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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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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 ...
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VLC and QuickTime players keep freezing

Whenever I play a video on VLC or QuickTime player, it stops every 1 or 2 min and then starts again. I tried uninstalling VLC and downloaded 3.0.3 version of VLC but still the problem exists. I'm ...
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PlantronicsHub and a major memory leak

I’ve noticed that process SpokesUpdateService is promoted to the top of my Memory list. Here an example which I captured today (just 24hrs after my last reboot) but on the other day I’ve seen 2.4 GB ...
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Generate coredump file with SIP enabled

I've followed the steps to make coredump enable in my machine (mainly by setting ulimit -c unlimited and allow write permissions for all a+x in /cores folder). However, it seems like It doesn't work ...
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Disable the laptop screen without closing lid [duplicate]

Is there a way to disable a laptop's (MBP) built-in screen when using an external screen without closing the lid? I would like to keep using the trackpad due to accessibility reasons. Alternatively ...
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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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Monitor going black regularly

The monitor connected to my Mac mini is going dark regularly for a few seconds, then he comes back up. What could this be? It is not a flickering, the monitor just loses connection. Mac mini (Late ...
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Question mark folder

I have read all of the other questions and websites about it. I cannot solve my problem. I have had a problem with my Windows 7 bootcamp freezing. I force restarted a few times, and the last time it ...
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Automatic capitalization when typing terminal commands

Recently when I use the terminal and I type a command, I hear a click and whatever I had typed becomes capitalized. If I'm typing ls -lrt I'll hear a loud click and when I look at my command it has ...
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Can't open a PDF from Terminal on Mac because it ‘couldn't get a file descriptor referring to the console’

I tried to use the command: open <filename.pdf> but the message I got was Couldn't get a file descriptor referring to the console What can I do?
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Reinitialize third party keyboard

Is there any way to reinitialize an external third party USB keyboard? I hit a wrong key after MACOS detected the new keyboard hardware. Now, my keymapping is not correct. I need to remove or ...
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MacBook Pro Mid 2009 shows forbidden sign but boots when holding command key

After upgrading from High Sierra 10.13.x (can't remember) to High Sierra 10.13.6, something went wrong with the boot partition. When turned on the MacBook shows the forbidden sign. However when I ...
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What's the `._xxx` file in macOS?

I created a index.php file under my phplessons directory: before I used the phpStorm to open the directory, Apple's Text Editor opened it, now I have phpStorm open, but there is a ._index.php file ...
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Is there anyway to make a block device read-only?

I am NOT talking about mounting a filesystem read-only. On Linux, I can make a block device read-only and when I do that not even filesystem modifications that would occur if I partition read-only (...
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Why are my processes asleep when the computer is not?

I have a Mac Mini Server which I use to run uTorrent and Plex. The machine is running, Plex works, and I can ssh in without any trouble. When I run ps aux most of the processes are in "Ss" status, ...
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Sudo command no longer functions properly

When I use the sudo command I get an error message. sudo: /etc/sudoers is world writable sudo: no valid sudoers sources found, quitting sudo: unable to initialize policy plugin If I try to use chmod ...
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Make apps smaller / “zoom out” apps

I made my screen resolution much smaller, so now most apps look 4x larger than I'm used to. iTunes and Finder for example are much larger than they need to be. Can I make everything about these apps ...
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How to stop ssh-agent from being started on login/boot

I noticed ssh-agent is started automatically upon login. I'd rather it not do this, as I'd prefer oh-my-zsh to start the ssh-agent instead (since it automatically adds my id_rsa which is a nice ...
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How should I restore my Library folder from backup archive?

My 6 year old Macbook accidentally got soaked with water and I just bought a new one to replace it. Everything was backed up with Crashplan online so I restored my data using their instructions but ...
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How to restrict language in Microsoft Word 2016

Is there a way I can restrict a document to a specific language even if the keyboard language for the whole system is changed? I use only a particular RTL language for a certain Word document, but I ...
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Error installing CocoaPods

I am trying to install CocoaPods on my Mac. When i run this command: sudo gem install cocoapods it returns this: Fetching: cocoapods-core-1.5.3.gem (100%) Successfully installed cocoapods-core-1.5....
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Finder Running Slow When Running Big Folders

I have a late 2012, 27 inch iMac, with a 3TB fusion drive and 32GB of RAM. I'm only using around 650GB of my Hard Drive's storage and rarely, if ever, push the limits of my RAM. I also keep my files ...
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Can't remove unknown symbol from menu bar

I have this symbol in my menu bar, I don't know where it came from. I can't remove it by using Cmd drag, whenever I move the mouse over it the mouse turns into the spinning rainbow wheel. Can anyone ...
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Partition lost it's configurations after formatting a different partition on the same drive

A volume on my internal disk is showing "Owners Disabled" in Disk Utility app. I am not able to either mount the volume, or recover data from the volume. Can someone help me to change ownership ...
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How does macOS High Sierra generate bold weights for its system font?

Apple's new system font, "San Francisco", has two versions - "Compact", for display on small screens like the Apple Watch, and a regular version for display on larger screens like macOS devices. I am ...
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Command to change volume of specific device

I need a command to change my audio device's volume. I want to simulate the hardware volume keys from the terminal. I'd been using this command to decrease the output volume: osascript -e 'set ...
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SSH timedout after sleep [closed]

After Sleep mode I tried to connect to server via SSH, but got 'Operation timed out'. Server is working fine and after restarting Mac everything works fine until another Sleep. High Sierra 10.13.4
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Sync files between two different folders on a single Mac

I am looking for a solution to sync files within different folders on a single Mac. The files are tracked under Git version control system, so I can't use aliases.
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Change password for iCloud keychain / prevent it from being unlocked with computer password

I use iCloud Keychain across iOS devices and my MacBook Pro. I recently discovered that on my Mac I can access the passwords stored in the iCloud keychain simply with my (admin) login credentials. Is ...
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Finder doesn't auto-refresh

If Finder is open on a folder, e.g. ~/Downloads, when I download something it doesn't show up. I have to click on another folder, then open ~/Downloads again to see the download. I am on macOS 10.13....
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Text editor to search/replace newlines and tabs

A time-saving feature I often used while editing large text files (the kind used for batch processes of data exchanges, aka, "flat files" for feeds between multiple systems) was Notepad++'s extended ...
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Is it safe to install a deprecated Java version?

I have an old version of Photoshop that requires an outdated Java runtime. "More info" takes me to this Apple support page where you can download the older JRE. Seems reasonable enough, but I am ...
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User admin account losted after change name [duplicate]

I has change my name on the Users and Groups, after this I can't log with my admin. When I try access the name is not put on the field automatically and I've tried all names admins that can be. So, ...
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How to implement text editing features in terminal interface?

Sorry if the title is confusing but essentially what I want is to have standard text editor features like Command< to move to the beginning of the line or CommandShiftBackspace to erase a line. Is ...
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MacBook Air stuck at login screen, can't get into safe boot nor into Recovery Mode

Last night I kept my MacBook Air on sleep mode and in morning when I tried to login, it got stuck at login screen with progressive bar completed but there was no further action. The screen is ...
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Mac beach ball when logging in including Safe Mode

My 27-inch iMac (late 2013) running in High Sierra has been stuck since this evening. After booting up, I tried logging in as usual, but it does not let me in. Right after entering the correct ...
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macOS cannot connect to OpenVPN using Shimo - Kext error

I am trying to connect to a VPN network using a OpenVPN profile I have imported to Shimo, but it fails showing this message. Shimo could not load its tun/tap kernel extensions, which are required ...
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How to check if file is in use?

I have c++ application and I need to know if one file is in use by anyone. I'm ok with running any shell command, but I don't want to run lsof command for this purpose, since I think I can't safely ...
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Partition Mac hard drive and install two copies of macOS to segregate home and work usage

I have a Mac Pro which came with just one partition. I would like to seperate work and home use. I was wondering if I could backup the current installation, wipe and partition the drive into two, and ...