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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Where are the 32 bit libraries?

My research shows that in macOS Catalina, Apple didn't remove 32bit support from the kernel just disabled it(and that it can be enabled with the sudo nvram boot-args="no32exec=0" command). I also ...
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Pages equation editor: default code

For math homework I use Pages and the equation editor with LaTeX. I want to use LaTeX macros to make writing equations more efficient, however if I have to enter in all the macro definitions each ...
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How to analyze font substitution in Catalina

I used to use a program called FontRevelear to analyze the font substitution behavior. Basically, if you type some Unicode character from font "A", but the character isn't actually in font "A", the ...
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MacBook Pro 15" mid 2015 retina randomly freezing, trying to pinpoint the issue (not sleep related)

My MacBook Pro (15-inch, Retina, Mid 2015, fresh install of latest Catalina) freezes randomly. It requires a hard shutdown (power button for > 5 secs) and then it takes a while to turn on. The MacBook ...
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Can DNS over HTTPS that works for WiFi be modified to work with Android cellular data tethering over USB?

I have configured DNS over HTTPS based on these guides: How to implement DNS-Over-HTTPS and Setting up DNS over HTTPS on macOS. This works fine over Wi-Fi with the DNS Servers set as 127.0.0.1 and ::...
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MacOS Catalina (10.15) - Fast battery drain!

Good afternoon! I have been experiencing major battery drain issues on my Macbook Pro 2019 (Catalina 10.15.1) since I received it around 2 months ago. Also the version before Catalina (Mojave 10.14.5 ...
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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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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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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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Safari - keep passwords pref unlocked for longer

I have some 'legacy' passwords that are duplicated or no longer secure, so I'm trying to go down the list in Safari prefs to check & change them, or close old unused accounts on sites I haven't ...
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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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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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How to connect to 802.1X authentication automatically?

Currently, we're implementing 802.1X authentication in the company, but having some trouble with getting an IP address when using some Macs (MacBook Pro). So, I created a profile through Profiler ...
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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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Is it possible to update macOS's emoji keyboard (to use all emojis)

Following this question, I have obtained and installed macOS Mojave's Apple Color Emoji.ttc on macOS Sierra. While I can now see these emojis if I'm texted them, they don't show up on my emoji ...
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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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Device Console error: kernel compat_ifmu_ulist error 14

After looking through my Console log I noticed a strange error that seems to show up around 10 times a second or so. The error is coming from the kernel and shows up as one of the following 5 or so ...
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updated os to mojave 10.14.5, now lsof is giving me errors with stat

I had a system update last Thursday and ever since I have been getting the errors below. I have tried reinstalling lsof via homebrew, upgrading bash, rebooting, but no luck. How do I even go about ...
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Native IKEv2 macOS implementation routes ALL traffic over the VPN tunnel

We wanted to upgrade our existing L2TP connections to IKEv2 for connecting to our corporate servers. The problem is as follows: With L2TP, only the assigned IP range is routed through the tunnel, ...
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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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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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iPhone USB in Network preference pane missing. How to get it back?

In the Network Preferences I miss an entry for iPhone (see Screenshot, same as for iPad). How can I get it back and connect to the Internet from Mac through iPhone using USB-C?
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How to stop menu bar from dimming when focusing on a different monitor

I have mojave (10.14.1) and use dark mode with each display having separate spaces (I have two screen in total). This means that there are two menu bars. Everytime I focus on a specific space, the ...
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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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Can window focus with multiple displays follow the mouse on macOS?

I'm a new MacOS user and some things disturb me as it was more convenient on Windows. One of them is the following: on a dual screen set up, I have to first click the second monitor for it to take ...
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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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macOS Two-factor authentication Apple ID limit

From the Apple Support document, Two-factor authentication for Apple ID Two-factor authentication is available to iCloud and iTunes users with at least one device that's using the latest iOS or ...
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Split screen divider stuck on Desktop, not actually dividing any windows, distracting - how to remove?

How can the split screen divider be removed, please? When not using a Desktop workspace/area, I can see the vertical divider over the Desktop, but this isn't serving any purpose and is therefore ...
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MacOS brightness controls not working

I've encountered a problem when upgrading my late 2013 MacBook from OS X 10.9 Mavericks to macOS 10.13 High Sierra (now running Mojave): brightness controls appear to not affect anything (only the pop-...
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Where does Mojave download the Mojave installer?

Similar to this, I would like to understand where Mojave is downloading itself when I download it from the App store. The Application folder doesn't have anything like Install MacOs Mojave or ...
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Is there still some way to get scroll wheel functionality on the Marble Mouse with macOS today?

I have a Logitech Marble Mouse that I was hoping I could use with a Mac. It used to be that you could use KeyRemap4Macbook, known later as Karabiner, to allow you to hold a button down and turn the ...
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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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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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Why did my Mac restart?

I am running macOS Mojave 10.14 on a 2018 13" MacBook Pro. This morning, to my surprise it was turned off. In /Library⁩/Logs⁩/DiagnosticReports⁩ I see a file called shutdown_stall_2018-10-20-...
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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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How do I remap function modifier combinations?

I would like to remap the key binding Shift+Option+7 (⇧⌥ 7) for the backward-slash \ to something much simpler like Option+. (⌥ .) perhaps using a command line tool like hdiutil. The answer to "How ...
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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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