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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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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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How to debug and solve an OS X 10.8 kernel panic which appears quite often, sometimes twice a day?

Suddenly my Mac started to have kernel panics, about 1-2 a day. I am running latest OS X 10.8.2 on a 15-inch, Early 2011 MacBook Pro 8GB RAM with Graphics AMD Radeon HD 6750M 1024 MB, Intel SSD + HD....
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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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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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Certain apps occasionally won't unhide once hidden

On one of my Macs certain apps, e.g. Safari, Xcode and Disk Utility, sometimes cannot be unhidden once they were hidden by me, and it's quite annoying and disruptive to my workflow. I could use some ...
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Sending All Traffic Over VPN Tunnel (IKEv2) in OS X 10.11.5

I recently setup VPN connections on my Macbook Pro running OS X 10.11.5 via the Apple Configurator. However, I am having trouble sending all traffic across the VPN Tunnel rather than through the ...
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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 prune one file from multiple backups?

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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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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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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Can you change MacBook Bluetooth ID so two os can be seen as different hardware?

Is there a way to change the OSX Bluetooth ID that is used by external Bluetooth devices during automatic paring? I run 2 or more OSX installations on separate MacBook partitions. Devices do not ...
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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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Can I restore my data to an older version of macOS?

I had to send in my old Mac (10.11) for screen repair, and worked on a replacement MacBook with 10.14. Now, I'd like to transfer my data back from the replacement's Time Machine to the old Mac. I don'...
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How to screen capture a second desktop in Mac Mojave?

If I call screencapture -R460,250,350,500 ~/Desktop/screenshot.png from the command line, is there an option or way to tell it to take a screenshot of Desktop 2, rather than Desktop 1?
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macOS App Switcher, transparency and Dark Mode?

I recently switched to macOS Mojave Dark Mode, and I like many aspects of it. But there's one thing that really gives me trouble, i.e., using the App Switcher in front of a window that is mainly dark/...
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/private/var/db/uuidtext/dsc directory huge size

I have /private/var/db/uuidtext/dsc directory full of files. Directory size is >100GB and constantly growing. I've deleted all the files and also tried to reboot my mac, but it doesn't help. I've ...
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Is it normal for Mac to make startup sound every morning?

If I'm not using it, about 8:00 every morning my sleeping MacBook Pro (with lid shut) makes a starting up sound (the sound of the hardware, not any system sound). I guess it wakes up by itself. What ...
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Mac OS Mojave freezing after wake from sleep: i recently updated my system

after upgrade to Mac OS Mojave in my MacBookPro 2016 and my iMac they froze after wake if they're sleeping. This happen if the Mac sleep for a while, overnight for example, and delays a few seconds ...
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Screenshot with cursor

I used to take tons of screenshots that included the cursor with SnapzXPro. It’s stopped working in past OS releases requiring a patch, but has stopped again and I’m not sure Ambrosia is paying much ...
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Reset Apple Mail auto suggest?

Using Apple Mail to handle my email there is a great feature that when you select an email to move to a folder it suggests one, presumably based on a previous move. Is there a way to 'reset' this? At ...
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Can't delete file even when using sudo

Trying to delete the following file: ~/Library/Cookies/HSTS.plist, but MacOS won't let me do it even when using sudo. I just switched to Mac (was using Ubuntu before) and I'm probably missing ...
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How do I install macOS 10.11 El Capitan on a Mac mini (Late 2012)

I have an older Mac mini (mid 2011) which runs macOS 10.11, 10.12 and 10.13. It did not allow me to install macOS 10.14, so I had to order another (used) Mac mini (late 2012) that now runs macOS 10.13 ...
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What would cause MySql to have slow performance on a fresh install of Mojave?

I have noticed slow MySQL performance on my Macbook Pro 2018. Macbook 2018 System Specs: 15" MacBook Pro 2018 2,9 GHz 6‑Core Intel Core i9 32 GB 2400 MHz DDR4 1 TB SSD Tested using mysql-server, ...
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macOS shows missed call notification when answering from iPhone

When someone calls me, both my iPhone and MacBook ring. I always end up answering from my iPhone because people can't hear me too well when using the Mac. The problem is, when I get back to the Mac, ...
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Automatically send kill -STOP or similar to runaway processes when the lid is closed?

From time to time (maybe a couple of times a week) when I get to my computer (a Macbook Pro) expecting it to be asleep with the lid closed the fans are running Most of the time it is a Chrome process ...
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Purchased a macOS app on a since-abandoned iTunes account, but don't know which account

I purchased Magic Window a few years (5+) ago using an iTunes account I've since abandoned. The app is prompting for an update, but I cannot remember any details about the account. How can I see what ...
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How do I add “pull-down”, aka “hotkey window” functionality to any app?

I like to add the hotkey window functionality of iTerm to any app. I have heard this is possible with BetterTouchTool, but I don't know how. I have seen opensource solutions like tdrop for linux, but ...
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Chess app no longer recognises voice commands in macOS Mojave

I have tried everything I can think of, I have Enhanced dictation on, I have tried turning it off and deleting the speech recognition file from /System/Library/Speech/Recognizers/...
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FileVault stuck on decrypting 90%

I couldn't partition my hard drive because FileVault was turned on. I then started decrypting, but it got stuck on 90%. After 4 days at 90%, I can still access my device, but it's laggy and ...
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How to set “Tap to click” on guest accounts in macOS Mojave?

I setup new MacBooks with macOS Mojave having the "Tap to click" setting on in Trackpad settings. However, when a guest user logs in, this isn't set. Almost all other Trackpad settings are the same as ...
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Authentication Failed- Google Internet Accounts

I am trying to add my google account but I am getting the error below. I am running Mojave and have tried several google accounts.
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macOS Force User Global Preferences Reread To Refresh GUI

The user global preferences file (High Sierra, Mojave) ~/Library/Preferences/.GlobalPreferences.plist contains a user's GUI preferences. The preferences are read at login, but, how do I force the ...
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What would be a good application on macOS to record calls and meetings in Skype, Hangouts, etc?

I want to be able to record all kinds of calls and video conferences, such as those done in Hangouts, Skype and more.
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Sorry, PowerPoint can't read <file name.>.pptx error when trying to open a powerpoint autorecovery file

I was working on a powerpoint today, and then my document wouldn't let me save, and I ended up overwriting the file with a blank presentation. I don't remember the details of how that happened, but ...
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Is there a way to have a system wide meta key?

I know that in terminal, one can remap right option -> meta. This lets you do nice UNIX commands such as META-F (which goes forward a word), META-B, etc. However, if you try doing OPTION-F outside ...
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Would “System” storage taking up 60 GB on High Sierra slow down my Mac?

I never configured Time Machine backups it so don’t think I have any in-place backups, however System reports it’s using HALF of my storage space and now my macbook's been working as slow as a snail. ...
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Xcode will not open after updating to Xcode 10

I am on OS 10.13.6 in High Sierra. I just updated from Xcode 9.4.1 to Xcode 10. It now opens the application and instantly quits without me being able to do anything. I am unable to open any projects, ...
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Right-click-drag not working

When I right-click-drag on my MacBook Pro TB 2017, a transparent window opens up and the dragging motion ''draws'' where I dragged. However, the dragging function does not work. If I release the right ...
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Is 'volare-karaoke.swf' a malware?

I am running macOS Sierra 10.12. I've noticed an unwanted file volare-karaoke.swf automatically getting download from both Safari and FireFox. It happens mostly when I'm on financial/payment sites (...
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How often does the Recovery Volume mount itself?

From my understanding about the new APFS System for macOS High Sierra, the Recovery partition disk1s3 will shortly mount and unmount itself to check for updates in the background. Ive noticed from ...