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.

learn more… | top users | synonyms (2)

2
votes
1answer
1k views

Trouble in Automator's Shell Script after OS X 10.9 Mavericks upgrade

I've got a problem. I use from lot of time an Automator's shell script: cat >> ~/Dropbox/ClipBoard/Appunti\ Mac\ del\ $(date +\%Y-\%m-\%d).txt It ever worked but, after Mavericks upgrade, ...
0
votes
1answer
346 views

SIPS: Only Resize if Image is 315x300?

I'm currently using sips --resampleHeightWidth 250 300 "S1" to resize new images in a folder but I think that it might be resizing images that were already resized.. Is there anyway to know this for ...
16
votes
1answer
248 views

Is it possible to get via CLI the commercial name (Lion, Mountain Lion, Mavericks, …)

At the moment I'm using both uname and sw_vers darwin_version=`uname -r` osx_version=`sw_vers -productVersion` But if I want to display the commercial name (Lion, Mountain Lion, Mavericks, ...) I ...
18
votes
4answers
13k views

How can I install the Command Line Tools completely from the command line?

I'd like to script the installation of the the Xcode Command Line Tools. On Mavericks, xcode-select --install will open a dialog prompting the user to install, but I'd like to trigger the install ...
1
vote
2answers
2k views

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 ...
2
votes
2answers
7k views

User input assigned to variable in AppleScript then passed to “do shell script” command

How do I grab input from the user in AppleScript and then pass the result of the variable to a do shell script command from within AppleScript itself? For example, the user would type the answer foo ...
0
votes
3answers
567 views

Batch-processing Image Files in a Folder using a folder action with Automator

I'm trying to resize new image files in a folder using a folder action so the files that were already resized to 300x250 don't get resized again. The thing is I'm having issues getting the resizing ...
23
votes
5answers
85k views

Why does OS X Mavericks block the purge command in Terminal?

When I try the purge command on my terminal, OS X Mavericks gives me the following message: Unable to purge disk buffers: Operation not permitted This hasn't been the default behavior until now. I ...
2
votes
0answers
681 views

Where does Transmission store logs for called scripts?

Transmission has an option to run a shell script when a file finishes downloading. I'm wondering where to look for logs for it – it seems like it only executes half of my script but can't figure out ...
1
vote
1answer
253 views

Tool to Consolidate Data on Multiple Hard Drives and List Differences Between Filesets

I have several hard drives I've used throughout the years to backup my data. Each one has a different folder structure and fileset. I now have a massive NAS that I want to consolidate all my data onto....
4
votes
2answers
542 views

Mac OS X UNIX-oriented Tutorial

Is there any Mac OS X tutorial/book that covers the UNIX part of this operating system? Topics like: Managing daemons from the command-line Package management Install/Remove dmg's from the command-...
2
votes
2answers
7k views

curl command can't be found, OSX utilities have been replaced by GNU coreutils… how to start from scratch?

I recently installed homebrew and I was having a hard time because I could not install it as curl command couldn't be found, someone pointed me to use wget and that worked to install homebrew but now ...
0
votes
1answer
300 views

Which background processes can I disable to speed up my Mac

If I'm on an old Mac and I just want the basics (web browsing, text editing, multitasking) to run a lot faster and I don't mind losing out on bells and whistles or temporarily disabling unneeded ...
1
vote
1answer
294 views

How Can I Set XCode to Correctly Highlight Multi-Line Strings for Shell Scripts?

Quite simply I have a shell script that I'm editing in XCode, and it contains several strings which contain new-lines. Easiest way for me to do this was just to leave the string open so that it spans ...
0
votes
1answer
383 views

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 ...
1
vote
1answer
59 views

“open -t” vs. “open -ef”

the Command: syslog | tail | open -ef works perfectly on my osx 10.8.5 and opens the required lines from syslog in textEdit, however when I run syslog | tail | open -t which should open the same ...
0
votes
1answer
728 views

How to manage users access to shared folders from the command line?

Using the sharing or dscl commands I can not figure out how to add users associated to shares. The current local-admin account has access to all shares, but I'd like to add a different user account ...
7
votes
2answers
724 views

How can I process/read checkmarks on a paper form?

I would like to process a large number of scanned paper forms (GUI or command line). I am only interested in reading (custom) checkboxes. The form looks like this: every line has 6 circle-shaped ...
0
votes
1answer
129 views

Error Opening Image File in Terminal

Much like: How do I cat a deleted file which is still open by its inode?. I am using 'Sleuth Kit' command line tool, to gather relevant data from the disk. But I keep on getting: Error opening image ...
2
votes
1answer
379 views

Search files across folders and move recursively to new folder

I need a way to search from a base folder, all the folders inside of that one recursively, and find all photos of JPG and PNG that were created before a certain date (01.Feb.2013) and then move them ...
6
votes
3answers
717 views

Terminal command to bring up shutdown dialog?

I know how to shutdown a Mac from Terminal, but is there a way to actually bring up the shutdown dialog you get from Apple → Shut Down…?
31
votes
2answers
30k views

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} ...
8
votes
2answers
11k views

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?
4
votes
2answers
892 views

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 "...
-1
votes
1answer
463 views

Setup a scanner from command line or ARD

I know how to add a networked printer via the command line or ARD (Apple Remote Desktop); and, I know how to install the TWAIN scanner drivers for a particular vendor (again, using ARD). But, what ...
5
votes
1answer
8k views

No GDB in the new Command Line Tools (OS X Mountain Lion) for Xcode - September 2013?

I've recently formatted my Mac and when I reinstalled the command line tools, I installed the new Command Line Tools (OS X Mountain Lion) for Xcode - September 2013. I've just typed gdb in my ...
0
votes
1answer
969 views

Check Camera Path through command line

is that a command to type in terminal that lists all the webcams connected to my computer? Maybe using ffmpeg package?
1
vote
0answers
74 views

Command-line cloud file backup?

Is there a free cloud file server for personal files with shell commands like Unix ls, cp etc. ? Along the lines cloud ls [-options] pattern cloud cp-up pattern cloud cp-down pattern My ideal would ...
2
votes
1answer
129 views

How can I wipe an encrypted volume when the password is forgotten?

I have encrypted disk volume that is in the way and the passphrase is gone. How can I erase the contents and reuse the disk space?
0
votes
2answers
10k views

line 1: syntax error near unexpected token `newline' with HTML + shell script

I've been learning the shell with a great tutorial, linuxcommand.org. After a lot of learning and practice with navigating directories, editing files, etc, I've moved on to writing shell scripts. One ...
3
votes
1answer
918 views

How can I run a command that requires user input through oh-my-zsh alias?

I'm trying to add Reminder.app items through the command line by invoking an alias. I use the Automator workflow solution from this question: How can I add reminders via the command line?, which ...
93
votes
1answer
128k views

How do I launch Finder from terminal or command line [duplicate]

I use command line a lot, like most programmers. I want to be able to launch Finder, Safari or any other application for that matter from command line e.g. finder . where it will start Finder ...
7
votes
1answer
336 views

Verify Time Machine Encryption from the Command-Line?

Is it possible to verify whether a given Time Machine volume (for example, returned by tmutil machinedirectory) has encryption turned on? This is for regulatory compliance, so it needs to be fully ...
1
vote
0answers
58 views

Is there another way apart from screencapture to take a screenshot of a background window?

I'd like to take a screenshot of a background window given its title. I know this can be made with screencapture -l idwindow output but unluckily I can't use this method because I'm on a 10.5.8 ...
0
votes
1answer
338 views

screencapture -l not working: illegal option

I've wrongly opened the same question on StackOverflow. I hope to find a better explaination here. I've seen in many pages (for example here: How do I find the windowid to pass to screencapture -l?) ...
6
votes
4answers
1k views

Shell script to determine the file size in a folder recursively

Can anyone provide me with a shell script that I can run against various folders to see where large files are lurking? Many thanks
0
votes
2answers
49 views

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 ...
9
votes
1answer
584 views

Is it possible to set the output language of shell commands to anything other than English?

Am I correct in my assumption that shell commands such as cp, man, ls, etc. always print their messages in English regardless of system and user settings, and also standard shell messages like "...
4
votes
2answers
2k views

How to execute a Parallels Windows application with command line parameters from Mac?

I am trying to call Beyond Compare Windows app to perform a file compre directly from Mac but I am block with command line argument passing. You can call Windows applications from the OS X command ...
0
votes
0answers
383 views

how to activate yadr after installing `ho my zsh`?

I have installed yadr and then ho my zsh how do i revert and activate yadr ? I have googled and found only how to uninstall ho my zsh: http://stackoverflow.com/questions/9813983/troubles-...
1
vote
1answer
140 views

How do I find links for iTunes U Videos to download using the 'resume' feature in curl

I have a flaky internet connection and I was trying to download some course videos on iTunes U. Three attempts to download 800 MB files failed because the connection was reset. So I'm now trying to ...
0
votes
1answer
507 views

Why did Apple Decide not to install Command Line Tools as default? [closed]

Why did Apple Decide not to install Command Line Tools which now have to be installed through xcode?
1
vote
2answers
2k views

How to make a command line executable an application?

I have a command line executable (specifically JMeter), which opens a GUI application when launched from the terminal. However, I would like to create a link to it that would wrap it up to become a ...
0
votes
1answer
4k views

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 ...
1
vote
1answer
3k views

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 ...
39
votes
2answers
1k views

Where should I store command line applications?

When I download command line applications they are located in my ~/Downloads/ directory. But I feel this is wrong place to have a command line application located. Where in the Mac OS X filesystem ...
0
votes
1answer
403 views

Changing the background image in all spaces

I'm running Max OSX Mountain Lion, 10.8.4. I have tried several solutions to change the background image in every space/desktop, but can only get one. I have tried this shell script, have tried using ...
4
votes
1answer
9k views

How to I display the current DNS servers from the command line under OS X?

I want to display the DNS serververs that are used by the current network setup on OS X, from the command line.
2
votes
1answer
632 views

How can I systemwide check if a keyboard shortcut is in use or has been registered?

How can I query OS X to know if an application has registered a shortcut? I could inspect every app I have or that is running at least with KeyCue and go through the Keyboard Shortcuts section of ...
0
votes
1answer
712 views

Simple Script for URI Handling

Basically what I'd like to know is how can I setup a shell script (or an Applescript or Automator wrapper for a shell script) as a protocol handler for a custom URI (so clicking them will trigger my ...