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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How to make Time Machine backups over network without OS X server?

At our institute, we have several Macs (from 10.6 to 10.8) but not one is running a server version. In the one running 10.8 there are 4.5 TB of hard-drives from which 2 x 2 TB are raided together ...
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How do you delete apps from Lion's Launchpad?

When pressing alt/option in Lion's Launchpad, only some icons get the delete X overlay to remove them. How do you delete the others? I've read that control-option-command should do this, but it ...
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Concisely starting Mac OS apps from the command line

I do a fair amount of work in the command line, and I find myself defining a lot of aliases of the form: alias skim='/Applications/Skim.app/Contents/MacOS/Skim' Is there a way to add magic such ...
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In their simplest form, do programs just run terminal commands?

Say for example in a program it lets me select one folder and copy it to another location, on a very basic level is that application running commands that I could run in terminal or is it using some ...
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MBP SSD upgrade - which settings to change?

After replacing the harddisk drive in MacBook Pro with a Solid State Disk I am wondering which settings I should change and how. Thinking of things that are supposed to protect the SSD like ...
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Are there any free and lightweight spreadsheet programs for the Mac?

I'm looking for a free spreadsheet editor that is simple and lightweight. I don't want to install OpenOffice just to use a some spreadsheets every once in a while.
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Case-insensitive ls sorting in Mac OSX

How can I make the ls command in Max OS X Lion sort files and directories similar to how Ubuntu Linux does (case-insensitive, directories NOT on top, dot files NOT on top)? Ideally I'd like to do ...
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How do I make windows save their position on screen after re-attaching a display?

When I attach a second monitor to my MacBook, I drag many windows onto it. When I detach the monitor, all the windows move back onto my MacBook's display. How can I make it so that when I re-attach ...
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How do so set “date added” metadata in Mac OS X 10.7 Lion

The Finder in Mac OS X 10.7 Lion shows a new piece of file metadata, "Date Added," which tracks the date an item was added to a folder. After upgrading to 10.7, none of the items in my ~/Downloads ...
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Delay in keyboard responsiveness after wake with Mountain Lion?

After upgrading to Mountain Lion, now when I open the lid to my 2010 13" MacBook Air, there is a 3-5 second delay between when the screen powers on and when the keyboard will respond to key presses in ...
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Restore functionality of Escape key in Finder (Mavericks)

It's always been possible to remove focus from all selected files in Finder by pressing the ⎋ Escape key. It would appear that this is no longer possible in OS X Mavericks. I navigate the Finder ...
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Can Mac App Store installs & upgrades be automated?

How can I script installing or upgrading apps from the Mac App Store? I'd prefer command line tools, but AppleScript or some other API would suffice. Relevant puzzle pieces: installer: note ...
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When opening a DMG file, how do I get it to open up in front of the windows?

Whenever I download a .dmg file and then open it (usually from the download bar in Chrome), it opens up in the background. Is there any way to get it to open up in front of my window? Edit To ...
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Dropbox-like client for Macs to access existing FTP/WebDAV/CMIS storage

We have many users on Macs that access their files on one big non-Mac server that supports FTP/WebDAV/CMIS. PROBLEM: They can not use their files while not connected to the Internet. QUESTION: Is ...
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Switching from Ubuntu to OS X and I'm lost

Situation I got tired of some bugs/annoyments in Ubuntu(=some programs coming along with it). For example after using compiz for a few days I found bugs that were distracting my work flow pretty bad ...
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Is it possible to launch a program in a specific language?

I'm a developer, and my primary language is French, so I use Mac OS X in French. However, I need on a regular basis to open an application in English to do support. Right now I'm going to the ...
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How do I set OS X to boot by default?

I set Windows 7 to my Boot Camp. Windows 7 starts now by default in the normal boot. However, I want that OSX boots by default and Windows 7 only as I press ALT and then select it. How can you set ...
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How to record iPhone screen on OS X Yosemite?

OS X Yosemite brought support for recording iPhone/iPad screen natively without having to using AirPlay applications like AirServer or Reflector. How do I record the iPhone screen on OS X Yosemite ? ...
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Why does “Open With” display so many instances of an app? [duplicate]

When I select a file and right click on it to use the "Open With" option I see a list of the most likely applications for opening that file, but in my case, running 10.9.5, I see three and sometimes ...
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CrashPlan's top-bar icon, how to get it?

I have two Macs running CrashPlan. In one of them, one day, a CrashPlan icon appeared on the top menu bar that informs me when backups are being done, how much is backed up, etc. In the other one, I ...
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OSX keeps switching to the first space

I use spaces with 10.9. I run a few applications in full screen mode. While focused on an application in full screen mode every minute or so I switched back to the first space. This happens with no ...
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Can't plot with gnuplot on my Mac

I am trying to plot with gnuplot on my Mac (OS X 10.8.5). I have installed X11 and XQuartz 2.7.4 and after that I installed gnuplot, but unfortunately gnuplot couldn't plot. Simple plots like the ...
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How do I move a window to my secondary monitor above the menu bar?

I just bought a second monitor which I've placed on a stand above my macbook. It seems to be working great but I can't move any application windows on to it because it's also above the menu bar. Is ...
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Where are Microsoft Office for Mac My Templates stored?

Where do Word for Mac and Powerpoint for Mac store user templates?
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Cannot unlock password protected SSH key in OS X Mavericks

I just upgraded to OSX 10.9, and when trying to establish an SSH connection with public key authentication, a prompt appears asking for my SSH key password. I initially thought that the upgrade ...
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What does “@” signify in unix file permissions?

I have a file with the following permissions on my MacBook Pro: -rwxr-xr-x@ 1 root wheel 101K Feb 29 17:09 apachectl What does the @ stand for? I can't execute the file and this is the only ...
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How can I change Fn keys usage based on application?

I would like to know if there is any application that can enable you use use Fn keys differently based on the current application. For example in terminal or you favourite IDE you want to use them as ...
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Why does Apple not support Power Nap on some of the Macs that have Power Nap capability?

Apple has already released the OS X Mountain Lion Technical Specifications which lists some Macs as excluded from certain features of Mountain Lion including: Power Nap When is a Mac excluded from ...
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What are Mac OS replacements for Visio?

Visio is the most conspicuous example of a program that I found useful on Windows for which I have not identified a Mac-compatible replacement. Visio's primary function is as a flowchart diagramming ...
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Is there a native terminal in OS X, without having to load the desktop, window manager, etc? [duplicate]

FOr example, in linux you can boot to a terminal, you don't have to load a desktop, window manager, etc. Is there something like this in Mac OS X? And like in Linux, is it possible to switch to one of ...
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Is it possible to read iBooks without an iOS device?

I no longer have an iPhone or iPad, but still have books in my iTunes account that I would like to read. Is there a program for OS X that will allow me to read iBooks without an iOS device? I am ...
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Is there console mode in Mac OS X?

Is there something like Linux console in Mac OS X? Like "terminal", but without running graphics environment.
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How to hide computer name and user name in terminal command prompt

How can I hide username and computer in terminal command prompt? In Terminal it says Last login: Mon Jan 13 00:00:14 on ttys000 Whatever:~ UserName$ Is it possible to show just the current ...
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How is Adobe Update Notifier auto launched on Mac OS X?

It seems the Adobe Update Notifier sometime autolaunches on startup, however I cannot find where it's launched from. I've checked in Lingon as well as my login startup items but it's not there. Any ...
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Why does OS X require admin privileges to unmount a drive from the terminal using `umount` but not when using Finder?

Anyone can unmount a usb drive from Finder by clicking on the "eject" icon next to it. However, only a user with administrative privileges can unmount a drive from the terminal using umount. Are ...
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List all devices connected, lsblk for Mac OS X

In Linux if I want to see all the devices currently connected to my computer in the command-line, I run: lsblk or blkid What's the equivalent command under Mac OS X? NOTE The goal here is ...
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How can I find the serial number on a mac programmatically from the terminal?

What command can I use to retrieve the system's serial number from the unix command line? As uname will output some information about the software and hardware, I would like to retrieve the serial ...
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Is it possible to burn a DVD out of the Lion app store install?

Is it possible to burn a DVD out of the Lion app store install?
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How do I resolve duplicate “in the cloud” songs in iTunes 11?

When I installed iTunes 11, for some reason it re-downloaded all my purchased "in the cloud" songs even though they were already in my library. So now I have duplicate songs, one that matches the ...
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What is an quick way to create a new blank file in Lion?

In Windows, one can create a new file using Right Click -> Add New -> Type of File. Is there an analogous action in Lion? I just want to create a new blank file on my Desktop.
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Installing Xcode via command line

I am a Linux user and have never used OSX before. Someone asked me for help with installing some software on an OSX "Lion" server. I asked him to give me an SSH shell, assuming that would be ...
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Can someone help me read this crash report as a user?

How can I read a crash report to get an idea as to what happened? Sample Sanitised Crash Report: Process: SoftwareUpdateCheck [16198] Path: /System/Library/CoreServices/Software ...
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How can I get OSX Mavericks to notice a DNS change in `/etc/hosts`?

A common way to "block" a website (eg, to eliminate it as a distraction) is to edit /etc/hosts and point the domain to the loopback address. Eg: # Stop goofing off 127.0.0.1 youtube.com On ...
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“iPad Not Charging” Notification is annoying - Mavericks

I get this really damn annoying banner every time I plug in my iPad and sometimes when I build and go in Xcode it loses connection with the iPad for a second and reconnects straight away. Anyone know ...
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How to determine which files are on SSD on Fusion Drive?

My question is: How can i determine which files are on the SSD "partition" on Fusion Drive? I have an iMac with 1TB Fusion Drive, and it would be good to know which apps or data are on which ...
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Can I lower the minimum display brightness? How?

When working late, I'd like to lower the screen brightness further than the OS X allows in using the brightness keys. While you can use ⌥+⇧+F1/F21 to change the brightness in smaller ...
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How can I move virtual memory swap files to a different drive or partition?

note: This is a question that I asked on SuperUser a while ago. I'm re-posting it here because I think it belongs here. By default, Mac OS X stores its swap files in /private/var/vm/. I would like to ...
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Is the blue button outline in dialog windows removed in Yosemite when using Tab (keyboard navigation)?

Being a zealous user of keyboard navigation, I activated All controls in Full Keyboard Access (Preferences > Keyboard > Shortcuts). In Mac OS X 10.9 Mavericks I was used to having a blue ...
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Copy and paste stops working

For several months now i've had an issue where after using my laptop for a couple of weeks without restarting, i'll slowly lose my ability to copy and paste. First it's only between different apps ...
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Is it possible to get via CLI the commercial name (Lion, Mountain Lion, Mavericks, …)

At the moment I'm using both uname and sw_vers darwin_version=`uname -r` osx_version=`sw_vers -productVersion` But if I want to display the commercial name (Lion, Mountain Lion, Mavericks, ...) I ...