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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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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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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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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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Turn on Location Services for an app via command line (macOS)

I am trying to enable Location Services for an individual app such as Weather.app etc via command line for High Sierra and Mojave macOS computers. I was able to enable Location Services at the top ...
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How to upgrade macOS when it asks me to approve my billing info?

I have a mid 2012 macbook pro. I just wiped my mac HD and reinstalled macOS 10.8 mountain lion. Now I am trying to upgrade from mountain lion to high sierra. When I click the get button for high ...
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Google Chrome: Error 11 after setting Automatic Updates

Yo, got the following issue: Google Chrome is running on OS X El Capitan. After I set "Automatic Updates for all Users" to true at the "About" page in Google Chrome and entered my credentials (this ...
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How to change icon of an app through Terminal

I want to customize my app icons, but there's a lot of them, and I don't want to be tedious and go through the whole Get Info process over and over again. Is there any way to write a program, ...
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Is it possible to use `tmutil delete` or another command to delete one file from all backup intervals?

I'm having problems clearing our a backup drive. I want to get rid of a couple large files so I can preserve the other incremental backups. I can't use the tmutil delete command on entire backups ...
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Set file metadata attribute values

I'm trying to set the values of some file metadata attributes in OS X Yosemite - kMDItemDateAdded and kMDItemLastUsedDate - the values of which can be shown using mdls <filename>. I'm trying to ...
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Start menu + taskbar for Mac OS X

I am looking for a start menu and taskbar for Mac OS X 10.10 (Yosemite) with as many following features as possible (approximately ordered by descending importance): Start menu: Multi-column ...
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com.apple.quarantine extended attribute gets re-added each time I open the file

I have a file called tasks.taskpaper that I associated with FoldingText. When I open the file, the dialog pops up with text “tasks.taskpaper” may be a script application. It was created by ...
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How to remember only a username in Safari?

Chrome and Firefox allow to remember only a username (gmail, for example) without no problem. But it's not working the same way for Safari. Safari, if remembers, it remembers both, username and ...
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Looking for OpenSource Cleaning / cache deleting application for Mac

In the times of small SSD harddisks, I was looking for an open source software to delete caches and other space wasters like logs, unused application remains and such on Mac OSX, and all over the web ...
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Where Exactly are Apple Diagnostics Results Stored on Disk

I know that on macOS you can access the last run Apple Diagnostics test in System Information, as seen in the image below. You can also access reference codes in the Terminal using system_profiler ...
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How can I install es_AR locale on OSX El Capitan?

I'm trying to install a locale on OSX (El Capitan) and I can't figure it out. I've been googling for hours now. In Ubuntu is as simple as locale-gen and dpkg-reconfigure. I'm coding a PHP ...
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Is it possible to hide the name of the desktop icons?

I know it is possible to hide the name by renaming the file/folder to something else. The problem comes with my cloud showing in the desktop. I want it to show and I don't want to change the names of ...
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Empty Trash Item in Use

I recently upgraded my 2012 MacMini to Catalina. It was a bit of a nightmare as the internal drive wasn’t formatted to APFS. I imaged the drive and did a Time Machine backup then booted from the ...
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Time machine stuck on Stopping… on mac os mojave

On my macbook pro laptop running Mac OS Mojave, Time machine menu item is stuck at Stopping... Can I have TM restart doing backups again. I would rather not restart my laptop as I have so many ...
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softwaredownloadd consuming insane amounts of RAM

When I went into Activity Monitor, I noticed that a process called storedownloadd was consuming 2.7GB of RAM and increasing RAM usage steadily (3.1GB during screenshot). However, it was not consuming ...
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Using dark mode as notification on iOS?

I’m wondering if its possible to use dark mode on Mac or iOS as a kind of notification. Like, connect it to an external trigger / api and activate / deactivate it quickly whenever an event happens. ...
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WifiDiagnostics files filling up drive even with logging disabled

Since upgrading to OS X Catalina, I started getting disk full notifications. After some looking, I discovered the cause is ~400 MB files in /private/var/tmp like this: WiFiDiagnostics_2019-10-23_12....
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Blinking question mark folder after updating from Mojave to Catalina

I used macOS Mojave on mid-2014 MacBook Pro before update. While installation it forced me to restart. After restart nightmare has been started. The Blinking question mark folder has appeared on my ...
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AppleScript to Choose Files from Folder Automatically

Newbie question. I've created an Applescript that looks at the selected Folder name, copies the last term of the Folder name, and appends that to the beginning of the File Name of the files inside the ...
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How to disable Safari top hit?

As of Safari 13.1 (perhaps earlier versions as well), Safari has changed the search bar behavior: where the first result used to always be "do a search on search engine with the text I entered", the ...
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Which app is asking for elevated permissions by “Apple wants to make changes”?

I have an associate who is getting elevated permissions pop-ups on their Mac with the message “Apple wants to make changes”. I suspect this may not be a legitimate request. How do I determine which ...
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How to prevent Excel files from getting quarantined?

I'm using Excel for Mac, version 16.16.14 (190909). I'm running Catalina 10.15 Beta (19A558d). All files I edit with Excel are recently quarantined (checking with ls -la@): com.apple.quarantine ...
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Macbook not shutting down due to a stuck app

I was trying to mount my server with Osxfuse but the server was offline but the cursor turned into a colorful loading icon and I wasn't able to click anything. Was only able too move the cursor. So I ...
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Cannot Delete Mailboxes in Mail.app

macOS 10.14.6, Mail.app v. 12.4 (3445.104.11), 2015 iMac. The software is up-to-date. I was looking for a possibly-deleted email, and searched several Time Machine backups. I found one possibility, ...
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macOS Content Caching serving lots of data to unknown clients

TL;DR: Hidden/unknown client has downloaded 300GB of data from my macOS Content Caching (from origin, not cache). Traffic didn't come from my devices according to my testing. This stopped after I ...
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Append instead of overwrite log file by StandardOutPath and StandardErrorPath

I have a launchd job that periodically runs in the background. Any stdout and stderr output during the job is logged to some files set in the job's plist using the StandardOutPath and ...
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Fast user switching broken after 10.14.6 update

Previous to this update, I could have as many concurrent logins as I wanted, switching easily between them using the menu available at the top-right of my screen. I could simply click the user I ...
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Instant crash when connecting a GIGABYTE RX 580 to a MacBook Pro

When I plug the eGPU into my MacBook, the computer reboots and then in the loading screen of macOS it will reboot again getting stuck in that loop. I thought I just had to plug in the eGPU and use it. ...
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Why does systemsetup sometimes fail to do anything?

I recently came across this issue on GitHub: https://github.com/saltstack/salt/pull/48583#issue-201371696 Mac-6:testing root# systemsetup -setlocalsubnetname blah4 setlocalsubnetname: blah4 Mac-6:...
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Mouse cursor frequently disappears

On macOS Mojave 10.14.5 through Catalina 10.15.2, my mouse pointer becomes invisible frustratingly often. The only way to make it visible again is to enter Mission Control or to click on the middle ...
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How can I detect which button was clicked in the DMG EULA confirmation screen

I'm using the open command to automate (via bash) opening a dmg which has a EULA attached to it. When I run open my_app_distribution.dmg I get a screen that looks like this: The open commands uses ...
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Unable to prevent APFS partition from mounting automatically in Mojave (10.14.5)

I'm trying to prevent macOS from asking me the FileVault password for 2 APFS partitions on boot. I don't want them to be mounted at all. APFS container: /dev/disk1 (synthesized): #: ...