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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Increasing the stack limit in OS X Yosemite

I am looking for a way to (not necessarily permanently) increase the stack size available to terminal applications in OS X 10.10. I know there are a lot of questions related to changing environment ...
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PacketFilter on OS X preserve destination address for sshuttle

There is a cool utility out there called sshuttle (https://github.com/apenwarr/sshuttle). It has depended on ipfw to forward packets in the past. It appears that ipfw is mostly broken in Mavericks ...
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Yosemite auto creates multiple desktops (spaces) on main monitor

Since upgrading to Yosemite I've been having issue with OS X creating additional workspaces on my main monitor for no apparent reason. I usually have 3 different spaces setup on my main monitor and ...
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What could cause Command-Tab task switching to get “stuck”?

When I Command-Tab to task switch (in both Mavericks and Yosemite), occasionally (maybe 60% of the time) the task switcher will behave as if the Tab button was held down. That is, the task-switcher ...
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Microsoft Office, Exchange, Calendar, Snooze issue, Resending Invitation

So here is a weird bug, I've created a Reoccurring Meeting in OSX Outlook 2011 but every time I hit snooze using OSX Notifications the Meeting Invite is sent out again with the same time. Why is this ...
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Windows appear in odd places in Yosemite

Since upgrading to Yosemite when it came out, windows in different apps randomly appear in odd places - eg, not connected to their parents window. Here's the Chrome search bar: Sometimes it's ...
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Is it possible to throttle the iCloud photostream sync in OS X?

I have a large iCloud photo library. Once in a blue moon my iMac running Yosemite decides to forget all about the synced libraries, and I have to re-enable the iCloud streams. However, my little DSL ...
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How is the Y value for the Memory Pressure graph in Activity Monitor calculated?

How is vm.memory_pressure's value bounded / calculated on OS X 10.10.2 - Yosemite? I've researched several answers to this question and am trying a few things on the command line to get exact values ...
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Menu bar icons disappearing when connecting USB device

If I plug something into one of the USB ports on my Mac 17″ (after upgrading to Yosemite) my Menu Bar at the top of the desktop keeps disappearing and reappearing. The icons keep flashing on and off. ...
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Bridge non-adjacent monitors in three monitor setup

I would like to use the following 3 monitor setup because the arrangement aligns logically with the physical placement of the monitors. Is it possible to bridge the gap between the left and right ...
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Why is Terminal.app corrupting my tcsh history?

I've had an ongoing problem that appears to be specific to OS X and Terminal.app: periodically, I get garbage in my tcsh history that looks like this: ^[[1m^[[4mcomputername:~/Code/emacs-source ( ...
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Find symbolic links (’s names) with Spotlight (Finder)

underwhelmed by the fact that OS X’s Aliases got really big with Mountain Lion (Lion?) I basically switched to using symbolic links instead. Now I’m just learning the hard way that Spotlight (or, ...
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Reparing a corrupt Time Machine backup on a Time Capsule won't work

I tried to follow these instructions: http://www.garth.org/archives/2011,08,27,169,fix-time-machine-sparsebundle-nas-based-backup-errors.html But after typing in the hdiutil command I only get one ...
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How to enable logged-in thumbnails for Safari Top Sites for Secure (HTTPS) Sites?

How do I allow Safari to generate logged-in thumbnails of HTTPS pages? Maybe there's a hidden setting for this? Right now thumbnails of secure (HTTPS) pages are rendered without login data. For ...
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Solver Window Resize in Mac Office 2011

For what ever reason the Solver add-in for Mac Office's Excel 2011 produces the following dialog box when attempting to add a constraint to Solver: Does anyone have a similar problem? Or know how ...
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Typing over selected text replaces some text to the right

In OS X (both Lion and Mountain Lion), I notice that when I select text and type over it, not only does it yield the expected result of replacing that text with the typed text, it often also replaces ...
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Why does my Terminal window close automatically?

I need to use my Terminal window on a MacBook Air but it closes about 10 seconds after I open it. Is there a setting or is it possible another program is causing it to close? If I type quickly I can ...
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Can't kill Preview app

I have strange problem, my Preview app is not responding and can't kill it. leo-mac:~ leo$ sudo killall Preview No matching processes were found Force Quit button also doesn't give any result. ...
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Command line to disconnect or connect 802.1x authentication

I have been searching for a terminal command line to disconnect or connect 802.1x authentication, but not the network interface. I was searching some help pages and it showed command lines to export ...
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Certain applications seem to ignore font smoothing at low sizes

Certain applications seem to disable ALL font-smoothing (including AA) at certain small font sizes. This is by far most annoying in mathematica. When I have to export to HTML or rasterize text for ...
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Random emails missing from IMAP inbox with Apple Mail in Yosemite

I am using Apple Mail with three IMAP mail accounts (not Gmail etc. but from my hosting provider). I'm finding that I regularly need to close and reopen Mail to find emails I'm searching for that are ...
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Is it possible to disable Safari extensions when using Private browsing?

I recently switched from Chrome to Safari for a few choice web applications, and I found that I couldn't disable extensions like Lastpass when browsing privately, at least not apparently, like I could ...
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Create Custom Drop Down Menus in the Finder Toolbar

Happy (belated-ish) new year! Hope it's been a great one. Any Dropbox users out there will recognize the drop down menu that one can add to their Finder toolbar. Upon discovering that this ...
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Remove dock notification badge for apps not in notification center

For nuisance apps that set a badge notification icon, but which are not in the Settings Notifications center, is there a way to block the badge icon? Spotify, for example, creates a notification for ...
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Seeing discoveryd error: Basic DNSResolver Return Code is 9 and we are treating it as an error!

Seeing this repeated pretty frequently in the Console logs for on my Macbook Pro running 10.10: 10/24/14 9:59:04.175 AM discoveryd[57]: Basic DNSResolver Return Code is 9 and we are treating it as ...
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Force iCloud Drive to sync under Yosemite

There are many questions of forcing iCloud to sync, but they are all one or two years old. I changed the file structure at my Mac, but the iOS App (Pages) doesn't seem to take the new update. When ...
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Bluetooth Dongle Connection “Failed to open an RFCOMM serial channel” on MacBook Pro

I tried to setup another computer with a Bluetooth dongle to connect my Macbook Pro (OS X Mavericks). I managed to pair them and ever since then I get these messages every 10-30 seconds and often they ...
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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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Mac Mini 2013 wakes immediately after sleep when USB drive plugged in

I have a 2013 mac mini running osx 10.9.3. I used to be able to send the machine to sleep by going to the apple in the menubar and choosing sleep. After a recent update, when I do this the displays ...
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Freeze on boot after installing Yosemite

Sorry for the writing style but I am typing from my smartphone now. My MacBook pro on Mavericks worked like a charm but crazy as I am I decided to install Yosemite without any backup as I am lacking ...
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Why is the diagnostic message history not writable as normal user?

When I use normally the OS as a plain user I get frequent console messages like: 20/05/14 08:21:28,194 SubmitDiagInfo[5376]: Launched to submit Diagnostics and Usage 20/05/14 08:21:28,735 ...
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Mac OSX: strange shaking (jitter) of screen

I noticed that sometimes a strange interference in rendering happened on my screen. I thought it was some minor issue with hardware. It happened 2 or 3 times a few months ago and I didn't think much ...
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How can I stop sound switching to internal if I close the lid on my MacBook while playing video on HDMI-connected TV

If I connect an HDMI cable to my MacBook (mid-2010 white model, Mavericks 10.9.2) and play a video, then the audio comes out of the TV - so far so good. If I then close the lid while the video is ...
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Allow access to www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies, but not www.bbc.co.uk

I'm using OS X Parental Controls to limit what my son can do on our Mac. He has his own user account, managed by the Parental Controls. Under Website Restrictions, I've chosen "Allow access to only ...
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2011 iMac kernel panic

My iMac keeps shutting down approximately every 3 hours. I added 8GB RAM about a month ago. i also upgraded the firmware. BSD process name corresponding to current thread: ReportCrash ...
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Removing shutdown and sleep button from the Apple menu on Mavericks

I'm trying to remove the "Sleep" and "Shutdown" entries from the Apple menu. So far I managed to do it by editing ...
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Kill GUI “zombie”

This is not actually zombie in UNIX terms, but I don't know name of this process. On my Mavericks 10.9.1 some GUI application has been badly crashed and I can't run it again except I should logout ...
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Disable USB Write Caching by default

Is it possible to change OS X's USB filesystem mount behaviour to use the noasync flag to disable write caching? The aim here is to allow USB devices to be safely removed without eject or hdiutil ...
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How to detect locked screen / login-session from a script?

I am looking a way for a script (either bash or AppleScript, doesn't matter) to detect whether the state of the screen or the user login session is locked or not (i.e. the user will need to type in ...
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Open With - Change All reverts back to original application CS5/CC

I have just set up a Mac (10.8.4) with CS5 and CC. By default all my Indesign files now want to open in Indesign Creative Cloud. If I Get Info of the file and choose Indesign CS5 and then select ...
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Shortcut to create/remove desktop in Mac OSX 10.8

To switch desktops, one can use < CTRL >-i or < CTRL >-[< left >< right >]. Are there shortcuts to create and remove desktops? If not, how can I make them?
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Is there a way to keep the notification open? Prevent autohide?

Is there a way to keep the notification bar from auto hiding? I'd basically like to keep it open/expanded on the right side of my screen.
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More notification center keyboard shortcuts

I know there is a system wide keyboard shortcut to open the notification center and once opened you can navigate your notifications with the up/down buttons on your keyboard. But is there also a way ...
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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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Is there a Firefox Task Manager?

The previous question provides answers for Windows and other addons are for older versions of FF, or do not answer the question. This is a specific question for OSX. Chrome has a built in task ...
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Java Web Start launched in Finder says no JRE available. Works fine in console

Followed solution here - Java for OS X 2012-006: How to re-enable the Apple-provided Java SE 6 applet plug-in and Web Start functionality to restore browser java plug-in, works fine now. But still ...
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Applescript vs. Spaces in Lion (10.7)

In Snow Leopard (10.6), I had an applescript that toggled iTunes between "maximised on Space 2" and "mini-player on all spaces": set app_identifier to do shell script "echo 'com.apple.iTunes' | ...
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Add Windows Printer to Mac OS X 10.6.8

I have a Windows 7 computer that I am trying to print to from a Mac. I have added my printer using a smb:// protocol and it works and says Idle, however when I try to print I get the following: ...
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Full guide on configuring NIS/NFS on OS X 10.7?

I am trying to setup OS X 10.7 Lion to work as an a NIS/NFS client but without too much success so far. Existing configuration that works on Ubuntu cat /etc/yp.conf domain uk.example.com server ...
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How can I warp the border between two different sized monitors, so the mouse doesn't get stuck in the larger one?

When the monitor on one side of the border has a resolution higher than the monitor on the other side, the mouse can only cross over to the other monitor at the part where their edges overlap, as in ...