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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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Is macOS mostly closed source?

I was under the impression that macOS is closed source. But this opensource domain says otherwise. Is macOS open source or partially open source? I'm confused now.
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Why a bash script ran directly doesn't need user permissions, but a .app file running the script needs them? [migrated]

I have a bash script myscript that loads some applescript to prompt a graphical interface to the user, to ask for his password. If I run the bash file directly, outside of a .app bundle, it can do ...
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Mac OS merge other partition into OS partition without losing data on primary OS partition

i have a mac book pro 2015 with 125 ssd drive. bellow is my partition table my question is how can i merge partition "BackUp" into my "2: Apple_APFS Container disk1 71.8 GB ...
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Have a file from windows to be uploaded to a space and using MacOS download this file having “garbled file name”

This is maybe as similar to the urldecode. I guess the file name is from a Simplified Windows System to be uploaded to a file space. "×ÔÓòο¼_config_Ó³Éä¼ü_¿ì½Ý¼ü" Then, I download this file via ...
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How to assign single-key system-wide shortcuts to numpad?

I have an external keyboard with a numeric keyboard which I never use. Is it possible to assign functions to those keys like: - opens Voice dictation * emulates Shift-Command-4 + emulates Tab-...
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Encrypted disk in Windows 10, unreadable by macOS

I encrypted by external HDD with exFAT format using VeraCrypt on a windows machine. When I plug in the encrypted disk into MacBook (running macOS Mojave), I get the error "the disk you inserted was ...
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Make light-grey text darker on Mac (white background)

I have a MacBook Air running macOS High Sierra with a white desktop background. My problem is that any light-grey text (e.g. the words "Answers for your Apple questions" under the Ask Different logo ...
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Why can other users see my files in MY user folder?

This is a screenshot of my private folders/files inside my user folder, but seen from a different user on my MacBook. Several folders are basically openly accessable for everybody, even when created ...
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Mac's system name is set to a relative's iPad [duplicate]

I was just using the terminal, when I realised that my Mac's system name is set to DANIELs-iPad, although I have never used said iPad, let alone signed in to anything on it... That's the only ...
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Cannot break running process in Terminal

This has been killing me for a while. In macOS terminal, I cannot break a process. I've tried every combination of keys. Command. doesn't work. For example, if I open a screen session with a serial ...
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Safari won't let me access hardware web front-ends anymore [duplicate]

I use to be able to login to most hardware, even after the message This connection is not private popped up. I just had to enter my admin password and I was fine but now this no longer works. Anyone ...
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Can I delete StoreData found at /private/var/log/powermanagement/StoreData?

I had a problem backing-up my (mid-2007) iMac running El Capitan using SuperDuper. I sent SuperDuper the error log and they suggested that I delete StoreData found at /private/var/log/powermanagement/...
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Safari on my Mac won't open because “Safari cannot be opened because of a problem. Check with the developer”

I have an error message, which has already been reported but I can't understand how to fix it. I have Yosemite and there's no updates available except for iPhoto, which also can't be updated. I'm ...
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Can't mount back up drive on MacBook Pro

I have an ADATA Classic CH94 back up drive I've had since 2012, along with my MacBook Pro. However after a minor Apple update I did through the App Store (I'm currently still on macOS High Sierra) I ...
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Maximum Apple IDs VMWare [on hold]

I made a vmware Mac OS X 10.14 virtual machine and it's saying "This device cannot be used to create a Apple ID."
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Install MacOS Sierra

I have formatted my MacBook Air and I am trying to install macOS Sierra which is taking a lot of time and is consuming a lot of data(connected via mobile hotspot). Is there any way that I can install ...
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Specific Wifi network connection history in OSX

Is there a way to see the history of connections to a specific wifi network in the last couple of months for example?
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Bash_profile doesn’t work

I want use .bash_profile but I have a bug. In my file I have : JAVA_HOME=/Library/Java/JavaVirtualMachines/jdk1.8.0_191.jdk/Contents/Home But When my JAVA_HOME is called by Ionic I have : ...
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Do executables in OS X need to be built in specific way to be used as a service?

Does an OS X executables need to be built in specific way (e.g. no UI, implement certain interfaces) so it can be used as a service? Does this vary by its language (e.g. Objective C, Java) or its ...
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Why do most processes run as children of launchd?

When did most processes run as a child of launchd instead of the kernel pid ?
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How can I distinguish a service form a process in Activity Monitor?

Is there a way to determine if an entry listed in Activity Monitor is a service (daemon) or a process (application)? Examples: Firefox (application) com.apple.audio.SandboxHelper (daemon?) Is there ...
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How do not lock/sleep MacBook when you close the laptop lid? [duplicate]

I would like the MacBook not to sleep and or lock when closing the laptop lid. I would like to lock and sleep it only manually. Any ideas on how to do it?
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Will data be lost in resetting macOS admin password?

My GF recently started working with a Mac and while I'm a IT tech with Linux and Windows knowledge, I'm very much a noob with Macs. The problem is she's working on a Mac that another user (the guy ...
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How to get Night Shift on both external monitors?

I just surprisingly find that only one of my two external monitors gets Night Shift effects. Can anyone tell me how I can make both work with Night Shift? MacBook Pro (15 inch, 2017) macOS 10.14 Both ...
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Copying blocks of text in terminal

Is it possible to copy a "block" of text from a terminal window without having to copy entire lines? Example: Say I just wanna copy the text I’ve circled in the image above, is this possible? Or do ...
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Applescript : generate a new list based on existing list

my script is generating a list (random number of items) and for each item I like to add a colour. I can do it manually : > set myList to {{"demo", "#5cdf64"}, {"icloud.com", "#FFFF00"}, {"more &...
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How can I use Apple News without changing my region on macOS Mojave?

I want to use Apple News on macOS but not to change my region to the United States. How can I do that?
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Why is my external WD MyPassport 2TB drive suddenly extremely slow?

I have a WD MyPassport 2TB drive in an external USB 3.0 enclosure that I use for backup purposes. Every few months, I manually copy my entire Documents and Music folders to the external drive. There'...
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SystemExtr quit unexpectedly

This message keeps on popping up again and again. I tried restarting my Mac and did no good. I thought it was steam causing these problems but deleting it did not make any difference. Do you think ...
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How to install a fresh copy of Mojave on a Macbook Air?

When I do the Option + Command + R, I am presented with several options. One of those options is to reinstall Mojave from an already existing image. I don't want to use that image, rather, I want to ...
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Firefox: How to disable “delete-key goes back”?

When I'm working in Firefox, I often accidentally close a tab go-back-in-history when I press the Delete key. (For example, if I'm in Google Drive, and highlight a file, and then press Delete, the ...
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Macos Mojave restart got stuck

I was trying to update my Mac to Mojave but when it was restarting it got stuck and all I see is apple logo. I am not sure what happened and how can I get back to start m Mac. Any help please. This ...
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Macbook Pro 2012 system using 90GB of disk space [duplicate]

I am currently working on a Macbook pro running High Sierra version 10.13.6 that is using 90GB of storage for system. I have checked apple forums, removed tons of files that are taking up space, and ...
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I am not able to turn off the bluetooth [duplicate]

When i open bluetooh menu from menu bar I don't have options for turning bluetooth off/on. And in system preferences->bluetooth the button for turning off bluetooth is grayed out. I have already ...
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4k display detected as 8k

Now I have a new HP Z27 display, but when I connected it to MacPro (2013) via HDMI it was detected as 8k and working perfectly on this resolution (but all are too small :)). How can it be and how can ...
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Open file/folder in Wine explorer in Finder

I am using: $ wine explorer on macOS terminal. Once the Wine Explorer is open, can I select a file or folder and "open" it in Finder?
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How can I merge primary APFS partition with other empty/free space APFS partition?

I am using MacOS Mojave. Below is the diskutil output There is 150 GB of free Space. After executing the resize command, I am seeing Error 69519. How do I merge the free space with disk0s2? ...
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Home - Switch appears on my Login screen

I need to know what to do because I was looking at accessibility settings today and now the log in screen has this on it: Is this called a prompt? I was trying to learn the VO modifier commands and ...
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macOS: Disable promiscuous Wi-Fi scan and/or display of unwanted list of Wi-Fi networks?

I am annoyed by a display of all nearby Wi-Fi networks around me, when I know I am looking to connect to one among the couple of known networks. Is there a setting to disable detection of new/unknown ...
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set brightness lower than lowest without overlay [duplicate]

I want to set my brightness lower than the 1-tick brightness accessible via the brightness buttons. I have seen utilities like Shades but that won't work, it uses an overlay over the screen and this ...
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Making Photos use more memory when it is running in the background for People Tagging tasks [duplicate]

Is there a way to make the Photos app perform more computations when it is running in the background? Basically, I read that People Tagging happens when the computer is plugged and when Photos is not ...
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How do I get my Macbook Pro back to normal and keep all my files when I'm in “macOS Recovery”?

My "Notes" app was non-responsive and lagging so I manually shut down my MacBook Pro by pressing down the off button for several seconds (It's from 2013 or older and I think I have OS X Mavericks or ...
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Can macOS display a key shortcut when the cursor hovers over a visible control?

Is there a way to set the cursor so that when you hover over something it displays the keyboard shortcut like I can do on my pc? For example: if I hover over the Bold button in Pages it should show me ...
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macOS built-in spell checker performs badly - what can I do?

macOS Mojave cannot detect that I made a mistake at badd and cannot guess that "approximately" was spelled incorrectly. How can I improve the built-in spell checker? (i.e. I don't want to use a spell ...
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The index.xml file is missing

I like using numbers 2.2 but also have 4.3.1 installed. I would much rather use 2.2. as its been working all along and because I like the format bar which is not in 4.3.1. I've been using "Open With"...
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When does iCloud suggest a file can be stored cloud-only? Can I force iCloud to not keep the downloaded copy of a file?

My intention is to store movies. First I tried adding them to iTunes but if I'm not mistaken, those movies will never be cloud-only unless they were bought through iTunes itself. My next approach is ...
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Multiple machine ssh client application for macOS

In Windows there are applications such as mobaexterm that allow the user to control multiple remote ssh clients conveniently. For example, in order to run the same command on multiple machine, or save ...
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Running an app off an external hard drive

Can I download DaVinci Resolve to an external hard drive and work from/off it? My computer has a limited storage space, so I can not download it straight to my computer. Ideally, i'd like to download ...
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How can I share a USB printer on MacOS

I have a Brother DCP-7040 USB connected printer on my High Sierra system that I'd like to share on my network if possible. It is using the Brother-supplied CUPS driver, which I just updated yesterday. ...
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Can AppleScript search deeply for the largest file contained below a folder?

I need to make an AppleScript that would find the biggest file in selected directory (even if its inside another folder) and show full path on screen. This is what I have so far, but it doesn't work:...