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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Creating a reminder on Mac programmatically/in a script, without opening the Reminders app

For creating reminders from a script or command-line, the usual advice is to use AppleScript and tell application "Reminders" to do this and that—which pops the app open so that it accepts ...
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Fresh Install macos on T2-Mac with APFS

I am doing a fresh install of macos Big Sur on a 16" MacBook Pro and I have managed to backup all files I need create a Big Sur install media boot from this USB drive (Disabling Secure Boot, ...
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How do I make my cursor return to its normal size?

Apparently because of either some BetterTouchTool shortcut or bug1 I have a gigantic mouse cursor, and I can't reverse it. BetterTouchTool has the option to toggle the cursor size, but instead of ...
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Awk/Gawk not working after install gawk on M1

Using brew, I installed gawk on my m1. upon doing so, awk does not work. Before install gawk: ❯ awk -version awk version 20200816 ❯ which awk /usr/bin/awk Then I install gawk and add the path to the ...
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How to get rid of the “Do Not Disturb” Menu Bar icon?

My macOS menu bar contains a dim crescent moon shaped icon. When selected, this menu drops down. How do I get rid of this visual affordance?
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Trying to install very old logitech software on Catalina

I realize this probably won't work, but I'm kinda obsessed at this point. I bought a Logitech Broadcaster WiFi webcam without realizing it was quite out of date (2013). I'm trying to get its companion ...
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How to continue Time Machine backups from a previous computer?

I had MBP 2015 in the past and used Time Machine on it. Last September, I switched to MBP 16'' 2019 and did a fresh installation / manual copy of most of my home directory files, maintaining the ...
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Power Manager not working (Connection Disrupted: Unable to connect to this Mac's Scheduler at: Service unavailable via Bonjour (dns-sd))

I had recently installed the most recent version of Power Manager, but after installing the launchdaemon/agent jobs opening the application gives me the error message "Connection Disrupted: ...
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Annoying “ghost” calendars show up in Finder sync app on macOS (while doing iPhone sync)

I'm syncing my calenders from MacBook (macos 10.15.7) to iPhone using the Finder sync (i.e. NOT iCloud). The problem: in the Finder sync app under the tab "Info" there is listed a huge ...
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du reports subdirectory sizes which add up to more than the total disk size

My total physical drive space is 256GB and i am not connected to any remote storage. When i run du -sxh ./* 2>/dev/null in zsh shell on macOS Big Sur 11.2.3, i get the following results: 39G ./...
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How can I know my current administrator password without resetting or changing it [duplicate]

I really need to access the administrator password but I forgot it. BUT I really don't want to reset or change it. I just need to know the current password.
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Virtual Box error “Failed to open a session for the virtual machine Hadoop” on MacOS Big Sur M1 chip

Failed to open a session for the virtual machine Hadoop. The virtual machine 'Hadoop' has terminated unexpectedly during startup with exit code 1 (0x1). Result Code: NS_ERROR_FAILURE (0x80004005) ...
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Automatically close non-responsive app

How can I automatically close an application that is listed as Not Responding in Activity Monitor? I have one application in particular that I'd like to be killed if it goes non-responsive. I'm ...
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Can I change the behavior of ⌘^D to define highlighted word an not the one under cursor?

Keyboard shortcuts are about NOT using the mouse. When I select a word and press Command+Control+D, I want the selected word defined NOT whatever word may appear under my cursor. If no word is under ...
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Why do I get this message every time I open the terminal?

Every time I open the terminal I see the following message: /etc/zshrc:7: command not found: locale This is the first 7 lines in the file /etc/zshrc: # System-wide profile for interactive zsh(1) ...
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How to move Preview window to other desktop in MacOS?

I know how to do this with regular application windows, you just drag the window to the edge of the screen until it moves to the next desktop. This does not work with the Preview window. Is there a ...
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How to stop OSX from automatically opening iTunes when iOS device plugged in to charge? [duplicate]

Is there a way i can stop OSX from automatically opening iTunes when iOS device plugged in to charge ? Im currently running OSX 10.13.x But presume the solution would be the same for most versions of ...
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What exactly is chflags opaque, nodump?

I've gotten to grips with the chflags man page so far, even if it's rather uncommon for man pages. Nevertheless, I find 2 parameters very peculiar. What exactly does chflags opaque and nodump do? ...
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macOS wants to make changes. Enter an administrator's name and password to allow this

My macbook periodically asks for my password when waking up. It always looks like below and usually has a skype icon (but not always, i think). Is there a way to find what event is causing this using ...
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Moving an icon on the dock triggers “Keep in Dock”, any way to prevent this?

If you 'right click' an icon on the dock > hover 'Options' > un-check "Keep in Dock" and proceed to drag the icon to move it, what happens is the "Keep in Dock" option ...
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I am unable to enroll Touch ID on my MacBook Pro 2018

After clicking on add finger and putting my password in the dialogue box, it automatically says failed before scanning the finger. I have tried resetting the SMC, running device in safe mode but none ...
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FaceTime on macOS cannot connect to camera, but all other apps can

MBP 13" 2017, macOS 10.15.7, FaceTime 5.0 After about 10 seconds of trying it pops up the message below: Restarting my computer does fix the problem. However, even without restarting my ...
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Can you monitor a folder for changes?

Let's say I have a folder that is located in "/tmp". Let's say it is called myfolder "/tmp/myfolder" and I would like to protect this folder or I would like to be notified if ...
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Does the SIP still protect against other operating systems?

System Integrity Protection from Apple protects very important parts of the system and is, in my opinion, the main reason a Mac is so secure. That's why I ask myself the question whenever I boot Linux ...
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Login trouble after upgrading from Catalina to Big Sur

Upgraded to Big Sur on a mid-2015 MacBook Pro. The upgrade appears to complete successfully, but at the login screen, when I click an account and enter the password, I briefly see a beach ball, then ...
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Reloading Input Methods without logging out and logging back in

I am developing a custom input method with InputMethodKit and playing around with the NumberInput sample that Apple has provided. However, everytime when I wanted to build and deploy the changes, I ...
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Enable full disk access for an application without a .app extension

I'm trying to mess around with the circuit design application "Digital" but it doesn't seem to be able to read data from folders. I tried giving it access in system preferences, but it doesn'...
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On which Mac OS versions could resource forks and named forks be accessed by “file/rsrc” and “file/..namedfork/myfork” paths?

In all versions of macOS and OS X I have access to from Mountain Lion to Big Sur, I can access the resource fork of any file or directory using the current syntax in the terminal: filename/..namedfork/...
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Which format should I choose for a Time Machine backup volume?

I'm using Catalina on an formatted APFS SSD and am finding a correct way to backup the OS. In the plugged in external HDD, I create a backup volume with APFS format using Disk Utility. But when I ...
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MacOS - /Library/Updates - Is it safe to delete or not?

I don't have enough space on my MacBook (running on Catalina 10.15.7) and I found 6GB folder named Updates which is located in Library - my question is: Can I safely delete that folder ? I think that ...
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Unity: How can I run Unity builds created in High Sierra & Verify they run on Mojave without a Mojave computer?

I have Unity 2020.3.0f1 Mac apps that were created on end-of-life High Sierra computers. I recently purchased a Mac Mini M1 computer. The apps run on both computers. I have to execute a terminal ...
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Catalina - Grant FDA (Full Disk Access) without GUI session

I am using aws ec2 mac instances so I don't have access to GUI Is there a way to grant a binary FDA using command line only?
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Super long notifications: show more button to show full text in body

Sometimes the text of notification is super long and doesn't fit to the notification box. Thunderbird is not the best example for this but I'm adding it to give you an idea. As you can see there is ...
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OSX Automator/AppleScript howto automate an application import+export of selectable/dropped files

I'm newbie to Automator/Applescripting and I'm trying to figure out if Automator and/or Applescript might be used to launch InkScape.app and do an import of a user selectable file and have InkScape ...
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What does it mean to give apps access to Documents folder on Mac?

A lot of apps seem to request access to the Documents folder. Does giving them access mean they can both read/write anything in this folder? Isn't this very dangerous and doesn't that mean we really ...
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Mac mini (M1,2020) keeps disconnecting from WiFi 6 TPLink Mesh Router

Mac mini (M1, 2020) keeps disconnecting from my TPLink Deco Mesh Wifi 6 (2,4 + 5 Ghz) WPA2-PSK [AES]. Is this a problem with M1, macOS 11.2.3, WiFi 6, 2,4 and 5GHz frequencies or authentication ...
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Bandwidth monitor in topbar for MacOS

I used to have Du-meter app to track the bandwidth status (upload / download sped) from the topbar, but it was discontinued some years ago. I recently saw someone in a video call using an interesting ...
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Trying to recover from very old macOS backups, but not sure I can recall the login/passwords I was using then

I realised recently that I'd lost some important very old photos from my laptop. Because I didn't notice, they've been lost from the online backup as well. I think I have them on on some old physical ...
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Error attempting to drop a photo from Image Capture into Photos

macOS 11.2.3 (20D91) Photos Version 6.0 (330.0.150) Image Capture Version 8.0 (1106) When I attempt to drag and drop a photo from Image Capture into Photos I receive the The application “Photos.app” ...
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Cant login after update

I am trying to recover a macbook air. The issue came when the unit updated to big sur, and the drive ran out of space. With a thunderbolt cable, I have been able to remove some files to make some ...
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iMac login screen has inverted colours for 20s before flipping back to normal, what might be causing this?

On a three year old iMac, whenever the iMac wakes from sleep, the screen is always inverted (think 'coloured negative filter'), this lasts for a 20 seconds or so and then the colours go back to normal....
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Login to mac os user account using apple script from Login window

I have a button on my mac login window which is presented using my daemon application. when I click on that button the login should happen using the user account credentials (user name, password) ...
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Stuck on login for one user after migration assistant

I recently got my MacBook Air 2018 fixed after having some cryptographic error. I backed up all my data with time machine and I was able to transfer my data using migration assistant. I now have 3 ...
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How do I use MacOS Terminal or other app to format an MBR FAT32 SD card as a 0x0C partition, rather that 0x0B?

Apple's Disk Utility app can format an SD card as MBR FAT32; but in the Terminal, I confirmed the SD card's partition is in fact 0x0B: > sudo gpt show /dev/disk3 start size index contents ...
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How to uninstall DaisyDisk?

I followed some advice I found here for a replacement for Disk Inventory X OSX disk space shows 200GB as "other" I installed the DaisyDisk app and it worked very well, however now my machine ...
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Can't use VSCode integrated terminal while on Team Viewer

My development team recently rented a Mac machine through MacInCloud. I've prepared my development environment in this machine, but it seems like Visual Studio Code does not register certain ...
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Impossible to key-press three near keys

I have never noticed this before, but it seems like MacOS prevents certain key combinations to be pressed. For instance, try pressing at the same time the keys z s and c on a standard Qwerty keyboard. ...
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How can I fix my system lagging due to problems with Firefox plugin-container process (IOGraphicsAccelerator, too many contexts)

I was running a google meet call in Firefox and had a few other tabs open, including a gitlab one with an embedded video (which might have been part of the cause of this) when I noticed considerable ...
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Universal Clipboard doesn't work for some apps

Since I upgraded to iOS 14 I started having problems with Universal Clipboard. It still works, but not for all apps. For example, it stopped working for Dashlane app. I tried every single solution I ...
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Does the USB-C Digital AV Multiport Adapter transmit 4K 60Hz signal from M1 MBP?

I have a 13" 2020 M1 MacBook Pro (MBP). I'm currently experiencing some issues with a third-party USB-C hub. I'm considering replacing it with a USB-C Digital AV Multiport Adapter. The page for ...