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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Xcode Update SDK to 10.9

I ran the update for Mavericks as well as the Xcode 5.1 update (build 5B130a) and I can't find a way to update my OS X SDK from 10.8 to 10.9 (The only updates that show up are iOS SDK 6.1 and the ...
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This disk is your os x startup disk and appears to have been partitioned by another utility

I had Windows 7 installed via Bootcamp but I messed things up when I tried to install Ubuntu as a third OS. Now my goal is to go back to OS X and Windows 7/8.1 dual boot. However, when I go to Boot ...
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Homebrew and existent software in /usr/local

Is it ok to install homebrew in default(for homebrew) deirectory /usr/local if I've already have installed software there. In other words, if Mysql and GPGTool already installed in /usr/local and ...
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How to find out which Safari tab is using massive memory?

As described in my other question, Safari on OS X 10.6. is causing me massive problems (with my way of working like having many tabs in Safari open for a long time). I just realized that after ...
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Can't Install SDL With Homebrew

Help, i'm trying to install sdl, but it keeps giving errors. I have Mac OS 10.6.0, i'm using the osx-gcc instead of Xcode, because i got this mac refurbished, and it didn't come with the install cd. ...
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Is it possible to change a single application's audio device setting?

There are times that I want to continue letting most audio play out of my display's built-in speakers (music, for ambience, etc.), but want to plug in headphones so that a single application's alerts ...
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Is there a way to turn off file system sandbox prompts for a specific app?

I have a Mac App Store app that needs to access various directories outside of the sandbox. To do so, it frequently prompts for permission. I fully trust this app, is there a way to grant it blanket ...
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Is there any stable Adobe Reader for OSX?

I have version 11.0.06 which is very unstable. Its average crash-time is about 5 minutes in 10.9.2 OSX. I cannot handle long documents at all. Those which I type in LaTeX for instance. Works well in ...
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Can't log in until after reboot

I have an iMac running OS X Mavericks and OS X Server. The OS X Server services running are Time Machine and Xcode. A couple of times per week, the iMac gets into a state where I cannot log in. I can ...
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how do I know what files are installed by an installer program?

How can I find out what files are installed by an installer program? Is there a program that can trace that during an installation of a new app?
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User Conflict- Mavericks

My home folder is called admin. However, I am signed in as John and there is no admin user. John is an administrative user. Shouldn't the home folder show the signed-in user name? This may or may ...
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Debugging Freezes

Sometimes my macbook freezes while browsing the web etc, I get a beach ball cursor but it doesn't spin or respond (there is no movement on the screen, it's frozen), the keyboard is unresponsive, ...
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Mavericks: User no longer owner of Home folder and content

One of the Users (called: The_Problematic_User) of a Mavericks installed MacBook Pro is no longer owner of the Home folder and content. Here's what we've tried to no avail: restart computer and log ...
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How free is Mavericks?

How free is Mavericks? Is it free as a free beer? I want to run in on virtual machine and do not own licence for it (but it's free, right?) - is it OK? What about hard to find solutions of newest OS ...
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How to install coqide (or such) with brew

I went into a lot of troubles getting coq installed on my Mac (Mavericks) and it actually didn't install coqide along… Unfortunately 'brew options coq' has no results so I don't know how to install ...
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Can not share the internet via wireless

OK, from the first picture it is a case of internet sharing via wireless is successful. And in the second case on picture two I tried to share internet via wireless by tick off and tick on ...
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How to find if my Photoshop CS6 has Retina support

Is there a way to tell if my Photoshop supports retina? If I find it's out of date with that feature, how do I update and make sure it went thrught?
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Reduce Maverick Memory Footprint

I'm using a macbook air 2014 with 8GB, also running Parallels a lot so wanted to reduce memory usage of OSX. Already disabled voice dictation that freed up around 500 mb. Any other tricks/tweaks?
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Can't select an iCloud Photo Stream for Screen Saver

I used to choose an iCloud Photo Stream of mine for my screen saver. But now, when I go to my screen saver settings, there is no option to choose an iCloud Photo Stream, but only Apple's default ...
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Can Alfred search the content of files by default too and not just file names?

When I search for files in Alfred, I’m seeing that words within files (like rtf files, txt) are not being searched where in Spotlight, by default it is. Say I have a file called ‘file.rtf’ and in it ...
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Is Mac Informer safe?

I am considering an application called Mac Informer. Is this application safe?
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What's the menu area near the clock called?

What is the part of the menu bar called with the time machine, bluetooth, wifi, volume and battery icons called? (Near the clock) I wanted to search how to remove unused icons from it (like ...
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Is there an equivalent utility to Linux's tracepath for OS X?

I'm attempting to determine the path MTU from my Mac to various sites, and can't find a built-in utility to accomplish this. In Linux, I would use a utility like tracepath, but I"m wondering if there ...
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Terminal not displaying colors for directory listings

I don't know why my bash session doesn't show colors. I have tried Terminal as well as iTerm. I have tried: ls -G Setting export CLICOLOR=1 and export LSCOLORS=GxFxCxDxBxegedabagaced Using ...
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Use Caps lock key to click without 3rd-party software

Clicking became very difficult on my early 2009, 17" MacBook Pro with Mavericks (10.9.1). I thought about using the Caps Lock key to send a mouse click. I saw this question with an answer involving ...
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Stuck on FileVault login screen with never ending spinner

I am using FileVault 2.0 on Mavericks. After restarting the computer one day, I was presented with the gray file vault login screen (normal). After typing in a password, it begins the login process, ...
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Can I reinstall cups without reinstalling everything?

I have managed to mangle my OsX Mavericks installation and attempted to use "brew install cups-pdf". Is there any way to just reinstall the base OsX Cups software short of a reinstall of the whole ...
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iSight Camera not present on iMac

I have an iMac 9,1 running Mavericks. I recently tried to take a photo using the built in iSight camera, but it seemingly cannot initiate the device. Using Photo Booth just presents me with a ...
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OS X Messages.app images are out of sync with Contacts

I synchronize my contacts on OS X under Internet Accounts. I have contacts selected under iCloud, Google, Facebook and LinkedIn. I've updated contact images using this profile aggregation and it ...
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Setting Outlook.com contacts and calendar on OSX

There are similar questions regarding the synchronization of Outlook.com on AskDifferent, mostly related to the native OSX Mail app. However, I'm particularly interested in connecting the Contacts and ...
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What is iLifeAssetManagement, and can I delete it?

I have 5 GB of stuff in ~/Library/Application Support/iLifeAssetManagement and I'd like the space back. What is this stuff and how can I reduce its footprint?
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change the spinning color wheel (beach ball) to something else

I want to change the spinning beach ball / color wheel icon to something else, like a funny GIF, or maybe just a different icon. Is anyone familiar enough with the operating system to know where files ...
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How to install imagick via homebrew?

I am trying to install imagick using homebrew. The issue is that MagickWand libaries cannot be found. $ brew install php54-imagick ==> Downloading http://pecl.php.net/get/imagick-3.1.0RC2.tgz ...
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How is it possible to have global hotkeys in OSX?

By "global" I mean that kind of shortcuts that I am using in Windows and that are set within and for an application but that can be used when that application is hidden or minimized (not on top). ...
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Mac is really slow and I can't get Apps to open

When I try to open an App it does nothing. I go online and it is extremely slow. I have tried some of the idea's on here but, nothing has helped. I also tried to download a Clean up program. It isn't ...
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automatically run rsync every time a file in a directory changes [duplicate]

At work we use a remote development server to test our work. All day long I'm constantly running rsync to move my changes to the dev server and then refreshing the browser to see my change. I was ...
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Additional languages in dictionary dashboard widget?

Ok I added more languages to the build-in dictionary application and they are available in the desktop application. Now it would be great if they were also available in the dictionary dashboard ...
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Why is permission denied on this folder?

I'm trying to understand why I do not have access to a sub-folder in my "Downloads" folder. The folder in question has the following rights: drw-r--r-- 29 laurent staff 986B Feb 20 14:06 Example ...
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One Note for Mac Images not Showing

Now that One Note as come out for Mac I was trying it out but already have a problem in that all the images I insert do not render - I get just an outline and a red cross) Tried jpg / png Via ...
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Periodic freezes - possibly related to CoreAnimation?

For many months, I have experienced occasional lockups on my Macbook Pro 8,2 running OSX 10.9.2. Actually, I had what I assume was a related problem in 10.8. I have the 2.3GHz Core i7 processor, 8GB ...
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Problems with avast after install OSX 10.9.2 update (13C64)

The recommendation install OSX 10.9.2 (13C64) took hours to download, and then knocked out my AVAST saying after the upload Avast is incompatible. It also has caused an non responding pop up box to ...
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Which program installs *osxfuse* files in / (root folder)?

$ ls -al /*fuse* -rwxr-xr-x 1 root wheel 25400 Dec 17 2011 /libmacfuse_i32.2.dylib -rwxr-xr-x 1 root wheel 25400 Dec 17 2011 /libmacfuse_i64.2.dylib -rwxr-xr-x 1 root wheel 388048 Dec 17 ...
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Arrow keys output numbers when connecting to Ubuntu VirtualBox guest on Windows 7 host via remote desktop connection

I have a Ubuntu guest running on my Windows 7 host. I then wanted to connect remotely from my Macbook Air in bed, and so accessed the VM via Microsoft's OSX remote desktop client. I'm able to ...
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Encrypt backups

Is it better to encrypt the hard drive you will use for Time Machine backup with Disk Utility or with Time Machine itself? I have noticed the the dialogue is slightly different, wherein Disk Utility a ...
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Why does the file size change when you change the “open with” option in Get Info?

Create a plain text file with the string ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ. Check the file size. It is 26 bytes, as expected. Go to Get Info, and find the pane labeled "Open with..." It says "TextEdit" by ...
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Uninstalling Genieo broke my system

Update below, the rest is more or less background information. After discovering a Genieo install, I vaguely recalled it being, well, not trustworthy. After a quick search I knew I wanted to ...
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View Mac app files like iOS apps using iFunBox

I have some apps installed on my iMac and would want to view the contents of the app using iFunBox. I am having great difficulty doing so. I can view the contents of apps on my iPhone using iFunBox ...
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How to make iOS Mail.app recognize Courier's namespace prefix?

I am using a Courier IMAP server which, per default, uses the 'INBOX.' prefix for all folders. On Mac OS X as a client this works just fine. On iOS however, I have to manually configure in the ...
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Why do external drives spin up for webpage rendering?

I recently went to some webpage in Chrome and noticed that my external harddrive had to spin up before the page would render. Does anybody know why OSX does this? I've noticed it in a few other ...
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Homebrew Replaced MySQL

I had mysql running fine on OS X until I accidentally installed it via homebrew as well. I cant start mysql using preference pane and I cant login to phpmyadmin using my root password. Is there ...