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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Advanced techniques to diagnose performance problems on OS X via DTrace or other means?

I am having some severe performance problem with my OS X workstation at the moment that is proving to be exceptionally elusive. I normally can hunt things down with a handful of tools such as top or ...
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How do I know if my mac's Terminal has been hacked?

I was using Terminal just now and realized that I was seeing something different on the screen than I have in the past. I can't remember what it used to be, but I know for a FACT that I have never ...
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NetRestore image fails to install, no reason given

I've got a Mac Mini running the latest version of OS X Server, and two iMacs. Both iMacs are the same model (Mid 2007 20-inch, 2 Ghz Core 2 Duo). On one of the Macs I have installed 10.9.4 and ...
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What's the best OSX for my 2007 3.1 MacBook 2.2Ghz Intel Core 2 Dual, 1GB RAM, currently using OS X 10.5.8?

My ol' clunker is doing very well considering its age, but I would like to upgrade its OSX to see if it runs a bit faster, and also because I can't run the latest versions of some applications on OS X ...
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Time Machine and storage questions

In researching Time Machine usage issues, I have come across other questions that might change the way I have always arranged my drives. Back in the 'olden days' when internal drives were ...
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Something's eating my disc space - Mac OS X [duplicate]

So something's swallowing about 800gb of disk space on my mac. I've ran Disk Inventory X and Omni Sweeper, and both show that my main OS drive only houses 30 GB worth of data. 10GB of that is Home ...
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Grab the “Active” Window in Applescript

I have a script which perform the following: Load a file into a program (Subler — done separately, not in this script) Confirm the loading of the file (this is where the script begins) Saves the ...
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Time entries in calendar automatically display month/day/year

When in month view, Calendar in Mavericks (os x 10.9.4) normally displays an event followed by the time. Now calendar automatically adds (after the time) month/day/year. For example, if in month view ...
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Restoring original files from the trash by aliases

Someday in the future, (definitely not today) I might find myself in the following situation and be in need of assistance: Lets say I was trying to clean up my desktop and tried to move many files ...
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Why would my Mac be slow after inactivity and then get to full speed after 20-30 minutes of use?

My Macbook appears to get slow after a period of inactivity and then get itself back to full speed after 20-30 minutes. While I have some ideas I'm wondering if anybody else has seen such behaviour ...
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Keyboard shortcut mapping for Ctrl+Alt+Del in Parallels

I'm a Windows user with a Windows-oriented keyboard, and I switched the Command and Ctrl keys in OSX, because I want to use the same keyboard shortcuts whether in Windows or OSX. This came back to ...
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Same user multiple times - Sharing & Permissions

My account at work (rtonneyck), is a Windows domain account. That's what I use to login too. I noticed the permissions for my Shared windows drive has my user name listed multiple times. Why is this?? ...
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how to install a java 1.6 jdk on my maverick mac

I have jsd 1.7 on my machine and I want to install 1.6 as well I couldn't find a way to do so. Anybody know?
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Mac USB Netboot

On Macintosh iMac I am trying to initiate the boot from USB and then finish from a Network DMG. Passing these kernel parameters start the process, but it always fails with a RPC error. -v rd=*enet ...
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how can /etc/ppp/ip-up tell which VPN service is used in OS X

I am using /etc/ppp/ip-up to set up some particular routes for an L2TP VN (defined in System Preferences/Network as a service) I now want to add a new VPN service but use a different ip-up script (or ...
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Completely restore root and home folder after many problems with Macports and Homebrew

I had a long day battling with installing a LAMP environment with Macports. I installed several things, had many problems, tried uninstalling them (not sure if I did), and on and on. Then, I tried ...
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Graphic noise in OSX

I've been experiencing a strange thing in my MBP 2010 and only in OSX, haven't noticed this when I boot into Windows. Noise happens for a second or two when changing state - loading pages, switching ...
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“Sign in to download from the App Store” dialog does not allow paste

OSX 10.8.5 I am using lastPass and have the appleID in there so I can copy and paste whenever needed. Sometimes when I am told I have an upgrade I am asked to sign in to the app store. Annoying but ...
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Mac OS X accessing Windows Share

Strange thing keeps happening with one of my clients. They are running 3 iMacs 2of which are running 10.9.3 and 1 is running 10.9.4. While they are accessing a Windows share, they can be working away ...
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NTFS External drive issue in Mac 10.9

Earlier i was able to access the NTFS formatted External hard drive in my Mac 10.9 as read only device. While trying to make the external NTFS drive writable i screwed up by unmouting it this link ...
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Armenian HM QWERTY keyboard - where's Շշ (sh)?

Here's screenshot of available keys in Armenian HM QWERTY keyboard: The thing that bothers me a lot - I can not find the "Շ" letter ("sh"). For instance, here's screenshot of the second keyboard ...
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How to modify app expose to show only open windows of current application on current desktop?

I have OS X 10.8.5. I typically have several windows of some applications open on more than one desktop. When using App Expose, it shows all of the open windows of the current application on all ...
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How to save a website as an app on OS X

How do I export a website to an app in safari? There is this feature in iOS 7 called 'save to home screen', I'm looking for something similar on OS X.
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Screensaver prefs window too small on 10.8

After installing XScreenSaver on a system running OS X 10.8.2 (12C60), I couldn't help but notice that the "Desktop & Screen Saver" preferences applet shows only a tiny portion of the list at a ...
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How do I find out of my OS X 10.9.4 is 32 bit or 64 bit?

How do I determine if my OS X 10.9.4 is a 32 bit or 64 bit operating system? I've looked at "About This Mac" but don't understand what the processor information (i.e. 3.5 GHz Intel Core i7) translates ...
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How to get rid of the grey bar in safari?

How do I get rid of this (see below) grey bar in safari? Its getting very annoying. Bigger view: I am using safari 7.5.
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echo works incorrectly with GeekTool

I am trying to use echo in GeekTool to print text without a newline like this: echo -n "test" When I run that command in Terminal it prints this: test In geek tool it prints this: -n test What is ...
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Mac OS X Time Machine recovery lost Data

I did a backup with Time Machine on a Netgear ReadyNAS to save complete System(OS X Mavericks). Because I have installed OS X 10.10 Yosemite. Now I recovered this backup. But I lost about 200 GB of ...
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External Hard Drive mounts on one mac but not the other

I just purchased a brand new Seagate 4tb external hard drive. I formatted it to HFS+ on a 2007 white macbook running OSX 10.6.8. It mounts just fine on that computer, but when I try to connect it to ...
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How do I fix OSX Maps having the wrong location (Next Door)

On OSX Maps, when I use my "Current Location" always resolves to the house next door. This is easy enough to override, by never using my current location, but is there a way to make it know the real ...
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Why is my Blu ray burner ejecting blank disks?

I bought an external drive/burner that supports reading/writing of single and double layer Blu Ray disks. I'm running OS X Mavericks. I haven't had any issue burning CDs and DVDs, but when I insert a ...
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Naming a folder xxyyzz.download creates safari file?

I'm amazed that this is normal behaviour in OSX. But if you name your folder "xxxyyzz.download", it creates a temporary download file. This is not the only problem I encountered (there are other ...
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How can I put my image of a drive onto a new partition on a Mac? [closed]

My friend has a Mac which suffered some sort of hard drive failure. I'm not sure if it is a hardware failure, the filesystem is corrupted, or both. We tried 'repair' in Disk Utility and it said it ...
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MacBook Pro won't boot with new hard drive, but a different MacBook Pro will

So here are the details. My friend and I both have 13-inch Mid 2010 MacBook Pro's. Same processor and specs since they were purchased at the same time, but originally had 250 GB hard drives. His hard ...
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How to fix a Windows partition after removing Bootcamp?

I have a 2009 MBP. For a long time I've had a Bootcamp partition on the hard drive, recently I bought a second SSD and installed it in the Optibay and installed Windows on it. As it was going well I ...
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login screen background image messed up

a few days ago i was trying to change the login screen background on my mac. This is not the lock screen, its the screen which appears first when the mac is started. I remember i had copied 4 files ...
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Modifier Keys Across USB

Does anyone know of a way to get modifier keys to work across USB devices in OSX? I have a USB footswitch that sends a left control key. It sends the signal as expected but does not register ...
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GeekTool messes up formatting for cat

I have a text file called stocks.txt it looks like this: AAPL [1;37m 96.15[00m[32m 0.55 (0.58%)[00m GOOG [1;37m 566.07[00m[31m -5.53 (-0.97%)[00m FB [1;37m 72.28[00m[31m ...
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using mdfind for smart search across all files

I am trying to use the mdfind command to search for phrases across all files in my computer from the command line. Basically i am trying to combine grep and finder search since grep is too slow for ...
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External Display “static” on MacBook Pro 15″ 2014

My MacBook Pro (15", 2014, OS X Mavericks 10.9.4) and my 24" 1920x1200 monitor are not working together. I connect the two with from the Mini DisplayPort on the Mac to DVI on the monitor. The monitor ...
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What is com.apple.preferences.users.remoteservice and why is it using significant energy in my new mac?

I just bought a new mac. I've been using it a couple of days, and today I find that under "Apps using significant energy" there is a listing com.apple.preferences.users.remoteservice. What is it ? ...
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Unable to set Atom as default $EDITOR

I would like to set Atom as my default editor on OS X 10.10 (Yosemite). In order to do this, I set in my .bashrc: export EDITOR="atom -nw" and reload the file with source .bashrc. Anyway, when I ...
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Username.conf rules to fix 403 error

I am setting up a webserver but I am currently receiving a 403 error when browsing to Localhost. I am setting up "username.conf" and I have a couple of questions: Since I am not logged in as a user ...
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Does mdfind allow wildcard searches on filename?

I'm trying to figure out how to perform wildcard searches for filenames with mdfind on OsX? I tried: mdfind -name "*.pdf" but it didn't work. EDIT: I want to be able to find names like "test*.pdf"
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Time Machine wants huge backups. 10.9.4. Dropbox excluded now

Machine is Mac OS 10.9.4. I also have a Windows partition but this is excluded from the backup by default. Time Machine keeps asking me for these huge incremental backups (60GB, 20GB, 20GB). I do ...
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Sending control+left command with external footswitch, delcom, only picking up control

This is a kind of specific question but I have a delcom usb programmable footswitch PN 803620-5m This is the updated model http://www.delcomproducts.com/productdetails.asp?PartNumber=703600-5M I ...
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WD MyBook appears as read-only

My WD MyBook Essential with USB 2.0 appears with read-only permissions. I set the drive up on my old Vista machine, and when Vista began crashing, I switched to Ubuntu. I still have the Ubuntu ...
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More than 2500 systemwide processes on OSX 10.9

Attempts to raise the maximum number of systemwide processes above 2500 fail. $ sudo sysctl -w kern.maxproc=2500 kern.maxproc: 2500 -> 2500 $ sudo sysctl -w kern.maxproc=2501 kern.maxproc: 2500 ...
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The .command file in my Login Items stops running after a while

I have a .command file that I have added to my Login Items (System Preferences > Users & Groups > Login Items) on an iMac (OS X 10.8.5). The .command file is a script that should be running at all ...
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How to provide password to dsconfigad without specifying it from command line?

It seems that dsconfigad allows you to specify the password using -password XXX and if you do not specify it, it will ask you to type the password. I tried the usually bash approach with dsconfigad ...