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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Automator to execute shell script with an input text file, copy it to specific directory

I'm simplifying making a .deb file with Automator. I currently have a shell script that does some simple actions - Ask the user for text input Do some directory parsing Execute a command with the ...
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How to install and setup s3fs on OS X 10.7 (Lion)

I installed s3fs, a tool that allows mounting Amazon S3 buckets as a file system. I created folder for mounting in /mnt/s3 then I created a file in /etc/passwd-s3fs with the content BucketName:...
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Terminal path bar style for prompt

I recently saw this in a demonstration online in someones Terminal: Notice the path-bar-like style of the prompt, any ideas how you can get that? Some kind of customisation I'd assume?
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Run a program without networking?

Is there a way to run a program on OS X (e.g., from the command line) but without letting it see the network? I can turn off and disconnect all networking, but then all my other processes will be ...
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prevent doubleapple files creation when tarring directories (Snow Leopard)

I'm looking how to prevent tar from saving or creating .AppleDouble shadow files and preferably do it in an automated manner. There are a few questions asking why this happens, but I want a solution ...
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Is there a way to set an Application Shortcut in the Keyboard Preference Pane via Terminal?

I'd like to have a bootstrap for my custom keyboard shortcuts to use on multiple machines...
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How to Run Shell Script upon Application Launch?

Not sure if this belongs here or on SuperUser, but it's Mac specific, so I'll go with here. I wrote a Ruby script that edits TextMate's global properties file and changes the theme based on the time ...
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Use Cmd as Ctrl key in vim

How can I input commands such as <Ctrl-W> and <Ctrl-]> in vim using Cmd instead of Ctrl? The reason why I want to do it is because it's more comfortable. When I need to switch to a ...
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Alternative to additemtodock from Henri Shustak

I am using a commandline script to add items to the dock via scripts http://www.macupdate.com/app/mac/23653/add-item-to-dock But it seems to have a lot of bugs and maybe even "kills" my Dock config ...
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Change Date Created based on the filename

I've downloaded a bunch of my Instagram images but the Date Created of the files is set to the time that I initiated the download. What I do have though is the Date Created in the filename. What I ...
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Ejecting USB drive via AppleScript does not make drive power down

On startup, I eject my external USB disks with the following AppleScript: try do shell script "diskutil eject \"/Volumes/USB Backup\"" end try This works as expected: the drive powers down. ...
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Save and restore data with command line

I will zip a file with a password. Then, I will write a script and ask: if (have the password saved) { unzip file } else { ask password save password unzip file } I want the user ...
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Is it possible to install both Xcode 3 and 4 side-by-side, alternate use either one or the other

I've got a handle on how to install Xcode 3 and 4 on the same machine (running OS X < 10.7), so I'm looking more how to manage this environment. Rather: is it possible to enter some shell command ...
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How to dim (and un-dim) display in automator

For those that are interested in the final script you can get it here original question I am trying to make a alarmclock script to wake me up. but I can't figure out how to change the screen ...
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How to automate execution locate.updatedb by using a bash script

I am looking for a bash set of commands that will enable me to schedule the execution of /usr/libexec/locate.updatedb once every day. Please respond only with a set of command line commands, because ...
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“readlink” gets the original path of a symlink; what's the equivalent for Mac aliases?

In the terminal, I can use readlink on a symlink and it prints the target path of the symlink. E.g. ln -s original.txt symlink.txt readlink symlink.txt # prints original.txt How do I do this for ...
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Creating a wget OSX Service

I want to create a service to copy the URL and subsequently download it via wget. How would I go about creating an OSX service to wget arbitrary urls from a browser or system wide. I believe it'd be ...
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How to disable coalescing of log messages in OS X?

I've been using Console to debug some things on my Mac, and I keep seeing --- last message repeated one time --- in the log. Apparently it's not really essential, and you can turn it off on the ...
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Bash Ctrl-A Returns to Start of Line but Doesn't Display Properly

When I ssh into a Linux server from bash Terminal, I can use CTRL+A to return to the start of line properly, and CTRL+E to go to end of line and everything works fine. When I use bash locally on my ...
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Carbon Copy Cloner shell script for ejecting the source drive

I created a backup system for a friend, using Carbon Copy Cloner. The system has been up and running since January, but it needs regular intervention. The main problem is that external hard drives ...
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Are there any advantages to using GNU over the default OSX command line utilities? [closed]

Are there any advantages to using GNU utilities (installed via homebrew) as opposed to the default, BSD based OSX utilities? They seem very similar to me, but I will not pretend to be a master of ...
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Force enabling TRIM before setup assistant is run

Basically, I'm preparing to give a MacBook Pro, running Mac OS X 10.11.4, to someone, but I need to execute "sudo trimforce enable" beforehand, as it contains an aftermarket SSD (fully compatible with ...
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El Captan disk utility did not see erased partition after fail bootcamp install

I try to get my full drive after fail a bootcamp install of Win. Now I have removed extra partition from my fusion drive, but can’t see empty space using the el captan disk utility. Using shell, ...
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Does rsync have issues with Unicode Characters in filenames?

I run rsync via a crontab every night to make an offsite backup of a directory's state, fairly trivial stuff really. While going through the logs, I noticed that in particular there were a set of ...
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Can I list all programs that depend on a given framework?

I'm curious about what all on a stock OSX install uses the WebKit framework, since I keep seeing it pop up in crashlogs and it's supposedly a handy rendering swiss-army knife. What's a good way to ...
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Curl terminal command syntax from Applescript

I want to execute a curl command in Applescript that does the following (per this SE question/answer): http://superuser.com/a/1054803/471181 ...Do an HTTP POST of the contents (as a string) of a ...
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Problem with scripted account deletion syntax

I'm working on an account cleanup script module that can handle the hidden and unhidden accounts we're creating in bulk on new MacOS systems. We've kept the logic simple to start. However I keep ...
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Pipe multiple homebrew commands

I installed pup using Homebrew and my shell - Zsh, with OhMyZsh - is not recognizing the command when I use it multiple times using pipes. For example, this works fine: cat index.html | pup 'meta' &...
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OS X El Capitan bash shell not working in Terminal

I have a weird issue with my bash shell in OS X El Capitan. I was messing around with my .bashrc file today, and now when I open my terminal I see nothing out of the ordinary (no messages, just the ...
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homebrew: how to tell if a formula is binary

How do I tell if a particular formula will be installed as binary of from source? Is there a brew command for this?
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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 sure.)?...
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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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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 homebrew.mxcl....
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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 /Users/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 partitioning,...
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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 ...