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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Can't create new directory in home folder: What are “default” permissions/ownership?

I do know how to set permissions. But what is the default OS X permission and ownership for one's home directory. I can't create a dir. How is mine different? (See snippet): jbenniMac:~ jbenni$ pwd ...
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How to boot into recovery mode without cmd-r?

I am trying to boot into recovery mode on a Mac Pro with 10.11.1. I have a firmware password set. When I boot into the boot menu (alt key), I can click on the password textfield and type the password ...
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Brew installed Boost different versions

I am currently trying to work out how to handle different versions of libraries installed via Homebrew on OS X. In particular Boost. I did have boost installed (currently v159) and boost155, but ...
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I get a bash syntax error message every time I open Terminal on macbook

-bash: /Users/admin/.bash_sessions/720116FC-4C25-4FFA-AC15-00D5C843C15F.session: line 1: syntax error near unexpected token (' -bash: ...
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OS X Server 5.1 Website Problem

I have followed the orders of the website tutorial but it seems not to be working at all. I have added a custom domain and all of this, I have set a directory folder and it should be working like a ...
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Running Out of Space in my Mac Book pro 256GB [duplicate]

I have a mac book pro 256 Gigs of storage and 8 gb ram. Since, few days, I have been noticing performance degradation in it. After doing a little introspection, I found these things. SSD Usage ...
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OS X Finder: Why does it take less time to copy files in succession than to do so all at once?

Example: Select 10x2GB files, then drag and drop to another location. Drag and drop each 2GB file to the location individually, in succession (10 times). I’ve tested this across multiple OS X ...
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To get Graphical Info reader in El Capitan?

Graphical info reader is the reader which colorises links in the info pages. I know there are good options in OS X but I cannot find them. I do home search info and I get homebrew/science/clinfo ...
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In OS X Mail, what's the difference in checking new e-mail between “Automatically” and “Every X minutes”?

While "Manually" option is absolutely clear to me, how differently will Mail behave when I will switch between "Automatically" and "Every x minutes"? I'm running 10.11.4.
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How do I access “hidden” .help files

Some years ago I created a Project (using Xcode 3 under OS X 10.6) and created a Help File, naming this MyApp.help in accordance with the tutorial. Under more recent OS Apple (in its infinite wisdom) ...
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How can I get my apps back after deleting all data?

I recently had a problem with my MacBook Air. I went to Apple and they said they would fix it but all my data will get deleted. I said okay but when I got my MacBook back, I didn't know my apps would ...
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Can I copy the mac OS directly from my macbook pro to a card in the SD slot?

I bought a refurb macbook pro a few years back, to use for video editing. It came with Snow Leopard installed. I never upgraded beyond 10.6.8 as I still edit in FCP 7 and didn't want compatibility ...
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Recovering data on a failing USB drive with a Yosemite [duplicate]

I have a USB drive with Yosemite installed, but it stopped working suddenly. I am no longer able to boot with it. If I do try (I am using a Mac mini which runs Mavericks), the progress bar (in the ...
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How should I install JDK 8 on El Capitan?

I just installed JDK 8 to my machine but maven still thinks it is using JDK 6. % mvn --version Exception in thread "main" java.lang.UnsupportedClassVersionError: org/apache/maven/cli/MavenCli : ...
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How I universally disable “Autorun”?

I am aware of this question: How can I prevent iPhoto from opening everytime I plug my iPad/iPhone? And several others, but none of them present a "universal" solution, I don't want a fix for one ...
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How can I get my iMac to boot into recovery mode?

I'm trying to get into recovery mode on my mid-2011 iMac but after holding Cmd ⌘ R after the startup noise and until I see the Apple logo it then shows me the loading bar as per usual but then ...
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How to change the GNU Make's (default) default location of gcc

I run Mac OS X El Capitan 10.4. I have used brew to install Compilation Tools (https://www.topbug.net/blog/2013/04/14/install-and-use-gnu-command-line-tools-in-mac-os-x/). Now when I run make, it ...
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Installing ffmpeg with homebrew?

I am trying to install ffmpeg and it's libraries with homebrew on a mac running osx (El Capitain). The installation completes however its seems only ffmpeg is installed and not ffprobe or drawtext. ...
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Why does OS X have bash v3.2.57?

OS X comes with bash version 3.2.57 instead of bash version 4.3.39, which GNU lists as the current stable release of bash. Is there any way to upgrade bash on Mac OS X?
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Can I programmatically control the sound volume on a application level?

SoundBunny does exactly what I need, the ability to mute/unmute and change the volume of the audio, on demand, at an individual application level. Unfortunately I can't control it via AppleScript as ...
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How does a “machine” and a “computer” differ in a systemsetup command?

man systemsetup defines two separate arguments for setting (and two for checking) a sleep time: one defined as the "idle time until machine sleeps" the other defined as "the idle time until computer ...
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How do I import music from a CD to iTunes?

I am running iTunes 12.3.3.7 on OS X 10.11. I have a CD with songs on it. How do I import these songs into iTunes? I don't see any button for such.
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Can't reduce bootcamp partition size in El Capitan

I have a 512GB hard disk using the latest macbook pro running El Capitan. When bootcamp partition was created it was allocated 350GB. Now I want to bring that down to 100GB since the windows partition ...
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Rescan built-in display on a Retina Macbook Pro

I have a small crack on the bottom left of my screen. The cost of repair for a Retina screen off warranty is insane so that's not going to happen. The crack in the screen caused vertical bars on the ...
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How do I get opera to save website passwords in OSX

I'm using Opera 37 on MacOS 10.11.4. The problem is it doesn't save any of my logins for web sites. It does offer to save the password, and I always click yes. In preferences the "Offer to save ...
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El Capitan Terminal command to toggle clock between Analog and Digital?

Is there a terminal command that will toggle between the Analog and Digital clock in the menu bar? Can do it via point-and-click, but would like to incorporate it into a script that prepares my ...
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“config” scripts exist outside your system or Homebrew directories

I'm currently using pyenv and pyenv-virtualenv, which i've installed via Homebrew. I've added if which pyenv > /dev/null; then eval "$(pyenv init -)"; fi to enable shims and autocompletion and if ...
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How to hack into a deceased person's Mac that is still running?

This is kind of an unusual question: a (non-technical) friend of mine (quite literally) on the other side of the world finds herself in the following situation: A person died unexpectedly, their Mac ...
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Open a corrupted .dmg

My MPB crashed and had some permission issue on booting. I tried some repairs with the recovery session but now it has a kernel panic... I have an external device I can boot from, and I made a copy ...
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Repeated requests to update icloud preferances

I keep getting requests to update my iCloud preferences. I do so by reentering my password the the requests keep coming
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How do I get 'New Terminal at Folder' functionality when dragging a folder to the terminal dock icon?

Sometimes I like to open folders in Terminal by dragging the folder to the Terminal dock icon. However this creates a new Terminal window instead of creating a new tab in my current Terminal window. ...
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Is it normal for there to be a 5min+ period of high CPU usage when going to sleep under El Capitan?

I have recently upgraded my 8GB MacBook Pro (mid 2010, model ID: MacBookPro6,2) from OS X 10.6.8 to 10.11.4. Under Snow Leopard, after I closed the lid it would take something like 30 seconds to ...
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Does anyone know an AppleScript to save Stickies note state?

I have some Stickies notes on different Desktop spaces. The problem is, every time I have to restart OS X, because of an OS update for example, a Stickies note does not restore to the Desktop space it ...
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Apple Script for copying path and name and pasting it in Spotlight Comment box Mac OS X 10.9.5 (and 10.11.4)

I have a bunch of files to rename from someone else that sit inside folders and subfolders, and would like to copy the path and file name to the Spotlight comment of each file before I do anything ...
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OS X says 90GB of Apps

I have an SSD of 250GB, and in the Storage view of about this Mac it's write I have close to 90GB of apps, when clearly the applications folder is only 18GB. I can hardly believe that system ...
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Extract text between two unicode symbols using AppleScript or bash?

My goal is to take text from a standard .txt document, and use (preferably) Terminal or Applescript to extract text between the symbols ▶ and •. While there is only one ▶ symbol there are multiple ...
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El Capitan graphics don't wake from sleep / WindowServer process at 100%

Running 10.11.4 on a MacBook Pro Retina 15-inch Late 2013. Device is generally connected to an external display. When slept for a "long" period of time (more than an hour?) the graphics often don't ...
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Help my MacBook Pro keeps crashing and I have no Idea why

I have a 2015 Macbook Pro 13" Retina running 10.11.4 , which has been crashing every now and again and have no idea what sets it off. The last two times I was on Safari and the other I was happened ...
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Connecting my Roll Up Piano via USB to record MIDI

I have a roll up piano (see the image) that has an USB output. An USB cable comes with it: it is able to connect the roll up piano with the computer. I have connected it to my macbook. ...
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Change shortcut to change input source (keyboard language)

I'm trying to change the keyboard combination to change the input source from Option-Command-Space / Command-Space to any other combination. I am not able to find any solution for that. Is it possible ...
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MacBook Pro intermittently won't let me login after sleep

I am occasionally running into problems where I can't login after sleep. Sometimes I open the lid of my Macbook Pro and it shows the usual login screen, but if I type my password in and click enter ...
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How to set default application for special link types (e.g., ssh://)?

Some applications will signal to the OS that they can open special link type, such as ssh:// or github-mac://. They get automatically opened for such links by the web browser (or when using open in a ...
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How to inspect TCP/IP packets

How can I inspect IP packets send through currently open TCP connections? I opened a nettop utility in Terminal, which I think lists IP packet, but doesn't tell anything about their content, namely ...
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Move user folder (HDD) back to main drive (SSD)

Since large SSDs were quite expensive a while ago, I've moved my User directory to a 1 TB HDD back then. Now I'm going to upgrade to a 1 TB SSD and am thinking about the best and safest way to move ...
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Accidentally Deleted BootCamp Partition. How to recover files and merge partition?

I accidentally deleted the BootCamp partition through Disk Utility on MBP 2012 Yosemite 10.10.5. I had some important files on the BootCamp partition. Unfortunately, I have no backup of the Windows ...
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SCEP Request on Mac

I am looking for a way to issue a SCEP request to my organizations CAIssuing server. I manage a number of Macs and we currently import the certificates by hand using a profile on a web server. I know ...
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OS volume shows as type 'FFFFFFFF-FFFF-FFFF-FFFFFFFF' after attempting to delete some Linux partitions—cannot log in

I was unable to just delete the partitions left by an old Linux Mint installation by pressing the '-' button in disk utility. I looked online and read that I could reformat them to a journaled format ...
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in terminal, I cannot type lower case e

2015 MBP, fully up to date OSX I open a terminal window and if I type the letter "e" (without quotes of course) it beeps and will not type the letter. Every other letter works just fine in terminal. ...
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Kiosk-style mode that can clear cookies after X minutes?

I'm looking for some type of solution that would allow me to set up Kiosk-mode and allow users to access a sensitive website, but would have the ability to clear their session (i.e., cookies) after X ...
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How to configure browser used by web page Reminders?

How can I change which browser the Mac Reminders.app uses to open "this webpage" associations for a Reminder, so I can change the "Open Google Chrome Canary" notification button to an "Open Mozilla ...