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The updater is registered with the system service launchd. Instructions to completely disable this can be found on The real way to disable Adobe Updater from your Mac OS X: Open a Terminal window and type the following commands: cd ~/Library/LaunchAgents launchctl remove `basename com.adobe.ARM.* .plist` launchctl remove `basename com.adobe.AAM.* .plist` ...


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You can copy your public key to the remote machines. As long as they have public key authentication enabled, and your public key is present on the remote machine, you can ssh to the machines without having to supply a password. First you'll need to generate a public/private keypair like so: ssh-keygen -t rsa Follow the prompts. When it asks if you want to ...


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Apple Script provides a good solution: on idle tell application "System Events" tell current location of network preferences set myConnection to the service "VPN University" if myConnection is not null then if current configuration of myConnection is not connected then connect ...


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Have you turned on FileVault 2 encryption? If you have, you can enable your third account by doing the following: Open System Preferences Click on Privacy & Security. Click on the FileVault tab. There should be an Enable users... button showing in the FileVault preference pane. Click it and you should be given the opportunity to enable the third ...


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This can be done without 3rd party app. Simply open System Preferences.app -> Security & Privacy -> Show message when the screen is locked. Here are the steps: Open "System Preferences" (located in you applications folder) Select "Security & Privacy" Unlock the padlock Set the lock message


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First of all, if you are not using iTerm2 already, I suggest you download this free software as a replacement for Terminal.app. Among many other extra features, in iTerm Preferences, you can configure the default working directory for new shells. You'll find these settings in Profiles - General. The advantage here is that you can set different behaviors ...


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Yes, you can do this by using Terminal. More specifically: Open the Terminal app (by default this is located in the Utilities folder within your Applications folder) Now copy the following command and paste it into your Terminal window: sudo defaults write /Library/Preferences/com.apple.loginwindow LoginwindowText "This Mac was kindly donated by X." Now ...


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Just bumped into this issue too, if you change password via Settings > Users & Groups > Change Password ... you will be prompted twice, once for the File Vault original password and again for the new account password. However if you change the password via Settings > Security & Privacy > Change Password ... both will be updated, noting ...


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There are three official places I know of that unwanted items on startup are controlled: 1) Login preferences: if you want to delete an item, make sure you highlight it and then click "-" instead of just unchecking it. If it is unchecked, it will still start, it will just have a hidden windows. 2) "General" - make sure "Close windows when quitting an ...


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You can disable a user account by setting their shell to /usr/bin/false. Either run chsh -s /usr/bin/false <username>, or change it in Users & Groups → Advanced Options. To change it back, run chsh -s /bin/bash <username>.


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Combining part of your solution and part of the solution from Can't login with Google using Internet Accounts, I got mine to work again by: Opening Keychain Access > login and searching for 'google', then deleting all the 'accountsync' and 'oauth' entries. The resulted in my Google account being removed from System Preferences > Internet Accounts. ...


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This happened to me. I believe this only happens when your computer is asleep and the battery dies completely and you plug it in before you snap it out of the sleep. It is supposed to let you know that that account is the one that you are still logged in on. I still can't explain why you have to log in twice. Strange huh I'm not 100% sure though.


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This works on OSX 10.9 Mavericks, with a keyboard layout that I created with Ukulele. Assuming that you have the layout already installed in your system, log into your account and make your custom keyboard layout active. Open a terminal and run the following command: cp /Library/Preferences/com.apple.HIToolbox.plist /tmp/ If you intend to use a text ...


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As I'm sure you know, troubleshooting is a process of elimination and often requires a fair bit of patience. I'd like to try a few things to try and get to the bottom of this for you. 1. Confirm it hangs during login If the process it's hanging at is really during login, this implies that the process is still waiting to create a login session. Assuming ...


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I found this old MacWorld tip, that suggested running the Setup Assistant again: sudo /System/Library/CoreServices/Setup Assistant.app\ /Contents/MacOS/Setup Assistant At first I thought this wasn’t supported in Lion anymore as running this command didn’t seem to have any effect. Only after posting this question, I noticed there’s a typo in the command. ...


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If you save the Apple Script as an application, then go to System Preferences -> Users -> Login Items, you can add the application there, and it will run on login.


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This happens because of Razr's mouse and keyboard software that allows you to designate profiles for key bindings. The profile that is being used is displayed in green text in the corner of the screen on when logging in.


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Disable Automatic Graphics Switching EDIT: In diagnosing the issue, you should update to the latest 10.7.2 update After browsing the Apple Discussions Forums more thoroughly, it seems that disabling automatic graphics switching in the energy/power settings of system preferences seems to prevent the freeze. This forces the MacBook Pro to use the ...


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It is supposed to be automatic, however I have encountered this during the Yosemite upgrade. I'll explain how I fixed it. For the sake of discussion, I'll use AUserName to refer to the user whose password is out of sync. Generally speaking it's quite simple. Remove AUserName from the list of users that can unlock this disk, then add them back. IMPORTANT, ...


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There is an update from Apple. When connecting to a server that requires a user name and password, macOS Sierra 10.12 or later asks you to click Connect, even when the name and password have been saved in your keychain. This helps you to avoid transmitting login credentials to a server you didn't intend to connect to. If you want to disable this ...


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You can perform Fast User Switching. Switch by using a password Click the fast user switching menu in the menu bar, then choose your user name. The fast user switching menu looks like either a user icon or the name of the current user, depending on the setting in Users & Groups preferences. Enter your password, then click the arrow. ...


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Yes. If you enable automatic login, the keychain password is stored in /etc/kcpassword using XOR cipher, which can be decoded easily. You need root privileges to read it though. sudo ruby -e 'key = [125, 137, 82, 35, 210, 188, 221, 234, 163, 185, 31]; IO.read("/etc/kcpassword").bytes.each_with_index { |b, i| break if key.include?(b); print [b ^ key[i % key....


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I have also been bothered by this and some trial and error led me to discover that the login screen keyboard focus problem is not caused by the display turning off. Setting the display to never sleep in System Preferences revealed that there is a screen saver that appears when the computer is left idle at the login screen. The login field retains focus until ...


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This sort of file can also be manually deleted from the LaunchAgents or LaunchDaemons folders in the /Library Folder - with Administrator privileges. This is where the intrusive apps like Adobe often install things--and sometimes apps that are really trustworthy. It's not a bad idea to look through these folders now and then, to see what might have been ...


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Hold the shift key as the user log in process starts. You need to hop on the shift key quickly if you enter a password right after pressing return, get on the shift. If your account logs in automatically, look to get on the shift when you see the gray screen with the dark grey apple logo. Next comes the blue screen and then the graphical user log in ...


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Encrypt the startup volume with Core Storage without FileVault Two days after I added this answer, Apple published a technical white paper: Best Practices for Deploying FileVault 2 – Deploying OS X Full Disk Encryption Technology (PDF). At a glance, some of what I describe below seems to be described by Apple as: Disk Password—based DEK. Preparation ...


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Day One seems to store the login item in /var/db/launchd.db/com.apple.launchd.peruser.501/overrides.plist: $ /usr/libexec/PlistBuddy -c 'Print _com.apple.SMLoginItemBookmarks:com.dayoneapp.dayone-agent' /var/db/launchd.db/com.apple.launchd.peruser.501/overrides.plist book 0(UserslaurTorrents Day One.apContentsLibrary LoginItemsDay ...


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Recovery HD The simplest way may be to use the Recovery HD. Boot into the Recovery HD (hold ⌥ alt/option at boot and select the Recovery HD). Once it has booted, click Utilities, then Terminal. Type resetpassword then ↩ enter. Follow the instructions. Restarting Setup Assistant In addition to using the Recovery HD, you can also restart the Setup ...


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Your question isn't (or at least wasn't) very specific. So there are multiple answers you may find helpful when trying to control annoying apps that open at log in: Keyboard shortcut to disable items from starting up while logging in Buttons to click to "officially" remove startup items Places to look to actually remove startup items 1. Keyboard shortcut ...


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