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Questions tagged [utilities]

Applications, either provided by Apple or third-party, which facilitate administrative functions that usually involve working with the operating system or file system

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Basic utility to read files with browse option [duplicate]

Newbie to Mac. I am trying to open a file under /usr folder using Atom editor. File path : /usr/local/Cellar/maven/3/libexec/conf I am not able to find an option like windows browse where I can type/...
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Power off block devices

I would like a way to shut down the block devices to do safe removal by turning them off. On Linux there is the UDisks2's udisksctl power-off -b /dev/sdX command. Is there something similar? Or if you ...
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Why is russian beta testing software on my Mac?

Yesterday I discovered that there is a piece of software called "Ассистент обратной связи" in the /System/Library/CoreServices/Applications Directory of my Mac (OS X Mavericks). What's the deal with ...
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Stress testing a hard drive with lots of random reads and writes

I would like to stress test a hard drive with a long series of random reads and writes for a specified length of time, but I'm not sure how I can do it on macOS. I'm specifically interested in random ...
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How do I trigger a script when a second monitor is attached

I am on macOS El Captain (upgrading to High Sierra soon) and I'm looking for a tool which can trigger an AppleScript or shell script every time when the number of monitors/displays attached to the ...
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Is there a keyboard shortcut to organize or align two finder windows?

I know that there were some 3rd party apps that could do this in the past, but with each new version of Mac OS X, it seems that many of those 3rd party apps stop working or the project ages and loses ...
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Split a large folder containing many files into a set of smaller folders

This seems like a pretty common use case: I have a folder containing multiple files which I'd like to split into multiple folders, where each output folder is no bigger than a given size. In short,...
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Can’t choose startup disk after wiping hard drive from OSX Utilities

I’m helping someone with their old laptop (17”, mid-2009, if that matters). I restarted with cmdR to load OSX Utilities, and I used Disk Utility to wipe Macintosh HD, overwriting it three times and ...
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Is it okay to use App Tamer to force apps such as Microsoft Word, to “App Nap?”

One (of the many) things which has always annoyed me about Microsoft Word 2016 (and indeed, pretty much all others apps in the Microsoft Office suite) is its inability to keep the background CPU usage ...
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Identifying where a package came from

I just tried to upgrade nmap with my package manager but got knocked back because it's supposedly not installed. Even though it is: brew upgrade nmap Updating Homebrew... ==> Auto-updated ...
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How can I see which apps are using my Mac's internet bandwidth? [duplicate]

My MacBook Air's Wi-Fi is maxed out right now for receiving. Now I am trying once more to download the High Sierra update. But it's telling me 6 hours left and on my usual Wi-Fi connection I only ...
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how do I get an alert if our upload bandwidth used crosses a threshold?

I need an alert when someone on our home network LAN is doing too much uploading. This is just one wifi router for a small home network. I could keep an app running on one Mac (running Sierra) that ...
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Is there a command line utility to perform common Wi-Fi operations?

I would like to manage my Mac's Wi-Fi on the command line, but there are lots of different built-in Mac utilities that need to be called (airport, ipconfig, networksetup, netstat, security), with ...
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Does macOS have /usr/bin/env?

I'm just wondering if macOS has /usr/bin/env. I am a software developer trying to support macOS without having a box at my disposal.
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After rEFInd install, on reboot boot manager does not show, boots to macOS utilities

after installing rEFInd boot manager on my macbook pro '15 w/ macOS sierra, on boot my computer takes ~20-30 seconds on a black screen then boots directly to macOS utilities. I don't know why this is ...
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Why is macOS Recovery in Japanese, when my language is set on english?

My Macbook Pro(early 2015) functioned in english until I started up macOS Recovery to erase the startup disc with macOS Utilities. It was originally bought used in Japan. I would like the entire ...
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Is there a way to auto-resize programs like in Windows 7 and up? [duplicate]

One of my favorite Windows features is the ability to slam a program into the side of the screen to auto-resize it to fill that half of the screen. Is there any program I can download for Mac that ...
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How do I see what applications or services are preventing an external flash drive from ejecting?

I know there are general solutions out there to deal with problems ejecting hard drives, but I'd like to get more specific and understand what applications are causing problems so that I can deal with ...
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Can't enter utilities when rebooting?

For some reasons I need to disable System Integrity Protection (SIP). But when I try to enter utilities by rebooting my Mac with Command+R, I get an earth icon and a message about recovering from ...
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MB Pro instantly gobbling up 70+ Gb SSD - How to track culprit?

Mac OS 10.10.5, MB Pro 16 GB DDR, 500 Gb SSD. Probable culprit app MS Excel for Mac 2011? It seems that when I open up a spreadsheet with lots of formulas, within a few minutes I'm getting "Out of ...
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Disk Utility 15.0 fails at formatting a brand new hard drive

I just got a WD My Passport 4Tb external hard drive (USB) and need to format it before use. I've done this successfully many times before Disk Utility version 15.0 (earlier OSes than El Capitan), but ...
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How to create a macOS Sierra iso installer successfully?

I want to test Sierra before fully installing it on my computer by creating a Sierra iso installer, which I can use on Virtual Box. When I attempt the first step below (mount the installer image) I ...
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Macbook Pro won't go past OS X Utilities

My early 2011 Macbook Pro which uses 10.6 Snow Leopard is going straight to OS X Utilities upon startup, no matter whether I use any startup keys or what those startup keys are. I have tried safe mode,...
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BOOTCAMP | No choice to locate ISO

This is my first time ever trying to use Boot Camp Assistant. I've watched like 50 tutorials and every had a choice to pick/locate an ISO image. I don't (see 2nd image). Is there a solution to this?
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Mac keeps booting into disk utilities

my mac kept getting stuck on the apple logo when booting up so I went into recovery mode and formatted the disk and installed OS X again. But for some reason it is not booting normally when I switch ...
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Unwrap Finder Folder

I really like the (new-ish) Finder contextual menu option to move selected files into a new folder. I was wondering if the opposite exists too, where a folder is "unwrapped", where the contents are ...
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OSX install DVD showing up as EFI boot on start up

My brother's Mac Pro somehow has all of its utilities missing. Its guts have been taken out. I don't know how this happened, but I'm trying to fix that by creating a Lion DVD or bootable USB. I ...
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Where did the digital color meter go in Yosemite?

I used to have the Digital Color Meter (system app) in my dock, but since updating to Yosemite it doesn't appear in the dock anymore ("?" sign) Did they just move it and Dock cannot find it?
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Trying to reset password holding Command+R, at Startup, goes to Wi-Fi

I am holding Command ⌘R at Startup, but can't access Utilities, it goes directly to Wi-Fi, choose network.
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Flashing question mark when I start my Mac

https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT204323 I tried everything in here didn't work. I am using a 13" macbookpro retina, latest OS. Stuff I did that might have cause this: I updated 3 apps 1 of them ...
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How do I post a screenshot from Mac OS X Lion on askdifferent?

How do I take a screenshot? On the other Mac I was using, grab was installed, but paying for screenshots seems excessive. System Software Overview: System Version: Mac OS X 10.7.5 (11G63) ...
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Recursive set creation date of pictures and videos based on filename

I have a folder structure of thousands of pictures and videos. They are all exported and therefore have the same creation date, time. I would like to set the creation date for all the files according ...
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OmniDazzle alternative for modern Macs?

Is there any tool that runs on current Macs providing a flashlight effect to highlight a portion on the screen? In the past I've used OmniDazzle to create screen casts using this effect. On recent OS ...
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OSX: move to archive (compress a folder and remove it)

I'm looking for a way to zip (or 7z) files via a file manager in such a way that the original folder is deleted right after the zipping finished (less clutter when batching compression of multiple ...
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I want software to slow down my typing and increase my accuracy

Problem I'd like to teach myself to type slower and more accurately. Solutions? I was thinking of playing a sound when I press backspace displaying wpm/accuracy in the menubar Aside The reason I ...
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New users can't see Apple applications from Utilities folder in Launchpad

I felt like giving my mess of Launchpad icons a fresh start. So I did defaults write com.apple.dock ResetLaunchPad -bool true && killall Dock On checking Launchpad, it had appeared to have ...
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Creating ODBC DSN

I want to connect to mongo database form OpenOffice (for example) through Simba ODBC driver. I downloaded this driver on the Mac and now I need to register it and DSN in the system. I installed iODBC ...
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How do I merge folders using finder? [duplicate]

I have a folder (let's name it main-folder and it's mounted via smb) that contains lots of files and subfolders. I want to copy half of the contents of main-folder to a local subfolder (let's call it ...
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A tricky Bootcamp/SSD problem

I have a 2009 unibody Macbook Pro 13". Last year I took out the optical drive, replaced it with the original hard drive and installed a 256GB SSD in its place. I then setup Win7 on a small (75GB) ...
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iPhone FTP utility with automatic backup?

I am searching for an iPhone utility / application with an FTP client that can do automatic backup without user intervention. More specifically, I'd expect to configure the utility once and specify (...
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Which of the GNU coreutils applications are included in the MacPorts coreutils package?

In general, I would like to know if there are any discrepancies between the MacPorts coreutils and the GNU coreutils, and how I might go about answering this question myself. In particular, I don't ...
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Why is 'xattr' not working?

When I attempt to execute xattr in Terminal, I get Traceback (most recent call last): File "/usr/bin/xattr-2.7", line 33, in <module> import xattr ImportError: No module named xattr What'...
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Free screen grabber for OS X

I'm looking for an app that lets me capture a rectangle, puts it up to an image bin, and puts a link to the image into my clipboard. Dropbox does this, with one problem: it doesn't link to the image. ...
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Rename various folders ignoring current name with Better Finder Rename

I have the following folders trip to xxx folder-temp pic-temp my-xxx-videos I wanna rename all the folders to "my-folders1", "my-folders2" and so on. I am using better finder rename but I don't see ...
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OSX Utilities downloads installer then goes back to start

Yesterday I had what seems to have been some hard drive malfunction. The disk cannot be verified or repaired and suggests that I reinstall OS X. I've backed up my files and in the recovery utilities ...
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Tool for randomized signatures

Is there a tool for randomizing signatures (for 10.8/.9)? I.e. I'd like to maintain a list a signatures (e.g. with different quotes, etc) and swap them randomly or every such-and-such minutes. I'm ...
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How to bulk rename in OS X with my requirements

Is there a utility that can rename filters in multiple subfolders and then rename the files inside sequentially? E.g. I select my-pictures and it'll do its magic and sequentially rename all the files ...
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Can't select option in OSX Utilities

I'm having a pretty bizarre problem in OSX Mavericks. I'm attempting to install a fresh version of the OS, so I boot to OSX Utilities (Cmd+R). The option that I'm looking for is listed (re-install ...
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Help me reset the terminal after sudo command mistake

I recently installed a cracked version of a program and it instructed me to block outgoing connections by following the instructions below. Step 1 Click the "Go" menu, select "Utilities," and then ...
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Map Fn + Esc key to Esc key

I am using a PC keybroad on a Mac, the funniest thing is on this KB, to use the Esc key, I need to press Fn + Esc So, are there any tool I can remap the keys such that I can use the Esc without the ...