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Why can't I change the date or time on my MacBook Air?

Those panels store their preferences in a database that can be read and changed on the command line with “defaults”. Before going down the time settings, does Maps work to locate your exact location ...
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Trying to reinstall macOS on a 2009 MacBook Pro

In an effort to help anyone else who lands here searching this forum, I add this in the hopes that "Management" doesn't inform me that I have violated some arcane posting rule: I am ...
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Can I designate a wifi network as "metered network"

Unlike on an iPhone or iPad, MacOS does not have an easy option for selecting Low Data Mode. However, there are 3rd party utilities that may be helpful. See this older post for a bit more info - ...
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How to resize multiple photos (batch) in Apple Photos app on macOS

E.g. RAW Power does this. Select the photos/images in Raw Power. Choose Export adjust format, customize size and wether metadata (and which) should be saved. select or create Album within Apple’s ...
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Good resources for those transitioning to Mac OS X from Windows

Apple has retired a lot of the links posted in other answers. Here are some that work today: Mac tips for Windows switchers Mac keyboard shortcuts
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Connecting Bluetooth headset to MacBook Pro, won't last more than a second

First, make sure it's not connected to other devices. Then Forget the device on your Mac and re-pair. Does that help?
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Is there a bash command to make a screen text box?

No. Bash does not operate outside the command line interface. You can of course launch other programs that use the display GUI interface like AppleScript, Pashua, or terminal-notifier. For command-...
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How much disk space do the "command line developer tools" take up?

I recently got a Mac, my motivation--coming from Linux--was to find out why Linux projects from developers working on Macs I came across ended up being the maintenance burden for me and my team that ...
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Google Chrome crashes with EXC_BAD_INSTRUCTION on Sierra

In my case, crashing was happening due to chrome extensions. Uninstall extensions and restart chrome and check if it is still crashing.
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Avoid changes to /etc/pam.d/sudo across macOS updates?

You cannot prevent it, you will have to check if it has changed and restore your custom file when you detect the change.
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How can I browse photos on iPhone in Mac OSX?

All answers here are about viewing previews or recommending legacy solutions. I recommend using the shareware application Imazing to view full size photos and HDR+ videos from iPhone without being ...
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macOS External Drive 2TB

When I originally went to LaCie's website Rugged Portable Hard Drives, I saw the following details in the popup for the Rugged Mini. However, the "Works With" is for all the Rugged Portable ...
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Update bash to version 4.0 on OSX

For M1 Macs - You can update bash by doing brew install bash assuming that you already have Home-brew. This will install the latest version of bash. You can check you installation by running - brew ...
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How to ship logs from macOS to a remote syslog server?

I would like to point out that there are quite readily available, easy to use and free 3rd party tools for solving this problem: In particular, the remote_syslog2 utility is relatively easy to setup ...
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How can I modify /System/Library/ScriptingDefinitions/CocoaStandard.sdef and have the changes persist?

I read later that (like @red_menace pointed out in the comments) the behavior was caused by the sealed system volume. I haven't done this, but csrutil authenticated-root disable at the recovery ...
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Manually manage the download of OS updates?

You can address this downloading the full installer of the current latest version of macOS Big Sur (11.6.7 as of this writing) by using the following link: https://apps.apple.com/app/macos-big-sur/...
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My command line says `complete:13: command not found: compdef `

For Angular 14 users on Mac M1 This happens when you run: ng completion Check the following file: sudo nano .zshrc Make sure it looks like this: # Add RVM to PATH for scripting. Make sure this is ...
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How to ship logs from macOS to a remote syslog server?

The core problem you have is Apple unified the system logging and the files no longer contain the entries you need. It’s a highly structured database with TTL / verbosity / relevance baked in to the ...
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"Unsupported OS" when using `open` command on M1 Pro

Try the open application alone to see if it is the culprit (it sounds like it is). Charlie:~ sfederman$ open Usage: open [-e] [-t] [-f] [-W] [-R] [-n] [-g] [-h] [-s <partial SDK name>][-b <...
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Upgrade Swift without upgrading MacOS X

We use VMWare fusion to virtualize systems in this case. It’s not ideal, but helps to maintain older less used systems and let us run the latest / fully patched OS since for security reasons, we try ...
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Is there a pre-installed GUI text editor that can edit html files without entering WYSIWYG mode?

Not sure if Emacs counts as a terminal editor or not, considering it can be invoked as a graphical editor, if you use Xwindows. I guess maybe similar to Gvim....although, Gvim doesn't require X.
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recurring `sendmail` process

At some point, someone probably tried to use Mail.app to send mail, but didn't have it configured properly. This might be causing sendmail to keep trying to deliver that mail. If you are at least ...
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Is there a pre-installed GUI text editor that can edit html files without entering WYSIWYG mode?

You can view any HTML file in source form using the TextEdit app. From the TextEdit User Guide: https://support.apple.com/guide/textedit/txted0b6cd61/mac Always open HTML files in code-editing mode ...
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"Unsupported OS" when using `open` command on M1 Pro

First thing is to open the app you want to see these files. open -a TextEdit Or Xcode or another app you know can open text files. Once you have an app that opens, pass the file after the name of the ...
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Can brew find / manage packages installed by manually binary download + install?

@Barry's answer is not responsive to the question. The command brew list will list all brew packages including dependencies. The original question asks about packages installed upon request. That can ...
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How to solve the issue of "%" on Calculator giving different results on iPhone vs Mac?

I would use PCalc for more accurate calculations if edge cases that expose the reality of floating point math is something you consider broken for your needs or the order of operations isn't as you ...
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Delete custom macOS keyboard layout

Custom layouts are stored in /Library/Keyboard Layouts directory (Systemwide) or ~/Library/Keyboard Layouts directory (User only). Go there and delete them. To get to a specific directory, in Finder ...
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Safari always loads a different region for a specific website

Is this probably a problem of your country code? Are you living by any chance in Taiwan? Living in Germany, entering http://www.godaddy.com I am redirected to https://www.godaddy.com/de-de in German ...
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Unable to read last block of the device

'unable to read last block of device' is a generic error. for me i ran into this similar error, but specifically: Error: -69760: Unable to write to the last block of the device. If you get this ...
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Configure Spotlight to follow symlinks in directory tree

Finder's Spotlight search interface is somewhat limited - as you have discovered. Is there a way? With third party software, Yes! And no need for symlinks, etc. I suggest you try HoudahSpot. With ...
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What is "signpost_reporter"?

Short answer to the implied question "can you disable this reporting?": there appears to be no way to disable this usage of signpost Signpost is part of the Apple sdk and allows developers ...
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macOS choosing the wrong display to mirror when using the CMD+F1 (the shortcut to switch between extending and mirroring)

I had this same issue, and finally solved it by using https://github.com/fcanas/mirror-displays I just did the brew install brew install fcanas/tap/mirror-displays and then running mirror makes my ...
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ZSH shell setting up paths

Presumably this issue is resolved but here are a couple general tips and an alternate method. On modern MacOS versions, while in Finder, the keyboard shortcut ⌘ Command+⇧ Shift+. period will toggle ...
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How to stop system audio from being lower when in a FaceTime call?

The best solution for this is to route the audio through a third party app. I prefer Rogue Amoeba loopback for this need. https://rogueamoeba.com/loopback/
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How to disable the wired connection

To change these preferences on your Mac, choose Apple menu > System Preferences, click Network , then select an Ethernet service in the list on the left. If there’s a lock at the bottom left of ...
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How can I change my shell language localization on the macOS command line?

In the terminal enter export LANG=sv_SE.UTF-8 You can add that to ~/.bashrc (or ~/.zshrc for zsh) in order to change the language for all terminal sessions. All command line tools that are localized ...
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How to identify extensions blocked by Gatekeeper

I came to this discussion while trying to validate kexts migrated from 10.13 to 10.15 which weren't loading. I seem to have found an explanation and a workaround. The kexts were valid for 10.15 but ...
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How do I add/permit "staff" to this folder? "chgrp -R staff dir_name"

That command should do what you expect/want. Comments: You may well not need the sudo. The ./folderName is a relative path, as you surmised. But in this case you don't need the ./. The -R is ...
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mail app changing the automatic text in replies and forwarded emails

I believe Mail uses the date display preferences within macOS. Try changing the date format in the Language & Region preference pane --> Advanced... --> Dates tab and change it to a more ...
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What causes Apple Mail to repeatedly quit?

She will open Mail, read two or three incoming emails, click on the next email to read and Mail will crash. This happens repeatedly. This used to happen to me in older versions of the Mail app (on ...
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App to hide windows while sharing the screen

I don't think you can exclude individual windows from the app. If I remember correctly, MS Teams offers the ability to share your window/application or your entire desktop. You could: switch to just ...
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Incorrect automatic link target in Mail.app

The %2F in your URL is an encoded value for a forward slash (/), so the output of https://www.figma.com/file/NmeBcl3rhAL5bREti8YGhj/Link-/-Paste-Test is technically correct.
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Safari always loads a different region for a specific website

Generally if a website misbehaves in some way, but doesn't do that if you use Private Browsing / Incognito (and you don't use a browser extension that might affect that site), it's likely caused by a ...
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System events script sometimes works, sometimes doesn't

I could not test this following code because I do not have pop up button "Multi Layout Manager", but I think this should achieve what you are looking for. tell application "Google ...
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Jenkinsfile doesn't recognize local bin

If running from launchd the OS runs the command directly and not through any shell. Also in this case it is running fastlane as root. If from the terminal or ssh then you start a shell, sourcing your ...
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How to arrange two windows easily to left and right side?

I'm using this with Monterey, despite is "Looking for a new maintainer" is a recommended alternative https://github.com/fikovnik/ShiftIt
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How do I fix being able to view photos sent to me in Messages on my Mac?

This is a bug. I am on M1 iMac and sometimes this starts happening. To fix it, QUIT Messages app and launch it again! When you do this things magically open in preview again. This is how things used ...
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Stop facetime video pausing when switching spaces

The only workaround I have found for this is to assign FaceTime to All Desktops. In the Dock, right-click on the FaceTime app icon and under Options, assign it to All Desktops. This really shouldn't ...
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What is the logic behind desktops location on macos?

If you don't want them to rearrange, then turn off Automatically rearrange Spaces.
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Not able to sign in to Apple ID on MacBook due to device passcode issues?

I updated to Monterrey, and it fixed the issue. Not sure whether it was a Big Sur bug or something else... but on 12.4 it syncs fine with iCloud/keychain/etc.
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