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 uninstall wget

I recently installed wget on my Mac using the instructions listed here: http://osxdaily.com/2012/05/22/install-wget-mac-os-x/ and lorcan's instructions here: How do I get "wget" for Snow ...
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Prevent installation of malware, spyware… Admin password requirement

I am new in Mac world. I am the only user of my Mac with OS X 10.9.3 but sometimes other people use my computer. My purpose is to prevent installation of malware, spyware and surveillance software. ...
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Mac freezes when I try to open a particular Folder

I am using Mac Book Pro with Mavericks. For last couple of weeks, I have been noticing that my whole machine going in to Freeze, when I try to open a particular folder. Every time when I "force ...
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How did this item get in 'Notification Center' and how do I remove it?

I have something called 'Pens Labyrinth' in my Notification Centre (screenshot below) -- How did it get there? And how do I remove/delete/uninstall it? (Also I don't understanding why am I'm seeing ...
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How to disable smart quotes

[OS X 10.9.3 (Mavericks)] I've disabled smart quotes in the keyboard settings, but whenever I type ' or " in Messages (old name: iChat), they get converted to ‘ and “. How do I disable this default ...
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External Numpad doesn't work with Macbook

Today I bought a simple USB numpad keyboard. It doesn't work with Macbook and I know why. I'm looking for some help from you. I connected that keyboard to Windows PC. When I press for example "5" ...
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How to copy files on Mac that fails to boot?

I moved some kext files from /System/Library/Extensions to ~/DisabledExtensions and now my Mac doesn't boot giving me "kernel panic" error related to some ATAPI driver. I want to copy these kext ...
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How to get around NGINX error on Max OSX 10.9.3: unknown directive “set_real_ip_from”?

I'm using MacOSX 10.9.3 and trying to run NGINX. First I install it: % brew install nginx -with-http_realip_module ==> Downloading ...
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Keep ethernet connection live during screen sleep

I have a MacBookPro running OS X 10.8.5. My understanding is Control ⌃+Shift ⇧+Eject ⏏ puts the Mac into a sleep mode. This is fine but what I want to know if there is a way to keep the ethernet port ...
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Is there any command I can use to disable brightness adjustments?

Is there any terminal command or script I can use to disable brightness adjustment system wide? I currently manage a large network of computers for a school district and we are looking for an easy ...
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OS-level virtualization (containers) for OS X

I wonder why, apart from good old chroot, no implementation of operating system-level virtualization (or containers if you prefer) exists for Mac OS X. Could it be due to kernel limitations or ...
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SVN error with certificated self-signed server with error svn: E670008: nodename nor servname provided, or not known

I try to checkout SVN but I face with this issue svn: E670008: Unable to connect to a repository at URL 'https://abc.xyz' svn: E670008: nodename nor servname provided, or not known https://abc.xyz ...
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How do I disable the “theme loaded” message in zsh

Im using zsh as my default shell and loving it. I have random themes enabled, and whenever I load a theme it displays a message on my terminal. How do I disable this message? Im talking about ...
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VMWare Fusion restoring Ctrl+Left/Right in Win7 virtual machine

I have to work on a Mac with a Win7 virtual machine in VMWare Fusion. Is there any way to get the Ctrl + ◀︎ and Ctrl+► combinations in Win7 to work again? Instead of doing what I want (jumping from ...
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Automator how copy updated files?

I want to create a folder action that will copy files from a folder whenever they are updated to a dropbox folder. It will need to overwrite the older version that is in dropbox. I'm currently working ...
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Xcode crashes when creating outlet in OSX Yosemite [closed]

I am currently using Xcode 5 on my Macbook Pro which is running OSX Yosemite. I am trying to create an outlet from a UIWebview to a header file. When I let go of my mouse to create the connection, ...
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Change Vendor/Product Id of a USB Dongle

I have a Broadcom USB Bluetooth Adaptor that I am working with, and for my project I need to change the dongle's Vendor ID and Product ID. I have tried editing the IORegistry, but it appears they are ...
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Why files created by Kaleidoscope App are in quarantine?

I like to use Kaleidoscope (v 2.1.0 - build 133.01 under Mac OS X 10.8.5) to compare 2 directories. But, when I create files by copying them from a directory to another using ...
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Virus Scan Windows 8 Bootcamp Partition from OS X?

Is there any software I can use to scan a bootcamp partition on OSX for viruses from OS X? I prefer to run the scan from OS X because: Typically Windows anti-virus solutions are more like full ...
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Disable storage of invisible files “._” on my cfs or smb network storage

I use OS X Mavericks and have some company storage drives mounted (using smb or cfs). (smb://username@address.path.toserver.com/directory/data). When I work with files on the drive or copy files to ...
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Download folder/dock stack settings

Where do if find the download dock folder stack settings so I can change them to see fan or somehow get the most recent download to show up first?
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Will a new keychain be synchronized over iCloud?

If I create a new personal Keychain, in this example I called "Test", everything I save into my new "Test" goes to my iCloud too? Or remain just local into my computer?
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Not able to update from 10.8.5 to OS X Mavericks

I'm currently trying to update my mid 2009 Macbook Pro to Mac OS X Mavericks. I've downloaded the file from App Store several times the but every time when the Install progress reaches about "1 second ...
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Mavericks Terminal - 'Command Not Found' for everything [duplicate]

About everything (even clear and open) is giving 'Command Not Found' on the Terminal. If I do and echo $PATH, it gives me this. ...
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iMac late 2009, Screen mess up - black windows

Yesterday I was working on my iMac 27" Late 2009 with OS X Mavericks 10.9, suddenly Google Chrome's tabs started to flicker. I thought restart would stop this - but after the computer boot up again it ...
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Disk partition interrupted

So I was partitioning my macbook's hard disk so as to install addition operating system. But as disk utility was in the process of partitioning, I closed the disk partition (for a reason) thinking ...
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Is it possible to change Dock icons on a per-user basis?

Can you make the Dock icon for an app appear different? Obviously you could copy the whole app or symlink parts of it, but I don't want to have to create a symlink for every single file in the ...
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How does Finder decide whether a file extension needs to be hidden?

I'm using Mavericks and I noticed some of my files have their extensions hidden and others don't. How does Finder decide whether a file extension needs to be hidden? I know I can prevent this ...
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.mov file in external HD, grayed out and won't open: “this item is already used by Mac OS X”

The file won't open, with QuickTime, with the following error message: Selecting repair disk on disk utility results in this: I'm under OSX 10.7.5.
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How can I get full resolution out of different generations of cinema displays?

I have a newer thunderbolt display and an older Apple Cinema HD display hooked up to my retina macbook pro (15 inch, early 2013, 1 GB GeForce GT 650M graphics card). The older one is going through a ...
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Why aren't Thunderbolt to USB 3.0 cables/adapters available?

I have the Late 2013 Macbook Pro, which has two USB 3.0 ports and two Thunderbolt 2 ports. I currently use both USB 3.0 ports and one TB2 port. I want to connect a third USB 3.0 device to the machine, ...
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Partition Format on Mac

Mac newbie here. I need to have a case sensitive file system. I am planning to create a separate data partition for that. 100GB (Mac/home directory) + 151GB (data partition). I have a habit of making ...
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Looking for a black/white only terminal emulator on Mac

My original question on Stack Overflow can be found here. Basically, I ssh into my linux work station from my Mac and I would like to test my program (that runs on the linux machine) if color output ...
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How to change to workspace on non-active monitor?

I have multiple workspaces. I can switch them via Ctrl + Arrow Keys Left and Right. I also have multiple monitor setup. I realized I can only switch this way on the current, active monitor. How do I ...
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How to delete files from a NAS drive in OSX

I am running Mavericks on a 2012 Mac Mini. I have a WD MyBookLive NAS drive on the network which appears under SHARED in Finder. There are lots of files on the drive I want to delete but my Mac ...
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Is it possible to convert window into tab?

I can drag a tab out of window, and it becomes independent window in Safari, Finder and other apps that support tabs. Is it possible to reverse this operation, convert window into tab by dragging it ...
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Windows management

Just wondering whether its possible to achieve my goal. Imagine you are running Firefox and have all windows minimized to Dock. If you switch to other application and back to Firefox via cmd+Tab, it ...
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Force Mac to display in grayscale

Is there a way to force OSX to display in monochrome(also known as grayscale)? I'm working with a student who has ADHD (and I am mildly ADHD myself). The colors are too much for him/her to handle. ...
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Time Machine menu bar Icon Location

I'm trying to find the Time Machine menu bar icon resource so I can change how it looks a bit. Where is that icon? In Time Machine's package contents > resources, all I see is backup.icns (the Finder ...
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The OS X GUI won't accept any passwords (but the command line will)

The graphical side of OS X has stopped accepting passwords for any account. I am definitely typing them right, but the password box just wiggles "no." And here's the weird part: I can log in from ...
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Tracks not syncing from Mac to iPhone

I have an album with two tracks in it on my Mac that does not sync to my phone despite being explicitly selected to sync. At first the two tracks were unchecked (because I didn't want them in smart ...
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Safari starts automatically after login

Since a few days, after every boot Safari will automatically start. Today, the same thing happens with OmniOutliner Pro (MAS Version). I have the latest version of OS X 10.9.3 (13D65) These programs ...
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Typing >console in username box—nothing shows up until cancelled

When I type >console into the username box on the login screen, the computer seems to freeze for a very long time. Then I press ^C^C^C^C^D^C^D^D^D^C^D and eventually the computer unfreezes—but ...
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Switch between monitors using camera

Is there any software for Mac which watches out head and focus a window that is in a specified monitor based on our head angle? I'm using 3 monitors at the same time and hitting cmd + tab is always ...
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Determine what's using the 'system' cpu in OS X Mavericks

I am running a job in R that forks multiple processes. Every once in a while it seems that when the forked processes return and the next job starts, the previously forked processes terminate, but the ...
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Restoring to a 10.6.8 from Time Machine that backed up a 10.8 system

I spilled coffee on my Macbook Air and didn't turn it off in time. It's fried. I have a Time Machine backup of the entire system. I believe it was running 10.8 when it died. I want to format my old ...
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Why does directory vanish when I do SSHFS?

I'm running Max OSX 10.9.3 and I'm trying to setup an SSHFS file-share between my MacBook Pro and a remote file system. However, when I try to do it, it doesn't work. Strangely enough, it makes the ...
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Which user's privileges do I use to run MariaDB?

I installed mariadb from Homebrew. It'll be used for CMS access through PHP. I want the DB to start when the system starts up so I added the homebrew/ mariadb-supplied launchctl plist to ...
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How to remember only a username in Safari?

Chrome and Firefox allow to remember only a username (gmail, for example) without no problem. But it's not working the same way for Safari. Safari, if remembers, it remembers both, username and ...
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decrypting FileVault2 WDE seems stuck, how to unstick?

This is happening on an MBP Mid2010 running Mac OS X 10.9.3 I have been using FileVault2 full-disk encryption for several years now; however, I needed to decrypt to repartition the disk for BootCamp. ...