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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Detect single-user mode from the command line

Is there a way to detect single-user mode in OSX (Lion, specifically) from the command line? I've tried who -r, which returns 3 in either standard or single-user mode. I've also tried nvram ...
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How to change tap to click using “defaults write” from command line?

I want to change the trackpad tap-to-click property from the command line. Graphically, I can do it by clicking System Preferences -> Trackpad -> Tap to Click. How can I do it from the command line? ...
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How to search files from command line under OS X?

It seems that Apple doesn't want us to use locate, at it is making it so hard to setup. If there a way to use finder database from the command line? Maybe I can make an alias. I would appreciate ...
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Switching terminal styles in iTerm 2

Recently I've been trying to become more efficient at the command line, and stumbled upon iTerm 2 a couple days ago. One feature of iTerm 2 is that windows can appear from the top of the screen, so ...
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How to remove group membership from user using the Lion Terminal?

How to remove a self created daemon user named '_denyhosts' from group 1025(workgroup), 403(com.apple.sharepoint.group.2), 404(com.apple.sharepoint.group.3) and 405(com.apple.sharepoint.group.4) using ...
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jDownloader-like command line tool or lightweight GUI App?

I use jDownloader which works great, but takes a lot of time to load and surprisingly takes a lot of time also to start and stop downloads. I'd like to have a similar functionality* but with a ...
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How to control Bluetooth wireless radio from the command line?

This question is almost the same as my previous question, but with one major difference; I want to turn on/off Bluetooth from the command line (bash or similar), NOT from AppleScript - the answers for ...
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How can I automatically keep track of in-office hours when I connect to my office Wi-Fi?

I'm looking for a solution that starts a timer whenever I sign in to my office wifi and stops it when I've left. It should essentially log the hours I've spent at the office. I'm aware that there's ...
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How do I fix Terminal.app when my shell has been set to an illegal value?

Today I was mucking about trying to uninstall macports when I noticed an error being thrown up whenever I used sudo. I killed Terminal and tried to restart it which failed with the error message ...
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How to control AirPort wireless radio from the command line?

I want to know how to control (specifically turn off) the networking (specifically AirPort - I want to turn off the radio) from the command line (specifically from bash in Terminal.app, being run by ...
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Is it possible to open in default browser a URL from command line reusing same tab?

I know that I can use open command to open a URL in a default browser like: $ open http://google.com But what I would like is to execute a similar or same command to open different URLs one after ...
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Access Applications directory in Terminal

I'm really new to command line and I'm trying to access my Applications directory within Terminal. By default, I am stuck in my user directory but Applications is a child of the "Macintosh HD". ...
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Command Line Tools fail to install OS X Lion 10.7.3 Xcode 4.3

I'm trying to install the command line tools to get gcc, make, and other goodies after a Lion upgrade. I went to Preferences → Downloads in Xcode and attempted to install the command line tools. At ...
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How can I update iTunes Match from the command line?

I use iTunes Match to access my iTunes library at work. I added some new music to my library (back at home) recently, but I forgot to run the "Update iTunes Match" command to ensure that the songs ...
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Is there a better way to shutdown/restart OSX?

Whenever I want to shutdown/restart OSX I click on the menu, select shutdown, and then click the box for not saving the session, and then click OK. Then there's always at least one program that ...
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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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Can Mac App Store installs & upgrades be automated?

How can I script installing or upgrading apps from the Mac App Store? I'd prefer command line tools, but AppleScript or some other API would suffice. Relevant puzzle pieces: installer: note ...
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How to toggle closeViewZoomFollowsFocus in com.apple.universalaccess via shell script with instant activation?

I created a Service with Automator on a Mac running "Lion 10.7.3". The Service toggles via a shell script the visibility of hidden files in the Finder and works like a charm. Here's the script: ...
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How do I speed up new Terminal tab loading time?

How can i speed up the terminal startup in Lion? I'm not referring to the startup of the Terminal application, but to the startup terminal windows, like when i open a new tab. I don't have anything ...
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Is there a more-accurate indicator of an app download's progress than what appears in Launchpad?

While downloading an application from the Mac App Store, you are presented with a progress indicator in Launchpad, like so: For a large install (like Xcode, as shown) this doesn't provide a ...
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Monitor a folder for changes, and run a command when a change is detected

Is there a simple way to automatically run a (Terminal) command every time a file is changed in a specific folder? This should be possible via the command line, or a system built-in application, no ...
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Run java bundled in .app from command-line

The question is how do I run some application written in java and bundled into .app package from command-line? The main purpose of this is to run an application under JDK7. So I will start it with ...
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What should the standard contents of $DYLD_LIBRARY_PATH be?

I'm trying to install CERN's root libraries on my mac os Lion. It needs me to set $DYLD_LIBRARY_PATH, but on checking echo $DYLD_LIBRARY_PATH it seems to be empty (before I'm adding to it). Is ...
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How can I find the serial number on a mac programmatically from the terminal?

What command can I use to retrieve the system's serial number from the unix command line? As uname will output some information about the software and hardware, I would like to retrieve the serial ...
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Apple command file exits early

I wrote an .command script that when I launch it, it just exits and it's to quick for me to see what's going on. How do I keep it open?
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macbook - low power from the command line

I often (for example on the train) want to put my macbook into a state that will maximise the amount of time I have before the battery runs out - so far example I'll switch off the bluetooth, then ...
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How to check installed OS X version from the command-line on each partition?

I'm managing a lot of Macs and each machines has several partitions with different OS versions. I would like to create a script that I could run to do an inventory of all partitions of all machines ...
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Make a file a Stationery pad via command line

Is there a way to set make a file into a Stationery pad from the command line? You can do it by clicking "Get info" on a file and checking the box, but I would like to do it without clicking. An ...
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Open app in current directory when another app with the same name exists, from command line

I have an app name foo.app I want to open from command line (using open). My folder structure is like this: ~ +---bar +--- foo.app +---baz +--- foo.app I want to open the app located in ...
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Installing command line GNU utils

I've recently started using MacBook Pro with OSX, after years of developing under Ubuntu. I often use GNU command line tools like make and watch. How do I install these on my Mac?
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Bash problem Mac OS Terminal

Hi when I pressed the up arrow to see the previous command, it rewrote the current command from half. Example: 21 /usr/local/sphinx/etc > /usr/local/sphinx/bin/search --config ...
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/bin/sh: rm: command not found

I have problems with some applications that use AppleScript shell script feature. For example, Growl's uninstall scripts shows an error: error "/bin/sh: rm: command not found" number 127 The source ...
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What is your preferred way to start a (shell) script from the GUI?

I was wondering what ways there are to start a (shell) script from the GUI, e.g. double-clicking an icon in Finder or launching via Spotlight. This is not about opening a terminal and "manually" ...
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How to investigate fragmentation of one file?

I'd like to see if one of my file is "all over the place", ie fragmented in little pieces at different locations on my hard drive. I'm not looking for a software like iDefrag but rather a command ...
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Command line brightness (Lion) [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How can I dim the screen from Terminal? Is there a command I can execute to modify screen brightness? Interested to see if the min/max are hardware or software ...
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Foolproof way of extracting .pkg files

I know there are some paid GUI tools that let you do this, but I'm not interested in those. Currently, I'm doing this: gzcat Contents/Archive.pax.gz | pax -r However, there are some pkg files that ...
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Is there a way to minimize open windows from the command line in OS X Lion?

Just wondering if there is a way to retrieve open windows and minimize them from the command line in Lion? I have an AppleScript that does this, but it kind of slow, so wanted to know if there was ...
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NAS recommendation [closed]

I'm wondering if anyone can recommend a 4-bay NAS with AFP/TimeMachine support and the ability for me to install s3cmd (a utility for simple S3 syncing). The reason I ask is simple: just having a ...
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.tar files on OS X Lion

How am I supposed to deal with .tar files with OS X Lion? I'm trying to install Ruby Version Manager, but Lion is throwing a fit about not being able to expand the tar file. This isn't the first time ...
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How do I write an AppleScript which auto reconnects to Wi-Fi?

Sometimes I need to download very big files from the internet using torrents (I'm using Transmission) and the Wi-Fi always drops. I bought several routers and modems and none of them work. I've been ...
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Open source iSightCapture?

Is there an open source program like iSightCapture?
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How can I kill or refresh Desktop Wallpaper with a Terminal command?

Is there a command for refreshing the Display Settings? Or, in specific, refreshing the Desktop Wallpaper?
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How can I add all users to Print Administrator group but not full administrator?

Gordon Davisson offered a solution to a "standalone user" in another question I'm facing the same issue in an office environment. Printer paused and System Administrator needs to be called to enter ...
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How do you list items with and without labels from the terminal?

Is there a command that can tell the label status (labels as applied in the info menu in the finder cmd+i) of an item from the command-line in OS X? Essentially, I just want to list all the items with ...
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How do I reset the scrollback in the terminal via a shell command?

When using Terminal.app, you can clear the screen by using the shell builtin clear or by pressing ^+L (Control-L). However, all this does is push the current screen content back one screen height ...
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How do I set an icon for a directory via the CLI? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Changing a file or folder icon using the Terminal This is a continuation of this thread from Super User. The question is how to set an icon on a directory. At first I ...
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what is DELUXE-USR-LOCAL-BIN-INSERT in ~/.profile file?

My .profile file includes the following obscure lines. What are they for? ## # DELUXE-USR-LOCAL-BIN-INSERT # (do not remove this comment) ##
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How can I list all user accounts in the terminal?

How can I list all local user accounts (whether logged in or NOT so 'users' or 'who' is no good) in the terminal on a mac? OS X version is 10.6.8. I have seen this suggested - dscacheutil -q group ...
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Creating a virtual serial port

I'm trying to create a pair of virtual serial ports on my mac. This is fairly easy to do with many shareware programs on a PC. I figured there would be some uber-powerful shell command to do this in ...
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Customizing the shell prompt causes some quirks

I have customized the shell prompt with the following code in my ~/.bash_profile, but there is one quirk left I can't seem to fix: export PS1="\u:\[\e[32;1;32m\W\e[m\] \$ " (code is also on github) ...