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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Is there anything like the clipboard manager Ditto for Mac?

I'm looking for a clipboard manager like Ditto for Mac: Ditto is an extension to the standard windows clipboard. It saves each item placed on the clipboard allowing you access to any of those ...
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How preconfigure os x install image for automatic install?

I want to build a custom system image of OS X (say ML). I want to install it on the virtual machine (not really important). I want a never-boot image (i.e. not a preinstalled image) fully configured. ...
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How can I import text substitutions from Wikipedia “Lists of common misspellings for machines”?

Wikipedia has some nice lists of misspellings for machines: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Lists_of_common_misspellings/For_machines ...
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Rebuild SystemUIServer's database

I'm not completely sure what happened, but in Console I get the following errors repeating endlessly every few minutes: 28/07/2013 12:32:10.009 SystemUIServer[304]: Unknown error finalizing or ...
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Where to target when doing a Brute Force attack on an extended mac OS drive?

I forgot the new password to my external hard drive (Mac OS Extended Journal Encrypted). I know. Stupid. I got my hands on John the Ripper and I know some parameters that will help narrow down the ...
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Viewing preview of files in finder

I have some .groovy files on my file system. I would like to be able to preview them in Finder as I navigate around them. How do I do this?
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Using a second HD and installing apps on external drive?

I am considering adding an extra drive to my Mac Mini (possibly a tower-size one like mentioned here) and keeping it permanently plugged-in, for extra space and to leave the main Macintosh HD for ...
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Does Mountain Lion support Canon Pixma printers?

I've recently re-installed Mountain Lion after I upgraded from Lion on a 2009 iMac. Before the reinstallation, my printer, a Canon Pixma iP3000, worked perfectly and out of the box — no drivers ...
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text diff for mac OS

I see someone has already asked a similar questions, Diff application with posibility to input text manually but got no answer. I'm looking for a software that compares diff between 2 text block ...
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Animated Traveling route in iMovie

I like to make a movie from my holidays where I travelled a lot through a country. What I would like to include is an animated traveling route in the Indiana Jones style. That means, you see an old ...
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Why is my Mac using so much memory?

When I got my Mac Mini with 4GB RAM I thought it would be enough, since on my Windows machines I never hit past 3GB – but I was wrong. So I ordered 16GB of RAM, but one of the sticks was bad, so I ...
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Can I shorten the typing needed to `cd` into some well know directories

I find myself opening a terminal and then CD'ing a lot into the same directory the path of which is very long. This means I am cd'ing a lot and using the tab to speed things up a lot. IT would be ...
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Mac OS X 10.8 QuickLook Causing CPU & Temperature Spikes

I have consistently been having a problem with my computer overheating due to random processes using 100%+ CPU. Commonly the problem occurs with the process QuickLookSatellite-general, but it is not ...
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Increased the Size of Bootcamp Partition but Winclone Restores Old Size Partition

I followed all documented steps to increase the Bootcamp partition size on the Mac OS 10.5.x. I used Winclone, Disk Utility and Bootcamp Assistant to perform this operation. In short, I cloned Windows ...
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Behavior for dragging multiple mail items in OSX is different than dragging single.

I'm using OSX, and I have an email in the inbox, and a Finder folder nearby. If I drag the email into the window I get a nice file in the folder with the subject I'd expect and so on. dragging.... ...
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Re-reading your .bash_profile

When you make a change to your .bash_profile it will be read the next time you open a terminal. But what if you have a terminal open already. Is there anyway to do a re-read?
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ls command: What does the @ in file mode mean, and how to get rid of it?

After I download files on OSX and then want to use them, they often have an @ appended on the file mode whenever I do a ls -l. Here is an example output, see the @ near the beginning of the line: ls ...
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How can messages be scripted whenever I open a specific application?

Say I want to start Safari on my Mac. Can I create a pop up message that reads, "Use Chrome instead" or some other thing? I presume it may be possible with Applescript or something, but don't know ...
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Keynote - playing slide - three finger swipe won't switch applications

When I'm in the middle of a keynote presentation playing - the three finger swipe to switch applications no longer works. When I exit playing the presentation - it works again. I run Keynote '09 on OS ...
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how do I write a homebrew recipe?

What are the key features of a homebrew recipe? If I want to contribute a recipe, e.g. this one for udunits to the the hombrew-science repository, how would I convert a command-line script like ...
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Install and print from two identical printers on iMac?

I have two Dymo label printers. I tried installing the printer using CUPS web admin as well as the Print & Scan under System Preferences. Both printers installed fine. When I print from either the ...
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Making an app window smaller on a mac

When I open some apps, the window for the app is huge. I know I can resize the window by going to bottom right and corner and using mouse. I was just wondering is there some quicker way using keys ...
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erased macintosh HD and installing lion osx again

I erased my macintosh HD from disk utility with a journaled encrypted format and i wanted to install 10.7 lion osx so i left it to install and download over night cause it took like 16 hours and when ...
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AFP: one user cannot access folder

We have a simple filesharing setup, where iMac users connect via AFP. This morning, one user could no longer access the base folder, despite no settings be changed. There are standard POSIX and ACL ...
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Copy and Paste files into the same directory using Terminal

I am currently trying to figure out how to Copy and Paste files (more than one file) into the same directory using Terminal. I am trying to create a script to create the same file. If there is a ...
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Delete junk files in Os X 10.8.4

On my computer i have got 30GB of junk files. I looked for it everywhere. In both Librarires and other folders. So, is there some method to identify those files and delete them? Some kind of script or ...
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JAVA_HOME error while maven build, OSX-10.8.4 Version

Error: JAVA_HOME is not defined correctly. We cannot execute /System/Library/Frameworks/JavaVM.framework/Versions/CurrentJDK/Home/bin/java I have upgraded my OSX to 10.8.4. After OSX upgrade I ...
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Windows desktop not showing properly under Parallels Desktop

I'm stuck and not finding any real solutions... I have MacBook Pro (2011) running Mac 10.7.5. Research led me to look into using Parallels Desktop to have Windows on same machine. So I did and then ...
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Google Chrome could not connect to localhost

I am using OS X Mountain Lion 10.8.4. I tried the steps in Installing Apache, PHP, and MySQL on Mac OS X to setup my dev environment, but I am not able to open the virtualhost I created – or ...
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How to get a higher res image in the Login page?

For years, I've been using the 'Calico Cat' image that ships with OS X for my account. Since upgrading to Mountain Lion (maybe since Lion?) the Login page has larger round account images, and it ...
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Search a folder that is excluded from Spotlight

I have excluded a folder from Spotlight, because this folder has a lot of files so it often fills up the results, no matter what I'm searching for. However, sometimes I still want to search this ...
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Over 25 gb of Space Disappeared

Here's my problem: over the past couple days I did a really good clean out of my computer and managed to free up several gigabytes of data and was hovering around 233+ gb of free space. Then in the ...
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Some files in Time Machine are being locked

I run Mountain Lion 10.8.4 on a Mac Mini 2012. Over the past year or so (dating back to my older iMac mid-2010, after which I transferred the data to my current Mac Mini), I've noticed that most of my ...
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Why does my computer seem to have a disagreement on hostnames between .home versus .local?

At home, my laptop's sharing control panel tells me that it will be accessible as 'whatever.local', but the 'hostname' command reports 'whatever.home'. What's this about?
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System Images with different Model Identifiers

I have been tasked with creating a default system image to use to both back up and use to deploy to new systems. After checking the stats on the 7 systems in question I've found that there are ...
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Unable to read last block of the device

I'm mid way through replacing the hard drive in my MacBook Pro (mid-2009). I've created a boot disk (10.8) on a SD card which I am booting from. On trying to format the new drive with disk utility ...
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Show folder a file is contained in with finder list view in OSX 10.8.4

I am trying to consolidate files that may be spread around my mac (photos in this case). I can tell the finder to search for images, but I am very used to in Windows where I can search for the file ...
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USB Mouse Jerky Tracking - Software Issue?

I have two Logitech MX510 mice, and two macs - an iMac and MBP. Recently, the former has started responding to mouse input jerkily and without any precision - to the point that it is almost unusable. ...
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How can you get OSX if your hard drive crashed and you don't have the original DVD anymore?

Yesterday my HD died. I thought about buying a new disk and reinstalling, but I can't find the original DVD that came with the machine (it's a MacBook 5.1, it came with 10.5). Suppose I want to buy ...
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Does OS X Have An Inbuilt “Self Cleaning” Feature? [closed]

Does OS X have an inbuilt effective "self cleaning" feature/mechanism. If so does it need to be turned on by default, and how often does it take place, (or is this something that is determined by the ...
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Alternative Ways to Control The Volume Level Of My Mac In OS X?

Generally to either increase or decrease the volume level of my Mac, I always go to the volume menu bar and adjust the slider accordingly. I was wondering: What other ways exist within OS X to ...
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Sublime Text like fuzzy filesystem search for Mac OS X

Currently I am using Alfred's filesystem navigation capabilities. It's pretty awesome, but sometimes I want fuzzy-search to match not only the filename but the full path. E.g. I want to find a pdf ...
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How can I make OS X's bash expand $PWD to be case sensitive?

I am running OS X 10.8 on a MBP 2011. I use some bash-scripts for tasks like backups of remote servers. One of the scripts contains this snippet: #!/bin/bash if [ "$PWD" != ...
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Fn+F6 misbehaving after Mountain Lion upgrade

After upgrading from Lion to Mountain Lion, I find that the F6 key (which is really Fn+F6, as I have enabled "Use all F1, F2, etc. keys as standard function keys" under System Preferences:Keyboard) is ...
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Macbook locked with icloud

So I was playing around with the findmymac/iphone app just testing it out and hit the "lock" option. My Macbook Pro is now locked, which has been fine up until this point because I just hit "option" ...
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Scheduling cronjobs at specified time

I have scheduled some jobs in crontab which are to be run one by one, at some specific time. My script for crontab is : 15 10 * * * /Users/sri/files/BatchFF.sh 45 11 * * * /Users/sri/files/BatchGC.sh ...
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What's the most recent Mac that will run Leopard?

We have edit bays (13) and use Mac Pro 2.1's and Mac Pro 4.1's both dual Xenon quad core. When a computer dies, we usually look for the same motherboard which are getting harder to find over time. ...
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Submitting job to launchd gives error “no plist returned”, “nothing found to load”

I'm writing my first launchd plist. When I try to load it with the following command: $ launchctl load com.Test01.plist launchctl: no plist was returned for: com.Test01.plist nothing found to load ...
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rsync sending incremental file list, but no back ups?

I've used rsync to archive my hard drive to an external successfully and now I'd like to use an incremental session to only update files that changed or were added. Putting together what I've found on ...
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Facebook birthday sync only working for some contacts

I recently noticed that only a couple of my contacts' birthdays show up on my calendar on OS X. For instance, I have four friends with birthdays today, but only one is on my calendar. I tried ...