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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Running Unsupported Applications Natively

How do I run a bash file such that the application that open appears to be native? For example I am running an old version of iMovie HD in Yosemite. I would like to open the application as if it was ...
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caffeinate with launchd Doesn't Work when I Close My Laptop's Lid

I have a launchd task that periodically initiates a time machine network backup. I've had problems with corrupted sparse bundle disk images, which I've assumed is due to the either the computer ...
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Can I write a script to take an action right before the computer is going to go to sleep?

I think my computer is randomly not syncing email correctly with Apple Mail, but it's only a problem when it wakes from sleep. That issue is neither here nor there. What I'd like to do is write a ...
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Cannot manipulate pluginkit database

I am trying to use the pluginkit command to handle plugins (specifically FxPlug3), e.g. pluginkit -a /path/to/bundle/with/myplugin.pluginkit Every time I try to add or remove my plugin I get a ...
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Disable display mirroring for every possible future display

Is there some 'defaults write' or other trick to tell OS X to never mirror displays? (Unless they're at least as good resolution as the retina display.) I thought I had display mirroring disabled ...
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How can I prevent hostname from changing?

When I boot up one of our computers it gets a static DHCP address which is specified in our DNS as client1.domain.com and so on. The hostname sets automatically from reverse DNS at bootup and ...
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Disable SpeechRecognitionCore

edit: I don't use this feature, don't need nor want it running in the background. Is there a way to deactivate the service? I've seen so far this command: killall -9 ...
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Are these harmful files that were scanned on my Mac safe to delete?

The scan says the threat is blocked but for more safety I'm considering removing them. Is it safe to do so since some files seem to be system files.
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How to view CPU clock rate in GHz or MHz?

I am looking to get the new 12″ MacBook and as a result I would like to know the clock speed (in GHz) my current MacBook Air (late 2010) is running at so I know the processor on the MacBook will cope. ...
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How can I get IRC Colloquy to catch up history of a channel when I reconnect?

How can I get colloquy to catch up history of a channel when I turn back on my laptop? I assume its something like leave a bot in the room. Thanks, Martin. PS. Perhaps someone would make the tags ...
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Mac partially isolated from the network

Since I installed a new access point, I have troubles with only one Mac to access the printer and NAS on my network. Every other computer (Mac or PC) or device (Android or iOS) is working perfectly. ...
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How to find Mac admin password not reset Mac admin password

I am not a administrator and I would like to find the administrator password. I would not like to reset it however. Is there anyway to find and not reset the administrator password?
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Change dnsmasq from .dev to .local

I have followed these instructions for setting up a dnsmasq on my Mac. I originally set it up to use .dev, but now I want to change .dev to .local. However, when I try using .local instead, it ...
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Keyboard keeps reverting to U.S

For a few weeks, I've noticed that my keyboard layout keeps reverting to U.S. each time I reboot. To be precise: each time I reboot, my System Preferences -> Keyboard -> Input Sources window ...
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Can not visit some sites because of too many ads! Is there any virus in my Mac?

I need to know that my mac was working perfectly fine till today. I wanted to visit same sites which i have visited yesterday in safari,and they were working perfectly fine, so today when i tried to ...
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Why is Java SE 6 Legacy required to open Intellij?

I currently deleted Apple Legacy Java SE6 on my macbook because I've already downloaded JRE8 on my machine and I think I no longer need the older version. After I deleted it, every time I opened ...
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Selected application loses focus

Since upgrading to Yosemite, the current application -- could be anything from Sublime Text to AppCode to Chrome -- will lose focus while I'm typing. This happens with an external keyboard or an ...
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Keep applications maximized when plugging in second monitor

My work environment requires that I constantly plug in my MBA into a second monitor and use it without. I run multiple desktops with applications always extended fullscreen. When I unplug from the ...
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New version of Keynote won't open old versions

When using a newer version of iWork software such as on Yosemite to open older documents and presentations, Pages reports "This document can’t be opened because it’s too old. To open it, save it with ...
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Anyone know of an “Office Timeline” plug in for Powerpoint on Mac?

Anyone know of an "Office Timeline" plug in for Powerpoint on Mac? I love https://www.officetimeline.com, but it's for Windows only. Mac must run Fusion or such to support Windows Office, not Mac ...
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Booted to Windows how do I enable access to a Mac CoreStorage volume?

I've installed Windows 8.1 with the Boot Camp Assistant on a solid state drive with a CoreStorage volume. Booted to Windows I can't see the files on my Mac volume anymore. I'm confused since this is ...
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Turning Off Wi-Fi During Logout Script Doesn't Work With Launchd

I'm writing a launchd plist and a shell script on my MacBook running Yosemite to automate the following scenario: Turning off Wi-Fi when the user logs out. Here's my script: #!/bin/sh onLogout() { ...
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High windowServer CPU usage on Yosemite

This is (probably) a follow up to WindowServer high CPU on Yosemite: Since upgrading from Mountain-Lion to Yosemite, my MacBookPro5,5 (13", 2.26GHz C2D, GeForce 9400m) is (almost always) showing bad ...
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Menu bar on web pages not visible in Safari

I am facing this problem when ever I am visiting any website that has go a Menubar on the top, then the part remains half invisible in Safari. See below: Here is screenshot of SoF site on Safari: ...
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Backing up a RAID experiencing I/O issues

I recently began working for a company that has an OS X Server with a PROMISE Pegasus Thunderbolt RAID (RAID 5) attached as a file server. Within my first couple of days, it became apparent that users ...
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Automate Fn key switch when opening Excel

So Microsoft released a free preview of Office for Mac, and it is pretty sweet. One of my biggest problem when using Excel on a mac has always been that the most popular/frequent shortcut (F2 -> edit ...
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Is it possible to throttle the iCloud photostream sync in OS X?

I have a large iCloud photo library. Once in a blue moon my iMac running Yosemite decides to forget all about the synced libraries, and I have to re-enable the iCloud streams. However, my little DSL ...
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Launchd to only run on schedule, not restart?

I have a script that I want to set for 3:30am daily and it does run at the set time but it also runs on every restart of the computer which I do not want. How do I make this work with just the ...
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How to sync Keyboard shortcuts between iOS and OS X when iCloud Drive is turned off in the System Preference?

I disabled iCloud Drive because the process called "cloudd" was consuming huge CPU resource in Yosemite. However, I found that all my keyboard shortcuts disappeared after that. Is there any solution ...
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Will the new MacBook be turbo charged?

The new MacBook 12" has been launched and on the apple store the processor says 1.1GHz dual-core Intel Core M processor (Turbo Boost up to 2.4GHz) Does this mean that the Core-M processor will ...
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Delay in receiving e-mails on MacBook Air

When receiving e-mails on my three PC-s (all with the same e-mail address), on the other two e-mails arrive within 2-3 minutes while on the MacBook Air e-mails come in with a one hour (60 minutes) ...
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Which social network profile pic appears in my contacts app on Mac OS X

The individual contacts in my Contacts app have numerous social networks associated with them e.g. a Facebook profile and a Linkedin profile. They have a different pic for each social network. How do ...
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How to fix Samsung MFC scan to SMB “Authenticating user” “Account Error” error?

The not so Mac compatible (understatement, see the bottom of this question) Samsung MFC printers - for example the CLX-6260ND - do have an option to scan to an SMB share. When setting up all devices ...
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External hard drive deep freezing Macs

A quite nice problem: I have an external USB 2.0 harddrive (Lacie Starck with 512GB) which was working fine during the last years. But now everytime I connect it to a Mac 3 seconds later a total crash ...
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Simple 3 line applescript - Error -128

I have a scenario where I'd like 2 separate applescripts. The idea is super simple. 2 Applications, but only one runs at a time. Example: Close application 1, launch application 2 (and vise versa) ...
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Set timeout when falling asleep before network disconnects

I'm using OS X Mavericks (latest) on a 15″ 2014 MBP. There's an option to make the system not lock the screen for x number of seconds/minutes after the screen goes dim. I'm looking for an option to ...
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How to access the Wi-Fi password through Terminal?

I am at my school and the computer I am currently using is connected to a Wi-Fi network. I want to know the Wi-Fi password and I am on a Mac. I know there is a way to do it through Terminal. What I ...
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Partitions shows it is 2GB when it is actually 120GB

After messing with the partitions to install Ubuntu, the hfs+ partition which I use for my user data went from 130GB to 2GB (OSX is on a separate partition). Disk Utility shows this partition as ...
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How to recover data from MacBook which won't startup properly?

My 2012 MacBook Pro running OS X 10.7 Lion would not start up properly (it has the doomed flashing white question mark on a grey folder). I have tried the following: couldn't access Safe Mode; holding ...
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IF statement doesn't work properly in osascript

I'm working on script which should do something if application is running or not Also there should be a timer of checking(60 seconds) The problem is that "if" statement which is checking "count" ...
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Active Directory Login integration to use either separate NAS or Windows Home folders

I'm a bit of a Mac newbie as I'm more used to working in a Windows environment. However, there's a couple of things I'm trying to achieve. To explain the setup we have a Mac server (running on ...
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Help deciper Crash Report

I'm having trouble running OSX Server on my 2014 Mac Mini it has been periodically crashing and producing this Crash report. Can anyone help decipher what the issue is? Or help with trying to figure ...
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How to have non-compliant passwords on OS X accounts reset password?

I am trying to set up a password requirement for the accounts on OS X 10.9 I am editing it by using the following command: sudo pwpolicy -setglobalpolicy "maxFailedLoginAttempts=5 minChars=10 ...
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Set file metadata attribute values

I'm trying to set the values of some file metadata attributes in OS X Yosemite - kMDItemDateAdded and kMDItemLastUsedDate - the values of which can be shown using mdls <filename>. I'm trying to ...
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What are these google host entries that keep showing up automatically in my etc/hosts file?

I went to edit my /etc/hosts file and found a bunch of entries for google urls that I never put there. When I try to delete it, it just comes back. I tried searching google for it but to no avail. ...
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Internet Recovery failed -1006f

My problem is same as with this question -1006F error message when trying to recover mac I have follow that question which direct me to this thread ...
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Enable plugin by default in chrome

I am using folx downloader whenever I click on some file to download it, this message(in picture) pops up how to fix it? So, that it downloads the file automatically to folx and doesn't block the ...
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How long does Safari's cache last?

I would like to know Safari's cache lifetime. In case it has limited duration, also how to extend it.
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How to setup two OS X boot partitions plus Bootcamp and Data?

Is it possible to set up he following combination of partitions; how? two OS X partitions, each bootable (one for the main system, another for testing new OS X releases) a Bootcamp bootable ...
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MPlayerX frame skip keyboard shortcut

While playing a video in MPlayerX the right and left arrows skip ahead and back 10s respectively. When paused, the right arrow goes ahead 1 frame but the left arrow still goes back 10s. How do I skip ...