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 do I count words in a PDF file on OS X?

I'd like to count words on a PDF file on OS X. The inspector doesn't contain the word count.
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Mac Mini 2018 Kernel panic bug_type 210 after Security Update 2020-002

Since installing the Mojave Security Update 2020-002 I do get a message that my Mac Mini 2018 was restarted because of a problem even I shut it down normally. The Mac Mini 2018 was running fine for 3 ...
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How to find cause of high kernel_task cpu usage?

Occasionally my machine will have a kernel_task instance max out the CPU: This can last from minutes to sometimes hours. The machine is effectively unusable in this state. Restarting doesn't help; a ...
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Mac OS X downloads do not begin, other app store downloads normal

I just acquired a mid-2014 Macbook Pro that's been reconditioned. It booted up in El Capitan, so my first order of business after the initial sign-in and setup was to attempt to upgrade the OS to ...
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MAMP on macOS Catalina doesn't list folders

I upgraded to a new Macbook Pro running Catalina. I installed MAMP and copied my project-folder to the new Macbook. My projects folder is located under /Users/myname/websites In that folder I have ...
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How to increment a number in a TEXT file each time the automator script runs? [closed]

I want to create a script that has automator open a TEXT file each time it runs and increment the number inside that text file. After it runs, the text file should be saved until next time. How do I ...
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How to delete a file from Time Machine backups in Big Sur?

I'd like to delete a file from my Time Machine backups, but there seems to be no option to do so in the Big Sur version of Time Machine. I go to the Time Machine menu and select "Enter Time ...
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macOS High Sierra: Create Windows bootable Usb

I just install macOS High Sierra and Windows 10 through BootCamp Assistant. The problem is that, Windows have a strange issue and I need a bootable USB to go to the recovery mode. I tried to make ...
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How to get automount and sshfs (osxfuse) working with yosemite

I'm currently trying to get Apple's automount working with osxfuse and sshfs. The result should be that a specified folder gets automatically mounted if it is used. What I've done so far: installed ...
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How to bring OS X native Digital Camera RAW support from 10.11 El Capitan to 10.9 Mavericks?

I work on an old Mac Pro and Mavericks 10.9 seems the best system for me. However Apple is not updating Digital Camera RAW support for Mavericks and so does not support my new digital camera, a Nikon1 ...
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Bootcamp error: Can’t install the software because it is not currently available from the Software Update server

Whenever I try to proceed with the bootcamp installation or click the download windows support software option from the action menu, it throws me that error. I've googled this problem and made sure I ...
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Can AirPods be used “seamlessly” between Mac and iOS devices?

Apple AirPods are supposed to work for iOS devices, Apple Watches and Macs. Apple states that the OS requirements are: Requires iCloud account and macOS Sierra, iOS 10, or watchOS 3 (source). I am ...
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Using night shift/f.lux on external monitors Mac OS 10.15

I’m having an issue using Night Shift, f.lux, or any blue light filter application on 2 of the 3 external monitors I have hooked up to my MacBook Pro via a Dell docking station. This is my hardware: ...
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How can you tell / identify which macOS Recovery actually boots with a dual macOS installation in one APFS partition/container?

This is a question about after installing more than one version of macOS in a dual/multi-boot scenario, all installed in the same APFS container/partition. In the answer to APFS - Is it possible to ...
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Connecting Logitech Gaming Mouse - Not Connected in G Hub

I have a Logitech G600 gaming mouse which I am hoping to use on my MacBook Pro running macOS Mojave. This mouse has a lot of buttons to which I am planning to assign shortcuts. I have installed ...
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macOS keeps reverting to static DNS IP addresses

I have a strange issue that only started occurring recently (within the last 2 public OS update releases). The DNS IP addresses for all interfaces (at least, the WiFi and Ethernet interfaces) are ...
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Lion - Macbook randomly wakes up from sleep when lid is closed

I have aluminium macbook (not pro). I have recently updated to Lion. So far so good - had some minor issues with printer, sshfs, mac fuse. Managed to resolve almost all of them. There is one issue ...
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How do I open the context menu from a Mac keyboard?

In Windows, one can hit Shift+F10 to access the "Context Menu." But a similar keyboard action doesn't seem possible on Mac. One potential application... When I make a spelling error in a document, ...
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New macOS install stuck on loading screen, but works in safe mode

First a bit of history: I had installed Bootcamp on my MacBook and to give it more space, I had deleted macOS recovery and system partitions from Easus Partition Manager on Windows. But because of ...
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Importing macOS Caching server data from an external Mac caching server

Apple Cache Manager Utility question. We have just bought a second newer Mac mini to act as my school's Primary Apple Caching Server for our ever growing fleet of student iPads (over 500 and counting)....
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“gpt add -i” error “no space available” Mac OS Recovery

My macbook pro's mac os stopped booting up recently. It has a bootcamp, and high Sierra partition that stopped working. Was recognised as 'FFFFFFF...' format in disk utility. I've followed ...
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How to install homebrew to /usr rather than /usr/local

I'm wondering if it is possible (and if so, how) to install Homebrew package manager to /usr directory rather than /usr/local directory. I have macOS High Sierra.
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Creating a handler for moving and deleting files

Is it possible to have a listener be called whenever a file is moved or deleted? Preferably, I would be able to abort the action, but this is not required. I would need to know the original and, if ...
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How to set default application for special link types (e.g., ssh://)?

Some applications will signal to the OS that they can open special link type, such as ssh:// or github-mac://. They get automatically opened for such links by the web browser (or when using open in a ...
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Create animated gif screen captures [duplicate]

How can I take an animated gif or mp4 screen capture of work I'm doing, as is seen in the gif below? I need the capture to span more than a single window. I prefer not to pay for software to do this, ...
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What is AEServer and why is it requesting macOS Accessibility permissions?

What is AEServer in the macOS Accessibility permissions panel? System Preferences > Security & Privacy > Privacy > Accessibility > AEServer Why is AEServer requesting to control my ...
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How to switch focus to the application that opens the link/file from an email?

I apologise if this question has already been answered (please point me to the answer). But here goes. At some of point in the past I changed some setting in system preferences on my mac. Since then, ...
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“Create disk image” disabled

My 2015 MacBook Pro has become unbootable after software update for 10.14.5 failed to install. Because I do not have a recent backup, I would like to create a disk image of the entire boot disk. ...
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How can you create a valid/reliable disk image of APFS drives?

Last year before Catalina was released, I tried to perform a disk image of my boot drive of Mojave (macOS 10.14) on a new computer before updating and customizing it. I have done this for years to ...
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Create a disk image for recovery

In Windows there is a concept of creating a "disk image" for recovery, where one creates a complete copy of the operating system drive so that if the operating system doesn't work, the disk image can ...
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How to Make Bootable APFS Volume From Disk Image

I am currently using terminal to early and quickly add APFS volumes to my Mac's APFS container. Once I make an empty APFS volume in the container, how can I copy a disk image to it and make it ...
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How to Check Authentication Status in Outlook for Mac (2016)

At the University where I work, we've recently made the switch to Modern Authentication. This has caused a lot of issues for users, with previously configured mail clients not properly negotiating ...
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When does macOS switch between light and dark mode?

MacOS Catalina added support for automatic light and dark mode switching. The support article linked above reads: Auto (available in macOS Catalina): Automatically use the light appearance during ...
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Does my SSD not mount because it’s full?

I’m having issues booting. And in order to boot I need to mount this but it won’t work no matter what I try the only thing I’m thinking is that it’s because it is full. Does this have anything to do ...
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How to Airdrop images from my iPhone to my computer to avoid JPEG compression?

When I transfer images from my phone to my computer, I believe they are converted to JPEG and compressed. I don't want lossy compression, the full resolution images are worth more to me than a few ...
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xcode-select --install not available on update server

I'm trying to install the new command line tools in OS X 10.9, and I get this weird error from Apple. Can't install the software because it is currently available from the Software Update server. ...
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How can I hide notifications for a short period?

I use notifications heavily as a sort of todo list during the day (mostly Slack and email messages). But sometimes I want to hide these for a while to focus on the whole screen. If I disable ...
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Slow Transfer Between External Drives

I have two external USB drives connected to my 2012 Mac mini, and am finding transfer speeds between the two to be really slow. I need to transfer 38GB of stuff. With rsync, I was getting ~60MBps. ...
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Local Items keychain recovery after system wipe

I recently wiped my Mac and now i need help restoring my old keychain. My website passwords used to be stored in keychain's "Local Items" (no iCloud sync) and I had made a copy of /Library/...
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Screenshot of an X11 box gets white

I'm facing a little problem while taking a screenshot of an X11 window (using XQuartz - if there's something better out there, lemme know). I tried everything: Entire Screen Window-Only Selection ...
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Bluetooth Issues after Sleep in OS X Yosemite (10.10)

I seem to be having persistent issues with Bluetooth connectivity, especially after waking up my Macbook Pro from a long sleep. I have a speaker that automatically turns off after a certain period ...
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Jittery macOS mouse cursor when hovering over links

I'm experiencing a jittery/buggy/flickering mouse cursor when moving my mouse over hyperlinks. This occurs in both Safari and Chrome. It also occurs in other non-hyperlink instances of the mouse ...
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Location of the root's home directory in macOS

All Unix-like operating systems I've seen use /root as the home directory for the root account. What's the reason it was moved to /var/root in macOS? Can I change it to the usual /root? I need to run ...
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Can I feed spoofed video to sites like omegle.com that require a connected camera?

Sites like omegle.com want video from my connected camera, but I don't have one. How can I feed omegle.com (a Flash app) a spoofed video feed (eg, a static picture, mp4 file, etc?)
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How to send a looped video to video feed?

I am having some trouble with my webcam on my Mac running Catalina. I want to send a looped video of myself to the webcam feed so I can still seem present in meetings. So, like, when Chrome asks the ...
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Screenshot of a single window comes up blank

I followed the instructions here: https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT201361 How to take a screenshot of a window Press Shift-Command-4. The pointer changes to a crosshair. Press the Space bar. The ...
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MacOS Catalina 10.15.7 is causing a Kernal Panic - Forced an update to T2 chip by installing Big Sur - My machine is now bricked

So only in the last 2 weeks has my Macbook Pro 2018 starting having this kernal panic problem. I was on 10.15.7 and after disabling the power nap and vault encryption suggestions I still had no luck ...
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Will Macbook Air 2017 benefit from Catalina upgrade?

I'm running Mojave on my Macbook Air (2017) and was wondering if anyone can recommend (or not) upgrading to Catalina now that 10.15.7 seems to be stable release. I'm not using any 32bit apps, so no ...
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My command line says `complete:13: command not found: compdef `

When I use a terminal like iTerm or Hyper, right as I boot it up, the first message I get is: complete:13: command not found: compdef I don't know what this is from, and how to get rid of it. This ...
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Macbook Air connects to 2.4ghz but shows exclamation point for 5ghz

I just recently moved and set up my same router with a new name. When I connect to the 2.4ghz wifi network the internet runs okay, but when I try to connect to 5ghz it shows an exclamation point over ...

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