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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xrandr settings and XQuartz In Multi-monitor Yosemite Environment

I am currently struggling with an inability to move Xquartz (either latest stable or latest development) windows in the top third or so of my screen, as also described by another user. My current ...
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Database for iPad

I'm a retired teacher using FileMakerPro5 which was licensed for us by the Ministry of Education here in Ontario. I've created a little journal program for myself and thought I might like to be able ...
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Mac as a kiosk: How to effectively whitelist apps with Parental Controls?

I have various Mac Minis that I use as kiosks. I set them up to have an admin account and a user account managed with Parental Controls, which the machine auto-logs into and runs my native app full ...
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Setup launchd task to run when USB device is connected

I'm hoping to setup a script to run automatically when a USB device is connected, however I'm not certain how to trigger it. Unfortunately the USB device isn't a volume, so I can't use the onmount ...
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How do I change the ownership of files backed up with Time Machine

I have a Mac which was reinstalled from scratch, and the owner accidentally changed her username when installing it. Current user id is "Jane" but old time machine backups were made when her user name ...
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Getting Garbled Alert popup in Yosemite

When I clicked on a proprietary dmg, I found this garbled alert. Whereas previously in the 10.8.x version, this DMG message is clear, it is unreadable with 10.9 and later.
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What does “referenced file offline” mean in Photos?

I have large numbers of files in my Photos from my recently migrated Aperture library that show a crossed out reference icon indicating that the "referenced file is offline". If I try to access ...
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Unexplained file share mount requests

I have lately been developing some lighting control software, which is working with the Open Lighting Architecture (I installed that via Homebrew, brew install ola). All is working fine, but there is ...
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How do I get rid of this power assertion from a dead process?

I have the screensaver on my MacBook set to kick in after two minutes of inactivity and require a password immediately after it does. Normally, this works fine, but in the last week or so, the ...
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When using Finder to copy a specific file, the copy is a zero byte file

Trying to copy a 37GB Quicktime .mov from an external disk using the Finder. The copy should take a few minutes, and show a progress window. But the copy seems to be done immediately (no progress ...
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Client side certificates

I'm trying to set up a site to require client-side certificates for authentication. However when I browse to the site, the only certificates I'm able to present to the webserver are those listed in ...
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Hiding images temporarily on a slide while editing

I have some slides in a presentation where images appear on click in full screen. While creating and editing the slide, the image is always above the text and basically I have to move the picture ...
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Shadows left in text

This is an odd issue. See this screenshot: This is file manager edit on cPanel using OSX 10.2 and latest Firefox. Occasionally, a shadow (grey text) as seen above is left above the text. The only ...
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Application crashes; 'Gestalt selector gestaltSystemVersion' returning 10.9.2

I'm using Sublime Text 3, and I've got its icon in my dock. However, when I try to start it by clicking the icon, it immediately crashes with the following error (in Console); 08/04/15 16:57:11,828 ...
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launchd using 100% CPU for 20 seconds once per minute

I'm trying to track down a problem with launchd on OS X 10.9.5. Once every minute, launchd spikes to 100% cpu for about 20 second or so, then goes back to minimal cpu usage. So thats ~20 seconds at ...
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MacBook Pro hangs up at the grey Apple login screen

After it would hang up, the keyboard lights would stay lit indefinitely. I've tried resetting the SMC and NVRAM but they didn't work. I did a verbose startup and this was the screenshot before my ...
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MBP 15 2014 unexpectedly shuts down after startup/login

MacBook Pro 15, Mid 2014, Yosemite + Windows 7 (Bootcamp) This problem started today after waking up. Yesterday night I had no problem whatsoever with my computer. After turning it on and logging in ...
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Permission denied problem on just one NTFS folder

I have an old (Maxtor One Touch) 300G drive that years ago I used for backing up files from a Windows PC. It's NTFS. On my (MacBook Pro, Retina, 15-inch, Late 2013, Yosemite 10.10.2) system I can ...
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Shutdown cause: -104

I have Macbook Pro retina, model 2013. It started to randomly shut down for no apparent reason. The system log always contains this message: Previous shutdown cause: -104 I have tried to reset ...
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How to detect if chrome (or any other app) is playing sound using bash/applescript

I am writing a script to turn off audio on my mac, but need to check if its coming from the browser or an app (say Spotify). Is there a way to detect which app is playing sound?
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App > Get Info > Name & Extension > “Hide extension” option is greyed out

Finder menu > Preferences > Advanced > "Show all filename extensions" IS checked, and I'd like to keep it that way if at all possible. But there is one particular app that I'd like to hide ...
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How To Create A Bootable USB Installer for Windows, Linux and OSX?

How can I use my 120GB USB Drive as an ultimate IT tool? I want to have the following ISOs partitioned off and accessible through a bootloader (any): Windows 5,6,7,8,10 OSX 10.6,7,8,9,10 GParted ...
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OSX Yosemite Kernel Panic

Okay, so I use Teamviewer to remote into this computer while at work, that might explain why the BSD process name corresponding to current thread is TeamViewer_Deskt, not sure. I was on today and it ...
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Automatically start multiple user sessions when OSX starts

I need to get several users session logged-in as soon as the computer starts. Manually I would have to log into the first user and then start switching to each one to open their respective sessions. I ...
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How can I programmatically read and write the texttone of a Contact in the OSX' Contacts app?

On the Contacts app (V9.0) of Mac OSX 10.10 Yosemite I want to read and write programatically the texttone property in some of my contacts. How can I do this with Applescript or another scripting ...
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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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Is it possible to establish an app whitelist for installers not found on the App Store/available through VPP?

I work in a shop which necessitates strong administrative controls. However, a few teams use apps which are only found outside of the App Store and require fairly frequent updates - those updates ...
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Shuffle by album disk in iTunes

How I shuffle by disk in iTunes? Would I mean is if an album has 5 disks, I like each disk to treated as a separate album only for shuffling purposes. I think setting the sort album to disk ...
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Prevent .AppleDouble folders on NFS shares

I've got at home: a Debian server running multiple services, including NFS shares; one Mac that I use most of the time several Android devices a Windows client All happily access the files on the ...
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How do I automate selecting files in a .jar file?

My .jar file has a number of buttons that, when clicked, prompts me to select a file to load. I need to find a way to get this file selection to be automated, and decided on applescript. ...
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Forcing application to go to selected window on startup

I run a multi-monitor set-up on a single "Desktop". All of my applications when opened run on the primary monitor, which is the smaller monitor. I would like to have some (e.g. browser, mail client) ...
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Keyboard shortcut to jump from SAVE AS to window below?

Is there a keyboard shortcut to do this? Thanks
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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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unable to install Google's Droid Sans Mono font

I've downloaded Droid Sans, Droid Serif, and Droid Sans Mono fonts from google.com/fonts and the first two have installed just fine. OS X 10.9.5. I'm extracting the font file from the download ZIP ...
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Cannot compile anything anymore after upgrading to Yosemite

I noticed after upgrading to Yosemite that none of my upgrades in homebrew would work anymore. I noticed that it was a problem in general with compiling any kind of C code. The error I get is: In ...
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Time Machine backup external disk not mounting anymore

I just installed Security Update 2015-002 (Version 1.0) on my MacBook. The latter has a 1.0TB internal hard drive, backed up onto a 2.0TB external USB2.0 3.5 inches hard drive. However, after ...
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Disable display mirroring for every possible future display

Is there some 'defaults write' or other trick to tell OS X to never mirror displays? (Unless they're at least as good resolution as the retina display.) I thought I had display mirroring disabled ...
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Anyone know of an “Office Timeline” plug in for Powerpoint on Mac?

Anyone know of an "Office Timeline" plug in for Powerpoint on Mac? I love https://www.officetimeline.com, but it's for Windows only. Mac must run Fusion or such to support Windows Office, not Mac ...
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Can't install ncmpcpp on Yosemite

I'm installing ncmpcpp using macports and getting the following error: Error: org.macports.build for port ncmpcpp returned: command execution failed Please see the log file for port ncmpcpp for ...
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Is there a way to have audio continue playing from background user session

When using Fast Switching from one User to another, audio from the now background user stops. That usually makes sense, but I wonder if there's a way to have the audio continue? I'm using Yosemite ...
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Can't delete files from remote Buffalo drive, “Permission Denied”

There are several files on a remote Buffalo drive that I can't delete. I'm using a Mac (OSX 10.9.5) and Finder reports the drive's filesystem as "SMB (NTFS)". I have tried from the GUI and from ...
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Application not responding, process missing

I have an odd issue. Sometimes it happens that application (happens almost always to NetBeans) is stuck in the dock with "Not Responding" - I can't open it, if I select "Force quit" id doesn't do ...
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How do I configure CURL to use the same root certificates as Safari?

It seems that CURL on OS X (10.10) is broken because it does not contain the same set of root SSL certificates as Safari. Due to this it seems that there is a high chance for your to be unable to ...
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iPhone 5 problem, “No Service” and not being recognised by iTunes

I've recently purchased a second hand iPhone 5. They demonstrated the phone making calls before I purchased it. Unfortunately the phone isn't being recognised by iTunes, and is also very frequently ...
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Password Protect one work space alone in Mac OS X Yosemite

I used to work with multiple workspaces, putting my dev apps on one space and music apps on another. I want my Chat apps in one workspace where I want to protect it with my password, because I will ...
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How to cycle through recently *used* tabs in Safari?

I want to cycle through recently used tabs in Safari 7.1.3 (MacOS 10.9.5) like one can in in Firefox, Chrome, and Opera. I predominantly run Opera 11.64, and it exhibits the best behavior for this ...
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Stop iCloud from requiring password after login

I don't know why when I log in Mac OS (Yosemite), the system requires me to enter the password of my iCloud account. I type my password but it's not turned off.
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How to see notifications when running full screen?

I currently run XBMC/Kodi which runs in fullscreen so OS X notifications do not display on top. When the application is in windowed mode, notifications display as normal. I have looked through the ...
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Start QuickTime and set camera to iPhone from command line

I'm attempting to start QuickTime from AppleScript and select the camera of my iPhone like I do from QuickTime. I can't seem to make it change the camera. The script I have now is: tell application ...