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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Error when using “pmset sleepnow”

Whenever I use pmset sleepnow in Terminal (even with sudo) I get this error: Unable to sleep system: error 0xe00002e2. I have no idea what's going on. Please help!
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Applescript claims to run shell script, but script has no effect [duplicate]

So I have a bash script like this: #!/bin/sh FILE='some_file.js' gsed -i -E 's/something/somethingelse/' "$FILE" echo "Modified File" When I run this from command line, it echoes the last line, so ...
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Control haptic engine and force touch from terminal

Is there any way that I can create haptic feedback with the integrated force touch trackpad on my rMBP using a terminal command (preferably without AppleScript, but if that's the only way, then ...
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`scutil --nc start` not connecting PPPT VPN - OS X 10.11

From the answer to this question I have tried scutil --nc start 'us.justfreevpn.com' to connect a PPPT VPN, but all I get is the following popup: Frustratingly, if I manually start the connection ...
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How to change icon of an app through Terminal

I want to customize my app icons, but there's a lot of them, and I don't want to be tedious and go through the whole Get Info process over and over again. Is there any way to write a program, ...
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unable to install homebrew

unable to install homebrew I am using this command. ruby -e "$(curl -fsSL https://raw.githubusercontent.com/Homebrew/install/master/install)" getting this error. i have already installed updated ...
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All applications got paused after disk space usage got near 99% and back to normal. What's next?

Mac does some pretty fancy background stuff to try and keep enough disk space for whatever it needs. In my case, 512 gb ssd, it needs to have at least 20gb free to run smoothly, so I usually have 40. ...
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how to throttle Internet bandwidth?

In previous releases of OS X, there was a command called ipfw, that permitted throttling of network bandwidth, which is useful for running some kinds of tests on software. It appears that as of ...
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OSX Terminal no longer save my commands in history

Here's my issue. Last week I realized that my OSX (10.11.13) Terminal no longer saves the command I execute in the history file(s). To be more clear: I type the command test On the same terminal ...
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Permissions corrupted in OS X

I have run sudo chown -R Ankur / by mistake and now some apps are not opening and there icons are also not visible. How can I fix this? Here are some snapshots:
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What does “is not recognized as an internal or external command” error mean?

I have spun up a VM of OS X since my main user is not an admin and I need to do things that require admin access. My end goal is to install the Xcode command line tools into a VirtualBox VM I created ...
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Why the service does not start after logging in

The service is jenkins installed with homebrew on Yosemite. I have this: ~/Library/LaunchAgents/homebrew.mxcl.jenkins.plist and this: % launchctl list | grep jenkins - 0 ...
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How do I remove multiple owners from a file/folder?

While trying to set up MAMP/PHPStorm, I CHOWNed the OWNER of my Sites folder to _www from myUser. Since this did not resolve the problem I was experiencing, I attempted to CHOWN myUser ...
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Downloading additional voices from command-line

I am using a MacOS X server (to which I only have command-line access) to convert text to speech which is saved to sound files (using PyObjC). I would like to install some of the optional OS X voices ...
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Controlling audio output's sample/bit rate on OSX from command prompt

Is there a way to limit the output format of a soundcard on OSX, apart from Audio MIDI Setup? I have noticed that OSX has a bad habit of resampling audio while it is not needed at all (say the output ...
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How to see the commands echoed on the Terminal?

Maybe is a silly question but I'm a newbie in OS X and I didn't found the answer anywhere. The thing is that when I execute some command that executes other scripts/commands/whatever I don't see on ...
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How to compare files for an entire drive from a before and after (or changes during) state?

I would actually very much like an option similar to fseventer, but it appears that not only will it support recent OS releases, but that it is altogether no longer available. What can I do for 10.10 ...
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Can MacOSX 10.7 open tar.lzma files [closed]

Can the tar command included by default on MacOSX 10.7 open tar.lzma (or tar.xz) archives? If it helps to answer I have a sample file here. You could test by opening a Terminal and issuing: curl ...
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Dual-booting a Linux distribution on a Mac with Fusion Drive

I'd like to install a Linux distribution alongside OS X on my 2014 5k iMac with a 3TB Fusion Drive (128GB SSD + 3TB HDD). Most guides about dual-booting Linux I've found focus on regular ...
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-bash: 1: command not found - Immediately on loading Terminal [duplicate]

Upon loading my terminal (since trying to install composer globally) I'm being spammed with countless amounts of -bash: 1: command not found before I even type any commands. I'm not quite sure what ...
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Profile Manager: Using command line, is there a way to print/lookup iOS apps by at least title, that are associated/available in Profile Manager

Restating my question: Using command line, is there a way to print/lookup iOS apps by at least title, that are associated/available in Profile Manager Goal/Context: I am looking for a way to automate ...
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plutil returns error when a string numeric key is used

I'm trying to insert a row to a plist by using the following command plutil -insert "160" -string "hi" file.plist However the system was not so happy about the fact that I was using a numeric key ...
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git auto-complete branches with checkout alias

There's this neat script to autocomplete git branches. It works fine with git checkout <tab>. But, I want to take it further. I have a checkout alias: alias co='git co'. How can I make branch ...
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Run Terminal Command from .terminal file

I just figured out how to export settings from terminal which creates a .terminal file. And I realize that the ExecutionString parameter has changed to the CommandString parameter. I put a command in ...
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Command line replacement for tmutil

Anyone know of a command line replacement for tmutil, either script or binary? Failures of tmutil: Does not log. No meaningful diagnostics. Cannot resume interrupted restore. Cannot overwrite ...
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Automating Terminal Commands with AppleScript

I have an Arduino-based device (www.picobrew.com) and needs firmware updating. The company wrote a little app to do it for Windows users, but us OS X users are out in the cold. Fortunately, we were ...
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Setting up command line email for Mac Yosemite

I am trying to setup my system to be able to send emails from command line. This link explains the steps, and I am able to send emails. However, I have one issue, the sender name is picking up the ...
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defaults: command not found

i have two users on macbook pro (yosemite). one of them has access to the defaults binary in /usr/bin the other user gets command not found. looking up in /usr/bin --> no defaults. both accounts are ...
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Make `hostname -f` return fully qualified hostname

How can i make hostname (i.e. the unix commandline tool hostname, invoked in terminal) return a hostname including the domain information? At the moment, hostname, hostname -f and hostname -s return ...
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Recover Meteor JS MongoDB from Time Machine Backup

I have recently recovered my Mac with a Time Machine Backup from the beginning of August. Today I ran an existing Meteor JS project and saw that the MongoDB documents were pretty outdated (latest ...
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Shell script to rsync or if not mounted - mount and rsync

This is what I've got so far: !/bin/sh Storage Folder Backup Defines mount point LOCALMOUNTPOINT="/Volumes/thisisanetworkshare" Checks for mount if mount | grep "on $LOCALMOUNTPOINT" > ...
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Launching Character Viewer (aka CharacterPalette) from command line

So, recently I have being using the Character and Keyboard Viewer a fair bit and set up simple Alfred keywords that toggle the launch/quitting of these apps so as not to have to leave the keyboard. ...
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Does OSX 10.10.4 support LZMA compression at the individual file level (not tar files)?

From the command line, I would like to compress some database dumps using the LZMA algorithm. And, OSX adds XZ support (written in October of last year), claims " It turns out the XZ support in OS X ...
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Command Line Tools update description of changes

When Apple provides updates for OS X and other software it typically also describes the changes introduced in that version, as displayed in the App Store application's Updates tab or in a separate ...
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Problem: How to clear all remnants of random.py, random.pyc, and random.pyo that isn't part of Python's standard library?

I wrote an import random code, and unfortunately saved it as the module's name I was trying to call. eg. random.py I believe, but am not sure, that I created the random.py file twice and thus I ...
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mkfs.jffs2 or equivalence on Mac Os X

I need to use mkfs.jffs2 command on Mac OS X. On Linux, the command is installed with mtd-tools package, but I can't find it from homebrew. I tried to build from the source, but I have numerous ...
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Changing color of text in terminal for program output

This might be answered already but I could not figure out a good way to phrase it to look for an answer so I hope you'll bear with me. I want to change the color of the text output on Terminal if it ...
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Automated screensaver configuration in command line/shell script

So I'm configuring some Default User Template LaunchAgents to configure a default screensaver for some of my company's most popular fan art. (It's actually been really well received by the team). ...
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Command line tool installed, but gcc/g++ compiler not working

Heads up, I have a similar problem such as in this question, but it wasn't resolved: how to debug configure.sh errors when compiling rsync on Yosemite So basically I am looking to compile code via ...
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How to list audio card IDs from terminal

I am developing a script which deals with sound recording. As user potentially can have multiple sound cards attached, I would like to give him/her a chance to select desired one. The software I use ...
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Change accessibility setting on Mac using terminal

I would like to grant accessibility permission to some apps on Mac using Terminal as per this intruction https://support.apple.com/en-au/HT202866 which is the accessibility tab in System Preferences ...
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Cannot compile anything anymore after upgrading to Yosemite

I noticed after upgrading to Yosemite that none of my upgrades in homebrew would work anymore. I noticed that it was a problem in general with compiling any kind of C code. The error I get is: In ...
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Preventing less from quitting when I scroll down

I don’t know if it was a change to less itself or to the Terminal app, but when I upgraded to Yosemite I noticed that I could use the mouse scroll wheel to move around in less. Whenever I use this ...
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How do I configure CURL to use the same root certificates as Safari?

It seems that CURL on OS X (10.10) is broken because it does not contain the same set of root SSL certificates as Safari. Due to this it seems that there is a high chance for your to be unable to ...
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Why can I not create a directory on my external hard-drive?

When I try to make a new directory on my external hard-drive I get a message saying that it is a "Read-only file system" LU06296APPLE:~ fortinok$ mkdir /Volumes/Seagate\ Backup\ Plus\ ...
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Filling areas of Json script with user prompts

I am wanting and Applescript to fill certain parts of a Json script via user input prompts, but not sure how to place the results in the correct areas? And to then have the result copied to the ...
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determining Preferred Language in OS X via cli

I was hoping to do something like: defaults read -g AppleLanguages | awk -F, '/[^(]/{print $1;exit}' but if only one language is listed in "Preferred Languages", then defaults read -g ...
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Modify plist.info so program uses different icon based on command line arguments

I have an application, Firefox, I launch it with different command line arguments: -P "dev profile" -no-remote -P "ext testing" -no-remote -P "Main" -no-remote I would like to tell the plist.info ...
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Can I get less(1) to display the final line, without selecting it?

When less(1) is looking at a file with a long name, pressing = updates only the final line on screen. For example, with the Terminal window at 80 columns and 27 rows (the default, I think), if I do: ...
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can anyone explain the default view of top on OS X 10.10

There are a lot of fields that are not described in the man page (as far as I can tell anyway). In particular these 3: BOOSTS %CPU_ME %CPU_OTHRS