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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Programmatically mark file(s) to be ignored by Time Machine [on hold]

I'm writing some code that produces a kind of package file, however it includes a kind of working database that isn't strictly necessary (as it can be re-computed) but is best kept bundled with the ...
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Per user proxy - OS X 10.10

On 10.9 and previous we used MCX to manage proxy settings on a per user basis. (User level MCX). This no longer works on 10.10 as MCX has been depreciated for some time now and I am surprised how ...
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When I use Vagrant it rapidly uses up a ton of wired memory. Why?

Vagrant seems to be eating up free memory, but not with active memory. It's using a ton of wired memory. My current Vagrant box is running a PHP application with MongoDB. Why would this need so much ...
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Preview: On Mac OSX 10.9.5, undo the Fill option for a Annotate tool

I enabled the annotate option on the Tools for Mac Preview Application and now I cannot draw a rectangle without the Fill option. How can I get rid of the Fill option so that I can draw a rectangle ...
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OS X 10.10.1 /etc/hosts & /private/etc/hosts file is being ignored and not resolving

Like the title says, running os x 10.10.1. if i have an entry in my hosts file and do a dig or nslookup it still shows a different IP than what is in my hosts file even after trying to flush various ...
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Specifying network device used by software (or port) (in Terminal)

Is it possible to specify which network device should be used when running something in the Terminal? Like $ rails [only communicate through deviceA] Not just app, but instance specific, so ...
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How may I quit iPhoto without saving modifications?

I am working with a huge photo library and from time to time I experiment quick editing on some pictures. Sometimes I also make uncontrolled changes which apply on a set of pictures I can't correctly ...
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How to quit a file without modification & without changing its modification time?

Within my work I regularly open files with Pages, Numbers, Keynote… and even if I typed anything within these files I want to be absolutely sure I didn't modify them in any way. Moreover I want to be ...
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Is there a way to make the menubar show at all times in fullscreen windows?

I'm new to mac and I really like the way you can assign a window to be it's own desktop via fullscreening. However, I have an issue with the default way the menubar works in fullscreen. I often move ...
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OSX: move to archive (compress a folder and remove it)

I'm looking for a way to zip (or 7z) files via a file manager in such a way that the original folder is deleted right after the zipping finished (less clutter when batching compression of multiple ...
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Launchpad occasionally stalls for few minutes

This is happening occasionally and I can't nail the source. What happens is that sometimes after my Mac wakes up from a sleep, I can not launch any apps using Launchpad. I can click the launchpad ...
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installing OBOE in MAC 10.9

I am mostly following this post to install OBOE in MAC OS 10.9: https://projects.coin-or.org/OBOE/wiki/MacosxOboe However, in step 4: I tried to install LAPACK++ with failure from this source: I ...
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Are Blu-ray movies with menus playable on the Mac? [on hold]

Is that possible to make Blu-ray movie menu appear when playing?
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/usr/local doesn't exist in fresh install Yosemite

I am trying to install ssh-copy-id, and it wants to be placed in /usr/local/bin/ but when I do cd /usr/local/ it responds with -bash: cd: /usr/local/: No such file or directory Is this ...
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Does Yosemite still allow “per-user” Screen Sharing?

According to answers to questions on superuser and serverfault, OS X Lion had the ability to allow multiple users to simultaneously log in from other Macs and get a VNC session with their own desktop ...
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Mac with newer OS X installed no longer boots previous version

First of all I am aware of the fact, that Macs usually refuse to boot or install older version of OS X than they were shipped with. But this is not the case here. The long story: A few months ago I ...
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Is there a config file stores the system shortcuts? [duplicate]

We can change shortcuts in System Preferences - Keyboard - Shortcuts. And many preferences has its associated file. So I wonder if there is any file related to the shortcuts. Then I can use version ...
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How to move app window when app is trying to use second monitor that's not present

I have OS X10.8.5 (fully patched). I'm using Office for Mac 2011 (fully patched). Earlier in the week, I was working on a PowerPoint presentation. During the earlier work, I had a second monitor ...
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Altering screenshot filename

When taking a screenshot using the keyboard shortcut shift+command+3 it yields a screenshot with a filename of Screen Shot 2014-11-23 at 3.25.36 PM.png. I would like to make a change so that the ...
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How to upgrade to chrome 64 bit?

Finally there should be a version of Chrome 64 bit for Mac. I received an email from google groups: Switch the Mac build from 32-bit to 64-bit. As of M39, Chrome is a 64-bit only binary. ...
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Keyboard shortcut to switch between Google Chrome profiles in Mac OS X (10.10 Yosemite)?

In Mavericks (OS X 10.9), I can simply Cmd+~ because it is another window in the same app group, but how can I do it in Yosemite?
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Downloads Folder Icon Garbage in Fresh Install

I am working on a friend's laptop that has been having some pretty serious problems, to the point that I'm starting to wonder if it might have faulty hardware (extensive hardware test said it was ok, ...
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Attempting to copy a .zip file over SMB results in “Invalid argument”

I am on OS X Yosemite. I have connected to my work via VPN. I have mounted a share on the VPN over SMB. I can see the .zip file that I want (I just created it) but I cannot copy it: Rammy:Main ...
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Applescript: path to files in application's Resources

I'm new to applescript and coding. I'm trying to make a little Applescript application that plays an audiofile contained in the .app, using: do shell script "afplay " & quoted form of ...
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Is there any way to partition the SSD portion of a Fusion Drive?

I'm looking at my next computer and am debating on whether or not to invest in a Fusion Drive. I'll be using Windows heavily on it though, and would like to take advantage of the SSD on both operating ...
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OS X Recovery USB Stick doesn't recognize internal Hard Drive

I have a problem with my iMac. I don't know how or why, but my Boot partition, my OS X Recovery Partition or my EFI Partition got damaged. Now after hours of trying, I booted with Parted Magic and ...
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Transparent icons for OS X in Xcode 6.1

does somebody knows how to create transparent icons for OS X in Xcode 6.1? I have made transparent PNG files, but once I put them into Xcode as part of the iconset all icons get a white background. ...
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Yosemite keeps asking to install Java runtime, while it's installed

I was prompted to install JRE version 8 after upgrading to Yosemite on the family 2010 21" iMac. After I installed it (and checked whether the correct version was installed on the site of Oracle) it ...
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Execute Terminal Command fails in BetterTouchTool. Why?

I've installed Ouimeaux to control a Belkin Wemo on OSX, and it's working correctly in Terminal - meaning that the following command in Terminal will toggle my Wemo switch on/off: wemo switch ...
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Modify installer package so it installs to another directory, methods?

I want to install parts or the whole content of a preexisting open source package to another directory than what the package is set to. I assume this means I need to modify the package, correct? At ...
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Yosemite -Airdrop not working between 2012 Mac Mini and 2012 MacBook Pro Retina

I have a 2012 Mac Mini, and a 2012 MBP Retina both on Yosemite. Airdrop worked very well under Mavericks, and I waited to see if the 10.10.1 update would fix it before posting this. My MBP detects my ...
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Reloading a MacBook with applications

My daughter has a MacBook, 10.6.8 and we have the install discs. It's gotten to that age, 5-6 years, where it runs sluggishly, and I'm thinking to wipe the drive, maybe replace with an SSD, and ...
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Access OS X Yosemite “Share Menu” extension through Apple Script

I'd like to make an Alfred workflow that would send a file as an attachment through Airmail. I noticed that Airmail has a "Share Menu" extension to do just that. Is there a way to access this ...
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Xcode 6 on Yosemite: Give me back my title bar!

On prior versions of OS X and Xcode I constantly used the title bar right-click to view the folder hierarchy of the Xcode project: right-click the title bar and open up the containing folder (or an ...
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accidentally deleted /var folder

I accidentally moved my /var folder to trash and now unable to login to mac. The only solution I found until now it to recover OS X. I have tried to move /var back to /private folder in single user ...
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Automator on unsupported apps: how to?

Say I have a list of files and I want to open and process them one by one through a third party program. Does this third party program need to support Automator, in order for me to do this? I am ...
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fancy text editor for OSX [on hold]

I use EditPlus and NotePad++ for Windows. I want to edit some large XML files (600Mb) on my MacOS. The editors I am used to allow me to record macros and play them back, match braces, highlight ...
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Yosemite auto creates multiple desktops (spaces) on main monitor

Since upgrading to Yosemite I've been having issue with OS X creating additional workspaces on my main monitor for no apparent reason. I usually have 3 different spaces setup on my main monitor and ...
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Disable window snapping to top on move to second monitor/display

This annoying behavior started happening in 10.8 or 10.9 and I'd like to turn it off and make it never ever happen again. What happens is that when dragging a window from one display to another, when ...
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Error opening txt file on MacOSx

I am getting this strange error on Mac OS X. When I am trying to open a text file using 'TextEdit' or 'TextWrangler' I am getting this message "Verifying filename.txt". This message pops up and then ...
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Git on FAT does not diff symbolic links

I store my git repo on FAT formatted external disk to use it on Windows and on OSX simultaneously. It is well know that FAT has no symbolic links, hence symbolic links on OSX are being converted to ...
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Updating OSX's Java version

After the upgrade from Mavericks to Yosemite, some Java applications begin failing. Specifically, the error message is Dyld Error Message: Symbol not found: _CGContextSetAllowsAcceleration ...
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mac os x - UNIX domain sockets in abstract namespace

Are they possible? According to this it is possible starting from Mac osx 10.9. Ctrl + F for "New support for Abstract namespace sockets" on that page. But I was not able to find one single example ...
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Office 2011 - option + left / right keyboard shortcut not working

When using Microsoft Office 2011 (Word, Powerpoint and Excel) on my Macbook Pro (running OS X 10.9.5) the option + left arrow, option + shift + left arrow, option + right arrow and option + shift + ...
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OS X10.5.8 Won't boot on G5 Dual 1.8, but will boot via Target disk mode on G4Dual 867 or 1.83 Intel

I have a G5 Dual 1.8 which has a partitioned HD. I have erased one partition and loaded 10.5.8 however it won't boot past the desktop pattern. I have been able to boot the system via target mode on ...
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Keyboard shortcut to navigate/cycle between visible windows on screen

I have two windows(e.g a document and a browser). I have maximized them such that the document completely occupies the left half and the browser completely occupies the right half of the screen ( I do ...
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DNS works in terminal but not elsewhere in Mac OS

I have an issue similar to the one in this question DNS not resolving on Mac OS. Things out on the Internet work fine. Local machines in my company, however, fail to resolve, including the servers ...
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Safari Presentation Mode command line

I created a HTML5 presentation that I would like to run fullscreen (no toolbars, just viewport). With a simple command line I can open the presentation in fullscreen on Chrome: open ...
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Click a checkbox by knowing its position

I'm in the need of clicking a checkbox without knowing its name (it changes randomly, but its position remains the same). Is it possible to click it just by knowing its position? I've tried this ...
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Deleting and freeing occupied space [duplicate]

Why when deleting from a USB or an external HDD on mac the occupied space wont be free untill deleted from trash? Is there a direct way to delete from the drive and freeing the occupied space ...