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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Very high kernel_task CPU usage after updating to Yosemite 10.10.4 [duplicate]

I updated to 10.10.4 on July 1, and ever since I've had very high CPU usage - roughly 270%, i.e. two and a half of four processors - by kernel_task. It appears on login for about five minutes, then ...
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10.10.4; get current wallpaper location

When wallpaper settings are set to change every hour (or whatever time period) and is set to random order, it appears to be impossible to report the get, as a string, the location of the current ...
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8 A Letters in Boxes next to OS X Logo in Overview Panel [duplicate]

When I opened Mac OS X overview panel to check out how much storage I have left, I saw this strange thing. It doesn't affect the performance by any means, but it is not aesthetically pleasing. How can ...
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AppleScript: 'exists' returns true every time

On every exists in AppleScript the result is true. For example: set a to (POSIX path of (((path to home folder from user domain) as text) & "skfhshfkh:" & "hfjhsfhsj:")) if exists a then ...
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Setting default directory for home dir creations with OpenDirectory & Active Directory 10.9

I have a Mac server running 10.9 and some workstations running 10.9 too. I set up some users in AD to authenticate. It works well but I would like that at the first time they login on the workstation, ...
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How can I stop the App Store asking for a password in OSX?

I want to update some apps downloaded through the App Store in OSX (not iOS). Is there a way to allow OSX to do this without insisting for a password every time? In iOS you are able to disable the ...
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Can I select which iCloud Drive files/folders are kept local?

Can I select which iCloud Drive files/folders are kept only in the cloud and which are kept on my devices AND in the cloud?
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How to resolve: files which are visible in Terminal, but invisible in the Finder?

In Yosemite v10.10.3, I am trying to reinstall Skype, as it does not sign-in at all, following this link. In order to do so, I need to move some files and folders to trash as to totally uninstall ...
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MacBook running OS X 10.10.3 keeps crashing

My MacBook keeps crashing and restarting randomly. There does not appear to be a specific app that makes it crash. Panic Report panic(cpu 1 caller 0xffffff7f8f09bbdb): "GPU Panic: [<None>] 5 3 ...
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Mail.app create group from mail distribution list

I have a follow-on question from this one I have a message that I've sent to ~20 people. Is there a way to take that list of people and make a contact group from them? Thanks!
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OS X Calendar extremely slow

My calendar app has become super slow (possibly after the OS X 10.10.4 upgrade). Every action, like clicking on a calendar item or scrolling to the next week, will result in approximately 60 seconds ...
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Application not running, but dock thinks it is, so i can't quit/open it

This has happened to multiple applications so far, i'm not sure what causes it, but it seems to happen after force quitting (sometimes). First, you force quit it, and it does, but the dock shows that ...
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Where iTunes stores my playlists and ratings

I am wondering where iTunes keeps all my playlists? Locally on my computer or in the iCloud? I have created the new playlist on my Mac and I can see it on iPhone (without connecting it to MAC), so it ...
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Problem moving application from DMG file

I downloaded vlc-2.2.1.dmg to my computer and it opens ok. When I try to copy the app to the Application folder I get this error message. When I try to open VLC from the DMG file it runs fine. I ...
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Overlaying/combining screenshots

I have sets of MacBook screenshots with essentially one changing element that I want to combine/overlay on top of one another to create ONE image (not combine into one PDF with multiple pages or ...
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iTunes 12.2 broke the shared library feature from Mac to Windows

My music is stored on my iMac, and I also have a PC with windows that I use for video games, I leave iTunes opened on my iMac when I'm on my PC so that I can listen to songs while gaming. Here's my ...
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Full-Screen Auto-Location Change in OS X 10.10

I'm using a MacBook Pro with Retina, currently at OS X 10.10.3. I use it for both personal and work related matters, more often than not, at the same time. As such, I have 6 desktops ready to go at ...
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iPhone Personal Hotspot via USB stopped working after OS X 10.10.4 update

I installed OS X 10.10.4 and right at the end of the process, my iPhone (which was plugged in to the Mac via USB with a Personal Hotspot connection) vibrated as if the USB cable had been reconnected, ...
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OSX: How to compare and merge two folders of the same origin

I'm among those unlucky few (I'm hoping there are more than one) that are stuck with truly utterly messy backups from multiple machines. I've now managed to figure out that I've got one folder with ...
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Folder created in Photoshop not showing up in finder

This is really crazy issue i'm experiencing here: I downloaded the newest Photoshop CC 2015 and started working with it to crop some images for a client. After that, i've saved all the images for the ...
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System Formatter Failed While Erasing External Hard Drive Mac

I have been trying to erase my external Hard Drive "My Passport", however there was a problem and then the Hard Drive disappeared from the Desktop and could't be found. Only Disk Utility would see it ...
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Could not determine GDB version using command: sudo /usr/local/bin/gdb --version

Eclipse (Mars) version (C programming language): Eclipse IDE for C/C++ Developers eclipse.buildId=4.5.0.I20150603-2000 MacOS version: OS X Yosemite 10.10.3 HW: MacbookPro 15" (mid-2015) Retina ...
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A problem while making a bootable usb [on hold]

I was making a bootable usb of windows 10 using bootcamp and it crashed. Now I tried to format my usb to try again but it said: "Unable to begin erase operation: The target disk is too small for this ...
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Emails gone after cancelling archiving process

I've tried to move all my archived emails to a new account in Mail for OS X 10.10.4, Yosemite. During the process I got this error: The process failed due to storage limitations. Over 5000 ...
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Enable Web Inspector in Safari v 8.0 in Yosemite OS

I'm trying to show/hide the web inspector tool in mac os "Yosemite" using bash script, I used the following command in terminal but it didn't work even after I restarted Safari, so am I doing ...
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Beats One turns off Airplay?

Anyone experiences the problem when swapping to the Radio (iTunes OSX), the Airplay function is switched off? Any fix? You can use Airplay when you set your "Output Device" to Airplay. But its a ...
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Browsers: What does Command+Click really do?

In Chrome, Safari & Firefox on OS X, you can open links in new tabs via holding ⌘ while clicking, however it is not strictly equivalent to right click -> Open in New Tab. Take the links in this ...
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MacBook Pro sometimes freezes after waking from sleep

Since I updated to Yosemite after it was released my MacBook Pro (Mid 2012 2.5 GHz Intel Core i5) sometimes freezes for several minutes after waking it from sleep mode. It does not happen every time ...
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Changing OS X account login image

I tried to change the my login account picture. But the options that are there are only default, recent and camera and no option for edit. I am left with no options to select picture from any files ...
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Is there anyway to connect to IRC server via Message app?

I'm wondering is there anyway to connect to IRC server via Message default app in OS X. Could I do it over XMPP protocol?
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Apps disappearing from launchpad?

Looking at this image: You will see a blank space at the bottom. That's actually a disappearing app. Next to it you can see a folder that is missing the icon. Next to that you will notice a folder ...
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How do I prevent false iTunes ratings?

I listen to a lot of smart playlists based on ratings, and I use the grouping field for tags. For example: Grouping Contains "Mellow", Rating is greater than **. That playlist has thousands of ...
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Finder copies files in two steps and does it as a transaction

I need to organize thousands of files between different locations and there is an unpleasant issue with file copying from a local computer to a NAS. The problem is that Finder copies large bunch of ...
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Delete specific content from the OS X Caching Server cache (not all cached content)

Is there a way to list out the content stored in the OS X Caching Server cache in Server version 4.x and delete a specific update or app? I know how to delete all content in the cache, but I'd like ...
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Mac OS crashed! Need help extracting backed up data

I have disk image file on my external HDD. I tried to extract file from mac.dmg file using 7z x mac.dmg and this is what I got: Processing archive: mac.dmg Extracting 0.MBR Extracting 1.Type EE ...
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Mac Mini (Late 2009) - Recommended OSX Version for it?

I have a Mac mini (Late 2009) (hw.model: Macmini3,1, 2 GB RAM) that I've got hooked on my TV primary as a "media consumption" device... but a while ago I updated it to: Mac-mini:~ javier$ sw_vers ...
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To install GNU time in OSX?

BSD time gives this kind of output 9990 real 0m4.371s user 0m1.548s sys 0m2.167s GNU time gives then again this kind of output 9990 1.56s user 1.46s system 82% cpu 3.648 total Brew search ...
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Unable to update though App Store (OS X)

I've been unable to update any of my Apple applications through the App Store. Other applications update just fine. I noticed this when I tried to update Xcode yesterday. Upon clicking the update ...
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How do I uninstall the shortcuts that come with Chrome?

So I am running OS X El Capitan on my Macbook air. I just installed the chrome browser recently and I noticed it installed a few shortcuts onto launchpad. These shortcuts were to youtube, gmail, and ...
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How to have more than one app in desktop space?

Whenever I click on the maximize/full screen icon on any window, the app window is going to a new Desktop space. But this is kind of distracting because now I am not able to switch apps by doing the ...
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App problems with my iPad [on hold]

Ok, if you change your Apple ID and you still have all the old apps... Could you delete a game for example clash of clans. And say you re download it using your new Apple ID will your progess still be ...
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Backing up Macintosh HD via Disk Utility (error -5344)

I am trying to backup the Macintosh HD, to my external hard drive via disk utility. I created a blank image and tried to restored my MacintoshHD to that image, but the error pops up, "Restore Failure: ...
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Upgraded to 10.10.4 (from 10.8.5), now JNLPs don't open in finder?

I've finally upgraded from 10.8.5 to 10.10.4. But now double clicking on a JNLP file in finder no longer downloads and runs the (in the JNLP file defined) jars but takes me to the Oracle Java download ...
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I have a Mac OS X and minecraft keeps crashing [on hold]

I recently installed a texture pack for minecraft, but when I tried to use it the entire game just froze, I exited the game but when I tried to log in again, when I pressed play it loaded for a minute ...
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Shortcut for toggling between between different windows of same app?

I opened two Google Chrome windows (because I am using multiple gmails) and when I do the Cmd ⌘ Tab ⇥ shortcut it just shows me other applications that I opened but does not show me the other Chrome ...
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My iMac will not allow me to log onto my desktop

I got a viruses alert when using my Mac and sadly I reacted ASAP. I gave control to a remote technican via log-me-in and I went through the steps that where asked. After I got off the phone with the ...
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OS X Server behind an ADSL router

I have a Mac Mini with OS X Server installed on my LAN that I use as a Git server and Continuous Integration server. I would like to be able to use these services from outside my LAN but I'm not sure ...
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Leap Seconds in OS X

A leap second was recently added on June 30, 2015 23:59:60 UTC. How are leap seconds implemented on OS X (specifically Yosemite)?
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Boot stuck at Prohibitory screen

I'm using Macbook Pro 2012 running Mac OS X 10.10.3 and earlier today, I was trying to install Linux on a USB drive through Terminal. I first converted the format with this: hdiutil convert -format ...
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Get part of result of command line in OS X

I would like to use the following command line to get the current Wi-Fi channel. /System/Library/PrivateFrameworks/Apple80211.framework/Versions/Current/Resources/airport -I I would like to use ...