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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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“Open With” (lsregister) to show apps on system disk (specific disk)

I have a Mac pro with 4 disks, one is for the system (D1) "Open With" takes long time sometimes, and sometimes it shows me apps on other disks (old, backup, other test apps), how I can make OS X to ...
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What exactly does “out of application memory” mean?

When OS X (10.11 in my case) pops up a dialog saying the system has run out of application memory, what does this really mean? I've looked at this question, but my question is a bit more specific and ...
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Unable to start app built manually

I have create an application APP-py3.app stored in /Applications. The APP-py3.app contains the following files [F] and directories [D]: Contents [D]: Info.plist [F] MacOS [D]: script [F with rights -...
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Custom nameservers, /etc/resolver/ and SRV records

I want to use a DNS server on my machine to resolve lookups for all names ending in .dev. I've created /etc/resolver/dev to do this, and checked that it works for A records: › dscacheutil -q host -a ...
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Show Minimized Windows in Mission Control (El Capitan)

This is a possible dupe of Can I get Mission Control to show minimized windows?, but I wanted to get an update on this issue since its now 2015. What I really want is to have Mission Control for non-...
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How to adjust the compiler for c++11 on 10.8

Originally, I posted my question on Stack Overflow.Compile R package It seems that when installing the R library(Boom) I always get that error relating to compile error: fatal error: 'future' file ...
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Why is SpotlightNetHelp denied file-read-data for root?

I'm getting many of these two similar errors on my console. 10/21/15 11:06:29.737 AM sandboxd[140]: ([368]) SpotlightNetHelp(368) deny file-read-data / 10/21/15 11:07:11.000 AM kernel[0]: ...
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Set the WorkingDirectory to user's home in launchd?

I understand that you can change a LaunchAgent's working directory with a WorkingDirectory key, but is there any way to set the Working Directory to a user's home directory reliably and portably ...
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How to verify that an iTunes backup is valid?

Is there a way to verify that a backup of an iPhone is valid (other than wiping the device and attempting to restore it :))? I've had a recent catastrophic incident involving an iTunes encrypted ...
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Apple Backup encrypted format specs? I need to decrypt part of a backup (for which I have the key) that iTunes won't restore

An odd one here: Encrypted iTunes backup backup completed successfully Key stored in the Keychain (since the first backup of this device a long while ago) Also stored in PasswordSafe and both ...
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How do you adjust the dock bounce animation in OSX?

I'd like to adjust the animation for bouncing dock icons in OSX. (I'm running Yosemete 10.10.3) I've already found this article showing how to completely disable the bounce, but I want more control ...
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Wanted: a way to change many keychain passwords simultaneously

Problem: employer uses a common account (username and password) for numerous logins within their domain, and requires frequent password changes. Keychain can't seem to figure out that e.g. any ...
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Paste only email address without name

In the Mac Mail app, copying an email address of someone in your address book (e.g. from the header of some message) and pasting it elsewhere (e.g. in Text Edit) will result in "first_name last_name &...
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Why do app windows not extend to bottom of screen?

I run OS X 10.10.3 and occasionally notice (must've been there forever, it's not very obtrusive, but occasionally annoying) that windows which are maximized but not in full screen leave some space at ...
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Random emails missing from IMAP inbox with Apple Mail in Yosemite

I am using Apple Mail with three IMAP mail accounts (not Gmail etc. but from my hosting provider). I'm finding that I regularly need to close and reopen Mail to find emails I'm searching for that are ...
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Is there a way to run a bash script everytime I print something?

I wanted to run a script that changes my background image whenever use the printer. Is it possible? Is there a way to know when OS X is printing something?
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what is difference between gcc version and Xcode gcc version?

This maybe a little silly question but I am very confused executing pkgutil in shell I get $ pkgutil --pkg-info=com.apple.pkg.CLTools_Executables package-id: com.apple.pkg.CLTools_Executables ...
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How to use nohup/send process to background on os/x

The command nohup <command> & does not actually work properly on mac it seems: the process is suspended. Issuing fg appears to be required to reactivate the command. Here is an ...
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AppleScript to read all notifications in the Notification Center OSX 10.10 Yosemite

It seems like the following AppleScript is no longer working in the latest version of the OS X 10.10 (Yosemite): on run tell application "System Events" tell process "Notification Center" ...
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Can you disable Today's Date in the Today View in Yosemite Notification Center?

While it's possible to remove the Today Summary from the view you cannot remove the date. It's superfluous while using a calendar app such as Fantastical. Any way to tweak this? Thanks.
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How launchd StartInterval behaves after long sleep?

I have a 21,600secs (4hours) job using launchd.plist. I have 2 mac, main and sub. With main mac, my plist works fine. But with sub mac, which is wakes up 3~4 times per week, my plist does not seems ...
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Why does OS X use swap memory when memory pressure remains low?

My system (Yosemite / 10.10) has been paging out to swap memory despite my memory pressure reading less than 50% over the last 7 days (tracked with iStat Menus). How is this possible? It would be one ...
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How do I stop my browsers creating a new tab for every new domain?

I have a MacBook and have tried browsing with both the Safari 7 and the Chrome browsers, but every time I go from one domain to another, it automatically creates a new tab. So if I click a link that ...
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Stop windows from resizing automatically?

OS X keeps hitting a pet peeve nerve that I have, and it is normally happening with internet browsers. I'll describe two examples: When using Safari, I am surfing normally on one web page. I open a ...
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Junk mail doesn't get automatically deleted

This is happening with Mail.app 6.6 on OS X 10.8.5, but has been going on for a few OS X versions. In Mail.app, my account settings specify to delete junk mail after one day. Except it never gets ...
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SSH'ing with just a machine name on internal network: nodename nor servname provided, or not known

Yesterday I was able to ssh into my development box by using the machine name. Today, I can't. I can nslookup and use chrome to navigate to my box using just the machine name. ping and ssh do not ...
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How to detect locked screen / login-session from a script?

I am looking a way for a script (either bash or AppleScript, doesn't matter) to detect whether the state of the screen or the user login session is locked or not (i.e. the user will need to type in ...
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OSX Screensaver photo repeat problem

I have an iMac running OSX 10.8.4 and I have a large collection of photos (10,000+) that I want displayed during the screensaver. I would like to see a uniform distribution of all photos. However, I ...
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How to 'startx' from Single User Mode?

I usually run dwm inside Xquartz on OS X Mountain Lion 10.8. But is there a way to boot into Safe Mode (or a console), then startx or xinit, skipping Aqua? I'd like to boot directly into X11.
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Is it a bad practice to mount network/slow shares under `/Volumes`?

I'm using curlftpfs with macfuse to mount some ftp sites through automount. The mount directories for each share is in /Volumes folder. Now iTunes on each startup tries to read /Volumes/...
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Solver Window Resize in Mac Office 2011

For what ever reason the Solver add-in for Mac Office's Excel 2011 produces the following dialog box when attempting to add a constraint to Solver: Does anyone have a similar problem? Or know how ...
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Typing over selected text replaces some text to the right

In OS X (both Lion and Mountain Lion), I notice that when I select text and type over it, not only does it yield the expected result of replacing that text with the typed text, it often also replaces ...
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MacBook's Wi-Fi stopped working after upgrading to macOS Mojave and uninstalling Parallels

My 2017 MacBook Pro's Wi-Fi completely stopped working. It's an issue with the Mac because it used to connect to the Wi-Fi just fine, and my phone is still connected to it. I upgraded from macOS High ...
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Port knocking on macOS not blocking connections when closed

I'm unable to get the pf packet filter to block ssh connections when the knockd port-knocking system is in a closed state. I've followed instructions here I've verified knockd is running from its ...
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Is there a command line interface to Keychain's / the system Password Assistant utility?

When creating keychain records, changing your user password, and various other security-minded aspects of the system, there is a little key icon you can click on that opens the above Password ...
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Can I restore my data to an older version of macOS?

I had to send in my old Mac (10.11) for screen repair, and worked on a replacement MacBook with 10.14. Now, I'd like to transfer my data back from the replacement's Time Machine to the old Mac. I don'...
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How to screen capture a second desktop in Mac Mojave?

If I call screencapture -R460,250,350,500 ~/Desktop/screenshot.png from the command line, is there an option or way to tell it to take a screenshot of Desktop 2, rather than Desktop 1?
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What is identityservicesd?

*Just a preface I do not have anything noticeably wrong with my computer (MacBook Pro (Retina, 15-inch, Mid 2015), Mojave 10.14.4), and I was learning as I went along. In the process of cleaning out ...
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macOS App Switcher, transparency and Dark Mode?

I recently switched to macOS Mojave Dark Mode, and I like many aspects of it. But there's one thing that really gives me trouble, i.e., using the App Switcher in front of a window that is mainly dark/...
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Is it normal for Mac to make startup sound every morning?

If I'm not using it, about 8:00 every morning my sleeping MacBook Pro (with lid shut) makes a starting up sound (the sound of the hardware, not any system sound). I guess it wakes up by itself. What ...
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Screenshot with cursor

I used to take tons of screenshots that included the cursor with SnapzXPro. It’s stopped working in past OS releases requiring a patch, but has stopped again and I’m not sure Ambrosia is paying much ...
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Reset Apple Mail auto suggest?

Using Apple Mail to handle my email there is a great feature that when you select an email to move to a folder it suggests one, presumably based on a previous move. Is there a way to 'reset' this? At ...
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Can't delete file even when using sudo

Trying to delete the following file: ~/Library/Cookies/HSTS.plist, but MacOS won't let me do it even when using sudo. I just switched to Mac (was using Ubuntu before) and I'm probably missing ...
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How do I install macOS 10.11 El Capitan on a Mac mini (Late 2012)

I have an older Mac mini (mid 2011) which runs macOS 10.11, 10.12 and 10.13. It did not allow me to install macOS 10.14, so I had to order another (used) Mac mini (late 2012) that now runs macOS 10.13 ...
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Automatically send kill -STOP or similar to runaway processes when the lid is closed?

From time to time (maybe a couple of times a week) when I get to my computer (a Macbook Pro) expecting it to be asleep with the lid closed the fans are running Most of the time it is a Chrome process ...
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Purchased a macOS app on a since-abandoned iTunes account, but don't know which account

I purchased Magic Window a few years (5+) ago using an iTunes account I've since abandoned. The app is prompting for an update, but I cannot remember any details about the account. How can I see what ...
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How do I add “pull-down”, aka “hotkey window” functionality to any app?

I like to add the hotkey window functionality of iTerm to any app. I have heard this is possible with BetterTouchTool, but I don't know how. I have seen opensource solutions like tdrop for linux, but ...
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Chess app no longer recognises voice commands in macOS Mojave

I have tried everything I can think of, I have Enhanced dictation on, I have tried turning it off and deleting the speech recognition file from /System/Library/Speech/Recognizers/...
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FileVault stuck on decrypting 90%

I couldn't partition my hard drive because FileVault was turned on. I then started decrypting, but it got stuck on 90%. After 4 days at 90%, I can still access my device, but it's laggy and ...
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How to set “Tap to click” on guest accounts in macOS Mojave?

I setup new MacBooks with macOS Mojave having the "Tap to click" setting on in Trackpad settings. However, when a guest user logs in, this isn't set. Almost all other Trackpad settings are the same as ...