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How can I monitor network usage by process on Mac OS X? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Application for monitoring all applications that are using the internet in Mac OS X Bandwidth monitor for Mac OS X? Is there any way to find out which process using how ...
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Does rsync delete files, folders at destination by default?

Files Suppose that /foo/src contains only A.c and that /foo/dest contains both A.c and B.c. And suppose I run the following command: rsync /foo/src/ /foo/dest Will rsync erase B.c? Folders Now ...
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Is there any way to prevent a Mac from creating dot underscore files?

At work we're letting one of our very tech savvy clients actually help out a little with a few development projects specific to him. However, he uses his own personal Macbook, and as he edits files on ...
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How do you sort files in OS X Finder so folders appear at the top?

How do you sort files in OS X Finder so folders appear at the top? There doesn't seem to be any option in View Options.
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OS X Terminal.app: how to start a new tab in the same directory as the current tab?

I frequently need to open a new tab in the same directory as my current tab to do something else while my current tab is occupied by a long running process. However, by default when you create a new ...
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github flavored markdown editor for osx [closed]

Do you know any editor for Mac OSX that helps with editing Github flavored markdown? I think Mou ( http://mouapp.com/ ) is fine, only that its just plain markdown and not Github markdown. Please, ...
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Sudo su vs su linux

If I enter in the password to su when prompted, it doesnt work while sudo su does. Also, when a command is executed using sudo (command), does sudo automatically execute it by root by default (since ...
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Windows Task Manager equivalent for Mac OS X?

My MacBook seems to be really slow these days, no matter what I do. On Windows I had so many choices to figure out what's taking memory, CPU cycles and what not and take action appropriately. ...
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“FATAL: lock file ”postmaster.pid“ already exists”

I just reinstalled postgres via brew install postgres I ran initdb /usr/local/var/postgres -E utf8 but got this: The files belonging to this database system will be owned by user "atal421". This ...
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.profile and .bashrc doesn`t work on my Mac

This problem I have for a long time. After running terminal .profile, and .bashrc file doesn`t work (are not executed). Could you indicate where should I looking form a source of problem?
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How to install OS X *.TTC font on Windows? Error: “*.TTC does not appear to be a valid font”

I own both a Mac running OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard, and a PC running Windows 7. On my Mac is a font called "AmericanTypewriter.ttc". I'd like to use that font on my PC, for a specific creative project. ...
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Switching between Java 7 and 8 in OS X

I have installed Java-8. Now I wanted to go back to Java-7 by default so I type in... /usr/libexec/java_home -v 1.7.0_40 --exec java -version /usr/libexec/java_home -v 1.7.0_40 --exec javac -version ...
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How can I enable colored output for OSX diff?

I need to diff two files (not two versions of the same file, they are however tracked by git, but that is unrelated) and I would like some colored output, how can I achieve that? $ diff file_1 file_2 ...
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Apple / Mac OS X - Is there a Package Manager like Linux

I am a Linux/UNIX user and love the package management that comes with it. For the most part, I like Ubuntu, but just like anything else, it is the minor things that you live with daily that would be ...
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Cmd-Tab suddenly stopped working, and my Dock is unresponsive, what do I do?

command ⌘+tab⇥ and my Exposé shortcuts have stopped working, and clicking/mousing over dock icons has no effect. What's wrong? What can I do to get things back?
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How can I make the terminal window close automatically on OS X?

Whenever I type 'exit' or I logout, the terminal window stays open and I have to close it manually. Can I change this behavior?
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How to open context menu in (MacOS) Finder with keyboard

I'm sure most of us here like doing thing as efficiently as possible and therefore we're a bunch of keyboard junkies. With a file (or group of files) highlighted, is there a way to open the context ...
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How do I delete the Chrome App Launcher?

I'm running OSX 10.8.5 and I can't figure out how to get rid of the Chrome App Launcher. In launchpad when I long click on it and things begin to wiggle there's no X for me to click to delete it. ...
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What are the technical obstacles that doesn't allow OSX to be installed in a PC?

Before starting: lets forget about the EULA and any other legal regulation. I'm not interested in those. Also, since this is a grey line about what I'm going to ask, Ask Different may not be the place ...
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How can I change the system font size in OS X?

I'm using a Mac Mini on big flat-screen TV for playing media. The small font size is really annoying when sitting far away. Is there a way to increase the system font size in OS X?
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How to copy files to read-only NTFS hard drive on a Mac?

I want to copy my some files from Mac (Macbook-Air) to an USB external hard drive, formatted as NTFS. How is it possible? Because when I do copy my files from the Mac and go to paste them on the ...
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How to find which app is using iSight (the iMac camera)

How do I find out which application has the camera open on an iMac (Running Leopard)? The green light is on indicating the camera is in use as well as photo booth can't connect to the camera. The ...
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How do I decrease the window shadow in Mac OS X?

I've found the default 40px Mac OS X window shadow too big: Is it possible to decrease it to, say, 4px? Update: I can disable shadows entirely with defaults write com.apple.screencapture ...
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How to VPN on demand Mac OS X?

I'm trying to configure the Snow Leopard's VPN on demand service without success I've tried the following domain+configuration pairs but none of them have worked: domain.net default ...
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ls -la symbolics… what does that last symbol mean?

Possible Duplicate: what does the @ mean on the output of ls on os x terminal? when I type ls -la I get this familiar output... drwxr-xr-x+ 38 kent staff 1292 Nov 6 11:09 . ...
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Dropbox-Like File Sync without a central server [closed]

I'm looking for a way to sync the secondary drives on my two Macs across the internet. I have consistent VPN connectivity between the two macs, and I can access them as if they are sitting right next ...
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Viewing the full Skype chat history

I have Skype 2.8 on Mac OS X 10.5.8. Under the the chat menu is an option called "Recent Chats". This allows me to see logs of recent chats, but not of older ones. I know the older ones are ...
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How to install Meld with Homebrew on Mac OSX?

To install meld on Mac OSX I try to run: brew install meld but I got the following error: Error: No available formula for meld What is the right way to install meld?
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Safely get rid of “You have new mail in /var/mail” on a Mac?

I was messing around with sendmail in Rails a year ago and have had this message popping up in the terminal after every command ever since: You have new mail in /var/mail/Lance How do I properly ...
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403 Forbidden Error on Mac OS X Localhost

I set up Web Sharing in System Preferences on Mac OS X 10.6 and clicked the link it gave me there. Unfortuantely, Apache gave me this 403 error: Forbidden You don't have permission to access ...
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Hotkey to Mute Mic on Mac OS X?

Is there a hotkey I can use or configure to mute the mic on a 13" MacBook Pro (MPB)? I would prefer an icon or notification to confirm that it is set (even if I need to toggle the option).
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How do I “cut” a file on OS X?

I'm a newbie on the Mac world and I'd like to know if it's possible to cut a file using a shortcut (like Ctrl+X on Windows).
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Is it possible to turn off Mac OS X extension hiding?

On the Mac, a lot of programs hide the .zzz extension by default. Is there a way to turn this behaviour off so that extensions are never hidden by default? I know I don't actually need it, I just ...
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Can someone please explain ifconfig output in Mac OS X?

When I do ifconfig on my Mac, I get a list of the following interfaces: lo0 gif0 stf0 en0 fw0 en1 vmnet8 vmnet1 I wonder what each interface is. Also, which of these is the IP interface ? I don't ...
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Why has my Mac been running fsck_hfs for two days now?

I first noticed that fsck_hfs was running, taking up 50-75% of a CPU, yesterday. It continues to run today. ps shows that it is doing /sbin/fsck_hfs -f -n -x -E /dev/disk3. Only problem: I don’t ...
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Release/renew IP address via Terminal in OS X

I am looking to release and renew my IP address in OS X 10.4 (Tiger) using Terminal. Essentially, I need the OS X equivalent of Windows': C:\\> ipconfig /release C:\\> ipconfig /renew ...
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Unable to save images with GIMP

When I attempt to save an image with GIMP, the save fails and GIMP displays an error message Error while saving <filename>. Could not save image: The issue happens when I right click an image ...
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How do I change my windows domain password from Mac OS X?

Macs work well in Windows corporate environments, but a lot of companies require you to change your password after a period of time (3 months for example). How do you change your Windows domain ...
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Turn off auto complete /auto correct on Lync on Mac

We use Microsoft Lync as the chat application in my work place. Recently we migrated to using macs and I am seeing this problem which i didn't see on the windows version of lync which was the auto ...
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How can I view .swf files within Mac OS X?

I have been sent a number of .swf files as attachments. I wish to view these within Mac OS X. I used to drag them directly into Safari and it would display them. However, after installing Safari 4 I ...
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How do you remove MacPorts and all the packages it has installed?

I have installed MacPorts on my Mac OS X Lion, and I would like to remove it. There should be no more trace of MacPorts? Is there a way to do this?
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ZSH Completion colors and OS X

Consider this minimal .zshrc : export CLICOLOR=1; export LSCOLORS=exfxcxdxbxegedabagacad; # It is the default value on OSX, so this line can be omitted autoload -Uz compinit compinit zstyle ...
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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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What's the difference between .profile and .bash_profile, and when do you configure which? (Mac) [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Difference between .bashrc and .bash_profile What's the difference between .profile and .bash_profile, and when do you configure which? I.e if I configure the ...
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Time machine backup on S3

Is there any possibility to use Amazon S3 for Mac OS X time machine backups? Or in other words: Use S3 rather an external hard disk for time machine backups?
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Multiple Skype clients on Mac OS X?

How can I run multiple Skype clients on Mac OS X?
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Forward delete using Apple keyboard

How to do a forward delete in Mac, like <-backspace on windows keyboard?
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How can I rotate the screen of a MacBook Pro 90 degrees?

To read content like books.
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How can I scan multiple pages into a single PDF?

How could I scan multiple pages into a single PDF on the Mac? This is for document archival (mostly invoices and receipts). Ideally, the results should be somewhat searchable (but manually giving it ...
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How do I make an existing animated GIF loop repeatedly?

I have an animated gif which, as originally created, animates once then stops. I want to modify the image file so it loops forever instead. What free applications or command-line utilities for Mac OS ...