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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Mount a ext4 partition on Mac OS X

Is it possible to mount a Linux ext4 partition on Mac OS X? Please describe the procedure - risk free - thanks. Edit Aug 2012 The best solution I found was to use a 2nd machine with Linux, mount ...
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Running Mac OS X (non-server) on an Xserve?

I have a Xeon Xserve running Mac OS X Server 10.4. I'm very much not a fan of Mac OS X Server, and would prefer running plain old Mac OS X 10.5 on it. But I'm worried that I'd lose some features in ...
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Workaround for using “.local” as a Leopard Server's hostname?

Using ".local" as your hostname breaks Kerberos (and other services) in Mac OS Server 10.5 Advanced because the server will only do Bonjour lookups instead of checking with the DNS Server(s). There is ...
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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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Active Directory password update not recognized on OS X 10.7.3?

We have a few Macs in our office which are bound to our Active Directory (Server 2k8R2) domain for login authentication and access to file shares. For the most part this has worked without trouble. I ...
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Create a Guest Virtual Machine from command line in VMWare ESXi/vSphere 4?

Finding I have access to a Windows machine less and less these days and am a bit frustrated by the lack of a Virtual Infrastructure Client for Mac or Linux. I have SSH setup on my ESXi hosts and have ...
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AFP painfully slow

Copying a file using AFP took 40 minutes but using scp it only took 7 mins. Why is AFP so slow? My setup: D-Link DIR-300 wifi router iMac with Snow-Leopard serves AFP Macbook with Leopard is the ...
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OS X: Finder error -36 when using SMB shares on a Samba server bound to AD

We're looking at deploying SMB homes on Debian (5.0.3) for our mac clients rather than purchasing four new Xserves. We've got our test servers built and functioning properly. Windows clients behave ...
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Where does macports log its stdout?

Does it even log output? In particular, I'm trying to find out how I can recover those messages about, for example, how to use the updated version of Python, or how to use launchd to start a new app ...
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pkg-config on Mac Doesn't find Libraries

I have been installing a bunch of libraries lately from the GNOME sources on Mac. They use pkg-config. Every time I run a configure, it complains that it can't find library XYZ, which I installed to ...
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OS X AFP shares and access

I am running 10.5.6 Client as a mini server and am having problems with AFP shares. All clients are OS X 10.5.7 I have created three users for 'File Sharing' only on the 'server'. I have created ...
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Setting up a Mac Mountain Lion NFS client to securely access Debian NFS server

Okay, I’m going just about insane here. Trying to set up an OS X (10.8.2) NFS client to connect to Debian (6.0.6) nfs server. I’ve mostly been following instructions here: ...
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Mac Server Access.log concerns, possibly hacked? (newb sorry)

this is what my web access.log looks like (well a short snippet) 46.4.33.46 - - [20/Jul/2011:11:56:18 +0100] "GET http://allegro.pl/matematyka-wokol-nas-6-zeszyt-cwiczen-czesc-1-2-i1727657348.html ...
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gitolite unable to exec git

I am having issues setting up gitolite. Server is Mac OS X Server 10.5.8 and client is Mac OS X 10.6.6. Both are running git 1.7.3.4 compiled from source. I'm following the documentation as best as I ...
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How can I tie togeather extra space on Macintosh desktops with a distributed filesystem?

I have access to a bunch of Mac desktops, the hard drives of which are under-utilized. I want to set up a distributed filesystem to gang them together into one large virtual volume. The server has to ...
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How to append new DNS server via command line?

I'm trying to write a bash script for OS X that will change will add a nameserver for the current connection. I've got the command to change the DNS servers but I need to preserve the current ...
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Recommended Mac anti-virus client

What anti-virus client do you recommend for Macs used in an office setting? (I am not asking if you should run AV on Mac, I'm asking for client recommendations.) Candidates: Sophos ClamxAV Others? ...
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What is the effect of adding a user on a MySQL slave?

This is on a Ubuntu 12.04 server running MySQL 5.5 which is slaved to an OS X server running MySQL 5.1 Logrotate has been sending error: error running shared postrotate script for ...
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What Is The Recommended Way To Backup OS X Open Directory?

We have recently bought a Mac Mini preloaded with Mountain Lion Server to use as an Open Directory master, and I'm not clear on how the data for Open Directory is supposed to be backed up. We are ...
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Add static route through DHCP

I'm trying to get an OSX Lion Server to provide a static route to its clients (all OSX Lion) over DHCP. I can't get the client to actually apply the static route. So far, I've managed to get the ...
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Mount Mac OS X 10.7 share on CentOS?

I need to create a mount point/share on a Mac OS X 10.7.4 (non-server) machine that a CentOS 5.2 box can mount. I've searched a ton but most instances are for using a linux server and Mac client... ...
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Moving files off volume and then back on while preserving all attributes?

I have a situation where I'm testing a new filesystem that has an issue with some metadata. All of the files are intact, however I ultimately have to effectively move every single file off to another ...
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How to fix OSX client to Windows share hangs?

I have 2 x MacBook Pro's (OSX 10.6.7) that access files stored on a 64-bit and a 32-bit Windows 7 PC. The MBP clients can connect to the Windows shares and transfer files with no problem. However, ...
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Looking for zsh completion file for osX native commands

I've been digging deep into what actually comes with osX in /usr/bin and especially /usr/libexec. Quite good stuff really, although the command syntax is a bit.. odd. Let me direct the curious to ...
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What storage system and file server system should I use for 4TB of design images?

We are a design company who have grown quickly. We currently are housing our design data within one Dell server in a raid array, with HDD backups taken weekly onto external HDD drives. I'm looking ...
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Mac OS X Server add server user

What's the recommended way to add a user to Mac OS X Server that doesn't need all the hoopla associated with Workgroup Manager? There are many users pre-configured in Mac OS X Server (www, root, ...
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How do I get a Mac to request a new IP address from another DHCP server running in parallel while NetBooting?

I have an interesting situation. I'm trying to us a Linux based machine to allow Mac's to Netboot (similiar to PXE boot) by running a DHCP service in parallel with the "global" DHCP server. The ...
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Painfully slow login to AD bound Mac OS X Leopard machine when off home network

Just looking for a little help with this problem that seems to trip a lot of people up and is causing me no end of grief. I have a number of fully patched OS X Leopard machines that are bound to my ...
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Know (at a glance) your Mac client is up-to-date

We have over a thousand Mac clients, and occassionally issue changes that affect many or all of them (such as installing new software, creating local user accounts, or applying updates). I want to ...
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Terminal.app does not support alt/meta/command-key modifiers such as meta-backspace

This was observed on Mac OS X 10.5, running Terminal.app. On a native Linux machine, from a bash command prompt, typing meta-backspace deletes up until the most recent whitespace. On a Mac, it ...
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Mac OS X desktop background gets reset to “Andromeda Galaxy.jpg” when users log out

I'm running Mac OS 10.6 server, and have a set of 10.6 and 10.7 workstations connected to it for authentication and MCX. Users have network profiles (home folder stored on server, via AFP). When ...
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Default file permissions when copying from Windows share to OS X

I have an issue that I haven't been able to find an answer for. I have a handful of Mac designers here that started using a program called Articulate to generate flash objects to embed on our ...
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MySQL Error for Mac OSx

I'm trying to run the mysql command on my mac osx but keep getting the error: ERROR 2002 (HY000): Can't connect to local MySQL server through socket '/tmp/mysql.sock' (2) I did try researching ...
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Access rights issue in MAC

I have a Mac machine running Mac OS Version 10.6.6. I have added my mac machine to a domain controller (which runs Windows version of server) and allow users from domain controller to login. Because ...
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Mac OSX 10.6 leaves open files on Windows Server

We've got several Mac OS X 10.6 clients who connect to our Windows 2000 & 2003 File Servers - No Active Dir, just file shares. I'm finding that the Mac clients keep lots of connections open on ...
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Mac OS X Server (10.5) mail trapped in queue

We've got mail accumulating in our Leopard Server's queue and not sure exactly why. This machine has required little maintenance over the years so I'm hoping someone here spot the obvious and save us ...
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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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PHP & MySQL on Mac OS X: Access denied for GUI user

This question was first posted to Stack Overflow, but as it is perhaps just as much a server issue I though it might be just as well to post it here also. I have just installed and configured Apache, ...
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How do I stop the natd log spam on Mac OS X with Internet Sharing?

I have InternetSharing enabled on my Mac (Leopard), so that my iPhone can get access to the internet in a wireless environment. Every second or so, I get the following error sent to system.log: ...
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OSX Server - How to set environment variable on network user login

I have a group of users on my server, "Developers", and I would like an environment variable to be set for them whenever they login. More specifically, when anyone in this group logs in, I would ...
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OSX SL Server CalDav/DirectoryServices Authentication Error

I have a OSX SL Server (Version 10.6.8) that has been in production with about 40 users for approximately a year now. Since day one I have had problems where occasionally a users iCal client throws ...
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Update a number of airport extremes

I have a number of airport extremes within a school setting. Is there a tool to manage WiFi access (through mac address) centrally so that I only need to make an update once and all airport extreemes ...
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Preferred Email Client For Multi OS Environment

In a mixed OS environment (namely Windows, OSX and Linux), which is your preferred Email client when using imap, but also requiring Calander support? Preferrably, one client for all platforms.
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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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Is it safe to add additional 127.0.0.1 entries to /etc/hosts?

I want to add this entry: 127.0.0.1 api.localhost To test the api of my web app. However, the hosts file says: ## # Host Database # # localhost is used to configure the loopback interface # ...
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Is Apple going to miss out by not allowing to virtualise Mac OS X? [closed]

As far as I know you are not legally allowed to virtualise Mac OS X. Recently Amazon added Windows support to EC2 so you can now run Windows, Solaris, BSD and Linux instances in the cloud. With Apple ...
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How to setup the Mac OS X Terminal so it's *just peachy*?

My Terminal is awesome, has every detail just right (for me anyway), and now I'm setting up a few new macs around here and I have no idea whatsoever how to get their terminals to a pretty state. My ...
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What are the most useful “defaults”? [closed]

Mac OS X has a commandline tool called "defaults". It lets you set certain properties, for example: enable the "Debug" menu in Safari: defaults write com.apple.Safari IncludeDebugMenu 1 What is ...
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How can you determine the version of OS X on a machine that doesn't boot?

I have been given a Mac to repair after a failed update, and may not be able to get reliable information about which update was being applied, or, indeed, to which operating system. If the system ...
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Historical Question: anyone know why the Mac OS FTP client was designed read-only?

I always found it odd that Mac OS X's "Connect to server" menu let's you read and write to every protocol it supports but FTP. Is it just one of those mysteries, or have they ever discussed why this ...