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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How to install an homebrew formula without updating homebrew itself?

When I install or reinstall a formula, homebrew automatically update itself before installing the formula. When working on a slow connection, this is annoying. How can I cancel this automatic update?
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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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Cannot change login wallpaper in 10.15 Catalina?

Note: This question is about the background image for the login screen (what you see before you log in), not the desktop wallpaper, which can still be changed by going to: System Preferences » Desktop ...
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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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Change user password without the old one on macOS Catalina

How do I change a user's password without the old one, via the command line, on macOS Catalina beta? sudo dscl . -passwd /Users/abc password used to work before Catalina, but asks for the old password ...
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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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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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A new macOS version exists, no update available from the App Store

I recently reinstalled macOS on my MacBook Pro which is now on macOS 10.13.5, which isn't the latest version because I used an old macOS High Sierra installer. However, when I opened the Mac App Store ...
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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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How to access the iCloud Drive Archive folder on my MacBook?

I couldn't find 'iCloud Archive' folder in the Finder. I have been searching it everywhere in the desktop to the different folders, but I couldn't find it. Where do I access it and its contents?
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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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How to claim free disk space in APFS after deletion of huge amount of files?

Given: Macbook pro 13 Inch with MacOS 10.15.1 (Catalina), 500 GB SSD built in. Hard drive had 34 GB of free disk space according to diskutil and df -h. Wanted: Reclaim free disk space. What I did: ...
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Intermittent detection of USB 2.0 keyboard thru Anker hub on macOS Catalina

I am encountering a very frustrating issue since purchasing a MBP 2018. I have a USB 2.0 Apple Keyboard. As new MacBook models only have USB-C ports, I had to purchase a USB hub (Anker 7-in-1). ...
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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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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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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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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 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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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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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 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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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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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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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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Sync only Desktop folder, but not Documents, with “Store in iCloud”? (iCloud Drive)

The Store in iCloud function that was introduced with macOS Sierra looks interesting to try out. It will store both the Desktop and the Documents folders in iCloud Drive instead of on the local drive. ...
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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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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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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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Open Preference Pane from command line on El Capitan (Mac OS X 10.11)

I'm trying to open Preference Pane from command. However, when I invoke open /System/Library/PreferencePanes/Dock.prefPane as in How do you access network preferences from the Terminal?, I get Finder ...
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Purchased Logic Pro X not showing up in updates

I purchased Logic Pro X on the app store. It's never showing in the updates, I just realised I still had the 10.3.1 version and I cannot update it to 10.4.6. I use Catalina, so the update should have ...
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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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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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VoiceOver not reading '-' in Xcode

VoiceOver interprets a hyphen as a brief pause. That makes sense for hyphenated words, but it makes no sense for sums or for code. For example in Xcode this line numberOfGuesses -= 1 is rendered as "...
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Can I RDP to MacBook?

The physical screen is damaged on my MacBook Pro, so I'd like to RDP (or similar) to it from Windows 8.1 Pro, and use my two 24" monitors for a better experience. While I found Microsoft Remote ...
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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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Intel Power Gadget causes kernel panics

The latest version of Intel Power Gadget (3.6.1) is causing frequent kernel panics in macOS Catalina (10.15.1), causing the system to freeze and then shut down. This happens when some app is already ...
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Catalina crashing at shutdown with this error

I have an iMac late 2012 with 24GB or RAM and 3 USB disks connected to it, all running time machine in sequence. After updating to catalina, every time I shutdown the system it takes ages to shutdown ...
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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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How to enable faster WiFi Roaming with Mac OS X & Airport base stations

How can I change the way Macbooks roam on the WiFi network? I would like to speedup the roaming of Macs (and maybe other devices). Is there a setting on the Airport base stations or in Mac OS to ...
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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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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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Path into PS1 prompt is broken (\n) on different lines when it is too long

I am using iTerm2 on MacOS Catalina . Here is my PS1 into ~/.bashrc , using a function ps1 : function ps1 { # PROMPT SECTION BLUE='\[\033[0;34m\]' LIGHT_CYAN='\[\033[1;36m\]' ...
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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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Game performance halved with screen mirroring on macOS

When I run Portal on my MBP with no external screen connected I get a solid 60 fps. When I connect and mirror another screen (same resolution and game settings) it drops to 30 fps, sometimes 20, and ...
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How can I preview an image in its original size?

I have 2 images in a directory and I see from the Get Info that one has Dimensions: 532 × 1051 and size 45KB on disk. The other based on the Get Info has Dimensions: 1440 × 2900 and size 379KB on disk....
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How to resize Safari address bar on macOS Sierra or newer?

It seems that the Safari address bar width is locked to a maximum size that may make some URL impossible to read, especially if the domain part is longer, like in many intranets, or when the the of ...