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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OS X Case-sensitive issues?

It's been a few years since I tried a case-sensitive install of OS X and I'm wondering how it is these days? I had to revert to case-insensitivity before due to Adobe CS but I think that's fixed now. ...
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How to verify that an iTunes backup is valid?

Is there a way to verify that a backup of an iPhone is valid (other than wiping the device and attempting to restore it :))? I've had a recent catastrophic incident involving an iTunes encrypted ...
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Software Update Permissions error

This is a really weird one. Anytime I try to update any OSX items via System Update I get a bizarre permissions error. The screenshots tell the story... Here is my attempt to run the update: Here ...
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Only hibernate when closing the lid, display sleep otherwise?

I am looking for a way to hibernate only when closing the lid and just shut down the display open. pmset does not seem to make possible controlling what happens when closing the lid.
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Apple Backup encrypted format specs? I need to decrypt part of a backup (for which I have the key) that iTunes won't restore

An odd one here: Encrypted iTunes backup backup completed successfully Key stored in the Keychain (since the first backup of this device a long while ago) Also stored in PasswordSafe and both ...
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Missing Mail.app in Finder, but exists in /Applications folder

I've not ever wanted to use the Mail app on my Mavericks machine, but recently I decided I'd give it a shot. However when I went to Applications in Finder, I couldn't see it. Nor was it in ...
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Clean install Mac, restore backup without command line tools

So, I'm a developer with brew installed along with several other programs installed from source(openCV, boost etc.). I want to do a clean install of OSX(to get rid of some other issues as well), then ...
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OSX Flush DNS without sudo

I have a Mac that keeps messing up its DNS (this may be a wider network issue, we have windows clients that are having problems too). Whilst I try to understand the DNS issue I'd like to set an 'icon' ...
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Access folder in which Photos stores its files

I have photos stored in the Photos app on my iPhone. I have installed the new Photos app on my Mac, and I'm using iCloud to sync pictures between Photos on my iPhone and Photos on my Mac. On my Mac, ...
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No secure ad-hoc network with Yosemite?

iMac (late 2009) OSX 10.10.3 iPads (a 1 and a 2) iOS 8.? I am a retired IT engineer playing at being a DJ/VJ. That means I'm often in a room with lots of folks with cells and iPads. Before ...
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F20-F24 keys do not respond, but are mapped

OS X Yosemite, 10.10.3, MacBook Pro mid-2012. I am building a keyboard, and have mapped onto it all F1-F24 keys using tmk's firmware. F1-F19 all respond (I'm using Karabiner's EventViewer utility to ...
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PPTP VPN not working on Yosemite 10.10.3 with OS X Server 4.1

I've set up a VPN on my Mac mini using Server 4.1 with the "L2TP and PPTP" option set. I can connect to the VPN from my iPhone over my local network (Time Capsule) using L2TP but not PPTP. With the ...
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Where is Rsync's default temp directory?

I'm using rsync to backup files to an external hard drive; my boot disk is pretty full. Rsync keeps failing due to not enough disk space to build the temporary file list, and unfortunately doesn't ...
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VNC connection to OS X Yosemite 10.10 not working with Firewall enabled.

I've been connecting to my Mac with the iOS VNC app to monitor a process remotely, and noticed Firewall was turned off in Security & Privacy. So of course I turned it back on, and tried to ...
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Messages: Setting to Always Display Time Stamp?

Is it possible to display the Time Stamp of messages by default in both the Desktop Messages app, and the mobile app? This is the default view: Obviously, the time stamps are viewable by ...
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google photos backup app

Will Google Photos Backup avoid creating duplicates if I use the app to upload from two separate computers with overlapping photo collections in Mac Os Photos?
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Why does preview change the ctime of a pdf, and how can I disable it?

When I open a file in Preview, preview updates the ctime of the file. This seems to only happen once however, and as far as I can tell, nothing other than the ctime is changing. This is very ...
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Is it possible to change opacity of application window?

Is it possible to change the opacity/alpha value of a program window such as preview or chrome? I know this was possible in linux by editing some gnome shell file. Is there anything similar in OS X
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Send file:// links to team members through browser, have them open in Finder

Scenario: A 10 person creative team works on PSD and InDesign files. The files are on a local server on the office. The people are in the office, too, and access the server through the Finder. They ...
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Using Terminator on Mac

Is there a working solution (with steps) to have Terminator working on Mac? I know there is iTerm, but I like Terminator.
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Entering F23 and other function keys

I cannot figure out how to enter the Function-23 key on my Mac. Obviously, no Apple keyboard contains keys above F19, but working with old software I am required to use the F23 key. I've attempted ...
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How to click on a window that doesn't have focus

If a window doesn't have focus, and I want to click on a link, I have to click the link once (for the window to get focus) and then again to follow the link. The same thing happens if I try to select ...
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What would cause normal files to be hidden from the Finder but not the terminal?

I exported a set of photos from my wife's computer to mine over a WiFi share. I opened the directory in Finder and it said that there were 0 files. I know I've seen the Finder lag before on ...
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How to remove paired bluetooth device history in Mac OS X

I am developing a mac application. I want to add a feature to my app to remove all connected bluetooth devices. I am not understanding how can I do this. Is there any apple script or Terminal command ...
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How to mount a Windows shared folder with a bash script? [duplicate]

I'm writing a script to copy a group of files from a shared folder on a Windows computer to a folder on my Mac. I am able to manually mount the volume using Finder > Go > Connect to server, ...
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Resizing whole text containing different fonts in TextEdit

My text file uses two fonts, Helvetica for usual text and the ALPHABETUM-Unicode specialized font for rare ancient characters. The system handles it nicely, as the sizes of the ALPHABETUM ...
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How do you adjust the dock bounce animation in OSX?

I'd like to adjust the animation for bouncing dock icons in OSX. (I'm running Yosemete 10.10.3) I've already found this article showing how to completely disable the bounce, but I want more control ...
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How to find the currently connected network service from the command line?

I would like to find out which of the available network services (e.g. Ethernet or Wi-Fi) is currently active. In this screenshot from the Network Preferences, you can see that Wi-Fi is currently ...
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Infinite scrollback in Terminal (Yosemite)

I would like to save the scrollback history in terminal basically forever. I don't mean bash history, I mean all the text that ever scrolled past in the terminal, not just the commands entered. I ...
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Hover doesn't follow mouse until click

The best way to explain it is... You know how when you're at the dock and you put your mouse over something and it magnifies it? It doesn't do that for me, I have magnification turned on yet that ...
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PC user wants Windows/Linux key mappings [duplicate]

I'm a long-time PC and Linux user. Recently, I was given a mac mini (Yosemite) for my job. I've still got my full-size PC keyboard (with number pad). There are several differences. The biggest one is ...
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OS X prompts for password when connecting unencrypted volume and Disk Utility repair does not work

I have an external 250 GB SSD which now, when I connect it (via USB) to the computer, causes the OS (10.10.3) to prompt me with: Enter a password to unlock the disk The problem (well, a problem) ...
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Open application in specific space through AppleScript

I have a script that I run when I get to work to open all of the applications that I work with. But when I run it they all open in one space. I'm running OSX Yosemite 10.10.3. So I need an ...
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Downloading Mac OS X to a PC

Is it possible to download Mac OS X to a PC? Some people have told me that it is possible but I've done some research and I haven't found anything that really convinces me the real Mac OS is somewhere ...
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Prevent menu bar from appearing in full screen mode when the mouse is on the edge of the screen

I use vmware fusion to host windows 8. I use it in full screen mode. An annoying thing happens when the mouse cursor is near the top of the screen, the display seems to jump around slightly and then ...
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Crash of User on OS X 10.10.3 and returning to Login Screen

On a Mac mini running OS X 10.10.3 with Server 4.1 I have repeatedly have a crash that leads to closing the actual user and returning to the login screen. Below some logs from the console. The folder ...
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OSX: Pick screen for notifications

I recently hooked up 2 displays to my MacBook. Now the notifications always show up on my right screen. This means that I have to turn my head and in addition move my mouse a considerable long way to ...
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Current line number keeps to be 0 no matter where cursor is

Please see the attached to images. When I change the line the line numbers changes, so that the cursor's line number is always 0, the previous and next line numbers are always 1. Is it a bug? OS: ...
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Application will not let me quit it. What should I do?

The Bit-torrent Transmission application will not let me quit it in my Mac (latest OS X). Actually the icon says "application not responding". When I open up activity monitor it is not there. Also, ...
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iPhone not syncing CARDDAV OSX Server 10.10

iPhone 6 8.3 linked to OSX 10.10 Server CARDDAV shows only Addressbook as group, but iPad and Macs with same settings get the proper groups for that account. I've deleted/installed the account ...
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Applescript variable not being passed

I have a basic applescript to request a user's input, then pass the variable into a path for mounting a volume: display dialog "What is the first letter of your last name?" default answer "" set ...
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Remote access to a time capsule in Yosemite

Just bought the time capsule: http://store.apple.com/us/product/ME177LL/A/airport-time-capsule-2tb It's working as a main router (DHCP, NAT) I have turned on "Back to my Mac" option with file ...
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How can I set a preference for root user from an admin account?

I'd like to disable ApplePersistence for TextEdit when launched as root $ sudo -b /Applications/TextEdit.app/Contents/MacOS/TextEdit So I set it, to no avail though. $ sudo defaults read ...
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Cannot press Shift+T in OS X

Since a few days, I am not being able to press T and any other key on my Wired Apple Keyboard. Nothing happens when I press Shift and T. Keyboard shortcuts like Cmd+Shift+T don't work. Cmd+T works. ...
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Finder no longer keep tabs after restart in Yosemite

My preference is working with one Finder window with multiple tabs. So previously the Finder could memorize the tabs and reopen them both after I close/reopen the window and after I restart the ...
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Upgraded to Yosemite, mkdir now says “permission denied”

I upgraded from OS 10.7.3 to 10.10.3. Now I get "permission denied" when I run mkdir on folders that I own and have full permission. For example : I own a folder called ...
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Split tunneling In Mac OS X

I have an VPN application that creates a logical interface in OS X programmatically. Once created, its configured with private IP and parameters and the Routing Table is updated accordingly. The ...
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How to let Xcode build apps and use playgrounds when parental control is enabled

I would like to know how to let Xcode build apps and use playgrounds when parental control is enabled. In fact app restriction is enabled, but even if Xcode is authorised it asks for authorisation ...
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Why does the updating of the default route entry of physical interface take 1 minute in Mac OS X

I created a logical interface using my VPN Application and added the default route - in the routing table as my logical interface. To add the default route programmatically, I have to delete the ...
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Where is the mount point and format of the iOS memory when it is plugged in a mac?

I would like to do manual changes to my iOS iPhone, and I would like to know if it is possible to plug the iOS into a mac, find the mount point and /dev/disk<number> and then cd to it and do ...