The default Unix shell used by Terminal in Mac OS X

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Equivalent to Alt on terminal [duplicate]

On linux consoles I always use Alt + . to get the last argument of the previous command in history. for example if I had ls /tmp/test as last command, and if I type rm Alt - this will result ...
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how to get ls to list files in case-insensitive order?

How do I get the ls shell command to list my files in: case-insensitive order with the directories at the top? The reason I ask is: I want Aquamacs Emacs dired to list my files and directories ...
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Compare multi-digit version numbers in bash

Trying to write a script that searches for the version of the Application then returns the value. My problem is the value is three to four intergers long (example 4.3.2). I have searched for a while ...
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Paste <TAB> into Mac OS X command line

I want to paste <TAB> into command line, in order to execute cut command with <TAB> as the delimiter. Everytime I try to do it, it simulates clicking the tab key and completes the command ...
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Load .bash_profile automatically on Terminal.app startup?

I have seen various questions that ask something similar. They suggest changing .bash_profile to .profile. However this doesn't work either. I have aliases setup up in .bash_profile. I would like ...
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How to set up multiple PATHs in the user bash_profile in OSX 10.8?

I am looking to set up my laptop for both Python development and Phonegap Android development in OSX 10.8 using Eclipse. I installed the lastest version of Python (3.3) which added the code: # ...
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Applescript dialog, Bash alias/function

I'm trying to create a short alias for creating System dialogs from the Terminal. I tried to create a Bash function (since an alias didn't seem to take arguments) and add it to my .bash_profile, but ...
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How to change some information in a shell prompt.

I opened my terminal and saw a shell prompt. Last login: Fri Feb 15 15:28:16 on ttys000 john:~ voloda2$ How do I change john to alex?
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How to find delay when launching new Terminal (iTerm)

When I press CMD+N in iTerm2 to bring up a new iTerm window, sometimes it takes 10 seconds before I get my prompt. If I immediately repeat the process, the whole thing takes 1 second. To me this ...
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Terminal not logged in properly

I'm having a bit of an odd issue with my terminal. I'm used to the prompt being Joosts-Macbook:~ Joost$ or something of that nature, but all of a sudden it displays a number I don't recognise: ...
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Most efficient way to get all files in a directory

I have a million+ files spread across four fiber-connected arrays. I need to get the path, filesize, and last_modified date to insert into a mysql database. What would be the best way to do this? ...
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How to run a bash script from the desktop?

I have a .sh file with a #!/bin/bash header. I'm able to run it from the terminal, using chmod and ./ but is there a way to perform these two operations from the desktop (i.e. by clicking on it) ? ...
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Source a script from a URL in bash

I gather this should work in bash: source <(curl -s https://example.com/script.sh) or bash <(curl -s https://example.com/script.sh) or curl -s https://example.com/script.sh | source ...
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How to invoke a script when closing any file with a given extension

Is it possible to automatically invoke a given applescript when closing -any- file with a given extension in a specified folder (and subfolders)? If not in AS, is this possible in bash? (The AS I am ...
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How to reset $PATH?

I was trying to add something to $PATH and it went totally wrong. I now can't run any commands such as ls. I've looked at this answer and used the following lines: ...
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Setting a variable to the result of a terminal command within an applescript

I'm trying to make a script that ejects all connected external drives and does not move on until they are all disconnected. The main problem I'm having is being able to set the variable vol_count to ...
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How do I verify the integrity of my OSX installation? (Files, versions, and preferences)

I want to verify the files, and configuration settings for my OSX installation against a known good reference "base". Assuming I have two identical Macs (hardware), with one being factory installed ...
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How to drop a file onto a GUI app from command line?

I've got a tool to normalize WAV audio files, but it only works by dragging and dropping the file either onto the GUI or onto its dock's icon. As far as I know the app doesn't have any option to pass ...
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Alternative to APLAY for Mac OS X bash

Anybody knows any Mac alternative for Linux's APLAY program? I would like to run this script: echo ...
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How do I generate cryptographically random numbers on OSX?

I need to generate several cryptographically random numbers in OSX and save it to a text file. How should I go about doing this?
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Is there a Mac OSX equivalent of zenity?

I'm porting some simple X windows/bash scripts to Mac OSX, but I cannot find a build of Zenity (a Gnome app for basic GUI dialogs) for OSX. Is there some other command line driven dialog utility I can ...
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Launch a bash script from the dock

I can't seem to figure this one out, there must be some really easy trick. I have a bash script which sets my environment for an app and launches it with the correct parameters. How can I put this ...
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“sed” or “awk” launched on opening terminal window

At some point, I've noticed strange behavior of Terminal app - now on opening new window i get this as normal: Last login: Tue Nov 27 11:54:21 on ttys001 but can't see the "~" sign afterwards and ...
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declare -x messages appear in my terminal. How can I get rid of it?

declare -x Apple_PubSub_Socket_Render="/tmp/launch-qoybJQ/Render" declare -x Apple_Ubiquity_Message="/tmp/launch-DWchNf/Apple_Ubiquity_Message" declare -x COMMAND_MODE="unix2003" declare -x ...
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Opening a file with command-line bin through Finder

I wish to use mp3blaster (installed through MacPorts) via Finder. I want to double-click an mp3 file and get it opened in mp3blaster. But I haven't been able to do so. I created an app and, in another ...
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How to change mc (midnight command) bash prompt on OS X?

I observed that my custom bash prompt does not work on mc. How do I customize it?
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Set default shell to MacPorts bash in Mac OS X 10.6.8?

As a follow up to my previous question, I reinstalled my MacPorts and want to try its newer version of bash again. I installed the newest bash via MacPorts on my Mac OS X 10.6.8 system, but when I ...
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Terminal and bash can't start with libiconv error

I just tried to start Terminal.app in Mac OS X 10.6.8, and got the following error: dyld: Library not loaded: /opt/local/lib/libiconv.2.dylib Referenced from: /bin/bash Reason: Incompatible ...
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Why sh -c 'echo -n 1' is different from bash -c 'echo -n 1'

I am on a Mac Book Air, OSX 10.8. I am trying to understand why these two snippets do not print the same output. sh -c 'echo -n 1' outputs -n 1 whereas bash -c 'echo -n 1' outputs 1 as expected. ...
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How can I make autocomplete in the shell work with case-folding?

How can I make the autocompletion for files and folders in the bash shell work case-insensitively? Ideally, cd ~/doc + tab autocompletes to cd ~/Documents (correcting the case as it autocompletes), ...
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How do I launch shell applications after changing shell to MacPorts bash?

I have installed a current bash version via MacPorts and changed Terminal.app to use /opt/local/bin/bash. Unfortunately shell applications won't launch from Finder and Spotlight anymore. (OSX 10.8.2, ...
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How did my Mac end up with iPhone 4S as my host name in the user prompt in OS X terminal?

The other day I was searching for Xcode iOS 5 tutorials. About a day or two later, I noticed my terminal prompt is now "iPhone4s : myusername". Naturally , my biggest fear is that there could be a ...
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logger vs syslog -s

What exactly is the difference between using logger and syslog -s? According to its manpage, logger provides interface to the system log module, but I can't really see the point given that syslog(1) ...
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mount is adding a quarantine flag, causing: /bin/bash: bad interpreter: Operation not permitted - but not the usual suspects

OK, I'm having a similar problem to: -bash: Applications/mvim: /bin/sh: bad interpreter: Operation not permitted - but it's not the same problem. I'm getting the same result. I've already verified ...
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How is my $PATH variable built in Mountain Lion?

I've recently installed Homebrew on my Mac and it's complaining that /usr/bin occurs before /usr/local/bin in my $PATH variable, meaning that system-provided programs will be used instead of those ...
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Copy contents of a smart folder to a new folder in Mountain Lion

I admit that my music collection is a royal mess. This is the result of merging many sources of music (external drive, old iPod sync, iTunes purchases, etc) into my iTunes account. iTunes Match has ...
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How can I have my shell always start in a certain directory that is not my home directory

I've tried putting cd /Users/my_name/my_directory/structure in both .bashrc and .bash_login but neither works, i.e. when I open a new terminal window I am in my home (/Users/my_name/) directory. ...
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I have lost the prompt on Terminal on my Mac; unable to get commands to work

I was trying to launch a few Java applications using the terminal. The command that I was instructed to launch it with (I was following a guide) was the following: #!/bin/bash cd "$( dirname "$0" )" ...
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How can I format the output of ping in bash?

I am using the following script to cycle through a list of IP addresses and report back on the % of packet loss. I'd also like to have the IP address printed first, then its % of packet loss. But I ...
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Change Command Prompt - Variables are literal, and changes to .bashrc or .bash_profile not making a difference

Trying to change my command prompt in OS X 10.8 / Mountain Lion. Changes to ~/.bashrc and ~/.bash_profile do not make any difference. Like: export PS1="\W \$" It defaults to the host name ("\h\%"). ...
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Getting .profile to execute after .bash_login

When I installed RVM, it turns out that it created .bash_login with this: [[ -s "$HOME/.rvm/scripts/rvm" ]] && source "$HOME/.rvm/scripts/rvm" # Load RVM into a shell session as a function ...
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How can I set and use a PATH component with blanks in bash?

I have Mathematica 8 installed on my OS X Mountain Lion laptop. I want to set my PATH so that I can run either MathematicaKernel or Mathematica from the command line. To this end I have configured my ...
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How to fix locate.updatedb not respecting directory excluded from /etc/locate.rc?

I wanted to exclude some directories from the results of /usr/libexec/locate.updatedb by editing /etc/locate.rc. Unfortunately if I edit locate.rc locate.updatedb runs forever and does not actually ...
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How to reset the terminal before command execution?

I've been looking at spicing up my Terminal experience by among other things, adding some color. I used the tput command to build a nicely looking prompt. This is part of my .bash_profile: ...
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Set terminal window title in a script

I would like to change the entire title of the terminal window for a particular bash script. I googled out but I couldn't find much more than this suggestion: printf "\e]0;My Custom Title\a" After ...
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How do I batch set the files “date modified” to the “date created”?

I have a folder with a bunch of photos taken by two different cameras, with one camera having been set to the wrong date. I managed to correct the EXIF date using Picasa (see photo.stackexchange), but ...
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How can I set Last Modified Date of file after using HandbrakeCLI to convert a file?

Running this on OS X Lion. I'm batch converting several hundred home movies using Handbrake CLI. I'd like to set the last modified date and created date to that original file. I'm using the ...
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Can't create alias for 'nano ~/.bash_profile'

I tried to make an alias to edit my bash profile, but when I save and relaunch a new window, I get the following: Last login: Sun Jul 22 12:00:25 on ttys001 -bash: alias: nano ~/.bash_profile: not ...
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tmux on Mac, how can I enable vi mode for the command line

I want to be able to hit escape and then use vi navigation keys like b (back a word). I can do this in my regular terminal sessions by setting set -o vi in my .bashrc file. However it's not working ...
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How do I install a2ps for better printing?

How do I install this program so that I can do postscript printing? Currently I get -bash: a2ps: command not found