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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Mac: Regular expression to parse scutil command output

I've below output from scutil --nc show <service id> Connected Extended Status <dictionary> { ConnectionStatistics : <dictionary> { ConnectCount : 6 ConnectedCount : 3 ...
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Can't change to Dark Mode in Yosemite

I'm running the latest version of Yosemite on my MacBook. I have two accounts set up, both with admin privileges. On one of my accounts, I am able to turn on dark mode from System Preferences -> ...
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My whole HD is “Mac OS X Base System”

my entire HD is now "Mac OS X Base System": ps: Mac OS X Base System is Disk0s2 I cant delete this partition to install Mac OS X; I already try the terminal, but message reply "you cannot erase ...
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Using multiple calendars in OS X

In System Preferences, there is an option to change calendars. Does anyone know if it is possible to use multiple calendars simultaneously, for example Gregorian and Hebrew?
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Why can't I easily open web browsers from the terminal application?

In order to run Chrome from the Terminal application, I have to do open -a "Google Chrome" index.html rather than just something like "chrome index.html". The same also seems to be true for ...
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terminal folder access

having a trouble to access few folders in my root user. For example: cannot access - Ideas Infinitas, Treehouse workshops folders. At the same time I can access test_app and some other folders. My ...
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Have the Retina MacBook Pro GPU Hangs been fixed?

I have an early 2013 15-inch retina Macbook Pro running the latest stable version of Yosemite on which I've encountered the fabled GPU hang-ups, detailed in this question. I'm almost certain I have ...
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Macbook Pro doesn't recognize internal SSD

A week ago I inserted a usb cable into my Macbook Pro (late 2013) which resulted in the laptop immediatly shutting down. After a lot of searching how to boot it up again I had to reset the SMC. After ...
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Old Users App Store Account is still active on my computer

I just picked up a used Mac for a great price (I might add but doesn't have much to do with my question); and the old users App Store Account is still linked to him, even though I have everything else ...
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Macbook Air 2014 Yosemite “soft freeze”

I have a 2014 Macbook Air running Yosemite 10.10.2 that is "soft freezing" regularly. By that I mean that the (built-in) keyboard and trackpad do not respond at all anymore, but I can see that if ...
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Is the original photo in an iPhoto library still saved if I trash the photo after dragging it to the desktop?

If I move a photo from iPhoto to the desktop, and then trash, is the original still saved in the library?
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Making Favorites in Finder collapse according to number of items in it

I know favorites can collapse completely but how possible is it to make a dropdown collapse inside the Favorites itself so that when the items reach about 5, it automatically hides all others with a ...
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How can one get last wakeup from screen saver time on Mac OS

One can use pmset -g log to get to the info about Wake and Start events of Mac OS. But pmset doesn't seem to make any special assertions to the log when system goes into screen saver mode, and what ...
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Windows appear in odd places in Yosemite

Since upgrading to Yosemite when it came out, windows in different apps randomly appear in odd places - eg, not connected to their parents window. Here's the Chrome search bar: Sometimes it's ...
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Macbook Pro Early 2011 SSD very slow when in main hardrive bay but very good via USB

I have a MacBook Pro Early 2011 and I have upgraded to SSD when on Mountain Lion. Installed Yosemite as soon as it was out. The SSD works perfect until day before yesterday. Mac has become too slow, ...
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Key press not registered under high load

When typing on my MBA (Mid 2011, OSX 10.10.2) quite often key presses are not registered when the computer is under higher load. That might happen when having a big js file open in sublime text with ...
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Can I search for something on Google directly from Spotlight?

Whenever I have to search for something, I have to open Safari and then type in it. Is there any way to search directly, like type it in Spotlight and press click something and Safari will open ...
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How to figure out what is causing the ownership of usr/local to change from my-username to root

I use homebrew as a package manager for certain web development app. To keep brew up-to-date I run "update brew" every couple of days and also run "brew doctor." Usually, this is fine and brew tells ...
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Bind a CTRL key to custom button

One of my programs require CTRL key to used very frequently. But it is not very comfortable in my case and I would like to change it to 0 button on the right side of my keyboard. I've been ...
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How to replace all Finder files with a placeholder file for each

I have lots of files from a database which are to be copied to a new database, but the files for these are corrupt (They are zero-byte in size and contain no data). Rather than the new database ...
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Apple ID review information

I tried downloading apps with my new Apple ID and it asked me to review it. After filling in the information it shows an error and asks me to insert a billing address with atmost 70 letters or ...
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The “Open” and “Save” system dialogs get taller every time I open them

I'm using Mac OS 10.10.2, and I believe this problem only occurs with Mac OS X Yosemite. Here is the dialog box I am talking about: I just pressed Cmd+S on Ask Different to trigger this dialog. ...
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Mac Mini Yosemite Install Reboots Back to Mavericks?

I finally decided to upgrade my Mac Mini HTPC to Yosemite. I run the installer, says it's going to install, reboots, does the spinner for a bit, reboots again and I'm back at the login screen in ...
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MobileBackups is using too much space

I am running short of space on my OS partition for some large files I want to install. I note that du shows 15G /.MobileBackups I have 2 Time Machine drives. One attached to my MacBook Pro (at least ...
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Migration Assistant won't transfer files from 10.8 to 10.9

I tried to transfer my wife's files from her MacBook, running 10.8.4 to my MacBook Pro running 10.9.5. We have identical logins on both computers. I was using Migration Assistant on both Macs which ...
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How to disable Command-Control-Power shortcut?

I frequently use Command-Option-Power shortcut to send my Macbook to sleep (especially since closing the lid when I have external monitor doesn't trigger sleep). Unfortunately, this shortcut is very ...
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Symbolic link to Emacs 24 not working

I like to create a bin directory in my home directory and make it the first item in my $PATH. I then create symbolic links to override the default MacOS installed version of certain apps. I have done ...
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Photos (OS X Yosemite public beta) – show original in Finder?

I would have expected to be able to right-click (secondary click) on a thumbnail of a picture and have the contextual menu give me the option to show the original picture document in Finder... but ...
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How to limit the bandwidth on a per-application (or per-process) basis in OS X Yosemite?

Whenever I use Homebrew or Apple Store to download a large application, it sucks all my available bandwidth and I am then unable to browse the web. How can limit the bandwidth per-application or ...
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Cannot install applications: error code -60008

I am trying to install new applications, but I keep getting this error message from the "Copy" application: The operation can’t be completed because an unexpected error occurred (error code ...
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How much space is left on my hard drive?

Where do I have to go to find out how much space I have left on my hard drive? As you can imagine from the question I am new to Apple and don't know where to look. I used a program called "Cleanup" ...
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DNSResolver error 9 when running a mdns NodeJS project

I'm trying to run this project by running Core.js. When I do this, this is my output: > $ node Core.js HAP-NodeJS starting... TCP server accepting connection on port: 51826 HAP Server is listening ...
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Code can't open files that have name containing '/' [on hold]

I am trying to write a python program that does various basic things with HTTP requests. I am running into troubling trying to implement a caching feature. If I save the HTML code in a local file and ...
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Homebrew says my Python installation could cause issues and I'm not sure what to do

I'm just getting started with web development and I'm trying to set up my environment, and I can't do that until Dr Homebrew has discharged me from N00bcake Hospital. This is what I'm getting: ...
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Yosemite 10.10.3 - New Files and Directories Not Showing in Finder

When I create a new file or directory, it does not dynamically appear in Finder. I need to manually relaunch the Finder. Any tips on how to fix this? I know I can create an AppleScript to add a ...
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Automatically start multiple user sessions when OSX starts

I need to get several users session logged-in as soon as the computer starts. Manually I would have to log into the first user and then start switching to each one to open their respective sessions. I ...
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How to Create Images with Yosemite

I have a Mac Mini configured just the way I like it with 10.10.2 installed. I need to deploy that to a bunch of other computers around campus. The usual process for me in the past has been to use an ...
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Erase certain messages in Messages on OS X

I like having the Messages app on my Mac, but I have one problem: When I delete a message thread on my iPhone, it doesn't delete from my Mac. In other words, if I delete three messages from the same ...
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How to re-download Yosemite for creating second partition?

I have a paid Apple Developer account, and want to create a Beta-Partition with Yosemite. I thought the way is pretty straight forward: Downloading Yosemite Install it Choose second partition ...
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How do I use UTC with NTP?

Looking at: https://support.apple.com/kb/PH9069 How do I set the clock to use UTC with NTP? (This is in the context of synchronizing the Mac with the Linux server, both should be using UTC and, ...
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Bluetooth headphones automatic connect

I have LG HBS 730 Bluetooth headphones. I would like them to automatically connect to my Retina Macbook pro. How can I achieve that?
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Startup disk not correctly identified?

I have a Mid-2010 4 core MacPro. I mainly run 10.6.8, as I have a large software investment I'm not ready to abandon. As part of my migration to the present day OS, I have multiple startup drives, 2 ...
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Run OS X Yosemite inside OS X Yosemite

I have a MacBook Pro and I am looking for a way to run another OS X Yosemite inside it. I tried Virtual Box, and installed OS X, but it doesn't support guest additions for OS X guests. It keeps the ...
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Unable to re-enable Spotlight on Volume

I've been trying to debug a "Waiting for index to be ready" issue with my Time Machine volume, and one piece of advice that I've encountered is re-creating the Spotlight index on the volume. To do ...
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OSX -NSTextField to show Command Key, Control Key, Shift Key, Alt Key symbol to show/edit shortcuts [on hold]

I am working on an app which records shortcut for my app's functionality. Currently, I am defining the shortcut through my code explicitly using DDHotKey. Now I want to give user a control to define ...
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Why Doesn't OSX root user automatically default to the same shell as other users

Why doesn't the root user on OSX automatically default to the same shell as other users? Seems like this would avoid a lot of complications, but I guess there must be complications with the shells ...
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Root Device UUID Error when installing Yosemite 10.10 on VirtualBox 4.3.26 [on hold]

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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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 ...