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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Xcode 4.4.1 version not recognized in Macports?

After upgrading to Mountain Lion, I noticed that I can't install ports via Macports. I get the following error: Error: The installed version of Xcode (3.2.6) is too old to use on the installed OS ...
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Mountain Lion on Macbook Air

Just got a MacBook Air, and it is running OSX 10.7.4. Is it possible to upgrade to 10.8 (Mountain Lion)? Are there any benefits to doing so? What is the process?
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How to reset Messages application settings in Mountain Lion?

I upgraded from Lion to Mountain Lion and, when I started the Messages app for the first time, it imported the iCloud account, a Google Talk account and to old iChat accounts I used in the past. I ...
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What is the PATH environment variable and how do I set it up to use the Android SDK?

I'm a mac noob, and a terminal noob. I'm used to installing things in Windows, and now I'm trying to set up Eclipse with the Android SDK on Mac and I'm having some trouble. I downloaded Eclipse and ...
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ReFit background image?

Is there a way I can set a background image in ReFit boot loader? I'd like to use my 1280X800 desktop wallpaper, is that possible?
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How can I log in again after downgrading a 1st-gen MacBook Air from Lion to Snow Leopard?

I have a 1st-gen MacBook Air. It came with, if I remember correctly, Leopard. I subsequently upgraded to Snow Leopard and then to Lion. However, I have found it to be very sluggish after upgrading to ...
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Can I still set my account picture to an image from disk in OS X Mountain Lion?

I can't seem to browse my hard disk for a custom image to use as my account picture anymore since installing OS X Mountain Lion. The new popover shows that I can now only choose from the default set ...
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How can I disallow all network operations except for browser, mail?

I am on a rather low monthly limit with my mobile phone plan. When travelling, I usually write mails and browse the web on my Macbook Air via iPhone Personal Hotspot. However, I do know several ...
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What can I use to do decent content aware image resizing on OS X?

What can I use to do decent content aware image resizing on OS X? I know that Photoshop and iResizer are supposed to provide this, but first is quire heavy and expensive and the other one seems not ...
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How to view progress when encrypting a disk?

Mountain Lion allows one to encrypt any disk by right-clicking on the disk in the Finder and selecting Encrypt from the contextual menu. Is there anyway to check on the progress of this encryption ...
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Quarantine alert for Skim

I'm on Mountain Lion. Every time I double-click on a pdfd (pdf bundle) document, I get the alert saying that I'm opening Skim for the first time (which is, of course, false). I've completely disabled ...
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How to assign different ReFit icons for multiple Mac partitions?

I have 2 different OS X partitions on my Mac. I use ReFit to boot them. But since they're both the same OS, it shows the same icon for both of them, which isn't their disk icon that I can change. Is ...
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How to set animated gif as a wallpaper?

How can I make my wallpaper image an animated gif?
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How to do fresh install of Mountain Lion?

My Mac is very slow. My Mac is running OS X Mountain Lion after an upgrade from Lion. How can I do a fresh install the OSX Mountain Lion, with a clean HDD (all of my documents deleted), so it ...
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How to setup MacBook Pro 13" Earlier 2011 Screen Resolution 1440 x 900

Like the title. How can i setup macbook Pro 13" earlier screen resolution 1440 x 900? I tried from system references, the max resolution is 1280 x 800. I use OSX Mountain Lion.
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How do I use AirDrop from the Terminal?

Is there a way to share a file over AirDrop via Terminal on Mountain Lion? How so?
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Change DMG capacity

When changing my mac HDD to an SSD I ran into the following problem: I've created a DMG image of my old HDD which has a capacity of 320GB. The DMG file remembered and saved the capacity in the image, ...
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Does OS X have a builtin DHCPv6 client?

Upon testing a within a standalone network with just a DHCPv6 server on it and several client computers with different operating systems, OS X 10.7.4 fails to automatically obtain an IPv6 address from ...
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How to permanently put TextEdit in the Open with… menu list?

I'm a developer and often dealing with unusual file types. If I want to open one of these files in TextEdit, I have to start it first and then open the file with it, or drag the file to the TextEdit ...
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Could iCloud be replaced by a personal WebDAV server?

I like to run all my own data services (for security and confidentiality). I'm wondering whether anyone has tried to replace iCloud with a personal server. I presume that a combination of server side ...
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Automatically removing Dock icons not consistent in Mountain Lion

I know that whenever we add an icon to the dock, it gets added to ~/Library/Preferences/com.apple.dock.plist file. So, when I wanted to remove a dock icon from a program, I removed the corresponding ...
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Does the Programmer's Dvorak keyboard layout work on Mountain Lion?

I see that Mountain Lion has come preinstalled with 4 versions of the Dvorak keyboard layout. I do not think these versions are "Programmer's Dvorak." I found a version of this layout here: ...
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Preview auto-open of PNG files after being downloaded from Safari

How can I make PNG files be automatically opened after being downloaded from Safari?
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VPN send but not receive data

My VPN service works perfect until last friday and still working on a DD-WRT router. I'm using OSX 10.8 Mountain Lion. Here is the log output http://pastebin.com/QZyz3eSf Others connections works ...
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How can Apple provide GNU tools?

I am a web developer and am wondering why os x comes a long with a lot of gnu tools (nano, bash, vim). How can apple provide them in their closed-source system when the GPL forbidds this? Regards, ...
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Mountain Lion Figlet through MacPorts error?

I've just installed Mountain Lion, Xcode 4.4.1 + command line tools, and MacPorts for ML. It's working for other packages but I can't get figlet to install. When I use sudo port install figlet in ...
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What does com.apple.timemachine.supported denote?

What does the presence of a file named .com.apple.timemachine.supported denote? Is it safe to delete? I find about a dozen of these scattered across my local hard disks, not the TimeMachine ...
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Can I install Linux and Windows on a Mac to triple boot the hardware?

I'm quite the newbie at operating systems etc., so forgive me if my question is dumb. Is it possible to install Linux and Windows on a Mac, to run side by side with OS X? I'm about to start a new ...
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Terminal uses one theme for the first window and a different theme for later windows.

I want to set the "Homebrew" theme to be the default in Terminal. I've changed the setting in the preferences: I chose "on startup, open" : "new window with settings" : "Homebrew". Here is a ...
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Why are there folders in /Users of already deleted users?

Some time ago I had a user called "xy" on my system. I have deleted the user but in the /Users directory there are folders called "xy" with a Desktop, Library etc. in it. Why are they not deleted ...
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Disable inactive memory swapping

Background: OSX keeps some information in RAM that is no longer used, but was recently used. This is called inactive memory, and is intended to improve user experience by speeding up some actions: ...
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How to use pipeline in Terminal

I'm trying to convert a P12 file to a PEM file. When I execute the command, the terminal asks me for three things: P12 passphrase (I type it in, hit enter) PEM passphrase (type it in, hit enter) PEM ...
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How to highlight changes when comparing versions of a document in OS X?

I've been exploring the versions functionality of the new document model in Mac OS X 10.8. It's mostly similar to what was in Lion. In the title bar of a supported document choose "Browse all ...
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Mountain Lion, EFI and Intel SSD Toolbox

Here's the problem: I want to do a clean install of Mountain Lion on my (custom) Intel 520 SSD inside my iMac. The first time this SSD was setup, it was done by a certified Apple Retailer. This ...
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How to repair/recover Snow Leopard when the installation DVD has been lost?

So I seem to not have my Snow Leopard DVD available anywhere. I can't use a newer version like Lion. What can I do to repair/recover Snow Leopard now that the installation DVD is not available?
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Safari won't open after Lion?

I just finished upgrading to Lion from SL and Safari won't open. When I click it, the app bounces in the dock for a moment then a box pops up and says Safari quit unexpectedly. Click Reopen to open ...
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Why does Automator get stuck in a loop when processing a large number of files?

I have a very long workflow dealing with renaming, resizing and duplicating a large number of high resolution images. The workflow was working fine until I tried it with 300 images. Automator got ...
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Change Dock Icons only?

I just want to change the dock icons instead of system wide. It it possible to only change the icons in the dock, and not elsewhere?
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OS X Mountain Lion/Lion Deep Sleep on low battery

I'm having an issue on my Mac since I installed Lion and now Mountain Lion (I thought that the Lion problem could be because I've put an SSD in my Mac and did not make a fresh install but a carbon ...
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Is It Possible to Interact With the Windows in Mission Control?

Is it possible to use the windows shown in Mission Control? For example, let's say I have Safari window opened and I want to scroll the page up/down while in Mission Control - is that possible? If ...
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Why won't OS X Mountain Lion remember smb password on login?

After mounting an smb shared drive and putting in my username and password, OS X will ask me if I want to save password to keychain. I can say yes but it will not save it. The drive has also been ...
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How to recover from 'homebrew reinstall pkg-config' error [closed]

after I brew uninstall pkg-config (because some pkg-config error), when i reinstall (brew install pkg-config),I got the error: conftest.c:11:10: fatal error: 'ac_nonexistent.h' file not found ...
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Tool to install fonts on demand

I have too much fonts installed on my Mac, so photoshop (or indesign) can take a long time on operations that involve them (program startup, selecting them on the character palette etc) I'm looking ...
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Mountain Lion Upgrade Internet Issues [closed]

My MacBook Air late 2010 worked perfectly before the Mountain Lion upgrade. After I updated to Mountain Lion, the Internet stopped working on my WiFi network. It detects the network and connects to it ...
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For Mountain Lion, how does Apple define the Transparent App Lifecycle (TAL)?

Definition Apple's talagent(8) OS X Manual Page (2010-09-01, long before Lion was released) mentions but does not define the Transparent App Lifecycle feature. Some time before Lion was released, I ...
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Why are three newly-downloaded, up-to-date, unrelated applications not starting: “not supported on this type of Mac” *not a PowerPC problem*

Today, I downloaded the latest stable versions of three largely unrelated programs: Pixen, Tiled, and Gideros Studio (free Gideros pack). All three of these programs have crossed out icons, and return ...
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Share External USB from OSX to Windows7

On sharing from Mac to Windows I get access denied. My setup: 1 - Windows 7/64 bit 6GB 2 - OSX 10.8 - Mac mini 8GB 2TB external USB drive formatted exFat Both machines are on the same ...
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How can I list all the installed printer drivers on Mac OS 10.6?

I am trying to troubleshoot printer issues and I figured it would be best to see all the printer drivers (and versions thereof) as a starting point, before I try reinstalling said drivers. I would ...
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Dock - app name instead of icons?

Is there a way to hide the icons in the dock and just show text of the app name instead?
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How to upgrade the ssh program on OS X 10.6.8?

I would prefer to do this through the command line rather than downloading Macports. Any help appreciated.