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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Incompatible library version with mpicxx

I am trying to compile a c++ code to a dynamically linked library on my Mac v10.10 I am hoping the error I receive isn't specific to the c++ code, rather thatI am missing some dependencies. I run ...
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How do you position your hand to press Command (cmd) + Option (alt) keys?

Combination Cmd+Opt+some key is pretty common in OS X. For example "cut": Cmd+C Cmd+Opt+V. I'm struggling to press it with one hand. It's hard. Things goes insane if combination also includes Shift ...
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Is it 'OK' to use the root user as a normal user?

I have enabled the root user on my Mac so I can log into it and run Finder etc. Me being the lazy person that I am, just transferred everything from my home directory to /var/root. I'm not too sure of ...
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iPhoto library was deleted, had me create a new library. Went into Finder & don't have the “Masters” folder. Where are my original photos?

I did a little research, & I found numerous websites directing me to go to iPhoto on Finder, right click, & click on "Show Package Contents". When I click on it, I am directed to a folder that ...
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Accessibility Menu items no longer selectable under OS X Yosemite?

If I'm not mistaken, in earlier editions of OS X, the menu items pictured below could be selected to turn them on or off. Apparently, that's changed in Yosemite. Is there a way to turn on each ...
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General Autocompletion

Does anyone know of a good way to have autocompletion of custom items on a mac? I know this is built into different programs, but what I would like would be independent of the program being used. ...
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How can I share Photos across multiple users on Apple Photos?

Me and my wife have separate Itunes accounts and have separate users on our Mac computer. Once we upload our photos to our computer to our own accounts we delete them from our devices. Is there a ...
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iMessages -> Screen Sharing - is there some trick to actually making this work?

Every once in a while I'm chatting with a friend via iMessages on OSX, we're both on the same OSX version & all, and I decide to go "hey, let's share screens". I've tried this on and off with ...
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Upgrade svn on OS X 10.9

On OS X 10.9.5, there is /usr/bin/svn, which is version 1.7.19 (r1643991). However, the most recent version is 1.8.13. Apperently, with version 1.7.19 I cannot access certain subversion servers. How ...
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Dialogue box fonts are missing. Showing up only as A's with Squares or boxes. How can I fix this? Help [duplicate]

I installed Adobe Acrobat Pro DC and now every time the computer asks me to input a password in the dialogue box I get this weird anti-font. It looks like Capital A's inside of boxes. Its like the ...
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How to do raw device access with VirtualBox?

So I am trying to set up raw device access w/ VirtualBox to use a ext4/linux disk as a guest OS within Mac OS X, but haven't succeeded yet. Following the VirtualBox docs, Chapter 9.9.1.1, ...
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To use XCode for Deparse converted Perl Script [migrated]

Minimum Script for Practicing conversion of terminal scripts into Perl and using them finally in Xcode use strict; use warnings; ## Conversion of one-liner into Script by perl -MO=Deparse # Original ...
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not able to install m2crypto on mac

I was trying to install m2crypto on my mac behalf of saltstack implementation. system information localhost:~ Apple$ sw_vers ProductName: Mac OS X ProductVersion: 10.8.5 BuildVersion: 12F45 ...
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ITunes backups - how's the UID generated?

I'm struggling with an issue with an encrypted backup (see Apple Backup encrypted format specs? I need to decrypt part of a backup (for which I have the key) that iTunes won't restore and How to ...
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Make files in `/usr/local` writable for homebrew

I've been trying to get homebrew working nicely, but it appears everything inside /usr/local isn't writable, and everything falls over. It keeps telling me to recursively chown /usr/local, and I ...
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Mac dictation custom commands not working

I use the Mac Yosemite (10.10.3) built in dictation extensively, and I find it does a really good job of understanding my speech, at least when I'm speaking in complete sentences. I also use the ...
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How can i get itunes to backup my iphone with limited disk. I linked the backup dir to an ext drive with space yet still won't backup?

On OSX yosemite, a machine with limited disk space free. In order to backup my iphone, I've linked the ~/Library/Application Support/MobileSync/Backup dir to an external drive. iTunes, correctly ...
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Dashboard massively consume CPU and memory

I have set my dashboard as overlapped in system preferences, and I despite I have few widgets on it (just a calculator, a calendar and a clock), it takes all my CPU and memory: For now I've just ...
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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) ...