Using programs and commands that do not have a graphical user interface (GUI) but are rather controlled by typing text commands into a terminal program, or shell.

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Where to Install Applications when using Terminal? [duplicate]

I use the command line a lot to download and install applications. I've always downloaded into the /tmp directory then installed to another directory. But where is the place to install such ...
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RMBP 2013 and forcing windowed games in Low Resolution Mode

Is it possible to launch a program without an associated .app bundle with the Open in Low Resolution mode activated? I am talking about ~/Library/Application\ Support/Steam/SteamApps/common/dota\ 2\ ...
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Behavior of login shell vs. Linux, 'sh -c'

I have a seemingly-valid command that works fine on Linux boxes but fails on OSX, and I would like to know why. sudo su - validusername sh -c 'whoami' On Linux, this will echo 'validusername' on ...
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Inserting shell script into .app bundle

I'm trying to shoe-horn a shell script into an application bundle so that the shell script will be run when I open the bundle, as opposed to the executable put in there. Specifically, I'm trying to ...
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How to find out which terminal app (iTerm or Terminal) is running from within bash

I need to have different color schemes for each of the two terminal types I use. I can set it in the .bash_profile as mentioned here. But how can I tell it to differ depending whether its a iTerm2 or ...
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How to use iostat with AppleRAID volume?

When I try iostat disk5, I get the error: iostat: could not record 'disk5' for monitoring Iostat works with my other drives, and with the individual disks which make up the RAID volume. How can ...
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opening file from text wrangler to terminal

I'm sure this is a very basic question, but I'm just beginning to learn programming and I've gotten to a lesson where I have to create a file in text wrangler, save it to the desktop (called test.txt) ...
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How to remap tmux split pane keys?

On my linux machines, for my terminal shell I have tmux keys mapped to allow me to split windows and then switch between new panes. With or without these mappings I can't figure out how to remap the ...
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Correct Way to Check if Spotlight Has Indexed a Folder's Contents

Okay, so I've written a script that uses mdfind to more quickly match files, however, I need to find the best way to check whether a target directory is indexed or not, so I can fall back to using ...
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Edit contents of file from Finder with text editor

As a developer I need to constantly be examining/editing the contents of text files, and opening them from Finder and the command line. I would like to right click the file in finder, and have the ...
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How to launch TextMate (and probably other software) from the command line?

I am very new to Mac, coming from Linux. I am using TextMate, and I suddenly discovered I do not know how to launch TextMate from command line. Using completion, nothing looks like TextMate. Where ...
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Set the master password from terminal

I am trying to set a master password from the terminal (using a shell script). I see the passwd function and the master.passwd function, however I don't see any documentation on either of these to set ...
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How can I launch .sh scripts from the finder in iTerm2 instead of Terminal?

I have set 'always open with' to : 'Iterm2', for .sh files in osX. Although a double click on a shell script now opens a new Iterm window, the script does not actually run, I just the get the empty ...
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ImageMagick convert command produces a slight error

This happens when I convert a GIF into a series of PNG files. I convert a .gif animation to a series of .png using convert ex.gif my_png_files_%d.png I get a series of .png-figures but some of ...
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Terminal.app equivalent of `xterm -e 'cmd'`

With xterm (and gnome-terminal, terminator, etc), you can run the following command: $ xterm -e 'vim somefile.txt' xterm will open and run the specified program (in this case, Vim). When the ...
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Run .command with input at runtime

I need to run a .command file with input at runtime, but I want to run via double click, not from terminal. I have a file adbInstall.command file with this code adb install /Directory/$1.apk From ...
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What is the relationship between `launchctl limit` and `ulimit`?

There is not any ulimit configuration in system startup files/ shell startup scripts. ulimit -a shows: -u: processes 1064 -n: file descriptors 256 launchctl ...
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In Mavericks, is it possible to use Enhanced Dictation from the command line?

A use case is: I have a recording in AIFF or MP3 format, and I'd like a text version of it as Enhanced Dictation would have recognized it if I had spoken it myself.
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Change the default application (for a file extension) via script/command line?

Is there a way to define the default application for a file extension via an Apple script, command line command (like defaults write [...]). I know that you can change it manually via the information ...
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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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Set Services keyboard shortcut via script OSX

I need a way to set the following programmatically: Specifically for shortcuts under Services, if that makes a difference. I'm wondering if this is possible via shell or AppleScript? EDIT: I've ...
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Set Keystroke for Service from Terminal

I created some services to be used in Finder. Now I wanted to create some keystrokes to call these services. That would be easy in the System Settings, however, I would like to add them from the ...
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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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Shell Script for Yesterday's Date

I'm trying to execute the following shellscript with hazel app on any file in the folder. It works, but the only thing thats causing a problem is the date for yesterday. #! /bin/bash saveDir="TJ" ...
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Can I run an SQLite operation from Terminal?

When I download transactions in Quicken Essentials for Mac, my bank adds "DEBIT PURCHASE" and other junk to the Payee info. Quicken has no ability to find and replace globally. But I dug into the ...
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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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mac asking password after cd in terminal

Recently my mac has started asking me for a password after I use cd in Terminal.app (haven't tested other term apps). strangely though, if I press ctrl-C when the passowrd is asked, the question goes ...
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How to install ImageMagick on 10.6 (Snow Leopard) using a precompiled binary (without a package manager)?

The wish is to manipulate images from the command line using the ImageMagick tools. No package manager because: The MacPorts port and Homebrew brew package managers have Xcode dependencies. Xcode ...
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What options does Terminal pass to bash on startup?

In the Terminal preferences, I'm able to configure the Terminal to "Open shells with:" -> "Command (complete path):" /opt/local/bin/bash. What options is the terminal passing when invoking this ...
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How to list all available .plist keys on a certain domain application by defaults command?

I want to know all keys (property list) which available on certain domain application, as example i could list available key for com.apple.dock by entering this command: $ defaults read ...
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emulate Linux's `last -x` on Mac OS X

I'm currently trying to get a missing cronjob runner script thing to work, but it was written for Arch Linux, which is pretty different from Mac OS X, and one of the things that it tries to do is run ...
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How to kill the popup in OS X when a disk can't be ejected

With ZFS-OSX, sometimes when I try to force eject my HDD and it's failing, the following popup appears on my screen – floating on the top with all the buttons grayed out – and no possibility to close ...
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How can I update iTunes Match from the command line?

I use iTunes Match to access my iTunes library at work. I added some new music to my library (back at home) recently, but I forgot to run the "Update iTunes Match" command to ensure that the songs ...
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How to make a message appear on the screen?

I'm trying to set up a kind of intercom system between Mac, Windows, and Linux boxes at home. Question: How can I make an arbitrary message appear on the graphical screen of Mac OS X? For instance, ...
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I want to mount a virtual CD-RW drive

I want to export (burn to CD) some media I own and have in iTunes. However, I do not want to burn it to a physical CD. I want to instead burn it to a virtual CD. A virtual CD is something that appears ...
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what shell would you recommend using on mac? [closed]

I'm new to Mac (using Mavericks) i thought to install zsh. Do anyone has a recommendation for a useful shell for mac?
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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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Unix command to recursively copy JPG files in a complex directory tree

I have a large directory tree structure that contains multiple JPG files in each directory root and their subsequent subdirectories. I need to recursively extract a single JPG file from each directory ...
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Symbolic links, why doesn't this work:

me$ ln -s ~/x/y/ ~/Desktop/ ln: /Users/me/Desktop//: File exists Why does this attempt at creating a symbolic link to ~/x/yon the Desktop now work? The only way I can seem to get something like a ...
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How to install command line tools without error that is not currently available on Software Update server?

I am using maverick, and have Xcode 5.0.2. I am trying to install command line tools using xcode-select --install, but I get message that is not currently available on Software Update server. What ...
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I added this to my .bash_profile but I neglected to label it and forgot what it means exactly

I remember broadly what it does, but not specifically: if [ -f ~/.bashrc ]; then source ~/.bashrc fi What is the exact purpose for it again?
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Restore disk in single user mode

I wonder if it is possible to restore one partition to another in command line? The similar operation can be performed with Disk Utility, but unfortunately I cannot boot in graphics mode (even safe ...
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How to force OS X to give a different IP lease with DHCP?

Is there a command line solution to get a different IP from a DHCP server? There are some solutions, like switching to BOOTP and back to DHCP, that will sometimes yield a new IP, but often the DHCP ...
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Size in bytes is significantly less ( half the size) then size in MB in get info window

In the get info window it says 387,037,139 bytes which is 387 MB whereas the size on disk is 716.9MB which is 716,900,000 bytes. du -sh paramgen result (in MiB) 684M paramgen Why is there such ...
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Defaults utility: how to get xcode project info

I have found that utility defaults can get info from .plist file. But how can I canonically pass as parameter to it path to .plist file ? I read about <domain> parameter but still don't have ...
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How to patch a file that resides in /Applications (patch can't find file to patch at input line)?

I am trying to patch 5 files within an Mac application bundle using the Terminal patch command. The files to be patch are specified using an absolute file path (the file name and path start with a ...
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How do I link/call an actual shell script saved within an Applescript app?

What's the correct syntax in the Applescript below to make this app run by double clicking on it rather than how it runs now by just running the Applescript in the AS script editor? The Shell script ...
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place text over image without imagemagick

I have a png image file which I would like to overlay text onto, via the command line (for use in a Makefile). The text to be overlaid is dynamic, decided at the time the image is modified. I am ...
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Cannot create a file with sudo in Apache web directory

Suddenly the following problem has happened: I have an Apache web directory at /www. Everything was ok with the permissions, but at some point (I can't realize what caused it), I become unable to ...
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Update Xcode from 4.6.1 to 4.6.3 for Homebrew

I have installed Xode downloading the DMG (not from the Mac App Store). Now each time I run brew doctor it says: Your Xcode (4.6.1) is outdated Please install Xcode 4.6.3. But In App Store > ...