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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How to boot OS X with network devices in promiscuous mode?

As OSX no longer allows ifconfig en0 promisc and sees that as a bad value and does not set the device flag, what other options are there? I'd like to be able to boot and have both my Airport/WiFi as ...
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OS X: how to rollback from EI Captain to Yosemite, with user data kept?

By 'user data' there are mainly: Applications: like Reeder/Pocket local archives, PyCharm and its license, and so on; and Development environment: installed packages of homebrew and their settings, ...
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Error with com.apple.mrt (launchd) in El Capitan

I just realized that the job "com.apple.mrt" crashes every 10 second on my Mac. What is exactly the aim of com.apple.mrt ? Apparently it should be a "Malware Removal Tool" Can I remove it from ...
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Why does my Volume mount point get renamed after reboot?

I create a mount in Finder by pressing command+K, and typing this in the Server Address field: smb://mydept.mycompany.com/dfs/somefolder/xyz The mount point is /Volumes/xyz. I go to System ...
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How can I avoid different windows of the same app get folded in at the dock?

Some times I have apps opened with more than one windows, like Chrome. How can I see in the Dock one icon per each windows (even they are of the same app) that I have open? Would be nice know how to ...
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Formatting of a web page messed up when using proxy

Background For academic purposes I have to use an university proxy from my home in order to access some contents online available only with this method (PUBMED, a medical research database). I have ...
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Need help with OS X server. I can't get it to resolve correctly

Ok. So I have a static IP set on my router (using fiber so no modem). I have no idea what is going on. but I can't get it to resolve outside the network. Background: Static IP :xxx.xxx.xxx.9 ...
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Have Quick Look Treat a New File Extension as .plist

I have a file with extension .whatever and I want to tell Quick Look that it's a binary plist. How can I add a new extension? I see this plugin for text files, but I'd imagine that there's an easier ...
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How to import m4v files into iTunes 12.2.1.16 on Mac OS X 10.1.2.16?

I converted some mkv files into AppleTV3 files with Handbrake so I could import them into iTunes to watch on my AppleTV 3. I can't seem to import these files into iTunes 12.2.1.16 on Mac OS X ...
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SIMPLE — I'm talking WAAAAY Simple 3D program for Mac without being an engineer

I do "barn hunt" --- a fun dog sport. What isn't fun about it is creating courses. I need something really, really, really, really simple... think playing with LEGOS simple. I need something that I ...
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Running shell scripts in single-user mode

I'm planning on running a couple of scripts in single-user mode to speed up (and simplify for less savvy users than myself) the configuring of a few aspects of some Macs that I set up for other ...
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Keyboard Shortcuts Phrases

Just for my curiosity and knowledge, does the Cloud push the "keyboard shortcuts phrases" between the iOS and OS X devices? Thank you so much and have a wonderful day.
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How can I open an application URL?

How can I open application URLs in Terminal or Alfred? My Problem: I use Airmail2 as default mail client as well as OmniFocus 2 to organize my work. Airmail2 allows to copy application URLs via ...
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KERNEL PANIC recurring after reinstall for Macbook Pro OS X 10.6.8

We reinstalled operating system at apple genius bar due to 3-4 previous crashes. Updated and timemachine restored files but it has started crashing again. Is it a firefox problem? Has the problem been ...
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Hard disk doesn't show on boot after erasing with Disk Utility

I have inserted a new disk. It shows after holding the option key. Then I opened Disk Utility and successfully formatted the disk. I restarted and help option but now I can't see my hard disk. I ...
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Absolute path to an application executable in OS X [on hold]

I know where to find the executable file path to an app in Windows. For instance, Adobe Reader: C:\Program Files (x86)\Adobe\Reader 10.0\Reader\AcroRd32.exe I need to give the path in a OS X because ...
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Does Spotlight keep a search history?

Occasionally, I use Spotlight to quickly compute some expression because I'm too lazy to do it in my head, on paper, or fire up some program. Sometimes I would like to view the result again, but when ...
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Can't close tabs on browsers using middle-click unless the browser has focus

I have just recently acquired a Mac Pro 3.1 and have been a strictly Windows/Linux guy my whole life. But I'm really liking Mac and starting to get used to it. I imagine that I'll be on this ...
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How can I find conflicting keyboard shortcuts?

I'm on Yosemite 10.10.4, using Safari 8.0.7. When I press ⌘ + Shift + 7 Safari doesn't show all tabs, as it's supposed to be, but presents me with the crosshair you get when you would otherwise press ...
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How to insert new line on return key press in iMessage on Mac OSX

Does anyone know if it is possible in iMessage on Mac OSX to set the return key to go to the next line instead of sending the message?
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Apple Mail configured to use exchange but To and CC addresses coming from other sources

How can I limit the recipients to just what's in Exchange? When I start typing in the "to" field, not only are my options people in my exchange directory, but also people in my GMail contacts list! I ...
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Manually deleting the Safari cookies on Yosemite is not working

I am trying to manually delete the cookies for Safari on Mac OSX Yosemite 10.10.3. I have done this with Chrome and FireFox before (you simply locate their cookie files and delete them). But I seem ...
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How do I get the actual ip address of a printer in OSX Yosemite

I need to know the ip address of my printer from OSX to be able to configure it in my daughters Windows laptop. I tried the solution suggested in How do you get a printer's IP in lion? but I only ...
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341kb “Icon” file in my Google Drive folders?

I'm not sure whether to ask this here or on another Stack Exchange site. See this screen capture: This seems to be consistent on most if not all of my Google Drive folders as seen in Finder. Also ...
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When do logs first start being recorded: at basic computer power-up or actually logging in as a user?

I am trying to figure out when logs (example: system.log) first start being created. Does it only happen after a full login (going to the Desktop), or would basic power-on/shutdowns at the login ...
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How to find out which photos were made by my iPhone and which were sent via WhatsApp?

After a nice holiday I've often taken around 200 photos and 80% was made by myself, 10% was incoming WhatsApp pictures and 10% was some other pictures that ended up on my iPhone. I don't even want ...
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Cannot share a Windows 7 external drive with a Mac

I am having a bit of a strange problem. I have a PC with shared folders on 2 separate external drives. I can successfully access the share on one of the drives but I cannot access a share on the ...
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Packet-writing (UDF) CD-RW?

Is there a way to set up a blank CD-RW for packet writing and use it on stock OS X? Ie. no 3rd-party tools. Disk utility seems to offer nothing, and while wikipedia mentions the newfs_hfs command in ...
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Add item to Finder toolbar with terminal?

You can cmd-drag an item to the Finder toolbar to have it there permanently, but is there a way you do this in the Terminal? The closest I've found is this old thread: ...
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What could cause Mission Control to activate randomly?

It's getting progressively worse over the last couple weeks to the point that I can barely type this question into my browser. I'm running OS X Yosemite with a wireless keyboard and mouse. It seems to ...
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How do I map a Mac function to an 'unfindable' Windows keyboard key?

The issue is this: I'm using a PC keyboard with my (closed) MBP at work, and am using Karabiner (TAFKA KeyRemap4MacBook) to map the Mac keys to their appropriate places on it. So far so good. ...
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Yosemite Security Defaults

I've just made a fresh Yosemite install and noticed two strange security defaults Firewall is disabled User is created as an admin account It is hard for me to imagine how a disabled firewall is a ...
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How to type in Cantonese in OS X?

In System Preferences | Keyboard | Input Sources, you can add any languages you like by tapping + button. The list contains Simplified and Traditional language, but it doesn't have Cantonese. I ...
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Preview print dialog defaults to Scale to Fit or Print Entire Image

When printing a PDF file from Preview, the print dialog defaults to "Scale to Fit / Print Entire Image", and the default scale is some arbitrary number. To get 100% scale requires clicking "Scale" ...
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How do I record my iPhone's screen and sound whilst recording my mic

I have my iPhone plugged into my computer via USB, I have QuickTime Player open and am previewing my iPhone screen as well as the iPhone's audio, but how would I go about recording my audio from my ...
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Unable to expand “.zip” into “downloads” (Error - 63 file name too long.)

Unable to expand "zip" into "downloads" (Error - 63 file name too long.) on my MacBook Pro with OS X 10.9.5.
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Command key when running Mac through virtual box on Windows OS

I just recently installed Yosemite in Virtualbox. Here's the installation video I followed: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DYMEb0ZCfes My OS is Windows and I'm trying to run Mac using Virtualbox. I ...
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Installing git on OSX 10.8 without Xcode

I'd like to setup my dev environment on my girlfriend's iMac, but she's not cool with me wasting 3GB of space, which is what Xcode takes up. She also doesn't want to/can't upgrade past 10.8 because ...
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X11 Error: Running Wineskin Wrapper OS X El Capitan 10.11 Public Beta [on hold]

Of course I know I shouldn't be complaining cause I downloaded a Beta version... just wondering if anyone knows how to solve this problem running Wineskin on El Cap. I have an image attached of the ...
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How to disable SpeedStep/XCPM on Macbook Pro 11,1 OSX 10.10.2?

Does anybody know how to disable OSX from throttling/underclocking the CPU on a Macbook when the battery gets low on power? I think the feature is called SpeedStep. The problem is that my battery is ...
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how to do a batch change (shift) of file creation date

OS X Yosemite: I took thousands of pictures on a trip recently, some from my iPhone, and some from my DSLR camera. Now, the iPhone automatically gets its time and date from the local cell towers, ...
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Force unmount drive - Yosemite

have a very stubborn Mac, it is a slightly older model but can run Yosemite. I have been trying all day to reformat the main drive in it, I have using the regular disk utility and terminal. I have ...
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Determine an Automator-based OS X service's own filesystem location

I'm trying to find the running Automator-based service's own filesystem location from inside that service. (Background: I'm trying to create duplicates of the same service and want each duplicate to ...
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add /home to time machine backup list

I would like to backup the /home directory on a macbook pro running osx 10.8.5 using time machine, unfortunately this is directory is ignored by default. According to this post: On OS X, what files ...
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Excel rendering into the Clipboard

Some of my Excel handiwork doesn't copy correct into the Clipboard. Perhaps the following example is illustrative. On the top you see the Microsoft Excel for Mac 15.11.2 and on the bottom you see how ...
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Why is extracting this tgz throwing an error on my Mac but not on Linux?

I'm experiencing a rather odd problem, and I can't figure out what's going on. I have a tgz file, scip-3.2.0.tgz, that is throwing an error when I attempt to unpack it. The error is only occurring on ...
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Force netaccounts network device list to show up at loginwindow

Is there a flag within com.apple.loginwindow or somewhere else where I can force the network dropdown list above username and password to appear (even without WiFi being on or an ethernet device being ...
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How to get a universal binary with both architectures from Homebrew on Mavericks

I need to install Cairo for the use of a 32-bit application on Mavericks. After first uninstalling libpng, I have succeeded in forcing a complete recompile of Cairo and all its dependents (libpng, ...
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iMac 21.5-inch Mid 2010 won't boot into OS X after installing Ubuntu, will boot into grub rescue

So, as the title says, I have an iMac 21.5-inch Mid 2010 model and I installed Windows 8.1 with Boot Camp. After attempting to uninstall Ubuntu and Windows in Disk Utility (in OS X and Recovery) it ...
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Find who is intercepting traffic on port 80

Every 7–10 days, all internet browsing on my Mac stops working. I can use Firefox, Safari, Chrome, but I'm able to surf only Google and few other sites. So I tried to telnet a webserver on the local ...