The default Unix shell used by Terminal in Mac OS X

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What is wrong in this Perl regex in OSX?

The code works in Ubuntu, but not in OSX. I run perl -000pe 's/\n/\n\\begin{enumerate}\n/; s/\n\d./\n\\item /g; s/$/\\end{enumerate}\n/' lorem.tex I get -bash: $: command not found ...
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Auto-complete to multiple possible file extensions

(Edit: I suspect this was a better fit for the Unix and Linux stack exchange network -- could someone migrate this over there? Or do I have to make an account over there myself?) I'm converting ...
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Colors by file type in terminal (running bash)

I'm new to Apple (coming from Linux) and have been stymied in every attempt to use my .bash_profile to get my terminal to color files by their extension (a process which was a single line in my .cshrc ...
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How -exactly- do I remove a specific directory, from my PATH, in OSX, Mavericks?

Ok - so this issue has become somewhat of a white whale for me. I have browsed some of the questions here, but I cannot seem to figure out how to, very simply, delete a directory from my PATH. (I ...
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How to list bluetooth devices from command line

I have to list all available bluetooth devices from command line. I tried to google it, but got only results like "how to turn on bluetooth from terminal". Simply: bluetooth scan Thanks for help in ...
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Shell variable PROMPT_COMMAND not working as intended?

I want my bash prompt to change depending on external conditions. Here is excerpt from the bash manual: PROMPT_COMMAND: If set, the value is executed as a command prior to issuing each primary ...
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Bash or sh cannot execute any binary files

While I am able to execute binaries, when the terminal is open, if I type: /bin/bash make or /bin/sh ls I get: /usr/bin/make: /usr/bin/make: cannot execute binary file Why is that? I am on ...
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For a bash script I want to replace a folder without changing owner and permissions

I want to replace a folder with cp -f without changing owner and permissions cp -R -f "newfolder" "oldfolder" Because I create backups of the old folder with the bash script I tried to use chmod ...
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chsh doesn't change $SHELL

I'm having some difficulties in changing the value of $SHELL in OSX's iTerm app. iTerm is starting in /bin/zsh, but the value of $SHELL doesn't seem to change. What I've done: Changed "command" as ...
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Shell scripting: Select folder based on part of file name

My project I'm creating a bash shell script to execute from the Terminal. Its purpose is to archive lots and lots of project folders. Each folder follows a prescribed nomenclature: [YYYY.MM.DD] - ...
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Shell script: Move folders + preserve structure

My goal I organize my projects into folders. These folders all live in my Completed projects folder. I am beginning to archive them into an Archived Projects folder, and I want to archive them in ...
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My /User directory permissions always changes… should I be worried? [duplicate]

I've noticed that my /Users directory on OSX always gets changed to "rwxrwxrwx" I'm not sure how this is being changed? Only just started happening Could it be malware or such?
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Increase space between two directories from “ls”

I recently switched to Mac from Ubuntu and I've still had a quite a lot to figure out. For iTerm2, how to adjust the space between files/directories? The following screenshot shows what it looks like ...
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ffmpeg working from command line in Terminal but not in an Automator shell script!

I have just compiled my own copy of ffmpeg on my system and it's located in the following path: /opt/local/bin/ffmpeg When I run the following command in Terminal.app, it runs smooth: ffmpeg -i ...
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How does this complex BASH shell script work?

Apple Support Community member Linc Davis developed this command to aide in diagnosing issues. The output gives a general overview of one's system and is very similar to the program etrecheck. But, it ...
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How can I get the list of allowed users for Remote Management via Terminal?

I want to use a command line tool to get the list of allowed users for Remote Management (ARD). I was able to enable ARD using kickstart, but I'm having trouble finding how you get the information, ...
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Why is same privileged bash command giving different information from script than from command line?

I wrote a bash script to verify various configs on a system, but I am getting different results depending on whether it is run from the command line directly or from the script. Here is the command: ...
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Strange word in Terminal Bash Prompt [duplicate]

When I launch terminal I'm greeted with: Last login: Thu May 1 15:36:29 on ttys000 fib:~ nyx$ What is fib and why is it there? Will be great if help can be provided to troubleshoot this...
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Terminal: Adding logic to 'find' directories containing either [criteria A] or [criteria B]

I have inherited a vast media archive without a unifying organizational scheme. Its contents date back at least 10 years. I have been asked to find a needle in this hay stack, and I have some guesses ...
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Nokogiri gem fails to install in OS X Mavericks

Install fails showing: checking for iconv_open() in iconv.h... no checking for iconv_open() in -liconv... no checking for iconv_open() in -liconv... no checking for libiconv_open() in iconv.h... no ...
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How do I clear my Bash history in OS X?

How do I clear my Bash history in Mac OS X? I've entered a few "errors" and just want to clear them off. How do I do that?
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“There are stopped jobs.” when exiting bash

When I'm in the terminal (either iTerm or Terminal.app) and have jobs running in the background, then typing exit or logout gives me: There are stopped jobs. which is fine and expected. The problem ...
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How to open a new Terminal tab in current working directory?

I want to create and run a bash function that: cd into a project's directory Open a new tab in Terminal in the same directory Open my dev tools and start dev services Item #2 doesn't work as ...
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Checking for MacPorts or Fink installed

I'm writing an install script for some software that depends on libUSB being installed however I need to check if macports or fink is installed, if they are not install homebrew. How can I check to ...
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OS X Terminal not recognizing any commands

I recently tried to install CoffeeScript on my mac and now am unable to use even the most basic of commands like ls, cd and so on. Something tells me that it's because the $PATH variable has changed. ...
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How do I undo “export PATH='/usr/local/bin:$PATH' >> ~/.bash_profile”

I was trying to install homebrew, which wasn't working. It told me to do echo export PATH='/usr/local/bin:$PATH' >> ~/.bash_profile. However this wasn't having any affect, and I thought maybe it ...
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How can I fix my $PATH variable?

I need to revert my $PATH back to the default. The catch here is that I broke it so bad that the echo $PATH command returns: /usr/ that's it, which means I can't use any of the methods described in ...
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Bash: Return the most recently edited file in a specified directory

For a bash script I am currently developing I want to access the name of the most recently edited file (including folders but not subdirectories) in a specified directory. How do I do this?
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Bash script to run command with prompt for input

How can I create a script using the following command? mmap -sn -n x.x.x.x/8, /16, /24 and so on. I would like the script to run the command when I type in "sweep" and then prompt me for the subnet ...
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Running shell commands with Automator: how to create a droplet launching an “exec” command?

I need to create a automator application that launches the following exec command, whenever a image file is dropped onto it (the exec print the image files with some printing params). exec('lpr -o ...
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Using MacPorts bash, tab completion no longer lists hidden / dot files

I used MacPorts to install bash (bash @4.3.8_0). I switched Terminal to use /opt/local/bin/bash as the command to startup. However, now when I type vim ~/.<tab><tab>, it no longer lists ...
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Full path to python as reported by ps

When I run python from the shell I for example do python2.7 script. I later need to find this command again based on the ps aux output, however this output shows a full absolute path like this: ...
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make it easier to call often used terminal commands

I have a java tool that I use quite often from the command line but to use it I have to type java -jar dsim.jar. I want to make it so that I can call it just by typing dsim regardless of what ...
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How do I get osascript to parse backslashes and run this command in a new Terminal window?

Here's a command that works fine when I paste it into the Mac Terminal window: echo -n -e \\033]0\;My Custom Window Title Here\\007 ; ping www.google.com In particular, it sets the Terminal's title ...
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iTerm colors for Prompt, Command, and Output

Right now my iTerm2 looks like this... Everything is the same color and is hard to read. Can I make any of the Prompt, Command, and Output different colors like this?
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Terminal not displaying colors for directory listings

I don't know why my bash session doesn't show colors. I have tried Terminal as well as iTerm. I have tried: ls -G Setting export CLICOLOR=1 and export LSCOLORS=GxFxCxDxBxegedabagaced Using ...
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File tree list Mac Terminal

I am trying to create a .txt file that is the output of a certain function in the terminal. So my function is to create a list of all the files that i have inside the folder TEST so what i typed was: ...
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command not found for shell script

I created the following bash script in OS X 10.7.5: $ cd ~/Documents/github/scripts $ vim hello_world.sh #!/bin/bash clear echo "The script starts now." echo "Hi, $USER!" echo "I will now fetch ...
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Run Emacs within Bash

I am looking for a way in Bash to run something within Emacs. For example, if you run emacs, press esc+X then type "life," you get a little simulation of Conway's Game of Life. How could this be done ...
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odd behavior of pgrep in bash script

I have a script to kill a process tree that works fine in linux but I am experiencing some odd behaviour on osx. It actually works fine with my unit tests and also when trying to run it manually on ...
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How can I update homebrew and upgrade the new packages in one step?

I often run brew update followed by brew upgrade. Can I do that in one step?
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History commands render incorrect on Bash Vi mode

I'm having this werid and really annoying issue in bash vi-mode. Env: Mac 10.9.2, iTerm 2 1.0 or Terminal.app, $TERM={screen-256color|xterm-256color|xterm|vt} Repro steps: Run some long commands ...
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ImageMagick. Multiple SVG files are only allowed for PDF and PS output

I'm running script /tools/generatepngall.sh from https://github.com/twain47/Open-SVG-Map-Icons to generate PNG icons from SVG-files. However, there are errors: Multiple SVG files are only allowed ...
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Why does my path not get saved even after editing ~/.bashrc? [duplicate]

I've added maven to my path, but it doesn't seem to be persisting to the path beyond the lifetime of the terminal application. I've modified my ~/.bashrc, but it still isn't storing the modified ...
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How to open shell scripts in editor when double clicking on them

I'm trying to migrate to OS X. One thing what I find really strange / dangerous that by double clicking on shell scripts, I launch them in Terminal. I would like to change this behaviour to open them ...
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Convert absolute symlinks to relative ones?

I've seen plenty of threads on the Internet about doing the opposite, but what I want to do is, given a folder: /Lib/Foo/Bar.framework/Versions/1.5 And a symlink to it: ...
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piping find to head

I have a script to read the first line of any text file with a certain extension within a certain folder, recursively, but it doesn't work. The head command is non-functional. #!/bin/bash while true; ...
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Detecting that an external display is plugged in or unplugged on a laptop via bash

Is there a way via bash to detect that an external display has been plugged in or unplugged via bash? I know that I can create a crontab command that fires a script that uses the system_profiler ...
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Vim like terminal

I recently discovered terminal's feature, you can set the keys emacs or vi style I prefer the second. so if you do set -o vi You can use k j l h keys to navigate on the command line. And you can ...
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What is the best way to migrate a .bash_profile to Mavericks

I have a pretty extensive .bash_profile set up on my older machine using Lion and I would like to include a lot of the same functionality. I noticed that Mavericks doesn't have a .bash_profile by ...