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Where is SVN on OS X Mountain Lion?

I upgraded to OS X Mountain Lion and found out SVN is no longer present. I use Netbeans 6.9.1 in conjunction with Apache's SVN. How can I get it back and working?
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How do I switch between Java 7 and Java 6 on OS X 10.8.2?

I am using Java SE 7 to program simple games for windows and mac, but I have to switch to java 6 to run games such as Minecraft on my computer. This used to work just fine before I updated to Mac OS X ...
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How do I start apache in OSX Mountain Lion / Mavericks?

OSX Mountain Lion removed the GUI for web sharing, but apache is still installed. How do I start and stop the service? How do I get the service to automatically launch on startup?
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How to turn off Facebook notifications on Mac OS X?

How to turn off Facebook notifications on Mac OS X Mountain Lion?
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How do I configure custom URL handlers on OS X?

I've been reading a lot online about custom URL handlers / custom protocol handlers such as: Launching External Applications using Custom Protocols under OSX OS X URL handler to open links to local ...
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OS X Keychain Won't Stop Popping Up

The OS X Keychain keeps on popping up on my Mountain Lion Macbook. As soon as I log into my user/admin account, I'm assaulted by three Keychain prompts, one after the other: Messages Agent wants to ...
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How do you get loopback addresses other than 127.0.0.1 to work on OS X

According to everything I read, the entire 127.x.x.x subnet should loopback. However, on my Mac, I can only ping 127.0.0.1 I know I've done this before (though possibly on another OS) and has come ...
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Why can't I block Facebook using /etc/hosts on Mountain Lion (OS X)?

It worked for a while in the old configuration, but then stopped working for some reason. Here is my /etc/hosts file from my Mountain Lion MacBook Air: 127.0.0.1 reddit.com www.reddit.com 127.0.0.1 ...
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Getting an error trying to set up shared folders on an Ubuntu instance of VMWare Fusion running on OSX

Receiving the following error: Unable to update runtime folder sharing status: There was an error mounting Shared Folders file system inside the guest operating system. Running VMWare Fusion ...
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Command Line SSH restart Mac OSX Mountain Lion

How can I restart the SSH service via the command line on Mac OSX Mountain Lion please? Using ps aux | grep 'ssh', I was able to deduce that the process is most likely /usr/sbin/sshd. From here I ...
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Disable Mountain Lion Dictionary Gesture

Ever since Lion I've been using Better Touch Tool in order to have the three finger tap gesture trigger a middle click. Now, in Mountain Lion, Apple has changed the in-line dictionary definition ...
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How to auto-arrange/clean-up files for ALL folders in OSX Mountain Lion

I have figured out how to make folders auto arrange their contents. This is achieved in Finder->View->Show View Options (or cmd+J). From the newly opened window, setting the arrange by dropdown will ...
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Where does OS X Mountain Lion store Notes data?

Any idea about where OS X Mountain Lion stores Notes data? Is there a way that I can recover lost Notes?
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Mountain Lion Switcher (Cmd+Tab) not showing all apps

I've upgraded to Mountain Lion yesterday and everything is working great except for one thing that's really really annoying, When I press Cmd+Tab, I get the regular switcher, but only some of the ...
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How to install KeePass on Mac OS X Mountain Lion

I'm using KeePass on Windows. It's a very nice application. Now I want to run it on my Mac. The instructions on the download page are too techy and I don't have prior experience with Macs. How can I ...
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Remove Applications from Location Services in Security & Privacy on Mac OS X 10.8

I wanted to remove applications from location services in the security and privacy settings on MaC OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion. (The apps were still listed even though they were uninstalled.) I found the ...
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How To Keep Wi-Fi On Even When Your Mac Sleeps?

Whenever I want to download something which is over a gigabyte, I leave my computer, so the download could happen smooth and fast, but that's not to be, when my computer goes to sleep, and the Wi-Fi ...
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Permanently reject Bluetooth pairing request

There's some keyboard device that attempts to pair with my iMac about every 30 seconds. The reject button only removes it temporarily. Same with the disconnect. Discoverable is already off for the ...
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What are “Paste Item Exactly” and “Duplicate Exactly” in Finder?

While holding Opt and Shift, the Finder menu items Duplicate and Paste Item become Duplicate Exactly and Paste Item Exactly. These require administrator permissions. How are they different from the ...
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Can I download the OS X Mountain Lion update and share it with my family?

I have purchased and downloaded the 4 GB Mountain Lion update. Can I burn this to a DVD and share it around with my family? Is it locked to my Apple ID or anything?
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What is the keyboard shortcut to toggle fullscreen in OSX Mountain Lion?

If I have a window on my desktop in OSX Mountain Lion, I see an icon in the top right corner o the window, made of two diagonal arrows pointing away from each other. I can click this to put the app in ...
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Mac OS X 10.8 VPN Server: Bypass VPN for LAN traffic (routing LAN traffic to secondary connection)

I have somewhat of an odd setup for a VPN server with OS X Mountain Lion. It's essentially being used as a bridge to bypass my company's firewall to our extranet connection - certain things our team ...
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How to get rEFInd working with FileVault 2 on OSX 10.8

I installed rEFInd on my new Macbook Air which I planned on using to do a dual boot to Linux, but prior to installing Linux, I decided to encrypt my drive. I knew I was going to do this, so I had ...
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Mac firewall blocking nginx (port 80) from external side

I installed nginx using ports and started it with sudo. Accessing the nginx welcome page from localhost works perfectly, however accessing it from an external computer fails. Doing an nmap on the ...
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Can't boot to Windows installed on the second drive in MacBook Pro

I have a mid-2012 15" non-retina MacBook Pro with Mountain Lion. I have a 256 GB SSD in place of the original drive and an OptiBay in place of the optical drive where I put the original 500 GB Toshiba ...
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In OS X is there a way to assign an application window to a specific monitor?

I know that with OS X Lion (10.7) and Mountain Lion (10.8) applications can be assigned to specific Spaces/Desktops. With my laptop I daily connect and disconnect from an external monitor. When I ...
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How to reset mac PRAM through the command line in Lion/Mountain Lion?

I'm trying to write a script to automate a PRAM reset and I've seen a lot of old guides that tell me to use the following command to reset the Mac's PRAM via the terminal: nvram boot-args="-p -r" ...
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Finder/Quick Look Malfunction after 10.8 OS upgrade

I upgraded to 10.8 and cannot shake this issue at all. I process image files daily as part of my work. For some reason only since my upgrade to 10.8, at some point Finder cannot preview any image ...
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How to change the language of dictionary in word for mac

My friend is using Microsoft Word for Mac (which is a total train smash). and we want to change the spell check from English (US) to English (UK). This is what I have tried: Make a spelling mistake ...
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How to explore more defaults write tweaks on OS X?

I would like to explore some new tweaks which can be done by the "defaults write" command in OS X(ML). What can I do to find them out myself rather than hunting online for known tweaks?
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OS X Mountain Lion terminal tab name + open a new tab in the same directory

1) In Mountain Lion, through Preferences, you can change the setting of Terminal so that a new tab can be opened in the same directory as the opening tab. (i.e. if I am at ~/workspace and I open a new ...
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Cannot auto-update Google Chrome anymore (error: 12) - OS X 10.8.2

"Update server not available (error: 12)" This is what I get when I check for updates in Chrome - About Google Chrome. I tried the official solution which did not work: ...
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.tgz file- tar: Unrecognized archive format

I'm trying to install a 10gen build of mongodb on my local mac running Mountain Lion (10.8.3): I fetch it with curl at: curl http://downloads.mongodb.org/osx/mongodb-osx-x86_64-2.4.tgz > ...
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Mac won't boot into safe mode

Mac boots fine normally, except when in safe mode. Holding down shift when booting gets me to the progress bar on the grey screen. Progress bar gets about half way before mac reboots. I modified ...
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Hosts file on Mountain Lion stopped working suddenly

I have used my hosts file (located in /private/etc/hosts) several months to block distracting websites during the work day. This worked all well until now. Today it suddenly stopped working. Some ...
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How to prevent password popup everytime for changing network configuration in OS X Mountain Lion?

I have a few network scripts that I used under OS X Lion that automatically created a ssh connection and then changed network configuration on my local machine to run traffic through the ssh tunnel. ...
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How to fix the scrollbars in Mac

Recently the scroll bars in all my applications on mac are growing larger when I hover over them and then covering the last item in lists (like Finder). Does anyone know how to turn this option off or ...
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How to keep group-writeable shares on Samba with OSX clients?

I have a FreeNAS server on a network with OSX and Windows clients. When the OSX clients interact with SMB/CIFS shares on the server, they are causing permission problems for all other clients. ...
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Why did NTFS-3G via Homebrew stop working?

I followed the directions here: NTFS-3G via Homebrew installation If you have [Homebrew][5], installing NTFS support is as easy as running the following in a terminal: brew install ntfs-3g ...
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Can't assign to PS1 on OS X bash

I'm trying to set up PS1 so it displays the branch name on git: user.name:some/repo (master) $ However, nothing I do seems to work. Even when I just try assigning to PS1 directly, it doesn't work: ...
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OSX Mountain Lion logs out after login

I open the lid of the laptop and the computer wakes up. I fill in my password and log in. I'm shown the desktop for a second and then the screen goes black. I then have to hit a key or two to wake ...
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Safari: how to re-open MULTIPLE previously closed tabs?

CMD + Z in Safari (6.0.1) will re-open the last closed tab. Is there any way to re-open multiple previously closed tabs (as in, say, Chrome)? A closely related question from 2011: Are there any ...
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How to open a window in current space using Mountain Lion?

Let's say I have Evernote open in space 2 and while in space 1, I would like to click in the dock or switch (using keyboard) to evernote and have it (evernote) open in space 1. Any idea? Previously I ...
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Illustrator : automatically export multiple different-sized images from project

I have an .ai project open in Illustrator, that I need to export to multiple PNGs with different resolutions. Is there a way to write a script or automate these exports in some way?
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OS X RDP to Windows Server 2012

I am attempting a Remote Desktop Session. It will be from OSX 10.8.4 to Windows Server 2012 DataCenter R2(Build 9431). I am using 2.1.1 Remote Desktop client for Mac. I have disabled Network Level ...
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Force OSX text field to accept copy-paste

Short version: Is there a way to force text field in OSX to accept pasting a string, despite that the developer (Apple) set it to not to accept copy-paste? Long story: Platform: OS X 10.8.2 ...
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How can I disable the calendar agent from running on Mac OS X Lion?

I suppose that because because of the updated way that the Calendar application is integrated into the OS X system and the notification area the "calendar agent" needs to constantly run in the ...
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How do I install GCC 4.7.2 on OS X 10.8?

How do I install GCC 4.7.2 on OS X 10.8? I don't care about keeping the Xcode version of "GCC", I just need GCC 4.7.2
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How to install rvm on Mac OS x 10.8.x. rvm: command not found after rvm installation

I downloaded command line tools for Mac OSx. Checked for git version. Then tried to install rvm: MacBook-Pro:~ Tom$ curl -L https://get.rvm.io | bash -s stable % Total % Received % Xferd ...
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How can I delete a folder with “illegal” characters?

I plugged my USB flash memory stick into a Mac and it gained some unwanted hidden folders. (See the question Prevent MacOS from making .* and ._* files for prevention.) I'd now like to remove these ...