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Looking for equivalent of alt-f2 in linux on mac

In xfce/gnome/kde you can use alt-f2 to bring up a universal launcher, you just type in the command and it goes. Is there an equivalent keyboard shortcut for mac OSX?
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Making meta+tab change window in iterm2 with OSX

By default on OSX, meta+tab changes windows. In iterm2 I've opted to swap the left control and left meta keys, which means that in order to change windows I need to press Control+Tab, which is ...
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MS word for mac unable to select form field

I have a Word document that has form fields which I can't select or tick any of the check boxes. When trying to select it says "This command is not available because the document is locked for edit". ...
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Inkscape does not switch languages

I installed Inkscape on MBP along with last version of XQuartz. The keyboard input is stuck on second non-English language and I cannot use any shortcut or input English text. It does not matter that ...
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textedit file delete after restart on Mac OS X

Situation I got textedit file, which was already saved, but not closed, opened while I was restarting Mac OS X system. The problem After restart the file was not there in folder and I was unable to ...
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Delete Directories that Contain Specified File in Mac OS X

How do I delete a folder that contains a file or folder with a specific name? E.g. I want to delete all folders that contain the file "things.txt": /dirA/ /dirB/things.txt /dirC/ /dirD/things.txt ...
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On OS X how to change icon across file type?

I'm on OS X I recently switched back from Sublime Text 3 to TextMate 2 as my main editor. When I opened the Get Info pane of a .js file and changed the Open With… to TextMate and then clicked Change ...
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How to prevent USB from .fseventsd, .Trashes, .Spotlight-V100 folders and .DS_Store files?

If you give somebody your USB drive to put files on it, it is so annoying to clean up afterwards, all these useless for other than OSX platforms artifacts, which pollute the disk. Is it any solution ...
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Mac ports passing argument to install of ImageMagick

I am trying to pass the argument --with-rsvg when installing ImageMagick with MacPorts. I am doing it like this: sudo port install ImageMagick --with-rsvg But after installing, I get this error: ...
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Mac OS X - iTerm updates causing multiple binaries

My question is basically, how do I solve this: Every time I update iTerm a new binary is created and since I use Alfred, my instinct is to just type a name and hit Enter, so I don't even know if I ...
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Wi-Fi does not work on OS X Yosemite Beta 4

When I installed OS X Yosemite Beta 4 on my 2008 iMac, it could not see any wireless networks and the button on the menu bar went crazy. When I turned it off, it did not change anything in the ...
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In OS X 10.10 Yosemite, ansible crashes immediately with error: ImportError: No module named _compat

On OS X 10.10 Yosemity, after installing ansible with brew, I run it and it crashes immediately like so: $ ansible Traceback (most recent call last): File ...
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Pass stdin to multiple programs without closing

I want to split and GZip a large file, and this answer appeared to be what I'm looking for, and it seemed like a very useful way of doing things I never thought of, so I'd like to generalize it; the ...
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PHPStorm -> Sublime Text mac shortcut

I have googleing around for this, but have not found the answer. I have just gone from sublime text to PHPStorm. Is there any similar shortcuts for selecting variable(CMD+D), multiple cursor etc?
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VMware Fusion 6.0.4 can't connect from host to guest via ssh

I can't connect from host OS X 10.9.4 to any guest in VMware Fusion, I can't ping guest, nothing. But connection to Internet is working on guest (can ping google.com from it). And funny part: ...
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OS X Terminal wildcard doesn't work for some paths

Okay, this is weird, hopefully someone here can explain what is happening. I am using OS X 10.9.4 and I want to list files in a directory (and filter them using *) I want to look for zip files in ...
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What is the Linux terminal ctrl+c to exit a running program in a Mac terminal

In Linux terminal if I run a command like: $ node httserver.js The command runs and by doing ctrl + c the program is terminated and new line comes in terminal for us to enter a command. I felt cmd ...
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OS X: Copying only files without a special string in filename

I have to copy only files from a folder that don't have following string in its filename: NNNNxNNNN (a 3 or 4 digit number followed by the character x followed by a 3 or 4 digit number again -> it's ...
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How to install a software/tool in Mac OS using terminal [on hold]

I am trying to install a toolkit (a software / tool) in Mac OS. The following are the instruction I get to see from the readme file. Open Shell - I do not know what Shell is. Change directory to ...
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Some photos appear way too dark in Google Picasa but are fine in other apps

Some photographers photos are appearing as excessively dark in Picasa. No other photo viewing application is having this issue. I have tried turning off Color Management in the settings but it still ...
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How to force Finder to refresh external drive? OS X

I use an external hard drive for Time Machine backups. Recently, I moved it to a USB hub (so that I don't have as many cables to deal with). This has slowed down the speed which I can read/write to ...
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Trying to change Default Terminal Home/Path, getting 'eDSAttributeNotFound' error

Found this nice tutorial here on how to change your default path in terminal via stackoverflow. Steps followed: become root with sudo su -. Now fire up dscl by typing dscl localhost. Inside dscl, ...
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Need to upload files to osx server via webdav & curl

I enabled 'Share over WebDAV' in OSX Server Mavericks and can upload a file after mounting the server in finder. However, when I try and upload a file using curl -T "file.xml" -u "user":"pass" ...
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How to change keyboard shortcut for menu with a dynamic name, such as “Move x Items Here”?

In Finder, the menu item to move files has a dynamic text. If one item has been copied, it says "Move Item Here", but for multiple files it says something like "Move <x> Items Here". In the ...
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path setting appears twice in env output

After an OS version upgrade I have the following strange problem: % port MacPorts 2.3.1 ... % sudo -i # port MacPorts 2.3.1 % sudo port sudo: port: command not found Furthermore, if I do it all ...
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Can I stop an OS X application getting focus after it has loaded?

If a program takes some time to load, I like to continue working on something else. But then when that program finishes loading, it gets focus. Specifically, I am working in Eclipse, and then also ...
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FFmpeg error when doing first pass of WebM encoding: Unrecognized option 'auto-alt-ref'

I'm using OS X Mavericks (10.9.4) and installed ffmpeg from homebrew. When executing this command (assuming input file exists): ffmpeg -i ololo.wmv -vf scale=500:-1 -auto-alt-ref 1 -lag-in-frames 20 ...
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cat clipboard text into a terminal?

I have text in the clipboard. I want to cat it in a terminal a pipe it into another command. The exact use case is a PEM encoded X509 certificate on a website presented as text (-----BEGIN ...
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USB Drive Format for Reading/Writing 4GB+ Files on OSX and Windows

I am trying to settle on a drive file format which is compatible with OSX and Windows for reading/writing 4GB+ files. Linux support would be a bonus. Using FAT is a no go since it does not support ...
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Can't unlock disks encrypted with Mavericks after upgrade to Yosemite?

I have 2 (microSD) disks encrypted under OS X Mavericks. I didn't use FileVault 2, I just used normal "Encrypted Logical Partition" from Finder with a complex password which was not saved in Keychain. ...
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OS X, how to know download file size [duplicate]

I need to download XQuartz-2.7.6.dmg file. Being on cellular internet I should know the size of the file before downloading it - it there any way know that in OS X? I saw a similar question, but I ...
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How to change client screen name?

I'm trying to use my macbook pro as a client with synergy. Windows is the host system with keyboard and mouse. The problem however is that I can't change the screen name for the macbook pro. The ...
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Booting OS X from flash-drive. Possible to install OS X on that flash-drive only?

I created an OS X flash drive. When booting from the flash-drive on my mac, it is the installation process. Can I install OS X on that flash drive (16GB) or does it have to install on my mac? I don't ...
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brew install gcc /Mac OS 10.9 Mavericks

I'm doing a clean install of Mavericks, and accidentally did brew install gcc which is taking over half an hour, maybe more. Should I terminate it? I know now that I should have installed a ...
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Map shift-esc to 'esc esc esc' on osx?

I would like to map 'shift-esc' to 'esc esc esc' on my macbook pro, but haven't find a way to do it. I have tried Better Touch Tool, it can remap a key combination to another, but not to a sequence ...
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What are the hardwares available today to record and display HDMI input on an iMac? [closed]

I like to buy a piece of hardware that will allow me to record and display HDMI input on my iMac - mostly used to record and display HDMI input from a camera (Nikon D810) but also like to use it for a ...
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Mavericks startup script

I am trying to write a small script to launch when user logs on. I have searched and got the script to work but unable to run at log on with .plist We have active directory setup. When the user logs ...
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TextEdit: RTF to PDF: a hyperlink issue

As we know we can add a hyperlink into our .rtf documents. How to ask TextEdit to generate PDF with hyperlinks that are visible (blue colour and underline style)?
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HTTPS certificates invalid on Safari, Chrome on specific user account

Safari and Chrome report invalid certificates on certain HTTPS sites (for example GitHub and Bitbucket). Firefox strangely shows a green valid certificate. I've created a new OS X user and everything ...
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diff of two folders excuding file types with OS X command line

I found diff -rq folder1 folder2 however, being an OS X user you get the lovely hidden files like .DS_Store just clouding up the results in the terminal. So, I really don't care about those files. ...
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How to permanently add a route in OS X?

I have a Mac Pro and the problem is that it is not connecting to systems in other VLANs. This can be temporarily archived by sudo route -n add -net <IP>/mask <Gateway> However it ...
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How to keep sshd alive on MAC OSX?

How do I keep sshd alive so I can connect at any point? I'm not trying to keep an existing SSH connection alive - I can't create it in the first place. Environment: Mac running OSX 10.9.3. ...
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“Too many files open” on Mac OSX after running apache in PHP with XDebug for some time

I am running Mac OS X 10.9.4, including the builtin apache2 webserver with PHP 5.5.14 from brew (packages: php55, php55-intl, php55-pdo-pgsql, php55-xdebug). When running this setup it works quite ...
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Copying files: Do any of the mainstream operating systems (excluding e.g. Linux with ZFS) hash files when moving them?

What I tend to do to go about making sure I don't lose my data is I pick and choose what files I want to keep, and once I have my large (in bytes, not in heft) external hard disk attached (usually ...
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Route traffic from local network to VirtualBox host-only adapter

For a test I need to allow routing from my local network to a guest inside a VirtualBox. The guest already have outside access. So far I enabled ip forwarding on my local machine (OSX 10.9) and added ...
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Can I access files from a former employee's user account on OS X?

I have several iMac G5s left in my office. They each had several users with passwords. I need to get information from them that may be in different areas; for example, a former employee had coded ...
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How to input a frequently-used sequence of letters

I have a sequence of letters I use all the time and I want to create a shortcut so that I don't have to retype it every time. The sequence is one letter in lower case - a number in red - a letter in ...
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In Mac OS X, is there a way to individually route apps through a VPN or not?

I've seen plenty of information on selectively routing (through a VPN or other interface) by subnet or IP. But is there a way, in OS X, to selectively route through a VPN by application? Could one, ...
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Mac OS X Hacked [closed]

Please help, here's part of the log: http://paste2.org/tNPw6O6N My mother has been the target of this hacker for over 2 year now and totalling over $12'000 in damages. How can i find out who is ...
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MacOS: can't understand what is using all my disk space

I got a MacBook Air with a limited SSD HD: 128 GB. The largest software I have is XCode (3.2 GB) and I do have 2 versions of this (4.5 and previou). My iPhoto library has 1.3GB of photos. My dropbox ...