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Can I put /tmp and /var/log in a ramdisk on OS X?

For non-critical Linux systems, I often move things like /tmp and /var/log to tmpfs to save on some disk writing. I've been doing this for a year or so and if I ever need the logs across reboots, I ...
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Dropbox like syncing for Google Docs

Is their a way (on mac osx) to sync a folder on my computer with Google Documents now that Docs supports all file types? A lot like the functionality of DropBox.
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Git not work on my Mac OS X

I downloaded and install Git from http://code.google.com/p/git-osx-installer/ . After installing I can't use my Git installation. thomas-macbook-:test zozo$ git init -bash: git: command not found ...
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How do I reset the $PATH variable on Mac OS X?

I've messed up my path variable, and now some apps that I run raise errors saying Command Not Found (error 127) for commands like date and sleep. These commands work fine when executed directly in the ...
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How do I fix libdispatch problem crashing Mac OS X apps?

In the last day I have started having a lot of brokenness on my Mac (MacBook Air running Mac OS X 10.6.2 with all software updates). Most noticably, iTunes no longer syncs with my iPhone. It fails ...
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Is there a way to use Xcode for PHP web development?

I have heard you could use Xcode for PHP development with syntax highlighting, syntax check, code completion etc. some time ago, maybe years ago. Is there a way to add PHP support to a current Xcode ...
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Hostname problem

my hostname is newton ...when I set "127.0.0.1 Newton" in /etc/hosts .. parallels stops working.. when I set "127.0.0.1 localhost" in /etc/hosts apache installed via ports stops working.. when I ...
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Adding git branch to bash prompt on snow leopard

I am using this: $(__git_ps1 '(%s)') It works however it does not update when I change directories or checkout a new branch. I also have this alias: alias reload='. ~/.bash_profile' Sample run: ...
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Only show hidden files in certain directories

On a Unix system (or more specifically on Mac OS X) is it possible to show hidden files in only some directories? For example as a developer I want to see the hidden files in my Ruby on Rails ...
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Can't install Mercurial on Mac OS X 10.5.8

When selecting the volume in the installation program it says "You cannot install Merucrial on this volume. Mercurial requires Apple Python 2.6". I tried installing the latest version of Python from ...
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How to disable slow motion effect in Mac OS X (shift key)?

Mac OS X has a fantastic feature that enables you to play window effects in slow motion by holding down the Shift key while playing the animation (like minimize, maximize, Exposé, etc...) As a matter ...
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Python easy_install confused on Mac OS X

Environment info: $ which python /usr/bin/python $ python Python 2.6.1 (r261:67515, Jul 7 2009, 23:51:51) [GCC 4.2.1 (Apple Inc. build 5646)] on darwin $ echo $PATH /opt/local/bin:/opt/local/sbin:/...
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Stop a runaway launchd process on OS X Leopard

I created a launchd .plist file to in order to have a python script run every hour. I ended up editing and later deleting the .plist file ( in /Library/LaunchDaemons )... but somehow launchd is still ...
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Firefox: How do I disable AddOns on my Mac

This morning firefox told me it needed to upgrade an addon (noflash) and I told it to go ahead. Now Firefox won't start. How can I prevent Firefox from loading the addons? Where are the Firefox ...
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Dictionary Apps for Mac OS X?

I like to use default "Dictionary" app for seeking unknown meanings for Mac. Are there any freeware app with additional (add-on) dictionaries you recommend over that default app? Any suggestions are ...
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Linux screenshots, how to take them like a mac

I run opensuse 11.2 KDE 4.3.5. I do not have a mac, but I've used one and really like the one feature of the screenshots. Specifically, Command+Shift+3 which saves the screenshot to the desktop ...
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Office 2008 Mac Calendar Wizard

I remember Office 2004 had a calendar wizard so that I can generate monthly calendars for a range of months. Like print out calendars from Jan 2010 to July 2010. I cant seem to find the wizard or ...
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How to set what application to open a file based on file extension on Mac OS X?

In my Mac OS X 10.5, it has set all my *.patch files to open with 'Notepad in Windows via Parallel'. I have tried to change it by click 'Open With..' select 'TextEdit' check the 'Always Open With'...
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Is Latex already built into Mac OS X?

I am a physics student who needs to produce lab reports in LaTeX format. It would really help if I could do this from my own laptop.
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Network Proxies all grayed out…why?

I'm a new Mac OS X 10.6 user, and I was trying to change the Network Proxies settings. However, it's all grayed out and was wondering how to make it editable? I'm the admin of the computer, so this is ...
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How can I make a screenshot on a Mac? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to take screenshots in Mac OS X? On Windows, I just hit PrtScrn. On my MacBook, there is no such thing. What utility/app can I use for screengrabs?
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Web page from the terminal

I use Snow Leopard. How I can send a html page to a web browser from Terminal.app? If I am in $HOME dir, with a file myPage.html, can I view this file in a browser right from Terminal.app?
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How to use the Repeat After Me application in Mac OS developer tools

In /Developer/Applications/Utilities/Speech any idea?
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Backup virtual machine

I use VMWare Fusion on Mac OS X and backup my system with Time Machine. Now I read, that this will not backup my virtual machine with usable results. What are my possibilities to back up my virtual ...
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Why do I need to select the hard disk when my Macbook boots?

In the past week when booting my Macbook I have had to select the Macintosh Hard Disk before the boot will continue. It is the only disk to choose from and I have never had to do this before. Is also ...
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XAMPP: Access Forbidden!

I just installed a fresh XAMPP on OSX. Apache runs and I can see the splash page. I open the httpd.conf and I set both places that point to htdocs to someplace else, which results in Apache showing ...
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OS X: Base64 encode via command line

Is there a terminal command in Mac OS X which will base64 encode a file or stdin?
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BitchX - Segmentation fault

Last login: Tue Mar 16 15:29:57 on ttys002 mbp:~ alexus$ sudo port install bitchx Password: ---> Computing dependencies for bitchx ---> Fetching ncursesw ---> Attempting to fetch ncurses-5.7.tar.gz ...
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In Mac OS X Finder's column view, how do you show all columns, up to the list of volumes?

In OS X's olden times, column view always allowed you to scroll left back to the list of volumes. In recent versions, however, the Finder will hide parents and ancestors. For example, when you select ...
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How do I programatically install a font on a Macintosh?

How do I install fonts programatically on a Mac? And what steps are necessary? I want to create a program that takes a font file and installs it on the Client's Mac.
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What are 'damaged files' on external hard drive (HFS format for OS X)?

I have an external HD formatted to default HFS (Mac OS Extended - Journaled) and very once and a while I get a folder called DamagedFiles in the root of the volume. The folder contains a collection ...
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Forcing specific resolution on a specific monitor on Mac OS X

I have Snow Leopard (Mac OS X 10.6) installed with 2 monitors. Main: a 24 inch Dell monitor that Mac OS X detects and displays on 1920x1200 Secondary: a 19 inch Chimei monitor that supports ...
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Using curly braces with a standard pc keyboard on a mac laptop

I have a standard PC keyboard connection to my Mac laptop. All keys work fine but the special characters that need "Alt-Gr" as accelerator keys would not work. I have a Swiss layout where the curly ...
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.Net 2.0 on OSX with WineHQ?

This page doesn't mention OSX, but the WineHQ stuff in general does. Does anyone know if there's any reason that .Net 2.0 cannot be run on OSX with Wine? Has anybody tried it?
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Longlasting Macport installation

I use Macports on Mac OS X to install some software. But there are somethings that I find very strange. For instance, yesterday I installed some app and it needed to get gcc43 and compile completely ...
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Cycling tabs graphically

Mac OS X's window manager is composed of: Applications Windows Tabs By default on OS X, you can cycle over applications with the famous ⌘⇥ shortcut. In addition to this, I use a little utility ...
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How to use custom live CSS on Safari on the Mac?

To use a CSS on Safari, just go to Preferences -> Advanced -> Style Sheet. But pay attention to the "live" part. I mean, being able to edit the CSS on the fly, without needing to quit Safari and open ...
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What are your most useful textexpander (or similar) snippets? [closed]

TextExpander is a program that aims to save you time by auto-replacing snippets of text with the content of your choice, or to quote their Web site: "Save yourself time and effort by typing short ...
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Is it possible to prevent windows in Mac OS from opening below the bottom edge of the screen?

When opening a new window in finder, the new window will go below the screen. This is not a big deal, but when using macvim or terminal it can be annoying since your command prompt is now hidden. ...
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Is there a Windows or Linux equivalent of Soulver calculator application? [closed]

I've just been shown a brilliant calculator app called Soulver which is only available on Mac OS X Maths on a Mac as it should be Soulver is a new kind of calculator application which uses a ...
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Equivalent of OS X's Shift Apple-3/4 in Windows 2003 Server

Is there a screenshot equivalent of OS X's Shift-Apple-3 or 4 built into Windows 2003 Server? Just to clarify, I have this Win 2003 box on a KVM switch .. and since I am at a 95% OS X shop, the ...
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Free iPhoto Alternative [closed]

I'm looking for a free iPhoto alternative for OS X. I reinstalled my Mac, and lost the original iLife cd. So instead of trying to find it somewhere, I'd like to use an Open Source alternative instead. ...
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How to copy file path on a mac?

Windows refugee here. On Windows you can easily copy the path and paste it elsewhere to get to the directory. Here is the situation on the Mac. I am in the Finder 20 folders down and I see the file ...
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Any tips to extend battery life under 'Bootcamped' Win 7

I have a late 2008 MacBook and have recently installed Windows 7 via Bootcamp. Under OSX I can get about 4 hours of web browsing and general usage but under 7 that is slashed to about 2 hours. I ...
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How do you open a folder in OSX using the keyboard?

On Windows, pressing enter when you highlight on a folder in Windows Explorer will open that folder. On OSX, pressing enter when you highlight a folder edits the folder's name (like F2 in Windows). ...
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How do I change the color of binaries listed by 'ls'?

In Mac OS X, when I do ls the binary files have red color, how change this color to green? Similar to other Unix.
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Linux binary support under Mac OS X?

Is there a way to add Linux binary compatibility to Mac OS X 10.5+ such as that found in FreeBSD? For instance, and totally as an example, here is Arlequin 3.5, a population genetics software that my ...
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Get back position in X11 in OSX?

I use Mac OSX. When launch X11 this open a xterm. how I can automatically locate xterm in a specific position every time I open X11? (centered on the screen)
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^+Left Arrow and ^+Right Arrow suddenly stopped working on OS X

I'm not really sure what to make of this. The key combination of ^← and ^→ have stopped working for one of the two users on my OS X installation. I use these keys all the time (switching tabs in ...
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Avoid unwanted path in Zip file

I'm making a shell script to package some files. I'm zipping a directory like this: zip -r /Users/me/development/something/out.zip /Users/me/development/something/folder/ The problem is that the ...