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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Aggressize standard stream buffering in latest Command Line Tools (6.1)

I just upgraded my "Command Line Tools" via App Store.app's update process to Version 6.1. It seemed to install just fine, but a lot of commonly used command line tools now have much more aggressive ...
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How to set positioning/filling of desktop background image with AppleScript

How can I set the positioning/filling of the desktop background image from the command line with one of the available options listed in the Desktop & Screen Saver preferences: Crop, SizeToFit, ...
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xemacs: Bad CPU type in executable

OK. So I worked around this error: /sw/bin/xemacs: Bad CPU type in executable. but I don't understand why what I did worked and am curious. All I did was replace /sw with what should have been an ...
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Install CA from Command Line?

I run a small PKI at my house. There's not much too it - a CA, a few servers and a client certificate on occasion. I'm looking for a way to install my CA on my iOS devices from the command line. ...
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From the command line, how do I tell if a particular VPN connection is up?

Suppose that I have multiple VPN connections configured in System Preferences/Network. How do I tell if a particular one (identified by the service name in System Preferences/Network) is up, on the ...
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Disable line wrapping and horizontal scrolling for output in iTerm

I want to disable the interactive line wrapping that iterm does in my terminal application. I can run $ python -c 'print "\x1b[?7l"' to disable line wrapping on output, so long lines like $ ...
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How to get the domain name on the command line

I know this is a simple question, but I can't recall a method of doing it. I wrote a service using automator to copy the public URL of a file in my Sites folder. I wrote this script: sed -e ...
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How does Activity Monitor get the URLs related to a “Safari Web Content” process?

Does anyone know how Activity Monitor.app gets the list of URLs that are related to a Safari Web Content process? Those processes show up as com.apple.WebKit.WebContent in ps output.
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How to prevent TextEdit from commandline to cause Developer Unknown warning?

Is there any way (other than disabling Gatekeeper through preferences) to allow TextEdit to open my shell-script from a command-line? I'm more than ok with a dialog warning me, but the current dialog ...
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Viewing/Changing App paths used by `open -a foo.app …`

When using open -a iTerm.app SOMEPATH from a shell-script or Emacs eshell command, it appears to launch a different instance of iTerm than the one in /Applications/iTerm.app that I'd expect. ...
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Terminal speed up doesn't accept command line arguments from outside source?

From a previous suggestion I changed terminals startup command from default to '/usr/bin/bash' which I created as a link to '/bin/bash' which stops terminal from login in every time I open a tab ...
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How to change default LC_TYPE?

My OS X (Mavericks) seems to be setting LC_CTYPE environmental variable to UTF-8 by default. How can I change the default? I need LC_CTYPE to be en_US.UTF-8. There's a catch: I don't want to ...
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Accessing Apple Mail's mailboxes remotely, maybe over SSH?

Because of the way my work email is set up, I currently have my Mac (at home, running Mavericks) fetching my email via POP from my work's email server. I've been able to access my email over SSH ...
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SIDO Error: unbound variable: voice_kal_diphone, to generate prompt using festival

I have tried to generate the prompts and their label files with the following command The to synthesize the prompts festival -b festVox/diphlist.scm festVox/us_schema '(diphone-gen-waves “prompt-wav” ...
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What are the command(s) to script a daily time sync?

I'm experiencing clock drift on my Mac Mini of 1-2 minutes every day. Like questioner here, I get relief if I open Date & Time from preferences every day or two. It doesn't stop the drift, just ...
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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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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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How do I create a script to create/modify local admin accounts?

This question is almost exactly what I need for my project at work. We have approx. 400 Macs on our campus, and the problem is they were not all set up identically. There are at least 4 different ...
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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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Splitting LexisNexis text file

For my research I have a number of text (txt or doc) files. These have a large quantity of newspaper clippings in them. I'd like to split these text files. Each clipping starts with document X ...
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Unable to create a working .app executable using Platypus

I'm new to OS X and I'm trying to create an application wrapper for a shell script that starts a media server(Red5) I'm trying to wrap the Red5 server starter script (red5.sh) into an .app executable ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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How to install Writer2LaTeX in command line

This is the app I want to install, in ubuntu it was done automatically, but somehow in Mac it seems that I have to install manually. Writer2LaTeX http://writer2latex.sourceforge.net/ In the ...
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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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Resource efficient way to monitor file change and execute shell scripts on change

I know at least three ways to monitor a folder/file for changes and execute a shell script on change. First, use "Folder Actions" of Automator Second, the launchd.plist approach but it seems the ...
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logger vs syslog -s

What exactly is the difference between using logger and syslog -s? According to its manpage, logger provides interface to the system log module, but I can't really see the point given that syslog(1) ...
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Colorful make compilation output

When I used Ubuntu, I remember that the output of make/gcc/g++ had nice colors, which were particularly helpful when needing to quickly identify errors (they were red). Is there a way to enable ...
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Signals sent to command-line programs when exiting terminal.app

When using tmux, if I CMD-W, or otherwise quite out of terminal, my tmux session persists, as it should. However, it still lists itself as "attached", whereas on other platforms, (e.g. Ubuntu) when ...
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opening an app in a shell script with sudo

I'm trying to open an app that listens to port 25 within a shell script. In order to listen to port 25, I need to run the app with sudo. So I tried the following: sudo open appThatNeedsPort25 It ...
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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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Rsync Backup Script

I'm having some issues backing up some data. Basically, I have FileVault enabled on my Macbook Pro and want to backup a folder I use - however, I don't want to use Time Machine (at work, I have one ...
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Change html files to txt on entire folder

Is there a mac terminal command to change all .html files to .txt including the files in sub folders too?
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Executing program through Terminal

I have Sage (math program) and I want to execute it through terminal. I know I can go to the directory and execute it with - open Sage.app But would I really want to do is simply type sage in ...
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Getting my old Terminal back after uninstalling fish

Recently I got tired of the smaller kinks that the Fish Shell presented me with (undiscoverable commands etc.) so I decided I wanted to change the shell back to normal and uninstall fish. However in ...
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Paste tool for OSX

There is paste tool in Linux but have not found for OSX. Its name was probably dpaste or something in Linux. Assume you run xxd -ps r328.raw | head -n2430 and you want to paste it to your friend. ...
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Can I set the primary Language of OS X by using shell script or AppleScript?

My computer is mac mini (late 2012) with Yosemite 10.10.1 installed. The primary language of the system is English, with Chinese being the second language. Sometimes I need to use the Maps.app, and ...
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OS X Terminal: 'ls' shows program but then says command not found?

I am trying to start MongoDB from the terminal. When I navigate to the folder and hit 'ls', all the applications show up but when I type in the name of the application( 'mongod'), it says it is not ...
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.profile is not loaded on non-login /bin/sh

The problem is in the title, but let me add few details here. I am running on OS X 10.10.5 (14F27). Using default Terminal.app. Content of config files Content of /etc/profile echo " # reading ...
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How do I use llvm-profdata in Mac OS X Yosemite?

I have a simple question: how do I use the llvm-profdata binary provided by XCode's Command Line Tools in the terminal? I have installed the Command Line Tools and could see the binary in ...
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How can Finder empty Trash more quickly than “rm -rf /Volumes/Foo/.Trashes/501/*”?

The "Trash" of a 16-GB usb2 flash drive had 3.4-GB of data. I emptied it as such: $ cd /Volumes/FooDrive/.Trashes/501 $ rm -rf * This took over 5-seconds. That seemed pretty long. So, as a ...
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I added my username to /etc/sudoers but using sudo still asks for password

I entered my username in the sudoers file, but when using sudo in scritps, it still asks for the password. This is my sudoers file: ~: ls -al /etc/sudoers -r--r----- 1 root wheel 1297 Aug 14 ...
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Is there any way to change the output filename for qlmanage?

Is there any way to specify the output filename and directory that qlmanage uses? We are using qlmanage to convert word documents to HTML, and it writes Preview.html to its temp directory. You can ...
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Get terminal application name from shell

I am used to my osascript aliases. In particular, I have nx for opening new tab and closing the old one. However, my scripts use application name to send keyboard signals to it. Instead of writing it ...
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Howto run a Terminal command using shortcut or a button

I always have the problem in my dock, where the download bar just stops and stays froze. I know you can do a killall -KILL Dock and it will fix the issue. Is there a way to click a button or do a ...
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Can't install WordGrinder on Yosemite

Recently, I have been trying to install WordGrinder on Yosemite. First I tried getting the latest tar packages from the developers' website and using them, but I ran into some library linking errors ...
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Can I set Show Library Folder via defaults from command line?

Is there anyway to activate the Show Library Folder option from the command line? I know that I can archive it with the command chflags nohidden ~/Library', but for several reasons I would prefer a ...