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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ReportPanic on OS X Yosemite 10.10.2

I run OS X Yosemite 10.10.2 on a first generation 27" iMac. Over night the computer apparently crashed. All applications I had open had gotten all jumbled in the restart so I pressed the F3 to see ...
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Error / Hang Installing Yosemite and Mavericks on Mac Pro SSD

Having had a hard drive failure, I'm attempting a clean install of Yosemite on a 2010 Mac Pro, with a brand new 120GB OWC SSD. I've tried using a Yosemite boot disk, using both an external hard drive ...
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OS X Lion restore

I have an iMac that runs Lion at work that I can't restore. If i press command + r while booting I do get into the recovery screen. When I press "Reinstall OS" it says "Unavailable try again later". ...
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Is it safe to `chgrp` of home folder from 'staff'?

I want to be able to share items from my home folder with another testing user account on the same machine. By default, the group of nearly all items in ~ is staff ... of which the only member is ...
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Make alias take icon of the .app it points to

I have a blah.app, and on desktop there is an alias to this app I went to blah.app/Contents/Resources and replace the icon with my icon, same name I went to blah.app/ and created a new folder next to ...
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Caching Server OS X Port

When you run sudo fullstatus caching, it lists all the relevant data for how the caching works on the server. There is one particular line that shows what port the caching server is using. Does this ...
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Course of action to clean up RAM on sluggish mac

Below is an EtreCheck report on my system. My problem is that I have <3 GB or 2.5 GB even after a reboot, with relatively few menu bar applications starting up. (This drops to 20-300 MB once Chrome ...
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How do I create a symlink to MVim configuration files?

I want to store my configuration files in source control and symlink them so they will be used by MacVim. Looking at :scriptnames I see vimrc and gvimrc being used in: ...
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Using Find in Text Wrangler (Mac) requires 2 extra steps to work sometimes - why?

When I've got a css or php file opened with Text Wrangler and I do a 'find' for a term that I know is on the page, I oftentimes have to click my mouse and move the scroller thing (located on the ...
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Where does a pkg installer install things?

I created a *.pkg installer for a command line tool following this guide: Packaging a daemon for OS X. After running the installer, and selecting "Install for all users", I can't find where my ...
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How to save files on Mac with extension I want?

I need to create a .css file on my Mac. I created it with TextEdit. How do I now save it with a .css extension? It seems that very single File Format it offers will give it a different extension (rtf, ...
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Can't download google chrome on my mac!

I'm on the page google.com/chrome/browser/desktop/index.html There is a large blue button "Download Chrome" and below it "For Mac OS X 10.6 or later". I click on the button. Result: the whole screen ...
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How to see notifications when running full screen?

I currently run XBMC/Kodi which runs in fullscreen so OS X notifications do not display on top. When the application is in windowed mode, notifications display as normal. I have looked through the ...
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Script to delete all groups in contacts with wildcard

I have about 2000 empty contact groups, which all start with _ModGrp and have some numbering scheme after that in the name. I would therefore like to delete all groups starting with _ModGrp I have ...
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Is there a way to add custom user agent string to Safari 8?

I like to keep the default user agent string unchanged while adding new custom user agent strings to the list, such as XBox One and PS4. I like to know if I can accomplish this through either ...
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Was F5 function key assigned to widgets view in old OS X?

I've a customer claiming that the default function for F5 key on his mac is to launch the widgets screen. Is this true? Can be an old apple keyboard or an old OS X such as Snow Leopard with this ...
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Is it possible to still edit the fields in the Get Info window in iTunes 12.1?

The Get Info window in iTunes 12 is a mess. And 12.1 took away the ability to hold Option and get the old one back. It also seems that the ability to edit fields is gone. Now the metadata fields that ...
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Mysterious OS X File Extension (bug?)

I know that OS X uses the Launch Services.framework to manage the file-extensions. But the icons which belong to the file-extension are part of the Info.plist in the package contents of the ...
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Migrating with different operating systems … Issue?

Trying to migrate software on two OS X macs with different operating systems. Source is running mountain lion and target is running Yosemite. Is this an issue?? I'm using an ethernet cable, have ...
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How do I get multiple cursors throughout OSX?

I enjoy using the Sublime Text 3 editor—especially the multiple cursors feature. I constantly find myself in need of the multiple cursor functionality in other OS X apps like Finder or Outlook. Does ...
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Is this launchd plist broken or is it just me?

I was reading a post about using Bittorrent Sync on OS X that includes a launchd plist that's supposed to keep the app running in the event that it crashes. It doesn't seem to work, though, since I've ...
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View trash sorted by date deleted

I was trying to organize and select all my old music from my previous computer and copied a folder with all my music files to my mac book desktop. Started deleting all the songs I didn't wanted and ...
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Delete Xcode shared folder

Can I delete the Developer > Xcode > Shared folder? I want to clear out space and noticed that it takes up 2 gigs of data. Is it safe to delete? I use Xcode often.
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Stuck on blue screen after running “rm *” in /

I accidentally executed rm * on / and since then I am unable to see my desktop. All I see is a blue screen with spinning gear. Irony is I somehow missed my OS and other CDs too that came with my Mac. ...
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Is there a way to change 3 finger drag to 4 finger drag

Is there a way of using third party software like Better Touch Tool to configure a 4 finger dragging gesture? I want to reserve 3 finger gestures for many other actions.
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Insert Character on batch folder rename

I have a folder that has several hundreds of thousands of files named like "ABC 123456". I need to add a dash after between the two blocks of text like this "ABC - 123456". Leaving the trailing space. ...
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Remove ubuntu on macbook

I just inherited an old macbook a1226 The os is single Linux 1.99-ubuntu3.10 It is broken (os) for some reason I'd like to restore IT some sort of OS X native os installed onto IT. I have tried ...
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What does the blue point before app name in lauchpad mean?

As the arrows point, the little blue points before Evernote and MS OneNote.
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Is there a way to get a list of all currently running program's window titles with AppleScript?

I'm looking to write a script which outputs a list of all the window titles of all the currently running programs. Is there any way to do this with AppleScript? I tried running the following code: ...
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Block uTottent ads

Recently, I upgraded to uTorrent 1.8.7 and found that it has annoying ad in the side bar which was not present in the earlier version. Can someone explain that how can I stop the ads ?
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Spoofing app focus

I have a game that I want to leave running in the background to progress various in-game activities (production of units, harvesting of resources), but the game pauses whenever it loses focus. Is ...
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Inspecting kernel_task

I have two MacBooks, one with a fresh OS X install and one with an older install. The older one has a kernel_task taking 1.52 GB of RAM. The newer one—416 MB. These aren't identical machines or ...
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Is there some way to make Mailbox for Mac access my Mac “Contacts” for recipients?

I'm using the Mailbox for Mac app. (It's the latest version, which is 0.4.0 at the time I'm posting this.) When I type names into the recipients field, it shows me some names (I assume they're names ...
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What takes so much space in my external disk?

My external disk (LaCie) is full! When I look at the individual folders within my disk, I see that only little space is occupied by visible documents. So I displayed the hidden files and found small ...
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Determine and Use Resolution as a Variable in UNIX script on Mac

I'm deploying a NetRestore image to multiple kinds of Macs: MacBooks, MacBook Pros, Mac Pros, iMacs and Mac Minis. I have several custom designed login screens that I'd like to use but everything ...
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How to add hidden user

How do I add a hidden administrator user to my Mac if possible? I don't want it to show up on the login screen.
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How to remap Caps Lock+HKJL to mouse scroll using Karabiner + Seil?

I've remapped Caps Lock to F19 in Seil. In Karabiner, I've remapped F19 to Hyper. <item> <name>CAPS to HYPER</name> <appendix>Caps to Hyper</appendix> ...
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Change default country code MacBook Pro

If my router is set to use channel 13 when my Mac first boots, the Mac can't see 2.4 at all and lists the country code as US. Changing the channel to 6, the Mac can see 2.4 and the country code ...
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Share folders from virtual machine with sshfs

currently i share my folders from my virtual developer machine into my mac filesystem with sshfs. The problem is, that it is very slow and also i have some problems with git. Are their other ...
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How to deter full screen mode moving window to a new display?

If I use that green button to maximize a window it will enter full screen mode and move my window to a new "virtual" display to the right (those which you can switch by swiping with three fingers ...
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How do I change the artist thumbnail in iTunes 12 sidebar?

I'd love to select which artists' album thumbnail shows up next to their name in the iTunes 12 sidebar. Is this possible?
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Where is the 'label/tag' metadata stored? Specifically 'kMDItemLabel'

I have migrated data from an old (MS Windows) server to a new storage but the label/tag data for files is displaying, but not for folders. Is the metadata for the folders stored in the .DS_Store ...
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Periodic Backups to a remote Windows Server folder with OS X

I need a tool that will allow backups of specific folders to a remote Windows Share. The Macs connect via SMB or CIFS, meaning AFAIK rsync is out of the question. I only need it to backup on folder, ...
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iOS 8 & OS X 10.0: Connect to WiFi by signal strength, not order

Is it possible to get iOS 8 and OS X 10.10 to connect to the strongest known wifi it finds, instead of looking through its list of known ones and connecting to the first that is found? I know that I ...
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Activate the frontmost Safari and run Javascript

I'm trying to run Javascript on the Safari, whose frontmost is true. tell (application "Safari" whose frontmost is true) to do JavaScript theScript in current tab of first window But I get an ...
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Mac OS X Mavericks DNS name lookup order change?

I noticed Mavericks prefers the DNS server to /etc/hosts (scutil --dns). There used to be a good 'ol "order hosts,bind". Is there anything equivalent for Mavericks so my hosts file is consulted before ...
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Dying iMac drive, emergency repair assistance

I have a older 27" iMac ( 2011 ) and the hard drive is on its way out in a serious manner, ( smart status failing, io error every few seconds in much kernel log , speed of io is the worst I have ever ...
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How do I force OSX to use IGMP version 2?

I am connected to an old NETGEAR smart-switch which only supports IGMPv2. It doesnt route multicast traffic to my mac because it joins the group using IGMPv3. I tried this: sysctl ...
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Upgrade failed to download from Mavericks to Yosemite

Apple newbie here. I tried to update OSX from Mavericks to Yosemite. The downloading failed. It showed me a message saying "an error occurred". So what I did is to search on google what were the ...
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Different programs in the same Xcode C++ project

I am trying to use XCode as my training environment for simple C++ programs. If I create a new project, I can successfully complete everything (compile, run) but If I add one more file, it can't ...