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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Plugging in an external HDMI display makes the computer sluggish

2015 2.7 GHz Intel Core i5, 8gb ram MBP and it usually feels snappy but when I plug in my external Samsung HDMI display it slows down considerably. Animations are janky, delays in editing text, and ...
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What is the “akd” process, and do I need to allow it to connect to the internet?

I use Little Snitch as a Mac OS firewall. Usually, it's fairly clear to me what needs to connect to the internet and what doesn't. However, I can't figure out what akd is or does, and why it needs to ...
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Network priority is not being observed—how to fix?

I have my home network listed as highest priority in my list of Wifi networks, and my Karma Go (like a Mifi) listed way down the list, and yet I very frequently discover that I'm using my Karma Go ...
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Use script without root

I write a maintenance script with different commands. the script has sudo commands inside. Now I want to use crontab, but my first problem is: How can I use the script on user level without root ...
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Shift-Option-<key> is adding accented characters

On El Capitan (10.11.4) I somehow got into a state where using the key combination shift+option+key outputs accented or special characters. For example shift+option+k :  shift+option+j : Ô ...
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rMBP random unexpected shutdown

Recently I'm facing random unexpected shutdown on rMBP mid-2014. I've clean installed the Yosemite with clean user and issue still continues. Apple online support suggested to work on Safe Mode and it ...
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Main volume controls are ignored via bluetooth

I have a Bose speaker connected to a Philips bluetooth receiver. When i connect my macbook pro to it, the main volume (controlled by the Function Keys) is ignored; from my computer, i can only use the ...
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Is this external USB3 drive really this slow for my Macbook TimeMachine backup?

I got myself this WD 2TB USB3 external harddrive for backups: http://amzn.to/1X8b3a8 I connected it to the USB 3.0 port of my mid 2015 Macbook Pro 15". When I run Time Machine, it really takes ...
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Mac book pro doesn't shut down [duplicate]

I have a MacBook Pro (Retina, 13 pollici, end 2013) After last OS X upgrade on 10.11.5, doesn't shut down... When i click on the shut down button, the top gray menu and the icon disappear, but ...
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How can I put a Realtek wifi adapter in monitor mode?

I have an ALFA awus036nhr wifi adapter and can use it in monitor mode in Linux but I can't use airmon-ng in OS X even though I have airocrack-ng installed, and running tcpdump -Ii en6 returns: ...
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How do I get spotlight to recognise custom tags on an external server?

I'm trying to sort files on an external server using custom tags, however spotlight doesn't seem to recognise the custom tags. It works successfully with the standard OSX tags (i.e. red, yellow, blue ...
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What automatic script runs with Bourne Shell (/bin/sh) for root?

I want to add some aliases to my OSX command line environment for easier navigation when in the root prompt (sudo su to root). On the Bourne Again Shell (/bin/bash), I can edit ...
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Examine a .DS_Store file?

My understanding of a .DS_Store file is that is contains details that describe a folder and the files within that folder. Based on that description, I can think of a few uses from being able to read a ...
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Is it normal for iCloud on OS X to ask for iPhone passcode or MacBook Pro password? [on hold]

I changed my user password on my MacBook Pro. After that I started getting iCloud notifications to finish updating the password. I did, but the notifications didn't stop. I signed out then signed in ...
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How to reset to default permissions

During development and debugging I have changed permissions of various files and folders using chown and chmod on my local system (I didnt maintain the list of changes). Now that I have fixed the ...
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Install OSX on previously wiped macbook pro

I have a 13 inch Macbook Pro. I don't have any recovery discs or backup and the hard drive has been completely formatted to remove any Apple partitions. I think the macbook is probably registered to ...
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Alternate to GlovePie Script [on hold]

While playing GOW with keyboard i got stuck with analog joystick. I need to rotate analog joystick, which is not possible with keyboard without a script I found this script which emulate keyboard keys ...
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How to hide sidebar preview (on the right) in Finder on El Capitan

I don't know since when, but I believe from some update of El Capitan, this annoying sidebar preview on the right comes up everytime I open a new Finder window. If I hide it using the mouse, it stays ...
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Xcode install command via OS X Terminal

I have Mac OS X version 10.5.7 so I downloaded Xcode version 4.6.3 and launched it. According to many tutorials (such as this) I am supposed to install further command line tools via terminal: ...
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OSX How can I get the dev name associated to a Volume name

I am creating a bash script to unmount my usb drive after the backup is done. To unmount the drive I use the command: diskutil unmount disk4s1 But sometimes when I plug my usb drive it gets a ...
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Moving Time Machine backup between two local disks results in full backup instead of incremental

The Problem After migrating the entirety of a a Backups.backupdb to a new hard drive as recommended by Apple by simply copy-pasting within Finder between two local disks, Time Machine encountered ...
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How to View .tex file in IPython-Notebook of OS X?

My system: OS X El Capitan 10.11.5, Python 2.7.11, IPython 4.2.0 (Jyputer), Macbook Air 2013-Mid. I would like to have Internet browser frontend for my LaTeX source codes. In my Jupyter, there is no ...
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Calendar open file while sleep

I have a calendar event set to open an application at an early time. However during this time, my Mac is at sleep. Will the calendar wake the Mac to open the application? If not, how can I make it so ...
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What's are the keys behind the shortcut?

I'm trying to figure out how to use my apple keyboard sometimes. What's does the following shortcut need to be pressed?
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Sync custom icons between Macs

I have an iMac I use everyday, and a MacBook Pro I use when I'm not at home. I use a lot of softwares, and I have customized the icons of them. Every time I install a new app, or I change the icon of ...
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Encode video file using service, change creation time of new video to match original, delete original

When storing photos or videos from different cameras in the same folder the only option to keep some time-sequence is to sort by date. I am using the service ‘encode selected video files’ to convert ...
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Error opening minecraft.dmg, 'Protocol wrong type for socket' [duplicate]

I am using an Apple MacBook Air and cannot open .dmg files. This is mainly a problem with minecraft.dmg. A dialog opens with 'Warning' 'Protocol wrong type for socket' and does not open. I have ...
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Folder of second hdd unaccessible for other users

I have a Macbook pro with El Capitan and two HDDs. The second drive I wish to use as a sharing area with my wife who has a user on the same notebook. I created a folder and put some files there. She ...
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Macbook Pro Wifi: No hardware installed

I have recently been getting a "No hardware installed" error when I click on my wifi. I have tried resetting the SMC, resetting PRAM, reattaching the cables in the electronics of the computer. Now I ...
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Change libtool used in command line

I followed this post to install automake, autoconf and libtool. When I check automake and autoconf versions they look fine. However, when I check libtool's version I get the following $ libtool ...
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How do I get AppleScript to open another script file

So I'm working on a script and I want one of the buttons to open another script file. I have: tell application "AppleScript Editor" to open "Fallen_Order_Intro.sctp" When I do this, it says ...
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Total screen freeze in El Capitan, but audio keeps playing

Lately I've been having lots of issues with my Mac randomly freezing. As in, multiple times per week. These are the symptoms: My screen freezes completely. The picture stays on screen and my ...
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Sharing multiple files on iCloud by using System Events in Applescript: How to intercept an option?

I am trying to share a folder with many Numbers files with iCloud, by sharing each file with an AppleScript and saving the path of each shared file so that I can send it to my collaborators. To do ...
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Unable to change the default directory in Finder?

I'm struggling with a problem involving my Finder opening to the incorrect directory every time it is opened. I've deleted the com.apple.plist file located in ~/Library/Preferences several times, I've ...
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How to install a package in development without sudo?

How can I use the installer command line tool to install a package we are developing? For purpose of testing I want to install the package as a normal user and not with sudo privileges. The manual ...
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Stop dock moving between monitors while moving mouse to the bottom of screen

We know why it is moving: Why does my dock keep moving back to my other monitor? Now, how can we stop it? Some terminal command or even paid software?
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Applescript email

I have been messing around with applescript for the last week or so and i'm wondering if its possible to attach applescript to an email somehow so that it runs when the email is opened. It might not ...
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Remove Shut Down from Login Window

Is there a way to remove the Shut Down option from the login window on Mac OS X (10.11.x) while preserving the ability to restart?
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Can't delete my “applications”

So, I somehow have 40GB worth of applications on my Macbook, but I can't, for the life of me, see what these applications are! I looked in the Applications folder -- there are no apps except the ...
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Terminal command to clear DNS cache doesn't seem to work

I do a lot of website work where I change nameservers for a domain, wait overnight for it to propagate on the host server, then go back to work on the site. Lately, what happens is that I can see the ...
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Dropbox folder not syncing after move

I moved my dropbox folder to a different location, following the instructions provided by dropbox. (I use the desktop client. OS X 10.11.5) Specifically, I clicked on the Dropbox icon, went to ...
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How can I send focused window beneath other windows like Alt+Esc do in Windows?

I don't want to minimize it (⌘+M) or hide it (⌘+H). I want other windows to be on top of my focused window when I press some shortcut or fire some macro/script/whatever. How can I achieve this?
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Make: Error: TargetConfig not defined?

I am trying to compile p0sixspawn_lite(https://github.com/winocm/p0sixspwn_lite) on Mac OSX Yosemite. Make returns Error: TargetConfig not defined. Looking through the Common.make, the error is coming ...
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How to factory reset a broken mail app via terminal OSX El Capitan?

I opened my mail app this noon I wanted to send an email, as usual I clicked on the compose email button I wrote my mail and sent it. Now after that the mail app started acting strange. It switches ...
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OSX 10.11 El Capitan: Disabling accelerated scrolling

I use an external bluetooth mouse by Logitech and while the accelerated scrolling is nice for the trackpad, it is absolutely terrible for the external mouse. How can I deactivate it so that I get ...
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Xmonad like App

I've to use Linux at work and the desktop I use is xmonad, a tiling window Manager. Now I started to Wonder, if something like that is also available for the mac, just maybe more Apple Style.
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Create video file with multiple audio tracks?

I have an animated movie in three different languages. The picture is exactly the same for each langauge, only the audio is different. I want to merge all these files into one, so that I have a ...
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MacBook Pro Issues: Stalling and Detection of External USB

I have a MacBook Pro (Retina, 13-inch, Early 2015). I bought it in end of July 2015 and am using it since then. I am using OS X El Capitan Version 10.11.4 Recently I am facing two problems. My ...
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Change shortcut key for “Highlight URL” function in Chrome

I recently got a Mac in addition to my Linux laptop. I've tried to change around settings so that I don't have to use new shortcuts. The issue I am facing is that I use Control+L to highlight the URL ...
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Why is Messages acting extremely slow like Internet Explorer?

I've got my iPhone sync my messages to OS X. However, even though my Mac and my iPhone are connected to my perfectly stable home network, OS X is getting messages with a few minutes of delay. All the ...