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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MBP strange blackouts

I have noticed, that sometimes, my MacBook Pro mid-2012 has strange blackouts like if the battery ran out. This happens even when my battery is near full. The symptoms are that the screen goes black ...
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2013 Retina Macbook Pro Turn off and back on when opening the lid

This only happens sometimes but it bothers me because I have to wait for all the script I got to load again. I cannot figure why is it happening. Here is the log: 2016-02-06 20:12:17 +0100 ...
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Copy extended attributes to new file (ffmpeg)

I'm currently trying to decode some video files with ffmpeg on my computer but am not able to make ffmpeg copy the tags from the source file to the destination file. I read through the man page but ...
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IntelliJ / Android Studios: hide the project pane

I'm quite new to mac but have managed to figure out a lot of the shortcuts but this one baffles me. In intelliJ / Android Studios, occassionally, I need to hide some of the panes so that I have more ...
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OpenSSL 0.9.8zg

A week ago, as part of the installation a PHP 5.4 cartridge from openshift.com on my Mac with OS X v10.10.5 in the Terminal I noticed a message about it is loading OpenSSL 0.9.8?? for compatibilty ...
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How do I reload an OS X “bash” user-environment

I think that I want to ask How do I reload an OS X bash user-environment But damnit Jim ; I'm a software engineer not a sysadmin The Goal I want Jenkins started as a Daemon on El Capitan I want ...
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USB wireless keyboard works from one USB port, but not the other

I have a wireless USB keyboard/mouse combo (Microsoft Wireless Keyboard 1000) which is working perfectly on a MacBook Pro 15" running El Capitan. On another 2013 MacBook Air running Yosemite, the ...
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What could I benefit from replacing the AirPort Card in my '09 MacBook Pro?

I have a Mid-2009 MacBookPro, I would like to upgrade the AirPort Card so that I can access continuity and instant hotspot features, but other than that what will Bluetooth 4.0 allow me and will the ...
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Way too many disks in rEFInd?

I'm using rEFInd on my mac that is installed on its own partition. Everything works fine except when I boot into rEFInd (the "EFI Boot" option under the disk selection menu on startup) it shows my OS ...
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Create installer disk 10.6.8 on external disk

I searched StackExchange, the internet & everywhere... and I'm now wondering if it is even possible: I have an external HDD with from 10.5 - 10.11 installers on different partitions. For the 10.5 ...
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Trying to burn a CD: “hdiutil: imageinfo failed - image not recognized”

Using the Application Burn, I saved some music-CD's as image-file to the desktop as .iso, along with the right .isoinfo. Now I want to burn those images to empty CD's, but I get the following error ...
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Copy a Dock plist to replace another user's Dock

I'm trying to copy a prepared Dock plist to another already existing user account. It seems simple enough: sudo cp ./default.com.apple.Dock.plist ...
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Where are the root CAs stored on OS X?

I need one of the root CA certificates, as a filename, to pass to a command-line program. I could download it from DigiCert (and convert it to the required format, .crt) manually, but I figure it's ...
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Database.db file in Macintosh HD

I see a Database.db file with size zero bytes on my Macintosh HD Is this a system file? i am not sure if this is something i can remove or the purpose of this file Regards
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Alternatives paid or unpaid to using Apple's Server app [on hold]

So I am setting up a Mac Mini Server (mid 2010) to do some light testing. As part of this, I'm considering purchasing the Apple Server Application. I've used it before and the GUI is pretty user ...
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How to make Airmail to open mailto: protocol link?

I have searched for this but I can't find anything in search results answering this query. When I click on mailto link given in a mail inside Airmail,it opens Mail.app window instead of opening it ...
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Internet Sharing, same LAN

I'd like to share internet from ethernet (10.0.100.2) to Wi-Fi. But when I do so and then I connect a device via Wi-Fi I get a whole different network: 192.168.2.0. Is there a way to use the same ...
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Error while OS X El Capitan from the Mac App Store

I'm trying to download OS X El Capitan from the Mac App Store, but the download always ends in an error. I think that it's possibly related to the reason I would like to update. Which is that I'm ...
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What is the difference between -h, -r, -s, and -k, in the “shutdown now” command in single-user mode?

So, I opened up single-user mode to show my friend how easy it was for a Mac to be directly hijacked if someone was able to steal the physical lap top (as opposed to hijacking remotely using SSH), and ...
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Create a contact in people in Outlook 2016

In Mail for Mac I can create a contact directly from an email message. In Outlook 2016 for Mac how can I do that as well? Seems like email has made more advances that Outlook has.
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Lost desktop files after restoring a user account

So I accidentally removed my main user account from my macbook (OS X el capitan). The home folder was not deleted so I restored the user account by adding a new account with the same name, then ...
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Dock not showing after a while

I have the problem that when I use my Macbook for a while (couple of hours) my dock doesn't show (auto show) anymore. When I am for example using Safari and I put my cursor at the bottom of the ...
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How has it suddenly become so much faster to wake OS X from “safe sleep”?

Because I'm super paranoid about security, I configure my MacBook to always "safe sleep" and destroy its FileVault key on entering standby: $ sudo pmset -a hibernatemode 25 DestroyFVKeyOnStandby 1 ...
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Filevault makes my external HD inaccessible on OS X but still works on Ubuntu

I'm running OS X El Capitan 10.11.3 I have an external drive with 2 partitions. 1 partition is for Time Machine while the other is for storing my data (Volume name is Data). So a few days ago I ...
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Time Machine sparsebundle mounting problems

Problem I have a Time Machine backup which contains a lot of valuable information and I'm trying to access it. What's the problem? I'm trying to mount it and nothing1 happens. Nothing happens? So I ...
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How to move cursor to the end of the line in a cell in Excel for Mac 2011

For example, In any text editor: Command+right arrow will put your cursor to the Right of the line Command+left arrow will move your cursor to the Left of the line Is there an equivalent keybord ...
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Missing bash prompt

My bash prompt is missing as shown on the image. I'm not even sure how to open the .bash_profile since dot files are hidden in the finder. I restarted the machine to no avail.
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Messages no longer allows me to transfer images using AIM

For about 10 years my colleagues and I have used iChat, then Messages to exchange images for work (we use AIM). A year or so (maybe longer) we could no longer transfer images back and forth. The ...
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Print to PDF rewrites URLs

I have an A3 InDesign file, containing hyperlinks, that I use to export an A3 PDF. If I want to scale that PDF down to A4, a convenient way is to simply open it in Preview and use the 'Save As PDF' ...
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RSA and Cisco Anyconnect in one click

We all been there where we punch in 4 digit pin to RSA and then copy it to Cisco Anyconnect Is there a way to do that in one click using a Script Script should do the following Launch RSA > Enter ...
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Are there replacements for the reg commad on Mac OS X 10.9

I believe reg existed on 10.8 and lower as documented here - https://developer.apple.com/library/prerelease/mac/documentation/Darwin/Reference/ManPages/man1/reg.1.html However, in OS X 10.9 I only ...
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Mac freezes after login

My mac laptop freezes after I login with correct password. All I see is my wallpaper. after that the rainbow thing starts spinning. I tried to start in safe mode but that didn't help either. I also ...
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How do I use non-“legacy” launchctl commands to load and unload plists?

I have some plist files in ~/Library/LaunchAgents. I have been happily using launchctl load -w and launchctl unload -w to turn these on and off for years. However, I notice that now load and unload ...
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OSX El Capitan keychain login cannot be found to store

Upgraded to El Capital 10.11.3 yesterday, at the last prompt where it asks to login using iCloud i supplied my user/pass and then it sent code to my iPhone which i typed correctly but after that it ...
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Spotlight overrides first character

What's wrong: I hit CMD+SPACE to open up spotlight, typically type in the name of the application I want to start, hit enter and either the wrong app or no app at all will start, because the app name ...
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Upgrade Mac OS X from 10.8.5 to 10.10.5

How do I upgrade my Mac OS X from 10.8.5 to 10.10.5? I obviously can't use a 10.9 or a 10.10 Combo Updater.
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unable to install homebrew

unable to install homebrew I am using this command. ruby -e "$(curl -fsSL https://raw.githubusercontent.com/Homebrew/install/master/install)" getting this error. i have already installed updated ...
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How to star-rate “Apple Music” files in iTunes on OS X

I like rating music as I'm listening to it so I can find my favorite stuff easily later. But I'm now an Apple Music subscriber and listening to a LOT of new music that the service has found for me. ...
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All applications got paused after disk space usage got near 99% and back to normal. What's next?

Mac does some pretty fancy background stuff to try and keep enough disk space for whatever it needs. In my case, 512 gb ssd, it needs to have at least 20gb free to run smoothly, so I usually have 40. ...
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terminal: how do i pipe the results of grep to open a file

I'd like to grep and open a file in just one terminal command. Suppose I'm in this directory: $ ls 1.txt 2.txt 3.txt 4.txt 5.txt and I want to open 3.txt I thought I could do ls | grep 3 ...
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Failed to set a credential for network based account

We want to assign credentials to network based accounts according to the following Apple kbase: How to allow administration of OS X from network-based accounts dseditgroup -o edit -n /Local/Default ...
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How to view datas of 3rd party apps in iCloud drive?

How to view datas of 3rd party apps in iCloud drive? I opened Finder and selected the iCloud Drive from the side bar. I can only able to see some apps. I am using 3 journal apps(Reminisce Journal, Day ...
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What is Apple doing with UUCP?

I have been looking into UUCP (Unix-to-Unix Copy, a very old network protocol) as a way of communicating with some Linux boxes that don't always have an internet connection. While doing so on my ...
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How can I create a Live Photo on my Mac and put it on my iPhone via iCloud Library?

I suppose this is a two-part question, really. How do I create a Live Photo on my Mac, given I already have jpg and mov files (both in 9:16 aspect ratio)? How can I transfer that Live Photo to my ...
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Controlling Scroll Bars

On our company page in LinkedIn, under the analytics tab, there is scrollbar. I want a script which will scroll down to the bottom, hit "see more", and recursively continue until the data is ...
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Path not being honored?

I have the following in my .bash_profile: $ cat ~/.bash_profile # Prompt export PS1="\h:\W$ " # Standard path export PATH="/usr/local/bin:/usr/local/sbin:/bin:/sbin:/usr/bin:/usr/sbin: ...
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Where to insert a custom item in /etc/hosts file?

The default /etc/hosts file looks like this: 127.0.0.1 localhost 255.255.255.255 broadcasthost ::1 localhost fe80::1%lo0 localhost If I want to insert a custom item, should I insert it after the ...
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How do Mac file imports from SD cards work when the option is set to delete after import?

My uncle recently imported files from his SD card and there were serious errors. I have no idea WHY that's occurred, but the videos I took are once in a lifetime. I shot on .MOV format, but the card ...
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Why do downloads (storedownloadd) from the Mac App Store consume so much CPU?

I have noticed this often with large downloads such as Xcode updates and OS X updates and that sort of thing. Basically we see this sort of thing for however much time it takes for the download to ...
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Reclaiming disk space: .OSInstallSandboxPath.trashedSandbox folder safe to delete?

I'm trying to clean up space on my SSD (it seemed much bigger when I first got it ;)) and one folder caught my attention: .OSInstallSandboxPath.trashedSandbox It sits at the root of the disk and ...