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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macOS wastes RAM on Mac with 64Gb RAM

Last week I've switched from my old Macbook 15" 2014 16Gb to Macbook 16" 64Gb. With my old mac I was quite comfortable to run Chrome, Lightroom, VSCode and even VM at the same time. A 2-day fresh Mac ...
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How to make and alias list from multiples results of a shell script?

So this is the shell script that I have in my Applescript editor which brings up all of the videos that have been added to my computer today. do shell script "mdfind 'kMDItemDateAdded >= $time....
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Recovering HFS+ partition

I have 2TB Toshiba 3.0 HDD. (1863 GiB). I have rewritten accidentally the GPT partition table and I need to recover it. Old partition table. I need to recover it It had FOUR partitions. GPT table ...
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How do I reorder the programs in the 'open with' window of a file?

I want to reorder (not change the default program) the programs suggested in the menu when I click on 'open with' for a file. Is that possible, if yes, how?
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IPv6 available with iOS but not with macOS

I use an Swedish VPN provider and in iOS 13 / iPadOS 13 I use the OpenVPN Connect app and I have access to IPv4 and IPv6 addresses. Using the same OpenVPN configuration files on macOS Catalina (but ...
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Logic board replacement or repair (for booting issue)?

I have a 2012 MacBook Pro 13 inch non-retina model . The issue was ,from past one year I used to get service battery message but I still kept using without worrying about it. The OS would boot ...
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Reference book or websites on how Mac OS works

I'm looking for a good book or other set of reference materials on how MacOS works. I'm not concerned with the GUI tools or advanced Finder tips or things like that. Rather, I'm interested in the ...
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Reset the Launchpad to fix the ordering in macOS Catalina

When I was using Yosemite in my old mac, I can simply use defaults write com.apple.dock ResetLaunchPad -bool true; killall Dock to fix the ordering of apps but it is not working in macOS Catalina 10....
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Open Safari Passwords pane with AppleScript or Shell script

I'm trying to find a way to open the Safari Passwords pane without opening Safari - similar to how Siri opens it when you ask "Show me my passwords" on macOS. Any ideas? I'm thinking some kind of URL ...
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Quit the app after the last tab/window is closed

I find those black little dots under the applications are annoying, like this: In fact, in the figure above, I have no Word docs open. In the case that I thought maybe I was working on something (...
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No window or view controller in Xcode 11.2.1

I am new to macOS programming, I have Xcode 11.2.1 and Catalina OS. What is strange is I look at tutorials online and they all have Window and view controller in main storyboard, I only have menu ...
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How do I move calendar events together to keep a constant time in between?

some procedures I do regularly require that I do something, say, on day 1, 3, 14, and 40, and I usually make Calendar / iCal events for planning. Is it possible to create a group of events such that ...
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history command in macOS Catalina

I can't delete the shell history in macOS Catalina. I use rm ~/.bash_history. history -c all command fields. I need to delete the command history.
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How to disable password prompt for FileVault-protected secondary macOS?

I have a dual-boot setup with two macOS Catalina systems, each protected with FileVault. No system shall store the credentials to unlock the other one to protect them against each other and keep ...
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How to Fix Generic File Icons in macOS Catalina?

How to restore file icons when they have gone generic in Mac OS Catalina ?
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Stop macOS from treating incorrectly spelled words as correct

Best I can tell, "refoxwarded" is not a word (the 12 results on Google as of this posting all appear to be typos of "reforwarded") and yet macOS's autocorrect was autocorrecting "reforwarded" to that. ...
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Security & Privacy is not responding

I need to change enable camera for Google Chrome. So I go to System Preferences > Security & Privacy and it hangs. Console log: Dec 13 07:17:37 macabook com.apple.xpc.launchd[1] (com.apple.xpc....
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Compare any checksum with proposed checksum by website

I often download files from the Web and many websites suggest to compare a proposed checksum with what I obtain from my computer (usually in Terminal). However, as the checksums tend to be quite long ...
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Harddisk exchange from one MacBook Pro to another MacBook Pro with same configuration and model with different serial no

I am working as a system admin in a corporate company. Today I got one ticket from HR. HR is using MacBook Pro having a 100 GB harddisk. He needs to upgrade the harddisk from 100 to 500 GB. What I did ...
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Exit the “Do you want to save your changes?” dialogue as fast as possible (discard changes)

When I press cmd-q or cmd-w on an app, sometimes I get a popup like: I just want to quit the app as fast as possible, I want to select the "Revert Changes" or "Don't Save" etc. equivalents without ...
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Is it possible to find out mac user account login history

I have given my mac book to my friend. I have created new account to him and gave the credentials for it. I have a doubt what if my friend logged into my account by guessing my password. It's an ...
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2012 MBP 4k External Monitor Lag

Im running a 2012 MBP i7/16gb (in discrete graphics mode) with displayport to 4k monitor at 30hz. I understand the mouse 'skipping' is part of the 30hz setting, but Im also experience notable lag from ...
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Install csrutil or new recovery partion on High Sierra volume?

My High Sierra installation did not come with a recovery partition, only internet recovery so I don't have csrutil. It's not in usr/bin, or the base install volume either like many have suggested, ...
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Chrome 79: https sites don't load while http works fine

Just upgraded to Chrome 79 from 78 via its internal updater. Now only http sites load, not https. I am on Yosemite Chrome v 79 Chrome says "This site can’t be reached" and "ERR_FAILED". Including ...
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Use SSD as cache for HDD - Time Machine

I just bought Mac Mini 2018 base configuration for use as internal server in small company. (I need MDM, CI/CD for building apps and some other stuff.). I have 128 GB SSD and 2 * 1 TB external HDD for ...
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Cannot delete a .sparsebundle on / with permissions drwxr-xr-x@ 6 root wheel

Even running commands as sudo I cannot change the permissions or delete the folder. sh-3.2# xattr -l filename.sparsebundle/ com.apple.FinderInfo: 00000000 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 20 00 00 00 00 00 ...
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Use Single Shortcut Key to Close Windows

Some windows can be closed with ⌘+w while others require the Esc key. How do you create a single key shortcut (maybe with caps lock?) that can close both types? A built-in solution in Mojave and ...
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Why does my DNS server not update when I switch networks?

When I switch WiFi networks, the DNS setting does not update. So, if the old and new DNS for the WiFi don't match, I have to open network preferences/advanced/DNS and clear the previous entry. That ...
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What is the file path to an iCloud Drive file?

Imagine I have a file in iCloud Drive/Sounds/Foo.mp3. I want to play it via the Play sound action in the Shortcuts app. I need to use Get File. When I use Get File I can choose the iCloud Drive ...
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Devices with FTDI not seen on macOS

I'm using an macOS machine. I was working with my devices without any problem (Arduinos, external MIDI devices, etc.) until I installed the FTDI 2.4.2 drivers. Suddenly, all my devices stop working. ...
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Mac swift process blocks system, high memory pressure

Recently, since XCode 11, my Mac starts a process (it seems like it does so when indexing or building files) called swift and my Mac soon starts to lag. This process gathers a lot of memory (sometimes ...
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How can I find out which program is trying to restart my Mac?

From time to time I log into my server through screen sharing to find this warning: There is a program trying to restart my server, and I can't for the life of me figure out which one is the culprit....
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When I leave my Mac alone, it heats up and fans go wild [closed]

I could work for a several hours and fans don't work at all (temperature is about 70 - 75C). So I go somewhere for a 5 minute and when come back it is boiling! Sounds very loud but none of the ...
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Decrypt Filevault on a (removed) startup disk

I had a hardware issue with my old Macbook Pro which required me to remove the boot drive. I have attached it via USB to a new Macbook and can unlock and mount it, etc. However I don't see anyway of ...
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Virtual box not installing on macOS Catalina

I am trying to install Virtualbox v 6.1.0 on Mac OS Catalina, but the installation is not successfully completing. I've read many blogs about allowing the installation in Security in System ...
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Horizontal lines showing only on night shift mode

A bunch of clear horizontal pixel lines are showing on my MacBook pro laptop screen. This just happened today. I noticed these lines disappear when night mode is off. Can someone please let me know if ...
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'ls' command not working on mac OS Catalina

Ever since updating my mac to OS Catalina I have noticed quite a few changes were made to the terminal. Upon opening the terminal there is always the entry: The default interactive shell is now zsh....
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What is this blue arrow and how do I get rid of it?

On macOS this arrow just appears, and overlays on top of any window. How can I get rid of it?
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mount nfs failing

Mounting an nfs storage is failing today, when it worked fine yesterday. sudo mount -v -o rw storage01:/storage/_shares/ci /System/Volumes/Data/Users/bemehiser/Projects/data/ci mount_nfs: can't ...
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How do I send a Ctrl+Alt+Delete when connected from the Screen Sharing app to a Windows computer?

When using Apple's Screen Sharing application to connect to a Windows computer that is running VNC, how do I send a Ctrl+Alt+Delete to the Windows computer? I've tried a number of key sequences and ...
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Inconsistent app update sizes in App Store and Launchpad

I saw there was an update for Xcode in the App Store that said the update size was 7.8GB. However, when I was updating the app, Launchpad said the update size was 3.59GB. What is the actual update ...
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Is it safe to cancel tmutil delete halfway through?

I wanted to delete my oldest backups to free up space on my backup drive. Due to some confusion, I "accidentally" deleted all backups. The image shows the current progress of the command: Is it ...
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Time Machine: copying backup to new disk never ends and goes beyond initial folder size

I am trying since several days to transfer a Time Machine backup to a new larger disk (target disk). I followed Apple Support instructions and formatted the target disk as "Journaled HFS+". But when ...
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Tools, languages, libraries and API's for development of a MacOS wide application [closed]

Please just assume that the user has accepted whatever permission are required. Is it possible to listen to window actions under MacOS? In Swift preferably? For instance, if a window moves, is ...
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What are the implications of leaving the XHC20 interface “up”?

In order to sniff USB traffic on macOS, the XHC20 interface must be "brought up" by executing the following command: sudo ifconfig XHC20 up Many online tutorials also suggest to disable the ...
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What is the location of a specific command and how do I change it?

If I type dart in my terminal, this will access my dart terminal app. What does this point to and where can I change it? Edit My $PATH variable is as follows /usr/local/bin:/usr/bin:/bin:/usr/sbin:...
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Change arrangement of iPad used as Sidecar Display

I have an iPad Pro (2018 3rd Gen) that I'm using as 2nd display with my Macbook Pro (2018). I can enable it and it works well, but it's on the wrong side of my Macbook and there's no options in ...
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iCloud Drive - Is there a way to manually refresh iCloud Drive files?

There's nothing wrong with how my iCloud drive files sync. It's just that sometimes it takes several minutes for them to sync. Is there a way to manually trigger a refresh?
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macOS not installing properly on A1502 Macbook 13 inch

I'm trying to install macOS Catalina on a new SSD and the hard drive is showing up in my installation however, once the installation is about to complete the computer restarts and goes back to ...
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Apple Script - How to I check if an iCloud Drive file has been updated from another device?

Is there a way to check, via applescript, which device has updated a file stored in iCloud Drive? I know that the terminal command mdls [file path] lists lots of metadata. Does any of it identify ...