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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Getting Perl DBD::mysql working on OS X 10.7?

I can't seem to get Perl & MySQL to talk to each other on OS X 10.7 Lion. I did all the installs by the book, I used Oracle's PKG installer for the latest MySQL Community Server, and I installed ...
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Finder shows sizes greyed out and folders empty

In Lion, Finder shows sizes greyed out and when I open folders, they seem empty. Upon "Get Info": they also look full with normal sized files. WHy? How do I fix this?
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Forbidden error setting up a PHP app on Mac OS X 10.6

I have enabled Web Sharing in OS X 10.6 and now I can access http://localhost/~myuser from the browser. Now I have copied this PHP app to my ~/Sites/the_app folder, but when I want to access it in ...
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Removing modem icon from menubar

I had borrowed a USB modem which I used briefly with my Snow Leopard MacBook, and while setting it I had told System Preferences to show modem status in menubar. Now I have removed the modem services, ...
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Why won't my files import into garageband?

I'm attempting to import an mp3 into garageband for some basic editing. I used the media browser to locate the file and then I 'dragged and dropped' main area ('drag apple loops here!')- a quick ...
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How do you list items with and without labels from the terminal?

Is there a command that can tell the label status (labels as applied in the info menu in the finder cmd+i) of an item from the command-line in OS X? Essentially, I just want to list all the items with ...
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What is the python-style equivalent of virtual environments but for a user account on a Mac OS?

I want to install different packages and software but I really don't like the idea of doing a sudo command to install anything. I use Homebrew and MacPorts for getting any apps I need but is it ...
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Verify a CD/DVD from ISO

Is there a tool (preferably free) in OS X that will allow me to verify that an ISO was written to a CD or DVD correctly? I want a tool that can do that without going through the burn first. If ...
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Finder folders gone?

My Favourites sidebar has gone in All My Files in Finder: There is a thing which you can pull out from the side like this: but it doesn't have any of my Favourites in. But I have got them (it ...
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Copy and Cut sometimes don't work [closed]

My system is kept fully up to date and I still see this problem intermittently, although not as often as I used to; I would say that this has not been fully fixed. If there are any workarounds ...
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Cannot connect to server “localhost”?

I've been developing web apps for several months now on my mac using the built in apache server and everything has been fine. I restarted my mac this morning and now when I try to connect to anything ...
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Not able to view video in Safari

I am trying to view a video in safari and it says there is a plugin missing. The message I get is: This page has content that requires an Internet plug-in. This page contains content of ...
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What is wired memory?

I'm trying to figure out what is using all of the memory in my Macbook Pro running OS X Lion. I have 8 GB of memory total. When I quit all active programs except Finder and Activity Monitor, then run ...
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Does the MacBook Air Support 5.1 Surround Sound

The title pretty much says it all. I have a 13" version of the newest-generation MBA. Can I get 5.1 surround sound? If so, do I have to do anything special to enable it?
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I'm trying to install OS X 10.4.11 but I get a kernel panic [closed]

I'm trying to install OS X 10.4.11 on a Apple iMac G4/700 (Flat Panel) with 512 MB of RAM and over 100 GB hard drive. When I boot from the disc I get a kernel panic.
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How can I delete a file marked as backup item?

I'm trying to delete a file, but I get a message from Trash saying: "The operation can’t be completed because backup items can’t be modified." What does that mean and how can I delete it?
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How to lock the mouse to one monitor in a multi-display setup. (On a Mac)

I've been looking for a way to lock the mouse to one monitor in a dual, or more, display setup. [Edit:] The application that I am programming will be run in full-screen mode only, at all times. This ...
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How do i stop Quicktime from opening previous videos?

I'm on OSX Lion and this is driving me crazy. Whenever i watch a video in quicktime and close it, then open another video, the previous video that i played also comes up. Is there a way to not have ...
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Best OS X TODO app that can be synced with Android?

Which is the best OS X "TO DO"-app that I can sync my Android device with?
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Downgrade 10.7.2 to 10.7.1?

Is it possible to downgrade from Mac OS X 10.7.2 to 10.7.1 without deleting all files? I want to do this because of this: http://superuser.com/questions/349740/mac-os-x-lion-10-7-2-update-breaks-ssl
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Why does the OS X Software Update check take so long?

Why does it take so long for Software Update in OS X to tell me that I'm up to date? I'm currently running 10.7.2, but this has been the case for all versions of OS X I've run. I just performed a ...
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Simple image manipulation application

I apologize in advance if this question does not belong, but .. what software do you use for simple image manipulation on your mac? Tasks I am looking for to do, are no more complicated then: ...
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Routing all web 'traffic' via tun device on Mac OSX

Having checked through Stack Overflow I cannot find a suitable answer, so hope the community are able to help me. I am using a DNS tunneling program called iodine, on the Mac as a client device and ...
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Lion not responding to mouse clicks over VNC

Under Snow Leopard, I had no problems with VNC connections from my Windows 7 64-bit PC to my Mac mini. However, after upgrading to Lion, my Mac mini no longer responds to mouse clicks when using any ...
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How to connect to a FTP server from a Wi-Fi Hotspot that prevents direct FTP connections?

I am using the wifi at a library where they prevent me to connect to FTP servers for some reason. I need to upload my work. Is there any tool or trick to go around this?
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How do I use chmod on a Mac to make new files inherit parent directory permissions?

I'm on Mac. I want to make it so that any new files/folders that get created within a specific folder have the same permissions (not group, that's already taken care of) as those of the parent ...
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Limiting network access for individual applications, on a per-WIFI-SSID basis?

Today I am out-of-office and have to use my iPhone's tethering abilities to get my MacBook Pro online. I have an online backup utility, CrashPlan, that immediately noticed that I had connectivity, ...
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File access problem with SMB and AFP on Mac OS X 10.4 SERVER

Ok, I have about 10 macs, each with a different username/password that acces a mac os x server raid. File on the server, Photoshop, illustrator and indesign is used and open by anyone, anytime of the ...
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How can I open port 8080 of Mac OS X Lion?

How can I open access to port 8080 from the outside world (private lan) on my Mac OS X Lion? I'd like to access a webpage that's running on my lamp stack on my mac (zend server ce) from within the ...
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MacBook Pro screen dimming problems after EFI 2.3 update

I recently updated my MacBook Pro to the latest firmware: EFI 2.3. Since then when my screen dims from idleness (while plugged in), it takes at least 5-10 seconds to come back on after I touch the ...
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Could somebody help me with a custom iSync plugin? [closed]

First of all, please forgive my ignorance as this is the first time I'm attempting to create a 'plugin' for existing software that I did not create. After fighting for hours trying to use bitpim to ...
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Is there a way to prevent those pesky .DS_Store files from being ever created?

Is there a way (eg. a binary hack into Finder) to stop it from creating .DS-Stores on LOCAL Volumes? I am using Leopard, therefore these don't work: Asepsis (requires Lion) TotalFinder (requires ...
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Is it possible to attach a file to an email from the command line?

I am often using the terminal, and I'd like to be able type a command that will attach a selected file to an email in mail.app. :~ mailme myfile Any idea on how to do that?
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Can Time Machine restore from one large hard drive to two smaller ones?

I'm about to put a SSD (60GB) into my MacBook Pro, the disc drive is coming out and the current drive (320GB) will sit in a bracket in its place. I'd like to use the SSD as the main drive for the OS, ...
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Destroyed user account on OS X with dscl; how to restore?

I was trying to create a new user on my OS X Lion machine, and somehow managed to destroy my own user's account. Here are the steps I took; hopefully someone here can recognize what I did, and maybe ...
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Is there an easy way to reduce quality of .mov files taken from an iPhone?

I've noticed the small movies I take on my iPhone 4 result in large .mov files. For example, a 1 minute movie results in almost a 100MB .mov file. This is running through my cloud storage (Dropbox) ...
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Gnu-info page exists, but is visible from neither emacs nor terminal

After installing gnuplot on Lion using 'brew gnuplot', the gnuplot info page appears at /usr/local/Cellar/gnuplot/4.4.3/share/info/gnuplot.info But in the info index page (M-x info) in emacs, I see ...
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Cant find “Move Items Here” option in Max OS Lion?

I found online that Mac OS Lion has option similar to "Cut" option of windows. I found one link which shows the option as : I am using OS Lion, but this option is not visible, even when I copy ...
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Defaults tool equivalent of Ctrl-F7

In OSX one can use Ctrl-F7 to change what the Tab key can move the focus between. By default it is only text boxes and lists but after pressing ctrl-f7 one can move between all ui elements. I was ...
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how can I transfer empty space between partitions?

I would like to dual-boot OS X Lion and Snow Leopard, because I have a few programs that do not work on OS X Lion yet. That works, but now I have the problem that I have run out of disk space on my ...
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How exactly do I get Facebook to link my friends to iPhoto's Faces tags when sharing from iPhoto?

I'm preparing to upload an iPhoto event to Facebook for the first time (I'm using iPhoto '11 and my Mac runs Mac OS X 10.7), except I can't quite get Facebook to turn iPhoto's Faces tags into links to ...
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Reinstall Mac App Store on Mac OS 10.7?

I accidentally removed the Mac App from my Mac Mini while removing the iTunes 10.5 Beta. How can I reinstall the Mac App Store?
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Fusion Guest OS Opening Files In Host OS

MacBook Pro Early 2011 - Mac OSX 10.7.2 VMWare Fusion 4.0.2 Guest OS is Win7 64-bit, all the latest updates. MS Office 2010 w/latest. So, basically I'm using the Win7 guest OS for Outlook only (I ...
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Why does OS X Mail fail to recognize that an e-mail address belongs to an existing contact?

In OS X Mail, when I enter the name of a person to whom I have sent a previous e-mail, I'm often presented with a suggested e-mail address, corresponding (roughly) to the most recent frequently ...
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iMac very slow wifi while macbook is fine

I currently have a MacBook Pro (Lion) and my iMac (Leopard) sitting side by side. The MacBook Pro connects to a wifi network and speeds are as they should be. The iMac has serious problems: it ...
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How can I stream all audio from my imac into a PC on the same network?

I would like all iMac sounds to go through my network into my PC speakers. Is there an available solution for this?
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Where did the “hide the toolbar” thingy go on OS X Lion?

On OS X Snow Leopard, there was an option to hide the toolbar in many applications, such as but I don't have that option on Lion anymore This isn't MacVim specific issue, I don't see it in Adium ...
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Installing OS X 10.5.8 over existing 10.4.11 [closed]

My iBook G4 has OS X 10.4.11, it needs 10.5.8 or higher to run the external hard drive I recently purchased. I was not aware of this until many unsuccessful attempts to get the thing to work and I ...
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Keeping the menu dropdown open after clicking?

Suppose I wanted to open a couple of bookmarks in my browser. To do this, I use the menu bar. I click on «Bookmarks» to reveal the dropdown with all my bookmarks and then select the bookmark. The ...
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Is there a Subversion 1.7 GUI Client for OSX Lion?

We are looking for a Subversion client for OSX Lion that support version 1.7, but we cannot find one. Is there "an app for that"? :-)