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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Unable to delete locked file

I have a locked file on my machine that I'm unable to delete. I've tried everything (that I know of) and don't have a clue why it won't delete. Here's what I tried: Everything here sudo rm file.txt ...
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What to do about “File X is not in either expected pre- or post-patch state for Y” errors in install.log?

For about six hours off and on my Mac has been pretty much unusable. "softwareupdated" seems to be the culprit. It goes nuts, maxes out a CPU and uses a huge amount of RAM (and then VM once that runs ...
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What is causing softwareupdated to use excessive resources and kill the responsiveness of my Mac?

Usually my Mac performs pretty comfortably but for the last hour or so it's been almost unusable. When I type it takes a few seconds to actually display what I've typed or just beachballs for a little ...
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Floor Plan software for Mac [on hold]

Is there a free program that can make floor plans on a Mac? Specifically, I'm looking for something that's fairly easy to use. Doesn't need to have a ton of features, just shouldn't be a headache.
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Mac OS battery cycle count

Im under Yosemite OS X I got a new battery for my mac model a1398 mid 2012 retina, I charged the battery first time to 100% and drained it till it went to sleep mode to calibrate the battery, now I ...
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Command Line Tools update description of changes

When Apple provides updates for OS X and other software it typically also describes the changes introduced in that version, as displayed in the App Store application's Updates tab or in a separate ...
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Why did my MacBook Air stay on?

I have a MacBook Air that the lid I left open. The screen was still on when I left it. In System Preferences, I set it to turn off the display and sleep after 10 minutes. But it didn't turn off. I ...
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SwitchResX settings for 1080p25 output to Display/Projector

I am setting up an AV installation and require output to a Panasonic PT-DZ680 Projector from a MacBook Pro, running at 1080p25 (for convoluted reasons we have to use 1080p25). I have successfully set ...
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How to play Apple Music and Radio (Beats 1) on iTunes?

I've updated to Yosemite 10.10.4 but I can't find a way to listen Beats 1 on my Mac...
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Disable Mission Control's Hot-Corners via terminal

I love the activated corners in Mission Control and use it all the time, but for the rare occasions when I am playing a game, I would like the active-corner functionality to be disabled. Is there a ...
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Scaling all UI elements when using an external monitor

When I use my Macbook Pro's internal monitor, I have the following options in the Display settings menu: The best thing here is the Scaled option, which means that I can use the native resolution of ...
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Problem connecting to VPN service on OS X Server 10.9 and 10.10

I keep getting this error when trying to connect: The L2TP-VPN server did not respond. Try reconnecting. If the problem continues, verify your settings and contact your Administrator. However, ...
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MacBook Pro (Mid 12, 13“) not booting OS X Yosemite - ”No sign" on boot

My MacBook Pro Mid 2012, 13" currently works with a HDD (on newest OSX). Now I connected a brand new (completely tested) SSD (Transcend SSD370S 256GB) to the HDD Strip inside the macbook. I've made a ...
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Set volume control for each app individually

I'm capturing video with Final Cut Pro and I'm hearing the sound of the recording. I would like to use the computer for other things while capturing. How can I disable the sound for a specific ...
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Installing Windows on External HD. Other guides to difficult for me

I have a Macbook Pro Retina 13" mid 2014 model. I have 256 GB Disk Space and want to install Windows mainly for gaming but other programs as well but I do not have enough space for my needs. My ...
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External FW800/USB 3.0 drive slows down many system operations on my MBPs

I have experienced this issue for a long time on my old 17" MacBookPro8,3 and now seeing it on a new 15" MacBookPro11,5. Often the drive connected now through USB 3.0 will spin-down to rest state when ...
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OS X Yosemite freezes randomly, absolutely everything hangs (screen, trackpad, keyboard, sound, applications, rtc.)

I'm running OS X Yosemite on an Early 2015 MacBook Pro Retina, 512GB. According to the title: "OS X Yosemite freezes randomly, absolutely everything hangs (screen, trackpad, keyboard, sound, ...
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Stop itunes library from syncing with iphone automatically

Is there a way I can stop my iphone from syncing with my itunes library automatically whenever I plug it in (without choosing to cancel the sync or quit itunes)? Ideally I'd love to be able to plug in ...
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Weird font in system windows

Suddenly all the system windows have this weird font. I can't read nor understand what the system is asking me. How can I change it to normal fonts? I'm using OS X Yosemite 10.10.3
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Terminal: “command not found” [duplicate]

I have issues with my Terminal, after every command I try to run, it returns something like "command not found" or "No such file or directory exists" I think I caused it when I tried to run MineCraft ...
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CPU usage for User tasks consuming up to 80%; 0% Idle. What does it mean?

I have noticed that my CPU usage is always near 100%. 0% of it is for Idle. About 20% average is for System tasks. The rest is going to User tasks (80%). But if I look at individual tasks don't see ...
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What programs actually use the memory on a Graphics card?

I noticed that the Graphics Card memory is hardly used at all, even during Cinebench 3D testing despite the FPS being high. What programs actually use the graphics card memory? Trying to determine if ...
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Trying to Install WWW:Mechanize and Getting Localhost Error

Okay . . . I've been trying to install WWW::Mechanize through CPAN and it always chokes at this line: t/local/back.t ........... 1/47 Error GETing http://localhost:60603/: Can't connect to ...
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How does one interpret Load Average in iStat menus?

I'm trying to find the actual GPU processor load on my iMac with the M290x. The load average being reported never goes above 5, even when running Cinebench 3d benchmarks. Certainly that doesn't mean ...
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Image Viewer like Windows Image Viewer

I want a good image viewer for mac. When I open any random image from a folder like this: I want to be able to navigate to next/previous image with left and right arrow. Seems so simple but I ...
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Prevent a force quit program from opening the windows again in Yosemite [duplicate]

I've been using the Preview app to read some pdfs. Yesterday, I opened a dozen of them, and after using the search function in one big document, the whole app froze. I force quit, but now, every time ...
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Problem: How to clear all remnants of random.py, random.pyc, and random.pyo that isn't part of Python's standard library?

I wrote an import random code, and unfortunately saved it as the module's name I was trying to call. eg. random.py I believe, but am not sure, that I created the random.py file twice and thus I ...
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DNS resolves incorrectly, even after purge

After changing a CNAME record on my DNS server, I am seeing issues with the DNS on my Macbook Air running OS X 10.10. Other computers on the same network resolves to the correct, new IP. $ host ...
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How to sync ForkLift Favourites and settings across computers?

is there any 'easy' way to sync my ForkLift so I don't have to keep updating my three computers every time I add an FTP for example.. I thought about doing a symlink via dropbox but I don't have idea ...
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setrlimit doesn't work on Maverick and Yosemite [on hold]

I work in company writing Audio Plugins for various programs, and currently I have the following problem with Logic on Os X Mavericks and Yosemite. Logic scans all our plugins, and, at some point it ...
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macbook pro with OS X 10.10.3 and windows 8 [on hold]

how i can share files between OS X and new installed windows 8 on my mac?
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OSX: Dupe-checking / Merging / Cleaning iCloud Contacts & importing 350 additional ones

I'm in a bit of a pickle, I've been given an errand (or.. so I thought ;) ) to run, of cleaning up 1100 iCloud Contacts for a friend, who runs a little business. He also handed me 350 additional ...
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build and run issues for Xcode

i have installed Xcode(Version 6.3.2) in osX 10.10.2.having problem to run c code.it build successfully with no error showing but cant run and show the result.so how to get the proper way to solve ...
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Linux 9-Window Manager for OSX [on hold]

I would like to have this 9-window manager for OSX: How can you get this 9-window manager to OSX?
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Clone OS X installation from Virtual Machine to Mac Mini

I did a new OS X installation via Parallels as a Virtual Machine and configured it as Node for our Jenkins Build Server. I did this because I wanted to do an isolated installation to test adding all ...
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Disable Spotlight for Non-Current Boot Volume

I'm fully aware of the ways in which to disable Spotlight for a volume (.metadata_never_index etc.) but this question is more specific. Let me give you a bit of background. I have a Mid 2010 MacBook ...
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How to open GUI applications on remote machine logged in via SSH on OS X

I am logging into a remote Fedora 12 machine via SSH. I have enabled X11 forwarding by passing -X parameter to ssh. I also tried trusted forwarding with -Y. Both of them fail with (gedit:3711): ...
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Open ipynb files by double clicking: Have custom items

I have been able to work out a method of opening IPython Notebook files (.ipynb) by double clicking on them using a combination of a python script and Automator.app. The python script is ...
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increase font for all apps/menus in mac [duplicate]

Is there an app to increase/change default fontsize for all applications in mac ? It is really painful for me to read default fonts or to increase fontsize in every app I open, and even worse, the ...
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MacBook keys built in keyboard and trackpad unresponsive on 10.10.4

For about three weeks now, my MacBook Pro, late 2012, 13 inch's keyboard and trackpad have been unresponsive. Specifically, the keys, going from ~ to = and down to z (so every letter, number and ...
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Remove .plist from /LaunchAgents

Before I go to the issue, I did find a similar thread, but it's quite outdated and I'm not sure if it suits for me. Around two years ago when I got my Mac, I decided to install Seagate Media Sync for ...
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OSX Yosemite bootable usb drive circle slash (“no” symbol)

I have a Late-2011 Macbook Pro (4GB RAM) that has been running slow for several OSX cycles, and since Mavericks it's been unbearable (spinning beachballs whenever you do anything). I tried upgrading ...
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kernel_task filling up disk

Something weird just happened. I got a warning that my disk was running out of space. I knew that it had like 15GB free before and wondered where all the free space went. I checked Activity Monitor ...
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Get terminal application name from shell

I am used to my osascript aliases. In particular, I have nx for opening new tab and closing the old one. However, my scripts use application name to send keyboard signals to it. Instead of writing it ...
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Update bash to version 4.0 on OSX

Is it possible to actually update bash to version 4.0 in OSX Yosemite? echo $BASH_VERSION 3.2.57(1)-release This article and this thread refer to the same question, but they install a new shell ...
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How to allow only a specific user to access over network?

I'm trying to make a simple file server using the file sharing feature of OS X Mavericks. Is it possible to allow only a "sharing only" user to access the computer over the network, so that one ...
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What is the “rootless” feature in El Capitan, really? [on hold]

I have just learned about the "Rootless" feature in El Capitan, and I am hearing things like "There is no root user", "Nothing can modify /System" and "The world will end because we can't get root" ...
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After booting, cannot login to Standard user unless I login as Administrator first

After a fresh boot, I cannot login to my Standard User. It will not accept my password even though I am sure it is correct. I must first login as my Administrator User (do nothing), then log out and ...
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Cannot Add, Remove, Move, or Drag icons from Dock

I'm using OS X Yosemite (10.10.2) and recently I have been unable to drag or move any items on the dock. Right clicking them gives no option for "remove from dock", and the icons cannot be rearranged. ...
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Good Linux distribution for Macbook Air and VirtualBox

I have seen many Linux distributions tried to be used in Macbook Air, for instance. One custom made of Redhat Linux is one successful port in VirtualBox but it is not public. However, I would like ...