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How can I clear the notification center from Terminal?

I really like terminal-notifier and how it allows you to send things to the notification center. It even has a handy feature to remove the notifications that it sent, for example if I spoofed a ...
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Mountain Lion overheating issue have to do with launchd/Python?

So, Ever since I installed ML, my MacBook Air has been running SUPER hot. Opened up activity monitor, and everything seemed to be pretty normal, until I had it refresh every .5 seconds... and then I ...
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How to isolate Mac OS X installers (e.g. Mountain Lion, Mavericks)?

I've upgraded from Snow Leopard to Mountain Lion before. Now, I'm going to Mavericks. I'm tired of downloading these big installers every time I have to use them. The installers are deleted after ...
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How to use built-in PHP-FPM in OS X Mountain Lion?

I would like to know how php-fpm included in Mountain Lion (v10.8.5) can be used (eg. with NGINX). I am afraid that some configuration might be needed before it is actually used. NOTE: I know how to ...
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I am trying to find out screen resolution on my MacBook

I have a MacBook Pro 13". It is 3 years old. In System Preferences > Display there is nothing where I can change or see my screen resolution -- (I see you answered one user - go to System ...
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UUID in Mountain Lion

I am trying to find my external HDD UUID in Mountain Lion but diskutil info /dev/disk1s1 returns: Najis-MacBook-Air:~ ****$ diskutil info disk1s1 Device Identifier: disk1s1 Device Node: ...
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Updating domain password on OS X Mountain Lion

I'm using Mac OS X on a (windows) domain account. The password is cached on the computer, but I changed the domain password and the account password on the computer will not change. I tried passwd at ...
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Finder 'Quick Look' (space bar) in Mountain Lion (10.8) doesn't display full image anymore…

In Lion and Snow Leopard hitting the space bar in finder on any image would display that image at its exact dimensions or as close as it could get without bleeding past my display margins. Now in ...
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Run Crontab anytime after 4pm

I am trying to run a script through crontab in osx 10.8.5 that will run at 4:30. 30 16 * * 1-5 /Library/Frameworks/Python.framework/Versions/2.7/bin/python /Users/lego90511/PycharmProjects/Stock\ ...
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Mac OSX - Use two network connections to the Internet

On my Mac Mini Mountain running Mountain Lion 10.8 I have two network connections to the Internet. One connection, the one currently being used by this very Safari browsing session, is also very busy ...
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How to remotely turn on screen sharing?

I recently tried to turn on Internet Sharing for my mac mini, and accidentally hit 'Remote Management' which turns off screen sharing! I have no peripherals - not even a display, but I do have a lot ...
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How to completely disable Mac MissionControl

As shown in the screenshot I have removed all of the keyboard shortcuts to go into Mission Control. Somehow occasionally it still happens. Problem is it then freezes the MBPro for couple of tens of ...
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Second user vimrc file usage on vim running on Mac os X 10.8.5 (Mountain Lion)

I am using MacVim: :version VIM - Vi IMproved 7.4 (2013 Aug 10, compiled Aug 10 2013 17:49:20) MacOS X (unix) version I've executed :version in vim (to check what patches I had installed) and ...
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Double MySQL Running on Mountain Lion

After I've done a full restart, my Apache PHP server doesn't connect to Local MySQL ( connecting via 127.0.0.1 because localhost for some reason fails always ). So I did this today: ➜ ~ mysqladmin ...
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encrypted mountain lion is not booting , showing osx utilities screen

encrypted mountain lion is not booting , showing osx utilities screen . I have two accounts , user1 , user2. User2 is encrypted . Everything was working fine but when I tried to access guest account ...
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iMac version 10.8.5 keychain isn't working and I didn't send the backup keychain to Apple

`How can we get into the computer without the usernames and passwords?What if there's an administration reset/backup keychain set and I can't remember what that is. I've tried every old password and ...
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My Mac shuts down if left closed for a long period, even for a long time. Then the power button must be held to a long time to start up

My Mac (Retina, Mid 2012) running OSX 10.8.5 sometimes shuts down while closed, even if it is plugged in. When it does this, I need to hold the power button for a long time, 15 seconds or more. I ...
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Install octave using homebrew

I found a blog on how to do this here https://www.nesono.com/node/356 but when I do brew install octave I get Error: No available formula for octave I am on Mountain Lion 10.8.5
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Automator workflow not running on schedule

I have a workflow set up to download backups of my websites. The workflow itself works fine, but i am having trouble scheduling it with iCal. When the iCal event triggers, the workflow opens in ...
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Why does Xcode open when I start OSx?

Why does Xcode open with this file every time I start or restart OSX 10.8.4?
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Why will nmap not update for me?

I'm currently running nmap 6.25 on Mac OSX 10.8.5. I tried to download the pre-compiled DMG bundle for 6.40 and install it. After installation it still shows me I have 6.25: hehe~ ➙ nmap -V Nmap ...
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How to extract video from corrupt rar file and make it playable

I have a big file compressed in splited rar archives. There are 68 archives, named .rar, .r01, .r02, ... And the problem is that .r36 is corrupted Unespected end of archive. I've looked around and I ...
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403 Forbidden on OS X with symbolic link

I just upgraded to OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion to find that my web server setup was ruined by the upgrade. I managed to get PHP and Apache back up and running, but I still do not have my old setup from ...
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OS X 10.8 can't resize partitions on MBR disk

I have an external HD with a mix of Mac, NTFS and Linux partitions. I wanted to use it to backup some partitions from my MacBook HD, and partially succeeded, copying a 100MB partition into an empty ...
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Word 2011 Envelope Mail Merge button is greyed out. Why

Steps to reproduce: Launch Word Create a New Document Display the "Mail Merge Manager" from the Tools menu Under "Select Document Type", click "Create New", select "Envelopes..." Stare in disbelief ...
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How can I make sure an app registers with Mountain Lion's Notification Center?

I own two Macs with an identical set of apps that both have the latest version of Mountain Lion (10.8.2). On one Mac, many of these apps register with Notification Center (NC). On the other, many do ...
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Automate python script mac

I want to set up a python script to run every weekday(not sunday and saturday) on my mac OSX 10.8.4. From what I have found so far, it looks like I want to use cron. But before I do something horrible ...
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Terminal not allowing single quotes

For some reason when I paste text into terminal it strips out single quotes. I also can't type single quotes. Double quotes seem to work fine. I don't have any problems with other programs AND when I ...
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What would cause a ColdFusion website to error in only one browser, on only one computer?

I'm using a MacBook Pro running OS X Mountain Lion. A particular website I am trying to visit gives me ColdFusion/Java errors anytime I try to access any of its pages. For a while I thought it was a ...
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How to install mac on a new hard disk without a dvd or bootble usb

How can I prepare myself for installing MAC on a new hard disk. I am worried if someday I wake up and find my hard-disk has crashed then how can I re-install MAC on my new hard-disk. I know how to ...
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Is there supposed to be a dev folder in OS X? [closed]

I have the latest version of Mountain Lion installed. I'm curious - is the dev folder only supposed to be on a system in the developer version of the OS, or is it in all versions?
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How to make Mac think I inserted a CD/DVD

I'm setting up Boot Camp to install Windows. I already created the bootable thumb drive via Boot Camp to install Windows, but I want to bypass the window that asks to insert a CD/DVD into the ...
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X11 and Mountain Lion: how to use MacPorts xorg-server?

OK, so X11 is not included in Mountain Lion anymore. That's OK, no biggie. Everyone everywhere says to go get the XQuartz packages for X11. I'm a developer, though, and have a ton of software managed ...
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Why is windows 8 - 32 bit that is running through Virtual box on mac is not using/showing the specified RAM?

I have upgraded ram of my macbook pro to 16gb and I am running virtual box to run windows 8-32 bit. In settings, I have assigned 8192 mb of RAM but when I run windows and check the properties of my ...
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Passwordless SSH not working with Mountain Lion

We are using Backuppc in our little office, with a mix of Windows 7 PC's and some users using their Macbooks. Backuppc is sitting on a server running Ubuntu 12.04.2. Passwordless ssh is working fine ...
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Replace MacBook screen with an external display

I have a unibody macbook running OSX 10.8. I wondered how feasible it would be to use an external monitor instead of the built-in display. I am not talking about plugging in a 2nd monitor (this is ...
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Can't run postfix on Mountain Lion due to missing system_user_maps.db

When I start postfix, I see in /var/log/system.log the following error: error: open database /etc/postfix/system_user_maps.db: No such file or directory How should this file be created so that ...
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Should I wait for OS X Mavericks [closed]

I'm developing with XCode, but just realized the newest version requires that I upgrade to OS X Mountain Lion, which I am quite against as I don't need the (useless!) features. The upgrade itself is ...
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What causes commands to print on first line in Terminal.app on Mac OS X 10.8?

Every time I execute a command in Terminal.app, the command prints in the beginning of the first output line like this: > ls lsfile1 file2 file3 This only happens in Terminal.app, iTerm.app for ...
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dseditgroup not returning error but not removing user from group

I am following instructions written by someone else to harden an OS X box. One requirement is to made sure certain system-defined groups have no users in them. For this example I will use _ard, but ...
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OS X Server - Networked home directories become locked after a time

In our infrastructure, we are running OS X 10.8 clients, with networked home directories. The homedirs are served from OS X Server 10.8 via AFP. Every so often (I haven't figured out the exact ...
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Time command not behaving correctly

I am having a weird problem with the time command. When I try and run $ time rspec spec It should return Finished in 15.78 seconds 75 examples real 0m22.334s user 0m17.952s sys 0m2.643s ...
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How do I copy a the OS X DVD that came with my Mac using a Windows machine?

Even with a clean install of Mountain Lion on an internal SSD, 8 GB of RAM, saving the ISO image to the internal SSD and two different brands (Verbatim & Titan) of unused dual layer DVD+R discs, ...
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How do I change the lock screen image on OS X?

To lock my Mac, I hit Ctrl-Shift-Eject, which puts my display to sleep. When I get turn it on again it asks me log back in and displays the current image in the desktop cycle as a background. I would ...
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Is there something wrong with this launchd plist? Not working, but no error shows up in logs

I've tried this plist file in both /Library/LaunchAgents and /Library/LaunchDaemons but neither seem to work. I can run the shell script it's supposed to call from the command line and it works fine. ...
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I want to see what processes do most of disk writes in Mac OS X

I run Mac OS X 10.8.2 and I want to find out what processes do most of disk writes. Ideally, I would like to see a complete report for a period of say 10 hours, with sorted data showing top ...
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Choosing Specific Files from Time Machine After Reformat

I had been using Time Machine for full back-ups of my MacBook Pro for a couple of years. Today, I reformatted my internal drive with the intention of building it up piece by piece, so I opted to NOT ...
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Configure SSH client to use different ports in Mac OS X

I have a .ssh/config file configured to connect to different servers with SSH: ### # Identity files ### IdentityFile ~/.ssh/id_dsa_home IdentityFile ~/.ssh/id_dsa_github IdentityFile ...
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Cant exit fullscreen mode for app in OS X Mountain Lion

I think I've entered fullscreen with a program called BBEdit. The background turns into the one seen on the screenshot below, and I lose all other windows and, my dock etc. How can I exit this? ...
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(new) Macbookair freezing for minutes, roughly 5 times per day, mouse movable - what could be the source of the issue?

Below the output of the console. I made the start and endpoint of the freeze bold. Do you have any idea what could be the source? 06.09.13 19:30:49,000 kernel[0]: sav: ...