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Google Chrome quits unexpectedly

A few hours ago Chrome closed on my MacBook Air with OS X Yosemite 10.10.2 and there's no way to recover it. Everytime I try to launch it quits with the message "Google Chrome has quit unexpectedly", ...
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Explanation of the directory hierarchy on Mac OS X

Can anyone explain (or more likely, point to a good article that explains) what the various directories should be used for. (I assume the structure is very similar on all Unix based machines, though ...
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Does pbpaste empty the clipboard under some circumstances?

The manual for pbcopy and pbpaste reads as follows: pbpaste removes the data from the pasteboard and writes it to the standard output. The wording read odd as remove for me carries the ...
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OSX AppleScript fails to run as service

I would like to run a simple shell command via hotkeys. So far I've created a service via Automator wich runs the following AppleScript command: do shell script "/bin/bash -c ...
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Mac OS X equivalent of the Ubuntu “tree” command

Is there any equivalent of the Ubuntu tree command for Mac OS X ?
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Do Mac OS Yosemite users need internet security?

Just got a new Mac Book Pro, and I upgraded to the latest OS Yosemite, which impressively encrypts your data by default (like several other new released os, i.e. Android 5.0) I was wondering whether ...
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How do I create strike-through style text on Mac Evernote?

I can create strike-through style text on Windows Evernote. But cannot find the button on Mac version
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How to use multiple SkyDrive accounts on one computer?

Is there any way how to use multiple SkyDrive accounts on one computer running MAC OS X or Windows 8? I would like to sync data from different accounts to different folder and not to merge these ...
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Mercurial: Meld launching issues in Mac OS X and Meld not detected in Mercurial

I installed meld using Macports following the instructions in here. I even installed XQuartz as well. Problem is: every time I tried to launch meld from command line, I received a bunch of errors ...
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Double cursor on second screen - Yosemite

since I started to use 2 monitors with my macbook pro, the cursor on the second (pivot) screen is doubled - one cursor is normal arrow and under that is the second cursor which is changing (hand etc.) ...
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Are there any Mac OS X apps that convert Flash video (.flv) to h.264?

I’ve got some video from the web in Flash video format (.flv). I want to convert it to h.264. I’ve got Perian installed. QuickTime seems to play the video fine, but when I use any of the options to ...
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Create Backtrack 5 R3 USB Macbook Air 2012

I have tried to create a USB to start Backtrack 5 R3 on my Macbook Air 2012 without install it in the hard drive. I have tried different solution like: UNetbootin (created on both Windows and Mac ...
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Personal /etc/hosts?

/etc/hosts lets you set system-wide hostname lookups. Is there a place in OS X to set per-user hostnames? I use two user accounts on my laptop and I'd like to override IP addresses for just one of ...
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.inputrc: Delete word on option-forward delete? (OS X)

TL;DR: In my .inputrc, how do I enable the forward delete key (in conjunction with the option/meta key) to delete by word? Introduction Lately, I've been working to perfect my shell setup. I ...
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Mac chrome printing the image without zoom out

I wrote a web page which, when a button is clicked, a windows pops up with an image(400px*300px). When I use Chrome (in Windows) to print that page in A6 size, it successfully fits it in the whole ...
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Accidentally clicked “Don't save” in new Word document

After accidentally closing a new document without saving, on Windows I feel I might have a chance at finding temporary files. On a Mac with MS Office 2011 is there somewhere I might find a scratch ...
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How can I get off the OS X beta track?

I’m on OS X Yosemite — I upgraded earlier, using a developer build. Now I keep getting pre-release seeds for OS X updates, but I don’t want them. How can I opt out of this and mark my computer as a ...
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Insert a character with multiple accents on an extended Mac keyboard layout

I can't seem to figure out how to apply both an Umlaut (¨) and the Grave (`) to the the letter 'u'. I'll type one, then the other, then the letter, but only the latter accent is applied, with the ...
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Any limitation for having many files in a directory in Mac OS X?

I have 100,000+ files in a directory in my MacOS X and looks it is slow for my script to read a file in them. Is there any limitation or recommendation to have that many files? Should I split them ...
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mac book pro slowing down with age [duplicate]

I have a mac book pro that's about 4 years old. It's been slowing down. I tried to defrag the hard drive, but that didn't really help. I am using about 70% of the hard drive, but I haven't had a lot ...
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OSX Launchd /Library/LaunchDaemons

I have created a plist file (see below) and stuck it into /Library/LaunchDaemons/ . (It starts a virtualbox via a script that runs VBoxHeadless .) I can start the plist as user "nobody" sudo -u ...
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On MacOS setting zsh as shell using chsh does not change $SHELL

chsh -s /usr/local/bin/zsh The abover changes my default shell to ZSH, however even after starting a fresh session $SHELL is still set to /usr/local/bin/fish, my previous shell. So if I do exec ...
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Unrecognized archive format when trying to extract content from a TAR archive

I have an uncompressed TAR file created on Linux. If I use less to view the file I can see all the data; mostly code files. However if I try to decompress it I get the following error: tar: ...
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MAC OS X Internet Sharing with 802.1X Auth

I have an issue, i am in College, and i have a PS4, but as it seems i can not connect it with the network because they use 802.1X auth type. I found a solution, MAC has an option to share internet ...
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How to assign custom keyboard shortcuts to Preview app on Mac OS X Yosemite?

I want to assign a keyboard shortcut to the "Blank Page" menu item in Preview on Mac OS X Yosemite. Keyboard shortcuts on Mac are easy to assign, so I thought it would just work: But it doesn't ...
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Connection to VirtualBox machine drops as soon as VPN is enabled

I have a VirtualBox machine running on my Mac and I can connect to it without problems, for example using SSH: $ ssh user@192.168.12.101 user-centos-6:~ user $ As soon as I connect to a VPN from ...
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Sharing a folder between windows 7 and mac os x on vmware

I need to share a folder between windows 7 and mac os x on VMware. How can this be done?
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How to get Mac to recognise Arduino? Possible drivers? [on hold]

So I have a Arduino Uno clone which works fine when connected to a Windows machine but isnt recognised by my Mac (Using Yosemite) as a USB device or by the ArduinoIDE. Anyone experienced similar ...
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How to specify VNC port number with Mac OS X built-in VNC client?

Is it possible to specify VNC port number in built-in VNC client of Mac OS X? I'm trying to connect to Xen VPS machine with Finder's built-in VNC client. I used address like this. vnc://server:port ...
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Full screen apps on a dual-screen mac

I've got a mac mini running OS X 10.9.3 right now, but every time I try to full-screen a program (Dota2 for example), or a Youtube video the 2nd screen turns grey and is utterly useless. I thought ...
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Unfreeze a frozen osx UI using ssh without shutting down all applications?

My mac freezes occasionally, and most often I simply restart it by holding down the power button for 5+ seconds. Today however, I had been running a huge file scan for 14 hours when the UI froze ...
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XQuartz will not start on Mac 10.9 Maverick - infinite failure loop

I've been having problems getting XQuartz to work on my Mac 10.9 (aka Maverick). I have installed and uninstalled XQuartz several times to no avail. The error messages I'm getting from the ...
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Xquartz stopped working on Maverics. Cannot install a valid X11 forwarding

I'm having trouble with XQuartz on Mavericks. After I went to apple genius support to change my battery (in which the genius guy forced power off when I had an X11 connection opened), I am having the ...
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Encrypting a second partition with FileVault

I'm running Yosemite, and I've just carved out a second partition from the harddrive which I would like to encrypt. The main boot partition is not encrypted (no real sensitive data on it). How do I ...
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Ghost typing — has my Mac been hacked?

Got a good fright this evening; desperately need help: On my Mac (OSX Mavericks), I suddenly saw the following text typed into the Chrome address bar: do you like me hey It did not come in all at ...
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Is there a way to make a usb NIC show up in the wifi dropdown on a Macbook Pro 15?

I purchased a USB NIC (Alfa AWUS036AC) because the onboard NIC on my 2014 MBP 15 and my Netgear router don't play nice with each other. Is there a way I can make the networks it (the new NIC) sees ...
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Unable to Login to my MAC after OS X Yosemite upgrade

I'm unable to login to my office laptop after upgrading from Mavericks to OS X Yosemite. I tried things such as removing .AppleSetupDone and creating an Admin account but none of them are helping me. ...
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How to apply regex to large text file?

I have large text files (some mega) example and I would like to know how if there is a more efficient way to apply regex than to PyCharm or SublimText 2 on Mac OSX. Thanks. Comment: I want to ...
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Install Git under OSX Mavericks

I've just completed a fresh install of Mavericks. Then I went to git-scm.com and downloaded the Mac installer and installed Git from that. Now whenever I go into the terminal and type git I get this: ...
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how can I dedicate more display graphics in Mac OSX Mountain Lion (Vmware)?

I am running Mac OSX Mountain Lion in VMware Workstation 9 and I want to increase the display graphics from 128 mb to maybe about 512mb is there a way to do this? This is my current laptop setup. ...
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How to match everything from after the last YAML delimiter onwards

I normally use grep to search for a pattern in a string. However in this particular instance I have to identify a YAML header, also, it ends with a triple dash. My test.info file has the following ...
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FTP clients uploading random blank files (OS X)

I'm a web developer and a few weeks ago I started to see a weird issue when uploading files to a server via FTP. Some files, apparently randomly, are being uploaded as 0kb empty files. At first I ...
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Is there any program or way to make Mac OS X's ⌘-tab behave like Windows' alt-tab?

Is there any program or way to make Mac OS X's ⌘(command)-tab behave like Windows' alt-tab? That is, instead of switching between applications, to switch between windows of all applications. I do ...
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Irritating GitHub Conduit dialog opening up whenever I visit a GitHub link — can I get rid of it?

X-Post from a [closed] StackOverflow question. I have a problem that sprang up out of nowhere in the past two or three days. Whenever I'm using Git in Terminal (which is pretty much always), if I ...
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How does GitHub Conduit launch itself at startup?

A program called GitHub Conduit (part of GitHub for Mac) runs in the background on my computer. If I kill it, launchd restarts it. The launchd manpage lists every location in which it looks for jobs ...
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Tracking down rogue terminal windows in OS X

I use iTerm 2 on OS X and suspect I may have a bunch of terminal windows running in the background and I would like to find and close them. When I open a new terminal window my CL looks like this: ...
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Is there any way to run Google Chrome without installation on a Mac?

I tried to install Google Chrome on my Mac school computer last night. After I downloaded the .dmg, I opened it like I do with any other .dmg to get around actually putting the application into the ...
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iOS simulator, dual monitor & rotation issue

I've got two monitors, with iOS simulator is on a secondary monitor. Xcode is full-screen on a primary monitor (iMac). Whenever I rotate simulator on a secondary display, primary display goes off the ...
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What’s a good way to extract .rar files on the Mac? [closed]

Anything built-in? (E.g. command line tools.) Any well-regarded software? Update: I like The Unarchiver, but vote up your favourite, or add it as an answer if it isn’t there.
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XAMPP won't start Apache on Mac OS X 10.6.8 Snow Leopard

When I try starting Apache from the XAMPP control panel (Mac OS X 10.6.8 Snow Leopard), I get the following error popup and Apache won’t start: /Applications/XAMPP/xamppfiles/bin/apachectl: line 70: ...