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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Command line tools to replace bytes in a file

I need to write a script that patches a few bytes at a particular offset in a binary file. I know of textual tools for this task (sed, though I find it utterly hard to use) but can't find one for ...
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Do all editions of OS X use the New Oxford American Dictionary?

I know that my US-based MacBook has NOAD as its dictionary reference. Do other parts of the world have the option of other built-in dictionaries? If so, is NOAD still the default? Does Great Britain ...
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Mavericks frequently doesn't resolve any hosts after router switch; pings fine

After a switch to a new router, I frequently experience that all sites fail to resolve under Mavericks 10.9.4 on MBA mid-2011, both with Safari, Chrome and pinging google.com. It lasts for variable ...
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How to erase the working blocks on a partially broken drive?

I have a (partially) broken drive which I will send in for replacement. I’d like to wipe the blocks that can still be read / written. I tried using diskutil with the Terminal command given below, but ...
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How to create a self signed SSL server certificate on OS X 10.7 for HighPoint RAID management server?

When having multiple Mac machines running Highpoint RocketRaid controllers and the HPT Web RAID Management software v1.68, results in having multiple copies of an identical self-signed ...
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Is there TRIM support in OS X 10.6.9 for PowerPC?

A friend of mine has a PowerBook running 10.6.9. To give it another lease of life, he'd like to install an SSD. Question is: does OS X on PPC have TRIM support?
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How to run a script from Alfred or Spotlight or any run dialog?

Coming from Linux I am really missing the good old gmrun -- a run dialog which recognizes your $PATH and allows you to execute any script in it without needing to open up a terminal. It does the job ...
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How to configure ipv6 on Mac OS X to ping its own address?

I'm trying to configure ipv6 on my local wifi network. I've already succeeded with ipv6 from my router (Zyxel Keentic Giga) to ipv6 internet via built-in 6to4 tunnels and the router can ping6 to ...
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How does Sublime opens file with cmd+click on its path in Terminal?

For example: $ ls -lsa 4 -rw-r--r-- 1 denis 404 Jul 16 18:36 pgadmin.log cmd+click on pgadmin.log Sublime opens pgadmin.log (if path is 'pgadmin.log:12', it opens it and sets cursor to 12th ...
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How should I reconcile dot-underscore files after a manual backup?

I recently had to (hurriedly) back up data on an older Macbook before migrating it to a new one. Since all I had at my disposal was a large FAT32 formatted drive, I used that and a manual copy. I've ...
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Applescript Command as Specified User to Delete All Files in a Particular Folder

I am looking at using the POSIX path to delete the contents of a particular folder on users computers but it must be performed as a particular user. I can deploy the script silently from my side ...
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How can access to start up menu on Macbook Air 2011?

I have a Macbook air 2011 /4g/ 11" , I format my hdd from disk utility and now I want to access to startup menu to reinstall it, I try that with holding option key and it just show me the internet ...
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Xcode word completion shortcut

Xcode's code autocompletion is quite good, I am missing one thing though: in vim I can press ctrl+n to autocomplete any word, even those in the comment. Here is a screenshot from xcode to show what I ...
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How do I create a scheduled task that deletes files of a certain name everyday?

Our voicemail system sends our messages to us via email as mp3 files. When I download the file, it comes down as "message.mp3", but of course OSX will rename them "Message (x).mp3" when you have more ...
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Possible reasons (other than Open Firmware Password Protection) for not being able to boot into single user mode?

Recently I was attempting to install some new software for a user. I followed these instructions to create a new admin-level account but when I held down cmd+S while booting it still booted into the ...
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Remove battle.net setup from Spotlight

I installed battle.net a long time ago. Every now and then I use spotlight to invoke it by pressing ⌘ + space and I start typing "battle" every time, the top hit is "Battle.net Beta Setup". I do not ...
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dscl -append OD users

I need your help for our SSO project. We are using the 10.6 Server as an OD to authenticate Google & Moodle and we need to modify the existing user account in the OD using the "dscl -append" in ...
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mac os x 10.10 beta 3 download path [on hold]

I've downloaded Mac OSX 10.10 DP 3. I want to keep the downloaded file(.app file) to install on another mac machines. I can see it in launchpad, but I can't see the .app file in my Application folder. ...
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OS X Maps app, seek with longitude and lattude possible?

Is there some way to get the Maps app in OS X Mavericks to show a specific known latitude/longitude expressed in numbers only? If so, what's the syntax?
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open multiple files in one emacs window

I can open a file in emacs with this command: open -a Emacs main.cpp But when I apply the same command to multiple files open -a Emacs main.cpp test.cpp two emacs windows will appear. I would ...
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add new option to mac context menu programatically [on hold]

I have been in ios development and new to macOSX development. I am developing a file system kind of application for Mac. On right clicking any file in my file system i am trying to add a new option to ...
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Fix Terminal error message “-bash: /etc/profile.d/rvm.sh: No such file or directory”

I am trying to remove the following Terminal error message: -bash: /etc/profile.d/rvm.sh: No such file or directory I recently uninstalled RVM (Ruby Version Manager) from my MacBook Air. The ...
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MAMP mysqld osx firewall

I'd like to make an exception to the osx firewall so that I don't have to specifically give access to mysqld every time I launch mamp. OSX throws the dialogue "Do you want the application “mysqld” to ...
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Tile Terminal Windows using Applescript

How can we use Applescript to tile multiple Terminal windows in the screen? Like in a arrangement of 3 cols by 2 rows. The following code simply overlaps all 6 windows. tell application "Terminal" ...
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How to install wifi in Macbook Pro

Currently I am using a Macbook Pro with OSX 10.8.5 & I just notice that there is no "wifi option" in this Machine. Because, to make that back in Desktop menu bar I go to: Preference >> ...
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Executing 'killall Finder' in Terminal raises reopening windows popup

I open Terminal, type killall Finder, press enter to execute, then Finder icon bounces and the well known error popup appears: The last time you opened Finder, it unexpectedly quit while reopening ...
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Analog of `ss` command for OSX

Is there any analog of ss command for OS X? See man page for what ss does. Particularly I want to see different info about open ports, connections, sockes and so on. I know that I can use netstat and ...
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How can I add new folders to the Favorites in the Finder sidebar?

I'd like to create a new Favorites folder item in the Finder, how can I tell the Finder that I would like a particular folder to appear in my list of Favorites shown on the left hand sidebar of the ...
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Reason for root `/private` heirarchy [duplicate]

What is the reason for the /private directory structure located at the root of an OSX system volume? Why are /etc, /tmp, and /var symlinks to subdirectories of /private? NOTE While writing my ...
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Run program if connected to specific wifi?

Is it possible to have a program starting automatically when I connect to a specific router, and having it stop when I disconnect from this router? Basically I want a program to run while I'm at work ...
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Folders on top, on desktop

Is it possible to get 'folders on top' on the desktop (too) by any plist file hack or third-party app? My desktop is a bit cluttered and I've already sorted them on kind, but all .AI, .PSD, .INDD, ...
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Apple iPhone 4s charging [on hold]

please tell me is charging iPhone 4s with dock charger is secure or charging with computer through cable is secure?? waiting for reply
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iMac doesn't recognize external Monitor after wake up

I know there are a lot different topics on this, mostly for MBP's, but I did not found any solution for me though. I have an iMac 27" late 2013 with 16GB RAM and an external Acer S232HL connected via ...
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Emacs on OSX maverick not recognising config files

I have tried these two methods to install emacs on osx mavericks: http://emacsformacosx.com/ brew install --cocoa emacs both failed to recognise ~/.emacs file and ~/.emacs.d directory. Any ideas? ...
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Unable to use ssh to log into any linux server

Use /usr/bin/ssh -v SERVER to login, here is the output: OpenSSH_6.2p2, OSSLShim 0.9.8r 8 Dec 2011 debug1: Reading configuration data /Users/hong/.ssh/config debug1: /Users/hong/.ssh/config line 1: ...
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Execute simple script

I wrote the following very simple script: route -n add 192.168.0.0/20 192.168.224.1 route -n delete 0.0.0.0 route -n add 0.0.0.0 172.20.10.1 And would like to just double click it and you ...
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How to find the location of an opened file

Imagine that I have two files of the same name in two different folders. Now, one of them is opened and I am not sure which one is that. How to find it? I tried "save as" option and that is not ...
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hide window content while moving or resizing

I am a long-time linux user and got my first mac today (macbook pro 15 inch with retina display). In linux you can configure your window manager to hide window content while resizing or moving, can ...
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Attempting to run find command gives “Permission denied”

I am attempting to obtain a list of applications on my Mac using find to search for *.app. However, when running the command, I get a lot of Permission denied messages, as below. The computer is mine ...
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OS X Mavericks system-wide VPN settings doesn't work for particular applications

I'm using OS X Mavericks and I have a systemwide VPN setting that web browsers like Safari work well. However, I also want the LINE instant message software to use this VPN setting, but LINE seems to ...
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How to use latex2rtf without root installation

This is a very basic question, as I am a newbie on Unix systems. I have installed latex2rtf following the OS X specific instructions. As I do not have root rights (university computer), I installed ...
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Is there a way to stop OS X opening NAT-PNP/uPNP holes for every open port on *?

With any luck, there's an easy work-around for this: curl ifconfig.me to find your external IP address sudo lsof -i4 -n | grep LISTEN | grep \* to find processes listening for connections from other ...
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Can I use Virtual Smart Cards on OSX? Does it work with Windows 8 in Bootcamp/Parallels?

I want to use Smartcard authentication to simplify and secure access to websites and other SSO targets. Is there a Virtual Smartcard technology for OSX (for Macbook Pro Retina?) or is there a way to ...
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Wipe Data, Not Software

My iMac has slowed waaaaaay down to the point where even just running a browser feels like running a marathon or locks up my machine completely. I'd like to do a fresh install of OSX, but I've lost ...
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Erased hard drive, trying to Reinstall Lion OS X… HOW?

My mac wasn't loading past the boot screen (white, apple logo, spinning gear). So I CMND + R and went to disk utilities and ran Disk Repair. It could not repair. I tried everything. Even a an fsck ...
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Error: “The operation can’t be completed because one or more required items can’t be found. (Error code -43)”

I accidentally pulled an NTFS hard drive out of my Mac OSX Mavericks machine several times and realized that I accidentally created multiple entries of many different names in my /Volumes/ folder. Now ...
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When can they use ESC to close windows?

So, I coincidentally noticed the following behavior: Some windows can be closed by pressing the esc key, like the Preference window in any app or the 'Safari help' window or the 'Fonts' window in ...
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Keep Finder location when switching between list view and icon view

In Finder, if you are at a deep in folders or files while viewing as list mode and then you clicked on icons mode, the Finder shows all folders from the root of volume. That is very annoying. ...
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Globally move mouse pointer and click using VIM keystrokes?

I'd like to be able to hit a hot key, and enter a mouse movement mode where I can move the mouse pointer around the screen using VIM keystrokes - regardless of the app I'm in (ie globally for all ...
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On-screen text unexpectedly read to me, despite Voiceover (Mac) being disabled

On Mavericks, I have Voiceover turned off in both Accessibility settings and Users & Groups. In the past week, Voiceover has started occasionally reading small bits of text to me, seemingly ...