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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“config” scripts exist outside your system or Homebrew directories

I'm currently using pyenv and pyenv-virtualenv, which i've installed via Homebrew. I've added if which pyenv > /dev/null; then eval "$(pyenv init -)"; fi to enable shims and autocompletion and if ...
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How to hack into a deceased person's Mac that is still running?

This is kind of an unusual question: a (non-technical) friend of mine (quite literally) on the other side of the world finds herself in the following situation: A person died unexpectedly, their Mac ...
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Open a corrupted .dmg

My MPB crashed and had some permission issue on booting. I tried some repairs with the recovery session but now it has a kernel panic... I have an external device I can boot from, and I made a copy ...
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Repeated requests to update icloud preferances

I keep getting requests to update my iCloud preferences. I do so by reentering my password the the requests keep coming
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How do I get 'New Terminal at Folder' functionality when dragging a folder to the terminal dock icon?

Sometimes I like to open folders in Terminal by dragging the folder to the Terminal dock icon. However this creates a new Terminal window instead of creating a new tab in my current Terminal window. ...
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Is it normal for there to be a 5min+ period of high CPU usage when going to sleep under El Capitan?

I have recently upgraded my 8GB MacBook Pro (mid 2010, model ID: MacBookPro6,2) from OS X 10.6.8 to 10.11.4. Under Snow Leopard, after I closed the lid it would take something like 30 seconds to ...
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Does anyone know an AppleScript to save Stickies note state?

I have some Stickies notes on different Desktop spaces. The problem is, every time I have to restart OS X, because of an OS update for example, a Stickies note does not restore to the Desktop space it ...
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Apple Script for copying path and name and pasting it in Spotlight Comment box Mac OS X 10.9.5 (and 10.11.4)

I have a bunch of files to rename from someone else that sit inside folders and subfolders, and would like to copy the path and file name to the Spotlight comment of each file before I do anything ...
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OS X says 90GB of Apps

I have an SSD of 250GB, and in the Storage view of about this Mac it's write I have close to 90GB of apps, when clearly the applications folder is only 18GB. I can hardly believe that system ...
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Extract text between two unicode symbols using AppleScript or bash?

My goal is to take text from a standard .txt document, and use (preferably) Terminal or Applescript to extract text between the symbols ▶ and •. While there is only one ▶ symbol there are multiple ...
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El Capitan graphics don't wake from sleep / WindowServer process at 100%

Running 10.11.4 on a MacBook Pro Retina 15-inch Late 2013. Device is generally connected to an external display. When slept for a "long" period of time (more than an hour?) the graphics often don't ...
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Help my MacBook Pro keeps crashing and I have no Idea why

I have a 2015 Macbook Pro 13" Retina running 10.11.4 , which has been crashing every now and again and have no idea what sets it off. The last two times I was on Safari and the other I was happened ...
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Connecting my Roll Up Piano via USB to record MIDI

I have a roll up piano (see the image) that has an USB output. An USB cable comes with it: it is able to connect the roll up piano with the computer. I have connected it to my macbook. ...
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Change shortcut to change input source (keyboard language)

I'm trying to change the keyboard combination to change the input source from Option-Command-Space / Command-Space to any other combination. I am not able to find any solution for that. Is it possible ...
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MacBook Pro intermittently won't let me login after sleep

I am occasionally running into problems where I can't login after sleep. Sometimes I open the lid of my Macbook Pro and it shows the usual login screen, but if I type my password in and click enter ...
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How to set default application for special link types (e.g., ssh://)?

Some applications will signal to the OS that they can open special link type, such as ssh:// or github-mac://. They get automatically opened for such links by the web browser (or when using open in a ...
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How to inspect TCP/IP packets

How can I inspect IP packets send through currently open TCP connections? I opened a nettop utility in Terminal, which I think lists IP packet, but doesn't tell anything about their content, namely ...
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Move user folder (HDD) back to main drive (SSD)

Since large SSDs were quite expensive a while ago, I've moved my User directory to a 1 TB HDD back then. Now I'm going to upgrade to a 1 TB SSD and am thinking about the best and safest way to move ...
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Accidentally Deleted BootCamp Partition. How to recover files and merge partition?

I accidentally deleted the BootCamp partition through Disk Utility on MBP 2012 Yosemite 10.10.5. I had some important files on the BootCamp partition. Unfortunately, I have no backup of the Windows ...
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SCEP Request on Mac

I am looking for a way to issue a SCEP request to my organizations CAIssuing server. I manage a number of Macs and we currently import the certificates by hand using a profile on a web server. I know ...
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OS volume shows as type 'FFFFFFFF-FFFF-FFFF-FFFFFFFF' after attempting to delete some Linux partitions—cannot log in

I was unable to just delete the partitions left by an old Linux Mint installation by pressing the '-' button in disk utility. I looked online and read that I could reformat them to a journaled format ...
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in terminal, I cannot type lower case e

2015 MBP, fully up to date OSX I open a terminal window and if I type the letter "e" (without quotes of course) it beeps and will not type the letter. Every other letter works just fine in terminal. ...
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Kiosk-style mode that can clear cookies after X minutes?

I'm looking for some type of solution that would allow me to set up Kiosk-mode and allow users to access a sensitive website, but would have the ability to clear their session (i.e., cookies) after X ...
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How to configure browser used by web page Reminders?

How can I change which browser the Mac Reminders.app uses to open "this webpage" associations for a Reminder, so I can change the "Open Google Chrome Canary" notification button to an "Open Mozilla ...
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Install InkScape without XQuartz

Is it possible to install InkScape without XQuartz? I did install it already and it's working but I feel like it's not that native (e.g. the menu doesn't appear on the top pannel but until the title ...
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Infinite “Verifying *.pkg”

I have been staring the following to dialogs for about an hour: This problem does't only occur on one specific application. Instead, all applications seem to experiencing an infinite verification ...
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Two mouses one Mac

Remember this old Easter egg from Google link. I want to know: is it possible to have the cursors from two mouses on one Mac? I am able to dualscreen. Thanks
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Updating individual Darwin libraries?

I was wondering how one would go about doing this rather than waiting for them to be updated in a maybe too-distant System update? I receive notifications of security updates to Unix libraries like ...
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How can I get Fn-↑ to pageup, and Fn-↓ to pagedown with an Anker external keyboard?

I have this Anker keyboard. Fn↑ and Fn↓ executes Home and End, instead of Page Up and Page Down. Is there any way to fix this? It works fine using the builtin keyboard. In Chrome, on many websites ...
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Using built-in apps or command on OS X, is there a way to limit iTunes download and webpage upload speed?

There are two situations I found useful to limit download and upload speed on a Mac: iTunes download of a movie -- I don't want that to use a lot of bandwidth but want maybe 50% or 70% of bandwidth ...
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Where did this Data folder come from?

Does anyone know where this folder came from? I don't believe that I created it, but it doesn't seem that it comes by default because there is nothing in it. The folder I'm referring to is the one ...
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Open new Terminal window with home directory set to current directory?

I want to programatically open a new Terminal window. I've setup a custom profile in the Terminal preferences and exported the profile. I can open a new window with that profile by calling it ...
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How to disable sparkle.framework updates for specific app?

I need to disable auto updates for one of the apps installed in my Mac (OS X 10.11.4). The developer keeps releasing new versions but I want to stay at a specific version that works just as I need. ...
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Undo/Recover a quick formatted JHFS+ HDD drive

I just have made the biggest mistake in my life, accidentally format ~2TB of my personal data. Here is information about the Disk : 2TB HDD Drive : GUID Partition Map : OS X Extended (Journaled) : ...
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How to delete all log files in Library/Containers with Terminal

I want to get rid of all the application log files that are not stored in ~/Library/Logs but in ~/Library/Containers/bundle.id/.../Logs I tried this: find ~/Library/Containers -name Logs -type d ...
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OSX DPI scaling

Windows has a feature that can make text and GUI objects larger by changing a DPI setting. This helps keeping the monitors native resolution, but still make text and objects larger on screen. Is ...
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What is the latest operating system that my 2006 MacBook Pro will support?

I have a 2006 15-inch MacBook Pro. I have upgraded the RAM to 3GB, and I have 9GB of free hard drive space. I'm looking to upgrade the OS since it's currently running Snow Leopard (10.6.8), and not ...
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NFS Mount failed and now it says `Device not configured`

I have Macbook Pro 2015, running El Capitan 10.11.1 and I am having issues with NFS mounts. I also have an Android TV Box and it mounts NFS without any issues, so I guess the issue is with my laptop. ...
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Add a caption to an image

Need a simple program to add captions to lots of images (Several 1000 - for a hobby website). Some will have the same caption, so copy and paste are a requirement, but may need background colour ...
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Tap and drag delay

I enabled dragging with the trackpad in my preferences: It works well, but there is a delay after I release my finger from the touchpad. So, I: Double tap and begin dragging If I release my ...
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Delete last word using Command + Backspace

Is there a setting to delete the last word using the command key and backspace? Currently this combination of keys deletes the current line. Instead, I want to delete the last word (before the ...
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Can't write to /usr even with sudo

Here's my problem: sudo php -d detect_unicode=0 go-pear.phar ...should let me run as root and modify /usr & /usr/share directories, but I get this: Below is a suggested file layout for your ...
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Safari not responding on 2016 MacBook

I have met with an issue on Safari on my 2016 12" MacBook. Safari will occasionally freeze and not respond. Even after I force quit and relaunch it, it still freezes after a few seconds and I have to ...
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faster way to close MacOS X windows with only a mouse

In Mac applications that open a lot of windows, the most common thing I do with a window (aside from scrolling it) is closing one window. The little red dot in the upper-left corner of a window is the ...
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FFMPEG convert multiple .MOV files to .MXF using Automator

I need some help with an automator solution. If I want to convert multiple .MOV files in one folder using Automator service with this command: ffmpeg -i INPUT.MOV (-timecode 00:00:00) -c:v ...
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Mac freezes on OSX install and redirects to recovery mode

I have a 13" mid-2014, Intel i5 CPU, 8GB RAM and 128GB flash storage MacBook Pro. I'm trying to reinstall OS X El Capitan. I have downloaded the .iso file from the App Store, and I have created a ...
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Macbook Pro Late 2011 15" Inc

I currently have a Macbook Pro late 2011 15 inch which is running Mac OS X 10.7.5 which is a little outdated for my preference. When I run a software update there it says there is no software update ...
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'cat' not displaying line breaks

For some reason cat no longer shows line breaks when I use it, while all other tools (grep, more etc) do. I am using iterm2 on OSX 10.11.4. What could be causing this behaviour? Example I have a ...
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Setting Romanian diacritics using AltGr on El Capitan

I'm a Linux user, using Ubuntu for few years. Recently I bought a Macbook and I'm trying to understand how to set up my Romanian language layout. My mac has a Romanian keyboard, but since I am a ...
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SSD configuration software

Both Intel and Samsung supply windows only configuration software for their SSDs (Intel® Solid State Drive Toolbox, Samsung Magician Software for PC). Is there anyway to achieve the same ...