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MacBook Pro hardware name vs architecture name

On a quite recently produced MacBook Pro, how does it come that uname -m # (hardware name) gives x86_64 this being 'the 64-bit version of the x86 instruction set', but uname -p # (processor ...
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How do I restore the ability to do Terminal commands?

I am using Mountain Lion. I added an alias to my ~/.bash_profile file, and now every time I open terminal, it displays the following: Last login: Thu Feb 11 09:50:30 on ttys000 Saving session... ...
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LaunchDaemon to start server process doesn't work

I've tried to write this LaunchDaemon to start my server process. Seem like it should be simple, plutil lint says the file is "OK", but it doesn't launch. I've tried a number of variations and am ...
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Why does my macbook pro power off the internal SSD drive?

I moved the HDD to optical drive bay, and in it's place put in a 128 GB SSD Adata SP600 128 GB drive. I have been facing a peculiar problem. Whenever I try to install OSX on the drive either via USB ...
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Where do I get the pdflatex program for Mac?

I'm trying to convert Jupyter notebook to .pdf on Mac. However, it tells me nbconvert tailed: pdflatex not found on PATH So, I went looking around and someone said, "Install mactex because this ...
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Which software allows you to annotate pdfs on Mac? [on hold]

Which software allows you to annotate pdfs on Mac? I already know Preview but it is not very handy when taking notes during a lecture. An environment such as Powerpoint comments would be ideal. (Cf. ...
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Permissions on my mac are messed right up

Whenever I use one of my ec2 instances (amazon) and I'm doing any programming on that end, it seems like I can run any command without having any need for sudo, e.g. npm install (using node) But on ...
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Allocate more RAM to VirtualBox VM on hard disk

I downloaded VirtualBox on MacPro running El Capitan. My VM is a 64-bit Linux Ubuntu, which I recently copied to a hard disk with 32 GB memory. I want to give the VM all 32 GB of RAM, but VirtualBox ...
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Systemwide vim mode for OSX

Is there a systemwide vim mode for OSX? If you are familiar with IdeaVim plugin for JetBrains you can relate to how I feel. Such a system wide vim mode will should make all the text box cursor ...
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Get Windows 10 to install in an OSX VM

I have a macbook pro with El Capitan and VMWare Fusion. I want to install a legal copy of Windows 10 (the cheapest available) that would work for sure in a VM. So what is that minimal/safe version ...
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Prevent Cached Thumbnails on Desktop

When I copy a shared folder from my main Dropbox folder to my desktop, the cached thumbnail signifying that it's shared (icon of 3 stick figures) persists as an overlay on that directory icon on the ...
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Time Machine external backup hard drive not showing on other pc [on hold]

My hard drive doesn't show in other computers. How can I solve that problem, preferably in terminal.
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Add SONAR_RUNNER_HOME correctly to PATH

I'm trying to use sonar-runner in my Mac. So i download SonarScanner and follow the instruction here : http://docs.sonarqube.org/display/SONAR/Analyzing+with+SonarQube+Scanner When i try to run " ...
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How can I see what process needs java on boot?

Every time I log in some process asks I install java. I don't really want java, so how can I see what process is asking for it? In fact, this is the message I get. How can I figure out what's calling ...
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du is giving me inconsistent results depending on argument order

I'm running Darwin (Mac OS X 10.11.2 - the current version of El Capitan) on my Mac Book Pro, but this is about a standard command line utility, du. I am getting inconsistent results from du: 21:19 ...
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Can rEFInd be forced to replace boot code in a MBR?

Is there a way to force rEFInd to replace the boot code in the MBR before preforming a BIOS boot of the Windows operating system on a Mac computer? I understand that if the first 440 bytes in the MBR ...
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OS X “launchd” maxing out upload bandwidth

I had an issue on my Mac mini with a DDOS Unix virus which was saturating the upload bandwidth and bringing my internet down, ClamXav and Avast found all the parts of it (it never showed up in ...
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pkgutil --forget doesn't work for JavaForMacOSX107

I'm trying to do pkgutils --forget com.apple.pkg.JavaForMacOSX107 and gets: Unknown error Error Domain=NSCocoaErrorDomain Code=4 "“com.apple.pkg.JavaForMacOSX107.bom” couldn’t be removed." ...
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Most universal sequence of keyboard presses to start an editor

I have a very compact Arduino with integrated USB connector, the CJMCU Beetle that can emulate a virtual USB keyboard. I would like to configure it to send keystrokes to any computer it is ...
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Mac Trackpad swipe desktop left/right on standard PC (logitech) mouse

How can I replicate the left and right swipe between desktop windows on my logitech mouse? I'd like to use [hold middle mouse button] + [move mouse left/right] in order to swipe! I'm on Yosemite and ...
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Opening “Advanced Search” in Acrobat Reader from Command Line on a Mac

I need to access some software documentation that (unfortunately) requires opening a particular pdf file in Adobe Acrobat opening a menu by using the mouse to Edit > Advanced Search (or through the ...
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OSX10.11.3 How to combine disk partitions?

My MacBook Air was installed two systems, OSX and Windows, thus it has two disk partitions: Machintosh HD (40G) and BOOTCAMP (80G). I have decided to remove Windows from my MacBook. I used to the ...
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using cp rysnc usb drive on mac.. what am i missing?

I copied a directory to two usb drives. When I do info I see the following: Original Copy: 166,112,874,697 bytes (166.33 GB on disk) for 35,460 items Copy to USB Drive 166,108,302,193 bytes ...
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Mac OSX Text to Speech Batch from text doc as separate mp3 files

I have a text doc that looks like: Q_1392_6933_Q56327.mp3 What was the main issue between Frank and Bobby? Q_1392_6933_A210477.mp3 Frank picks on Sherri a lot. etc.... I am looking to take ...
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How can I change x2go's keyboard shortcut bindings on OS X?

x2go has Control-Option-F as a keyboard shortcut for "fullscreen". This gets in the way of emacs's forward-sexp binding. How can I disable x2go's shortcut bindings? As suggested by these ...
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Difference between applications and programs. Operating system specific? [on hold]

I primarily use Windows 7 Professional as my go-to operating system. I hear programs oriented around the Windows Operating System referred to as programs. However on Mac and Linux, I find that they ...
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Connecting to server using ssh command in Terminal

I'm on a MacBook Pro running the latest OS and im connecting to a server in Terminal using the ssh command to connect to one of my university's servers. we connect using our username then must punch ...
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Is “YES/NO” or “TRUE/FALSE” preferred when using “defaults write” in Mac OS X? Or does it just not matter at all?

I just posted the following answer to this question and stumbled across something that confuses me: When setting the value of a defaults write setting via the Terminal in Mac OS X, is a YES/NO or a ...
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Is there a way to re-enable the Mac OS X dashboard?

Is there a way to re-enable the Mac OS X dashboard? I used to play tons of games that take tons of RAM, so I decided to turn off the dashboard, but now that I only play games that don't require a lot ...
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Can I force iTerm2 to always use bright colors?

What the title says. Is there a setting to make iTerm always use bright versions of terminal colors without editing the colors themselves? My OS X terminal seems to be doing that by default, and the ...
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Switching alt key for command key - logitech k750 on (os x 10.11.3)

I'm just trying to set mac layout on my logitech k750 keyboard so alt works as command key and (windows) command key works as alt key. I tried to use "Preferences > Keyboard > Modifier keys > ...
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Mouse 4 and 5 for Mission Control pages?

I am not a mac noob, and I have searched through system preferences, and yet I cannot find a way to use the scroll wheel left and right buttons to switch between Mission Control pages on my mac. I ...
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How do I install GRUB as a boot loader when I currently use Mac OS X (Yosemite)

I currently have a Hackintosh running Mac OS X Yosemite. I'm in the process of updating it to El Capitan any day now. I have an empty drive slot that I'd like to install Ubuntu onto. I'd like to use ...
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How to run .jar file on Mac 10.11 without installing Java?

So I made an application using Java swing and converted it to a .jar file and would like to share it with my friend. However, he is not a programmer so his computer needs to install Java bloatware to ...
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mac OS X password recovery / using utility/terminal reset no hard drive or user shown

My password stopped working on my macbook running OS X 10.11. I keep getting diverted to the guest screen. I searched through stackoverflow and followed the instructions to recover my password ...
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So much memory being used and programs disappearing Mac OS

My computer is saying that too much memory is being used and is shutting down randomly. The only few programs I run are League occasionally, Skype and Parallels Desktop. I have 8GB on RAM and here is ...
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Incorrect icon association Mac - El Capitan

I have recently switched from PC to Mac and since I am not very familiar with the environment I would like to ask for a help. My MacBook Air with El Capitan installed has problem with icons ...
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Way too many disks in rEFInd?

I'm using rEFInd on my mac that is installed on its own partition. Everything works fine except when I boot into rEFInd (the "EFI Boot" option under the disk selection menu on startup) it shows my OS ...
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Windows 7 in Boot Camp can't read other FAT32 partitions

On my Mid-2009 MacBook Pro, I have OSX 10.6.8 installed, Windows 7 (through Boot Camp), and 2 FAT32 partitions. The extra two partitions are not visible to Windows 7, but they are visible on the OSX ...
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Terminal: cp -r with directories with same name and different case

I'm trying to copy around ~250Gb from one drive to another. Catch is that the destination drive is formatted in NTFS or FAT or something and isn't case-sensitive, and I've got folders I need to copy ...
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Package HTML and image folder as single file

Is there a cross-platform way to create a 'package' for a HTML file and its related content (e.g. images, CSS)? This way a HTML file could be easily distributed as a single 'document'. Similar ...
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Google Chrome doesn't trust mitmproxy's certficates

I'm running mitmdump (from mitmproxy) on my Macbook Pro, and I'm connecting to the proxy through my Windows desktop PC. However, Chrome (running on the PC) refuses to connect to so many sites because ...
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Synergy client auto config selects wrong sever IP

I have Synergy (1.7.5) running as a server on a Windows 7 machine and as a client on an OS X El Capitan (10.11.3) machine. Whenever I boot up the Mac, the Synergy auto config looks for the server at ...
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pubring.gpg and secring.gpg are missing after key generation

I'm a newbie to GnuPG. I was following the instruction "Generating a Key Pair". And finally I do not see neither pubring.gpg nor secring.gpg in my ~/.gnupg directory: chriss-MBP:.gnupg andrej$ ls -la ...
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Mac OS X “Verify Certificate” every time connecting to secure wireless

Every time connecting to the secure wireless, Macs are getting a prompt to verify the certificate: Verify Certificate Authenticating to network "Network-Name" Before authenticating to ...
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Gmail text highlighting bug in Safari

I have a simple problem. As a Gmail user, I often like to drag tags from the left sidebar and drop them on individual conversations in my inbox. Quite recently, I started encountering something that ...
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Wireless network (802.11ac) problems with OS X El Capitan and different region codes

I use an TP-Link Archer C7 v2 as router (802.11ac/5 Ghz) and a Macbook Late 2013 with Mac OS X El Capitan (10.11.3). Normal speed in OS X is around 800-900 MBit/s. After wake from sleep or restart i ...
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Split a Flac file and create a cue sheet on OS X

I'm looking for a way (software or command line tool) to achieve the following on Mac OS X. Take a single Flac file with its Cue sheet. Split it into several tracks. Automaticaly generate a new cue ...
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How to move the Adobe Creative Cloud folders on my Documents folder (Mac)

Is there any way to move the folders that Adobe Creative Cloud creates on the user Documents folder on a Mac (El Capitan) to some other location? Currently, I have an Adobe folder with two subfolders ...
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Group different values with same name field in Excel

I'm having troubles with the following document. Is there a way to group different values with the same name field?