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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Disable StrictHostKeyChecking in ssh

I am trying to connect to a Linux host using ssh and get the following error RSA host key for 10.1.1.20 has changed and you have requested strict checking. I would like to override this, but can't ...
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Cannot add/remove “allow incoming connections” on OSX firewall from CLI

I am trying to remove an "Allow incoming connections" permission from ALF from the command-line. Trying socketfilterfw I get the following error when trying to remove the path from ALF: [~]# sudo ...
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“Paste and Match Style” OSX Notes Keyboard Shortcut Doesn't Work

I feel like I'm taking crazy pills since nobody else seems to be having this issue. I really can't get the keyboard shortcut for Paste and Match Style to work in OSX Notes. I copy some rich formatted ...
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“Breaking News” feature for OS X Yosemite

Recently I have gotten more and more "Breaking News" features from the NY Times which appear on my desktop. (1) How did I initiate this feature? (2) How do I turn this off?
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Cannot access Recovery Mode on Mac OS X

I am using a model A1278 Mac and I need to reinstall the OS on it, or reset it. I am attempting to open the recovery mode by using the Cmd + R method but that did not work, I then attempted to use the ...
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Can I display alerts in the menu bar?

I would like to hide the dock, but the alerts that appear in the dock are useful. Is there a way to display something in the menu bar that tells me that an app has an outstanding alert? Preferably, I ...
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Console.app needs color themes

Black text on white background hurts the eyes while perusing logs in Console.app. There used to be some hacks like this to change the colors of the display in Console.app. But those hacks apparently ...
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How to handle bundle identifiers with spaces?

Lets assume my current directory is /Applications and it contains all my apps. Lets say I want to know the bundle identifier for Google Chrome: $ mdls -raw -name kMDItemCFBundleIdentifier 'Google ...
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Running a script as root and presenting a GUI to logging in users

I am having a programming decision problem and hope, that you can show me a solution or tell me, if my plan on how to solve the problem would be okay or not. I am managing some macs and want to run ...
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restore files, configuration and installed apps with time machine after upgrading osx

Currently I have an OSX Lion on my 2008 macbook. I want to upgrade to OSX Yosemite. But it seems I have to do clean install. So I need to backup all my files using Time Machine. My Question is: ...
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iMac freezes complete, except mouse pointer. What can I do?

Recently, I've notice a strange behavior on my iMac (Yosemite 10.10.4, Late 2009). Everything freezes completely - it's totally unresponsive. HOWEVER, the I can continue to control the mouse pointer ...
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How do I “flush” my DNS/web services so that it sees the updated website like everyone else?

On all my roommates computers my website that I recently changed where the DNS points to actually points to the right location, and when you load it all is well. However for myself, when I load the ...
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Resize Mac Partition is Disabled - how to partition properly

I have two partitions on my mac book pro. One partition is running os Yosemite and other one is running bootcamp windows 8.1. Yosemite is 75GB and Bootcamp has 673GB. I shrinked the windows partition ...
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My hard drive is broken on my Mac, I have a new one, but how can I install OS X? [duplicate]

I couldn't figure out how to properly explain the issue in my title. Here is the deal: My HDD is broken in my MacBook, every time I boot it up it's freezing. I bought a totally new SSD, but I didn't ...
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How do I remove or disable AdobeIPCBroker?

A new unstable resource-draining Adobe process that has recently appeared on my Mac is proving more difficult to hunt down and kill than the numerous other processes that Adobe creates. Generally ...
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add music to itunes library (.itl) without itunes?

I use the iTunes library primarily from another application. Are there any methods, preferably automated, to add music to the iTunes Library — i e the .itl file, not only the .xml — without actually ...
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What character is this possessive apostrophe: ’

In a recent answer I needed to include a a possessive apostrophe in a path name within Time Machine for a command line operation. I have it saved in a text file, but what the heck is it? I don't see ...
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Q: Backing up Notes.app content (on the iCloud / OSX / iOS) for safekeep?

I'm wondering, how do I back up Notes.app content on OSX so that I can safely either trash it all and restart, or do future upgrades? (The reason I'm doing this is because OSX and iOS no longer sync ...
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nsurlsessiond is using all my bandwidth

I searched the web and apparently this process has something to do with the iCloud Drive! I don't have more than 10 MB for all the data and documents on iCloud Drive; but this process uses more than ...
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why WiFi gets reconnected when switching network location?

When I switch Network Location via  > Location, my WiFi connection always gets disconnected then reconnected, even though the WiFi network is the same, why? Is it possible to avoid the ...
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Paintbrush cuts off clipboard image from screenshot

When taking a screenshot to the clipboard using Cmd + Ctrl + Shift + 4 you can add a portion of the screen to the clipboard. However, when pasting into Paintbrush with Cmd + V, it crops randomly and ...
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how to send keystrokes from command line without a long delay?

when I use osascript to send keystrokes, I am finding that there is a long delay –– at least two seconds –– and this is unacceptable. is there a way to send keystrokes that is faster than ...
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Scroll bars missing with Magic Mouse

I just purchased a wireless Magic Mouse for my Mac. There is no scrolling bar at the right of screen. How can I activate this?
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How do I add cells together on OS X numbers app

What format should the cell be? This can not be added and only gives a exclamation mark - "the formula contains a syntax error. OS X and numbers v3.5.3
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Move the beginning of HFS+ partition

What I'm trying to do is move the beginning of the partition on an external HD drive. I have an external HD drive with two HFS+ partitions on it. I want to grow the first one at expense of the second ...
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How to reset Calendar and Reminders on OS X Yosemite?

I just hit a nasty bug in Calendar.app and Reminders.app on Yosemite. For some reason, calendars also appear in Reminders.app as empty reminder lists and reminder lists also appear in Calendar.app as ...
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Using mouse from OSX host on iOS device

Is it possible to use a mouse connected to OSX computer at iOS device. Assume I have a Mac Mini and iPad on same WiFi network. I have a USB mouse connected to Mac Mini. Is there an option to use this ...
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Error using pacemaker

I am following How can I tell if my Mac is keeping the clock updated properly? for synchronising my computers but when I run /usr/libexec/pacemaker -a 10 I get this error although ...
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Property to force launching in full screen

Is there any property that forces an application to start in full screen if it supports it? I noticed in ~/Library/Saved Application State/com.mycompany.myapp.savedState/windows.plist there's a key ...
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Essential Networking Commands [on hold]

I'm used to working with Linux so I like being able to do as much as possible from the comfort of my Terminal.app bash shell. So.. What are the essential networking commands & utilities ...
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Make GUIs have the same $PATH as the terminal

I have a shell script (git hook) that uses some terminal commands such as mvn, java, and possibly others. When running the script from the terminal, all is fine. When a GUI (Git Tower) uses the ...
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500GB Macbook Time Machine Question

I have the new Macbook 12 inch with 500GB, which half of the storage goes to the Windows 10 system. I wonder would 500GB Hard drive be enough for Time Machine for backup? Also, I'm thinking of the ...
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Installed openvpn with brew but it doesn't appear to be installed correctly

I installed openvpn with brew. The installation went fine, no errors or missing dependencies. But now when I try to run it: users-MBP:~ user$ brew install openvpn Warning: openvpn-2.3.7 already ...
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Xcode Zombies from the command line

I'm encountering EXC_BAD_ACCESS, and I'm not sure of the cause. I know that Xcode offers Zombies, but when I try instruments t="Zombies" my_program_name it doesn't seem to raise the appropriate ...
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Remotely manage Gatekeeper

I've been searching high and low for some service that will do this. Looking for something that can be installed on multiple machines, that has a nice dashboard that can tell me at the very least ...
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How to extract files from a broken non-bootable OS X without reinstalling OS X?

What can I download/install onto a USB drive, have it boot off that USB drive and then copy the files I need to another USB flash drive? The error message I get when booting is "Missing Operating ...
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Launchd Applescript Timeout Error

On Yosemite 10.10.5, I have an Apples Script application that runs and completes as desired under 2 of 3 conditions. The application is set to launch, by launchd plist 3 times per day at 7:05am, ...
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Can you customize dock icons and labels?

I have several virtual machines shortcutted on my dock. By default these are all named "VirtualBoxVM" and have the same icon, it's difficult for me to tell them apart. I'd like to give them all at ...
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Open application several times in OS X

I am developing OS X version of multi-platform application. In Windows I can start several instances of application by just opening exe file several times. I noticed that in OS X when I open my app ...
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Macbook air won't show main harddisc

My macbook air won't show the main harddrive. I have tried to clean it by deleting the disc, but now it won't show up when i wan't to reinstall OS X. I have tried to go to disc utility, but i won't ...
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How do I change the appearance of the window that has focus?

I find that I frequently close the wrong window or app by accident, because I think that (for example) the Browser window I am looking at has the focus, when in fact another app, such as iTerm really ...
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Notifications widgets not updating

I have a problem with Notifications widget. I can't receive an update for the widget. (I enable only 1 Stock widget now). There is crash: https://www.dropbox.com/s/uz4iftfbbcmd9gi/crash.txt?dl=0 ...
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Where are iWork templates saved?

I'm using iWork (specifically Pages 5.5.3) and I can't find the templates I created for this anywhere on the HD. Library > Application Support > iWork > Pages > Templates > My Templates Only shows ...
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where to find the verification email after you make an apple id on mac

I have setup an a new mail account on iCloud. After creating new account I was asked to 'click on the verification mail sent to verify your email', but they don't let me open my email unless I verify ...
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Unable to repair hard drive - due to volume assignment problem?

Disk utility and fsck [terminal] both agree that there is problem with my HD. I am curious if someone can help me figure out how I can deal with the problem. Terminal - Normal Mode MacBook-Pro:~ ...
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External hard disk not showing up on finder and can't be verified in Disk Utility

My Mac suddendly restarted and now the external hard disk I normally use for Time Machine backups is not working anymore. When I plug it in, it doesn't appear on finder and while it appears in the ...
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Why won't USB Mount to Desktop?

I have a Mac. I plugged in a USB stick and I realized that I couldn't find the USB in my Desktop folder through the command-line. Turns out USB is mounted to ~/Volumes. If there's an USB icon on the ...
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Some files from Google products (preferably Chrome browser) appearing at random places

I have Google Chrome browser installed on My MacBook Air 13". I found few files from Google products in /Library and ~/Library. Found com.google.keystone.daemon.plist under /Library/LaunchDaemons/ ...
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RAID + FileVault and startup partition

From this answer: Why doesn't FileVault work on a RAID volume? I learnt that it is possible to have RAID and FileVault together. However it seem that the solution is for a separate data volume not ...
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How do I Change Force Touch “taptic” or haptic feedback on MacBook Pro?

I love my new MBP Retina but I would like to change the amount the Force Touch vibrates. I know there are the settings called Light, Medium and Firm to change not only the amount it vibrates but also ...