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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Why Doesn't OSX root user automatically default to the same shell as other users

I know this is a stupid question, but I have googled this and searched Stack Exchange, and have not found an explanation for why the root user on OSX doesn't automatically default to the same shell as ...
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Root Device UUID Error when installing Yosemite 10.10 on VirtualBox 4.3.26

When attempting to install Yosemite on VirtualBox, it begins to boot, then stops at the line "root device uuid: xxxx-xxxxx-xxxx". Have allocated all the required RAM and storage space, but even after ...
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iTunes 12 Turn off Repeat Song and Repeat Playlist Separately

The last answer in this thread makes iTunes 12 shortcuts for shuffle (on and off), but I was wondering if it were possible to make shortcuts for turning on the repeat playlist, song, and turning off ...
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mdimport - bad packing

While forcing the index of a folder on an external drive through the command line (mdimport), I get "bad packing" pushed to stdout. Anyone have an idea what this rather cryptic error means?
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How to remap Option+Tab to Command+Tab and Command+Tab to Control+Tab

I want to use Option+Tab to switch between applications and Command+Tab to switch between tabs within any application that already uses Control+Tab for this (e.g. Safari, Chrome, Sublime Text). Is it ...
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OS X Text Replacements sometimes not working?

This is a weird problem, I write a lot of different languages on my computer, and since my keyboard doesn't have all the keys in the world, I have made certain key-combinations that replaces them with ...
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Can't restart because OS X thinks an app is open

I was working with Xcode and it stopped responding so I force quit, reported the error, and tried reopening the app. When reopening the dock hung too so I ended up having to restart the dock with ...
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Is there a way to limit OS X when searching for apps?

My issue is that OS X is finding multiple versions of applications. When opening a file with the "Open with ..." option, I see multiple versions of an app. This is being caused by having multiple OS ...
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How do I set the default search for Finder to filenames which INCLUDE the search term (rather than just begin with it)? Yosemite

I'm using Yosemite (OS X 10.10.1). If I search for the term "foo" and want a list of all files that include that term, I get foo.doc and bar.foo.doc and foodstuffs.xlsx and even The Foo History. But ...
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How can I programmatically read and write the texttone of a Contact in the OSX' Contacts app?

On the Contacts app (V9.0) of Mac OSX 10.10 Yosemite I want to read and write programatically the texttone property in some of my contacts. How can I do this with Applescript or another scripting ...
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Is it better to have more cores or higher processor clock speed to decrease build time for iOS projects

I am trying to pick the most appropriate hardware to speed up build time for iOS projects - I don't know if I should favor faster processors (3.5 GHz) with fewer cores (6) or slower processors (2.7 ...
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Some Finder Icons Missing?

In the Finder Windows my iCloud Drive and Downloads icons are missing from my sidebar. I use CleanMyMac 2 could that have deleted the icons by mistake? I have rebooted the icons are still gone. ...
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Log into the desktop remotely and automatically

I have an OSX machine I'm trying to automatically run applications on remotely via SSH. Everything works great, as long as the user is already logged into the computer. If I log out, or reboot the ...
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Change accessibility setting on Mac using terminal

I would like to grant accessibility permission to some apps on Mac using Terminal as per this intruction https://support.apple.com/en-au/HT202866 which is the accessibility tab in System Preferences ...
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Allow Calendar Event Title on OS X Mavericks to show multi-line

Is there a way I can see 2, 3 or 4 lines of text for one event in my OS X calendar? It is currently just one line. A long time ago it used to be convenient to see the complete text at once. All of ...
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How to investigate high kernel task memory usage?

I was using my MBP (with 16GB of RAM) as usual and out of blue I've this popup that: Your system has run out of application memory. To avoid problems with your computer, quit any applications ...
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New drive won't boot internally

So I purchased a new 2TB drive (Samsung model #ST2000LM003) for my 13" MacBook Pro. No issues with the old one, just getting close to capacity. I connected it with a SATA/USB adapter, formatted it, ...
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How do you remove icons from the top menu dock? (OS X Yosemite)

How do you remove icons from the top menu dock? (OS X Yosemite) I tried Command + Click + Drag to get rid of them but it isn't working.
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How to sync folders between iPad and Mac?

I have a jailbroken iPad and a Macbook Pro running OS X Yosemite with PPSSPP (PSP emulator) installed on both. What I need is to make folder with saves automatically sync every now and then. My first ...
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Is there a way to force OS X / Finder to use Windows File naming conventions?

We have a number of Mac workstations (OS X Mavericks) which connect to a fiber attached SAN. This SAN is also accessed by a number of Windows workstations. Windows file naming conventions (and path ...
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What does “Enable Quick Website Search” do on OS X?

I'm trying to find out what the "Quick Website Search" checkbox does technically. My guess is that it prefetches data or somehow sends my search terms to siri or another apple online processing ...
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Enable horizontal scroll for TextEdit in Yosemite (Mac OS X 10.10.2)

Is enabling horizontal scroll for TextEdit (for Mac OS X 10.10.2) possible? After going to Preferences and checking or unchecking the box labeled "Wrap to page", the text still wraps to the next line ...
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Is there a way to send Google Notifications to the Mac OS X Notification Center?

Is there a way to send Google Chrome Notifications (you know that annoying little bell in the menu bar) to the OS X Notification Center? Instead of receiving notifications in different positions and ...
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How do I force OSX to always save file extension?

When saving a file without an extension not even OS X is able to open that file anymore. Still it is very easy to accidentally save a file without an extension. Example: When using Firefox and you ...
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Increasing lifetime of cisco IPSec VPN on OSX

A VPN connection automatically disconnetcs after approximately 45 minutes, which is quite frustrating, especially when using it for work. This problem has been around for quite a few years now. I'm ...
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How to download legally OSX if you don't have formatted Mac

I've seen lot of guides how to install Yosemite etc which are "free to download" that start with "download OSX from Apple Store". That is nice, but works only if you already have a working Mac that ...
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Are there still working photo widgets?

Under previous Mac OS's there were widgets like "Modern Moments" and "Desk Photo" to display photos on the Dashboard. I tried them under Mac OS 10.10(.1) and they do not seem to be working. I'd like ...
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Avoid inadvertent “Shut Down” of Mac

For a Mac mini or such acting as a server in a server room or colo, accidentally choosing the Apple > Shut Down… menu item is a major problem. Without physical access, you cannot start the Mac up ...
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Login Script for deleting contents of /private/var/folders

We have fleets of laptops that have limited space once our software is installed on it. What ever the issue that is causing the creation of theses files and --err not flushing them, we are ignoring ...
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Is it possible to establish an app whitelist for installers not found on the App Store/available through VPP?

I work in a shop which necessitates strong administrative controls. However, a few teams use apps which are only found outside of the App Store and require fairly frequent updates - those updates ...
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How to disable disk cache in Yosemite

My MacBook constantly freezes because of using all RAM (8GB). The disk cache seems to be the cause. The command sudo purge only helps a little bit. In some older versions of OS X, my MacBook worked ...
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Why does Mac Yosemite open dozens and dozens of empty desktops?

On 10.10.2, several times a day, I hit F3 ("Mission Control"?) to see all my windows, in order to quickly navigate to one. And I notice empty desktops keep getting created: I know I can hold down ...
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How to install Office 365 across all user accounts on one computer (OS X Yosemite)?

I have a new Mac with OS X Yosemite, which came with a 1 year Office 365 personal subscription. This is the family computer and I have set up 3 user accounts. I installed Office 365 through my ...
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launching automator with keywords

Using automator, I would like to launch some webpages as soon as I type some keywords in any application. Is that possible ?
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Shuffle by album disk in iTunes

How I shuffle by disk in iTunes? Would I mean is if an album has 5 disks, I like each disk to treated as a separate album only for shuffling purposes. I think setting the sort album to disk ...
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Prevent .AppleDouble folders on NFS shares

I've got at home: a Debian server running multiple services, including NFS shares; one Mac that I use most of the time several Android devices a Windows client All happily access the files on the ...
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ZTE Connection Manager quits unexpectedly when opening to register internet key from Wind, on Macbook OS X Yosemite version 10.10.1 [duplicate]

I installed ZTE Connection manager (MF667) and when i open the app in my applications to register my simcard it opens the page but then keeps on quitting by itself within 2 seconds saying that "ZTE ...
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Process: kernel_task over 700mb memory

Anyone knows how do I solve high memory consumption of the process "kernel_task" ? I tried to delete .plist files from folder bellow, but the problem still continue My Mac: Macmini6,1 ...
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Automator Calendar Action to Launch Shell Script in Background

First and foremost: Everything works, automator launches when it is supposed to, the shell script executes, and I get the results I am looking for. Where the problem comes in to play is that the ...
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How do WWDC presenters paste text during demos?

During demos in the WWDC videos, the presenter will often paste code into Xcode to save having to type it in. How are they pasting each different snippet without switching to another app to copy it?
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How do I roll back from Yosemite to Mountain Lion without Internet Recovery after erasing my hard disk?

I erased my MacBook Air hard drive - which came with Yosemite OS X - because I wanted to roll back to Mountain Lion (OS X 10.8), since Yosemite was giving me problems with my files from the previous ...
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How to identify file type for a bulk lot of files and attach suitable extension to each

I have just over a thousand (1000) files whose suffix/extension has been changed by a database engine all to the same thing (eg. fileName.abcd where .abcd is on every file regardless of whether it is ...
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Every window opened generates a “The function ‘CGContextErase’ is obsolete” message in console

my Mac is running OSX Yosemite 10.10.2. I recently found out that in my console such messages: [A process name and its pid]: The function ‘CGContextErase’ is obsolete and will be removed in an ...
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Compile VLC-android on OS X

checking that generated files are newer than configure... done configure: creating ./config.status config.status: creating Makefile config.status: creating doc/doxygen.cfg ...
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How to completely remove Fuse for Mac OS X, MacFUSE, NTFS-3G

I want to switch to Tuxera NTFS for better support. But don’t know how to uninstall all these apps before completely switching to Tuxera. I also install fuse_wait.pkg but I am not sure how to ...
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VirtualBox 4.3.26 on OSX 10.10.2 Fails to install

I am trying to install VirtualBox on my iMac and it keeps failing right at the end of the installation process. The end of the log file shows Mar 23 07:59:22 AlexsMac installd[61695]: PackageKit: ...
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Unable to install software updates

I have a white MacBook running OS X Yosemite 10.10.1. When I go to the Mac App Store > Updates tab, there are two updates listed: a combined "Software Update" that includes OS X 10.10.2, iTunes 12.1, ...
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How do I automate selecting files in a .jar file?

My .jar file has a number of buttons that, when clicked, prompts me to select a file to load. I need to find a way to get this file selection to be automated, and decided on applescript. ...
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Mac shows desktop without menu bar or Dock after updating Snow Leopard

During a system update on my MacBook (Mac OS X 10.6.8) it restarted and during the restart I have got a screen where it looks like the homepage but doesn't have the menu bar at the top or the Dock at ...
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How can I hide spam emails in my inbox of OSX Apple Mail app?

I label my emails as spam or better "Junk email" in my iPhone and MBA but the emails continue to stay in my inbox. I want to get rid of them without removing them so I can later improve my spam ...