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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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Best practices for second hard drive on macOS

I’ve a 1TB Mac Mini (Seagate hybrid HD + SSD) but I’m running out of space so I bought a second drive (Samsung 860 EVO 1TB). Since it is as large as the first hard drive I don’t think using fusion ...
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CMD + W doesn't work anymore on macOS Mojave

After installing the .dotfiles on my new Macbook (Mojave) the keyboard combination CMD + W to close tabs or windows stopped working system wide. I found out that when I press fn + CMD + W it works. ...
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'The requested version of macos is not available - macOS Catalina

I have nothing more to say other than I can't seem to download macOS Catalina beta... it's not available apparently? I even followed this link, which shows the update in the app store: https://apps....
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diskutil eraseDisk won't work on Mojave with SSD Samsung 860 EVO Media

I try to format my SSD Samsung EVO on MacBook Pro (13-inch, Mid 2012) Mojave 10.14.6 (18G87) using terminal app but it trows for me this error below: Actually I had same kind of same issue before, ...
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MBP can't connect to iphone wifi hotspot if bluetooth is enabled

If bluetooth is disabled then it's working without any problem though. Any thoughts? P.S. mbp retina mid 2014 iphone xs ios&macos latest stable
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macOS Mojave - The great disappearing disk space mystery [duplicate]

I have a 512GB SSD in my Mac. When cleanly installed from a TimeMachine backup, it shows as being about 120GB. Over time, the disk usage steadily increases. Today About My Mac Storage shows just 44GB ...
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Mac Terminal Padding

Is it possible to add window padding to Terminal.app? Here's how it looks currently ... and here's how I would like it to look ... iTerm2 with padding
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After hard shutdown, Audacity won't start

Similar to this question (that one related to Ubuntu), but I'm asking about Mac. When I try to run audacity I get the following error message: The system has detected that another copy of Audacity ...
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External hard drive is not connected but still showing in Disk Utility [duplicate]

I've noticed multiple copies of one of my external hard drives (that i replaced recently) showing up in Disk Utility. Does anyone know how to remove them? I no longer have the original external hard ...
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Cannot enter password to unlock disk while in Recovery mode

After restarting my Macbook Pro a white circle with a slash through it appeared on the screen. I went into recovery mode and tried to restore a backup or even reinstall OS, but I keep getting ...
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How to configure Ctrl+backspace Linux behavior in macOS terminal?

I was using Windows and Ubuntu previously and in their terminal, when I used to press Ctrl + Backspace it used to delete the last word till any punctuation. For example, if I had typed: ls -l /usr/...
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How to start automatically issue a command in one tab of terminal console

When I use terminal on OSX, I normally have console terminal open with a number of different tabs. In one of those tabs I have a localhost server and in another tab I have a different localhost server....
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Control Mac Mini via iPad

To make things clear: I don’t want a way to control my mouse pointer via iPad, but insted I want to view my e;tire movie library on iPad (without it actually being stored on my iPad) and then when I ...
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Why is it necessary to perform manual clean-up of partitions when removing one copy of macOS on a dual macOS install?

In Remove macOS from a APFS container? there is an answer by @"David Anderson" that states that if you install 2 copies of macOS on separate partitions, then try to remove one, you need to perform ...
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PDfs in Automator

I work in photography post production, need to make PDFs from images but with the file names shown on the PDF and 4 up instead of a single image on each page. Can anyone suggest additional plugins or ...
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Some strange dynamic desktop stripes issue on Mac OS Mojave

I have reboot my OS 10.14.6 (18G84) and see some strange stripes, it is not connected to Mac book screen as you can see I opened Downloads and all looks good on the second image I've attached. What ...
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Bash script combine echo say and read

Using a bash script on Mac OS X, how do I combine echo, say and read to make it cleaner and less line of code? The below script works but to me there are too many lines. Thanks a lot for your help. ...
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dsconfigad returns error “authentication server could not be contacted. (5200)”, but GUI domain join works without a problem

So I've built a "script", to deploy using JAMF. It is pretty much a single command. It looks like this: dsconfigad -add "SERVERNAME" -force -computer "COMPUTERNAME" -domain "SELECTED_OU" -username "...
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com.eltima.cmd1.mas.dropbox.authv2 keychain

When I try to launch Commander One it prompts me that it "wants to access key com.eltima.cmd1.mas.dropbox.authv2 in your keychain" but it never happens. May it be some malware?
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working with lf x0A in bash terminal

I'm mystified why the variable $lf isn't printing out when using hexdump -C This is a copy with comments added from a run in macOS 10.10.5 bash terminal. mac $ lf=$(echo -ne "\x0a") # What ...
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How to enable/disable Adobe host port in terminal?

I disabled some ports (below) to be able to install Adobe Photoshop/Illustrator applications. The challenge is to re-enable them through terminal, otherwise I could not install Photoshop( see below ...
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How do you disable fsck_exfat from automatically running when you plug in an external drive? [duplicate]

If you plug in an external exfat hard drive that the system considers "dirty" for whatever reason, it will not mount it until fsck_exfat is finished repairing it... which never ever ends so it ...
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Straight double quotes on Bluetooth keyboard

I purchased a Bluetooth keyboard yesterday for my MacBook Pro Late 2013 (macOS Mojave 10.14.6) and I am having problems with this (") character. I cannot find it on the keyboard. Is there a chance ...
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Where can I see modifications made to the PATH environment variable by the Go installer

I've identified several changes to the PATH variable in Bash that aren't listed in e.g. /etc/profile, ~/.profile, .bash_profile, ~/.bashrc. The following snippet from the Go installation page ...
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There's a hidden file with extension .padl in my home directory and I don't know what it's for

I saw that someone else asked the same question at superuser: https://superuser.com/questions/1008170/whats-the-498731-padl-file-for but there was no helpful answer so I'm trying here hoping to have ...
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Upgrading from 10.11.6 El Capitan to 10.12

I rarely use by mac. Right now I wanted to install a new program on it but it says it won't run unless the OS is 10.12. I only have 10.11.6 (El Capitan) right now and I can't see any updates for ...
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OS X - build a bash function to send notifications via osascript / Applescript

Hoping some one can point out what I am doing wrong. After looking through several threads, plus lots of experimentation, it feels like something simple is wrong. The threads I read include How can I ...
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Show an installed app's icon in Launchpad

I recently installed an app called NetLogo. I installed it via Homebrew Cask by running: brew cask install netlogo The app installation created a folder in /Applications directory. It comes with 5 ....
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MacBook Pro 2019 playing sound while updating to 10.14.6

On my new MacBook Pro 2019, while updating to 10.14.6, sound started playing before the update was even finished. It was autoplay from a tab I had on Chrome before updating. It continued playing until ...
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Suppress cookie warnings

Cookie warnings (I think coming from EU directives) are becoming more common and more annoying. Cookies are not blocked in Safari (12.1.2) preferences. AdBockPlus (2.06) is also installed, which does ...
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How do I restore move-to and logout commands on IOS Google Drive?

I copied a PDF up to Google Drive from another App. The file appears on the drive, but the move-to option is missing. I went into the Drive app directly from my home screen, killed the app and ...
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Adding a gif image to Keynote for macOS

I am trying to add an image from Giphy to a presentation in Keynote. It seems to indicate I can drag and drop, but this isn't working. If I add an image pane all I get is a text address not the ...
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How to set Adobe DC PDF reader as default for ALL pdfs without having to open security preferences every time

I recently switched to Mac from Ubuntu and I'm trying to set Adobe Acrobat Reader DC as the default pdf reader for all pdfs. I assumed this would be straightforward, however, when I download a new pdf,...
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Fonts Choices Can Not be seen at Night

The font choice are on the right side of the screen on Pages. At night I have to click on a font choice for it to be visible. In the day they are easily readable. This just started happening on my ...
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How to Picture in Picture on mac in any app?

I want to use Picture in Picture feature that MacOS has with safari or iTunes but with any app. For example I want to know my cores work with htop in an iTerm instance always on display like this: ...
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On macOS Mojave how to use 100hz instead of 60hz for other than native resolution

I have a Samsung LC34H890WJU 4k@100hz monitor connected via USB-C to my Macbook Pro 18",running macOS Mojave At native resolution there are no issues - 100hz works just fine When switching to other ...
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How do I find location of executable file?

I was not able to use Illuminated Cloud on Mac since it required to enter Salesforce DX executable path which I don't know. When I installed SFDX by downloading and executing installer https://...
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Show only windows and not tabs when app item is right clicked on Dock

Currently when you right click on an app icon in the Dock, that pulls up a menu with a list of open windows and/or Tabs For example, When I right click on Chrome app icon then it shows the list of ...
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Protecting a user home folder using chmod and umask

I want to create a standard (non-administrator) user on my Mac, and ensure that they cannot access my files. Does the following make sense, and will there be any adverse consequences? sudo ...
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Create System Preferences URL to Privacy Files and Folders in 10.15 Catalina

In macOS you can create a link to the Automation section of the Privacy Pane in System Preferences by the following URL x-apple.systempreferences:com.apple.preference.security?Privacy_Automation ...
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Get El Capitan up and running with bootable USB [duplicate]

2008 late aluminum-body mac Intel Dual Core 2GHz 4 GB RAM 256 MB VGA Origianlly it was shipped with Snow Leopard - later I could download the Sierra, High Sierra, El Capitan and they were running ...
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Resize display resolution of a macOS Mojave guest running in VMware Fusion 11.1

➥ How does one change the screen resolution of their macOS Fusion guest? On my Mac mini (2018) running macOS mojave 10.14.5, I am running VMware Fusion 11.1 with a BenQ 4K monitor on DisplayPort. ...
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Why does macOS create file mounts for each app?

I installed a lot of apps on my new MacBook, and I can see my desktop is filling with file mounts for each app. The Finder is also listing them like this. Can someone please help me understand why ...
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What is the easiest way to make a folder and every file inside of it read only?

Given that locking a folder in Finder only prevents copying files into it, not changing the files inside of it! I'm asking on behalf of a friend using macOS Mojave, who can't type, he solely uses ...
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Can I safely delete sw.old folder on my MacBookPro?

Can I safely delete sw.old folder on my MacBookPro ? I'd like to get rid of all redundant software, and this looks like it. Can I safely proceed and delete this folder ?
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Where is system default environment variable set in MAC OS? [duplicate]

I am using macOS High Sierra V10.13.6. I can set up my custom environment variables in .bash_profile. But where is the system default environment variables are stored in the mac system For Ex: If i ...
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How can I use $HOME or ~/ in my log paths of launchd plist to run as LaunchAgent

My plist has below keys: <key>StandardOutPath</key> <string>$HOME/launchd.stdout.log</string> <key>StandardErrorPath</key> <string>$HOME/launchd.stderr.log&...
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Re-install MacOS (High Sierra) with terminal

This may be a bit of an open-ended question: I am would like to do an OS reinstall of High Sierra, but block it from converting the disk to the APFS format. This would necessitate the use of terminal ...
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How can I cut off/block all traffic when I lock the screen (and resume when unlocking) in MacOS?

Looking to block all network traffic anytime I am away from the computer. I tried putting the iMac to sleep every time I step away and changed the sleep mode to hibernation as well changed energy ...
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I am trying to import BIND settings from OS X Server 5.0.3 into BIND 9.14.4 on Mojave Server

I am trying to import all my settings from the DNS tab of Mac OS X Server 5.0.3 on Yosemite into a third party BIND install on Mojave since it doesn't exist in the App anymore :( I see the 'named' ...