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Questions tagged [macos]

Apple's Unix-based operating system. Use for questions about the operating system or to provide OS context. For Mac hardware questions, use [mac]. Questions about using macOS on non-Apple hardware ("Hackintosh"), are off-topic.

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Setting protective permissions and ACL’s in Mac os or Unix for a veracrypt or KeepassXC “Keyfile”

I am running Mac OS, and use both veracrypt and keypassxc to safely store passwords and documents. For both programs, there is an option to unlock your data (Keepass Database, or Veracrypt encrypted ...
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how and why do “cpgz” files appear out of regular zip files?

for some reason under Mac OSX HIGH SIERRA I have noticed that once functioning .zip files are turning up with "cpgz" at the end of the file.(funny_movie.zip.cpgz) I have a feeling it has something to ...
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Why do my screen colours change when I plug in the charger?

https://youtu.be/mN9NZU9uJHQ Most noticeable is the red colour, on the import statements. When my charger plugs in it gets a little brighter, as if it's suddenly a bolded font. It's different to ...
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How to edit protected files on mac

I've just bought a new mac, I'm trying to edit the DockMenus.plist file from Dock.app to remove finder from dock like I've done with my previous macs. However, on saving, vim prompts this error: "...
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How do I convert from MMM-DD-YYYY to YYYY-MM-DD in Excel for Mac 2019

I've found similar threads but they haven’t quite worked for what I’m trying to do. Current data is in the form MMM-DD-YYYY within one cell, recognized by excel as ‘Number’ then sub category ‘general’...
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Find fails with “Too Many Arguments” in Shell Script, but not if run directly in a Terminal

I have a work station that stores images temporarily before compressed versions are uploaded to a server for safe keeping. I have an interest in deleting old files once a day at 3 AM using a script ...
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Sharing Mac but making sure the data can only be read

I am required to find a way to share my entire Mac with a potential buyer, since there is a lot of code involved that we want to guard I need to find a way to share my Mac with them without them being ...
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SSH fails on macOS Mojave 10.14.1

After updating to Mojave 10.14.1, all ssh connections fail: terminal ssh, scp, git, etc., all get a "broken pipe": ssh myserver -v OpenSSH_7.8p1, LibreSSL 2.7.3 debug1: Reading configuration data /...
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Set Bridge Adapter for Virtualbox VM on MacOS 10

I have a 2018 macbook pro with 10.14 OS. I tried to set up a Virtualbox VM with Ubuntu through Bridge-adapter mode (need the VM been seen on network). My macbook is connected to network through WiFi. ...
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FFMPEG not found on MACOS 10.13.6 after a brew install

I want to use ffmpeg to convert a video into a gif. I have installed it with brew using brew install ffmpeg --with-fdk-aac --with-ffplay --with-freetype --with-frei0r --with-libass --with-libvo-...
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Using a macbook, is there a way to make it so one key will create an open apostrophe and another will create a closed apostrophe?

I am "transliterating" Arabic so the apostrophes have nothing to do with apostrophe function. The open apostrophe represents the Arabic letter ع and the closed apostrophe represents the Arabic letter ...
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Disabled screen lock on macOS

Is there a way to disable the default behavior for macOS (10.13/10.14) of locking the screen x-amount of time after the screensaver or sleep begins? I have some Mac Minis in a computer lab. People ...
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A program takes up so many ram space on my mac [duplicate]

Recently, I found that my mac is laggy. I opened up Activity Monitor and there is a program called PDNcdNjo which takes 7 GB of ram even though I only have 4GB of ram in my computer. I closed the ...
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List main folders that contain non changed folders and files since a specific date macOS

I want to list the main folders in a directory that all their subfolders and files have a modified date older than a specific date. Any advice? I've tried this: find . -type d -newermt '7/15/09' from ...
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Unexpected file modifications on external exFAT SSD

After moving an external drive from I have a 1TB external SSD with a single exFAT partition. I plugged this into Mac OS X and write about 250GB worth of files. File contents seem normal. After ...
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Mojave SSH failure

have some weird issues regarding SSH access. I just reinstalled a brand new Mac with macOS Mojave. After configuring my ssh keys, i can connect to both of my Linux servers (Ubuntu 18.04 LTS and ...
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Security considerations for buying a used OSX machine?

Im looking at a used OSX machine, but have concerns over security of a used machine. The machine in question is a 2012 Macbook Pro laptop, with a removable HD and Ram and battery, this is one of the ...
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Why can I cat /dev?

I can cat /dev, I can ls /dev, I can't less /dev. Why does cat let me cat this directory but no other directories?
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How do I change or remove an alias in Zsh in MacOS? [duplicate]

I am trying to install a build tool on my Mac called please; however it seems the word "please" is already aliased to "sudo" and I don't know where that alias is being set. I'm using Oh My Zsh which ...
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APFS or JHFS+ for dual boot MacOSX Mojave / Fedora?

What filesystem, APFS or JHFS+ is needed for a dual boot system on Mac, OSX Mojave / Fedora? Will Fedora install into APFS?
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Move an off-screen window back on screen in macOS High Sierra 10.13.6

When high resolution external monitors are plugged in and unplugged the windows get rearranged and several of my apps routinely get moved almost entirely off screen. There is only a sliver of the app ...
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Playing Video in 4K Resolution Requires Changing Display Settings?

This may be a silly question, but I wasn't sure. I have a 4K monitor with a graphics card capable of displaying 4K video. However, my default screen resolution is 2K. (I'm on a Mac). Do I have to ...
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How do I upload an .mdf file to Azure Data Studio for Mac?

How could I access multiple databases at once using Azure Data Studio and import an existing .mdf file as one of those database, with tables and data that had been stored in that .mdf file?
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Why does my python background process shut down on his own (Mac OS) [closed]

I have a simple slackbot which is running with a python script. I wrote a .sh file to make it run in the background without having to keep the terminal open according to what I read here and there. ...
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How to create Debian preseeded ISO from macOS?

I would like to create a preseeded Debian ISO, but I only have a Mac available to do this. The instructions for creating the ISO is straightforward, but it involves the appending of a file using cpio,...
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How to rebase a branch from previous fork in one command?

So I'm trying to come up with a ZSH alias for Git that will rebase my current branch onto the branch it was originally derived (forked) from. Examples: Given the following branch names of A and B. ...
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Does any version of Microsoft PowerPoint for Mac OS export tagged PDF for accessibility?

Microsoft PowerPoint for MS Windows can export presentations (both in the old PPT and the newer PPTX format) to "tagged" PDF. This requires that the user checks the "tagged PDF" option or something ...
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tunnel in macOS ssh using netcat

I am trying to find the alternative command for this ubuntu ssh tunnel script. Unfortunately, there is no nc.traditional on Mac as far as I know and looked. What could be the alternative for this ...
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Exceptions to system wide hidden menu bar in macOS?

I rely on keyboard shortcuts for most things and I much prefer the clean look without the Menbu Bar, but there are Pro apps like Photohsop and 3D apps that have way too many features hidden around the ...
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How do I delete ~/Library/Mail with a com.apple.quarantine extended attribute?

I'm running macOS Mojave 10.14. Mail.app and our Exchange server periodically quit talking to one another. The primary symptom of this is that the Inbox shows nothing even though webmail and my ...
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Delete modems on OS X from the terminal

I attached a dodgy Android device to my Mac, which evidently has caused it to install literally one thousand dialup devices. This is the detail of one such dialup device. Here they appear in the ...
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Roaming Profiles vs File Sync, Mac OSX 10.14 Mojave

Is there anyway to make a roaming profile for Mac OSX 10.14 ? I've tried trawling google but not come up with a solution yet. I want this to synchronise whenever connected to the DC (Domain ...
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Quicktime default window position

I use Quicktime a lot to record audio, screen recordings, and movie recordings. But each time I open the app the window position is in the upper left corner, regardless of where I positioned it in the ...
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Will deleting my “/usr/local/” in macOS folder be a good start for a clean Python reinstall?

I am using macOS and have had trouble trying to install a Python package recently (SpiceyPy), I was lost in all the stuff that I had installed since I started using python. I did not really ...
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Prevent Stretching of Terminal Background on MacOS

This may seem like a silly question, but I am modifying the appearance of the terminal application using the profiles menu on MacOS 10.14. I have a nice high resolution image that I have used as a ...
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How can I decide to accept incoming connections or not in MacOs firewall?

Searching for the keywords "accept incoming connections" in ran into questions asking how to stop the message box keeping to pop up. I would rather like to know, quite generally, why application ...
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Default video app keeps resetting from MPV on MacOS

The Problem I use the mpv video player to play all videos on my mac, though I also have VLC installed. The problem is that after a while my default video application changes to VLC (and/or Quicktime, ...
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How to open a random file from a specified folder using AppleScript?

Here's the code I have now: tell application "Finder" get some file of (folder (POSIX file "Desktop/musics")) end tell
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Have a rather unique issue installing Ubuntu on Windows 10 Dell Inspiron [closed]

I have a Dell Inspiron (UEFI) with Windows 10 currently installed. I want to do a simple full install which would remove Windows 10. This is normally not a problem, but in this case, certain factors ...
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How do I use google fonts reliably with Mac version of Office 365 Word?

I would like to use some google fonts with an Office 365 Word document. I have a Mac OS version of Office 365. I understand the usual method is to set an option to embed font files when you save the ...
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Text not in line Word Mac

I'm trying to make the text in Word Mac OS inline with the other text I have. How do I fix this? See example here. (Text not inline with the red line)
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VirtualBox crashes on a macOS host when attempting to shutdown Ubuntu guest OS

I'm running a guest Ubuntu 18 on VirtualBox 5.2.20 on a host macOS Mojave on a MacBook Air. I installed everything using the default settings, and most of it works fine. However, when I attempt to ...
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Issues creating a custom netinstall image

Recently I had great success in creating a netinstall image of mac os x high sierra. I was able to generate the nbi file via system image utility. Was able to test run it on some of the mac os ...
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Why is Chrome on OSX resizing the window when the autohidden menu bar is shown/hovered instead of overlapping it?

I'm on Mojave and Chrome 69. When an app is in fullscreen mode and I move my mouse towards the top of the screen causing the Apple menu bar to display, it overlaps the current app for the duration ...
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Where does macOS Chrome store its cookie block list?

I had dozens of sites listed to block cookies under chrome://settings/content/cookies?search=cookie, but now suddenly (after an update, I'd guess) the list is blank. Where is this stored within my ...
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Searching for a filename on a Mac [closed]

I find it very frustrating that when I use Finder or Search on my Mac I cannot locate a file - all I get is the word if it internally occurs. Example: currently searching for my edit of Shakespeare's ...
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launchctl limit maxfiles vs sysctl kern.maxfilesperproc

I'm trying to understand MacOS High Sierra behavior. Here is the output on my machine: launchctl limit maxfiles maxfiles 256 unlimited sysctl kern.maxfiles kern.maxfiles: ...
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Install Linux on free MBR partition of bootcamp for Triple Boot?

I own a macbook pro that I have been using so far with MacOS High Sierra as well as Windows 7 (via Bootcamp) in dual boot. Now I intend to add another partition in order to install a Linux ...
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What would cause a Windows VM to consume native host disk space?

So, I've got a Windows10 virtual machine running on macOS via VMware Fusion. It's just the common, freely available Windows development VM. It's been allocated a significant portion of the hosts ...
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Make Chrome's menu more compact (vertically) in macOS

Desktop real estate is very important to me. Chrome is large and sometimes takes up too much space. Sometimes, I want two windows (one on top of the other), but they are just too clunky because of of ...