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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Flawed user permissions: cannot save files or open programs

I'm on OSX 10.9.1 and I changed settings on my user folder. As far as I can remember I "only" pressed cmd + i on the user folder and under access rights I chose apply to all sub folders. Don’t ask me ...
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OS X Server file sharing slow to browse and users get wheel

I am currently having an issues on a couple OS X 10.10.2 servers where users are intermittently getting the wheel when trying to save a document to the server (Word, Excel, InDesign), sometime when ...
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Xserv Mac os x server serial number

I Have a Xserve!When i Power on the xserv this window opens!where can i found serial number? or how i can install a new mac os x? please help me
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How do I get Finder to remember the size and location of the window?

Why doesn't Finder remember the damn window size and location? I keep reading crap about holding down Option key while dragging but that doesn't work. It just reverts back to its microscopic size the ...
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Cannot scan properly on OSX

Last week I got myself a new rMBP 13.3" (I love it BTW) and I hooked it up to my HP m1212nf printer to scan some documents, all of which are A4. I quickly realised that the documents were not being ...
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Is it a bad idea to compile Samba from source for Mac?

We have a Linux NAS and we’re doing some basic Samba sharing. Windows machines are quick and peppy to connect with the device, as are the Linux VMs I’m running on my Mac. The SMB stack Apple has made ...
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Tool to transform text to all caps or lowercase

Is there a system-wide text manipulation app that enables you to select text and convert all letters to upper case or lower case, like a code text editor would? Also, this is certainly wishful ...
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Terminal: how to make tab notify somehow when new text received

I'm familiar with some Terminal's, like in Linux, that have an option to "flash" or "change color" the tab's title text, whenever new text is "displayed" on that screen (for instance, tailing a file). ...
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Any Pdfinfo -terminal tool in OS X?

I am trying to find any default tool in OS X by which you can see in Terminal the encodinf of a pdf file. You can do this visually by clicking info on the file. For instance, such files which have ...
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Can not add purchased music to itunes

I recently updated to 10.10.2 and can not longer play all my purchased music. I went to my account to purchased music and clicked download all but when I went back to my library it still asked me to ...
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Problems while compiling ncmpcpp [configure: error: libmpdclient >= 2.1 is required!]

I am trying to compile ncmpcpp|mpd in Snow Leopard 10.6.8, but fail, since libmpdclient 2.1 dependency is missing. I didn't find any working source/dependency for libmpdclient 2.1 that uses the gcc ...
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BGR - RGB Pixel layout problem. How to fix wrong subpixel optimization in “LCD font smoothing”

Maybe someone has idea how to solve this problem. I have display Dell P2314H it has BGR subpixel layout instead of common RGB. If to turn on font smoothing on Mac - fonts are looking terrible. I have ...
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Is there a way to make Safari open a dark blank page?

I have Safari set to open a blank page when I open a new tab. I like it better than what it is normally set to, but unfortunately I work late a lot and the giant white area on the screen bothers my ...
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MacBook Pro Mid 2012 Windows 8 install on SSD

I am trying to install Windows 8, efi, on my SSD. I am getting the error code: 0xC0000005 "Windows installation encountered an unexpected error. Verify that the installation sources are accesible, ...
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On OSX what is the opposite command to “say”, i.e. what command is there for speech recognition?

I'd like to be able to enter a command that registers a speakable word that OS/X can listen for all the time. When the user speaks that word, it should launch an app. Similar to the "OK google" idea. ...
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Is there any way to re-enable the “old style” iTunes metadata editing window in version 12.1.0.50?

Short Question: Versions of iTunes 12 previously allowed users to use the “old style” iTunes metadata editing window layout when clicking alt/option and selecting “Get Info…”. That has seemingly ...
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Can I safely run command-line apps in single-user mode?

Obviously fsck is pretty safe to run in single-user mode. I'm using gtypist to learn touch typing and would like to be able to run it in single user mode so that I don't have to load the whole OS just ...
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Japanese keyboard does not work correctly

I'm using MacBook Air running OS X Yosemite. Recently my Japanese keyboard stopped working properly. Sometimes even when it's in Japanese mode, I cannot type Japanese and I have to restart the laptop ...
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Mount command can not contain Chinese characters

I encounter a problem, I want to mount a shared remote directory, but the url has Chinese characters. mount_smbfs //user:password@192.168.1.168/图片 /Volumes/picture 图片 are Chinese characters, ...
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How to use nohup/send process to background on os/x

The command nohup <command> & does not actually work properly on mac it seems: the process is suspended. Issuing fg appears to be required to reactivate the command. Here is an ...
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How do I stop a particular service from running?

I had previously installed an app for syncing my Android phone with my Mac. I deleted the application, however, today when I checked the system logs, I found out that its running every 10 seconds. How ...
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Is there any way to have two applications visible at the same time, with one application not in use overlapping the other

For example: Notice how Sublime Text 2 (the application on the right) is visible and I can see chrome in the background. This is expected behaviour as I have Sublime Text 2 open and in use. But ...
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Why don't I see a path to etags in PATH when running Emacs from http://emacsformacosx.com/ from the OS X dock?

This is a follow-up question to the one at "Is /usr/bin/etags severely out of date in Yosemite?" The Emacs in question is from http://emacsformacosx.com/ (GNU Emacs 24.4.1 (x86_64-apple-darwin13.4.0, ...
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How to approve “Unapproved caller” whilst installing the software?

I'm trying to install FUSE for OS X, but it fails with the message: Unapproved caller. SecurityAgent may only be invoked by Apple software. How do I approve the caller or get rid of ...
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CM Storm Devastator Backlight on Mac OS X

I have a CM Storm Devastator and cannot get the backlight working on Mac. I have followed the instructions below : Go here: ...
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When in Fullscreen OSX Yosemite won't hide the dock

I dont have "auto hide" enable for dock. but in all previous version dock will hide if I enter in full screen mode for vlc player or for chrome. Now its no longer the case. If I enbale "auto hide" ...
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Can't force quit frozen iTunes in OS X Yosemite

I have OS X Yosemite. Was adding a podcast to an older nano, and iTunes crashed. It's still running, but when I try it won't force quit. I tried to restart or shut down, but the system wants me to ...
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I'm not able to remotely connect with other Macs using Screen Sharing by default VNC feature

I've a MBP with OS X Yosemite & I want to remotely connect with other Macs over internet, primarily for troubleshooting purpose. I currently use TeamViewer but I'm not satisfied with it.
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Finnish Spell Checker for System of OS X?

I know this discussion about spell checkers for Pages, here. I am searching for the files ending with .aff or .dic. Without them, you cannot use them in system. My current OS X is Yosemite 10.10.2. ...
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How to tell what program is launching softwareupdated?

My Macbook was running really slow after opening it up and so I opened Activity Monitor and saw one process called softwareupdated that was not responding. It didn't say it was using any CPU but my ...
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No route to host, unless someone is logged in

When trying to ssh into a remote OS X machine, I get: ssh: connect to host … port 22: No route to host ping or traceroute do not reach the machine either. The interesting detail is that if someone ...
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Move file from Snow Leopard to Mountain Lion

I have Snow Leopard and Mountain Lion in separate partitions on the same iMac. Running Snow Leopard I can copy a TurboTax data file from the Snow Leopard partion to Mountain Lion but when I boot ...
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“file not sent” from Android to Macbook, whereas they're paired

I'm trying to send a file from Android to Macbook via bluetooth. I pair them successfully and when I'm sending a file from Android, it just ends up saying "file not sent". In the Macbook does happen ...
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How to Spotlight index a folder under /private/var

I got a directory /private/var/directory that I'd like to index using Spotlight. It looks like everything under /private/var/ is excluded from indexing. I tried to import it using: mdimport ...
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Logitech Device Manager - Button to navigate between screens in mission control

I recently acquired a Logitech MX Performance mouse that has tons of buttons. I really like the Mission Control button but I was hoping to be able to swap between screens in mission control with one ...
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How do I make local camera preview bigger in FaceTime on OS X?

In FaceTime on OS X, I'd like to make the little corner preview of the local camera feed bigger in size. Dragging it by the edge doesn't work. know that there are various hidden configuration strings ...
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Optimize filesystem for speed over integrity

On Linux, I use the noatime,nodiratime,nobarrier,data=writeback mount optioins in /etc/fstab to trade filesystem safety/consistency/integrity for speed which makes sense for local development. Is ...
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VTDecoderXPCService taking CPU

Sometimes I notice CPU load for no reason and I see in Activity Monitor that VTDecoderXPCService is using 15-30% of CPU. After I restart Safari it is ok for some time until it happens again. Any ...
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/Volumes/external_drive folder not being removed

I have a 2TB external HDD, formatted using exFAT. It seems that, even after I eject the disk, the mount point remains in /Volumes. Thus, every time I plug the drive in, a new mount point gets created ...
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Macbook Air dramatically slow on OSX and run fine on Windows

I am experiencing a problem since few days. After a crash on OSX (Yosemite), I have switched off the Mac, then trying to switch it back on without success (Apple logo with progress bar seemed to be ...
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Which OS X Lion or ML more stable on Macbook Pro 2010 Mid 15" [closed]

I had a old Macbook Pro 2010 mid 15" buy from 2nd market. And it still shipping yet on the way ... Just know it still running the very very old 10.6.8 on it .. Yes, I know it maybe or not have the ...
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Hard drive died, how do I get the OS X on new hard drive?

I have a huge problem. My hard disk seems to be dead. I did a lot of things but I guess it's really gone. The thing is that I don't have CDs o DVDs of the OS X Lion (it's a macbook pro A1278 bought in ...
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Create a local MS SQL Database on OSX Yosemite

I need to do some tests on a MS SQL (not MySQL) database. But without the burden of having to open a hosting account, create a remote database, connect to it, and remotely insert a million records. I ...
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Now Yosemite login slow after sleep

See my former thread here. Now when I wake from sleep, login seems to work, but it takes perhaps 15-30 seconds to restore to functional state. Log below, starting from wake_reason at 09:35:49 through ...
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Any way to manage options in Open With dialog?

Basically, my problem is that my Open With list looks like this for .html files I want to be able to manage it somehow. For example, I often open those files with PHPStorm but that list is ...
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Is there a way to purchase incompatible app from Mac App Store

I haven't upgraded to Yosemite on my Mac yet and still using Mavericks. I wanted to purchase an app during its promotion period but the app min version is 10.10 so Mac App Store complains saying that ...
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How to completely uninstall iCloud?

I know how to disable iCloud, but I want to completely remove the possibility of using the service from my Mac for security reasons. I tried to delete the related files, but I do not have permission. ...
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How to make Finder remember its window size and column sizes? [closed]

Why doesn't OS X remember the Size of the Finder window and the size of the columns in Cover flow (or any other) view? It seems like something very basic that should just be there but it's really ...
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Wi-Fi Through Captive Portal Does Not Connect

I have a Macbook Pro running OS X Yosemite 10.10.2. My university uses a captive portal to connect via Wi-Fi. I was able to connect and log in just fine, but after I updated from 10.10.1 to 10.10.2, I ...
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Text cursor freezing, jumping

Sometimes the text cursor stops flashing, and when I type nothing shows up. Then I click the mouse, and suddenly everything I just typed appears, and the cursor's frozen at a new location. When I ...