I receive a "authentication server encountered an error ...
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Determining OS X version from Time Machine backup

I have Time Machine backups from my iMac Early 2008 (20"). Can I determine from those backups what OS X version was running on the machine at the time of latest backup?
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Can't delete files from remote Buffalo drive, “Permission Denied”

There are several files on a remote Buffalo drive that I can't delete. I'm using a Mac (OSX 10.9.5) and Finder reports the drive's filesystem as "SMB (NTFS)". I have tried from the GUI and from ...
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Configure terminal dimensions to show as Lines x Columns

In my terminal, when I ask to show Dimensions (profiles -> window -> dimensions), it shows the dimensions as Columns x Lines, but when I use resize -s 25 200, I am actually resizing as Lines x ...
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Using Shazam to pick up audio over internal soundcard / headphones

I recently discovered Shazam has an app for mac, it seems it works by listening on the built in mic (or any mic presumably). I wondered if there was a way I could get it to listen to the soundcard ...
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PDF form is missing information entered on a Windows PC

I have a 3rd party form which has a lot of fields to be filled in. I started entering the information on a Windows PC and saved it to Dropbox. When I open the form in Apple Preview on my OS X Yosemite ...
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Why mac users aren't interested in using ramdisk? [on hold]

Why using ramdisk is so hard on the mac world? (I don't wanna windows vs mac/m$ vs apple thing, just wanna know about it.) On the windows platform, there're lot of free/commercial software out there ...
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Application not responding, process missing

I have an odd issue. Sometimes it happens that application (happens almost always to NetBeans) is stuck in the dock with "Not Responding" - I can't open it, if I select "Force quit" id doesn't do ...
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How to remove an empty group in Launchpad

I installed Google IME and uninstalled it. Then, as shown in the image below, an empty group is left in Launchpad. (I think it should have been removed automatically when the group became empty.) How ...
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Determine when an application last launched

I need to have a script return a date that a particular application launched (in this case Parallels, but solution should be non-specific) so that our asset management system can mark the license for ...
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Problem getting MacBook Pro boot into Mac OS X

I have an older MacBook Pro from 2009. I cloned a hard drive with Mac OS X and installed it on the MacBook. When I turn it on, all I hear is the chime noise,the CD drive and CPU fan spin. But the ...
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Change from a French keyboard to a US International on iMacbook Pro with Retina [duplicate]

I've purchased a MacBook Pro 13" with retina screen last week in France. I'd like to change some physical keys in the keyboard to a US International keyboard. What should be the best way to do so?
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Hide a calendar but events appear in notification centre (OS X)

I have a calendar thats essentially a timetable, so it has A LOT of short small events in there for 5 days every week. It's great having them in notification centre because at a glance I can quickly ...
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iCal events and calendar items entered from Mail app are one day out

I've checked the settings. The timezone is correct. If I enter an event sent as a iCal invitation OR if I click on a date in the OS X mail app, they turn up in the calendar, but are exactly 24 hours ...
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Applescript to click green (zoom) button with Option down

Based on Applescript - the activate command makes application "half-active", I wrote the following Applescript which would allow me to click the green (zoom) button at the top-left corner of ...
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Strange duplicate Chrome icon with a display icon within in just popped up

This is on the latest version of OSX: I have never seen this separate dock before, and I don't know if it's something native to OS X, Chrome, or maybe something else (Parallels perhaps)? It has ...
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Record click action and replay via command line?

Every few minutes I need to click a button on Yosemite's menu bar and select an option. I'd like to automate this task by somehow recording this action and scheduling it to execute via cron / command ...
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Flashing folder icon appeared once after changing Macbook hard drive

About 2 weeks ago, I updated my late 2011 Macbook Pro hard drive to a Crucial MX100 solid state drive. The drive installation and data migration went fine with no issues, but today I found the ...
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SSH rejecting key file with extended attributes

In my .ssh/ directory, when running $ ssh-add dev Permissions 0755 for 'dev' are too open. But looking at the dev file $ ls -lF dev -rw-------@ 1 me staff 1675 Feb 3 09:37 dev The @ at the ...
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Install Yosemite ISO on VMWare Workstation 11

I have a win 7 computer with vmware workstation 11 and I need to install Yosemite in it. I got the Yosemite OS iso after downloading the os in a mac from the appstore, as outlined in this guide ...
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Mac OS X administrator account still requires sudo

when trying to install Ruby, Vagrant, and Grunt using terminal I am still required to use sudo on my installs. I am sole proprietor of the laptop and have an administrator account. Shouldn't I be able ...
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how does the parm after the HTTP code get passed to Apache?

Apologies in advance for a simple question to which there is probably a very simple answer. Here is the story: I have OSX 10.4.7 running Apache 2.2.13 for an unimportant personal web site. ...
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How do i get back my old user account after upgrading to OS X Yosemite 10.10.2?

Recently I upgraded a Mac to OS X Yosemite. When upgrading, a new user account was unintentionally created. Now, that newly created user account is being "recognized" as the main account [note:on this ...
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“powerd” process uses a lot of CPU

Oftentimes, after I wake my Mac from sleep, powerd (which is the power management daemon? Which in particular deals with sleeping the Mac and waking it?) uses high CPU, usually around 25% to 50% on my ...
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Notes synchronisation with google account, uncountable notes generated

I have setup my macbook to sync with my google account for notes and apparently for each note that i start to write on my mac several versions, i believe all versions of the notes (after each ...
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How to search for .zip files instead of all compressed files?

How do you search for a file of a specific type in OS X Yosemite? I cannot seem to find any instructions on how to do this. In the Finder search I enter: kind:zip But it returns all compressed ...
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Trying to use a new Apple ID to reinstall Mac OS X

I am new to the Mac world and I just created an Apple ID. I am trying to reinstall OS X because of a problem with the Mac. When it asked to enter an Apple ID, I enter my new one and it gives me an ...
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Terminal displays directory of previous SSH location even when not running SSH

I am using the terminal app to ssh and when I do, it conveniently tells me (at the very top) what and where I am logged into for example: user@computer:/home/user/directory/ and so forth. However, ...
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Why is my hostname resolution taking so long?

Several months ago I noticed that my text editor (emacs) and IDE (IntelliJ) were taking a really long time to start up. The time appeared to vary based on the DNS servers OS X was using. I was able ...
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In the light of the FREAK TLS vulnerability, how may I disable insecure cipher suites manually in Safari?

A research group named SMACK has released a vulnerability known as FREAK which can be used for man-in-the-middle (MITM) attack. The vulnerability is due to an old ghost created by USA Government (NSA, ...
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Why can I set VLC as my default browser?

I have Yosemite 10.10.2 installed; in my System Preferences > General, my default browser selection allows me to choose VLC. Why does this happen and can it be removed?
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How can I fix read-only permissions on the whole file system?

I was not able to save my screen shot, since it was giving me a error that file can not be saved because i do not have permissions. Then probably I made a mistake & right clicked Macintosh HD> Get ...
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Free up more File Cache in Activity Monitor like PURGE command [on hold]

I have found a application has Clean Memory function. I think it uses the original PURGE function, but after checking (using Activity Monitor), I see that it's likely to be more free File Cache ...
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How to calculate the amount of space that iCloud Photo Library would take up?

I'm signed up for the OS X Public Beta program, so I recently got the opportunity to get Photos for OS X and use iCloud Photo Library, which uploads every photo on every device I own to iCloud. ...
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How do I access the Volumes directory in Macintosh HD? [on hold]

I am trying to get into the Volumes directory. Hidden files are being shown. However, the Volumes folder won't let me access it, it's "greyed out". How can I bypass this?
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Help with changing user home folder file name

My computer was restored from my ex-wife's laptop 3 years ago. Her maiden name pops up as the user-folder name on all my files, and it's been wearing on me for a long time. I used this Q&A to try ...
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Add ~/Downloads to Dock through Profile Manager

I am trying to create a minimal dock through Profile Manager (OS X 10.10.2/Server 4.0.3) but I need to include the users' Download directory. Profile Manager has an option to add the Documents folder ...
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How to list Network Interface UUIDS?

I'm trying really hard to find a simple way to fetch all network UUIDS on my Mac to be able to do some plist magic. Is there a command to do such a thing? If I look in the plist I'll find for an ...
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Sandbox browser for safely viewing malicious websites

I'm looking for a quick and safe way to browse potentially malicious / infected websites. So far all of the products I've found are PC only. I can run a Virtual PC environment but it's a pain and I'm ...