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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how to activate “Cut [Command+X]” option in Mac?

I am new to OS X and one thing that is constantly bugging me is the fact that I cannot move any file in Finder. I have to copy the file and then delete the file at the source. Can anyone help me out ...
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Snow Leopard with Cisco VPN won't turn off split tunneling

I have noticed when connecting to my office via my MacBook Pro that I'm able to access both the office network and my home network, in other words split-tunneling is turned on. We have explicityly ...
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Correcting “Python support for SSL and HTTPS is not installed”

I was working with mercurial tonight on Apple's OS X (10.5), and received this error message while attempting to clone from a repository over SSL: Python support for SSL and HTTPS is not installed ...
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Trouble Installing PEAR from Source, can't find libclntsh.dylib.10.1

I was asked to look over a laptop (OS X, 10.5) that was setup for a new developer, and I discovered that the pear executable was missing. This shop sets PHP up from source, so I navigated to the ...
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Is there a plugin of the OS X Terminal to display info about the current SSH session?

I would like my Terminal windows in OS X to display the security settings of any ssh tabs I have open, i.e. RSA/DSA, etc.
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GZIP not decompressing as a directory

I am trying compress a folder so I can FTP it to my web server. I am compressing on osx snow leopard and decompressing on ubuntu 8.04 These are the two commands I am running sudo git archive master ...
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Issues with Mac OS X pinging

I am trying to ping to IP's and host addresses, and this is the result, I am not sure this is a error but I am attempting to use a vpn and I can't get it to work. Pinging the IP should be working but ...
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Can Mac OS X interface with Cisco Pix 501 firewall?

Our office currently uses a dated Pix 501 to allow VPN connections. We have the option to upgrade to an ASA, but I'm wondering first if Pix are known to work with Macs? We've recently setup a Xserve ...
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How is it possible for rm to throw “not a directory” and “is a directory errors”?

I got a strange error the other day. Attempting to rm -rf nav/ a directory threw "not a directory", but trying to rm nav errored with "is a directory". How is this possible?
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snow leopard (osx): sudo preserving environment

Greetings, I would like to preserve my aliases after sudoing on OSX: sudo -s . .profile Is it possible to achieve this on a SINGLE command line? - i.e. something like: sudo -s ; . .profile tks ...
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IPv6 routing over VPN

I'm running OpenVPN on Debian Lenny and Tunnelblick on OSX. my goal is to have a fully routed VPN that supports IPv6. the OpenVPN server has a functional 6to4 device, so now my goal is to get the ...
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Vim keyboard remap on Snow Leopard (MacOs 10.6)

I want to have my external keyboard's HOME, END, PAGEDOWN and PAGEUP Working on Leopard's Terminal. So that I changed in Terminal > File > Preferences: Home: \033[H End: \033[F PageUp: \033[5~ ...
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launchd & launchctl Aqua session type on OSX Tiger

I have a script which I can successfully schedule using on OSX Leopard as follows :- launchctl load -w -S Aqua com.floehopper.script Apparently I need the Aqua session type because the script ...
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Where is This Mystery Print Job Hiding?

We have a OS X server running a print share. Papercut is used to charge people for printing. Someone sent a problem document to a printer, which caused the printer to give a RIP error and completely ...
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Free/Inexpensive Software For Monitoring Software Usage on OS X

What options are there for free or inexpensive software to track software usage (launch count and usage duration) on Mac OS X?
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Tunnelblick OpenVPN client on x64 Snow Leopard?

Apparantly the Tunnelblick OpenVPN client doesn't work on x64 Snow Leopard. Does anyone have a workaround or know of a timeline when it will be updated?
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Why do mcxquery and system profiler sometimes give different results?

When you manage a setting on a mac client through workgroup manager/open directory, you can verify its effect on the client in two ways. Open a Terminal and run mcxquery Run System Profiler, and ...
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How can I tell when a Mac switches access points?

I want to be able to tell when a MacBook (running OS 10.5) switches from one wireless access point to another. In the building I am in, with several wireless access points (all Airport Extremes, all ...
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Backing up an SVN repository on Mac OS X

I am trying to automate backing up an SVN server on my G5 running 10.5 Leopard. I already have Time Machine set up. I figured it would be best to exclude the SVN repository from Time Machine, and ...
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What is the best VPN for Mac/Windows/Linux Server

I have had bad luck when using hamachi, and I am looking for a good vpn that works on any network, and on Mac 10.6, Windows 7, and Ubuntu Linux Server. I've looked into OpenVPN but was way too ...
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How to connect MacOS X Snow Leopard to a Windows Server 2008 VPN?

My Windows PC can connect without problems to a Windows Server 2008 VPN at my office. Everything works. I set up the same VPN in my Mac with Snow Leopard. It connects, but I can't access any remote ...
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Compiling mcrypt on OSX 10.6 (Snow Leopard)

I'm trying to compile mcrypt-2.6.8 on OSX 10.6 ./configure --with-prefix=/opt/local/mcrypt ... configure: error: "You need at least libmhash 0.8.15 to compile this program. http://mhash.sf.net/" I ...
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Can an IT shop that is 'all novell' support Mac OS X?

I don't have the specifics on our company's network; but all the Windows PCs (Windows XP) currently in my new company's environment use novell client to sign in and use Novell's groupwise for email. ...
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How to completely disable IPV6 on Mac OS X (10.5 +)?

I'd like to avoid my Mac OS X machine from using ipv6 at all. I'm looking for a programmatic way to disable ipv6 on every network interface and, possibly, to avoid ipv6 support by the kernel at all. ...
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Package management on Mac OS X

Can anyone recommend a package management tool like apt-get or yum for Mac OS X? I've seen that Fink has ported apt-get to Mac OS X, is this a good way to go, or are there other/better options out ...
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Mac OS X system can connect to Samba share, but Windows XP can not

When accessing a server running Samba, Mac OS X opens a login window prompting for a username and password. With the correct username and password, I'm able to login and read/write to shares. Using ...
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MySQL 5.1 on Mac OS X 10.6 Install - How to get it working

Anyone know why when I grab the file: Mac OS X 10.5 (x86_64) from: http://dev.mysql.com/downloads/mysql/5.1.html#macosx-dmg and install via the PKG installer, I am getting a 32bit install (or so ...
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Mac Security vs Windows Security

Is the Mac OS rapidly coming up to a point where it has the same amount of security flaws as windows machines? The more macs in the world means the more people have them, and if more people have ...
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Mod_rewrite (CakePHP routing functionality) forbidden after Snow Leopard upgrade

I am using the standard Apple-provided installations of PHP 5.3 and Apache 2 to do web development on a Mac Pro that I just upgraded to Mac OS X 10.6 (Snow Leopard). The upgrade went well enough, if I ...
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How to tell if I'm in MacVim in .vimrc

In my .vimrc, I want to check if I'm in MacVim vs. regular vim so I can optionally set some MacVim-specific settings, which should not be applied to regular vim. How do I do this?
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how can I mount an nfs share on a mac laptop so when it is away from my network it doesn't hang

I can mount an nfs share on my linux machine just fine, but this is a macbook pro that is doing the mounting, and when the laptop goes away from my home network nfs hangs trying to communicate with ...
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WebDav issue with Mac OS X 10.5.3 onwards

We upgraded to Mac OS X 10.5.3 and getting problem when uploading files (PUT) to a webdav server (the server is Apache running on a Windows environment). When we drag and drop on to a webdav folder ...
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How do I stop Mac OS X from putting hidden .Trashes and .Spotlight-V100 folders/files on USB drives?

How do I stop Mac OS X from putting hidden .Trashes and .Spotlight-V100 folders/files on USB drives?
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Mail.app crashes when certain messages are selected

I recently migrated a user from OS X 10.4 to 10.5. When we run Mail.app, it will crash when certain messages are clicked. I've tried everything I could to get the mail in in a different way -- ...
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IE on VirtualBox to visit http://localhost on Mac OS X host [closed]

I use VirtualBox on my Mac to run IE for testing, but sometimes I want to test http://localhost. Is there a way to do that?
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What is the maximum length of a command line in Mac OS X?

I'm generating models in Ruby on Rails, and some of these tables have an awful lot of columns. What's maximum length of a command in Mac OS X?
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Incorrect checksum during recovery PostgreSQL database (32bits) from a backup on Mac Os X 64 bits

When I try to recover PostgreSQL database from a backup saved under my old version of Mac Os X 10.5 (32bits) on my new version 10.6 (64bits), I have this error : # sudo -u postgres ...
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OSX automatic login disabled, cannot re-enable

I'm a sysadmin for a school that has a iMac that is setup as the security computer, the security software needs to be running in order to record from the cameras, so the computer needs to be able to ...
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Enabling external accounts on Snow Leopard

I have a mac running snow leopard and I would like to create an external account (i.e. one which resides on a usb drive and shows up on the login screen when the usb drive is inserted ) . I tried ...
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Where should I modify the PATH var on OS X?

I recently installed MySQL on a new Mac OS 10.6.1 Snow Leopard system. MySQL seems to be running according to the control panel and the output of ps aux | grep mysql. However, on the command line the ...
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To set up DHCP in OSX

How can you set up a DHCP for OSX such that you can access your Macbook's shared network by iPod Touch? I have enabled internet sharing in OSX settings such that you I access the sharing by iPod. ...
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Apache 2.2 localhost VirtualHosts problems

I am trying to setup my dev machine with virtual hosts so I can access my development projects with a simple url, like http:// project.dev/ rather that a whole http:// ...
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Reset MySQL 5 root password on Mac OS X

I just installed MySQL 5 on Mac OS X Snow Leopard (10.6.1), set a password and forgot it. I tried to follow this tutorial: ...
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MySQL on Mac OS X Issues

I installed MySQL from: http://dev.mysql.com/downloads/mysql/5.0.html#macosx-dmg I am on OS X 10.5.8. I open Terminal and do: cd /usr/local/bin then: mysql -u root I get the following error: ...
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Does Mac OS X Server incorporate all the capabilities of Mac OS X?

I'm thinking about purchasing a copy of Snow Leopard Server as I'm setting up a web/mail server pretty soon. I also want to dig into things that the server has to offer. I'm looking into maybe getting ...
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How to access LVM partitions on OS X?

I need to access ext3 partitions over an LVM logical volume in a SATA HD connected through USB2 to my iMac with OS X 10.6 . Is it possible to see LVM volumes from OS X? How? Disk Utility says that ...
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Oracle 10g on Snow Leopard?

I have found a couple of pages on how to get this configured on Leopard (link and link), and then apparently an upgrade to Snow Leopard does not seem to complicate matters much. However, I'm already ...
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How can I replace all instances of a specified string in a text file with another string?

I have a file a.txt. I would like to replace all instances of "1.6" with "1.5" in that file, overwriting the original file.
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VMWare Fusion: Bridged Network Using a Bonded NIC

I'm attempting to set up a virtual machine in VMWare Fusion (2.0.5) but am having issues getting bridged networking to start. Whenever I start a virtual machine that I wish to use bridged networking I ...
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How do I configure freeSSHd on Windows Server 2008 so I can log in using ssh?

I've installed freeSSHd on a Windows Server 2008 box (following the instructions in How to install an SSH Server in Windows Server 2008), including: created a user named "dspitzer" with NTLM ...