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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What is the MacOSX.sdk file? Where do I find it?

I am trying to do a build of Cyanogenmod, that outputs the error: Can not find SDK at /Developer/SDKs/MacOSX.sdk However, the /Developer/SDKs directory does not even exist. I know that most of the ...
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Batch Job Scheduler

This might be weird to ask, since in all these years I've never used a Mac as a "remote scheduler", but this is what I need now. Can you recommend a batch job scheduler? What I need is to login via ...
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What happens when the kernel_task is killed?

What happens when you kill kernel_task on OS X? Is that even possible? I know that the system reboots because of kernel panic when you kill launchd, but I can't find any resources online and am afraid ...
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Syncing OSX settings and preferences to iCloud

Is there a way to sync/save OSX's own settings, preferences, etc to iCloud? I use OSX El Capitan.
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Remove Ubuntu and grow Mac partition

I'm new to the whole Mac world, and the first thing I did when I got my MacBook Air 2015 was I installed Ubuntu, but have regretted it now and want to remove it and get my space back into the Mac ...
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Index SMB share

We have a Buffalo (ntfs formatted disk). I have connected my Macs via SMB and it's awfully slow. Is there way to index it before hand accessing folders, to make it faster ? One folder with 500+ files ...
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My Security Settings don't Save

I have an odd problem with my MacBook Pro. I open the Security preferences screen, click the lock and enter my password, change the timeout before entering a password. When i close the dialogue and ...
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What command(s) are ran when you right click on a text and click “open man page” in Terminal?

I know it obviously does man, to show the request manual page. However, I wonder what it pipes the output to, because it shows the entire thing at once, but it starts from the beginning. I would love ...
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Can “Full Keyboard Access” tab-key behavior be set for the login window?

The shortcut fn-F7 toggles the tab key behavior anywhere in Mac OS X, including on the login window (called "Full Keyboard Access" in System Preferences, this determines if tab cycles through text ...
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Apple dictation missing commands in web browser

I am dealing with physical problems from the keyboard/mouse, so discovering Apple dictation has been amazing. However, I work a lot in Google Docs and Gmail... and Google Chrome (or any web browser) ...
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Limit CPU when starting a task in terminal

I'm working on an application for part of a school project that simulates an operating system and which I launch using the Terminal. By nature it will consume all possible resources to loop over and ...
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Getting full HTTP request from website

I am doing a project in which my Arduino needs to connect to a simple web page and retrieve the content of a text file. I want to use curl to see the response I would get if I sent the following HTTP ...
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How can I display the individual windows associated with a dock icon?

Say I'm working on a project and I am using Chrome and I have multiple profiles and/or windows open simultaneously. For example: Personal Chrome Profile with Google Mail and Calendar open. Work ...
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how to throttle Internet bandwidth?

In previous releases of OS X, there was a command called ipfw, that permitted throttling of network bandwidth, which is useful for running some kinds of tests on software. It appears that as of ...
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I can't get my DJ Software program to load properly

I'm using a software called rekordbox v4.0.5 for my iMac, 2.7 Core i5. The program's start up screen pops up and then never displays anything after that. Is there anyway for my to track the ...
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Keyboard layout changed

For no apparent reason my Mac mini keyboard has just changed its placement of symbols: For example, whenever I type Shift+2, expecting the @ symbol to appear, I get a " character instead. Language has ...
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App Expose, show XCode project name

Few versions of OSX ago, the project name was shown under the XCode window, when app expose was used... now just the open file name is shown, which totally useless I cannot navigate to my open ...
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prevent inbuilt apache running using server app

Using OS X 10.11.3 (15D21), with macports, apache 2.4/php 7.0.2 with OS X Server installed (for TimeCapsule sharing) I can't seem to prevent the inbuild apache from starting on reboot. if i use: ...
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OSX Terminal no longer save my commands in history

Here's my issue. Last week I realized that my OSX (10.11.13) Terminal no longer saves the command I execute in the history file(s). To be more clear: I type the command test On the same terminal ...
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Google accounts sync frequently

My Google accounts on my Mac sync constantly. accountsdand soagent go crazy and Messages works hard or freezes, etc. Can’t I tell my contacts to just sync like once an hour or something? The fetch ...
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How to check if memory usage goes above a certain number?

I have Dashlane installed, which makes it so that all passwords in my browser get typed automatically. It's actually really useful, except for a single flaw: it leaks so much memory. Seriously. After ...
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Some .apps only open via sudo /Applications/*.app/Content/MacOS/*

I have a few that after install will refuse to open - no error. The first time they may appear in the Dock for a second or two; then disappear. It may or may not be a coincidence - but both have ...
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Batch compress multiple folders into individual zip files

I have dozens of folders that I need to compress into individual zip files. If I select all of these folders in the Finder and do "Compress [X] Items," I get one zip file containing all of the ...
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How to use SSH keys and disable password authentication

I'm trying to access a Mac remotely (I do have physical access to this Mac) through SSH from a Linux client computer. My goal is to access this Mac from outside the network. Port forwarding is set up ...
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How to trigger a bash script from right click in Safari on a particular URL?

is it possible when I'm in Safari and have link (URL) to trigger a bach script with an right mouse option? The bach script should be run with this format: bash scriptname.sh -parameter -parameter ...
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Mac & iPhone auto reinstall software

The day before yesterday, my iPhone just restart, erased and reinstalled iOS by itself. Just one day later, my Mac did the same! Is that a settings problem or maybe a virus?
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How to stop maps, photos, and ibooks from loading in dock on startup

I checked system preferences (screenshot attached). They are not listed there. I checked the folders mentioned in this question, but they are not listed there: # Nothing grep -i -R photo ...
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Setting Default Folder Settings using defaults write

I am trying to set the default settings for every folder to be Arranged By: Name and Sort By: Kind using defaults write. I know that there are these options; defaults write com.apple.Finder ...
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autocomplete in zsh after `npm run tdd` command

I'm using OS X 10.10.3, I have installed zsh. And every time when I want to run a specific test I configured in package.json to execute npm run tdd followed by the test file. In linux systems if I ...
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Get Number of PDF Pages in Terminal

How can I output the number of pages in a PDF in the Terminal? I looked into the lp family of commands, with no luck however.
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How can I preserve indentation in Notes.app on OS X?

Suppose I've got a text formatted like this: To do: To buy: milk I would like the Notes app to keep the indentation level as I enter a new line: To do: To buy: milk ...
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Should I upgrade Mac OS 10.6.8 to El Capitan on Macbook Air 2010?

I have the Macbook Air 11' late 2010 with Core 2 Duo and 2 GB RAM. I decided to install XCode 7, but it requires Mac OS 10.11 El Capitan. So, should I upgrade OSX on my 5-yearold macbook air? I worry ...
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OpenVPN JSONDialog error on OS X Snow Leopard

I've been using OpenVPN for a few weeks on Snow Leopard with no problems, but just recently it began giving me a long (dozens of lines) error when I attempt to connect. It starts with: "Unexpected ...
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How to have programs maintain their front-to-back ordering when Command-Tabbing away and back?

So if I'm in Chrome, and have 2 windows open, and have window A in focus, and then I Control-Tab to my Terminal window, do some stuff, and Control-Tab back, the WRONG Chrome Window is on top. My ...
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Screen sharing in OSX El Capitan

I have a 2012 Macbook Pro and a 2013 Mac Mini, both running El Capitan with all latest updates. The Mac Mini is "headless" as I use it as a media server. I connect to the Mini from the MBP using the ...
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Swap CMD and Alt only on external keyboard

On my external mechanical keyboard the Super/Windows/CMD key is between Ctrl and Alt, but on the Mac keyboard it's between Alt and Space. Can I swap CMD and Alt only on the external keyboard?
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App Files on Mac OS X - Visual Studio Code

I have been using an App (Visual Studio Code) on Mac OS X for several months now. Somehow I've gotten the app into an unusable state on Mac OS X. I uninstalled it and reinstalled it. However, that did ...
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Archive utility hangs at 5 seconds remaining

I'm using OSX El Capitan (v10.11.2). The compression task was begun about 24 hours ago and had reached the About 5 seconds estimation after a couple hours. But it does not complete for whatever ...
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If “STOP” Is typed do this

Would it be possible For example would it be possible for me to code a very simple repeat code but say If I just typed STOP that it would end the program here is my beginning code for the repeat. set ...
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OS X El Capitan keeps changing the auto hide Dock feature

Up until recently I have had no issue with the Dock. I always leave it showing and don't have auto-hide enabled. Now whenever I switch program from Chrome to Skype or Terminal to System Preferences ...
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Change the icon of a single, specific file

I want to change the icon of a single, specific file, eg. not all the docs file, only one .doc file (and this change should even persist). Is this possible? How?
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Cannot kill process shown in parenthesis

I started a rather long dd command that I would like to stop. ps shows: $ ps PID TTY TIME CMD 2006 ttys002 0:00.00 (dd) The dd process is shown in parenthesis without the argument. ...
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Why can't I update my imovie?

I can't update my iMovie - it always says "These apps cannot be accepted by your Apple ID" anyone knows why?
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Can't seem to redirect input in Terminal

I'm having issues getting redirection to work in Terminal. I'm in a C++ class where we have to create an application, then find that application in the Terminal and place a text file in the same ...
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The SUM function in Numbers 3.6.1 on my Mac OS X10.10.5 isn't calculating correctly. Why?

You can see in the attached screenshot that I have used the SUM function to add the values in column E. There are several "1" values (you can see one in cell E126) but the SUM always comes out at ...
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Is it possible to simulate a continuos press in AppleScript?

The closest solution to a continuous key press that I know is just repeating a key press a certain number of times: repeat 1000 times tell application "System Events" to keystroke "c" using ...
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Install App Store Application via Script [duplicate]

I'm working on automating my OSX setup further and I was curious if anyone knows how to install application via a script from the app store. I've seen examples before but it involved opening safari ...
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How can I sync Saved searches to an external hardrive

Is there an Mac tool I can use to sync saved searches/smart folders to a external hardrive? Note: I've tried time machine but I can't include the saved searches. With time machine I can only exclude ...
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My battery icon has x in it

My MacBook Pro 15" battery has a black X in the battery icon and the indicator lights on the side do not light up when button is pressed. What could be the problem? It runs fine when plugged in
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Checking if a driver is loaded for a device

I'm trying to get a Hauppauge Nova-T USB dongle working under OS X El Capitan. I found an unofficial driver installer and a program to watch television using this dongle, but the program is not ...