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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Keyboard shortcut for restoring applications from the Mac OS X Dock?

Is there a keyboard shortcut to restore a minimised application window from the Dock? Almost all Apple Mac OSX applications respond to the Apple + M command which minimises the current application ...
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is there a way to create an AFP link to point to any user's home directory?

I would like to send a link via email to a file that everyone has in their Dropbox. The file exists on everyone's machine in the same relative location, however everyone has a different User Name. On ...
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Closing other tabs in terminal on Mac?

I am using iTerm2, but I wouldn't mind switching back to the original terminal for just this feature. I open hundreds of SSH tabs every day and often end up working after a while only working on 1 ...
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Uninstall OS X Yosemite? [duplicate]

when the beta of Yosemite came out I immediately install it on my 13´ MacBook Pro 4gb ram Core i7 (obviously Im a developer) The problem is when I have 2 or more windows opened the system comes ...
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What does update_terminal_cwd do in the terminal of OS X

I am puzzled by it for quite some while now. In $PROMPT_COMMAND of the bash in OS X, there is a command called update_terminal_cwd. I am sure it's not a bash built in, and most likely only exists in ...
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Is it possible to interrupt installation procedure at power on

My friend is bringing back a new Macbook Air from abroad to the UK for me. New rules have been put in place to power up electronic devices in hand luggage as part of new security measures ...
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Creating a script that will execute a program and if it exits without crashing, will run it again

I've already asked this question in the UNIx exchange but I was told to ask here also about AppleScripts if the standard shell does not work. I require a script that will open an application. Wait ...
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Persistant name on Finder tabs

I'm looking for a way to always display a label on Finder tabs instead of the current folder name, to differentiate them when folder name is not relevant. (Long story) I use tabs to switch between ...
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Where did my open file dialog go?

Recently I've started having some problems uploading files via Chrome. When I click a button to select a file, Chrome crashes instead of showing the open file dialog window. Shortly after this, I ...
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How to automatically apply permissions to files added to a shared folder

I have a shared folder setup on a Mac Mini Server. It has permissions for our company group to read/write. When a mac user adds a file to the shared folder, it inherits the permissions of the folder ...
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Button labels missing from security confirmation for installer

When trying to install software and prompted for username and password, button labels are missing as well as the stored username:
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OS X 10.9.4 shows wrong used disk space

The used disk space reported in About My Mac is inconsistent (MacBook Air, mid 2012). Notice that the used space for Apps is greater than my disk size. I tried different ways to fix it (Disk ...
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OSX Network: “could not save because write access was not granted”

We have a really basic network of Macs here in our studio. We keep all our files on a machine running Leopard server, but we're all on Lion. The problem we're having is every single time we open a ...
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Can't find OS X Mavericks Time Machine Server over wifi

I just set up OS X Mavericks Server and have Time Machine Server up and running with another mac on the network that has a wired connection. Two other macs however, connected to the network ...
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How do I re-associate HTTP links with my browser in OS X?

I installed iTerm2 the other day, and was playing around with it. In the process I seemed to have messed up the handling of HTTP hyperlinks on my system. Sometimes (annoyingly, not every time, which ...
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TotalTerminal doesn't work with full-screen apps

TotalTerminal (former Visor) is an awesome plugin for Terminal that turns it into a Quake-style console that slides down on a key combination. This is tremendously useful for development because I ...
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After Mavericks 10.9.2 Update, problems running Keepass/Mono

I have a rMBP 13" late 2013 model and just updated Mavericks today to 10.9.2 (Software OS X 10.9.2 (13C64)) I have been using the OSX package of keepass from here (Openix) without any issues before ...
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How to open Mono GUI applications on OS X?

I tried Fiddler and Keepass on Mono and both these applications start, their icons jump on the Dock, but no window is displayed.
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Time Machine permissions changed after reinstalling OS X?

I recently reinstalled OS X on my iMac. I was having problems, so instead of restoring to a backup, I did a clean install of OS X and manually copied - or tried to copy - the files I needed. However, ...
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How to download images from an xml feed using terminal?

How can I download png images from an xml feed that looks the following way? <ListBucketResult xmlns="http://url1.com"> <Name>imagesToUse</Name> <Prefix/> <Marker/> ...
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When Terminal forks process, current app loses focus

While I'm running some program in Terminal (or iTerm2), when the program forks the process, the OS X desktop switches focus from the current application to the forked process. When this happens, the ...
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On-screen text unexpectedly read to me, despite Voiceover (Mac) being disabled

On Mavericks, I have Voiceover turned off in both Accessibility settings and Users & Groups. In the past week, Voiceover has started occasionally reading small bits of text to me, seemingly ...
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Command line tools to replace bytes in a file

I need to write a script that patches a few bytes at a particular offset in a binary file. I know of textual tools for this task (sed, though I find it utterly hard to use) but can't find one for ...
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How does Sublime open file with cmd+click on its path in Terminal?

For example: $ ls -lsa 4 -rw-r--r-- 1 denis 404 Jul 16 18:36 pgadmin.log cmd+click on pgadmin.log Sublime opens pgadmin.log (if path is 'pgadmin.log:12', it opens it and sets cursor to 12th ...
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X11 periodically losing focus

I have a very annoying issue with the X11 app on OS X when using it to run things remotely over SSH. Every now and then (it's pretty regular, I'd say about each 1-2 minutes), the app I'm in loses ...
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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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Alert sound on the hour, every hour (OSX and iOS)

Both my Mac and iPhone (possibly my iPad, not sure) play an alert sound on the top of every hour (I believe -- certainly a few of the hours). I don't use notifications for anything (that I am aware ...
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Do all editions of OS X use the New Oxford American Dictionary?

I know that my US-based MacBook has NOAD as its dictionary reference. Do other parts of the world have the option of other built-in dictionaries? If so, is NOAD still the default? Does Great Britain ...
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OS X esc key stops working (randomly)

I have a 2011 MacBook Air with OS X Mountain Lion (I've upgraded from Lion). And ever since upgrading my escape key randomly stops working. And it's not that the keyboard on the laptop would be ...
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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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iCloudHelper spams system.log about accepting TOS

I am seeing my system.log on my mac being flooded by iCloud Helper error messages dealing with the need to accept a TOS agreement. Problem is, the Apple ID that is listed in the message is not one of ...
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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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How to erase the working blocks on a partially broken drive?

I have a (partially) broken drive which I will send in for replacement. I’d like to wipe the blocks that can still be read / written. I tried using diskutil with the Terminal command given below, but ...
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How can I see if my ipad 3 has been hacked?

does anyone have a clue on how can I see with evidence if someone has been hacked my ipad 3. I had connected it with an iphone 3 in the past, which wasn't mine. Is there any chance they can move into ...
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Mavericks frequently doesn't resolve any hosts after router switch; pings fine

After a switch to a new router, I frequently experience that all sites fail to resolve under Mavericks 10.9.4 on MBA mid-2011, both with Safari, Chrome and pinging google.com. It lasts for variable ...
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Is there TRIM support in OS X 10.6.9 for PowerPC?

A friend of mine has a PowerBook running 10.6.9. To give it another lease of life, he'd like to install an SSD. Question is: does OS X on PPC have TRIM support?
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Ctrl + Alt + Delete: Mac Equivalent?

Ctrl + Alt + Delete on Windows provides a variety of functions, the main one of interest being the Task Manager. Is there an equivalent keyboard shortcut & indeed Task Manager for carrying out ...
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How should I reconcile dot-underscore files after a manual backup?

I recently had to (hurriedly) back up data on an older Macbook before migrating it to a new one. Since all I had at my disposal was a large FAT32 formatted drive, I used that and a manual copy. I've ...
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How to create a self signed SSL server certificate on OS X 10.7 for HighPoint RAID management server?

When having multiple Mac machines running Highpoint RocketRaid controllers and the HPT Web RAID Management software v1.68, results in having multiple copies of an identical self-signed ...
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Possible reasons (other than Open Firmware Password Protection) for not being able to boot into single user mode?

Recently I was attempting to install some new software for a user. I followed these instructions to create a new admin-level account but when I held down cmd+S while booting it still booted into the ...
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How to run a script from Alfred or Spotlight or any run dialog?

Coming from Linux I am really missing the good old gmrun -- a run dialog which recognizes your $PATH and allows you to execute any script in it without needing to open up a terminal. It does the job ...
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iTunes 11 Stuttering During Playback

I have a 2011 generation Macbook Pro, upgrade to 16gb RAM and a 128gb SSD drive - running Mountain Lion and iTunes 11. During playback (approximately 20 times per song) it stutters, stops playing ...
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How to configure ipv6 on Mac OS X to ping its own address?

I'm trying to configure ipv6 on my local wifi network. I've already succeeded with ipv6 from my router (Zyxel Keentic Giga) to ipv6 internet via built-in 6to4 tunnels and the router can ping6 to ...
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Applescript Command as Specified User to Delete All Files in a Particular Folder

I am looking at using the POSIX path to delete the contents of a particular folder on users computers but it must be performed as a particular user. I can deploy the script silently from my side ...
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How do I remove the previous App Store user from my computer?

Someone else at the office was attempting to help me setup the laptop before I started, so now my MBP has their credentials for some apps. I can uninstall and reinstall the app, if that's all it ...
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Mac Pro: Kernel panic during HDD boot and DVD boot

I have a 2007 Mac Pro (OS X Tiger 10.4.11) that cannot boot up anymore since a few days. I see the grey screen with the apple logo and the rotating circle. After a minute or so I get a kernel panic. ...
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Facebook Video Chat plugin no longer works on Mavericks

After upgrading my Mac OS X 10.6.8 Snow Leopard to OS X 10.9 Mavericks, I've encountered a minor problem. The video chat plugin of Facebook no longer works. On the Facebook chat box, the video chat ...
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LaTeX on OS X stoped working after update

I have TeX Live installed on my MacBook Pro with OS X 10.9.2. I installed TeX Live through MacPorts. Not long ago, I did an update of out of date packages. I just tried to compile a Tex document, and ...
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How can access to start up menu on Macbook Air 2011?

I have a Macbook air 2011 /4g/ 11" , I format my hdd from disk utility and now I want to access to startup menu to reinstall it, I try that with holding option key and it just show me the internet ...
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MacBook pro boot Kernel panic no kext summary

Yesterday my Mac crashed and after trying to turn it on again I recieved a message like this: panic(cpu 0 caller 0xffffff800667b0b2): "VM page 0xffffff800ad5fad0 should not have an ...