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Questions tagged [configuration]

A Configuration is a set of rules, often governing how a program or the operating system should apply certain settings.

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External monitor shows colors not right

I got a new extra-wide display. Unfortunately, my MacBook is not right configured to the monitor. The colors on it seem too bright, lacking contrast and color. I made sure that the issue is my MacBook ...
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pf.conf configuration?

I've been a Windows user for 35+ years and I'm new to Macintosh. I would like to configure PF firewall to block the ports below, incoming and outgoing on all interfaces. What commands do I need to use ...
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What settings on my MacBook Pro (Monterey 12.3.1) would I need to change in order to stop following

I recently reinstalled a new image of Monterey and customized a few system / user settings (including Accessibility settings etc.). The alt-text for certain icons and hyperlinks is replacing the ...
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VPN config with QR

I know you can create a QR for WiFi to share around with friends and family so I was wondering if you could do the same with vpn configuration. I google around and got no where,but this seems to be ...
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Wrong computer name, took from iPad [duplicate]

This morning I configured my new MacBook 14", in a room full of other Apple products. After having it set up I started putting all my applications in order, and I opened the terminal. At that ...
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Solid fill background which is based on the time of the day

Live wallpapers have been available on Macs for a while, and I was wondering if there is a way to set up the wallpaper to be one of the solid fill colors available in the System preferences dialog, ...
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How can I find and fix all file extensions that open in Xcode?

I've been gradually moving configurations from an old laptop to a new one, and it's very annoying to have to fix file extensions that open Xcode. I want Xcode to be there for compiling and occasional ...
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Use LS_COLORS (not LSCOLORS) on Mac OS

LSCOLORS does not give a lot of options or control for directory listings. I've tried several ways to use LS_COLORS (the standard method for such things) without success. Is it possible to bypass ...
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Preserve config files during system update

I have a custom entry in one of the config files in /etc, for example in /etc/pam.d/sudo. During each system update, these changes are lost and I have to add them again. Is there a somewhat ...
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Can I manually reset Cellular network configuration without losing WiFi passwords?

I know I can reset network configuration, which: 1) resets cellular data, but 2) also removes all wifi passwords. Can I do #1 without #2? I mean to try that as a solution to No celullar signal after ...
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iOS15 - how to make backtap switch "reader view" on and off?

When using apps like Safari, Pocket etc, just be able to use the configurable 'backtap' function in the iPhone in order to switch Reader view on/off. How to do this?
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How can I save and export the settings letting apps be attached to workspaces?

In macOS, it is easy to assign an app to a workspace so that every time the app is launched it is automatically opening in the designated workspace. Where is that information stored so that I could ...
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Attempting to use Internet Sharing for iOS Activation

I’m trying to configure iOS devices in mass. Unfortunately my team doesn’t have direct access to our company MDM, so enrollment through Configurator isn’t working. I had the idea to use internet ...
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Is there a way to make Logitech side mouse buttons just be generic mouse buttons?

Is there a way to make Logitech side mouse buttons just be generic mouse buttons? If there is a way to do this, I can't find it in the "Logi Options" app, which is the program that Logitech ...
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Limit application launching to boot disk only

Does anyone know of a way to restrict macOS (High Sierra) to only launch apps stored on the boot drive? I have several alternate bootable drives on my system (different OS versions, bootable backups ...
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How to get info about System Device Profiles (MDM) on MacOS?

I need to get information about System Device Profiles (MDM or enrollment), such as Details: Description, control the computer, Allows and other. But I need to get it from some FileInfo in order to ...
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How should paths in /etc/paths.d get added to $PATH?

None of the paths I have in the /etc/paths.d directory are being added to $PATH in any of the shells on my High Sierra system. Presumably there’s supposed to be something in some file that says to ...
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Is it possible to export configuration from Apple's macOS Stocks app?

I use Stocks.app on macOS and configured many assets I wish to "follow". Is it possible to export configuration from Apple's macOS Stocks app? I wish to put the config file into git repo (...
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What is the @ symbol in my terminal prompt? Where does this come from? [duplicate]

In my research on command prompts, the examples all seems to show the computer name and username as the only thing at the "prompt", ie MacBookPro:Documents user$ However when I open terminal,...
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Arrange brightness sliders in command strip for multiple monitors

I have a multi-monitor setup with two external monitors (whose brightness is controlled by OS X, not physical controls) and the built-in laptop display. I have my displays arranged with the two ...
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Airport Time Capsule Third Generation Roaming connection with a Google wifi router

I am trying to make a internet configuration to improve my wifi in the whole house, but I don't want to switch between different wifi names, I have a Airport Time Capsule Third Generation, Google wifi ...
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Need clarification on macOS proxy configuration settings

I'm attempting to configure the proxy settings for a MacBook to work in my office. My company uses a proxy pac file and provided me the URL, what I am unclear about is the other options. I confirmed ...
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Export/Import Sublime Text 3 Configuration Across Two different Apple Computers

I would like to export my configurations for Sublime Text 3 from one Apple Computer to another. Can I just copy the application in the /Applications/ directory from one computer to another? Or do I ...
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iPhone Configuration Software/Application for Windows or Mac OS X

Is there any application that would allow you to manage and configure your iPhone? (i.e. desktop screen, desktop folders, icon names, settings, etc.)
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How To make the tab bar/address bar thinner on Chrome?

I'm looking for a way to reduce the header space that chrome requires. On Safari, the tab bar is quite thin, compared to chrome where it's about 1.5x larger. Is there any way to reduce the height of ...
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How to change the main user name of a used MacBook on macOS 10.13?

I just bought a used MacBook Air 2012 with High Sierra. I would like to change the user name to mine. I tried changing it in the address book or at the preference login but the old name is still stuck ...
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Bad visualization of games in macos

I'm having a problem when playing games on full screen or windowed games on macOS. The first photo I clicked is an example of how it shows the screen when trying to play albion online. The second ...
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Allow Java 1.7 app to run without "Install Legacy Java SE 6" message showing up and JRE not JDK

I am tasked with deploying an old Eclipse RCP (Java 1.6) application with minimal or no changes to the code on macOS Mojave 10.14 64bit. The application hasn't been deployed in a long while, the last ...
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NVRAM Showing Questionable Payload Variables... Can anyone verify if this is normal?

I used the terminal command in macOS 'nvram -xp': student:~ admin$ nvram -xp <?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?> <!DOCTYPE plist PUBLIC "-//Apple//DTD PLIST 1.0//EN" "http://www....
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How to configure resolv.conf options with scutil on MacOS?

I would like to configure the following: options rotate timeout:1 retries:1 What is the way to achieve that with scutil --dns. I can't find it anywhere in the documentation. $ for i in {1..100}; ...
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Can I set a specific Time zone for an app in macOS?

In macOS, I can use the code below to set specific language for Word.app, can I use some similar code to set a specific Time zone for an app? defaults write com.microsoft.Word AppleLanguages '("de")'
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LSCOLORS format

I want to configure my .bash_profile and I've seen this post about BSD based ls configuration: https://www.cyberciti.biz/faq/apple-mac-osx-terminal-color-ls-output-option/ I just don't know what is ...
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How can a I run a bundled app with Java 11?

I followed the answer to this question to get a bundled app to work with Java 8... How to direct an app to use a specific Java version? I would like to know if I can get it to run with the latest ...
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How to change Open/Save dialog speed

Open/Save dialogs on my Mac (macOS 10.14.1) delay about 0.5 to 1 seconds. How do I change this delay to zero seconds?
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What are the '~previous', '-previous' and '~orig' files in /private/etc/?

After upgrading from High Sierra to Mojave I've noticed a bunch of new files with prefixes in /etc/: ~previous, e.g. syslog.conf~previous -previous, e.g. php.ini.default-previous ~orig, e.g.sudoers~...
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On MacOS is there a way to change all Finder background images for icon view back to default?

Just upgraded to Mojave and am using dark mode but I realise that many of the Finder windows have a background set to a light background that does not match the new Mojave look. I can go into the ...
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How to import self-signed certificate over SSH? (bounty)

I'm trying to remotely (SSH) import a custom certificate into Firefox and/or Chrome. It looks a similar question has been asked before, but didn't get an answer. I put a 150 point bounty on it in ...
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Proxy is configured (correctly, I guess). Appstore and Safari work fine. But network traffic on Terminal does not work

Set HTTP, HTTPS, FTP, SOCKS, Streaming, Gopher to 10.11.0.1 and port 8080, with no username and password. And it works for Safari and App Store. And set the same entries to Firefox and it also works ...
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How do I reorder the video devices on macOS?

Every time I use a new app on macOS (10.13.6 here, but I don't think it makes a difference) that uses the webcam, I'm often caught out by it defaulting to an software video device that is not my ...
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how to change ifconfig lo0

my ifconfig lo0 looks like this: lo0: flags=8049<UP,LOOPBACK,RUNNING,MULTICAST> mtu 16384 options=1203<RXCSUM,TXCSUM,TXSTATUS,SW_TIMESTAMP> inet6 ::1 prefixlen 128 inet6 fe80::1%lo0 ...
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*Persistently* disable password authentication in SSHD on macOS

I want to be able to SSH in to my mac. I do not want to be able to use passwords to authenticate. I know how to configure this, what to put in /etc/ssh/sshd_config. But every time I install even a ...
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Import CA certificate into Chrome via command line

Is it possible to import a custom Certificate Authority (.crt) using Terminal or over SSH on macOS 10.13 High Sierra?
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can't scale for external monitor

I got a 4K display for my MacBook (late 2013) but I'm unable to scale everything after this monitor plugged. (Browser content is scaled, but the system app is not.) Can I still scale everything with ...
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Decreasing the time delay for diacritic marks menu appearance [duplicate]

On my iMac, when one pushes certain character keys after about 1 second a menu appears with the selected character with diacritic marks (accents) - i.e. when one presses S, one is presented with a ...
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Can you configure the port to use for IMAP in Mail.app?

The outgoing mail server has a field for a custom port number, but I don't see one for the incoming mail server (IMAP). Is there a way to set it? I'm testing an email server. I know this is not ...
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How to reduce tooltip appearance delay in Xcode?

When I hover some icon in Xcode I have to wait quite long for tooltip. How to reduce delay?
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macOS - Safari function to prevent website appearing in history?

I'm looking for a solution in order to prevent certain website to appear in the Safari (macOS) history (no suggestion visibility, history appearance, …). Using Private browsing, is not an option due ...
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Should PS1 be defined before exported in .bash_profile?

In .bash_profile, should PS1 be defined before exporting? As an example, the first line in my .bash_profile is currently: export PS1="\[\033[36m\]\u\[\033[m\]@\[\033[32m\]\h:\[\033[33;1m\]\w\[\033[m\...
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Newly created alias should be activated constantly

I add an alias to `~/.bashrc and activate it. # add some helpful aliases alias l.='ls -d .* --color=auto' Activate it source .bashrc It work well on current bash. $ l. ls: --...
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"Open with" configuration gets screwed up unpredictably on El Capitan

I've been having a problem on my El Capitan installation for a few months. At unpredictable times, the system "unlearns" the programs associated with certain file types. For example, I double click a ...
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