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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Can I list files ordered by date added to a folder from a command-line tool like ls?

I need to build a script that shows files in the same order as the default Downloads folder in the dock, ordered by Date Added, newest first. I can't seem to find the option in ls. Any other way to ...
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PageUp and PageDown keys for Irssi (IRC) in Macbook?

I cannot find the keys on my mackbook. I need them to go page-up and page-down in irssi (IRC). I have tested the tips here but they do not work. They model some different Up/Down, not the traditional ...
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>console does not work

I have enabled the login window so that the username and password must be entered to login to an account. However, when I switch out of my user and type >console into the username field, the screen ...
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How do I install handbrake cli?

I've downloaded the Handbrake CLI. What's the best place to install a command line app on my Mac?
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How can I get tab completion back?

In terminal, if I try tab completion in a directory e.g. Movies, instead of the movies beginning with S (if I type S followed by tab, I see SetFile, Splitforks and SystemStarter. I suspect I installed ...
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how to get ls to list files in case-insensitive order?

How do I get the ls shell command to list my files in: case-insensitive order with the directories at the top? The reason I ask is: I want Aquamacs Emacs dired to list my files and directories ...
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mac asking password after cd in terminal

Recently my mac has started asking me for a password after I use cd in Terminal.app (haven't tested other term apps). strangely though, if I press ctrl-C when the passowrd is asked, the question goes ...
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“df” command making network requests?

I was watching Little Snitch for another process, and noticed df was making requests to various servers. I thought df was only for checking free disk space locally, but it appears to be doing more ...
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How do I force a partition and format on a USB key in OS X Mountain Lion Disk Utility or from CLI diskutil?

I have a brand new Memorex TravelDrive 64GB USB disk which is being troublesome. It's formatted FAT16 on MBR, which is not so nice, and I'd like to put it on HFS+. I've tried to do this through ...
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Adding Ricoh C4501 printer via command line - Installable options

I need to deploy one Ricoh MFP to ~50 Mac users. I thus wan't to do this through ARD/CLI. I'm looking for the correct lpoption tags for the Ricoh MP C4501. I want to set the "Finisher" (SR3020) and "...
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Paste <TAB> into Mac OS X command line

I want to paste <TAB> into command line, in order to execute cut command with <TAB> as the delimiter. Everytime I try to do it, it simulates clicking the tab key and completes the command ...
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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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Backing up individual files with encryption

In addition to local Time Machine backups, I would like to automatically backup my working data from my Macbook to a remote FTP space. Because it's a location I don't control and sensitive data, I ...
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Why do debuggers need an admin password?

Why does running LLDB or instruments require elevated privilages?
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Is it possible to download Apple's Command Line Tools for Xcode from the command line?

Background My job gives me temporary MacBook Pros for travel purposes. I get them with a fresh OS install before I leave, and when I return, they blank the hard drive. The trips usually require some ...
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Determine geolocation in shell / Terminal on OS X 10.5

Is there a way to determine geolocation in shell / Terminal on OS X 10.5? There's another question, Is there a way to access a Mac's geolocation from terminal? (Mountain Lion), but it seems to ...
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What steps are needed to create a new user from the command line?

What commands (or script) can create a fully functional user account on Mountain Lion, running only from the command line via terminal or ssh. It looks like an existing pair of answers might work, ...
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How to change some information in a shell prompt.

I opened my terminal and saw a shell prompt. Last login: Fri Feb 15 15:28:16 on ttys000 john:~ voloda2$ How do I change john to alex?
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How to determine the absolute path to a file in a shell script

I am writing a generic script that can get passed both absolute and relative (to the current working dir) paths to existing files. I need a fail-safe way to turn all those passed paths into absolute ...
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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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Why is lsof on OS X so ridiculously slow?

I can't figure out why lsof on my Mac (10.8.2, MacBook Pro) is so slow. On my Mac, lsof takes more than a minute: $ touch /tmp/testfile $ time lsof /tmp/testfile real 1m16.483s user 0m0.029s ...
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How can I toggle internet sharing from the command line? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Start/stop internet sharing from a script? There are applescripts / automator scripts that help to turn on / off internet sharing, but they do not work consistently (plus, ...
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How to make shell extensions in mac os x

Is there an equivalent of context menu extensions for mac os? I would like to port mine from windows. An example would be the context menu entries for 7-zip or winzip. Specifically I would like to ...
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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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Improved Terminal autocomplete funcionality (similar to Matlab's)

If any of you ever used Matlab, you might have noticed the command window functionality in that program. I wonder if it is possible to enable the same functionality in Mac Terminal. It works like ...
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How to manually determine version control metadata for Finder?

I have a Scripts folder where I keep Automator actions, Applescripts, and shell scripts. Automator scripts are automatically assigned a version of 1.1.1 it seems. When I make revisions to any of these ...
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How to use automater to run mongo db and node.js app on startup

I'm trying to use Automater(first attempt of using this software) to create a sequence that will automatically run ./usr/mongo/bin/mongod and ./usr/mongo/bin/mongo then run my node.js server app at ...
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Child process exited with status 254 error when extracting a tar.xz file

I'm trying to extract a tar.xz file with tar in Mac OS X Lion. I'm using bsdtar 2.8.3 - libarchive 2.8.3. I'm able to use tar to extract anything else I've tried (.zip, .tar, .tar.gz, etc.), but when ...
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Is there a Mac OS X equivalent of the Linux iwconfig command?

I'm looking for a command line tool in Mac OS X that performs the equivalent of the iwconfig command in Linux. Example: kirkland@x220:~/src/byobu/byobu$ iwconfig wlan0 wlan0 IEEE 802.11abgn ...
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Lock Screen Command One-Liner

I'm trying to find out whether there is any kind of equivalent command line one-liner which replicates the exact identical functionality of the 'Lock Screen' menu option available via the Keychain app ...
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Editing System Preferences via Terminal

Am looking to edit system preferences settings via the command line but cannot for the life of me find the correct names of variables. In Login Options under Users & Groups, I would like to be ...
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Set Keystroke for Service from Terminal

I created some services to be used in Finder. Now I wanted to create some keystrokes to call these services. That would be easy in the System Settings, however, I would like to add them from the ...
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How to reset $PATH?

I was trying to add something to $PATH and it went totally wrong. I now can't run any commands such as ls. I've looked at this answer and used the following lines: PATH=/usr/bin:/bin:/usr/sbin:/...
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TimeMachine restore issue

Times ago I did a "restore from time machine backup" in order to restore all my files on a new SSD I bought for my macbookpro (with OSX Lion), and all went fine. Today I installed Mountain Lion on ...
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Can not successfully re-install MYSQL 10.8.2

Removed the old installation as explained here: http://superuser.com/questions/129193/how-do-i-uninstall-mysql-on-mac-os-x-snow-leopard Installed the package contained in the mysql 5.1.67 DMG ...
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What's the difference between device file and its raw version?

It's convenient to use dd to write image file to USB sticks. But I find sometimes people write dd of=/dev/disk1 and there is alos dd of=/dev/rdisk1. e.g. The arch wiki dd if=image.iso of=/dev/...
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How do I monitor the total physical and virtual memory usage of a process and all of its descendants?

From the command line, how would I get the total physical and virtual memory usage of a process and all of its descendants (not just 1st-level children)? This is useful when you want to monitor the ...
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A working applescript fails when running via cron

MacOs 10.8.2 I have 2 applescripts shown below. They are arranged in one shell script to run one after another by using osascript (just to simplify the example). Everything works fine when starting ...
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Within Terminal, `date` command outputs a curious prefix where it should'n

I am using a Mac Mini running Lion (10.7.5) and zsh 4.3.12 (i386-apple-darwin11.0.1) with oh-my-zsh installed. In the Terminal.app I retrieve the UNIX timestamp using the following command date +%s ...
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How to set alternatives in 10.8?

On Linux you can use update-alternative to change the version of a command. Which command in OS X (10.8) will switch the alternative of the current command?
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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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Is there a htop-on-linux like alternative for top / Activity Monitor on OS X?

I'm looking for a better alternative for top. Both top and Activity Monitor are highly limited with regards to features. In particular, I'm interested in the following features: Limit processes by ...
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How do I emulate Internet Sharing from the command line?

I'm trying to set up my Macbook Air to share an OpenVPN connection for use while I'm on the road and don't want my iOS traffic to go over the open Internet. Sadly, Mountain Lion's Internet Sharing ...
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Bug in 'file' command on 10.5.8? (Or am I doin' it wrong?)

On my OS X 10.5.8 system, the man page for 'file' says: -h, --no-dereference option causes symlinks not to be followed (on systems that support symbolic links). This is the default if ...
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why does OSX add extra '._<filename>' when I tar a directory?

I'd just like to know why if I "tar -czf" a file/directory, osx adds a: ._ for each file? I see these when I untar in linux. Or when I work with the uncompressed project in eclipse as it doesn't ...
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Why doesn't tar recognize .iso files, even though the documentation says it should?

man tar says that OS X's tar implementation should be able to extract .iso files. tar creates and manipulates streaming archive files. This implementation can extract from tar, pax, cpio, zip, ...
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Detecting that a script is run within ARD

Does anyone know of a way to detect that a shell script is running within ARD (vs. running the same script locally on the machine)? I looked at detecting that we are running in interactive mode - ...
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How to install CPAN modules from the command line on OS X?

Simple question: How to install CPAN modules on OS-X like normal Linux/Unix way? I just want to type in cpan something like install Perl6::Say for example.
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How to drop a file onto a GUI app from command line?

I've got a tool to normalize WAV audio files, but it only works by dragging and dropping the file either onto the GUI or onto its dock's icon. As far as I know the app doesn't have any option to pass ...