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 my computer being hacked?

I have reason for suspicion that I'm being hacked. On top of that, my MacBook's screen will light up (several times a week) when it is asleep, showing the log in screen. It will fall back asleep ...
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How to control volume of music based on “Now Playing”?

I'd like the Mac to mute itself when there's an ad on Spotify. It comes in a pair, 30 seconds each. I now have to hit mute button, then guess if a minute is over yet and then unmute it. Solid ...
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Mac caps lock key physically stuck [closed]

My capslock key seems to be stuck; it doesn't move down when I press it. (However, it does change the letter-case when pressed) How do I fix this?
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Can you set Finder to show the file extension in the Kind column rather than a description?

In Finder (Mojave if it's relevant), the 'Kind' column displays the file format in a 'friendly' human-readable format like "JPEG Image". Things like Photoshop and Illustrator files have descriptions ...
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Need help with small AppleScript for Mail app [closed]

Is it possible to get the Mail system change its email signature automatically to specific recipients? If yes, can somebody please help me to write a code for that so I can implement it ? Example: I'...
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Emtpy shares with SMB/Samba with option “smb encrypt=desired”

If I connect with my MBP (macOS Catalina 10.15.3) to a SMB/Samba share without the option "smb encrypt=desired" on the server side everything works well. Smbstatus says SMB3_02, encryption is turned ...
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mount list grows endlessly on automount / autofs setup

I have configured macOS (Catalina 10.15.3) to automount 4 SMB network shares with autofs. It works, the shares are mounted whenever I need them, as they should. The problem I find is that my mount ...
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How proxy authentication works before first user login?

For the creation of a tool which make uses of system proxy preferences, I am trying to understand their keychain usage: From my current understanding, on MacOS (Catalina) the system preferences for ...
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How can I import an iTunes library from XML while preserving the “date added” field?

I have an iTunes Music Library.xml file and an iTunes Media directory. The "date added" fields in the XML file are correct. The "date created" file attributes are correct. However, when importing into ...
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Why Mac Handoff shows the model of my iPhone so weirdly?

My Mac's dock has been showing the Handoff option very weirdly for around 6 months now (can't remember if it was already like this before Catalina). Is this normal now, aka does this happen on ...
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Install macOS, Linux, Windows in the same USB External SSD

I have a 960GB External USB SSD and I have MacBook Air. I would like to know if is it possible to install, macOS Catalina 320GB, Windows 10 320GB, Linux CentOS 7 320GB in the same HD. What Order I ...
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Run shell script by double clicking in non-login prompt in terminal

This question is super similar to this, but I'm curious how to launch the shell script in a non-login shell prompt. I already have it set up to run with iterm2 when I double-click. I don't really care ...
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Install macOS Mojave on VirtualBox Windows 10 PC [closed]

I created a virtual machine and uploaded a macOS Mojave installer iso file. Then I started up the virtual machine and the fs0:\vboxapfs.efi file was run directly. However, it shows the fs0:\vboxapfs....
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Other Data on Apple - How do I clean cache and other unused data on Mac

How do I clean cache and other unused data on Mac?
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How to disable auto text lookup?

This behavior occurs in most Apple-provided apps (Preview, Notes, etc), and it occurs with times, dates, names of bands, etc. I don't even know what it's called, but it's very annoying. Most of the ...
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keyboard that voices out digits inputted

I input lots of digits during my daily work, mostly with keyboard's keypad on the right side. To improve input accuracy, i'd like to hear the digits I just inputted, so I do not need to check again ...
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Is a file that can be shown by `mdimport -d2 file` in spotlight database?

I have a file that can be shown with the following command. $ mdimport -d2 file.pdf But when I use the following command to search for the file. The file won't show up immediately. mdfind -onlyin ...
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MacOS disable bluetooth device auto-connect

I have a pair of Sennheiser PXC 550 headphones which are connected to both my Macbook and iPhone. I am trying to fix a very weird bug that manifests with the following steps: Listen to music on my ...
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Reclaim root access - High Sierra

I installed the Security Update 2020-001 for High Sierra. As a result of this, I am no longer able to use sudo. It just exits with the message sudo: 4294967295: invalid value As requested, here are ...
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How to access local webpage from another host in the same network?

I'm trying to access RSS feeds hosted on my Mac from another computer in the same network. The IP-address of the Mac is 192.168.228.84, the port the server uses is 8080. I can access the page ...
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How do I get rid of the rogue “other” user on start up on my Sierra Mac?

I want to get rid of the "other" user on my startup screen. My Directory Utility does not list the root user anywhere. I also tried the terminal command suggested here and finally found out how to ...
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Why would native Mac filesystem performance be MUCH worse than various virtualized disks on the same mac?

I was attempting to profile a php application when I noticed it was running MUCH slower on my mac vs docker vs virtualbox (all on the same hardware). I started narrowing down possible issues, but now ...
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High Sierra - Terminal “messed up”

After a re-installation of macOS High Sierra on my MacBook Pro, I realised that the Terminal is kind of "messed up" (random substrings of the Terminal's current output are produced) when resizing the ...
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Overwritten Mac note

I was typing and I accidentally hit CmdA (Select All) and then I continued typing. That wiped my entire note and CmdZ (Undo) didn't work. Time Machine and iCloud weren't on, it was locally stored and ...
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How to remove duplicate files from the Photos app library

I am running OSX 10.12.6 and sorting a large number of mostly not native digital pictures (scans from negatives). Using the command: fdupes -r -A "/Users/yves/Pictures/Photothèque.photoslibrary/...
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Kernel panic appears without any reason

I need your help. My MacBook Pro 13" from 2017 sometimes just shuts down without any reason and the error code after the next boot is a kernel panic. I can't find the exactly same error code online, I ...
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Why does macOS not assign unique identifiers to files?

I want to preface this question by disclosing I know next to nothing about computer architecture, storage and operating systems. For a personal project, I'm trying to make a roadmap for how to make a ...
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Numbers formula for rolling 12 month sum

I have a table with income data over a 2 year period showing columns: date, description, job1, job2, job3, (the income shown is for 3 different work jobs over a period of time). In a separate table I ...
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What happens to files restoring from case-sensitive to case-insensitive?

If I have IMPORTANT-RESOURCE.jpg and important-resource.jpg on a case-sensitive file system, I do a Time Machine backup, then wipe boot volume, and create a case-insensitive volume, then restore from ...
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Do programs keep running on macos when user switches account?

I am wondering if programs keep running when users switch account, alas account is locked and another user account logs in. For instance, user Mike runs Photos (that will start curating pictures), ...
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xCODE 11.3.1 - Failed to create provisioning profile

I'm trying to create a project, which will run on the xCODE's simulator, not on an iPhone. Right after the project is created, there are multiple errors. The first one is: Failed to create ...
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Standard user “SecurityAgent” prompt when mounting encrypted APFS volume

I have made a clean install of Catalina 10.15.3 to disk0s5 (disk2/volume macOS). My disk already has Mojave on disk0s8 (disk1/volume macOS2). Both are encrypted with FileVault and and I have stored ...
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How to clear the username from the App Store Dialog box?

When I trying to verify and application's receipt from the App Store, a dialog pops up asking for the sandbox username and password. This box always comes pre-filled with an username. Is there a way ...
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Where are the console messages of the days before stored?

I open macOS' console. I see my computer as the first device in the column at the left. I click there and I see the console messages. The first message is the earlier one and its date is from when ...
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Any way to install macOS High Sierra in HFS+ on an SSD? [duplicate]

I’d like to create a test SSD with macOS 10.13 and another with macOS 10,.15, formatted in macOS Extended Journalled as it’s more compatible with older macs. Is there any way to install it in HFS+? ...
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Cannot start any Virtual Machine anymore on High Sierra [duplicate]

I just switched from Sierra to High Sierra for some reason, and Virtualbox doesn't work anymore. All my machines (Debian, Windows etc), newly created or existing, show that message when started: The ...
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Test Active Directory Service Account Credentials

I was provided with a service account and its credentials. How can I test those credentials on a Mac OS X safely? On windows, I've run notepad as the user and entered the password when prompted. I'd ...
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macOS: Keyboard shortcut for switching between two apps in split-view

This has been asked in the past, but the last time this question was asked was in 2015 and I hope things have changed in the meanwhile. I'm essentially using two (different) apps side-by-side in ...
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Does Homebrew install use SSL/TLS?

I recently installed Homebrew on my Mac using the UNIX command from the Homebrew homepage /usr/bin/ruby -e "$(curl -fsSL https://raw.githubusercontent.com/Homebrew/install/master/install)" When ...
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How can I take a screenshot of the app switcher in macOS?

Pressing Cmd + Tab brings up the application switcher in macOS. I'd like to take a screenshot of this view. I've tried: Opening the app switcher with Cmd + Tab, holding Cmd, and then pressing Shift ...
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0xffffff7f8299dad5): why? [closed]

panic(cpu 6 caller 0xffffff7f8299dad5): userspace watchdog timeout: remoted connection watchdog expired, no updates from remoted monitoring thread in 60 seconds, 1157 checkins from thread since ...
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How do we access iCloud game files on mac? [closed]

It seems, a game file that is uploaded on iCloud should be accessible in the same application/game on Mac. For example, several people had used a Python applet to open Banner Saga files from iCloud ...
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How do I access files that are owned by another user?

I recently formatted my Mac Pro and I copied all the files to external drive, I didn’t use TM. After creating a new account on a new OS I can’t open the files, because the old user can’t be located. I ...
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How do I delete a new Admin account and its data without knowing the old admin password?

I used my friend's Mac by creating a new admin account. Now I need to return it and want to delete the new Admin account I created without knowing his password. In other words, can I delete my own ...
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MacOS after change of Motherboard

If I want to change the motherboard of a MacBook with a new one and I install on it the same SSD I had on the previous motherboard that has installed the OS and everything. When I boot the Mac with ...
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Enable SIP without reboot?

Some time ago, I read somewhere that Apple had decided to provide a way to enable SIP without a recovery reboot. If that’s true, how? It isn’t csrutil enable (at least not on my system). It would ...
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How to secure my Mac again after years of downloading pirated software?

I'm trying to be more privacy aware now by using free software instead of pirating paid ones (GIMP and DaVinci Resolve instead of pirated copies of Adobe Photoshop and Premiere etc.). For years I've ...
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macOS Mojave cannot upsize disk APFS

I am trying to resize my disk (make it bigger in size), but I do not know how. I search a lot of tutorials and read a lot of forums but nothing seems to work. /dev/disk0 (internal, physical): #: ...
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Is it possible to remove or at least hide the “Family Sharing” Preference Pane from Catalina?

I can hide the other preference panes the usual way (Preferences -> Menubar -> View -> Customize) but not this one. Is it possible at all?
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How can I use cloud-based text-to-speech services as native voices in Mac OS?

I want to be able to use cloud-based TTS services (like AWS Polly or Google Cloud Text-to-Speech) as if they were locally-installed voices. I've found the native voices to be inadequate for some ...

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