Mac OS X Snow Leopard (10.6) was the seventh major release of the OS X series.

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How can I achieve page-up and page-down in OS X?

I am using MacOSX Snow Leopard. How do I achieve page-up and page-down?
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DNS not resolving on Mac OS

Some of my coworkers are having troubles on their Macs - DNS resolution does not work under Mac OS. They're running Snow Leopard 10.6.8. They can use DNS in a Windows 7 virtual machine (VMware Fusion ...
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What's a good graphical SFTP utility for OS X?

I need a small graphical utility, using which I can ssh to a server and see all the files and copy and paste (drag and drop) into my local machine. I am running Snow Leopard.
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How to get rid of firewall “accept incoming connections” dialog?

I've accepted this so many times that firewall should already remember it. For example, I get it for Eclipse when starting my java programs in debugging mode ... sometimes this dialog is displayed ...
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What is this symbol? ⎋ (it is listed as menu shortcut)

The shortcut that is reported in the -menu, for Force Quit menu-item, is ⌥⌘⎋ (the last character is the Unicode broken circle with northwest arrow). What key should I press to invoke the Force Quit ...
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How to move a window to another space without using the mouse?

I use spaces for having multiple desktops, but often need to move a program from one space to another. I am aware of the various ways to do that with a mouse: Click-and-hold on the title bar of ...
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Lock Screen Command One-Liner

I'm trying to find out whether there is any kind of equivalent command line one-liner which replicates the exact identical functionality of the 'Lock Screen' menu option available via the Keychain app ...
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How do I debug an out-of-control “kernel_task” process?

Just recently I noticed my battery life having a pretty significant drop and the "kernel_task" process using quite a bit of CPU (a constant 1-6% on my 2.8ghz dual-core i7, 2010 MBP). Obviously I think ...
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Concisely starting Mac OS apps from the command line

I do a fair amount of work in the command line, and I find myself defining a lot of aliases of the form: alias skim='/Applications/Skim.app/Contents/MacOS/Skim' Is there a way to add magic such ...
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How can I move virtual memory swap files to a different drive or partition?

note: This is a question that I asked on SuperUser a while ago. I'm re-posting it here because I think it belongs here. By default, Mac OS X stores its swap files in /private/var/vm/. I would like to ...
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How can I “say” to another Mac?

I have two Macs in our house (iMac and MacBook Pro). I would like to use the say command-line utility to type something on my MPB and have it speak on the iMac, rather like an intercom system. Plus, ...
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How can I re-map Mail's “Sent Messages” folder to an IMAP server's “Sent Mail” folder?

I use Mail to connect to a traditional IMAP server (non-Gmail). I've noticed that all the messages I send are placed in Mail's "Sent" folder and that Mail is translating this folder to a server folder ...
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What does Time Machine back up?

Does Time Machine backup system files, kernel files and other OS-related files? I have corrupted system drivers and files and I want to do a fresh install of OS X but I also want to back up my ...
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FAT or exFAT or NTFS

I recently brought Western Digital's Passport Essential, and will be using with my MacBook (running Snow Leopard), MacBook Air (running Lion) and Windows 7 Desktop. I should be able to read-write data ...
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How can I open a port (not application) in the OS X 10.6 firewall?

Let me preface this by saying: I do not want to drop my firewall completely Yes, I really do need particular ports rather than an application. So I see that there is the option to allow particular ...
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System-wide finder view preferences

I know that .DS_Store files are created in every directory I enter with the finder in Mac OS X, and that keeps track of the folder's metadata (including how is it being displayed). I also know that ...
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Headphone play/pause button controls iTunes only

Finally upgraded my MacBook Pro (Unibody late 2008) from leopard to snow leopard, with a view to go to Lion when it finishes downloading. I've now noticed that hitting the single button on my Etymotic ...
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Repair disk from single user mode (fsck fails)

Earlier today my 2009 iMac emitted I/O errors trying to copy files. So I ran disk utility, verify disk to see if anything was amiss. It was. But as it's my startup disk I couldn't repair it, so I ...
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How can you change the mouse cursor in OSX?

I can't find many solutions for changing the mouse cursor on OSX 10.6 I've seen http://unsanity.com/haxies/mightymouse but it does not support 10.6 at the moment. Any hints or tricks to change the ...
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What is the best way to consolidate two iPhoto libraries into one library?

On the family's iMac my wife and daughter have separate user accounts, each with their own iPhoto library. My wife has asked me to consolidate both libraries into a single library for convenience. ...
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How can I increase my font sizes without decreasing my resolution?

I have a 24" iMac at home which at the max resolution (1920 x 1200) is very comfortable for me to see my desktop and read text. Now at work I have a 27" iMac with a max resolution of 2560 x 1440 ...
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Is it safe to delete the /Developer folder on Mac OS X 10.7.5 (Lion)?

My computer originally had Mac OS X 10.6 (Snow Leopard) installed on it but has since been upgraded to OS X 10.7 (Lion). I noticed that the /Developer folder is still on the hard drive even though ...
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No more Xcode 4 for Snow Leopard?

I'm trying to download Xcode 4.0 for my Mac and they want me to upgrade to Lion and download 4.1. Is there a way to download 4.0 without having to change my entire operating system?
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Why does the Finder run at such a low process priority?

I'm at a bit of a loss about this. I'm running a big import in aperture, and it's causing my system to slow down to a complete crawl, basically rendering it unusable for anything, even browsing the ...
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How to control Bluetooth wireless radio from the command line?

This question is almost the same as my previous question, but with one major difference; I want to turn on/off Bluetooth from the command line (bash or similar), NOT from AppleScript - the answers for ...
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Can I uninstall stock Apple applications (e.g. Stickies)

Is it safe to uninstall stock OS X applications that I do not use? They're really just taking up space on my Applications list (and my SSD). The applications I'm eyeing for deletion are: Front Row ...
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OSX Second monitor/display background

Is it possible to change the display default image on a second display connected to an Apple running OSX 10.6. ? I can see all the display options for the desktop, but the 2nd display has the Apple ...
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Import certificates into the System Keychain via the command line

Is it possible to copy a certificate to a machine running OS X Snow Leopard, add it to the System Keychain, then set it to "Always Trust via SSH?" And if so... how?
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Can I customize ANSI colors in Terminal without extra tools like SIMBL?

I noticed that colors in the Snow Leopard Terminal.app aren't that great (using the Pro theme, but the other themes are worse). There seems to be no easy way to customize the colors, and googling ...
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OS X Keychain keeps prompting me for my SSH passphrase even though I save it (OS X 10.6.8) [duplicate]

Every time I log in to a remote server with SSH, OS X keychain prompts me to remember the SSH passphrase. I type in the passphrase and check the box to remember it. I then connect ok to the server but ...
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Stuck on blue screen after running “rm *” in /

I accidentally executed rm * on / and since then I am unable to see my desktop. All I see is a blue screen with spinning gear. Irony is I somehow missed my OS and other CDs too that came with my Mac. ...
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Disabling startup items that run despite being unchecked on the “login items” list

I have a number of (background) programs that startup automatically on login even though they have been disabled (unchecked) on the Login Items pane of the Users & Groups System Preferences. ...
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Why are some icons sideways on my desktop?

On the current version of OS X Snow Leopard (10.6.8), I have an icon sideways on my desktop: Any idea why or what it signifies?
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Disable volume control noise on mac book pro?

When I hit F11 or F12 (volume up and volume down) I get the volume control overlay; the volume increases or decreases; and the machine makes an "SQUICK SQUICK SQUICK" noise. How do I keep the ...
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Is there a way to have Snow Leopard match the scrolling behavior of Lion?

I can see that I will quickly come to love the Lion way of scrolling. My brain will soon become rewired to think of moving the content with my gestures instead of moving the controller down to slide ...
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How to change network connection order?

I have multiple network access in the same area. How can I reorder the priority to which the connections are made ?
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Reset Mac OS X bluetooth service?

Any way to do this either via a utility, command-line, or otherwise? I regularly have my headphones and moused paired which causes the bluetooth service to crash nearly daily. Sometimes I can just ...
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“say” in different language?

Are there voices in different languages installed in Mac OS X? E.g. spanish, french or slovak? (latest iPod Nano built-in voiceover has beautiful slovak voice, I'd like to try it on Mac OS X too)
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How to know if Mac OS X machine is being remotely viewed?

Currently I have no way to know if my machine is being remotely viewed by our tech support, and would prefer to know, given the massive privacy breach that would entail should this be happening. I am ...
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Do Macs store a serial number on the disk?

About a year ago, I sold my old MacBook Pro. Last week I got a call from the buyer who said that it had been stolen and he didn't have the serial number — and did I have it? I haven't been able to ...
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Is there a way to trace the reason 'fseventsd' process hogs CPU?

I run Mac OSX 10.6 and noticed that a process 'fseventsd' was taking 100% CPU and 1.5G RAM. Doing a google search, I found that this could be tied to Time Machine. However, I do not run Time Machine ...
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Can I type in inverse case, lIKE tHIS, with caps lock on?

Every so often, I have to type some text consisting mostly of uppercase letters, but with an occasional lowercase letter—essentially, sentence case, but inverted. On Windows, I would simply have caps ...
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OS X: Is there an open source screen recorder?

I need a screen recorder. However, I try to avoid using closed-source software whenever possible except from major vendors like Apple and Skype. I am wondering, is there an open source screen ...
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How do I flush the DNS cache on a OS X 10.6 machine?

Trying to flush the local DNS cache. How is this done on Snow Leopard? Using System Preferences and using the terminal?
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Can I simply manually delete individual Time Machine backups from the Finder or command line?

I have moved from a Mac running Snow Leopard to a new Lion machine. Since there was a lot of cruft on the old machine, I set up the new one from scratch, only copying the data over I need. I still ...
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Which process is periodically writing to the disk?

Even when I am not doing anything on my Mac, I see a lot of Disk IO: "Data Written per Sec" in Activity Monitor showns continuous writes: Is this normal? Why would some process continuously write? ...
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Disabling NTP on OS X Lion or older

Following a new security vulnerability in the Network Time Protocol software package, Apple has provided a software update for Mountain Lion and newer versions of OS X. As usual, the older versions ...
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Install 2 different OS X versions on the same machine/hdd

OK, here's my situation : I am a developer needing to debug under different OS X versions I currently own 2 macs : a MacBook Pro and an iMac the iMac has Snow Leopard (10.6) on it - it came ...
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Is there a way to limit the size of the Trash?

I just ran out of disk space and I have like 15GB in my trash. Is there a way to not keep items older than say 7 days or limit the size of the Trash? I need a way to automatically keep this managed. ...
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Is there a free QR code reader for Mac?

Is there a QR-Code reader application for Mac OS X? I'm using Mac OS X 10.6 and an iSight.