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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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10 external Optical Disk Drive (ODD)

I want 10 usb odd connections to my MacBook Pro. I have provided dedicated power to the drives and use a sata to usb converter cable connected to two usb bridges. I find the disk mounts are ...
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Recover HFS volume, missing partition UUID

I am attempting to follow the answer post at https://apple.stackexchange.com/a/231027. However, the third partition does not have a listed UUID. Instead, I have the following. start ...
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MacOS native VNC client asks for (non-existing?) password

I've got a Linux server with VNC server listening on localhost only, without password. I'm using an SSH tunnel to connect to it. When using a third-party VNC client, I connect without any problem, and ...
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Return control to bash script when using /usr/bin/open to close SSH tunnel

I want to write a bash script that: establishes an SSH tunnel launches a local VNC client (vncviewer, the RealVNC viewer in my case) closes the SSH tunnel once the vncviewer exits Best effort so far:...
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Mojave 10.14.6 is it possible to specific folder icons links in the finder context menu?

Specifically the desktop, but other folder/location links would be great too. Being a 25 plus year daily Mac user I should be able to figure this out, but I'm lost. I'd like to create a clickable ...
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Export macOS Contacts with Groups

Is it possible to export macOS Contacts with Groups? Exporting All Contacts seems to create a flat file with all contacts and does not populate the CATEGORIES: property.
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Can the M1 Macbook Air compile Android source code without problems?

Do I need a x86 system to build and compile Android source code? Will it work on M1 Macbook Air to build a Android rom?
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After opening a .doc/.docx, I would like to save the converted .pages in same folder as .doc was opened. Does anyone know an easy way to do this?

This drives me crazy. What I usually do is drag the original folder location temporarily into the Finder Sidebar so I'm quickly able to find it in the save dialog. Hopefully there is a setting or ...
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Where does Safari store material from "fbcdn.net"?

If I disconnect from internet, launch Safari, open Preferences→Privacy→Manage website data, and click Remove All, everything vanishes except a cache from fbcdn.net. Selecting that only and clicking ...
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Only 3000 messages are indexed by Messages.app [INTERNAL] Reason: No recorded reason

I would like to search All text messages but see only a small / recent fraction of them. Here is the message: More results will be shown once Messages finishes indexing. [INTERNAL] Reason: No ...
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Can I make my MacBook remain sleeping when normal wake events happen for as long as the lid is closed?

I recently got a dock / hub for my MacBook. A single USB-C connection provides power and connects it to my external monitor, keyboard, and mouse. When I'm actually using the computer, I always have ...
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How to get supply levels of a printer via command line

I'm trying to get the supply levels of a printer via the command line. So far I was able to get some information with a lpoptions (marker-message property) command. The problem is that the status of ...
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iCloud Drive stuck with items 47 items uploading and 6 items downloading

My iCloud Drive has been bugged for the past week, I've tried spamming killall bird, disabling iCloud Drive, deleting iCloud caches, but nothing. It always get stuck at x amount of items uploading and ...
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How to hand write formula in Word for mac?

I can use the efficient handwriting formula in Word on windows. But there seems no handwriting option for formula in Word for mac. Can I find this fuction?
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Different Desktop Environment for Mac?

Is is possible to change the entire desktop environment of a Mac (12.2.1)? Are there any desktop environment alternatives available? (Xfce or unity-like would be nice) My major concern is the default ...
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Simple function in Grapher?

I am trying to have just a simple function -> f(x, y) = x + y This is in a 3D default graphing environment. Is this possible, or do I need to use a different graphing tool? I want this function to ...
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Is there a default setting for mdutil in macOS Monterey?

This question came up today after reindexing a directory with mdutil. At first I ran: ➜ ~ sudo mdutil -sav Password: /: Indexing enabled. /System/Volumes/Data: Indexing enabled. Scan ...
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'libsoda.so' error when enabling Google Chrome's Live Caption feature

Since the most recent version of Google Chrome (100.0.4896.127) on macOS Monterey, trying to use Live Caption (chrome://settings/accessibility) results in an error dialog: "libsoda.so" can't ...
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How to not "overly share" my folders on a Mac?

I wanted to share a folder on my MacBook Air running Big Sur to a MacBook running Monterey. So I used Settings -> Sharing, and then let's say, add the folder Foo to the sharing list. Now on the ...
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When I open in Windows a zipped folder compressed by Mac, it's empty

Today when I compressed the folder to zip but opened it in Windows the folder was empty. Why did this happen? What should I do to avoid this problem? What should I do to make the compressed file work ...
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How can I backup just user data to an external drive that anyone can read?

I'm trying to back up a mac for a friend who move and left her 2020 iMac 27 (intel) with me. She is having me send her the data from it and then sell the mac. The 1TB SSD iMac hard drive is in APFS ...
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Keyboard switching shortcut not always responding on Macbook Air M1 macOS 12.2

The problem that drives me nuts is that when I switch languages by pressing Cmd+Space it does not switch if I press it too quickly. It's the same with Caps Lock, too. The system simply does not ...
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How to stop different input sources from overriding keyboard shortcuts?

My machine has two input sources (English and Hebrew). When I try to use keyboard shortcuts inside apps, it doesn't work in Hebrew but does work in English. How can I stop this override? For example ...
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How to show all hidden files in Finder?

How can I permanently compel the Finder to show me hidden files? Previously I've done this by configuring the Mac OS X user defaults system as suggested in this answer: defaults write com.apple.finder ...
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SelfControl and hosts file failing to block one particular website in safari

I'm having an issue with the app SelfControl not blocking one website, namely Chess.com. It seems to block everything else just fine. I tried entering the domain into my hosts file in terminal as well,...
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Is there a way to place macOS title bars at the bottom of the window

Is there a way to place macOS title bars at the bottom of the window Specification In macOS, every window that is not in full screen mode has a title bar at its top. This title bar contains the name ...
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How can I uncenter the address field in the Safari toolbar on macOS 10.15 Catalina?

I updated to macOS Catalina, and discovered that in Safari's toolbar, the URL/address field now appears to be centered no matter what I do. This leads to an uneven appearance: When I edit the toolbar,...
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Red dot in Adobe Creative Cloud macOS menu bar icon

I have installed Adobe Creative Cloud on my MacBook. This causes an Adobe CC icon to be added to the macOS menu bar. Frequently, this Adobe CC icon has a red notification circle: 🔴 When I click on ...
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tree Full Path Prefix not displayed

I have installed tree using homebrew, however it isn't behaving as expected. I have the following to list recursive files, but I want the full path for each file to be displayed. Unfortunately it's ...
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View log-levels for entries added by “logger” command

I log with /usr/bin/logger, which provides a switch -p to set the priority. Example: logger -p user.warning "My program crashed." I can see this message via the Console, but I don’t see its ...
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How to regain admin privileges on Big Sur

I'm using Big Sur and renamed my admin account. Now it has been downgraded to a standard account. There are other admin accounts on the system, so backing everything up and reinstalling wouldn't work. ...
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Google Maps in Safari suddenly stopped paying attention to mouse wheels

Like, really suddenly: I was on a Google Maps view in Safari, in the process of zooming the view in, and it stopped. I'm not zoomed in too far or anything, and I can still double-click to zoom in (I ...
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How to debug Mac that hangs during boot?

I would like to see what is going on behind boot screen (similar to Linux where one can see what is going on). Is that possible?
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MacOS update stuck in infinite loop

My MacBook Pro is acting weird, so I decided to try an advertised update and reboot. The Update window says I've got two available updates, and that I should restart now. I click that, it gives me ...
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Device specific display overrides possible with plist?

By "device specific" I mean is it possible to implement overrides targeted at individual displays of the same brand and model, identified by their UUID, serial number, alphanumeric serial ...
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Permanent SSH tunnel through bastion host

I have the following command that I run locally on my mac to be able to access a DB server trough a bastion host: ssh -L 9234:MYSERVERIP:5432 USER@MYBASTIONIP -i MyBastionPemKey.pem that works just ...
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How to use keyboard shortcut to select checkboxes in macOS

I am trying to find the shortcut to be able to select the items on checkboxes in macOS. Thanks in advance
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The Date Modified is not updated on Finder on the Mac

This is the first time I saw this: I have a folder on an external hard drive (not sure if that matters), and then viewing it as a "list", I can see the Date Modified showing the dates and ...
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Mac Catalina constantly asking me which browser to use as the default

Mac Catalina is constantly asking me which browser to use as the default - it prompts me with a small modal window with 2 buttons/choices with the options Keep Safari or Use Chrome - or something very ...
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Is it possible to update a MacOS app without requiring admin privilege?

I use an app called Workflowy on MacOS. I need to use a separate account on my Mac that doesn’t have admin privileges right now. Whenever Workflowy has an update, I need to enter the admin username ...
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How to mount top-level directory using NFS and fstab

My setup on macOS consists of the following: The /etc/synthetic.conf file contains the line: mydata. A directory /mydata was created. The /etc/fstab file contains the line: myserver:/exports/mydata /...
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looking for a way to script a mac os install

I have 100+ laptops that I need to image to Catalina and want a way to script the install. I know this at the very least used to be possible because it worked for us in the past. My goal is to option ...
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macOS Catalina bug with openVPN : ifconfig: ioctl (SIOCDIFADDR): Can't assign requested address

When I launch openVPN in the terminal, I get the following error: ifconfig: ioctl (SIOCDIFADDR): Can't assign requested address add net 10.7.0.0: gateway 10.7.0.2 add net 185.196.22.194: gateway 192....
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Outdated gpg version on Big Sur

It seems that the the current gpg installed on Big Sur is a bit outdated compared with the one bottled from homebrew. gpg --version gpg (GnuPG/MacGPG2) 2.0.30 libgcrypt 1.7.0 Copyright (C) 2015 Free ...
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TTS has stopped working in Apple Books

Before Monterey, I could use the Text-to-speech feature in Books.app. It stopped working for me and I miss it so much. I have tried other e-book readers (Calibre, some garbage from Adobe) where the ...
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Open and close app at location with Shortcuts

I've been getting tired of having to open certain apps and switch network profiles when coming into the office and home. It's not a huge annoyance, more a lazy person's inconvenience. But I was ...
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How to make links open in a virtual desktop browser instead of the second screen?

When I use a monitor with my Mac, it's to watch videos and multitask. I'd have a Chrome window open on my main screen in a virtual desktop and another Chrome window open on the monitor. When I switch ...
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How do disable all notifications on macOS and iOS?

I have to use a Mac at work and there's random notifications in the top right, e.g. update software, try Safari, error messages, etc. I just want to turn them all off. I already disabled notifications ...
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Homebrew to install Homebank

I'm running the latest version of MacOS Big Sur 11.6.5. I think Homebank is properly installed after verification but is listed with packages and not cask. Both brew and Homebank are up to date and ...
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Stutter and extremely high CPU usage by WindowServer when switching between SDR and HDR

I have the new m1 macbook pro 16-inch. When I watch content in HDR, switching from and to SDR produces a brightness stutter of around 2 seconds, and in that 2 seconds WindowServer maxes out the m1 max ...
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