Mac OS X is an operating system from Apple Inc. It was the successor to Mac OS 9 and here the 'X' means 10. Mac OS X is based upon the NeXTSTEP and OpenStep OSes developed in the 1980s and 1990s by NeXT Inc., which Apple purchased in 1996.

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FreeBSD: periodic(8) is too noisy. How can I control the noise level?

FreeBSD & MacOSX ship with the the periodic(8) utility, which is a neatly organized set of utilities to periodically run system functions like ZFS filesystem checks, security checks, checking for ...
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mstsc /admin for Microsofts RDP for Mac OS X

How do I access the reserved admin session using Microsofts RDP client on my Mac? The equivalent to mstsc /admin on the Windows client.
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OS X server large scale storage and backup

I really hope this question doesn't come across as trolling or asking for buying advice. It's not intended. I've just started working for a small ad agency (40 employees). I actually quit being a ...
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SSH through a SOCKS Proxy? (client = OpenSSH OS X)

I'm not sure if this question is best suited here on ServerFault or over on SuperUser. Thinking about it logically I think this is a sysadmin question, so I'm putting it here, and if the mods think it ...
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Can't resolve host through VPN connection from Mac OS X [closed]

The Preamble I set up a VPN connection from my Macbook, and it seems to connect successfully. However, I can't access my work computer because hostname doesn't get resolved: $ ping myusername ...
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Cron and rsync using file lock but is there a better way on Mac OS X Server?

I have this bash script and is run via cron on a regular interval: #!/bin/bash RSYNC=/usr/bin/rsync SSH=/usr/bin/ssh KEY=/Users/admin/Documents/Backup/rsync-key RUSER=philosophy RHOST=example.com ...
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Can we bond (with Manage Virtual Interfaces, or similar) across an USB Ethernet dongle and the Airport Wifi

We've got a Macbook Air (Actually, we've got some Airs, Some Pros and some iMacs). We've got a consistently annoying problem, which is that when they connect to our DHCP server, they've actually got ...
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How to set up Apache with Passenger (mod_rails) on Mac OS X?

I'm an iOS developer, so I have very little experience with Apache and RoR, and it's the first time I'm trying to use Mac OS X as server. http://rubyonrails.org/deploy recommends using Phusion ...
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OS X equivalent to ipconfig /registerdns?

Network is running a number of Mac's with Snow Leopard and having issues with DNS resolution (running Windows Active Directory environment with Windows DHCP handing out leases). Is there a way to get ...
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Tell me the pros and cons of using WebDAV over SSL for file server access instead of SMB

In the organisation I'm in we have a mixture of OS X and windows XP. For years the Macs have also connected via SMB to the fileserver, however it's always been a bit flaky. On OS X it's prone to ...
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Mac OS X printing to CUPS - More intuitive authentication failure?

We have a network-wide CUPS server that offers authenticated printer access to all our campus users. We've been pretty disappointed with the way Mac clients handle bad printing authentication, though. ...
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Displaying CUPS shared printers in a user's printer list on OS X Lion

Background We have a primarily Linux environment, but we have 40 Macs to support. I'm trying to integrate them into our standardized print system. We have about 50 printers shared from a CUPS server ...
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Mac OS X client crashes while mounting and writing to Linux server via NFSv4

We are a Linux shop with about 30 Macs to support. We have our Leopard and Snow Leopard systems set up with LDAP authentication and automounted NFSv3 home directories so our staff have the same login ...
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How to bidirectionally sync Oracle Calendar (SyncML) with Apple's iCal.app

I'm administering a number of Macs, whose users would like to be able to make use of iCal.app (and hence iPhone sync) to view and edit Oracle Calendar events. Is there a good way to bidirectionally ...
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Multicast hostname lookups on OSX

I have a problem with hostname lookups on my OSX computer. According to Apple's HK3473 document it says for v10.6: Host names that contain only one label in addition to local, for example ...
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Windows Server 2012 R2 performance for Mac OS X Clients (File Services)

I am inheriting a Windows 2012 R2 Server that is experiencing abysmal SMB/CIFS performance for Mac OS X Clients in particular. The server is doing file services and is an Active Directory Domain ...
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Mac OS X Server 10.6 - Apple's software mirrored RAID worth it?

I am installing an Intel Xserve (Quad core Xeon) with Snow Leopard Server (10.6) on two 80Gb 7200rpm SATA HDs. I created a mirrored RAID set using Disk Utility with those two drives, all went fine. ...
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How to scroll back in screen within a ssh session from osx?

Ok, i do the following: Open Terminal.app Open a ssh session to a remote linux server Open a screen session on the server Start a program who breaks with many lines of error reporting... How can i ...
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GUI in MacOS for defaults?

I'm not a Mac person (yet, plan to add that to the repertoire this year) but I've been following a lot of the Mac questions on SF. The defaults command comes up a lot and from the context of the ...
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Unencrypted equivalent of SSH reverse proxy

I'm looking for an equivalent of this: ssh -R 8888:10.0.0.2:8888 100.101.102.103 ie. make the service running on port 8888 on the local machine (10.0.0.2) look like a locally running service on a ...
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What are the benefits of XServe hardware and Mac OS X Server?

Are there any distinct benefits to going with Xserve hardware and OS X over standard Dell / IBM servers running Windows Server (2003 or 2008), are there any tasks they are reputed to be better at?
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How is DNS lookup configured for OSX Mountain Lion?

If I cat my resolv.conf, I see this message: # # Mac OS X Notice # # This file is not used by the host name and address resolution # or the DNS query routing mechanisms used by most processes on # ...
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How does one escape the “ ` ” (accent grave/backtick) in a path?

I tend to prefix oft-used files and folders with the "accent grave" character (non-shift tilde, the back-tick, or plain-old accent, whathaveyou..), as it is easy to get at, and let's me sort things ...
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How to maintain a macports installation

I've used the apt family of package managers for some time and started using macports last year when I got a laptop. I'm at a bit of a loss at the best way to keep packages up-to-date though, and any ...
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Ensure Macs get correct machine name from DHCP?

I have a problem in our network where our Mac's occasionally get given the wrong machine name while, I guess, getting a new DHCP lease. The DHCP servers are Windows based - the bulk of our network ...
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What is an “application firewall”?

Trying to find out more about apple's "Firewall". What exactly is it? In /usr/libexec/ApplicationFirewall there are a bunch of undocumented programs, I've wandered through the mystery maze of ...
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SSH hangs without password prompt

Just reinstalled OS X and for some reason I now cannot connect to a specific machine on my local network via SSH. I can SSH to other machines on the network without any problems, and other machines ...
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Is writing on NTFS partition from mac os considered safe now?

I want to use my external USB hdd formatted as NTFS on my Mac and want full read/write previledge there. I know there are third party drivers to accomplish this (like MacFUSE) but I want to know how ...
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Does joining a Lion Open Directory with Windows actually work?

According to https://help.apple.com/advancedserveradmin/mac/10.7/#apd52648A71-571A-433C-81A8-2A7792333F22 it's possible to join a Lion Open Directory using a Windows machine, making it think it's ...
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How to you create a wildcard DNS entry in Mac OS X 10.6 Server DNS GUI?

The GUI does not accept "*". How, through the GUI, do I create a wildcard subdomain? OR Where is the Bind installation in the OSX 10.6 Server filesystem?
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NX Server lower-case d minimizes from OS X Client?

I've installed NX Server on Ubuntu Maverick Meerkat (10.10) using the instructions found here: https://help.ubuntu.com/community/FreeNX I have a problem using the default NX Client for OS X (10.6) ...
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VMWare Fusion — Locked File after Power Cut

After a power cut VMWare Fusion (under Mac OS X 10.5.7) shows that a CentOS 5 .vmx is locked. Clicking on the "padlock" brings up a dialogue with this message. This virtual machine appears to ...
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Permission issues with Samba and OS X

I'm having some serious permission issues with Mac client machines (OS X Snow Leopard) connected to a UNIX server (running CentOS) through Samba. No matter which permissions I set for a file on the ...
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ssh hangs without password prompt — works in root or other accounts

I had ssh key based login working fine. Then, I changed the hostname on my computer, and the key based login stopped working. Seemed to make sense. the keys probably relied on my old hostname. So, I ...
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How to deploy 10 new iMac and configure it programatically

What is the best and quicker way to deploy and customize a number of newly arrived iMacs (say 10 or more) using an already configured iMac, a DHCP/DNS server, a LAN and Remote Desktop installed on the ...
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Mac OS X install on PC Hard Drive? [closed]

I have a brand new desktop system that i'd like to put os x on. its a brand new system inside and out. i built it from scratch. its an intel p4 3.2 ghz. I also have a MacBook which is about a year old ...
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Why does CTRL-r act weirdly (showing only part of a command) on OS X

Ctrl-r is a great little tool for searching your .bash_history for previously run commands. However, when I use it in my OS X Terminal.app I see weird behavior, and I was wondering if anyone else ...
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Does Mac OS X throttle the RATE of socket creation?

This may seem programming related, but this is an OS question. I'm writing a small high performance daemon that takes thousands of connections per second. It's working fine on Linux (specifically ...
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How do I mount ext2 or ext3 filesystems on OSX?

I would like to mount an ext2/3 filesystem on a mac running 10.5.
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Postgresql installation issues on OS X

I used Fink to install postgresql on os x. when i try to start psql, i get: psql: could not connect to server: No such file or directory Is the server running locally and accepting ...
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How to correctly install Subversion in Mac OS X?

A task has emerged to install latest subversion for a group of mac os x users (latest mac os version). I have tried first to install it manually from subversion.tigris.org, 'opencollabnet binary' ...
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Remote *background* GUI login to OSX workstation?

I'm wanting to be able to login in to the OS X GUI remotely, in the background, i.e. without interrupting anyone that is currently sitting in front of the machine. Apple Remote Desktop or VNC don't ...
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Remove large file on Mountain Lion when disk is full

I ran a process that was writing stderr log messages to a file and didn't realize how fast the log file would grow. The result is that the log file filled up the entire rest of my hard drive and now ...
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Upgrading from php 5.3 to php 5.4 with Macport

PHP5.4 has been available for sometime now and Macport recently caught up with the release of port php54 but the process of upgrading is not as clear as possible. Even worst for those who are new to ...
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Where does MySQL store its database files on OS X?

As I would like to move those files from one server to another server, while the database is offline.
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Defining a persistent static route on Mac OS X

How does one define a static route on MacOS X which persists through reboots? The only suggestion I've found on Google advises setting up a launchd service to run at boot, which seems like a horrible ...
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VNC viewer not connecting to MAC from PC

I have a VNC server running on a Mac. When I try to use a VNC viewer, it says "no matching security types". Is there any other software which can connect to a Mac like RDP? If iI use screen sharing ...
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Write-only access that can see the files present?

In our schools, we have network shares for different classes containing "Hand In, Hand Out" folders. Students put their work in the Hand In folder, and teachers put assignments in the Hand Out ...
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How do I startup Xserve OS X without the GUI?

I'd like to start-up Xserves at Unix run level 3. At least turn off the GUI and have all the service app (networking, ssh, apache, mysql, etc.) running in the background. Is this possible? How do I ...
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hdparm on OS X

On Linux, I can verify and change the low level parameters of my disk drive using hdparm. Is there an utility providing the same capabilities for OS X, or perhaps some other way of manipulating the ...