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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Mac doesn't recognise simple commands like 'ls'

I installed Apache and tried to change the permissions for one of Apache's working directories. After that my machine keeps changing the default path. I can't access the simple commands unless I set ...
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Wi-Fi stops working when I launch OpenVPN server

I have an OpenVPN server running on my device. I downloaded OpenVPN from homebrew and it has a plist to load with launchctl. However, if I try launching the server with launchctl start ...
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Installing Windows 7 x32 using Boot Camp assistant 3.0.4 on Snow Leopard

I want to install windows 7. But whenever I proceed to the install window through Boot Camp assistant, it ends up with a message saying that I have no space on startup disk and it requires 10 GB, even ...
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Backwards Compatibility for Snow Leopard software on Yosemite

I have just upgraded to Yosemite due to a mac crash, my older mac installation ran Snow Leopard. My issue is I have software which I have paid for that is compatible with Snow Leopard, however it ...
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Where do I get Apple CNA (Captive Network Assistant) documentation?

I don't manage to get the docs or specs for Apple CNA. NB: I'm looking for it by developing a wifi hotspot. Behaviour is a bit different between iOS & OSX and such a doc begins to be very ...
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iMac get hang on login screen after updating to OSx 10.10.4 Yosemite

I don't know whether it is right place to ask or not. But as stack flow has never disappointing anyone i am asking this here. So have update my mac OSX to Yosemite couple of days ago. It downloaded ...
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Setting to stop opening a new instance of an already open application?

On my iMac this works perfectly. I have application open, I open a file extension handled by that application and it will open in the already open application. Just got a new Macbook Pro and each time ...
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Mac OS X 10.10.3 running out of disk space after sleep / Potential memory leak?

I have a MacBook Pro Retina 13" (Late 2013) with 16 GB RAM/512 GB SSD running Mac OS X 10.10.3. There are 20 GB free space on the SSD according to the Finder. Despite the relatively huge amount of ...
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using FISH shell — set default folder for multiple tabs?

I'm using fish shell in OS X. Using the standard bash shell, you can open multiple tabs in Terminal, cd to a different directory in each, and then save the setup as a Window Group (via Window > ...
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Force hiding of dot(.) files on installer

hope this is the right place. So I have an issue where if someone has AppleShowAllFiles set to YES on their machine, when they open the installer all the usually hidden dot-preceeded files are visible ...
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Permanent solution to slow open/save dialog?

I've experienced the fairly common slow open and save dialog box issue that seemed to come about with Mavericks and stick right through Yosemite. The following solution has worked temporarily for me: ...
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How to install Mac OS X without OS X Recovery or the DVD that came with the Mac?

I'm having an issue installing Mac OS X on my MacBook Pro, here is what I have: MacBook Pro "Core i7" 2.66 15" Mid-2010. Mac OS X install DVD that is not for the above model I don't have the one it ...
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How does Finder decide if a file should be hidden?

There are quite a few files/direcotries under /. But Finder only shows 'System', 'Library', 'Users' and 'Applications'. I create a directory called /mnt, and Finder shows it. Why? What is the ...
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Moved Ruby files to new folder in Users directory

And they've since disappeared; I'm unable to open them in Sublime Text Editor or edit them in the command line. They're not listed anywhere, even though the initial move was noted successfully. I've ...
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will osx 10.11 installer listen to nvram argument rootless=0

I have SIMBL and homebrew, i think system integrity protection will mess them up, if it set the boot-argument rootless=0, will the installer listen to that and not move files that SIP does not like, ...
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How to prevent storing the WiFi password on the recovery partition?

I always wondered how my Mac could connect to the internet when the recovery partition is booted and my main system partition is locked (filevault2). Some googling revealed today (e.g. here, here, ...
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Minecraft Immediately Crashes On Launchup

I'm running Mavericks 10.9.5. This is my java version: Whenever I started Minecraft up, it would immediately crash. I tried: Reinstalling Minecraft Deleting the minecraft folder in ...
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VirtualBox No Internet Win7 Host, OS X Guest [closed]

I have set up Mac OS X 10.9 in a Virtual Machine and I'm struggling to get any internet connection. In my network settings (Mac), it says I'm connected but nothing works. Safari doesn't load any page, ...
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Ruined 2006 imac - Only allowed to reinstall Lion which is no longer availiable

I have a 2006 imac which was installed with lion and now I've got it to a point where the OS became corrupt. I've put a maverick install on a bootable USB but when I boot from the USB doesn't give me ...
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Where should a command line tool store cache files in OS X?

/var/cache is missing, ~/Library/Caches seems to be for full-fledged applications rather than command line tools, tools I've seen in the wild do horrible things (like use the user's home directory). ...
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Install OS X on a MacBook Pro with empty SSD

I have a MacBook Pro Retina 13.3" which had OS X 10.10. I erased the entire SSD with Disk Manager and tried to reinstall OS X. Unfortunately, my internet connection isn't good so it would take more ...
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Import OS X Folders into Photos.app on mac

Does anyone know to import OS X folders into Photos.app albums? Every time I drag a folder in photos.app, it doesn't automatically generate an album for that folder. Is there a way to force this ...
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How to re-span a cron-like launchd script in case of script error?

I have a cron-like launchd script (StartCalendarInterval) that does a backup of some website data once per day: <?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?> <!DOCTYPE plist PUBLIC "-//Apple//DTD ...
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Can applications compiled with an old version of Xcode run on newer iOS?

Can projects compiled in older versions of Xcode run properly (or at all) on newer version of iOS? For example, can a project compiled in Xcode 4.2 run on platforms with iOS 8. Is this possible?
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Yosemite 10.10 Install?

So I'm trying to boot a yosemite installation from an 8GB USB with the dmg file I downloaded from the app store, but once I hit "option" during my mac's startup and choose the correct usb, I get the ...
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launchagent logs warning/error into console

I have a launch agent that I created several years ago to set a random signature both in a .signature and in Mail.app. It does nothing complicated and has hummed along through several OS X versions. ...
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Stop MS Word opening files automatically on launch

Continual opening of files from history. I clear history, but they appear on startup the next time. If I use option (alt) button on 'Word' dropdown, I get Quit and keep files rather than Quit and ...
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How to customize open with menu in Yosemite?

I want to customize the right click/"open with" menu for some file extensions like jpg, in order to see just the 4 apps i want to use with this file type. Google suggests me to edit the info.plist ...
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How to use Page icon for not native format

Is there anyway to force Microsoft format files using Pages, Numbers... icon in OS X 10.10? Display blank icon is unacceptable and make me annoy.
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Why does Disk Utility show “Macintosh HD” on both Logical Volume Group and the volume underneath?

After performing a clean install of Yosemite (erasing the entire disk using disk utility during installation), the original name of the disk (APPLE HDD HTS547575A9E384 Media) turned out to be ...
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Is There a Wired Mouse or Track Ball That Supports Gestures in OSX?

I wanted to find out if there was a wired alternative to Apple's Magic Mouse or Magic Trackpad that also supports the gestures built into OS-X Yosemite, at the very least the ones supported by a Magic ...
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How can I encrypt my home folder?

I have a Macbook with several user accounts. Most of the accounts have administrator privileges. The computer's hard disk is encrypted using FileVault. Is there a way to additionally encrypt each ...
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Slow OSX booting with black screen before apple logo

Every time I boot my macbook, there is always a black screen before the Apple Logo pops up. The blackscreen stays for around 15-20 seconds. How can I resolve that problem?
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Can I reset app windows to default size/position?

I was just wondering if there is a way to reset app windows like Mail or Finder to there default size and position. Is this possible and so yes, how? Thanks in advance.
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Upgrade from 10.9.5 to 10.10.* without App Store

I can't open the App Store, and I can't open software update. I've tried all the troubleshooting advice I can find online, but none of it solved my problem, so I figured an OS update was overdue. I'm ...
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Mysterious photo uploads to Google Photos

I realise this question is somewhat of an intersection of OS X and Google but I'll start here. My partner discovered that most of her pictures (up to 2013) that are on her Mac were mysteriously ...
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launchctl error “nothing found to load” when run via cron

On OS X 10.9, I'm running a script via my user crontab (added using crontab -e) which, under some specific conditions (not related to this question), will run the following command to launch a menubar ...
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My SSD works on every computer except mine

I've asked several questions on Ask Different about an Intel SSD that I'd bought and tried to use in a DIY Fusion Drive in my early 2011 13" MBP. The Fusion Drive worked for a few weeks and then quit ...
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Unable to delete file from Downloads folder

I have a file (4alJRTP_.gif.part) in my downloads folder that won't seem to delete. Every time I drag it to the trash, nothing shows up in the trash and the file icon remains in the downloads ...
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Repeat a 3 second loop 10x in a 30 second video

I have a short sequence loop in Motion 5. The file loops for 3 seconds, but my video is 30 seconds in length. I want to repeat the short sequence file 10 times, so it fits the 30 seconds. The only ...
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OS X 10.10.4 Yosemite, has the default PATH changed?

Today I had to configure a new macbook, running 10.10.3 out of the box and immediately upgraded to 10.10.4. After installing homebrew I went to configure the default PATH, and opened /etc/paths. I ...
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How to mirror Mac screen like a real physical mirror [duplicate]

Is there a way to mirror a Mac Book Pro screen like if it would be seen from a real physical mirror? I'm not talking about duplicating the screen on another screen (also called mirroring), I want to ...
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Why is my HD full of nothing?

I'm running 10.8. Everything is updated. Tried all the usual memory recovery stuff and resets. Disabled time machine. When I look at at the HD folders in terminal, with show all sizes all the files ...
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Cannot open Parental Controls preference pane in Yosemite

I cannot open the Parental Controls preference pane in OS X Yosemite. It just gives me: "Preferences Error. Could not load preference pane." Here are the console logs I got: System Preferences[609]: ...
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Issues creating Bootable USB for EL Capitan Public beta

I'm trying to follow tutorial over at: http://osxdaily.com/2015/06/11/make-bootable-os-x-el-capitan-beta-install-usb-drive/ to create bootable usb for El Capitan Public Beta, however after completion ...
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Re-install stock Net-SNMP?

Apologies in advance if this has been answered. What is the exact procedure to reset Net-SNMP to "factory defaults" on, say, OSX 10.10 - or any other OSX flavor? A number of our Xserves were ...
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Is there a way to configure the automatic brightness adjust?

Okay, so I have my macbook set to auto adjust to the room's brightness. In a room with no light aside from the macbook it will auto adjust to 30% brightness and hurt my eyes, in a normal room it will ...
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GnuPG for Apple's Leopard 10.5.x

I have a Macbook that was given to me by my friend while I save up money for a replacement keyboard on another laptop that run's linux. My question is where can I find a working URL for downloading ...
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Application keeps bouncing on the Dock and won't launch

I have an application called Company of Heroes: Campaign Edition. It was working fine but after two days it stopped working. I tried deleting the Saved Application State, preferences and its folder in ...
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Make selected text in Notes the default style (no custom fonts, colors, bold, underline etc)

I'd like to be able to select some text in Notes and hit a key or something to make that selected text go "default". No bolds, italics, fonts, or big/small sizes. Is there any such feature?