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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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Mouse click only works once with iterm2/tmux/mosh

I'm trying to set up iTerm2 + mosh + tmux to do my remote work. I can get everything to connect up, but for some reason, the mouse response is funky. If I split my tmux window so I have two panes and ...
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How can I make non-anti-aliased text look good in Firefox on Mac OS X?

After being a Windows user for the last 10 years, I got a MacBook Pro, which I'm working on configuring to my liking. I find small-size anti-aliased text to be blurry and hard to read, so I typically ...
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Why does Google Chrome listen on port 8000?

Occasionally when starting up a development server (again), it will die with the message that the port 8000 is already in use. Running $ lsof -n -i4TCP:8000 | grep LISTEN then reveals Google ...
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OS X: From ipfw to pfctl - Forward port 80 and 443

I found a way to forward ports 80 and 443 to other arbitrary ports (3000 and 3001 in my case) using ipfw. But ipfw is deprecated and replaced by pfctl. Here are my ipfw declarations: sudo ipfw flush ...
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Scaling display for Mac OSX in VMWare

I'm running Mac OSX 10.10 under VMWare 12, my monitor is a 4K 27" display - so the text is tiny. I opened System Preference -> Display -> Scaled, but the only option available is 3840 x 2160 (my 4K ...
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How to close Forticlient on OS X without admin password

I'm using Forticlient (v5.2.5.383) on OS X, and every time I quit the application it asks for my admin password in order to close. I've never seen such behavior from any other application — including ...
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OS X: let scutil use stored secret when connecting L2TP VPN

This is a follow-up question of Start configured VPN from command line (OSX). I tried the answer by @encoded, which suggests the following command: scutil --nc start [A-name-of-VPN-configuration-...
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Highlighting tool overlap with multiple lines in Mac Preview on Yosemite

I updated to Yosemite on my MacBook Pro. When I try to highlight two lines of text on Preview, the highlight overlaps, which looks really horrible. Is there a way to control the height (size) of the ...
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Unintentional vi mode in iTerm on Mac?

I occasionally find that while working in iTerm the default Readline key bindings are replaced with the vi keybindings. For example, I will try to go to the beginning of the line with ctrl-a, and ...
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Keyboard shortcut to switch to specific app in OS X

In Windows, I can switch to an open app, or an app that has a shortcut pinned to the taskbar, using the shortcut Win+{num}, where num is the index of the app in the taskbar. For example, if I've ...
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Change compile flags for Homebrew

We're building a large C++ application on OS X Yosemite 10.10. This application relies on a number of third-party libraries which we install using Homebrew prior to building our application. Our ...
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Two mice, two separate settings on mac

Is it possible to have separate settings (tracking speed, scrolling speed etc...) for each individual pointing device on OS X? In system preferences there are separate settings for mice and trackpads,...
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Rsync fails for files that start with underscore when destination is zfs

I'm using rsync3.1.0pre1 on Mac OS X 10.8.5, and am trying to rsync one folder to another. The destination is a ZFS volume mounted via SMB. The problem I'm having is that files that start with ...
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Weird rendering artefact in vim (terminal, not MacVim)

Running Mac OS X, using either Terminal.app or iTerm2, there is a strange artefact with the character rendering that I have a hard time explaining and an even harder time understanding. I'll start ...
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Mac OS X routing table protection

I'm looking for a way to protect my Mac OS 10.8 routing table. After connecting to my employer's network using the Cisco AnyConnect Secure Mobility Client, a bunch of new routes are installed into my ...
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How exactly does one install `.egg` files?

When I tried downloading the Sphinx installer here, my computer couldn’t find a default application to run the installer. easy_install doesn’t work either. I’m running Python 2.7 but only have ...
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Links from external software opens in wrong Chrome window

Let me explain in a step by step fashion: Open chrome (Left screen), start browsing etc. Open a new tab in chrome and drag it to my Right screen with, let's say, youtube with some music Click on a ...
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How to stop minimized Chrome windows opening automatically in Mac OS

I often leave a Chrome window minimized in the Dock (with something I want to read/do later, and don't want to find again, for example). In the meantime, though, I'll often click on links in emails, ...
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Upload file via URL

I'm a recent Mac convert. In Windows when I wanted to upload a file to a website I could do this (see the URL in the File Name text field): However there's no way to do that in the upload dialog for ...
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Auto-close unused applications in OS X

I am a software programmer and I almost never reset or shut down my Apple computer. Over time, I open a lot of windows, and I don't close them, because I am focused on doing other things. I was ...
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How can I swap the usage of the 'fn' key for my Razer Blackwidow on OSX?

I just bought the Razer Blackwidow 2013 keyboard, and after installing drivers (Synapse 2.0) I run into a strange issue: My function keys started to work very strange. They started to use their "...
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How can I switch tty on a Mac (equivalent of chvt in Linux)?

Is there a way to switch between different tty from a Mac terminal? This would be an equivalent to the chvt command on Linux.
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What to do about the vmmap process in Mac OS X always hogging the CPU?

I am running Mac OS X 10.13.5 High Sierra, and I have always had my Activity Monitor up. My computer would every now and then freeze for a few seconds completely and then act normal again. When this ...
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OSX: gpg command error, dyld: Library not loaded:

After I migrating my MacBook, I found out I miss the command gpg. And it threw this error when I wanted to install rvm ⋊> ~ gpg 15:...
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USBProber replacement in El Capitan

There used to be a useful utility called USBProber for OS X, but I can no longer locate it. I am assuming it has been replaced by another utility, but I am not sure what Apple replaced it with or ...
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On Mac, how can I set a default program to open *all* unknown files?

On Mac I often have files that are unknown to OS X. Opening the file results in a popup asking me to choose a file or search the Mac App Store. I know that for files I can set the default program to ...
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Best way to share guest folder with host computer

I am running a Ubuntu VM on my MacOS X (host) using VMWare Fusion. I have found a lot of information about sharing the host partition with the guest VM but not much on sharing the guest folder/...
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How can I diagnose why my launchd task isn't running on schedule?

I've read the launchd.plist man page, Is launchd supposed to pick up "missed" events?, and launchd seems ignore StartCalendarInterval on Yosemite but none of those have allowed me to ...
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Linux compatibility layer for Mac OS X

I have a closed-source piece of Linux software written in a combination of Java and C. The application installs on my Mac (it uses InstallAnywhere), however, it isn't intended to run on a Mac. The ...
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Can you make desktop shortcuts to Seamless mode Windows apps in VirtualBox on OSX?

Running the latest version of VirtualBox on OSX and hosting a Windows virtual machine. Is there a way to put shortcuts on your Mac desktop for the Windows apps that you run in seamless mode? I can't ...
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How to connect to Linux USB serial gadget using Mac OS X?

I have an embedded device, on which I use the USB gadget USB interface to either make it available as a mass storage device, or enable access over USB serial using the g_serial module. While I can ...
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I want to monitor and limit OS X's data transfer while I'm tethering via my iPhone

So, I have an iPhone with Sprint service. They offer a mobile hotspot add-on option. Sprint will offer me 5GB of data transfer under this plan, but then they will charge me extra. Specifically, they ...
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How to increase screen resolution on OSX VM for Parallels?

I used Parallels 7 on my macbook to create a osx vm with the restore image, and that worked fine, the only problem is that I can't seem to be able to change the screen size, which magically seems to ...
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Replace or disable OS X dns cache?

I'm having trouble with OS X's dns cacher and I'm wondering if it's possible to simply disable it or replace it with a better / more configurable program? I don't suppose it's as easy as deleting an ...
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Enable SMB file sharing on OS X - “Incorrect Password”

I have a Mac running Snow Leopard connected to an Active Directory domain. I can share folders on the Mac and view files from Windows without problems. When I try to enable my Mac account for write ...
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Can’t download Mac OS X 10.11 (El Capitan)

I am trying to install Mac OS X 10.11 (El Capitan). The traditional way just going to the Mac App Store it s not working ( I tried several times (5times) and the download it’s ALWAYS stopping at 1....
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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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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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macOS Google update fails with “Agent is running as user id 502, which is not the console user. Bailing”

I am using an iMac with High Sierra (10.13.2). There are some problems with it running slowly and as part of the investigation have looked at the system.log file. Google Software Update seems to be ...
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Why is Inkscape so pixelated on Mac?

Why is Inkscape so pixelated on Mac? I have: MacBook Pro (Retina, 15-inch, Late 2013) NVIDIA GeForce GT 750M 2 GB Intel Iris Pro 1536 MB And here is how I see Inkscape: [Click for larger image.] ...
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Is it possible to tell iCloud Drive to ignore certain files and certain patterns?

I want some sort of a .gitignore equivalent to iCloud Drive, where I can tell it to ignore certain files and patterns like node_modules or some large_document.pdf that I don't necessarily want to sync....
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VNC from MacOS screen sharing to linux Ubuntu

I’m trying to screen share from a MacBook to a VM running Ubuntu on Parallels on a MacBook Pro on the same network. I can ssh to it fine, but using the same account and IP address in MacOS screen ...
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macOS Sierra doesn't support Acer X34 4k resolution with HDMI

I just updated to macOS Sierra. My Acer X34 monitor doesn't work in 4k anymore, it used to work just fine with El Capitan. The max resolution option I get is 1080p. I'm using an HDMI cable because I ...
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How make docker to work under Cisco AnyConnect VPN connection?

When I'm initializing VPN connection via Cisco AnyConnect client, I'm loosing connection to docker daemon. My guess (backed by some googling) is that this has something to do with with routing ...
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Bluestacks Application - Failed to Load Channels. Unable to connect to the Internet

I have installed the Bluestacks 2 application on Mac OS X (El Capitan). The application is installed successfully. When I launch the application, I get this weird error "Failed to load channels. ...
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How can I exclude a port from macports upgrade outdated?

I want to update all my outdated ports, but as libgcc-devel takes upwards of 3 hours to build, I want to exclude it. The tip I read on the internet is applying logical operators. So I run $ sudo port ...
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SSL handshake fails for google.com only, in all browsers

I can't connect to google.com via HTTPS on any browser (Safari, Firefox or Chrome). All other sites (HTTPS or not) are fine. The error I get is ERR_CONNECTION_CLOSED in Chrome, Secure Connection ...
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USB Drive will not mount in OSX Guest in VMWare Fusion

I have a Yosemite (10.10.2) host with a Mavericks (10.9.5) guest in VMWare 7. I have a seagate 3TB drive mounted on Yosemite. I connect the seagate to the guest using the icon on the toolbar. The ...
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Can't scroll back after cat with mosh, tmux and iterm2 setup

My setup is the following: https://filippo.io/my-remote-shell-session-setup When I do apt-get update on my server I can see all the output and am also able to scroll back as I expect. When I do cat ...
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OSX shortcut for switching input language working erratically

I'm using the keyboard shortcut option+shift+command+L to select the next source in the input menu. When I'm doing language work I frequently have to switch between Arabic and English keyboard layouts/...