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)

1
vote
1answer
165 views

How to open shell scripts in editor when double clicking on them

I'm trying to migrate to OS X. One thing what I find really strange / dangerous that by double clicking on shell scripts, I launch them in Terminal. I would like to change this behaviour to open them ...
1
vote
1answer
155 views

How to script a logout while screen is locked?

I want to log out a user via a shell script, after a delay. However, there's a few other issues: User does not have admin and/or root. Logout must complete even if screen is locked. Currently, I'm ...
1
vote
2answers
932 views

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, ...
1
vote
1answer
2k views

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 ...
1
vote
1answer
2k views

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 ...
1
vote
1answer
979 views

Linking manuals from Homebrew

Whenever I install a software with Homebrew and I try to view the manual I get an error stating: No manual entry for <name of program>. As an example, wget: when I type $ man wget No ...
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 ...
1
vote
1answer
1k views

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 ...
1
vote
2answers
1k views

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:...
1
vote
2answers
167 views

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?
1
vote
1answer
83 views

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 ...
1
vote
1answer
109 views

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 ...
1
vote
2answers
681 views

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...
1
vote
2answers
3k views

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 ...
1
vote
2answers
2k views

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 ...
1
vote
1answer
2k views

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 ...
1
vote
2answers
3k views

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 ...
1
vote
1answer
1k views

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. ...
1
vote
2answers
80 views

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 ...
1
vote
1answer
301 views

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 ...
1
vote
3answers
3k views

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 ...
1
vote
1answer
1k views

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 ...
1
vote
1answer
1k views

“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 ...
1
vote
2answers
371 views

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 ...
1
vote
1answer
337 views

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 ...
1
vote
1answer
22 views

Change “from” address in Terminal `mail`

When sending mail from shell, e.g., echo '123' | mail -s 'subject' name@mail.com The recipient gets an email from "my-local-username@my-machine-name.local", e.g., "bob@macbook.local" How can I ...
1
vote
0answers
15 views

Communicate with Siri via text (command line) not speaking

I use macOS Sierra beta. It's the first time I play with Siri. I enabled always iOS and macOS privacy/security options, nevertheless Siri knows very much about me. Is it possible to input text for ...
1
vote
0answers
14 views

How to remove meta data from PDFs?

Since PDFs contain a lot of meta data like my name and the application name which created the file, I was looking for a utility that would allow me to remove all meta data from the PDF file. Ideally, ...
1
vote
1answer
58 views

Batch command to change each file's creation date to match the information in the file name

I have a folder with several hundred video files. All files names are in this format: 2011-08-27 11.18.00 Unfortunately the 'Date Created' for each file is the date on which it were converted (a ...
1
vote
0answers
18 views

How to run OS X 10.10 install via command line?

I am trying to create a script that wipes/partitions the hard drive of old macs and reinstalls OS X so that I do not have to click through the user interface. I can run wipe the disk, but I cannot ...
1
vote
1answer
34 views

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 ...
1
vote
0answers
37 views

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 ...
1
vote
1answer
51 views

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 ...
1
vote
0answers
29 views

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, ...
1
vote
0answers
44 views

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 ...
1
vote
0answers
18 views

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 ...
1
vote
0answers
214 views

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 ...
1
vote
2answers
40 views

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 ...
1
vote
0answers
15 views

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' &...
1
vote
0answers
285 views

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 ...
1
vote
1answer
18 views

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?
1
vote
1answer
83 views

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!
1
vote
0answers
16 views

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 ...
1
vote
1answer
79 views

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.)?...
1
vote
0answers
65 views

`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 ...
1
vote
1answer
50 views

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, ...
1
vote
1answer
55 views

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 ...
1
vote
1answer
50 views

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. ...
1
vote
1answer
69 views

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 ...
1
vote
1answer
67 views

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: