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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what character is this possessive apostrophe in this OSX path name?

In a recent answer I needed to include a a possessive apostrophe in a path name within Time Machine for a command line operation. I have it saved in a text file, but what the heck is it? I don't see ...
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Q: Backing up Notes.app content (on the iCloud / OSX / iOS) for safekeep?

I'm wondering, how do I back up Notes.app content on OSX so that I can safely either trash it all and restart, or do future upgrades? (The reason I'm doing this is because OSX and iOS no longer sync ...
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Mail app not opening on yosemite

I recently upgraded to Yosemite on my Macbook Pro. For a couple of days, my mail app was working. Then suddenly it stopped working. I had to force quit the program and since then the app refuses to ...
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How can I encrypt my VirtualBox VM?

Is there a way for me to use a virtual machine (VirtualBox) on my MacBook Air with encryption protection? I want to install a VM of Ubuntu, and if my employer calls back the hardware I don't want them ...
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How to reset Calendar and Reminders on OS X Yosemite?

I just hit a nasty bug in Calendar.app and Reminders.app on Yosemite. For some reason, calendars also appear in Reminders.app as empty reminder lists and reminder lists also appear in Calendar.app as ...
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How to disable frequently visited items and favorites under the address bar in Safari 8?

I want to remove the following frequently visited items and favorites under the address bar in Safari 8. How can I do this?
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Any advice on troubleshooting instability in Mountain Lion OS X 10.8.4?

In all cases of crashes, I can SSH to the machine, but I can't figure out anything useful to remedy the situation. This freeze happened when sizing the crop in Aperture. Machine had been running for ...
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Where can I find the installed package path via brew

I installed some packages via brew. But I can not find where is it. I can NOT get access by typing hping on terminal % brew install hping ...
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Sleep timeout missing from the energy saver preferences

I have two Macbook Pros running on Yosemite. The first one is a 17 incher from 4 years ago. I'm able to set the time that it sleeps. The second one is a 15 incher retina made this year. In its energy ...
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Scroll bars missing with Magic Mouse

I just purchased a wireless Magic Mouse for my Mac. There is no scrolling bar at the right of screen. How can I activate this?
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why WiFi gets reconnected when switching network location?

When I switch Network Location via  > Location, my WiFi connection always gets disconnected then reconnected, even though the WiFi network is the same, why? Is it possible to avoid the ...
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Paintbrush cuts off clipboard image from screenshot

When taking a screenshot to the clipboard using Cmd + Ctrl + Shift + 4 you can add a portion of the screen to the clipboard. However, when pasting into Paintbrush with Cmd + V, it crops randomly and ...
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Mac dictation custom commands not working

I use the Mac Yosemite (10.10.3) built in dictation extensively, and I find it does a really good job of understanding my speech, at least when I'm speaking in complete sentences. I also use the ...
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how to send keystrokes from command line without a long delay?

when I use osascript to send keystrokes, I am finding that there is a long delay –– at least two seconds –– and this is unacceptable. is there a way to send keystrokes that is faster than ...
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Looking for VNC client solutions that work reliably on a Mac running OS X 10.9.5

I have a number of FreeBSD servers, and I'd like to put VNC server software on them, then access them from a Mac running OS X 10.9.5. I really don't want to have to access them from a virtual ...
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How to pass keyboard hotkeys from VMWare Windows VM back to OSX host?

I'm running VMWare 5 on a MacBook Pro, and I'd like to be able to send certain combinations of keys out to OSX while working in my Windows VM. I've set up a couple Automator scripts that do ...
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Is it possible to chat with a Facebook group using Messages app on OS X Yosemite?

I would like to chat with my groups on Facebook using a desktop app. So far I've tried: Adium, it is quite nice, but it doesn't support group conversations. Native Messages app doesn't seem to ...
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How do I add cells together on OS X numbers app

What format should the cell be? This can not be added and only gives a exclamation mark - "the formula contains a syntax error. OS X and numbers v3.5.3
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How can I keep my Mac from restarting?

I'm about to download a 1TB collection of files. It'll take about 7 days. I want to make sure that my computer doesn't shut down or restart while the download is happening.
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Is there any way to change MAC-address of built-in Bluetooth adapter?

I should change MAC-address of a built-in Bluetooth adapter. Is there any way to do it in Yosemite (10.10.4)? Please note - the question is about Bluetooth, not about Wi-Fi. ifconfig doesn't see ...
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User folder on mac OS is empty, but still uses 60GB of hard drive space

I have deleted all the files under User folder, but it still says that it uses ~60GB of space. Real usage is ~2MB. There are no more files to delete. Is there any hidden files i am not aware of. If ...
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Essential Networking Commands [on hold]

I'm used to working with Linux so I like being able to do as much as possible from the comfort of my Terminal.app bash shell. So.. What are the essential networking commands & utilities ...
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Move the beginning of HFS+ partition

What I'm trying to do is move the beginning of the partition on an external HD drive. I have an external HD drive with two HFS+ partitions on it. I want to grow the first one at expense of the second ...
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Using mouse from OSX host on iOS device

Is it possible to use a mouse connected to OSX computer at iOS device. Assume I have a Mac Mini and iPad on same WiFi network. I have a USB mouse connected to Mac Mini. Is there an option to use this ...
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Remote login into Windows from Mac using Remote Desktop Client and VPN

I am trying to login into my work computer (Win7) which is in a private network through the Remote Desktop Client (RDC) after connecting through VPN. The VPN gets connected but the RDC does not. It ...
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How to use “diskutil corestorage revert lvuuid” on Yosemite if disk says it is not reversible?

I would like to make a partition for Linux. Here's what diskutil coreStorage list gets me (identifiers omitted): CoreStorage logical volume groups (1 found) | +-- Logical Volume Group ...
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Installed openvpn with brew but it doesn't appear to be installed correctly

I installed openvpn with brew. The installation went fine, no errors or missing dependencies. But now when I try to run it: users-MBP:~ user$ brew install openvpn Warning: openvpn-2.3.7 already ...
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How to fix “Error: -5341: MediaKit reports partition (map) too small” after upgrading to a larger hard disk?

I recently bought a new SSD drive, as my stored data amounts outgrew the old one a little bit. After copying all data using dd if=/dev/disk0 of=/dev/disk1, I want to enlarge my system partition, but ...
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Error using pacemaker

I am following How can I tell if my Mac is keeping the clock updated properly? for synchronising my computers but when I run /usr/libexec/pacemaker -a 10 I get this error although ...
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Property to force launching in full screen

Is there any property that forces an application to start in full screen if it supports it? I noticed in ~/Library/Saved Application State/com.mycompany.myapp.savedState/windows.plist there's a key ...
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App to organize my photos into folders by date

Is there an app on OS X that can sort through all your photos within a folder and organize them into folders and name each folder the date it was taken.
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Word:mac 2011 preserve table formatting on copy-paste

In Microsoft Word 2010 for Windows, I can duplicate a table simply by clicking its handle at the top-left (which selects the entire table), copying it and pasting it. When I do that in Word:mac, the ...
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How to extract keyboard layout icon

I need to get those flag icons: Question is How do I do it? As far I've tried : searching the web for them (duh..), extracting them from Ukelele package (only non-retina ones are there), ...
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Make GUIs have the same $PATH as the terminal

I have a shell script (git hook) that uses some terminal commands such as mvn, java, and possibly others. When running the script from the terminal, all is fine. When a GUI (Git Tower) uses the ...
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Terminal: command to show application folder

I recently discovered that I can open application from Terminal like this: $ open -a TextEdit Is there any command that would just show the application folder instead of opening it? Such that I ...
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500GB Macbook Time Machine Question

I have the new Macbook 12 inch with 500GB, which half of the storage goes to the Windows 10 system. I wonder would 500GB Hard drive be enough for Time Machine for backup? Also, I'm thinking of the ...
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10.8 Notification Center occasionally freezes system

My Mac Pro 5,1 sometimes freezes when I open the Notification Center, and it usually recovers by itself about 10 minutes later. I'd like to know why and how to fix it. When this happens, the ...
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How to get Mac OS X printer preset to save paper size and not default to system default paper size?

I have a receipt printer and regular printer on my Mac and have the system default paper size set to Letter and default printer set to "Last Used" In Safari I've setup a preset for my receipt printer ...
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Launchd Applescript Timeout Error

On Yosemite 10.10.5, I have an Apples Script application that runs and completes as desired under 2 of 3 conditions. The application is set to launch, by launchd plist 3 times per day at 7:05am, ...
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Xcode Zombies from the command line

I'm encountering EXC_BAD_ACCESS, and I'm not sure of the cause. I know that Xcode offers Zombies, but when I try instruments t="Zombies" my_program_name it doesn't seem to raise the appropriate ...
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Remotely manage Gatekeeper

I've been searching high and low for some service that will do this. Looking for something that can be installed on multiple machines, that has a nice dashboard that can tell me at the very least ...
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Remount drive without physically disconnecting?

So I have unmounted a usb external hard drive but I went to re-mount it. Is there a command that I can use to remount the drive? Only way I know to re-mount a drive is to disconnect the usb cable ...
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Can you customize dock icons and labels?

I have several virtual machines shortcutted on my dock. By default these are all named "VirtualBoxVM" and have the same icon, it's difficult for me to tell them apart. I'd like to give them all at ...
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How to direct an app to use a specific Java version?

I got an Java application that does run under Java 1.8 without problems when I start its JAR directly. However on my Mac the JAR is wrapped within an app that demands me to install Java 1.6 -- which I ...
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How to extract files from a broken non-bootable OS X without reinstalling OS X?

What can I download/install onto a USB drive, have it boot off that USB drive and then copy the files I need to another USB flash drive? The error message I get when booting is "Missing Operating ...
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Open application several times in OS X

I am developing OS X version of multi-platform application. In Windows I can start several instances of application by just opening exe file several times. I noticed that in OS X when I open my app ...
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Enabling both trackpad Drag Lock and 3 Finger Drag at once?

OSX has two methods of dragging with the track pad, “drag lock” (double tap then drag until you tap to release) and “three finger drag” where you touch three fingers and drag until you release. The ...
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Can't add or change custom images of address book entries

Sometimes I'm not able to change any of the custom images associated with contacts in the address book. If I quit and restart several times, it eventually works again. What would cause this sort of ...
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Unable to repair hard drive - due to volume assignment problem?

Disk utility and fsck [terminal] both agree that there is problem with my HD. I am curious if someone can help me figure out how I can deal with the problem. Terminal - Normal Mode MacBook-Pro:~ ...
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Macbook air won't show main harddisc

My macbook air won't show the main harddrive. I have tried to clean it by deleting the disc, but now it won't show up when i wan't to reinstall OS X. I have tried to go to disc utility, but i won't ...