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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How to run an application as a system service?

I'd like to be able to run Plex media server in the background even when not logged on. This is something I could easily setup in Windows but I can't figure out if this is possible in OSX.
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Ping respects hosts overrides - but browsers don't, in spite of DNS cache flushes

I have a baffling problem. Browsers on my system (10.10.3 Yosemite) don't respect overrides included in my hosts file. This includes Chrome, Safari, and Firefox. I have tried rebooting, clearing ...
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Is this a new virus or adware/malware signature? How do I resolve this?

Since the last 12 hours or so, I've been facing a virus that's somewhat peculiar. When I open websites, and click any link on those websites, I get a new pop-up tab that opens a link from ...
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My keyboard can only produce 95 characters?

I have heard from multiple sources that a standard QWERTY keyboard can produce 96 different characters, not counting the option key characters. Here is a picture of my keyboard: I highlighted in ...
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Mouse Pointer Locator

Due to a stroke, I have had some vision impairment in that I sometimes have a hard time locating my mouse pointer on the screen. I have tried making the mouse pointer larger which helps but is still ...
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install Mac OS on virtual machine [on hold]

which verion of OSX will run well on virtual machine, or in Dell inspiron 1545? I have read that Snow Leopard works on Dell with some bugs...
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What do the Software Update options do?

In Yosemite the App Store System Preferences pane has automatic updates for a few separate items: "Install App updates" "Install OS X updates" "Install system data files and security updates" App ...
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Obtain FileVault 2 recovery key with administrator account

I enabled full disk encryption on my new MacBook Pro. (I am new to the Mac world but an accomplished Linux/UNIX and Windows type) However, I made a mistake and skipped the step of taking note of the ...
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Need help recovering MSFT Office for MAC 2011 Product Key [duplicate]

I am using Time Machine to backup and restore my HDD to a new HDD. When I boot from my new drive, everything works except for MSFT Office for Mac 2011 requires me to input my Product Key. My license ...
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Screen resolution messed up when upgrading to latest Macbook Air

I have a macbook air 13' from 2013. I just bought the same model, only newer. I backup up everything on an external hard drive via time machine on the old mac, then used migration assistant to ...
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How to mimic Home Key of Centos or windows in terminal of OSx?

I just miss the ability to go to first position of the shell with just 1 keyboard stroke, which I use it often at my office on CentOS ? I know I can go by Option + left key or Option + Right key to ...
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OS X 10.10 (Yosemite) Custom Shutdown Screen/Behavior

I'm a network admin at a school, and I'm wondering if anyone here can shed some light on an odd problem. Preface: We have a number of laptop carts of MacBook Pros and MacBooks as well as over 100 ...
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Show hidden all files, but hide some

I am trying to show all files and hide some. I know about the command: defaults write com.apple.Finder AppleShowAllFiles -bool YES But that shows even files that I have hidden with chflags hidden. ...
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Merge two partitions on Macbook Pro

I have two partitions on my MacBook Pro. I am not able to merge them to make a single partition. I created one partition to use for Windows using Bootcamp. Now I deleted Windows, but I am not able ...
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Mac Outlook 2011

I am using an iMac with Outlook 2011 installed. Until last week, there was no issue. Now, when I open Outlook, it initializes but does not open. I tried rebuilding the database, twice. After ...
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Movies that I cannot find are taking up 200 GB on Mac

Movies that I cannot find are taking up 200 GB on my Mac. I tried looking for these movies but I cannot find them. I believe that this is being cause by a video editing software I use called ...
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Why am I seeing these weird characters in the popup that asks for my password when I try to update Adobe Flash on my Mac?

I'm running OS X Yosemite on a Macbook Pro. I recently had an update for adobe flash but when the password prompt pops up to continue the installation of the update it looks like this: What's going ...
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How to “refresh” a mounted NFS folder from my router in Finder?

I have a rt-n56u router with an external hard disk shared in NFS. Sometimes this shared disk shows in Finder, sometimes not, and I need to reboot router AND mac yosemite - even if I can see it being ...
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Do I need to decrypt the hard drive before repair?

Today I left my MBP Retina at local authorised Apple service (it's a mid 2012 model, and it's having some gfx issues), and then I got an email telling me that I have to go back there and decrypt my ...
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Firefox “not responding”, can't force quit, doesn't show in activity monitor

I have entered a weird state Firefox was open. The icon appears in the cmd+tab task menu. In the dock it shows as "not responding". Force Quit does nothing though. Ok... but then it doesn't show ...
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Black Screen With Cursor on Logout in Yosemite

This is specifically occurring on Yosemite Macs that have been NetRestored. Initial login works fine. However, when restarting the Mac or logging out of the user, a black screen appears with only the ...
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Trying to run commands in bash causes Homebrew error

Whenever I try and run any commands in terminal (bash), my window goes crazy and it keeps looping through an output of: /usr/local/Cellar/rbenv/0.4.0/libexec/rbenv-hooks: line 32: cd: ...
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One weather widget is completely wrong, showing that it is night time all the time

I use the weather widget on my MacBook Air dashboard to watch many cities current weather. I have opened multiple incidences of this widget, one for each city so each city's weather is displayed ...
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Determine whether Logic Board has actually been replaced

I recently had the Logic Board in my Retina MBP 15″ 2012 replaced under a warranty extension program and Apple paid for it. The problem I have is confirming that I actually got a new board installed. ...
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What is wrong in this command about grepping and pandocing?

I am thinking this answer which returns a broken PDF document in OSX 10.10.3. The file test_dummy.tex is here. pandoc test_dummy.tex -f markdown -t html | grep -E '(^<|^$|^ *$)' \ | grep -v ...
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cannot locate app, locate not working

I have an app (gv) where I can run it from the terminal, but when I click on it, I get errors. This makes me think there are multiple instances of it or something. I tried which and got nothing... ...
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Large preferences (plist) files

Browsing through my recent Yosemite backup I noticed that two of the largest files were com.apple.sidebarlists.plist (78 MB) and com.apple.recentitems.plist (10 MB). Both files are located in ...
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Chrome Helper process…without Chrome running

Recently I've noticed instances of Google Chrome Helper remaining running in my activity monitor long after I've shut Chrome down completely. Are these just hung processes because Chrome Helper is ...
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Cant click in Macbook 10.6.8 (Trackpad and Mouse) and another problem

I can't click anything in the screen. Cannot click any apps or folders. It wasn't even hanging because my Minecraft instantly opens and I see the config filling in. It wasn't hanging. I can't click ...
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Running Time Mechine Backup from Recovery HD

My MacBook seems to be getting kernel panics when booting up. I've decided to create a backup, reinstall OS X, and restore from the backup. But I can't create a Time Machine backup because I unable to ...
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How can I warp the border between two different sized monitors, so the mouse doesn't get stuck in the larger one?

When the monitor on one side of the border has a resolution higher than the monitor on the other side, the mouse can only cross over to the other monitor at the part where their edges overlap, as in ...
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In Safari, there is a lag for the Open Location and New Tab shortcuts.

I started noticing this about a month ago that when I hit CMD+L or CMD+T, there is about a second or so lag to when it actually does something. I verified it's not a memory problem, as it happens ...
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Unable to unmount backup drive for repair in disc utility [on hold]

Trying to repair backup but hit this problem that it will not unmonut. Is there a way to force the unmount.
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Sleep timeout missing from the energy saver preferences

I have two Macbook Pros running on Yosemite. The first one is a 17 incher from 4 years ago. I'm able to set the time that it sleeps. The second one is a 15 incher retina made this year. In its energy ...
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Alternative for `fail2ban` on my server running OS X 10.6.8

I have dedicated my old MacBook as a home server. It runs, among other stuff, the following services: Webserver (Apache, PHP, MySQL) i.e. OwnCloud/WebDAV Torrent client SSH server VPN Some game ...
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Permanently Enlarging the “Open File” dialog box in Yosemite

Whenever I open a file in any application I'm presented with the standard "Open" dialog box which find to be frustratingly small (less than 50% in each dimension). I can enlarge it to a more generous ...
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Why can a user on OS X open some directories of other users?

I run OS X Yosemite (10.10.3). From the sysadmin account, I created a standard account. This account can't open standard directories like Documents or Pictures in the admin’s user folder. It can ...
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Clean Install MacBook Pro

I have a 13" MacBook Pro that Apple has lent me while my new 15" is being built and I need to restore it to the same condition as the day I received it from Apple. How do I do that?
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How to search installed application based on functionality?

My Applications folder has 486 entries, applications that have accumulated in the 30 years I'm using Apple hardware and software. Sometimes I'm looking for "that great application I have installed a ...
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How to disable restore/resume/saved-state for a specific application in Yosemite

For most applications I like the OSX feature of remembering which documents were open. But it drives me nuts in Preview. In past versions of OSX there was a simple preference that could be altered ...
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Changes to image are permanent without hitting save

I was trying to make some avatars out of some of my images and needed to resize them. I did so in Preview in Yosemite 10.10.3, and had before as well in Snow Leopard. There was no 'save as' option, ...
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Unable to load App Store, Photos and iBooks in Yosemite

I am unable to load the App Store, Photos and iBooks after update to Yosemite. The console shows this log continuously. Any ideas what is going on? System Information[2041]: Unable to load nib file: ...
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I'm in need of an application. Where can I ask whether somebody is interested in developing it? [on hold]

It happens to me often that I have a specific need in my use of MacOS X. The problem of finding an application solving a specific problem most of the time results in being the problem of finding the ...
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Encrypted partial backup in Dropbox

I'm storing the majority of my documents in Dropbox. I store all my passwords in 1Password (with encrypted backup in Dropbox). I also have a large pool of files (SSH keys, SSL certs, encryption ...
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Remove expansion triangle in list view in Finder?

I personally prefer list view without the expansion triangle, unlike Finder question: missing expansion triangle in list view I am able to get it to work by selecting an "arrange by" option, but it ...
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Windows not updating folders from the OS X drive

I have installed Windows 8.1 on my MBP through Bootcamp. Sometimes I encounter a strange issue: Log into OS X, and move/delete/create some files, e.g. Desktop\test_file.txt Turn off the machine; ...
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Update to a newer version of OS X from OS X 10.6.8

Every time I click Software Update it tells me there's no new software! I don't even know what software I'm running so I can't search for updated software. Why is it stuck on 10.6.8?
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Eliminate com.adobe.ARMDC.Communicator.plist malware

Running an Early '09 iMac with Mavericks. Earlier this month I began to see a pop up referencing a 'malware cleaner'. Below is a copy of items dated May 4th in the Launch Agents and Launch Daemons ...
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Do I need to reinstall OS X after accidentally removing Python?

I managed to delete my python in usr/bin by foolishly doing sudo rm /usr/bin/python and now it seems like I need to reinstall my OS. First off is this necessary? And secondly is there an easy way to ...
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Making a full image of an installed system

I'd like to know if is possible to make a full, bootable, and restorable image of an entire Yosemite installed system, (that is, with all installed apps and settings) without using a commercial ...