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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Use caps-lock to lock fn key or other way to lock fn key?

What I want to achieve is simple: caps lock on = fn locked (use function keys). caps lock off = fn unlock (use media keys). I found a couple of topics around this problem, but their solutions ...
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A shorter alternative to Press The Key Combo [modifiers] [keyname] in DragonDictate 5?

I use DragonDictate 5 on Mac OS X 10.10. Whenever I want to send a keyboard shortcut that comprises to keys, e.g. Command + C, I have to say press the key combo command C. Is there any shorter ...
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How can I remotely monitor whether a Mac is connected to the Internet?

I'd like to monitor a fleet of machines and be notified when they fall off the Internet (independent of wifi access). Does OS X support this natively? Is there a go-to tool that IT folks use to ...
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MacBook Pro Retina 2015 freezes [closed]

My MacBook freezes without any reasons and hard soft loaded. It had happened while I was watching youtube video last 2 times. I don't use Flash and other browsers except safari. I have attached a log
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How do I find out what is keeping my Macbook from sleeping?

My Macbook will drain of battery when it's not plugged in. I thought it was a bad battery (it says it needs serviced) but even if it's a bad battery it should not be taking power when the lid is ...
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How do I remove a ColorSync profile from a JPEG image from Terminal in El Capitan?

I have several images that I would like to strip the ColorSync profile from. Eventually, I would like to automate this in bash so I could easily process this on a file or folder from the contextual ...
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Backing up data

I have a script that used to run daily that looked like the following to backup my mac. Backup script pastebin As you see here, this script is TERRIBLE because it deletes everything in the folder ...
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Difference between ~/Library/Application Scripts/ and ~/Library/Scripts

Does the two folders ~/Library/Application Scripts/ and ~/Library/Scripts have different meanings? I’m considering where to put scripts for OmniFocus.
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How does the Put Back feature of the Trash work?

This question is really more for my fellow computer scientists: how does the Put Back feature of the Trash directory work? I'm guessing the OS maintains some sort of index file which stores the path ...
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How do I prevent OSX from creating a network entry when I connect a USB serial device?

I use a lot of different USB serial devices. I'm now at the point where my Network Preferences panel takes minutes to open and more minutes to change profiles. Opening ...
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Keychain password questions

How does changing the user password via system preferences effect the keychain password? What happens if you reset it? (Now via system preferences) What causes keychain to get into pop ups loops ...
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SD card won't mount (late 2009 iMac running OSX El Capitan)

I am hoping that someone can help me diagnose and fix a recurring problem. When I insert a card into the SD card slot it does not read the card or register that a card has been inserted in any way. ...
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permission denied mkdir /Volumes

I'm getting a permission denied when attempting to create or mount at /Volumes on my mac. I'm an admin and I can do both of those things with sudo, but I don't understand why I have to use sudo on ...
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Minimized Preview windows display as “Window” after reboot

If one has documents minimized in Preview and ensures that the option "Reopen windows when logging back in" is checked on reboot, the minimized documents do not display their file name, instead they ...
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How to use Bluetooth PAN and WiFi simultaneously in OSX

On my Macbook Pro I connect to the Internet via Bluetooth on my iPhone, which does not work when connected to a WiFi network. How do I tell OSX to route WAN traffic over my Bluetooth connection, ...
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Planning to test our web application in Safari/Windows 7 instead of Safari/OS X & iOS

We got a recommendation to test our web application in Safari for OS X and iOS (iPad). Instead of using a MacBook/iPad will it be the correct way to confirm the compatibility of Safari OS X and iOS if ...
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How can I show my windows in a non-mirror display (connected to a projector)?

The title is phrased pretty badly. It would be great if someone can improve it. My English is bad. Situation: I am going to do a presentation about my app. During the presentation, I need to switch ...
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Alarm clock OS X with automator and password on wake up

As there is no built in alarm clock in OS X, like in IOS, is there any way to set alarm clock via automator (playlist in iTunes), when Mac is in sleep mode and login password is required?
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How do I find out my Mac OSx admin password without changing it? [duplicate]

Please help me as I do not want to reset the password. I inherited this mac and I do not know the admin password but i aslo dont want to change it
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Constantly dropping internet on El Capitan?

I have a brand new 2015 mac, el capitan 10.11.4. The wifi constantly drops. I have re-installed a fresh el capitan, reset SMC, created new wifi profile/location with google dns, safeboot, updated ...
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How do items in the 'Applications' folder get on the path?

How does the 'Applications' folder get on the path? For example, I installed Chrome browser into the Applications folder on my Mac and I can type chrome at a bash shell prompt to start it. Now, if I ...
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Extreme energy usage by Spotlight

I recently (two days ago) updated to El Capitan on my work machine (15" MBP, Mid 2015, 2.5 GHz Core i7, 16GB ram, R9 M370X, 500GB SSD) and ever since then, Spotlight has been draining my battery and ...
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10.11 Installation on old Macs

I want to clean install 10.11 on a MacBook Air 2008 and an iMac 2007.Both seem unable to boot from netinstall or an USB Stick. Which options do I have to get them quickly to 10.11?
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MacBook Pro early 2011 wont boot into OS X after dual booting with windows 8.1 via Boot Camp

hello i came here after trying to find a way out to boot into mac os x. Google was very confusing..i am hoping to get my problem sorted out here..hope you guys can help me out. I installed windows ...
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How do I add German public holidays to my Outlook 2016 OSX App

How do I add German public holidays to my Outlook 2016 OSX App? I currently have the UK holidays but want to add the German ones.
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`brew install qtkeychain` fails with some weird error

For compiling some software I need qtkeychain to be installed with brew, so I ran brew install qtkeychain which results in the following: $ brew install qtkeychain ==> Installing qtkeychain ...
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Where is the libphp7 module located

I've downloaded the PHP 7.0.5 .tar.gz package from https://secure.php.net/downloads.php. After that I've run the following: cd /path/to/php/package/php_7.0.5.tar.gz ./configure --without-iconv make ...
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mDNS not working

I re-installed my pfsense firewall the other day, sometime soon there after my macbook stopped doing backups using time machine. The pfsense is installed on new hardware, but the config was restored ...
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What are the best mount options when using NFS share for home directories of OS X Yosemite?

What are the best mount options to use when connecting to an NFS share hosting the home directories for OS X Yosemite clients? NFS Share is local. NFS Share host OS is CentOS 6.7 (Final). Connecting ...
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Does MAMP installation create conflicts with standalone MySql?

I have just installed MAMP. And I have just now realized that I already have a MySQL server and a database that runs under it. Do I now have two MySQL servers? Will they interfere with each other (and ...
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“security add-internet-password…” gets “User interaction not allowed”

I'm trying to update an old and outdated Puppet manifest to setup a new Jenkins slave on OSX El-Capitan and hit an issue which I suspect could be related to new security features in El-Capitan. The ...
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Can I set some sort of “never send error report” on an app that has to be force quit frequently?

RSA SecurID. OSX El Capitan. The app is frequently unresponsive when the computer comes back from sleep. Response from IT Support: "it's not meant to be left running". In other words I'm supposed to ...
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Early 2011 Macbook Pro shut down during start up

My MBP has OSX (El Capitan... I'm pretty sure) and Windows 10 on it. The OSX shuts down during start up. It will show the apple logo and then a load bar that reaches about half way before the system ...
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Mysterious unidentified error message

I keep getting this error on my Mac (see attached screenshot). It happened yesterday and now today again. The dialog is not associated with any application (at least, when I select it, it does not ...
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How to color the Python syntax in nano

I have been using nano a lot recently to code on Python. I have been flying by on it all until this little stump, no color... it makes it harder to know if you got the syntax right and harder to code! ...
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How can I disable Mail.app when I click on an email address?

By default, clicking on an email address from another mac app (such as Slack) launches the Mail.app application in a compose view to that email address. I would like to disable this - I never use the ...
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Mission Control Application Windows Not Updating

I have Yosemite 10.11.3 running. While using some Apple applications, when I hit the shortcut for Mission Control:Application Windows it shows the currently open windows and some recently closed ones ...
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Why do we need /usr/standalone/i386/Firmware.scap file?

I am sorry for bad english - this is computer translation. Continuing the theme begun in the here and the here There Giuseppe9000 wrote: The file is needed in the boot process I renamed the ...
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Second HDD backup for OS X

I have a 500 GB Mac and set up Time Machine to do the back up to an external HDD (external hdd 1). All my files are also stored in the external hdd 1. I would like to have a second external hdd ...
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Preferable way to ship a command line tool with my OS X *.app

I'm working on an Electron based application to write OS images to removable drives, which is being packaged as an *.app for OS X. Along with the GUI application, I'd like to ship a CLI version ...
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Is there a way to log all incoming Push Notifications in OS X El Capitan (v 10.11.4)?

I need the ability to write all incoming Push Notifications (APNS) to a log file. Basically, I would like to end up with an ongoing record of all the Push Notifications that I receive. What is the ...
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SSH to VirtualBox Mac Host Linux Guest using NAT

How to configure ssh OS X host with Linux guest, so I can access my guest OS through SSH. I've tried: But when I tried to ssh from host, it failed: > ssh localhost ssh: connect to host ...
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How to add user's mbox to Mail?

I have a couple of cronjobs running on my Mac. cron will send out mails and put them in my user's mbox, which I can read via the mail command. However, it would be nice to see them in the regular ...
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Change Spaces on all connected displays at once

Just a simple question - my day-to-day setup is a MacBook Pro with 2 connected external displays. I want to try to organize my different "tasks" (writing code, testing/web browsing, and notes) into ...
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How can I combine two or more folders into one AFP or SMB network share in OS X 10.11?

I have two media directories that each have a similar top-level folder structure. I'd like to share them over my network, using either AFP or SMB, in such a way that I can access both of them using ...
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Mac crashes on Security preferences pane

I restored my machine from Time Machine last night. Whenever I go on "System Preferences > Security", the Mac crashes. There is a com.apple.preference.security.remoteservice file. Additionally, ...
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How to execute app DVD through Terminal of recovery flash drive?

I have a Mac OS X 10.7 Lion recovery usb flash drive. It still boots but won't install Lion anymore (an error occurred during installation). I don't have a install DVD, however the MacBookPro's were ...
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Installing from not certified developer causes system panel to crash

I want to install third party software. My security settings are very high, so I have to confirm to install software from a not certified developer (yes, the software is trustful!). This night I ...
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How to permanently archive Time Machine backup?

I have an external hard drive where my Time Machine backups are located. My OS is El Capitan. I would like to permanently archive this entire TM backup and move it to another hard drive, and it would ...
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Can't Open Applications on Old Mac (OS X 10.4)

I have a strange problem. I'm having to use an old PowerPC G4 in order to use DVD Studio Pro for a project I'm working on for a client. I have to use an old Mac and OS because the version of DVD ...