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Questions tagged [macos]

macOS is the current marketing name for Apple's Macintosh Operating System. This OS was previously known as OS X, and Mac OS X before that (which itself succeeded the 'classic' Mac OS).

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How can I reinstall Mac OS 9 on a G3 PowerBook's original hard drive?

I have a PowerBook G3 from 2000 or so and would like to put Mac OS 9 on it for nostalgia reasons. There are games that simply don't perform well with SheepShaver, plus networking with SheepShaver isn'...
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How does Time Machine work?

I want to do a fresh installation of macOS on my computer. To do so: I uninstalled all unwanted apps. Backed up my computer with Time Machine. First question After reinstallation when I use my ...
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How to configure default phone call app on Mac

Skype for Business has been my Mac's default phone call app ever since I installed it. Is there a way to switch to FaceTime—or better yet, handoff to iPhone? When I place calls from my iPhone, I can ...
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Clicking on a link in text no longer goes to my Chrome Incognito window, opens a new one instead

When I have one Chrome window open and it is in "Incognito" mode, and then click on a link in a text file in TextEdit, it has always resulted in the opening of a new tab in the Chrome incognito window....
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How to get git update-index working with macOS?

I installed git with brew install git Now I want to use the update-index parameter, but that doesn't work because git-update-index is not installed. How can I install this via Homebrew or another ...
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How much will macOS High Sierra upgrade cost me?

I have a Mac running OS X Mountain Lion 10.8.5. unfortunately I am not very good at installing new programmes on my computer, and I want to update mine to the latest release macOS High Sierra. What ...
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Screen saver keeps resetting to default

I need to do screen recording on my Mac Pro and have configured the Screen Saver and Energy Saver settings in System Preferences to "Never". This worked without a hitch with El Capitan (OS X 10.11), ...
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Is it possible to stop the execution of a script temporarily on macOS?

I have a Python script that learns a Deep Learning model. It takes so much time to execute (usually more than 6 hours). Now, the problem is it is MacBook Pro and I frequently go out with it, and ...
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(High Sierra 10.13.6) Unable to convert main drive, APFS (encrypted) -> APFS

I bought a MacBook Pro 15" 2018, and have tried to convert the main drive from APFS (encrypted) to APFS, so that I can read it in Bootcamp Windows via APFS apps. I followed decryption tutorial ...
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Cmd+Tab remaps to Ctrl+Tab

Please read my answer and bmikes comment before voting to close. Someone is going to come along and say I should just learn Mac shortcuts, but I must say I use Chromebooks, Windows, & Linux boxes ...
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Trigger the Creation of a Specific Preference List?

I have the following function: hardware_model () { local hardware_mod hardware_mod=$(defaults read ~/Library/Preferences/com.apple.SystemProfiler.plist 'CPU Names' \ | cut -sd '"' -f 4 \ | ...
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Calendar - How to show day end beyond midnight?

For many people with different chronotypes or works shifts, an effective or net day doesn't end neatly before 12AM - not all people stop doing things and close their eyes magically at midnight. It ...
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“bash -D” command doesn't seem to do anything useful

I'm finally getting around to getting more familiar with the shell after all these years. I was exploring the man page for bash and looking at the -D option, which, according to the manual: -D ...
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iCloud in endless loop

I have an old iMac running High Sierra 10.13.6. I've been trying for over a week to sign out of iCloud from the System Preferences/ICloud pane. I have tried about everything but I remain signed in - ...
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Unable to resolve hostnames inside macOS chroot jail

I just created a chroot jail with inetutils, coreutils and bash. Most of the things seem to work. I can ping ip addresses and hosts that are inside /etc/hosts, however, I can't ping hosts that are not ...
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While installing OS, my MacBook Air is going in internet recovery mode

I had formatted my MacBook air by going in boot options disk utility. After formating I was installing OS, but internet got disconnected for a minute and installation didn't resume. So I cancelled ...
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Where are Wi-Fi passwords stored?

Are encrypted Wi-Fi passwords stored in /Library/Preferences/SystemConfiguration/com.apple.airport.preferences.plist? If yes, which string? I know we can view wireless passwords using the Keychain ...
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How can I alter the default behavior of iTunes 10.7 to suppress some UI elements like the store?

I like iTunes 10.7 and I've been sticking with it ever since it came out and hope to avoid updating it now that I run macos High Sierra. I'm trying to figure out how to delete/remove/hide the 'iTunes ...
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Can we capture a screenshot of vim window using Terminal?

Let's say I have a file called hello.py. # File: ~/hello.py print('Hello') print('Stack Exchange') I would like to get a screencapture of hello.py when opened in vim editor as the ~/hello.png. Need ...
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Find, select and move/copy multiple files at once via Terminal

I looked for relevant posts extensively before writing but I apologise if it has been already asked and solved. I'd need to find, select and move/copy some files from a folder starting from a list in ...
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Where is the Keychain lock icon located? [duplicate]

By using Google and Co. and the built-in terminal command locate, I already found the following icons: /System/Library/CoreServices/CoreTypes.bundle/Contents/Resources/UnlockedIcon.icns /System/...
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Muting facetime bell on Mac OS X [duplicate]

I'm trying to mute facetime rings on incoming calls on OSX, It seems to be possible to change the bell in preferences but not muting it totally. How to do that on mac OSX?
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Get Size of Folder Containing Hardlinks (like Time Machine Backups)

I'm using an rsync script to make incremental backups of a specific folder, in very much the same way Time Machine does. I'm very interested to know how large my backup destination folder is. However ...
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Cannot launch system with no battery icon

I use a 2017 12" MacBook. It suddenly shut out due to lack of battery. Then I recharged it still does not start with the no battery icon. The battery should be 100% as I plugged it for a day and ...
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Apple ID Two-Factor Authentication: Can't Approve This Mac

I tried to turn on two-factor authentication on my Apple ID. I did it from my Mac and all went well, until I got to the point where I had to verify my Mac from another device signed into iCloud. Well, ...
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Revert killall -KILL Dock

I'm playing around with Dock and until now I was using killall Dock command to relaunch it. Now I used killall -KILL Dock and my Dock went down without relaunching itself. I tried restarting my mac ...
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Refreshing files without killall Finder?

I would like to have a file list refresh in a Folder (like after switching between YES/NO in hidden files option). The only way I found is killall Finder which is fine, but it causes the screen to ...
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Enable Data Saver Lo-Fi mode in Chrome on macOS

Trying to reduce data usage on my MacBook. Connecting to Wi-Fi broadcast from a wireless dongle with 4G SIM. Data saved by 'Chrome Data Saver' seems to be minimal. Currently at 0.7%. I've adjusted ...
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How can I stop documents from popping out of folders littering the desktop?

I have a MacBook Pro, early 2015. I work on a number of projects at a given time. Each desktop folder is labeled by client and I probably have 10 folders with 2-7 subfolders. I save documents to ...
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My Mac thinks my keyboard is a mouse

My Mac thinks my USB gaming keyboard is a mouse. Plugged in, it doesn't function and it doesn't let me use the trackpad. I have to use a USB keyboard because 2 keys on my built-in apple keyboard don't ...
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Why can an app create daemons on the fly without sudo permission and how to stop it?

First, I come from Linux so there are many things which confuse me such as daemons. I installed VOX.app and it has some kind of agents and cloud-related processes which can be started automatically. ...
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How to script brightness turning down and up?

I am trying to create a applescript that puts my brightness to the max or minimum, but I don't know how to. I am trying to use this script repeat 10 times tell application "System Events" ...
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XCode Helper does not have the accessibility permissions needed to run tests

I am getting this error when attempting to run some accessibility UTs on a project. I was under the impression that a prompt such as this would appear: However, I am not seeing this prompt. I also ...
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How can I get rid of these AppLifecycleAgent errors?

Over the course of the last months, I started to continuously receive the same "AppLifecycleAgent" error, sometime several times per day: I don't recall modifying OSX internals, hence I'm curious why ...
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How do I prevent a Process from running?; Audio plugin Waves NX

I'm running Menubus with a Waves plugin called Waves NX (for my headphones). Every time I start my computer, this stupid WavesHeadTracker 9.91.57 (614) process is also started with the Waves NX plugin....
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Cannot ping a single website when I am logged into my account

I am having an issue connecting to my website. When I ping sample.com the server, I IP address I get is 192.168.0.12, but when I do an NSlookup, I get the correct IP. When I switch user account or go ...
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Can´t run VMs on VMware Fusion - MacOS High Sierra - Cannot find a valid peer process to connect to

macOS High Sierra 10.13.6 VMware Fusion 10.1.3 Error message: "Cannot find a valid peer process to connect to." Already clicked Allow on Privacy and Security for VMware Inc. but the button doesn´t ...
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Can't get Xcode command line tools work [closed]

I've installed Xcode and command line tools, although I still can't compile anything with make, because of errors like "stdlib.h No such file or directory" etc. All required files (like c/c++ ...
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Rearrange Spaces via command line from the terminal emulator

TL;DR: I need to replace the dashboard with a terminal emulator. Hi. I need to 'rearrange spaces' so a terminal emulator gets first from the left before the desktop, where the dashboard used to be. ...
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How to work with 2 Applications folders?

I have an internal 250 GB SSD. this drive was filling up and I bought an external 4 TB external hard drive. My Applications folder on my SSD was taking up a lot of space so I decided to create an ...
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Display arrangement keeps changing

My iMac keeps changing the arrangement of my two add-on displays. The third one, the one in the middle, is the computer itself which always stays in the middle. I'm running High Sierra 10.13.6. It's ...
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Bluetooth icon keeps randomly disappearing from menu bar in High Sierra

From some unknown reason, the bluetooth icon keeps disappearing from the menu bar at random. I have to open up settings and activate "Show bluetooth in Menu Bar" regularly. Why does this happen and ...
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Clear “Other Volumes” storage in Disk Utility

I have around 7 GB of stuff labeled under Other Volumes in my disk. What is using the storage reported under Other Volumes in Disk Utility and how to remove it? I am running macOS High Sierra.
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PDF added to iBooks on Mac does not sync to iCloud Drive or my iPhone

A few minutes ago I added a small PDF to iBooks on my Mac (DRM-free, not purchased through iTunes). My Mac has iCloud Drive enabled. My understanding is that this should cause it to be uploaded to ...
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How do I split a Mail conversation in two?

Recently I sent an email to myself with multiple BCC recipients of whom two replied. With both people I started a separate email chain, although with the same subject line. All emails are grouped ...
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Safari downloads slow until download is restarted

Very frequently when I am downloading a file, I notice that it downloads very slowly on Safari. This occurs from just about any website I am downloading a file from. However, after a restart of the ...
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alert if application isn't running

I'm currently having a bit of a nightmare as the company secretary's Mac has failed to run OneDrive since June. I use this to sync a Sharepoint document store that is effectively the company file ...
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High Sierra: non-black screen on shutdown

since at least a month, but not on every instance, my 2016 MBP with 10.13.5 will show something instead of the usual black screen with spinning white wheel while shutting down. It can be one of the ...
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Empty Drive from update?

Had a user come back from summer break and boot his iMac. Jamf shows that it last checked-in early June. It boots to the recovery partition and Disk Utility shows the drive as empty. It may have had a ...
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Why would my Wi-Fi “Preferred Networks” be filled with unfamiliar entries?

About a month ago, I cleared all of my "Preferred Networks" and have since only connected to a few specific Wi-Fi networks between home and work. Today, I looked at my list of Preferred Networks and ...