The default Unix shell used by Terminal in Mac OS X

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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 ...
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How to list installed versions of the same program

I have a program called PyMOL installed multiple times on my machine. One was installed by MacPorts, one was installed through the developers distribution channel and so on. One is in /opt/local/bin, ...
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How can I send the current working directory from bash to Terminal?

I set up a very nice custom bash prompt in .bash_profile, but I noticed that I've now lost the ability for new tabs to open in the same directory, and the ability to see the current working ...
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wacked a directory from the command line

I was copying a file to /usr/local/bin from the commandline on a Snow Leopard Server 10.6 ... anyhow i typed the following ... sudo cp ./le /usr/local/bin Ouch ... that missed last forward slash ...
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What Version of Bash comes with OSX 10.9 / Mavericks?

Trying to decide if I want to bother upgrading my bash shell to v4.x; if it comes with Mavericks, I probably won't, but I can't find much information on what versions of bash come with what versions ...
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Getting files, all at once, from a web page using curl

I would like to download the files, all at once, from the following page using curl: http://www.ime.usp.br/~coelho/mac0122-2013/ep2/esqueleto/ I tried curl ...
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Running an AS droplet from Terminal

I have an Applescript Droplet application that I need to run from terminal. I can use osascript or even just open to open the AS App, but that will run its on run handler, not the on open droplet ...
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Changing terminal color

I would like to know how to change the terminal color, so whenever I run ls it will return the name of: Directories in red Files in blue Executable files (those you do ./file) in light green How ...
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How to create ~/.bash_profile and ~/.profile

So, I don't have .bash_profile neither .profile in my home folder. How do I create them? After that, what should I do so every time I open the terminal these files get read?
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Make shortcuts to directories via terminal

My problem is: whenever I'm coding, I work inside folders that are inside other folders and it's a long way to type: cd /folder1/folder2/.../folderN I know it's possible to make a shortcut to the ...
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OS X - Create a personal bin directory (~/bin) and run scripts without specifying their full path

So, what I am trying to do is to create a personal bin directory at my home folder. I created the following folder: /Users/thi/bin I put my scripts in this folder, but if I type in the Terminal: ...
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Mac OS X Terminal: -bash: $: command not found

While trying to install pagekite on OS X Snow Leopard using the following command: $ pagekite.py --signup I got: -bash: $: command not found I am a noob with the terminal but after reading a bit ...
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Is there a systemwide .bash_profile file?

The order of directories in my path is messed up, and I'm trying to correct it. Some of the path seems to be coming in from somewhere other than my user bash config files (I'm using both .bashrc and ...
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Automator won't execute my bash shell script

I have a bash script that works like a thread. Now I'd like to turn it into a service with Automator. Input is set to Image Files in Automator and the shell script action is set to Pass input as ...
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Alternative to cp --parents in terminal

I was trying to use the --parents option with cp (to create the non-existing directories in the target path) in the terminal but that option does not seem to be working in MacOS. >cp --parents ...
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Terminal app no longer automatically recognizes functions in my ~/.profile any more

I made some function in my ~/.profile to automate things like SSH connections. They were working fine until recently. Now I need to "run" the ~/.profile by doing . .profile each time I open Terminal ...
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How do I copy the content of a whole disk on OSX 10.3

I would like to copy the contents of a whole disk into another folder on an external drive. it should preserve permissions and timestamps. on linux i use cp -a but on OSX it seems to be different
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How Can I Send Text (and Not a Text File) to My Printer on OS X?

I know about this question (How do I send ASCII text to printer (over USB)?). But I'm working on something different. I'd like to be able to send text from within a bash script or Perl script to my ...
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changed user path and lost aliases in .bash_profile

I reinstalled mountain lion recently and had to reset my git path. Everything was working fine until I realised I had to do it for every project so I tried to change the default system path by sudo ...
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Automator to execute shell script with an input text file, copy it to specific directory

I'm simplifying making a .deb file with Automator. I currently have a shell script that does some simple actions - Ask the user for text input Do some directory parsing Execute a command with the ...
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My Automator Workflow fails because it fails to find the git command within the 'Run Shell Script' command? Need help

I have an Automator workflow and one of the actions is to clone a repository. Here's the code for the 'Run Shell Script' action. The command is run within the Bash shell /bin/bash if that matters: ...
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Re-reading your .bash_profile

When you make a change to your .bash_profile it will be read the next time you open a terminal. But what if you have a terminal open already. Is there anyway to do a re-read?
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How can I make OS X's bash expand $PWD to be case sensitive?

I am running OS X 10.8 on a MBP 2011. I use some bash-scripts for tasks like backups of remote servers. One of the scripts contains this snippet: #!/bin/bash if [ "$PWD" != ...
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Why nc doesn't response even if the “w” option set?

For some servers: nc -w 1 -z x.x.x.x 22 doesn't work. It has no response, but is looking like very busy: only ctrl + C can help. So -w 1 seems to be a useless option, to specify the timeout. Does ...
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vi shortcuts on bash on mac not working e.g. CTRL + E, CTRL + A [duplicate]

I have used vi as my main text editor for years now on Linux (and a few years back Mac too) and on my brand new Mac (running 10.8.4) I find when trying to edit a file using vi in Terminal I can not ...
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Playing alert sounds from terminal

Is there a way to play OSX alert sounds from terminal? The alert sounds that are listed in System Preferences > Sound > Sound Effect Tab
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How do I use Mathias .osx defaults? [duplicate]

I just got a mac and am still familiarizing myself with it. I was taking a look at: https://github.com/mathiasbynens/dotfiles/blob/master/.osx Not sure how to use it!
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Meaning of “./” in Mac terminal

I am a new user of the Mac terminal. What is the meaning of "./"? What is the difference between the commands rm image.png rm ./image.png rm *./image.png
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Changing the command prompt of Terminal

I have found myself to grow fond to CentOS's command prompt which looks like the following: [user@host directory]$ cmd I, personally, do not like how Mac OS X Terminal is laid out, which is: ...
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How to auto run a simple python program when the terminal opens

Say I have a python program called foo.py that prints a line of text. How can I auto run that program when I boot up the terminal? I know you can, but I can't find the documentation. Also no third ...
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How do cope with a space when setting the $PATH

I want to add the sublime lib to my path but it has a space in it. I have tried the obvious like you would navigate in the terminal E.g /Applications/Sublime\ Text\ 2.app/Contents export ...
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Terminal bash commands stopped working

I was trying to install some stuff for scala development on my MAC, and probably I managed broke the shell/terminal while I was mindlessly running some scripts that I don't know. Now when I start the ...