A Unix-based operating system developed and sold by Apple Inc. For Mac hardware questions, use [mac].

learn more… | top users | synonyms (4)

2
votes
3answers
1k views

What do I need to be able to convert analog video (VHS, or an old camcorder) on a Mac?

I have a number of old VHS tapes, as well as some analog 8mm tapes. I still have a working VCR, as well as the camcorder that recorded the tapes. I'd like to convert these on a Mac (MacBook Pro) - ...
1
vote
2answers
3k views

Clean install in Mac OS X make it faster?

So I know that clean installing an OS is the best way to make computer runs faster. I know that sometimes this is the case too for Linux/Mac OSX. My question is, is this the case if I restore all my ...
1
vote
5answers
15k views

Recover Files From Formatted HFS+ Partition

I offered to help a friend of mine with his computer, and it turned out to be a bit more complicated than I first thought. He originally came to me asking me to recover some of his files from his ...
13
votes
2answers
12k views

http get from the shell in Mac OS X

I'd like to download a link like: http://example.org/file.mp3 Now, I'm enough of a shell junkie to know what SCP does, but that's about where my geek-dom ends. So is there a shell program that lets ...
11
votes
2answers
2k views

Canadian English on Apple products

Apple is an American company. As many of you probably know, Canadian English is different from American English, and closer to British English (e.g. colour instead of color). I use iWork and Microsoft ...
7
votes
2answers
9k views

How I could redirect all my traffic to the TOR network?

I need to redirect all my traffic to the TOR network. I have just installed Vidalia, but I think that I have not correctly configured my Tor-client. I have a Java desktop client that has to access a ...
6
votes
1answer
4k views

How to tell rsync to skip files on a damaged hard drive block, instead of being stuck trying to read it

I am trying to recover files from a disk that has hardware errors. The disk was repaired by disk utility, but it told me that the disk is damaged, so I need to backup everything before a failure will ...
3
votes
3answers
865 views

Encrypt time machine backups

What is the best way to encrypt backups made by Time Machine?
3
votes
7answers
4k views

Why can't I traceroute or access certain websites in my browser even though I can ping them from terminal?

On just one computer in my household, I cannot complete a successful traceroute nor browse in any browser to a seemingly random-selected, small set of websites. This includes sites like twitter.com ...
3
votes
1answer
5k views

How can I view Mac OS X Parental Control files with format .data?

OS X stores Parental Control logs in /Library/Application Support/Apple/ParentalControls/Users/[username]/year/month with the extension .data. For example, 15-usage.data contains usage data for the ...
3
votes
5answers
7k views

How to change the icon (apply a thumb) of a folder on Mac OS X?

In Mac OS X, suppose you open your root disk, following folders/directories will have different icon (thumb) on it. Application Developer Library System How to apply a thumb image on my specific ...
2
votes
3answers
2k views

Remapping Keys for the Mac

I have a Windows keyboard I'm using with my Mac (Leopard), and I want to swap some keys (mainly the Ctrl, Alt, and Win keys). Is it possible?
2
votes
5answers
5k views

Wake-on-LAN over internet is all but impossible

I have a new MacBook Pro that I want to be able to log into through ssh or vnc, but no matter what combination of things I try nothing seems to work. Even tried LogMeIn How do I set-up my MacBook so ...
2
votes
4answers
14k views

How to recover deleted text inside Mac OS X sticky notes

I use sticky notes to record some information. I deleted this info by accident. Is it recoverable?
2
votes
3answers
8k views

Data recovery for OS X

I've got a Mac that won't boot and I'd like to recover whatever data I can before wiping the hard drive and reinstalling. I'm looking for something similar to TRK (which is Windows-centric) — boot ...
2
votes
1answer
151 views

Difference between / and // directories in bash OSX

I was working in the bash terminal on my system (OSX 10.8.3 / bash version 3.2.48(1)-release (x86_64-apple-darwin12)) and I accidentally typed "cd //" instead of "cd /" to get back to the root ...
2
votes
1answer
637 views

NTFS hard drive not mounted, how to reformat to Journaled HFS+ and keep data

I have recently connected a 2nd internal hard drive to my mac; this has alot of my work on it. When i look in disk utility it says it isnt mounted. How do i reformat the drive to Journaled HFS+ and ...
2
votes
2answers
3k views

What is a file system which has r/w on all major OSes [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Cross-platform filesystem What is a file system which has r/w on all OSes like windows, linux and Mac. Windows comes with FAT and NTFS support and EXT3 support can be ...
1
vote
1answer
390 views

Terminal new window always shows -bash: Searching: command not found

When open terminal, it always shows -bash: Searching: command not found. It does not affect other functions, just each time, even though open a new terminal window, it still pops up at the top of the ...
1
vote
3answers
248 views

Mac installation disk

I have a mac mini and a macbook. I lost the OS X installation DVD for my macbook. would it be ok to use the disk I have for my Mac Mini?
1
vote
3answers
20k views

Re-install Mac OS X: “Mac OS X cannot be installed on this computer.”

I'm trying to do a fresh install of Mac OS X on my MacBook. When I try to do so, I get the error "Mac OS X cannot be installed on this computer." I've searched the problem and discovered that the ...
1
vote
1answer
633 views

OS X - Disable keyboard shortcuts

I am having trouble with keyboard shortcuts, as referenced by this link: http://www.tomnunamaker.com/mac-os-x-lion-keyboard-shortcuts/31277/ Basically I am using shortcuts in my WordPress editor, ...
1
vote
1answer
14k views

How can I add a new partition to my HD without reformatting?

I have a 640GB external HD that has one partition formatted as HFS+. It's attached to a machine running OSX 10.6.6. Now I want to split some of the HD's free space into a new FAT32 partition, without ...
1
vote
2answers
890 views

Mac OS X file recovery [duplicate]

Possible Duplicates: How to find the original content when the folder is already “replaced”? Is there any free undelete software for the Mac? I thought that all operating systems ...
1
vote
3answers
1k views

How to bring application to front every 15 minutes on Mac OS X Lion?

I have a free or cheap little app called Desktop Task Timer LE that I've been using to track my time as I work on various projects. I'd like to have it pop up as the foreground app every 15 minutes to ...
122
votes
5answers
159k views

Permissions on private key in .ssh folder?

I changed my permissions in my .ssh folder and now when I use a piece of software that uses my private key, I have to type my password each time. What should my permissions be on my id_rsa file to ...
165
votes
9answers
88k views

Mac OS X equivalent of the Ubuntu “tree” command

Is there any equivalent of the Ubuntu tree command for Mac OS X ?
38
votes
7answers
60k views

Mac OS X keyboard shortcuts for terminal

After googling for some Mac OS X terminal shortcuts, I wanted to find how can I go back characters on a line on the terminal or words or similar. I found ALT + B but it does not work. Do you know ...
69
votes
6answers
72k views

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?
92
votes
13answers
60k views

OS X: Base64 encode via command line

Is there a terminal command in Mac OS X which will base64 encode a file or stdin?
89
votes
3answers
104k views

How to find out Mac OS X version from Terminal?

I know how to find Mac OS X version from GUI: Apple Menu (top left) > About This Mac Is there a Terminal command that will tell me Mac OS X version?
72
votes
5answers
31k views

How can I get control+left arrow to go back one word in iTerm2?

I was reading up in the Linux manual and I noticed that it said I could use control+left and control+right to move forward and back words in the terminal while editing. "Pressing Ctrl plus the ...
149
votes
3answers
62k views

What's the equivalent of Linux's updatedb command for the Mac?

If I want to use the locate command on a Linux machine, I usually run sudo updatedb first to update the database. I can run the locate command on OS X 10.5 but I can't find updatedb. What's the ...
50
votes
3answers
96k views

Command to unlock “Locked” files on OS X

I copied a lot of read-only files from a Windows system to my Mac. When viewing the Info for each file using "Get Info", I can see they are Locked. I'm writing a bash script to copy over some files ...
42
votes
8answers
31k views

How can I delete Time Machine files using the commandline

I want to delete some files/directories from my Time Machine Partition using rm, but am unable to do so. I'm pretty sure the problem is related to some sort of access control extended attributes on ...
58
votes
8answers
79k views

How should I set the PATH variable on my Mac so the Hombrew-installed tools are found?

Trying to set up Homebrew on a new Mac (on previous Macs I would install packages from source). The first package I tried to install was Git: $ brew install git Installation went OK, but which ...
28
votes
1answer
34k views

How to easily create a SSL certificate and configure it in Apache2 in Mac OS X?

I'd like to use my Mac OS X with https for local development tests. How can I easily make Apache2 respond to ssl, just for test proposes - I don't want a real certificate, just a fake to make local ...
19
votes
1answer
40k views

OS X: How to avoid having to re-connect to network share after NAS was turned off?

I use Mac OS 10.6 to connect to a NAS drive using the afp protocol (Finder -> Go -> Connect To Server). I have set up the NAS to automatically power off during the day, and power on in the evening. ...
58
votes
5answers
54k views

Where can I find a list of all formulas available for homebrew?

Is there a way to get a list of all formulas (packages) I can install using homebrew for Mac OS X?
36
votes
5answers
139k views

How to automount SMB shared network drives in Mac OS X Lion

In Mac OS X 10.7 (Lion) Apple has replaced good old SMB support. Now I can't auto connect to my shared (SMB) network drives. Workarounds? Or is this impossible? In OS X Snow Leopard, I could ...
38
votes
5answers
72k views

How do I get the size of a Linux or Mac OS X directory from the command-line? [duplicate]

What command do I use to find the size of all the files (recursively) in a Linux or Mac OS X directory?
26
votes
4answers
124k views

Permanently map a network drive on Mac OS X Leopard

I want to have a mapped drive in Mac OS X which points to my NAS - however I've found that I have to do it after every single reboot. I'm a Mac noob, so would like to just have the drive mapped at ...
34
votes
7answers
50k views

Make Mac OS X mouse acceleration more Windows-like

The mouse acceleration on Mac OS X is driving me nuts. It may work for touchpads but nothing beats the Windows' acceleration curves. Is there a way to modify the behaviour on OS X? I tried getting a ...
25
votes
2answers
30k views

Running Java7 in Chrome for Mac OS X (requires 64bit?

My home banking system requires Java for logging onto the bank - see https://www.nemid.nu/ for a description of the system (in Danish only). This worked fine in Chrome under Mac OS X until recently ...
84
votes
6answers
99k views

How do I install ant on OS X Mavericks?

After upgrading to OS X 10.9 Mavericks, ant is no longer on my path. [126] 11:23:26 rkarl-mba-4:~/mobile-baselayer > ant zsh: permission denied: ant [126] 11:23:50 rkarl-mba-4:~/mobile-baselayer &...
31
votes
3answers
39k views

How to make a custom keyboard layout in OS X?

I recently moved to OS X and I find the system "Russian Phonetic" layout unsatisfying (it's not the one that I'm used to). How can I create a custom layout? I've read about Ukelele, but the layout I ...
28
votes
6answers
306k views

How to create a bootable USB Windows OS using Mac OS X

I'm having a trouble here because of my PC got infected today and I've tried everything to get it back to normal, but the only option left for me now is to do a clean install. Now, what happen is ...
65
votes
10answers
46k views

Copy-on-select, paste-on-middle-click on Mac OS X?

Is there a way to give OS X the usual X-windows behavior where selecting text in any application automatically copies it to the clipboard, and the middle mouse button automatically pastes it? +C, +V ...
15
votes
4answers
10k views

Prevent outgoing traffic unless OpenVPN connection is active using pf.conf on Mac OS X

I've been able to deny all connections to external networks unless my OpenVPN connection is active using pf.conf. However, I lose Wi-Fi connectivity if the connection is broken by closing and opening ...
44
votes
17answers
55k views

Easiest way to create a new text file in a Finder window on OSX

OK, so if I'm browsing directories in OS X Finder, what's the easiest way to create a new text file? Right now I have to either open TextEdit, click around until I get to the same directory I'm in, ...