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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Is there any list of OS X hidden configuration?

I just found this script to automatically configure a lot of OSX preferences. I'm wondering if there is any website/wiki/git repo with a complete list of all the options.
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Protect changes to plain text file written by standard user's execution of bash script

I have written a simple bash script that I want to use as a time clock for employees (work-studies) in my computer lab. The script works great. 1. Each work-study has two icons (two separate bash ...
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Are printer drivers for Brother laser printers well supported on Mac OS X?

Is there a history of Brother printers being well supported in Mac OS X with respect to updated printer drivers? I am completely unfamiliar with Brother printers but considering their laser all-in-one ...
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Disk utility unable to change partition type

I'm trying to copy a .img disk image to a microSD. However, when I try to move the contents of the image I downloaded to the microSD, I get this: Same result when copying via Terminal. ...
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How can I prevent an exFAT volume from mounting on OS X?

I have two partitions, one is HFS+ and the other is exFAT. I'm used to opening the /etc/fstab file, and inserting this line: UUID=NUMBER none hfs rw,noauto Note: The "hfs" stands for HFS+. Now I ...
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Text shorcuts with @ symbols are not working in OS X

On my iPhone, I've setup text shortcuts that allow me to quickly enter email addresses. For example, typing x@g for example might resolve to xyz@gmail.com. These shortcuts have been synced to my Mac, ...
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Finder is showing many files which I have deleted

I have an Xcode project which I just deleted so I could rewrite it. (I used rm and rmdir) Here's the problem: Though ls says that the folder is clean, Finder says it's still, there, and, what's more ...
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Using osacript to access Finder from crontab (or from non-interactive session)

I have a script that generates a dmg file from my application bundle. This is generated every night from our subversion repository. If would be interesting to set up things like the DMG's window ...
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Skip OSX Beta Update

From reading some comments, it looks like OS X 10.11 "El Capitan" Beta 3 breaks some aspects of Java that work in Beta 2. Is there a way to skip Beta 3, but still be notified when Beta 4 comes out, ...
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How can I assign an application to all desktops using the keyboard?

I know I can assign an application to 'All Desktops', 'This Desktop', or 'None' by right clicking it in the Dock. I'd like to be able to toggle the current application between 'All Desktops' and ...
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is there an easier way to set PRAM?

I was trying to solve a stupid nagging problem (doesn't matter what at this point!) on my iMac (mid 2011), and one of the things that kept popping up is resetting PRAM. I have done this many times ...
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Make iMac remember monitor positions after restart

I have an iMac with the following specs: I have 2 20'' hp monitors that are always connected to my Mac. They are connected with 2 DisplayLink USB to VGA adapters. I keep the monitors positioned ...
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Open Emacs with separate instance in mac os x yosemite

I am on Yosemite 10.10.5. I would like to open emacs from spotlight or from the Terminal as separate instances so that when I close one emacs window the others don't close either. Similar questions ...
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Sharing folders between 2 users

I just downloaded a virtual box VM which I will be sharing with my wife. Both my wife and I have accounts on our mac. I copied the downloaded VM into /Users/Shared/MyNewVM Then I went into System ...
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Does man launchd.plist OnDemand and KeepAlive give incorrect infos?

as I understood from the following Apple's guide Creating Launch Daemons and Agents, OS X's daemons managed by launchd are by default launched on-demand, therefore when there is an incoming request to ...
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How to enable automatic reflow of icons in Illustrator?

Since updating to Mac OS X Yosemite, my Finder window doesn't display all the icons. When using Illustrator, they appear inconsistently as I resize the window. It seems only Illustrator is ...
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Why running Time Machine on OS X Server slows down my Mac?

I have MacBook Pro (2.3GHz Intel Core i7, 16 GB RAM, 512 GB SSD - late 2013?) and Time Machine backups data via network to our internal OS X Server. But when Time Machine is running backups, my ...
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Set Finder arranging order by kind via Terminal

I know I can easily do this via the Finder's toolbar but I'm currently writing a huge shell script that'll set my future Mac up exactly as I want. So is there any command to do it like the one to set ...
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ImageIdentify.com in running processes

Looking at ActivityMonitor, I saw a strange process with a URL for a name: I went to that site, and yes it looks familiar I might have been there, once, a long time ago. Definitely not at the time ...
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Snapping Preview windows with BetterTouchTool make search buggy

I use BetterTouchTool in order to be able to maximise windows to half the screen by dragging them agains the edge of the screen. When I do this with Preview windows and then attempt to search in the ...
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Safari forgets plug-in settings

I have configured Safari (8.0.7, Yosemite 10.10.4) to prompt me to allow Flash on a site by site basis. Most websites I block and some I set to "allow always" However, every couple of days, all the ...
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Drag and drop won't move ALL selected files between Finder windows

Here's what I'm doing: open a Finder window with source directory (500+ files). open another Finder window with target directory. select all files in source directory using ⌘ - a grab selected files ...
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Phantom Displays on Startup

I have been experiencing a problem with my Macbook Pro (2015 late with the Intel HD Graphics 6100) where the computer detects 3 retina 31 inch displays upon startup. Possibly because Retina displays ...
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How do I resize my partition on my Mac? [duplicate]

I'm having trouble resizing my hard drive partition. Before, I was running OS X Lion in the free space above Macintosh HD 2. Now that I deleted the Lion partition, I am unable to resize Macintosh HD ...
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Problem ejecting external disks

I use a lot of external disks and often I use spotlight to locate files on these disks. Almost always, whenever I do that I am initially unable to eject such a disk. When that happens I issue ...
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Add bottom margin or scroll past last line in Mac OS Terminal

If I have a full terminal history then the cursor will line up at the very bottom of the window. I generally prefer working more toward the middle of the page. Especially since I usually keep the ...
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Clean Install, or in-place upgrade from Mountain Lion to Yosemite?

In the old days, doing a clean install was pretty much required for a major Mac OS X 10.x release. Is that still the case? Or should this graybeard let go of his old ways? The MacBook in question ...
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Xcode 6.4 does not start on OS X 10.10.5 Yosemite

As of this morning, Xcode 6.4 stopped launching on my Mac running OS X 10.10.5 Yosemite. I tried to launch with sudo open --new /Applications/Xcode.app but got LSOpenURLsWithRole() failed with ...
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How do I update iMovie to the latest version

I purchased my MacBook Pro in October 2014. It's running OS X 10.10.4 "Yosemite". Can I update iMovie to the latest version at no charge?
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Apps keep crashing after OS X update

I've just updated my MBP 13'' mid 2010 to OS X 10.10.5 (14F27). I remember that the last update was iTunes 12.2.2.25. After this update, Mac rebooted and installed all the features. Now I'm unable ...
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How do SSH sessions work with iTerm?

When I use PuTTY on Windows, if I SSH to some server and launch a script there, closing the PuTTY window stops the script. (so I typically use screen to avoid that) When I use iTerm on Mac OS X, if I ...
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Mac App Store apps without internet connection

I want to set up a Mac running a recent version of OS X but I don't want it to be connected to the internet because of security reasons. Is it possible to copy and activate apps bought and installed ...
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How To Remove Individual Office 2016 for OS X Applications

I have Office 2016 installed - Excel, Outlook, Power Point and Word. I want to remove Outlook 2016 and leave the rest. I want to leave no trace behind, a complete remove of Outlook as if I installed ...
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RAM Usage on Macbook

My Macbook has 4GB RAM. Lately it often starts swapping, which is obviously not so great. Firefox usually takes a huge amount (~ 1GB) which is kind of to be expected. Nevertheless, after booting it ...
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MacBook that spontaneously restarts and often shuts down instead of sleeping

My Macbook Pro has started shutting down rather than sleeping when I close it and it just decides to shut down in the middle of an operation and restart. When I ran Repair Disk Permissions on Disk ...
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AppleEvent Handler failed (-10000)

I'm having issues with a simple part of script, where I wanna get the property dock preferences of System Events. I have the following: tell application "System Events" tell appearance ...
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Close [X] kills Chrome/Firefox/Safari Tabs

I am new to OSX - but I have a behaviour that is not normal I suppose: When I quit browsers (doesn't matter if Chrome/Firefox/Safari) via the red [X] = hide -> all tabs are lost although I turned ...
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How to recover files from the home directory that malware removed on OS X 10.10.5 Yosemite?

Two days ago, somehow, my Mac running OS X Yosemite 10.10.5 got infected by malware and it deleted almost all my files from my home directory. I have no idea how it happened (it wasn't because clicked ...
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Prevent Finder to launch on boot

I do not need Finder because I use Ranger in CLI and I manually quit it (I added the quit option) each time I boot (mainly not to have it in the way when I use to switch applications with cmd + tab). ...
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Enable screensharing via SSH and setting password

I am trying to enable VNC (Screen Sharing) on my Mac running OS X Yosemite I have been able to run this command sudo launchctl load -w /System/Library/LaunchDaemons/com.apple.screensharing.plist ...
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How do I install Skype for Business on my Mac?

I have been to the Office365 website and looked in the software section but I cannot find it. Any assistance would be appreciated.
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Location information is not shown in “Years” view of Photos App

I do not see the location information of the pictures I have taken in 2014 when I am in "Years" view. I am sure pictures have GPS information on them. If I go in to 2014 year, I can see that ...
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What will “rm -rf /” actually do?

I know that this is a very dangerous command, but what does it actually do. In other words, to what extend does it delete the hard drive. Does it delete only the user data? Or does it delete root OS ...
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How can I use smtp to connect email to mail client

Right so we have set up a mail server for our company that does not use imap nor pop at the moment, it is based on smtp port 25 and I can't figure out how to link it with my mail client as it always ...
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Set image from iTunes Extras's gallery as desktop picture

I just bought Mad Max: Fury Road from iTunes and wanted to set my desktop picture as one of the stills from the iTunes Extras's gallery. How can I do that?
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How can I prevent the administrator password prompts?

When deleting files, installing new applications, running AppleScript code, etc, I am prompted to enter my administrator password: How can I set it so that everything I do is authorized to where it ...
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find: /dev/fd/3: Not a directory

Running this command sudo find / -iname *.app, among the entries returned was: find: /dev/fd/3: Not a directory find: /dev/fd/4: Not a directory Why is this and how can I fix it?
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AppStore won't install OS X 10.10.5 update

I am trying to install the 10.10.5 update. It seems impossible. Every time I click "update" in the AppStore and confirm the reboot, a dialog pops up: The available updates have changed. When I click ...
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How to share Back to my Mac across different Apple IDs?

I'm trying to figure out the best way to remotely get into my family's iMac from my MacBook Pro as needed while I'm away. An internet search taught me that Back to my Mac was the thing, but that only ...
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Time machine creating files and directories at random places

I'm gonna keep this short and simple. I have a ~/.vim folder and ~/dotfiles/.vim folder (the ~/dotfiles/.vim was copied to ~/.vim). Yesterday I noticed that I had several files with weird permissions ...