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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Increasing lifetime of cisco IPSec VPN on OSX

A VPN connection automatically disconnetcs after approximately 45 minutes, which is quite frustrating, especially when using it for work. This problem has been around for quite a few years now. I'm ...
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Are there still working photo widgets?

Under previous Mac OS's there were widgets like "Modern Moments" and "Desk Photo" to display photos on the Dashboard. I tried them under Mac OS 10.10(.1) and they do not seem to be working. I'd like ...
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launching automator with keywords

Using automator, I would like to launch some webpages as soon as I type some keywords in any application. Is that possible ?
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Process: kernel_task over 700mb memory

Anyone knows how do I solve high memory consumption of the process "kernel_task" ? I tried to delete .plist files from folder bellow, but the problem still continue My Mac: Macmini6,1 ...
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Automator Calendar Action to Launch Shell Script in Background

First and foremost: Everything works, automator launches when it is supposed to, the shell script executes, and I get the results I am looking for. Where the problem comes in to play is that the ...
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Compile VLC-android on OS X

checking that generated files are newer than configure... done configure: creating ./config.status config.status: creating Makefile config.status: creating doc/doxygen.cfg ...
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Unable to install software updates

I have a white MacBook running OS X Yosemite 10.10.1. When I go to the Mac App Store > Updates tab, there are two updates listed: a combined "Software Update" that includes OS X 10.10.2, iTunes 12.1, ...
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iMac OS X Yosemite parental control keeps asking for permission while I already granted permission by always allow acces

I've setup up parental controls and granted unrestricted access to Youtube for example. But for some reason it keeps asking for permission for additional Url's to function properly. Is there ...
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Editing an Mailbox configuration file

I want to use Sublime Text to edit a text file within one of my installed Applications. The application I am trying to edit is Mailbox. I have been trying to edit the following file - ...
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rMBP different brightness settings on battery and plugged in

Is it somehow possible to manually control the dimming in OS X Yosemite (10.10.2) like Windows 7 power plans? I would like to have one brightness setting, when on battery (30% brightness) and another, ...
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Eclipse opening FTP connections

I'm using Eclipse on my Mac with work, and today while working from home I noticed it hanging for ages. By looking at "Open Files and Ports" in the activity monitor window, I see at the end of the ...
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Unable to overwrite some file formats via Share Drive

I have some files on a SMB-mounted shared drive. Filesystem is NTFS. Case 1: PSD (Photoshop file) I edited the Photoshop file in Photoshop CS5.5 (also tried Photoshop CC), select File > Save. For ...
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Mounted Share Drive showed incorrect Last Opened Date at “Get Info” dialog

I have a shared drive mounted via SMB. The "Get Info" page shows that the Last Opened time is January 1, 1970, which is obviously impossible. What is the cause of the issue, and is it possible to fix ...
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How do I create a bootable USB drive that will reinstall OSX Yosemite from a Windows 8 Computer

I deleted a system file on my Mac that made it stop working. When I restart, it just crashes midway and restarts again. If I hold shift to do a safe reboot, it freezes halfway through. When I reboot ...
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stty device baud-rate resets once no longer being used

-late 2013 MBP, with Yosemite 10.10.2 While using a USB --> Serial cable(FTDI chipset), I am unable to get a set baud-rate and get it to stick while the device is not being open/wrote/read. For ...
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Creating New Administrator Acount

So I am following How can I get admin access to a Mac without knowing the current password? to create a new administrator account. I entered the command rm /db/.AppleSetupDone. and the computer ...
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MBP Retina constantly crashes in sleep mode

My Mid-2014 MBP (bought a month ago) constantly crashes in sleep mode and reboots. This night it happened at 04:12 am, 05:08 am, 05:29 am, 06:37 am, 07:51 am, 08:10 am and 08:45 am. It unfortunately ...
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Yosemite: How do increase font size of Eclipse globally?

Please do not mark this question as duplicate. There are some similar questions, but they are stale. They are about old versions and none of their suggestions solved my issue. (eg: How do increase ...
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Software Update Server /var/empty/Library/Caches/swupd_syncd

I've just install the Server.app on a mac mini that run yosemite 10.10.2 and the Software Update Server don't work. I've got this error messages : Failed to obtain sandbox extension for ...
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What's the path for Jitsi config files?

As near as I can tell, Jitsi is able to dial out and make a phone call using babytel: 17:35:39.320 INFO: [881] impl.protocol.sip.OperationSetBasicTelephonySipImpl.createOutgoingCall().184 Creating ...
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weird character on end of folder name in Finder

I'm seeing multiple folders with this character at the end on my nfs mounted external volume.  which is ASCII  (ampersand-pound-61480-semicolon) When I try to delete the character, the ...
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App tied to other account in my purchase tab

Recently I got repaired my Late 2011 MBP from Apple Repair Program. I have a strange problem after that. One of my purchased app, iPhoto shows update. But iPhoto is not even installed on my Mac. When ...
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Find My iPhone on iCloud.com not opening

Whenever I open Find My iPhone in iCloud on my Mac, it says: "Cannot load Find My iPhone". Other functionalities work without any issues. I tried all the browsers without any success. However, ...
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Macbook Pro 2010 Late Kernel Panic issues

I've had random kernel panics on my computer since about the time I updated to OSX Yosemite. I should add that I have a crucial m500 SSD and use the mini port to connect my laptop to a large external ...
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How to modify Finder to show only current directory instead of the cascade of prior opened subdirectories?

Is there a way to force / modify Finder (either 'vanilla' or in combination with XtraFinder) to always show only the 'direct/non-recursive' content (directories / files) of a given directory instead ...
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DVD drive error

I have an SSD with 250GB from Samsung and a Hitachi 500 GB HDD. I got an HDD caddy and replaced it with the CD drive from my MacBook Pro Mid 2012 I7 8GB RAM. I have tried searching the error code, ...
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What to do after mistakingly shrinking disk in Disk Utility?

I only had 1 volume on my hard drive. I tried to shrink it with Disk Utility - thinking it would resize the disk and the other space would be available to create another disk with. I didn't add any ...
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caffeinate with launchd Doesn't Work when I Close My Laptop's Lid

I have a launchd task that periodically initiates a time machine network backup. I've had problems with corrupted sparse bundle disk images, which I've assumed is due to the either the computer ...
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Cannot manipulate pluginkit database

I am trying to use the pluginkit command to handle plugins (specifically FxPlug3), e.g. pluginkit -a /path/to/bundle/with/myplugin.pluginkit Every time I try to add or remove my plugin I get a ...
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How can I prevent hostname from changing?

When I boot up one of our computers it gets a static DHCP address which is specified in our DNS as client1.domain.com and so on. The hostname sets automatically from reverse DNS at bootup and ...
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Change dnsmasq from .dev to .local

I have followed these instructions for setting up a dnsmasq on my Mac. I originally set it up to use .dev, but now I want to change .dev to .local. However, when I try using .local instead, it ...
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Selected application loses focus

Since upgrading to Yosemite, the current application -- could be anything from Sublime Text to AppCode to Chrome -- will lose focus while I'm typing. This happens with an external keyboard or an ...
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Keep applications maximized when plugging in second monitor

My work environment requires that I constantly plug in my MBA into a second monitor and use it without. I run multiple desktops with applications always extended fullscreen. When I unplug from the ...
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High windowServer CPU usage on Yosemite

This is (probably) a follow up to WindowServer high CPU on Yosemite: Since upgrading from Mountain-Lion to Yosemite, my MacBookPro5,5 (13", 2.26GHz C2D, GeForce 9400m) is (almost always) showing bad ...
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Menu bar on web pages not visible in Safari

I am facing this problem when ever I am visiting any website that has go a Menubar on the top, then the part remains half invisible in Safari. See below: Here is screenshot of SoF site on Safari: ...
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How to sync Keyboard shortcuts between iOS and OS X when iCloud Drive is turned off in the System Preference?

I disabled iCloud Drive because the process called "cloudd" was consuming huge CPU resource in Yosemite. However, I found that all my keyboard shortcuts disappeared after that. Is there any solution ...
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External hard drive deep freezing Macs

A quite nice problem: I have an external USB 2.0 harddrive (Lacie Starck with 512GB) which was working fine during the last years. But now everytime I connect it to a Mac 3 seconds later a total crash ...
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Partitions shows it is 2GB when it is actually 120GB

After messing with the partitions to install Ubuntu, the hfs+ partition which I use for my user data went from 130GB to 2GB (OSX is on a separate partition). Disk Utility shows this partition as ...
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Active Directory Login integration to use either separate NAS or Windows Home folders

I'm a bit of a Mac newbie as I'm more used to working in a Windows environment. However, there's a couple of things I'm trying to achieve. To explain the setup we have a Mac server (running on ...
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Help deciper Crash Report

I'm having trouble running OSX Server on my 2014 Mac Mini it has been periodically crashing and producing this Crash report. Can anyone help decipher what the issue is? Or help with trying to figure ...
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How to have non-compliant passwords on OS X accounts reset password?

I am trying to set up a password requirement for the accounts on OS X 10.9 I am editing it by using the following command: sudo pwpolicy -setglobalpolicy "maxFailedLoginAttempts=5 minChars=10 ...
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Enable plugin by default in chrome

I am using folx downloader whenever I click on some file to download it, this message(in picture) pops up how to fix it? So, that it downloads the file automatically to folx and doesn't block the ...
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MPlayerX frame skip keyboard shortcut

While playing a video in MPlayerX the right and left arrows skip ahead and back 10s respectively. When paused, the right arrow goes ahead 1 frame but the left arrow still goes back 10s. How do I skip ...
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iTunes slow movie download and does not resume after paused playback

iTunes 12.1.0.50 on OS X 10.8.5 MacBook Air is showing weird behavior recently. When I rent a movie from the iTunes store I have the following problems: download is incredibly slow (ETA keeps going ...
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Shift + E doesn't work on my Mac

On the keyboard, shift + E will expand my window to the largest size. I can't type capital E, unless I toggle caps lock. I have BetterTouchTool, though the developer said it was unrelated.
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What causes the pop-up “To view this web content, you need to install the Java Runtime Environment”

On OSX Yosemite an annoying pop-up comes up quite often saying: To view this web content, you need to install the Java Runtime Environment I know the solution is to install java; however I'm ...
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shotdetect fatal libpng error gd-png error: setjmp returns error condition

I downloaded shotdetect and followed this guide to install it on OSX Yosemite 10.10.1 . When I try to run shotdetect, it appears to run through the entire video file, but then fails towards the end. ...
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Flash Got doesn't show Axel in firefox

I have installed Axel using brew. I have also verified if Axel is working or not. Output of Axel command: which Axel /usr/local/bin/axel /usr/local/etc/axelrc /usr/local/share/man/man1/axel.1 ...
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Use English layout when open Spotlight

I have two different keyboard layouts but use the local language only for some chatting or a web search. I'd like to have an English layout when I call Spotlight to instantly open apps or to look for ...
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Configure terminal dimensions to show as Lines x Columns

In my terminal, when I ask to show Dimensions (profiles -> window -> dimensions), it shows the dimensions as Columns x Lines, but when I use resize -s 25 200, I am actually resizing as Lines x ...