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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Run AppleScript from bash script

If I wanted to run an AppleScript from within a bash script I could call a file with the list of commands that I require to execute. #!/bin/bash {some commands} osascript file.scpt {other commands} ...
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Why is the menu bar showing the VPN “Disconnecting” animation forever?

You know how when you disconnect from a VPN, you get a little scrolling "Disconnecting..." notification in the upper right notification area? Well, I'm getting that, but it never goes away. It's ...
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How do I write to NTFS drives in OS X?

What is the best, easiest, preferably cheapest way to make OS X write to NTFS-formatted drives in Mac OS X?
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How do I sync two folders in OS X Lion?

I have some files and folders on a USB drive connected to my iMac...I would like to sync them with a folder on my iMac...how do I do that? Is there built-in functionality in Lion that allows me to do ...
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How to eject my external drive when my Mac refuses because of Spotlight?

I have plugged an external disk to my Mac. Now, I want to eject it. But my Mac stubbornly refuses and says that an application may be using the disk. I have not launched any app neither opened any ...
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OSX ssh-agent: no password pasting, and problem with PKCS#8?

I use ssh on my machine, and have set up a long not-human-friendly passphrase which is saved in my password manager. What makes me crazy every time is that I cannot paste into the window pictured ...
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What's the proper way to pronounce “Mac OS X”?

I was inspired by the question Mac or Macintosh. What's the proper way to pronounce "Mac OS X"? I've heard the following things used to refer to the operating system on the Macintosh: "Mac OS Ten" ...
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How to maximise a window to fill up screen in Mavericks?

Before Mavericks, I could maximise a window while holding shift key, and the window would always fill up the entire screen without needing any third party tools or changes. It no longer works in ...
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How can I remove this icon from the menu bar?

I am seeing attached icon in the top right menu bar. I tried deleting MenuExtras by going to /System/Library/CoreServices/Menu Extrasbut it didn't help, please help to hide or remove it.
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Can Finder delete a file directly and bypass moving it to the Trash?

Is it possible to really delete a file (ie, bypass the Trash) from Finder? Currently, when I want to reclaim space from a USB drive, I rm files/folder from the Terminal, but I'd like to do it from the ...
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How to remove an accidentally dropped file shortcut icon from Finder toolbar?

I accidentally dropped a file in the Finder toolbar instead of the destination folder (the ZIP icon on the right of the screenshot): How can I remove it from the toolbar?
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How do I get detailed SMART disk information on OS X (Mavericks or later)

I'm trying to get a detailed SMART status report on the drives in my Mac. I'm not talking about "Verified," I'm talking about the detailed report that's about 100 lines long listing all the vital ...
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Can I create a shortcut to open a specific application on OS X?

I want to create a keyboard shortcut to i.e. open Firefox while I am working in another application. I know I can use ⌘ CMD+T when I am in Firefox to open a new tab. I haven't found a way to create ...
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How do I get F11 and F12 to behave like normal function keys?

I have a 2013 MacBook Pro Retina 15" and I'm trying to set the function keys to perform as normal function keys. So I want the behaviour to be inverted from the standard behaviour where I need to ...
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What Is the Keyboard Shortcut for Sleep Display Without Eject Key?

I read that if you want to put your display into sleep the keyboard shortcut is Control ⌃+Shift ⇧+Eject ⏏, but what is it in Mountain Lion or Lion using a retina MacBook Pro or MacBook Air without an ...
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Can I make a symlink (to a .app folder) in Applications directory show up in spotlight?

I used brew to install MacVim and it put it in /usr/local/Cellar/macvim/7.3-61/MacVim.app I would like to be able to go to spotlight and type MacVim to launch the app. I tried creating a symlink in ...
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Is there any Mac software to handle archives (zip, rar, 7z, tar, etc.) that allows browsing?

I am looking for a software to handle archives on OS X. I know there are many of them quite easy to find, but none seems to have the most basic feature that most Windows archive applications have: ...
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Shortcut to revert autocorrect change

I like the autocorrect feature, but sometimes I want to revert to the word I typed. If i backspace to the word, I see an overlay with the word as I typed it, but can't figure how to revert to it ...
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Disable line wrapping for output in the Terminal

I often read outputs in the terminal that get wrapped as they are too long. Since there is no way that I can modify the printed output, I need to let the Terminal allow for horizontal scrolling. Is ...
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How can I permanently dismiss Updates Available notifications?

With the Notification Center in Mountain Lion, I get an alert when software updates are available. The problem is, my only options are 'Details' and 'Update'. I don't want to interrupt my work to ...
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How can I browse photos on iPhone in Mac OSX?

Previously, on Windows, iPhone was recognized as a camera and I could browse image folder with Explorer without a need to import/download/tranfer photo files to the computer. Is there a way to do the ...
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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 to close all windows of Mac OS X Finder?

Having 30 or 40 windows of different folders open, is there any way to close all of them at once? I tried to relunch Finder, and I was happy for a second having no open window anymore, but it reopened ...
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What's the best text editor for use with large files?

What are your recommendation for opening large text files on OS X? I found both BBEdit and Textmate to be struggling in this department.
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Disable automatic iTunes launch when iPhone is plugged in via USB [duplicate]

How do I disable automatic iTunes launch when iPhone is plugged in via USB (for charging)? In fact, I would like to disable automatic launch of anything when an iPhone is plugged in (including ...
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How do I stop Finder from warning me when I change a file extension?

When renaming a file in the Finder and changing the file extension, I get the following warning message: How can I disable it?
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OS X Calendar - view shared Google calendars

I've been able to add a Google Calendar (CalDAV) account to OS X Calendar (v6, Mountain Lion 10.8.5) without problem, and all my own calendars show up. Is there a way of seeing calendars others have ...
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What is the significance of 1946-02-14 08:34:56?

When Finder is operating on a file or folder on the system, the file/folder is greyed out and unable to be opened, as well as unable to be trashed. This is most notable when copying or moving a file ...
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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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What's the correctly way to make Postfix run permanently on Lion (not server)

I can start Postfix temporarily with: $ sudo launchctl launchd% start org.postfix.master However, Console.app shows that it only runs for a short time: 26/11/11 2:00:55.710 PM postfix/master: ...
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Yosemite - Pre-release: How do I opt out installing the beta seed?

Last night Apple put forth 14B17 a Pre-release: OS X Update Seed 10.10.1 I don't want to install it, but it doesn't go away. I tried downloading the 'normal' Yosemite from the App Store and ...
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How can I remove the Finder icon from my Dock?

I've started using Forklift as a Finder replacement, so I don't need Finder in my Dock. In fact, I would much rather have Forklift be the farthest left icon so I don't accidentally click on Finder. ...
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Can I downgrade to Mavericks after installing Yosemite (beta/developer preview)?

I have installed the developer preview for Yosemite. Huge mistake. Everything in my workspace is broken. I don't have any sort of backup image. I was wondering if I could re-download Mavericks and ...
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How to determine original location of file that is currently in the Trash?

Suppose some file "Any File.pdf" is in the Trash (aka ~/.Trash). How can I determine its original location? By "original location" I mean the folder where that file would be moved to if one were to ...
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Is there a free, lightweight text editor that isn't text-only but also isn't a heavyweight IDE?

I'm not really satisfied with the text-editors available for Mac OS X. I tried TextWrangler, Smultron, Coda, SubEthaEdit, TextMate and others I do not remember. But none of the above satisfied my ...
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How to check if my HD is case sensitive or not?

How can I get information if my HD format is case sensitive or case insensitive? I want to make sure my Mac running Mountain Lion has a case sensitive file system.
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Damaged and can't be open app error message

I bought the iBoostUp app when I was using Lion, and one day it suddenly stopped working, I uninstalled it, and yesterday I got Mountain Lion hoping that it would get magically fixed, but it didn't. ...
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Mac App Store opens to blank screen; cannot switch between menu options

Today I tried opening the App Store to update some software, but when it opens I am left with a blank screen: Also, when I click on the menu items in the top bar, multiple items will highlight in ...
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Can I view system stats in the Terminal?

The widget iStat Pro allows to monitor different system stats like CPU usage network bandwidth in/out memory usage ... How can I view such system stats in the Terminal?
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Resizing or expanding a CoreStorage volume

I bought a new SSD with 750 GB and made two partitions: 600 GB and 150 GB. The smaller one was thought to be a Bootcamp partition one day, but to date it was just another unused partition. When I ...
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How can I kill a process by its name?

Sometimes I notice that the process Python hung up. Then I'll kill it via the Activity Monitor and everything is fine. I'd like to kill that process in the Terminal instead. However, looking up the ...
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How can I stop my retina display from taking 2x sized screenshots?

I recently got a retina display MacBook, and all my screenshots (via ⌘ CMD+⇧ SHIFT+3 or ⌘ CMD+⇧ SHIFT+4) end up being twice the size compared to how they appear on-screen. How can I stop this from ...
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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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How can I open port 8080 of Mac OS X Lion?

How can I open access to port 8080 from the outside world (private lan) on my Mac OS X Lion? I'd like to access a webpage that's running on my lamp stack on my mac (zend server ce) from within the ...
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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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Mimic Xcode's camelCase selection keyboard shortcuts in OS X

I spend a very large amount of time editing text in Xcode, and I would like maneuvering around text within the rest of the Cocoa Text System to offer an identical experience. There are 3 versions of ...
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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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How can I add new folders to the Favorites in the Finder sidebar?

I'd like to create a new Favorites folder item in the Finder, how can I tell the Finder that I would like a particular folder to appear in my list of Favorites shown on the left hand sidebar of the ...
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Taking a screenshot of a tooltip

I am attempting to take a screenshot of a tooltip that appears when a user hovers over it, and immediately disappears upon any key press or cursor movement. Unfortunately, this means the typical ...
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how to check if it is safe to delete iNode file (or how to inspect its contents)?

How do I check if it is safe to delete the following file? $ cd /lost+found/ $ file iNode44670523 iNode46670523: xar archive -version 1 Note: the date of the file indicates it is about 1 year old. ...