OS X Lion (version 10.7) is the 8th major release of Mac OS X released on July 20th, 2011.

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Reclaim unallocated space for Windows partition - extend Windows partition on Mac

I'm trying to extend the Windows partition running on my MacBook Air (Bootcamp is used) without losing any data, of course. What I have done is that I have used GParted live to shrink the OS X Lion ...
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Mac OS X Terminal assistance

I have a damaged internal hard drive that I would like to erase. I have installed Lion on a USB external hard drive and am able to start Lion; however, using Disk Utility I am not able to format, ...
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Setting iTerm2 as the default terminal (OSX Lion)

I would like to set iTerm2 instead of terminal.app as my default terminal. Go2Shell for example let you open a terminal to the current directory in Finder. I want to ba able to use iterm2 instad of ...
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Installing MySQL 5.1 on OS X 10.7 Lion

I am trying to install MySQL 5.1. I am on Lion, and when I remove all files associated with MySQL on my machine it still tells me that I have a newer version installed when I try to install it from ...
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Mouse/Touchpad not working in Mac OS X Lion Pre-Boot Authentication (PBA) with File Vault 2

I set up File Vault 2 in Mac OS X Lion with Pre-Boot Authentication (PBA). In PBA-login my USB-keyboard is working, while using a wrong keyboard layout. I can neither use my magic touchpad nor an ...
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How to disable password prompts when changing something in OS X?

If I start MAMP Pro, I need to type the password. If a Flash update is available, I need to type a password. If I install an application, I need to type a password. Is there a way to stop this ...
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How do I setup a local DNS server on Mac OS Lion?

I had some serious lag to resolve website address and sometimes things simply wouldn't load (pages kept loading for 5+ minutes without even a timeout error). So I had setup a local dns server/cache ...
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Error during Time Machine backups on OS X Lion

After I turn on my machine, the first couple of Time Machine backups seem to go OK, but after about an hour I get this error: Unable to complete backup. An error occurred while creating the backup ...
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Can I upgrade a MacBook 2,1 to OS X 10.8?

I have a MacBook 2,1 mid-2007 model with a 2.16 GHz Intel Core2 Duo processor, 3GB of RAM and 500 GB storage with 300GB still available. I was using this Mac to submit apps to the AppStore but for ...
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Shortcut for moving an email to another folder in Mail.app

How could I setup a keyboard shortcut for Mail.app in OSX Lion so an email in the inbox, which is still unread, when I use this shortcut is moved automatically to some other previously defined folder? ...
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How to remove pages from a PDF document on Mac OS X to print?

I'm faced with a 600 pages long PDF document. There's some vital information on it but at least half of those pages are not necessary so I would like to exclude them from the PDF prior to printing to ...
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How do I make the Spotlight menu hint bubble go away in OS X Lion?

In Mac OS X Lion when you bring up the Spotlight menu and start typing something, a large-ish hint bubble will pop up to give more info about the selected result. That's all well and good except that ...
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Is Bluetooth tethering slower than WiFi?

I'm tethering a Galaxy Nexus (running Android 4.0) with my Macbook Pro (2009 model, running Mac OS X 10.7). What's the difference between Bluetooth and WiFi tethering in terms of: latency bandwidth ...
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Moving Swapfile in Mac OS X Lion

I had previously consulted this thread when using snow leopard to move all swap to an SSD: Moving the swapfiles to a dedicated partition in Snow Leopard The information appears to be out of date at ...
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How do I login as a different user on Mac OS X Lion?

I have a MacBook Pro running Mac OS X Lion which has a single local user (the local administrator account that I setup) and then the domain user setup on the laptop. I've gone into "Login ...
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Can Safari 5.1 for Mac OS display favicons for bookmarks in the Bookmarks Bar?

When bookmarking a web site, most contemporary browser will display the site's favicon next to the bookmark, both in the bookmark view and the bookmark toolbar. This is a useful feature. In the ...
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How do I make Vim beautiful (read: Textmate font/color ) on Mac OS X Lion? [closed]

I am just starting to make the Textmate to Vim switch. I love it, but it's so ugly. I'm running Mac OS X Lion and needed Ruby support so I am using Vim 7.3 as installed via Homebrew not the Vim Lion ...
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How do I set up JRE 8 on OS X?

I'm running OS X Lion. It comes with JRE6. I'd like to install JRE8. I can download a file that Oracle says is JRE 8 here: ...
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Lion built-in VPN client times out connecting to Windows 2003 PPTP server

I have a new iMac with OS X 10.7 (Lion) on it that refuses to connect to a PPTP-based VPN server (running Windows 2003 SBS). To shortcut past a lot of questions: There is a Dell workstation running ...
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Windows 8 refuses to install on new partition created using Boot Camp

I'm trying to install Windows 8 on my Mac (10.7.5) but I'm running into some big issues. First I'll explain what I already did. I created a partition with the Boot camp assistant (151 GB) I ...
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How to re-install OS X Lion if you forgot your Apple ID

I erased my HD and am trying to re-install Mac OS X Lion. I forgot which Apple ID account and password I used. How can I re-install OS X Lion then? And what is a "keychain password"?
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Cannot reinstall Lion on old iMac because “this item is temporarily unavailable”

I need to reinstall the OS on my iMac. The original restore disk was deleted, so the restore system thingy was downloaded from Apple. I tried to do reinstall OSX, but it appears Lion is no longer on ...
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Why does DropBox occasionally add *com.dropbox.attributes files?

I've been a user of Dropbox for a few years now. Just recently I noticed that files with the extension com.dropbox.attributes started to appear in some dropbox sub-folders. Steps I create a new ...
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Transfer photos from iPhone 5 to Mac OS X 10.7

I am trying to transfer a few pics from my Macbook to my iPhone. I read your previous answer. Due to my tech lack of know-how, I am unable to even get started. I can not find any photo tab in iTunes. ...
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How to allow root user to start up under FileVault 2 in Lion?

I just enabled Whole-Disk Encryption (under the name FileVault 2) in Mac OS X Lion. In the setup process, I was asked to select the users whose passwords can unlock the startup disk. I have the root ...
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.profile not loaded (osx lion)

after installing mac ports my .profile looks like this: # MacPorts Installer addition on 2011-12-04_at_20:48:26: adding an appropriate PATH variable for use with MacPorts. export ...
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How can I get the escape key to work in Mac OS X (10.7) Lion?

I’ve used esc to get out of vi’s insert mode for 40 years. I am not going to relearn that keystroke as ctl-esc, period. Even if I were to do that, then I’d be typing ctl-esc on other platforms where ...
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Late 2010 15" MBP Black-screens during initial Lion setup

I have a late 2010 15" MacBook Pro. The current HDD is running 10.6.8 Installed SSD into USB powered sled, formatted 2 partitions in Mac OS Extended (journaled) Installed Lion via USB stick to SSD ...
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Mac OS X libraries path setup

In OSX, by default, (apple) libs and components live in /usr. Since I use MacPorts and compile my own modules, I have the following path setup: /usr -> default Apple /usr/local -> My own ...
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Why can't Windows users read PDF forms I fill out with OS X Lion

I've been using Preview on OS X Lion to fill out PDF forms. When I save the form and send it to someone via email, they tell me the form is blank. When I re-open the saved form, all the data is still ...
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Install Oracle on Mac OS X Lion 10.8

I have no experience with Oracle but need to install it on my Mac so that I can test pulling data from an Oracle database. I already have Apache, PHP, MySQL installed but have no idea where to start ...
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Mount a SMB share's subfolder as a drive in OS X Lion

In Snow Leopard I was able to mount a subfolder of a Samba share directly using a path like the following in the "Connect to Server" Finder dialog: smb://someserver/someshare/where/i/really/want/togo ...
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bash ls command not found on mac osx

Having an issues with my terminal. Every time I tap in a command such as ls i get Patricks-MacBook-Pro:~ patrickwalsh$ ls -bash: ls: command not found Running export ...
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MacBook Pro on Lion can't see 802.11g Airport Express network

I've just created a wifi network using an 802.11g Airport Express. My 2010 Mac mini (running Windows 7 via Boot Camp), and my iPhone 4 (running iOS 5) both see and connect to the Airport Express's ...
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Mac OS X (Lion) Chrome: shortcut for “Search With Google”

Under Keyboard Shortcuts : Application Shortcuts I've already tried with either "Search With Google" or "Google Search..." as the Menu Item (both of these for Application set as Google Chrome, of ...
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Can't log into account on Macbook Pro

I installed MacPorts on my Macbook pro with lion, restarted, and now I cannot log into my account. After the restart it hung at the loading screen (the apple with the loading icon) for a while. I ...
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How to get Windows 7 Product Key from old mac harddrive

I don't know if I am going to get an answer or if this is possible but here goes. On my old macbook pro, running Snow Leopard, I installed Windows 7 with bootcamp. The logic board crapped out on me ...
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Enabling SSH Daemon from Terminal (OS X Lion)

I am trying to find a way of turning on SSH through terminal, instead of opening settings and turn it on that way. Or perhaps a way to turn SSH on by running a .pkg file? I am running OS X Lion, but ...
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Mac mail downloads all the mails to the local machine

It looks like by default mac downloads all the mails from Gmail account to the local machine when it is configured. I would like to download the mails only on demand. i.e. in the way the iPad works, ...
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How to remove permanent map of a network drive on OS X Lion?

Some time ago I mapped a network drive on my Snow Leopard Mac, which was upgraded to Lion. The network drive is not active any more and I receive popups all the time with the error: There was a ...
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DTerm: How to open into iTerm2 rather than Terminal.app by default?

In DTerm, one can open a full terminal application by typing ⌘-↩ after a command entered at the DTerm prompt. In a recent release, it is noted that support has been added for iTerm2 in DTerm via an ...
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MacVim is not found by Spotlight

I'm a Mac Noob but generally a power Linux user. My new job handed me a fresh MacBook Pro with Lion installed. I installed MacVim successfully using homebrew. I'd love for it to be the default app ...
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Can I disable OS X Lion Autosave and Versions?

In OS X Lion, there is a new feature which provides auto-saving and versioning functionality. I would like to disable this functionality - I just don't want it. I have a workflow that involves my ...
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OS X Lion thinks Windows UDF-formatted external drive as exFAT and tells that the drive is invalid

I've recently bought a Mac, and I want to share my Seagate FreeAgent 1.5 TB external hard drive with both my Mac and my PC. I've searched and found that exFAT or UDF is the way to go to have ...
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OS X Server legacy support

I've been searching for some time but haven't come across an answer to this seemingly simple question: If you have a Mac server running the latest release (Server App, Yosemite), how old can the OS X ...
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OSX 10.7 - Hide DS_Store Files but not htaccess files in finder

I'm working on OSX 10.7 Lion, and i have finder showing me all the hidden files, so i can get at my .htaccess files. I'm wondering if there is a way to just hide the .DS_Store files in finder, so ...
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How does a trial version know it has been installed before?

How does a trial version determine that is has been installed before, to prevent users from installing it a second time, just like the products of Adobe do? I'm using Mac OS X Lion.
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Mount SMB share without 2GB filesize limit in OSX Lion

I want to mount a network attached drive onto OSX Lion with Samba. Usually I do this in Finder with "Go>Connect to Server" and type "smb://192.xxx.xx.xxx" in the Server Adress field, however doing ...
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sharing screen by the teacher for the students in the classroom

I have a Macbook with OSX Lion installed and I'm teaching a class of 10 students. All of them have windows laptops. I want to share my screen with them in the class instead of using a projector. ...
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Logitech Performance MX Mouse Jumps on OS X Lion (10.7.4)

I have a Logitech MX Revolution wireless mouse that I am trying to use with OS X Lion. Everything is working except for one problem... there is a small, but quite noticeable, jump when the mouse ...