The default Unix shell used by Terminal in Mac OS X

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Automator Action/Bash Script for selecting files from a list

As a part of my workflow, I often face this scenario: I have a folder with let's say, 100 files named 1.mov to 100.mov I have a list of valid files let's say, files 1.mov, 2.mov .... 15.mov (These ...
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Possible to force command line to be somewhere else than bottom of the screen?

In my vimrc, I have the following line: let so=999 to force the cursor to stay in the middle of the screen, which is something I find more comfortable. However, when going back to the terminal, ...
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Batch copy time creation and modification date from files using OSX

First of all, I have asked the same question at stack overflow, but I am not sure if it's right over there. That's why I decided to post it here, too. t'm having a hard time trying to copy the ...
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Bash script to click button on an HTML page

I'm trying to write a Bash script that opens a browser, clicks an HTML button on a webpage, and closes the browser after getting response. I need this script to be executable from within Terminal. If ...
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-bash: /usr/bin/svn: No such file or directory

I am trying to upgrade my svn version. So I deleted older binary sudo rm /usr/bin/svn Then I installed svn brew install svn And linked it too athakur:home athakur$ brew link --overwrite ...
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I get a bash syntax error message every time I open Terminal on macbook

-bash: /Users/admin/.bash_sessions/720116FC-4C25-4FFA-AC15-00D5C843C15F.session: line 1: syntax error near unexpected token (' -bash: /Users/admin/.bash_sessions/720116FC-4C25-4FFA-AC15-00D5C843C15F....
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How to pass a file set as a variable from AppleScript to a Bash shell script

I've got a two part problem. I am trying to pass a variable from AppleScript to be used as a variable inside a bash shell script. I cannot figure out how to this work. I have read about ...
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Missing .bash_profile and .bashrc files

I don't have .bash_profile or .bashrc files and I am definitely using the bash shell. I am using Mac OS X 10.11.1 El Capitan. How do I permanently modify my $PATH to cut down the default values Apple ...
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ICMP packet with a negative round trip time?

I often keep a ping running in my Terminal so that I can pop it up to keep an eye on any network issues in our office. Recently, I ended a long-running ping session and noticed in the summary ...
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Open Directory local admin users

Is there a bash command to add an Open Directory admin group to the local admin group on a Mac with 10.10? I'm trying to remove all local admin accounts but still be able to control them with Apple ...
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FFMPEG convert multiple .MOV files to .MXF using Automator

I need some help with an automator solution. I'm trying to add a Shell Script action to process a list of videos. My first try is for f in "$@" do fbname=$( basename "$f .MXF) /opt/local/bin/...
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git auto-complete for *branches* at the command line?

On my linux machine I have autocomplete for branches with git. [Note we are talking about git branch completion, not bash completion (e.g. commands, files, etc). Thus NOT lane's answer at all] For ...
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Last command source file

Despite what I thought, there does not seem to be any concrete/modern answer on the net, so my question is: where does the last command get its information from? I have found the file before, but ...
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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 http://www.ime.usp.br/~coelho/mac0122-2013/...
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Why is my BASH script being executed twice? I'm using launchd

I have one plist associated with this launchd agent. There is one agent listed in launchctl list, and it calls my bash script, called rc.wakeup, whenever the mac is woken up from sleep. There is only ...
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Moving .bash_profile to Dropbox

I'd like to move my .bash_profile to Dropbox to have my custom Terminal functions available on all my Macs. Is this possible and are there possible implications? For example I have a command for ...
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qlmanage (quicklook) crashes on file update

So has a possible bug and I want to know if others can reproduce it or if it's unique to my system. If you open a file with qlmanage -p foo.gif &> /dev/null & a debug mode of quicklook ...
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Bash Ctrl-A Returns to Start of Line but Doesn't Display Properly

When I ssh into a Linux server from bash Terminal, I can use CTRL+A to return to the start of line properly, and CTRL+E to go to end of line and everything works fine. When I use bash locally on my ...
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How to show vi mode in bash?

I'm on Yosemite, using vi mode in bash (set -o vi in .bash_profile) and I want to have the prompt indicate if I'm in edit or command mode. I looked around and found that this feature has been ...
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Log file that `sudo last` accesses?

The bash command last (needs sudo) prints out logs, which contain information on when different users log in/out of the shell. I have been looking for the file that stores this information, that last ...
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Use script without root

I write a maintenance script with different commands. the script has sudo commands inside. Now I want to use crontab, but my first problem is: How can I use the script on user level without root ...
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How to remove an environment variable on OSX using bash

I'm running under Snow Leopard 10.6.8 and I recently added an environment variable which it seems to be messing my bash terminal (I guess). What I did is add the variable DYLD_LIBRARY_PATH=/Library/...
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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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How to make bash (Terminal.app) remember history of previous sessions?

In my computer at work, my bash shell remembers history from previous sessions, even if I just opened a new terminal. In my computer at home, this doesn't happen. I have the same OS 10.6.8 in both ...
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date command gives no output

I made an alias earlier today that I saved in my .bash_profile. The alias was called date. I had momentarily forgotten that date is already a native command on OS X (and Linux) in /bin. I removed the ...
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How can I run a shell script that prompts for user input from within Applescript

I have two pieces of code. One is Applescript and the other a Bash shell script. The shell script needs to run concurrently with the applescript, return some values and then exit. The problem is the ...
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How can I get the dev name associated to a Volume name?

I am creating a bash script to unmount my usb drive after the backup is done. To unmount the drive I use the command: diskutil unmount disk4s1 But sometimes when I plug my usb drive it gets a ...
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What automatic script runs with Bourne Shell (/bin/sh) for root?

I want to add some aliases to my OSX command line environment for easier navigation when in the root prompt (sudo su to root). On the Bourne Again Shell (/bin/bash), I can edit /var/root/.bash_profile....
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OSX Unmount usb disk drive from Automator bash script

I have a task in automator to make my backup, it runs shell script code, lot of code is working well but the unmount command doesn't works, I don't get unmount the unit after backup. I checked to run ...
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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 /opt/local/etc/...
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How to get the fully resolved path of a symbolic link in Terminal?

I have a tangled mess of python installations on my laptop. I was looking at the executables in /usr/local/bin and they are all symbolic links to ../../../Library...... There's some weird behavior ...
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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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El Capitan get current desktop name from bash

I am trying to write a bash script that needs some identifier of the current active desktop (I want my emacs-clients to connect to different servers depending on the active desktop). I have searched ...
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Script to change Computername/hostname causing bizarre Terminal behavior

I have a script (mostly borrowed) which utilizes scutil to rename computers based off of values in a CSV file. It matches the serial number to a computer name, sets a variable, and then renames the ...
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How to export Moom settings (especially keyboard shortcuts) to external file?

I'm working on some shell scripts to customize OS X to my preferences just by calling one script. From a lot of native OS X options, script is going to easily import some predefined settings form 3rd ...
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How to change bash version with homebrew

I have used homebrew to install the newest version of bash on my local system. I have added a symbolic link from: /usr/local/bin/bash to /usr/local/Cellar/bash/4.2.20/bin/bash and added the line: /usr/...
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Creating a Installpackage for mac

I have a lot of Programms that i always need to install to a new mac. I wanted to simplify this process through an installpackage. I allready tried Iceberg with some success but have a specific error. ...
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Help Understanding Terminal's Command

OS X 10.11.5 on a Mid 2011 iMac. I'm new to development on OS X and am trying to understand enough to figure out a Ruby path issue I'm having. I ran Inspector on Terminal and was surprised by the ...
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How can I edit the .bash_profile?

I want to use matplotlib in Python, but it gives me this error "ValueError: unknown locale: UTF-8". So I searched the internet and people suggest that I should edit my .bash_profile. But when I open ...
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OS X Automator: Using custom command in AppleScript's “do shell script”

I have recently asked a question about automatically inserting a value produced by a custom executable into a prompt field. Please look over this post to know exactly what I am talking about. The ...
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Set the result of command to variable in Terminal post execution

How can you set the output of a command run in terminal to a variable after it has run? Background (You can skip of you don't need the background) I run VirtualBox VM and do a lot from the command ...
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How to get a notification when my commands are done

I'm running a series of commands on the command line that takes approximately twenty minutes to complete. I'd like to see some sort of notification on my Mac when these are finished so I don't need ...
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Why does 'set -x' cause the terminal to dump garbage

This problem is quite annoying and I cannot search Google for 'set -x' because the minus sign has another terminology there. In my MacBookPro, when I use 'set -x' to debug bash commands, I'm getting ...
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Are there any advantages to using GNU over the default OSX command line utilities? [closed]

Are there any advantages to using GNU utilities (installed via homebrew) as opposed to the default, BSD based OSX utilities? They seem very similar to me, but I will not pretend to be a master of ...
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Change iTerm2 profile depending on current directory

Using my .bash_profile, I used to change my iTerm2 profile per machine with the following command: echo -e "\033]50;SetProfile=ssh\a" Now, I want to change it depending on my current working ...
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in terminal, I cannot type lower case e

2015 MBP, fully up to date OSX I open a terminal window and if I type the letter "e" (without quotes of course) it beeps and will not type the letter. Every other letter works just fine in terminal. ...
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Set up a Mac to run OSX (None Browser) application in pure kiosk mode

I've been trying for a number of months, using many methods, to run a Nuiteq Application called Snowflake on our 10 Mac Minis attached to touch-screens in pure Kiosk mode. I'm using Yosemite. These ...
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Why does OS X have bash v3.2.57?

OS X comes with bash version 3.2.57 instead of bash version 4.3.39, which GNU lists as the current stable release of bash. Is there any way to upgrade bash on Mac OS X?
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Extract text between two unicode symbols using AppleScript or bash?

My goal is to take text from a standard .txt document, and use (preferably) Terminal or Applescript to extract text between the symbols ▶ and •. While there is only one ▶ symbol there are multiple ...
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Is it possible to create a service using only the shell and bypassing automator altogether?

Using automator is somewhat of a tedious task. Using the shell in the Terminal is much easier all around. Even using the "Run Shell Script" action inside automator is not the same as using the actual ...