The default Unix shell used by Terminal in Mac OS X

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How do I recompile Bash to avoid Shellshock (the remote exploit CVE-2014-6271 and CVE-2014-7169)?

Given that Bash 3.2 (the version shipped by OS X) is vulnerable to the remote execution exploit known as "Shell Shock" (CVE-2014-6271 and CVE-2014-7169) how do I rebuild Bash and secure my system ...
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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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Why doesn't .bashrc run automatically?

I put some alias commands in my .bashrc file, so that they might be loaded everytime I open a new Terminal window. Yet this doesn't happen. I have to select run script: in the ...
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Are Macs vulnerable to the Bash shellshock bug?

Red Hat recently announced a major security-related bug in the Bash shell. Some are calling it the "shellshock" bug. Since OS X is built off of Unix, is it vulnerable to attacks that exploit this bug? ...
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Why Mac OS X don't source ~/.bashrc [duplicate]

I found a lot of people figuring out why instruction similar to this : Put X to your ~/.bashrc and you can do Y don't work. It always turns out that Mac OS X's bash's startup files (or Mac's ...
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Why is a command line change to ~/Library/Preferences/com.apple.LaunchServices.plist not effective immediately?

When the Info window of Finder is used to associate files of a particular type with an application: the preference is effective immediately. When Terminal is used to make a comparable addition ...
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Change file association in terminal?

Is there a method for associating file types with applications via terminal? I thought ~/Library/Preferences/com.apple.launchservices.plist might do it, and I also have seen: Why is a command line ...
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Is it safe to upgrade Bash via Homebrew?

I'm new to OS X. I'm running OS X Lion on a MacBook Pro. Is it safe to upgrade the bash shell using Homebrew: $ brew install bash If safe, how do I make it the default instance of the shell I run ...
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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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Is there a bash command to check to see if Time Machine has finished backing up?

I'm writing a script that will rsycnc my Time Machine directory to a remote server using ssh. I've switched from a shell script to an AppleScript and then back to an Apple script and I don't really ...
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Are Bash, Bourne, and Korn shells compiled into one binary in OSX?

On OSX 10.8, if you compare the binaries for bash, sh, and ksh, a few different shell options, they are the same size. If you take it further and cmp the binaries, there seems to be only a ...
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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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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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Change Terminal.app's Default Shell to BASH

How can I change Terminal.app's default shell to BASH? For some reason, my friend's Mac (10.6.6) defaults to using TCSH instead of BASH. The obvious remedy is to choose /bin/bash as the command to ...
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cd to a directory by typing its name?

For example if a directory 'blob' exists and I just type 'blob[return]' then the system cds into the blob directory for me. In Linux (Ubuntu) I can add shopt -s autocd to my .bashrc file, but on OS X ...
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Updating modifier key mappings through defaults command tool

I am trying to automate the inital setup of my macbook, that includes installing software and changing OS X configuration to my needs. I have tried to update the modifier keys with defaults, the ...
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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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How can I reset my bash configuration?

When I open Terminal it shows this: Last login: Fri Apr 1 17:04:59 on ttys000 -bash: export: /opt/local/bin': not a valid identifier -bash: ...
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How to add MySQL to $PATH variable to resolve “mysql: command not found”?

I installed MySQL on my Mac, and now I would like to add it to my $PATH variable. I want to be able to type mysql anywhere. I tried adding the following to my .profile file: export ...
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List the extensions installed in Safari for Mac OS X, and state whether each one is enabled

I'd like a list, from which text can be copied. (Not a screenshot of preferences.) This information does not appear in any of the following: Safari System Profiler in Snow Leopard System ...
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How to share .bashrc files between two mac user accounts

I have set up two user logins on my computer, one for home and one for work. I would like to be able to share any of my bash and vim settings between the two users. Is there anyway to do this? Thus ...
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What does update_terminal_cwd do in the terminal of OS X

I am puzzled by it for quite some while now. In $PROMPT_COMMAND of the bash in OS X, there is a command called update_terminal_cwd. I am sure it's not a bash built in, and most likely only exists in ...
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I deleted .bash_history, now history isn't saved anymore (although I re-created it)

I have freshly installed a new copy of El Capitan. I accidently deleted .bash_history, so I just did a touch .bash_history again, hoping this would solve the problem of my bash history not being ...
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How do I make invisible files (like bash profile) visible in the finder?

question is in the title. There's some files that most Apple users don't need access to, but if you program you do need access to. in particular the bash profile. anyone know how to make these visible ...
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Alt-. and vertical bar (pipe) on terminal

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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Change my shell to a different bash version at /usr/local/bin/bash?

How can I set my /usr/local/bin/bash (which is the 4.2 version that allows auto-completion of 'cd to directory with directory name') to be my default bash for a new window instead of my regular ...
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Why is there a left bracket before my bash prompt?

I've notice that after I execute commands, a left bracket character will appear before the previous line. It seems to be partially dependent on what's in $PS1. I've tried unsetting $PROMPT_COMMAND and ...
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How do I change $PATH and set it to the default directory?

For some reason when I run echo $PATHI get the following directory: /Users/<home>/Library/Applications/. How do I set it back to its default location so that I don't have to run this command, ...
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iTerm2 terminals close immediately with “argpath=login error=No such file or directory”

Whenever I try to open a new terminal window in iTerm, it closes right away after displaying this: ## exec failed ## argpath=login error=No such file or directory Does anyone know what is causing ...
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How do I reset the scrollback in the terminal via a shell command?

When using Terminal.app, you can clear the screen by using the shell builtin clear or by pressing ^+L (Control-L). However, all this does is push the current screen content back one screen height ...
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Is bash in OSX case-insensitive?

Are bash commands on OSX case insensitive? I type "which TR" and it shows /usr/bin/TR, though there is no such binary there. Same thing for other binaries, when capitalized. Or is Terminal.app maybe ...
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List all defined aliases in Terminal

A friend who owned my current Mac before me created a lot of alias commands. Is there a way to list all defined aliases and the command that is associated with them? And if so, am I able to edit ...
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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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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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Change output color of terminal (in Mac) to be different from typed text color

I know how to change the color of ls output, but I would like to change the color of all terminal output. To make clear what I mean, below is a picture of my terminal. My text color is orange. ...
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Bash commands that work on an iphone

I've jailbroken my phone, and I'd like to execute some commands on it from my phone, namely, the Say command. That, unfortunately, does not work. What commands COULD I execute on the iphone, other ...
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Why must I source .bashrc every time I open terminal for aliases to work? [duplicate]

I added this line into my ~/.bashrc file. alias myserver='ssh davidfaux@davidfaux.com' However, when I open terminal and run myserver, terminal complains that -bash: myserver: command not found ...
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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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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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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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Allow the Terminal.app to pass command key based keystrokes to terminal programs

I want to allow programs running in the terminal the ability to interpret the keyboard short cut Cmd + S I have already Remapped the Terminals' default binding of Cmd + S to Ctrl + S via the ...
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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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What option should I give the sudo command to have the password asked through a graphical interface?

This problem has ben bugging me for a while now. Every now and then, I need to write a script file that should execute sudo commands. I do not necessarily know in advance that I will run as sudo so I ...
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In terminal, modify the text that comes before $

In terminal I can always see which path I'm in: macbook-romeo:School romeovs$ echo "example command" which I find quite useful. Yet there is a lot of unnecessary stuff here too: macbook-romeo is ...
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How do I restore my .bash_profile?

I've accidentally overwritten my ~/.bash_profile file. Does anyone have a "sample" one I could copy, or know where I might be able to find one?
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DefaultKeyBinding.dict: Can I use it to rebind keys on OS X?

I need a custom keyboard shortcut for back slash \. I have created ~/Library/KeyBindings/DefaultKeyBinding.dict and put this in it: { "@ö" = ("insertText:", "\\"); } It is supposed to trigger ...
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Terminal - don't require password for shell script to run

I am running Yosemite 10.10.5 and I have a shell script which I want to use to toggle whether my wifi connections run through tor or not. This uses the networksetup a couple of times and so asks for ...
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read creation date from file name and change - batch

I have files that are named like "clip-2014-01-31 18;50;15.mp4", i.e. "clip-YYYY-MM-DD hh;mm;ss.mp4". How can I set the creation date and time according to how it is specified in the file name for ...
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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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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 ...