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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\u2018 includes a whitespace character under Mac OS X

Regardless of whether I use the GNU version of printf--and regardless of whether I'm using the \u2018 escape sequence in printf or in nodejs's console.log--the unicode character ‘ is always ...
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Preference files for system-wide configuration

Is it possible to set a system wide configuration for Java site permissions in Safari 6.1. I know that to set system wide preferences you have to have the plist file in the /Library/Preferences ...
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Install Mountain Lion now that Mavericks has been released

I foolishly installed Mavericks upon release and my Mac doesn't like it, so I used Internet recovery to downgrade to Lion. I am trying to get back to Mountain Lion but it does not seem possible ...
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Why TimeMachine defaults to case sensitive?

I've just had some problems with a disk that was formatted with HFS+ case sensitive while every else by Apple was non case sensitive. After a long time moving things away from my biggest disk, ...
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nfc option for NFS mount on Mavericks doesn't work

I have updated MacOSX to 10.9 (Mavericks). I want to mount NFS shares from a Linux server with the nfc option because I have filenames with non-ASCII characters. But when I mount the network share it ...
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Mac OS X trustevaluation agent is stuck

Am doing frontend dev for a web app on Mac OS X 10.7.5. In the last couple of days I observe that whenever I refresh the webapp am developing, the server (written by other people) takes a long time to ...
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Is there a Mac app that will open all images within a folder, regardless of the folder depth?

I have a folder full of additional folders, each of which then contains images. The directory looks something like this: folder0 folder1 image1.jpg image2.jpg image3.jpg ...
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Resolve domain name using the internal IP when inside the intranet?

I want to access a web server using the same domain name while I am inside the intranet but a different IP. Let's say that I register into a public DNS: mysrv-public.example.com public-ip ...
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Incremental Backup of iPhoto Library

I have an external hard drive, not always connected to my laptop. I don't use it for Time Machine, as it's not big enough, and most of my important documents are on DropBox... Plus I only connect it a ...
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Windows are not showing when using cmd+tab

On some occasions, when I use cmd+tab to switch to a window, the window itself doesnt show- though the menu bar of that window does show. If I want to show the window, I have to the doc and click the ...
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What's Firefox's default browser helper plugin?

On a freshly installed Firefox there is a plugin named: Default Browser Helper 537 It seems to be something from Apple but i couldn't find more information about it. What is it and why it ...
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Sync iOS7 device to PPC OSX 10.5.8?

Can an iOS 7 device (iPad 2 for instance) be synchronized with a PPC Mac with OSX 10.5.8 and the latest iTunes for it, which I believe is iTunes 10.6.3?
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Mac Freezes when left IDLE

I'm having a trouble with my Mac. It freezes totally when left idle for an hour or so and I can't get it to work by moving my mouse, pressing keys on the keyboard, etc., and I have to force restart ...
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Reasons to Stay with Safari Browser [closed]

I know many Mac OS X users would prefer to use Google Chrome, I so hope that I could do so but here are my reasons why I stick with Safari: I could play Facebook video using HTML5 player with a ...
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How to comprehensively benchmark SSDs on OS X?

I want to benchmark my SSD under different circumstances. Connected through USB3, Thunderbolt and internally (S-ATA). Unfortunately I can only find benchmarks which concentrate on measuring read and ...
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iTerm2 doesn't read com.googlecode.iterm2.plist

I am iTerm2 (1.0.0) user. I know how to create profiles, by using iTerm settings or modifying com.googlecode.iterm2.plist file. For convenience, I will use .plist to indicate ...
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Why does Apache want to use xcode for installation resources?

When I try to run ./configure When building Apache with no unusual options this is part of the output: checking for APR... yes setting CC to ...
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How do you install and use a Linux partition on Mavericks?

As a just-for-fun type of experiment, I was wanting to install Linux on an external drive that I own and boot it up on my 2007 iMac desktop. I know there are a plethora of guides out there on how to ...
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How to undo “sudo rm -rf /etc/apache2/other/+php-osx.conf”

After I did this: sudo unlink /usr/local/php5 sudo rm -rf /usr/local/php5-* To remove the supplemental configuration file that was installed with the updated PHP software, you may be able to remove ...
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How can I do text-to-columns in Numbers?

I've got a column where each cell in the column contains two different pieces of data separated by a known delimiter ", ". How can I split each cell in this column around the delimiter? Given: ...
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Google Calendar set up failed

I was trying to set up Google Calendar on my new Mac. After following the steps from this Google support article, I ran into this absolutely useless error message: Any ideas how to fix it?
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OS X using lots of memory for no apparent reason

I have about 2 GB or more memory that I don't know what its used for. When I restart my computer with no applications running, the used memory is 4 GB, and when I open browsers its over 7 GB used from ...
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Is there a way to move a window without the mouse?

Since installing Mavericks whenever I open a new window in XQuartz (say gvim) it positions the newly created window at the top left of my monitor. Because every monitor now has a menu bar, the menu ...
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On OS X Mavericks, why does it always say my memory used is like 99% of my total memory?

I keep getting these results from Activity Monitor in Mavericks, where it seems like 99% of my memory is being used (where in the screenshot I have 10MB left). Am I just reading this wrong? How am I ...
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How does XCode install a .pkg file in a different location?

I'm looking to install the IOS Simulators via the command-line. From the plist it downloads, I can see this: <dict> <key>dependencies</key> <array/> ...
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Mail on OS X: Choose which X.509 certificate to use for signing mails

I've got multiple X.509 certificates from different CA's for different purposes -- for example, one from CAcert.org, and another one from my university. Both have different advantages and ...
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How can I increase text size in single-user mode?

I spend a lot of time in single-user mode on our company Macs as part of my maintenance and OS mass-deployment work. We recently made our first foray into Retina display territory by purchasing some ...
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On Mavericks, in the Finder in List view, column widths keep changing

I'm on OS X Mavericks. In Finder, I use the "List" view. In this view, since upgrading to Mavericks, the column widths keep changing. Basically, the Name column expands to fill the window up, when you ...
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Mac software that automatically switches between applications every several seconds or so?

I need a Mac software that automatically switches between applications every 10 seconds or so. I need it for a trade show I am participating at. In the past I've used AutoTab, but it is only for ...
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Is there is a way to send a local message from a Mac to an iOS device *without* the Internet?

I know I can send Prowl notifications from OS X to iOS, but that requires going over the Internet. I'd like to accomplish the same thing, except that I want to be able to be able to do it without an ...
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How to patch a file that resides in /Applications (patch can't find file to patch at input line)?

I am trying to patch 5 files within an Mac application bundle using the Terminal patch command. The files to be patch are specified using an absolute file path (the file name and path start with a ...
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Cannot create a file with sudo in Apache web directory

Suddenly the following problem has happened: I have an Apache web directory at /www. Everything was ok with the permissions, but at some point (I can't realize what caused it), I become unable to ...
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Deleted photos continue appearing in screensaver

I use one of OS X's built-in photo screensavers and point it to my Dropbox folder so that photos I add to Dropbox automatically appear. However, I've noticed that photos I've deleted from Dropbox ...
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How to recover missing notes since Mavericks update?

Very recently I've updated my computer via the Mac App Store to Mavericks. Today when I opened Notes I noticed the background had changed but even more startling was that all my notes were gone! It ...
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Quitting an app makes the control move to MAMP [duplicate]

I've suffered a bit from this issue - when I quit MAMP, and then restart the app again, everything works just fine. However, when I quit all the other applications except MAMP, then the control ...
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Logging Into A Mac using only an iOS Device?

If a keyboard becomes non functional, and a replacement is not readily available, or you may wish to login remotely to your Mac from another location perhaps: What options exist (if any) to login to ...
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Can I open Office 2013 files in Office 2011 Mac?

Can I open Microsoft Office 2013 files that were made on Windows with Office 2011 for Mac? Will I need wait for Office 2014 for Mac to be released?
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runaway distnoted process

Sometimes I see a distnoted process suddenly spin up and chew up 100% CPU (on one core) and a ton of memory, often in the neighborhood of 1.5G or so. This happens a few times a day, starting a month ...
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Are pre-release minor versions of OS X stable? [closed]

I'm curious about how stable are pre-release versions of minor software updates (OSX 10.9.1-pre, for example) for everyday use in production. Had anyone encountered any bugs with pre-release versions ...
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How to format external drive into ZFS?

I've installed MacZFS, I've read the FAQ and Getting Started section, but I've still troubles to understand how to simply format the external drive into ZFS on OSX. I'm confused with zpools, can ...
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How to change the cursor hotspot in OS X 10.8.5 Mountain Lion?

The hotspot of the cursor is on the tip of the internal, black part. When I enlarge the cursor, the white outline is enlarged as well, so the tip of the white outline and the inner tip of the black ...
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“Warning: SUID file has been modified and will not be repaired” after repairing disk permissions

Warning: SUID file “System/Library/CoreServices/RemoteManagement/ARDAgent.app/Contents/MacOS/ARDAgent” has been modified and will not be repaired. I keep getting this after running Disk Utility ...
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Splitting LexisNexis text file

For my research I have a number of text (txt or doc) files. These have a large quantity of newspaper clippings in them. I'd like to split these text files. Each clipping starts with document X ...
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How to use Sublime Text with the built-in Apple spellchecker

Question in title. Is it possible at all with Sublime Text 3? Now I can download different spellcheck packages or use the built-in ST spellchecker. However, I would like to use the Mac OS spellchecker ...
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Can't select option in OSX Utilities

I'm having a pretty bizarre problem in OSX Mavericks. I'm attempting to install a fresh version of the OS, so I boot to OSX Utilities (Cmd+R). The option that I'm looking for is listed (re-install ...
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Linking manuals from Homebrew

Whenever I install a software with Homebrew and I try to view the manual I get an error stating: No manual entry for <name of program>. As an example, wget: when I type $ man wget No ...
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Is it possible to upgrade mountain lion to mavericks from .raw file [closed]

I have a OS X mavericks in .raw extension. Is it possible to upgrade my mountain lion from it , if possible how I downloaded it from torrent which is zipped file which contains .raw file. I guess the ...
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How does my iMac know my location in the maps app, given that I use a VPN that has my IP about 200 miles from where my address is?

I have an iMac (Mid 2011, if it matters) and I just installed Mavericks. When I launch the Maps app, it knows PRECISELY where I am, which I could certainly understand if it was using IP geolocation. ...
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VirtualBox: run OS X inside OS X

I am using Oracle VirtualBox to run OS X inside OS X. This entails running OS X on Mac-branded hardware so does not break any license agreements. I am following the instructions on this site: ...
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place text over image without imagemagick

I have a png image file which I would like to overlay text onto, via the command line (for use in a Makefile). The text to be overlaid is dynamic, decided at the time the image is modified. I am ...