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 the “Cellar” folder only used for Homebrew?

So if I am not using Homebrew, I can safely remove it?
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How can I automatically disable WiFi when I connect to an Ethernet network?

I would like my WiFi to automatically disconnect when I plug an Ethernet cable into my Mac. How would I go about this?
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Reminders application does not open in Mountain Lion

When I click on the Reminders icon in the dock it will not open. The console logs only one entry: 12/11/12 11:34:46,016 Reminders[6984]: NSConcreteMutableAttributedString ...
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Is there a way to limit the size of the disk swap file in Mac OS X?

It seems to be that in OS X, whenever you are out of ram the system happily swaps to disk. This easily becomes an disaster due to the fact that the swapped out memory eventually fills my drive. On my ...
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AppleShowAllFiles does not show hidden files

I use OS X 10.8, I type the following defaults write com.apple.Finder AppleShowAllFiles YES killall Finder but still I cannot see any hidden files like .bash_history, .Trash, .cups, .gem etc. in ...
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OS X: fsck_hfs unable to fix volume directory count

I'm running fsck_hfs on a very large volume. Unfortunately, there's an issue it appears to be unable to fix -- it reports it, loops back to start with Rechecking..., and reports it again, ad ...
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byobu using invalid 'readlink -f' option on OS X Mountain Lion

I just installed byobu on mountain lion by running ./configure make make install The install seems good. But byobu is trying to use 'readlink -f' which is an illegal option with OS X and any ...
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Macbook Pro vs. PC - Validation for VA Chap 31

I am in college studying software development and working towards my college degree thanks to the United States of America Veterans Administration Vocational Rehabilitation program called Chapter 31. ...
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Restoring the mouse movement settings

I have a Microsoft laser mouse, which was nice and smooth in OS X, until I installed IntelliPoint for OS X in an attempt to make the scroll wheel nicer. The result is I hate the mouse ...
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Mac OS X Java megazoomer: no matching architecture in universal wrapper

Whenever I try to run a Java program with a GUI through Terminal using the `java' command, I get the following error: 2012-09-17 11:37:35.287 java[2486:2617] Error loading /Library/Application ...
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How to download pre-built binaries from MacPorts without installing?

I see as of 2.0 MacPorts is hosting pre-built binaries, which it would install by default if licensing is present and compatible. I'm looking for a more current version of rsync than ships by default ...
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What does setting LSUIPresentationMode to 1 or 2 do?

While reading "Is it possible to hide the dock on a per-application basis?", I noted that according to the documentationLSUIPresentationMode, setting LSUIPresentationMode to value 1 or 2 (in an ...
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Alternative to additemtodock from Henri Shustak

I am using a commandline script to add items to the dock via scripts http://www.macupdate.com/app/mac/23653/add-item-to-dock But it seems to have a lot of bugs and maybe even "kills" my Dock config ...
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User accounts cannot browse web

I have an environment with multiple iMacs (OS X 10.7.4). Every iMac has an administrative account and several user accounts. These accounts are the same across all the machines. To browse the web, ...
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Alfred takes longer to show results, database disk image is malformed

I don't know why, but about a week ago I started seeing a lot of errors like this in system.log: 9/15/12 5:55:21.769 AM Alfred[263]: DB Query: select item, count(item) as used from knowledge where ts ...
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Calendar opens mail.app even though I've changed the default mail client to Sparrow

I changed the default mail client to Sparrow yet every time I try to decline a calendar invite, Mail.app launches to send the decline message. Any ideas?
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How is my $PATH variable built in Mountain Lion?

I've recently installed Homebrew on my Mac and it's complaining that /usr/bin occurs before /usr/local/bin in my $PATH variable, meaning that system-provided programs will be used instead of those ...
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Can we simply rename an app if they are different versions and keep them both?

For example, I have Xcode 4.4.1, and now Xcode 4.5 Golden Master (GM) version is available, but it is also called Xcode (when the .dmg is mounted as an disc image, it shows only one app (or folder), ...
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How can I modify the list of Applications under 'Open With…'?

I recently went to open an audio file, and wanted to open it in an editor instead of a player. I right-clicked it, hovered over 'Open With...' and was met with a very unsightly list. I have seen a ...
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Enable mouse wheel autoscroll feature in Chrome

Is it possible to enable autoscroll (scrolling on mouse wheel press) in mac os? In windows it works out of the box, in mac id does not. Macos 10.6.8, Chrome v21
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Eclipse quit unexpectedly (Mac OS X 10.7.4 and Eclipse 3.8)

I had an Eclipse environment all wrong, than I decided to install another (newer) version from scratch. After I "uninstalled" the older version, I downloaded the Eclipse for Java Developers 64-bit for ...
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How to determine what process has opened a network connection?

Whereas on Windows it's possible to use Netstat -b, which tells you what connections are open and what program has each one open, on the Mac it seems that Netstat does not allow this. Is there ...
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Best Note Application Integrated With Exchange For IPad 2

I am looking for a note taking application that needs to be integrated with MS Exchange, because i am using an iPad, a notebook running Windows 7 and MacBook Pro. I want to be able to take notes, ...
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Backing up an External USB Drive to TimeMachine then Restoring Without Drive Connected?

I have just configured my iMac to backup my external USB harddrive in addition to the internal drive. I have just tested restoring some files from the TimeMachine backup, by selecting the USB drive ...
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Strange QuickLook Error

I recently installed an SSD (m4 crucial latest firmware) with TRIM enabled on my late 2011 MBP 13". I did a clean install of Mountain Lion 10.8.1, enabled FileVault 2 and everything was working fine ...
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Unwanted saving of proxy credentials

I'm working in an environment where several users access shared iMacs (OS X 10.7.4) using generic accounts that are shared between multiple users. However when they want to access the internet they ...
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Disabling /usr/bin/svn to use brew installed svn

I use Lion, and the svn /usr/bin/svn is 1.6 version. As I need to use subversion 1.7, I installed svn from brew to be installed in /usr/local/bin/svn. How can I disable the svn* files so that I can ...
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TextEdit shows dialogs about not having permission to open any files

About once per day, TextEdit starts showing dialogs like this when I try to open any file: The document “test.txt” could not be opened. You don’t have permission. To view or change ...
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Can a PC with Thunderbolt use 2011 iMac in target display mode?

I just purchased Lenovo T430s laptop with Thunderbolt and I'm wondering if I should be able to use my 27" 2011 iMac with Thunderbolt as an external display using target display mode. So far, no luck. ...
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Mountain Lion networking bottleneck once download starts

I've noticed that with Mountain Lion (running on a mid-2011 iMac w/SSD) that once a download has started in Safari, or iTunes or Finder (AFP), etc. that any subsequent network activity is severely ...
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OS X Finder customize default folder display

There are several ways to display folders in the OS X finder: Folders as icons you can arrange List of items you can expand (collapsable triangles) Graphical "flip" display A column mode where you ...
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Using UI scripting to enter text in a file dialog

I am very, very new to using AppleScript. I need to enter text into the search box. So far the script looks like this: on run {input, parameters} tell application "myApplication" to activate ...
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How do System Preferences remain unlocked?

To make certain modifications to system preferences, you first need to unlock the preference pane. Some of these changes are done on a system level and the command-line equivalent would need to be ...
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Combining Workflows in Automator

I am trying to figure out if there is a way to combine workflows in Apple's Automator application. Basically I saved out the automation as an application and it works like this: I can drag a folder of ...
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Can Safari copy both the URL and page title during a drag-and-drop?

I frequently want to paste a URL and page title into a document or email message. When I drag and drop a URL from Safari and other browsers (by dragging the URL icon) I see the page title being ...
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Fake Webcam / Webcam Emulator Mac Os 10.7.4 64Bit running as a Virtual Machine.

I am looking for fake webcam solution for Mac OS 10.7.4 64bit running as a Virtual Machine. What I tried: ManyCam - only works with 32bit Browser and then not with all flash applications CamCamX - ...
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What's the difference between launchd and folder actions?

Could someone please briefly explain to me the difference between launchd and folder actions? Do folder actions use launchd? Is one more efficient than the other? Is one more powerful than the ...
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How do I know what changes a programe wants to make?

We've all gotten the popup dialog box that says "[Some App] wants to make changes, type your password to allow this", but is there a way to get more information about what those changes are? It's ...
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Can Server be used to standardize the desktop background on user computers?

I have a Mac Network controlled by Mac OS X Lion Server and a bunch of clients on Snow Leopard, with many network users. I want to force them to all have the same background (that is custom) by some ...
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How to change PATH environment variable to OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion that will be visible to GUI applications? [duplicate]

I tried all methods I heard of for setting environment variables on OS X 10.8 but none of them seems to work. To test, run a bash script from inside a gui application like Eclipse or IntelliJ IDEA. ...
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How to troubleshoot NIS binding problems on OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion?

I am trying to setup NIS on OS X 10.8 but it fails for some reasons. I tried to add the NIS domain using the Directory Utility.app but when I go to Directory Editor tab and select my NIS node, I do ...
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OS X Command Line using Pacifist to downgrade Safari on a 10.7 System

I want to downgrade Safari by using a command line script. With a GUI I used the Pacific tool (http://coderwall.com/p/ndm-iw) in order to work around the OS 10.6 requirement. Right now I'm search ...
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How can I hide / remove updates from the Mac App Store?

I installed an app, didn't like it, and then moved it from Applications to the Trash and emptied the trash. Now when I go into the App Store, I am stil being prompted to update the application even ...
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Profile Mountain Lion's startup

Recently my Mac mini became quite slow without a real apparent cause. I'd really like to be able to trace down the cause of this slowness, and I'd like to do it myself, not using a program. Is there ...
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How do I associate the right Contact Card under Users & Groups to my own profile?

Just got a Mac for the first time... Under System Preferences > Users & Groups, I have a user profile set as the Admin. My Full Name and Apple ID are shown correctly. However, when I click on ...
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How often do my Mac contacts sync with Gmail?

I set up my Contacts in OS X Mountain Lion to sync with Gmail. I just went to Gmail and made some contact changes. How can I determine when this will sync?
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Can launchd run programs more frequently than every 10 seconds?

I have some services like this that I'd like to run almost immediately after files are modified. <?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?> <!DOCTYPE plist PUBLIC -//Apple Computer//DTD PLIST ...
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What screen capture apps for OS X exist as alternatives to Fraps?

What is the best alternative to Fraps for the Mac? What should it do: In-game screen capture. Record audio from both microphone and system audio at the same time Fast (Optional) Video compression. ...
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Run Xcode 4.3 on Mac OS X Lion [closed]

Recently, my friend gave me a pendrive which consists Mac OS X Lion installer, but she forget where she downloaded this installer last time. How do I know whether this installer is genuine i.e. ...