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 differentiate between Terminal scripted launch and manual launch for .bash_profile settings

I have some .bash_profile settings that restore my last working directory every time I log in to my shell. However, I also use a program that opens a terminal window in the current directory open in ...
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How to change icon of an app through Terminal

I want to customize my app icons, but there's a lot of them, and I don't want to be tedious and go through the whole Get Info process over and over again. Is there any way to write a program, ...
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How to configure Dragon Dictate so that it does not scan files upon opening?

When I open a text file with TextEdit, Dragon Dictate scan the file: It often ends up being unresponsive if the file is large. How to configure Dragon Dictate so that it does not scan files upon ...
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Safari 8.0 - 9.0 100% Cpu usage OSX 10.11.3 might be related to bookmarks / favorites

I'm experiencing very weird issue as far I remember from Yosemite up to latest El Capitan 10.11.3 (15D21) and Safari Version 9.0.3 (11601.4.4) Actually it's started to become more annoying with time. ...
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Macro returns error on Excel for OS X [on hold]

I have a project that I did on MS Excel for Windows and works great, but when I run it on a Mac with Excel 2016 it gives me an error on the following line: If Database.Cells(j, 3).Value >= ...
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Why does recovery mode keep failing to install OS X on a new hard drive?

I had a hard drive die in my Macbook Pro (from ~2012) and I replaced it. I booted into recovery mode and tried to install an OS on the new SSD, but it keeps hanging at "installing additional ...
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Can I remove admin rights from an OS X account without using the command line?

I gave my everyday OS X user account admin rights whilst trying to get a code project working. I now no longer need admin rights. However, when I log in using either my everyday account or my admin ...
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VLC keeps freezing on Mac OS X El Capitan

I have the latest versions for both El Capitan and VLC, however, ever since I've upgraded to El Capitan, VLC keeps freezing during playback. Generally to solve this: I have to pause, exit fullscreen, ...
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Create EFI partition on external HDD for rEFInd

How can I install Ubuntu and Windows onto my external HDD which already has OS X installed on it? I want to install it using rEFInd boot manager. If I can create an EFI partition for my drive then I ...
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OS X and apps keep forgetting saved credentials

The past couple of weeks, several apps have forgotten stored credentials a number of times: Google and iCloud account configured on the Macbook (have had to verify my Google account using 2-step ...
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glui.h not found

I installed glui using homebrew $ brew info glui glui: stable 2.36 C++ user interface library http://glui.sourceforge.net/ /usr/local/Cellar/glui/2.36 (3 files, 594K) * Built from source From: ...
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How to re-order accounts in Mail.app (El Capitan)

Since I upgraded to El Capitan the Mail.app was upgraded also (to version 9.2) and the ability to re-order accounts was disappeared. Now I cannot move accounts in the preferences. Who knows is there ...
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A security update locked OSX.GenieoDropper.A

I need to launch an app but OSX recognise it as a malware. While launching this app, OSX says "app will damage this computer. You should eject this disk image. It contain OSX.GenieoDropper.A". ...
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How to install Tor from source on OS X

Need to install tor on Mac. Downloaded tor.tar.gz file from torprogect.org. Tor version is 0.2.7.6. Os X 10.11.3. On torproject.org said that it has to be configure with: ./configure && make ...
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Repair an exFAT drive on Mac OS X after it's been improperly disconnected

Very often an exFAT external disk stops appearing in OS X. It doesn't appear in Disk Utility, Finder, diskutil list or About this Mac/System Report/USB. The only way I have found to fix it is to boot ...
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Symlinking iBooks directory breaks the library. Where did I go wrong?

So I'm trying some superuser-foo, and I want to store my iBooks library outside ~/Library/Containers/com.apple.BKAgentService/Data/Documents/iBooks/Books I copied the library and the books to an ...
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cpu is 100% used, yet no application shows significant usage

Since a few days my IMac started showing weird behaviour. In Activity Monitor it shows that my CPU is 100% used. Literally 0% idle, but there are no Applications using anywhere near this much ...
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Lost groups in Contacts after updating to El Capitan

I updated to OS X El Capitan and lost all my groups in contacts. I have been on the phone with Apple Support for 3 hours and can't restore the list of groups in my contacts. Can anyone help?
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How to connect to a specific AirPort device?

I recently setup a new AirPort extreme to extend my Base Station. When I go into Airport Utility, the devices sitting right next to the Airport Extreme are connected to the base station. How can I ...
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How to set proxy on OS X Terminal permanently?

For every new session in OS X terminal, I have to make my proxy settings again. Is there a way to make these proxy settings once for all?
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MacBook Pro won't boot. Ideas?

MacBook Pro won't boot. Getting various grey screens. When try to do straight boot, get flashing folder. Other things not working: OS X recovery, start up manager, single user mode, verbose mode, ...
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Lose internet intermittently on my Mac

I have a Mac which I was given by the company I work for. When I'm home I very frequently lose my internet connection meaning that I can only ping my router but nothing else in outside world. I ...
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Re-set up iMessages?

I need help re-setting up iMessages. I think I entered the wrong ID because now I can't get in. It keeps telling me the Id or password is wrong, but I can't enter a new ID, just a new password. How ...
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Allow port arbitrary port (such as 5432) open on El Capitan.

I'm running vagrant and successfully port forwarding from there. My issue is that some ports are not running. I know vagrant is working because I can successfully forward port 80, but cannot forward ...
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Show “open application indicator” only for applications active in current desktop

Short version: As I have written in the title, I want to see the "open application indicator" only below the applications that are open in the active desktop. Is this possible? Long version: I had ...
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Login screen shows “Guest” option even though it is disabled

I have disabled the "Guest" option on my Macbook Pro, however it still shows the "Guest" bubble next to my account on the login screen.
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Enabled DARK menu bar and Dock hides icons

If I enable Dark Dock mode some icons become invisible: Normal Mode - Dark Mode - The icon is still there (there is slight shadow of it on the picture) and I still can click it etc. If the ...
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Mouse moves vertically on login

OS X El Capitan 10.11.3 - USB mouse (steelseries Sensei) When trying to move the cursor, the movement is limited only to vertical direction. What could be the possible problem?
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MBP strange blackouts

I have noticed, that sometimes, my MacBook Pro mid-2012 has strange blackouts like if the battery ran out. This happens even when my battery is near full. The symptoms are that the screen goes black ...
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2013 Retina Macbook Pro Turn off and back on when opening the lid

This only happens sometimes but it bothers me because I have to wait for all the script I got to load again. I cannot figure why is it happening. Here is the log: 2016-02-06 20:12:17 +0100 ...
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Copy extended attributes to new file (ffmpeg)

I'm currently trying to decode some video files with ffmpeg on my computer but am not able to make ffmpeg copy the tags from the source file to the destination file. I read through the man page but ...
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IntelliJ / Android Studios: hide the project pane

I'm quite new to mac but have managed to figure out a lot of the shortcuts but this one baffles me. In intelliJ / Android Studios, occassionally, I need to hide some of the panes so that I have more ...
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OpenSSL 0.9.8zg

A week ago, as part of the installation a PHP 5.4 cartridge from openshift.com on my Mac with OS X v10.10.5 in the Terminal I noticed a message about it is loading OpenSSL 0.9.8?? for compatibilty ...
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How do I reload an OS X “bash” user-environment

I think that I want to ask How do I reload an OS X bash user-environment But damnit Jim ; I'm a software engineer not a sysadmin The Goal I want Jenkins started as a Daemon on El Capitan I want ...
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USB wireless keyboard works from one USB port, but not the other

I have a wireless USB keyboard/mouse combo (Microsoft Wireless Keyboard 1000) which is working perfectly on a 2013 MacBook Air running Yosemite, the keyboard & mouse work perfectly - but only when ...
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What could I benefit from replacing the AirPort Card in my '09 MacBook Pro?

I have a Mid-2009 MacBookPro, I would like to upgrade the AirPort Card so that I can access continuity and instant hotspot features, but other than that what will Bluetooth 4.0 allow me and will the ...
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Way too many disks in rEFInd?

I'm using rEFInd on my mac that is installed on its own partition. Everything works fine except when I boot into rEFInd (the "EFI Boot" option under the disk selection menu on startup) it shows my OS ...
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Create installer disk 10.6.8 on external disk

I searched StackExchange, the internet & everywhere... and I'm now wondering if it is even possible: I have an external HDD with from 10.5 - 10.11 installers on different partitions. For the 10.5 ...
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Trying to burn a CD: “hdiutil: imageinfo failed - image not recognized”

Using the Application Burn, I saved some music-CD's as image-file to the desktop as .iso, along with the right .isoinfo. Now I want to burn those images to empty CD's, but I get the following error ...
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Copy a Dock plist to replace another user's Dock

I'm trying to copy a prepared Dock plist to another already existing user account. It seems simple enough: sudo cp ./default.com.apple.Dock.plist ...
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Where are the root CAs stored on OS X?

I need one of the root CA certificates, as a filename, to pass to a command-line program. I could download it from DigiCert (and convert it to the required format, .crt) manually, but I figure it's ...
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Database.db file in Macintosh HD

I see a Database.db file with size zero bytes on my Macintosh HD Is this a system file? i am not sure if this is something i can remove or the purpose of this file Regards
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Alternatives paid or unpaid to using Apple's Server app [on hold]

So I am setting up a Mac Mini Server (mid 2010) to do some light testing. As part of this, I'm considering purchasing the Apple Server Application. I've used it before and the GUI is pretty user ...
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How to make Airmail to open mailto: protocol link?

I have searched for this but I can't find anything in search results answering this query. When I click on mailto link given in a mail inside Airmail,it opens Mail.app window instead of opening it ...
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Internet Sharing, same LAN

I'd like to share internet from ethernet (10.0.100.2) to Wi-Fi. But when I do so and then I connect a device via Wi-Fi I get a whole different network: 192.168.2.0. Is there a way to use the same ...
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Error while OS X El Capitan from the Mac App Store

I'm trying to download OS X El Capitan from the Mac App Store, but the download always ends in an error. I think that it's possibly related to the reason I would like to update. Which is that I'm ...
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What is the difference between -h, -r, -s, and -k, in the “shutdown now” command in single-user mode?

So, I opened up single-user mode to show my friend how easy it was for a Mac to be directly hijacked if someone was able to steal the physical lap top (as opposed to hijacking remotely using SSH), and ...
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Create a contact in people in Outlook 2016

In Mail for Mac I can create a contact directly from an email message. In Outlook 2016 for Mac how can I do that as well? Seems like email has made more advances that Outlook has.
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Lost desktop files after restoring a user account

So I accidentally removed my main user account from my macbook (OS X el capitan). The home folder was not deleted so I restored the user account by adding a new account with the same name, then ...
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Dock not showing after a while

I have the problem that when I use my Macbook for a while (couple of hours) my dock doesn't show (auto show) anymore. When I am for example using Safari and I put my cursor at the bottom of the ...