The default Unix shell used by Terminal in Mac OS X

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Issues with Unicode symbols in some applications running in Terminal.app and iTerm2

Darwin DeoGloria 13.3.0 Darwin Kernel Version 13.3.0: Tue Jun 3 21:27:35 PDT 2014; root:xnu-2422.110.17~1/RELEASE_X86_64 x86_64 Fresh user account. Terminal.app and iTerm2 with UTF-8 set. Accented ...
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Terminal prompt 'saving' certain commands on up-arrow

I added a little bit of shell scripting to my prompt for fun. It alternates the colors of prompt items randomly. I did it purely because a gray screen gets boring after awhile. The following is my ...
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Grant rights on a certificate to an app through the shell

I'm currently looking for a way to grant an application rights to a certificate in my /Library/Keychains/System.keychain through the shell. I can currently do this through the Keychain Access App by ...
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Terminal hangs when title includes unreachable NFS path

[Edit: reframing to make the question more clear] I use the Mac Terminal to access remote linux systems. On the Mac, the bash prompt is set by: PROMPT_COMMAND='echo -ne ...
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Terminal: disable printing/output of keyboard commands

I have the same problem as this person – I am running a C script and somehow when I pass the EOF signal with Ctrl+D, ^D gets printed to the console. My question is therefore: is it possible to ...
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Is there a way to run a bash script everytime I print something?

I wanted to run a script that changes my background image whenever use the printer. Is it possible? Is there a way to know when OS X is printing something?
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Set file metadata attribute values

I'm trying to set the values of some file metadata attributes in OS X Yosemite - kMDItemDateAdded and kMDItemLastUsedDate - the values of which can be shown using mdls <filename>. I'm trying to ...
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Determine when an application last launched

I need to have a script return a date that a particular application launched (in this case Parallels, but solution should be non-specific) so that our asset management system can mark the license for ...
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How to make files safe so users can download and OS will not quarantine them?

I work with Axure software that generates dynamic and navigable prototypes in HTML. Once they are done I need to send a ZIP file of those HTML files to clients via e-mail or any download internal ...
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OS X (El Capitan) Terminal Fn-Up and Fn-Down stop working as Page Up and Page Down

I've identified a strange "state" my Terminal program seems to get into. It doesn't happen on all tabs -- right now, one tap can Page Up/Down properly, and another one can't. When I open a new ...
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Getting bash-3.2 everytime I “su”

Whenever I su, PS1 changes to \s-\v\$. Why is that? Tried setting it, but it still changes when I su again, or exit the terminal. What to do?
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Chrome desktop apps (extensions) won't launch at startup on OS X

I'm trying to figure out how to get a chrome desktop app (Kiosk) to launch at startup. I've gone to System Preferences > Accounts > Login items and added Kiosk (User > Applications > Chrome Apps > ...
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Automating VPN switching

I can us a VPN app like tunnelbear to appear to be in other countries, but is there a way to do this in a bash script or applescript? I want to be able to run automated tests on my iOS apps (in the ...
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Adding a directory to $PATH doesn't work in Yosemite

I've tried to do it both ways: 1. I edited ~/.bash_profile like so: $ cat ~/.bash_profile export PATH="${PATH};~/bin" $ $ ls -l ~/.bash_profile -rw-r--r-- 1 myuser staff 202 Oct 1 16:57 ...
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Non-debug qlmanage

I've got a bash alias set up in my terminal, alias quicklook='qlmanage -p ', in order to easily quicklook files from the terminal, but the output bugs me. Testing Quick Look preview with files: ...
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Mac Terminal (+bash +tmux +set-o vi) missing characters at end of line

Often when editing a historical bash command in vi mode (after pressing ↑), and then moving backwards in the text using b. When I begin editing the text after pressing i or a, the extra text I insert ...
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In bash script, how to have a script that runs in the background and starts when an application is opened

I'm making a script which should run when I open Safari. I want it to open when the user logs in and run in the background, then have part of the script to run when Safari opens. Is this possible in ...
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How to set the colour of a folder with a specific name on mac terminal?

I am using these four lines in my .bash_profile file to enable colouring on my mac terminal (Mac OS Yosemite). export PS1="\[\033[36m\]\u\[\033[m\]@\[\033[32m\]\h:\[\033[33;1m\]\w\[\033[m\]\$ " ...
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Creating Smart Folders (perhaps programmatically) based on photo IPTC metadata?

I have thousands of photos with IPTC metadata -- I'm mostly interested in the star-ratings and the tags -- and I'd like to create folders for those images that automatically stay in sync as I change ...
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Bash script to import RootCA and set it to Always Trust from Server

I am working on a way to import a RootCA into the login keychain of OS X and set it to always trust, the cert is located on a file share server. I am relatively new to the whole Bash scripting scene ...
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How to use nohup/send process to background on os/x

The command nohup <command> & does not actually work properly on mac it seems: the process is suspended. Issuing fg appears to be required to reactivate the command. Here is an ...
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Problems with a simple shell script

I've faced with the problem of using simple shell commands like AWK and print within my sh scripts on my Mac ( the same script works perfect on the Linux). For instance below script which seek for the ...
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Window UI Texture Artifacts

I just install OSX Lion on an old Mac Pro, as well as all the major updates 10.7.1 through to 10.7.5. Then I installed the BASH Shellshock patch for OSX Lion 10.7.5 and after restarting my Window UI ...
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Is HISTFILESIZE behavior different in Yosemite?

For a long time I've used the HISTFILESIZE environmental variable to control the number of lines that get written to my terminal history (the default of 500 is not enough; I set it to 10000). Ever ...
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dtruss -f is not following children processes?

Following is not following the child "sql.py" python process: sudo dtruss -f run-test sql.py 2>&1 Here is the output - which shows no evidence of following the invoked python: PID/THRD ...
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Running “irb” changes my zsh to bash on iTerm2

I'm running OSX 10.9.4, and my default shell is set to z shell. I was just working out my installation of Ruby and RVM and playing around with irb when I suddenly notice that my window title says ...
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PROMPT_COMMAND='history -a; history -n' changed (broken) in Yosemite / bash 3.2.53

I need my command history to be shared across all terminal sessions and all commands available for immediate recall from any other terminal. This is the default for old school ksh shells but hasn't ...
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How to fix Bash on an older MacOS

I am still running MacOS 10.6.8 on my older iMac because of software issues-some of my most useful stuff won't run on systems past Tiger. Can I use the patch published by Justin Meyers in "Every Mac ...
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bash autocompletion scripts in OS X

Here is what I learned so far: # settings on mac if [[ $(uname) == "Darwin" ]]; then # enable bash completion if [ -f `brew --prefix`/etc/bash_completion ]; then . `brew ...
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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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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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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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using -exec command on mac os x

Does any know why the -exec does not work on mac os x lion terminal? It works on linux and other variants but not on mac os x find / -iname "*.mp3" -exec mv {} /mnt/mp3 \;
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grep doesn't work on big files on OS X 10.10

grep works on OS X 10.6, detecting string in a big binary file. It still works on OS X 10.10 on a small file. On OS X 10.10: $ grep -bao string small_file offset : string ... $ grep -c string ...
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Terminal: “Invalid Argument: dirname” (El Capitan)

I noticed the issue when I first went to run defaults write com.apple.finder AppleShowAllFiles YES in OS X Terminal (10.11.2) but this was returned bash: /usr/bin/defaults: Invalid argument I'm ...
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Uninstall old CMake and its implications

Currently I'm setting up a user account on a Mac Mini that's been used before by others. I found a pretty old version of CMake installed in /usr/local/bin - a pretty default installation path. I ...
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Schedule executing tasks based on bash scripts using CronniX

I'm still quite new you Mac and OS X but do have some background about other UNIX based systems, so please excuse for any misunderstandings. My goal is to implement a function that executes certain ...
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Saving space by hard-linking duplicates

I am looking for tool, script etc to hard link (or something equivalent) files with the purpose of saving space. (Going through files, finding duplicates and hard-linking them in). Will also then ...
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Is there a command or script in mac OS X to set the creation date to match the modification date?

Somehow, the creation date of all the photos on my USB drive has been updated to a recent date, but the modification date remains untouched. So any photo app thinks the photos were just taken recently ...
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“terminal-notifier.app is not open anymore”

From a .plist loaded to Launchd I run a bash script which displays a notification using terminal-notifier. The notification is displayed fine, but when clicked the message "terminal-notifier.app is ...
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bit lost wrt to permissions and users

So I am installing postgresql and it mostly works, kinda. I have a user postgres that was create by the postgres createuser commmand. I understand that the intent is a do-nothing user that can just ...
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MacTex: `Command not found`

The issue I just downloaded MacTex (link; I am on Mac OSX 10.11.1). After installing MacTex, I opened the LuaTex.tex example and tried to typeset it (after selecting LuaLaTex). The yellow window pops ...
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Trying to install gnome-terminal on Yosemite

When I run gnome-terminal I get the error: (gnome-terminal-server:572): GLib-GObject-CRITICAL **: g_object_ref: assertion 'G_IS_OBJECT (object)' failed Here are my versions: Mac OS X - 10.10.5 ...
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Why does setting CLICOLOR=1 not turn on colors for “ls”?

If I do ls -G, I do get the colors. From what I understood from the man pages, if I go into ~/.bash_profile and add export CLICOLOR=1 I would then get colors by doing just ls, as "This option is ...
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Encrypt password on disk for scripting

In the Microsoft Windows platform, there is a service called the Data Protection API (DPAPI), which allows developers to easily encrypt and decrypt values using a simple set of APIs. The encryption ...
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Running shell commands from netcat

I have a shell script that I am serving up through netcat - I'm using this as an experiment to learn more about unix I can now do nc 127.0.0.1 1234 | sh and it will pipe the script commands into the ...
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Odd issue with iTerm2 (built from Git repo)

I'm currently using iTerm2 version 3, built from the GitHub repo. My default shell is bash, but I have iTerm set up in a way to default to using zsh on startup. I had this set so that the default ...
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Terminal, set application to automatic launch at login

I am trying to automate the process after I reinstall OS X (I do it time to time due to messing things up), So far I have this script. ruby -e "$(curl -fsSL ...
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.bash_profile is not working unless sourcing it manually

I got a new machine (yosemite osx), and I am trying to set it up. I have created .bash_profile, but unfortunately it doesn't work. Even if I log back in or restart the machine, and open terminal ...
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Enable remote management remotely on a mac

I am trying to use remote desktop to send a script to all Macs on my network that creates an additional admin account and hides it. I am trying to do this using Apple Remote Desktop. However most of ...