The default Unix shell used by Terminal in Mac OS X

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Setting a firmware password

Currently trying to use a script (preferably shell) to setup the firmware password on a fresh OSX install. I obviously found this: http://osxdaily.com/2014/01/06/set-firmware-password-mac/ which ...
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Using bash/terminal to get number of battery recharge cycles

I would like to get the number of recharge cycles using bash (terminal commands). I understand the following command will display all of the battery data, but I want the cycle count on its own ioreg ...
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Find all executable files within a folder in terminal

I have a folder myfolder that contains a huge hierarchy of files/folders. How to find all executable files within this folder? On Ubuntu this works: find . -executable -type f But Mac OS X Mavericks ...
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Log software usage time on Mac OS 9 (Oct. 1999)

I'm needing to log the time a user spends inside of an application in Mac OS 9. I created a simple bash script "launcher" to do this, but then discovered OS 9 doesn't have bash installed. Here is the ...
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Terminal.app equivalent of `xterm -e 'cmd'`

With xterm (and gnome-terminal, terminator, etc), you can run the following command: $ xterm -e 'vim somefile.txt' xterm will open and run the specified program (in this case, Vim). When the ...
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Locating an app by its bundle identifier from the command line

I am looking for a way to find an app's location on the system from the command line using its bundle identifier. I can open it like this: open -b 'com.zerotier.ZeroTierOne' ... where ...
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What options does Terminal pass to bash on startup?

In the Terminal preferences, I'm able to configure the Terminal to "Open shells with:" -> "Command (complete path):" /opt/local/bin/bash. What options is the terminal passing when invoking this ...
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Bash Terminal keeps showing “No such file or directory” at startup

-bash: /Users/MarksMac/Library/Enthought/Canopy_64bit/User/bin/activate: No such file or directory Basically, how do i remove the above error? I am using a mac 10.9.1 I have tried looking up ...
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Why isn't `history -a` working?

I am working under OS X 10.9.1 (Mavericks), using Terminal, which reports that it is GNU bash, version 3.2.51(1)-release (x86_64-apple-darwin13) I noticed some weird issues where history was not ...
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Opening Terminal shows a list of ttys - unable to use

Having the latest Mavericks installed, I tried to update PATH using nano and creating a .bash_profile file. I'm not sure what happened, but now when trying to run Terminal all that shows is a list of ...
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Cannot return to EOL after leaving in Bash vi mode

In terminal, after leaving the EOL in bash in vi mode, I cannot return to it, which makes it quite annoying to delete the last character. To replicate, with blank bash_profile and inputrc, set ...
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OSX Bash for loop - issues with spaces in folder names?

I'm getting a bit confused on how to handle spaces in path names when returned in a for loop. Rationale: I'm cleaning up the permissions on folders and files that I copy over from Windows. Most of ...
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Add color to custom ls alias

I created an alias to display permissions in octet format: alias lso="ls -l | awk ' { k=0; for (i=0;i<=8;i++) k+=((substr($1,i+2,1)~/[rwx]/)*2^(8-i)); if (k) printf("%0o ",k); ...
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Mavericks - strange behavior creating simlink in root directory

I want to create a simlink called /home, that points to /Users. The command sudo ln -s Users home (executed in /) should work; at least, I've demonstrated that the syntax is correct by creating a ...
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What could be preventing my backup script from running?

I'm having trouble getting a simple backup script to run. The following script runs most of the time, but occasionally it fails entirely (without printing out any log information). Is there something ...
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Hidden login script

I have a bash shell script that runs on login. Even though I selected the "hide" checkbox in system preferences, iTerm still shows while running it. How do I completely hide it?
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How can I customise the Terminal.app prompt [duplicate]

I have been using Terminal with xterm-256color emulation. I want to set the prompt to display the current directory in colour, as I used to under Linux. I have set the PS1 environment variable, but ...
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How do I link/call an actual shell script saved within an Applescript app?

What's the correct syntax in the Applescript below to make this app run by double clicking on it rather than how it runs now by just running the Applescript in the AS script editor? The Shell script ...
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Trying to remove files listed in file with AppleScript with do shell script call

The following code is an example of what I'm using at the moment, but it keeps erroring out on me: do shell script "find /Applications -name 'Bingo.app' > /tmp/remove_files" with administrator ...
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In iTerm, why is a command shell's command not picking up things on my $PATH?

I've got a script in my ~/.bin directory that changes iTerm's background before starting an SSH session (as detailed here, script slightly modified from this version). If I start a regular login ...
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messed up .bash_profile while configuring PostgreSQL

I am quite new to Terminal use. While installing and activating a local PostgreSQL server on my MacBook Pro (OS 10.6.8) I definitely messed up my .bash_profile (probably by messing around with user / ...
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bash: Searching with ls

Is there a bash command that can be used as Spotlight or an option with ls that only prints files containing certain text? I want to be able to open Terminal and type something ls -SOMEOPTION filename ...
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install libsoup on macbook pro

I have a shell script from a open source project, when I run it in terminal, I get the following error: ./configure: line 17678: syntax error near unexpected token `soup,' ./configure: line 17678: ` ...
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What's the BSD equivalent of the linux date command for adding subtracting days/weeks/months from a given date?

I have a given date, such as 2013-10-31 and I need to accurately determine the next day (taking into account DST, leap years, leap minutes, timezones, etc). I also have now way of knowing if the date ...
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Trying to install CocoaPods using terminal getting command not found

Im trying to install CocoaPods using terminal. In their official website it is written: installing it is as easy as running the following commands in the terminal: $ [sudo] gem install cocoapods $ ...
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\Trace/BPT trap: 5 when using open from terminal

After upgrading to Maverick, I can't use the open command anymore from the terminal. Whenever I do, I get: $ open http://google.de Trace/BPT trap: 5 This is independent on the document chosen. $ ...
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SIPS: Only Resize if Image is 315x300?

I'm currently using sips --resampleHeightWidth 250 300 "S1" to resize new images in a folder but I think that it might be resizing images that were already resized.. Is there anyway to know this for ...
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OS X Mavericks bash_profile paths don't work

I need to create a new path in OS X Mavericks. To do so, I edited .bash_profile: export LC_ALL="en_US.UTF-8" export PGHOST=localhost export PATH=$PATH:/usr/local/heroku/bin export ...
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Cross-Platform alternative to expr length

When running some BASH scripts I had in my Linux box I noticed that expr length gives syntax error. Manual pages doesn't seems to include any information about the length operator. Is it missing in ...
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User input assigned to variable in AppleScript then passed to “do shell script” command

How do I grab input from the user in AppleScript and then pass the result of the variable to a do shell script command from within AppleScript itself? For example, the user would type the answer foo ...
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Mount .sparseimage from .bash_profile

I need to mount a .sparseimage from .bash_profile but I don't get how to do it. I tried: alias of22='hdiutil attach "Documents/OF.sparseimage" -mountpoint "$HOME/OpenFOAM" > /dev/null ; . ...
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osascript “set bounds of window” not working after Mavericks upgrade

I have a number of bash functions I run at the beginning of each day to start work. They all look pretty much like this: mind() { osascript -e 'tell app "Terminal" do script "ssh -A ...
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terminal starts with `no such file or directory` message

I removed Enthought Canopy from my Mac and now when I start terminal there's this warning message says -bash: /Users/myname/Library/Enthought/Canopy_64bit/User/bin/activate: No such file or ...
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Launch script after command finishes

I find myself running some long scripts/commands and I don't want to wait looking at it until it finishes. On the other hand, I would like to know right away when it ends. I know you can do the trick ...
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Shell or Applescript to delay shutdown?

We have a workstation that gets used sporadically, and I'm trying to setup a script that backs it up during shutdown. I created a LogoutHook in com.apple.loginwindow to a 1-line bash script, that ...
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Run applescript as a service

I have the following applescript bundled as .app (using Platypus) and starting on user logon (12.4 MB for each user) #!/usr/bin/osascript -- INICIO DAS FUNCOES EXTRAS set app_path to path to current ...
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Bash not running script at /opt/local/etc/bash_completion.d/

I wanted to have bash autocompletion for git commands, so I dropped a bash script file into /opt/local/etc/bash_completion.d/. When I open a new Terminal, the script file in ...
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Run AppleScript from bash script

If I wanted to run an AppleScript from within a bash script I could call a file with the list of commands that I require to execute. #!/bin/bash {some commands} osascript file.scpt {other commands} ...
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What does -HUP do when used with killall?

Sometimes when I'm running a killall command from Terminal, a co-worker would suggest or edit my scripts to show killall -HUP. What does the -HUP part do?
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Pipe output of grep to a variable

I need to be able to write whether the test for a grep is either TRUE or FALSE to a variable so I can use it later For the following, if I run defaults read com.apple.Finder | grep ...
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Bash Script that will start up second Terminal process?

I need a script that will be able to fire up a second Terminal instance and pass a command directly to that one whilst it continues it's own executions. It's to start up Python script that will host ...
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Bash Commands and Terminal problems [duplicate]

Hello I open my terminal window on Mac Os 10.6.8 as I am trying to update my ruby to 1.9.3 and the terminal gives me this response immediately as I open it: -bash: export: ...
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Homebrew: Easy way to add 'gnubin' to path for multiple packages?

I would like to use Homebrew to install GNU versions of several utilities, and use the GNU versions by default with their usual names. From the output of brew install gnu-tar and by reading How to ...
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More colors than ls -G in file extensions

In the output of ls -G, I can see some extensions get colors like symbolic links or .sh files. What if I also want .jpg, .xml, .wav or .log to have different colors too? Also, is there any way I can ...
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.bash_profile dont recognises commands even after some editings

Can someone tell me when I open a Terminal window if my .bash_profile is loaded (or readed). Each time now (dont know why) some cmds (ie: ls, man) are unknow. When I edit the file (I add : export ...
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How to recover from “chown -R $USER /usr/”?

I ran a 'chown' on everything under /usr to a non root user. Meant to run it for /usr/local/ Now I get the error below on opening terminal login(89809,0x7fff7bac5960) malloc: *** error for object ...
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Access the GPS from Terminal [duplicate]

Is it possible to find out the location of a computer similar to the "set time by location" feature via command line? I'm working on a little script that would update my network location settings ...
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How do I get Automator to process images using ImageMagick in a command script?

I'm making an Automator workflow that uses the shell script action to process a selection of images with the imagemagick composite command. Only I'm having issues getting it going. According to the ...
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Why do I need to put sh before running .sh files?

When I want to run .sh files in Terminal, I need to put sh in front of them. Is there any way to avoid this, and thus save typing?
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What's the /home directory for, or did I just accidentally create it?

I saw reference to a bash command, cd /home, in a multiple choice quiz about navigating within Terminal. I tried it, expecting -bash: cd: /home: No such file or directory, but to my surprise it took ...