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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How to star-rate “Apple Music” files in iTunes on OS X

I like rating music as I'm listening to it so I can find my favorite stuff easily later. But I'm now an Apple Music subscriber and listening to a LOT of new music that the service has found for me. ...
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All applications got paused after disk space usage got near 99% and back to normal. What's next?

Mac does some pretty fancy background stuff to try and keep enough disk space for whatever it needs. In my case, 512 gb ssd, it needs to have at least 20gb free to run smoothly, so I usually have 40. ...
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terminal: how do i pipe the results of grep to open a file

I'd like to grep and open a file in just one terminal command. Suppose I'm in this directory: $ ls 1.txt 2.txt 3.txt 4.txt 5.txt and I want to open 3.txt I thought I could do ls | grep 3 ...
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Failed to set a credential for network based account

We want to assign credentials to network based accounts according to the following Apple kbase: How to allow administration of OS X from network-based accounts dseditgroup -o edit -n /Local/Default ...
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How to view datas of 3rd party apps in iCloud drive?

How to view datas of 3rd party apps in iCloud drive? I opened Finder and selected the iCloud Drive from the side bar. I can only able to see some apps. I am using 3 journal apps(Reminisce Journal, Day ...
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What is Apple doing with UUCP?

I have been looking into UUCP (Unix-to-Unix Copy, a very old network protocol) as a way of communicating with some Linux boxes that don't always have an internet connection. While doing so on my ...
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How can I create a Live Photo on my Mac and put it on my iPhone via iCloud Library?

I suppose this is a two-part question, really. How do I create a Live Photo on my Mac, given I already have jpg and mov files (both in 9:16 aspect ratio)? How can I transfer that Live Photo to my ...
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Controlling Scroll Bars

On our company page in LinkedIn, under the analytics tab, there is scrollbar. I want a script which will scroll down to the bottom, hit "see more", and recursively continue until the data is ...
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Path not being honored?

I have the following in my .bash_profile: $ cat ~/.bash_profile # Prompt export PS1="\h:\W$ " # Standard path export PATH="/usr/local/bin:/usr/local/sbin:/bin:/sbin:/usr/bin:/usr/sbin: ...
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Where to insert a custom item in /etc/hosts file?

The default /etc/hosts file looks like this: 127.0.0.1 localhost 255.255.255.255 broadcasthost ::1 localhost fe80::1%lo0 localhost If I want to insert a custom item, should I insert it after the ...
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How do Mac file imports from SD cards work when the option is set to delete after import?

My uncle recently imported files from his SD card and there were serious errors. I have no idea WHY that's occurred, but the videos I took are once in a lifetime. I shot on .MOV format, but the card ...
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Why do downloads (storedownloadd) from the Mac App Store consume so much CPU?

I have noticed this often with large downloads such as Xcode updates and OS X updates and that sort of thing. Basically we see this sort of thing for however much time it takes for the download to ...
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Reclaiming disk space: .OSInstallSandboxPath.trashedSandbox folder safe to delete?

I'm trying to clean up space on my SSD (it seemed much bigger when I first got it ;)) and one folder caught my attention: .OSInstallSandboxPath.trashedSandbox It sits at the root of the disk and ...
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How do I create user accounts from the Terminal in Mac OS X 10.11?

I would like to be able to create new users in Mac OS X 10.11 remotely after ssh'ing into the machine. On Mountain Lion, these steps were listed. Running dscl . -create /Users/joeadmin dscl . ...
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Strange files named “/xEy4O” keep appearing

I'm running OSX 10.11.3 and I keep finding files named /xEy4O all over my file system. I've opened them in a text editor and they are completely empty. So they appear to be a marker file of some sort. ...
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Easy way to execute shell script

I want to be able to search in Spotlight for a shell script (or something that calls a shell script) and that such shell script opens a Terminal window so the output is shown live (and I can interrupt ...
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How do I use Regedit on PlayOnMac [on hold]

I wanted to change a few keys. And also add a few files for a program. How do I do this?
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How to enable routing in OS X El Capitan

I've got a Linux VMware virtual machine (guest) configured with a NAT adapter on a 192.168.56.0 subnet. Its IP address is 192.168.56.128 and my Mac (host) got 192.168.56.1. Guest's default gateway is ...
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Mac App Store Character Set error!

I'm having trouble with the Mac App Store. It shows me error messages with question marks instead of normal letters as in the following pic. Can anyone help me?
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Can’t install scikit-learn for python on Mac - wrong directory

I’m tearing my hair out! (Not much left!) When I run easy_install -U scikit-learn as admin I get the following error: Admin$ easy_install -U scikit-learn error: can't create or remove files in ...
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How do I create a .tgz from Finder using Archive Utility?

How do I create a .tgz from Finder using Archive Utility? That is, I'd like to right-click on a directory and tar and zip it. Yes I know how to work with tar from the shell: tar zcvf ../foo.tgz . ...
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How do delete menulets added via “Onyx”

I added some menus via Onyx and now I don't know how to get rid of them again. Holding option and clicking on the menus doesn't provide an option to close them and I cannot delete the "iChat.menu" in ...
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How to run a command at startup

I want to automatically start my MongoDB Server at startup. The command for it is mongod --dbpath="/Users/prateek/Desktop/Mongo Database" How do I configure this in Mac OSX El Capitan? Note - I ...
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Unable to install with admin

I am trying to update MAMP MySQL from this link, but when i double click the file as mentioned in the blog. I get message saying, The file “Install_MySQL_5.6.25.command” could not be executed ...
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Mac OS X 10.8 App Store hogs the connection when downloading new OS X

I'm trying to download Mavericks from App Store but it's hogging my internet connection. Is there anyway to set the App Store to download at a lower speed or take fewer connections or whatever to be ...
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What about copying using the Finder?

From this link, How can I speed up SD card writing speed (using /dev/disk*) on a MacBook Pro?, it implies the SD card might be alright... just because the software is using the buffered version of the ...
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Bookmarks in Mac OS X top bar launched by an application?

I’m trying to find the best way to organize my workflow (I’m a web developer). The idea is to have a Projects dropdown menu in the Mac OS X top bar, with a list of folders (my projects). I’m using ...
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keyboard locked on a different language [closed]

My macbook is locked while keyboard is typing simbols instead of letters and tried to reset the system by cmd key + s but wen i want to put in the root requirements it doesnt work
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OS X 10.11 Not able to change the folder permission

I have root permission but still I am not able to change the folder permission sudo chmod -R 777 /Applications/Safari.app/Contents/MacOS/ chmod: Unable to change file mode on ...
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How to restore OS X on MacBook Air after installing Windows 8?

After installing Windows 8 MacBook Air is not booting. I want to revert back to OS X. I need help on how to do that.
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find doesn't search within subdirectories

I'm using find . -name '*~' to find files that end with ~ but it only shows files that are not in the subdirectories. When I use find . -name "#*" it shows all files including the ones that are in the ...
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Questions about permissions, specifically across machines

I've got a couple of external HDDs and I've noticed the permissions on them are differ, which has got me wondering how a few things work. On the hard drive that seems to be normal, it has the ...
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Move folder to finder favorite bar not possible - bug in OSX

Just in case someone runs into the same problem and is banging his had on the wall as there seems no solution ... OS X 10.11.3 still contains a bug where it sometimes is not possible to add a folder ...
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How to kill Apple magic trackpad/keyboard connection messages

Whenever I take my laptop away from my desk (to type on the couch), OSX goes crazy letting me know that my Apple keyboard is connected, now disconnected, now connected, now disconnected... The ...
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Open djvu file with Evince?

I have installed evince from homebrew. But I have no idea how to change the default application of djvu file to evince. Yes, I can run it from Terminal, but it's not always that convenient. This ...
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How do I open an iOS app that I transferred to my Mac?

I downloaded an app on my phone and transferred it to my MacBook Pro and I got a file of the app. Whenever I click on it, it says the app already exists in my iTunes library and do I want to replace ...
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Apple Mail: Only TLS v1.0 supported

I'm on OS X 10.11.3 I can't connect to mail servers running only TLS version 1.2 or 1.1 with Apple Mail. IMAP as well as SMTP connections are always established using TLS 1.0 Could that be correct? ...
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openssl version on OSX 10.11.3

I'm on OS X 10.11.3 El Capitan It seems that I am using openssl 0.9.8zg. Could that be right? ~ ❯❯❯ openssl version OpenSSL 0.9.8zg 14 July 2015 ~ ❯❯❯ whereis openssl /usr/bin/openssl ~ ❯❯❯ ...
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Why would “ls -R” on a mounted CDROM fail with e.g. “ls: notes: No such file or directory”

I popped an old CDROM into my computer and executed ls -lR /Volumes/CDROM and received dozens of error like this: ./notes: ls: notes: No such file or directory but /Volumes/CDROM/notes does ...
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Screen Sharing keyboard issues

I regularly operate a Mac Mini (10.9.2) from my 13" MacBook (10.6.8) and edit audio and video using Audacity and iMovie. I just got a new(er) 13" MacBook Pro (10.11.3) and am trying to do the same ...
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Having video issue, not sure how to describe it

I have a mid-2009 Mac Pro with dual video cards. About a year ago I started noticing an odd video artifact on one of my monitors. I'd be scrolling something vertically and part of it would freeze, ...
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MBP - Switch back to built-in microphone

I have some Apple earplugs with a broken microphone, therefore I cannot talk. I would like to switch back to the built-in microphone. However, there is no option to do so in the Sound System ...
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List number of files in multiple zip files

How can I get the total number of files in multiple zip files at the same time? I have around 1000 zipfiles in one folder and would like to know the total amount of files inside them all combined. How ...
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Is it possible to evaluate an expression in launchd's ProgramArguments array?

Is it possible to compose my launchd.plist file so that an embedded expression is evaluated and not treated as a literal value? And, if so, how? I have a ~/Library/LaunchAgents/setenv.JAVA_HOME.plist ...
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Apps “cannot be opened because of a problem”

Whenever I am trying to open an app, most of them won't open with the error as below. I am really helpless here. Is there is any issue with my machine? I have a Ubuntu background and recently ...
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App is greyed out

What does it mean when an app is greyed out like this? It is not compatibility with OS X version because this grey thing just happened suddenly and I used to run this app a short time ago and I ...
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Some native keyboard accent shortcuts not working since OS X 10.11.3 Update

I have a Qwerty keyboard on my MacBook Pro late-2015, set to the standard US layout, that I sometime use to write French accentuated characters. However, since the last OS X update, some accent ...
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NFS on El Capitan: In rwxrwx— directory, Finder can't delete but Terminal can, and both can create

I have an NFS drive mounted: /../Volumes/PDISK2 -fstype=nfs,nolockd,rw nfs://10.0.0.11/Volumes/PDISK2 /../Volumes/PDISK3 -fstype=nfs,nolockd,rw nfs://10.0.0.11/Volumes/PDISK3 Taking ...
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How to perform FileVault authenticated restart when updating OSX from AppStore?

I am aware of the authenticated restart when using FileVault 2 on OS X. Running the fdesetup authrestart command does however restart the system immediately. Now, when running the OS X Update from ...
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What exactly does “out of application memory” mean?

When OS X (10.11 in my case) pops up a dialog saying the system has run out of application memory, what does this really mean? I've looked at this question, but my question is a bit more specific and ...