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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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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Can user accounts be managed via the command line?

Is there any way to add, remove, or modify user accounts via the command line? I'm not talking about an account for a system process or daemon, I mean is there any way to add a user account, change, ...
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How does Mountain Lion set the default text editor for the “open -t” terminal command?

OSX seem to offer open -t command line shortcut to open arbitrary files in the system default text editor. Where is this default text editor set? Can I change it from the command line (if possible) ...
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Why does it appear that I apparently “do not have access to Command Line Tools” in ML?

I just upgraded to Mountain Lion, and now gcc, make, g++, etc. are not found when trying to launch them in Terminal. So I went to Xcode Preferences, Downloads, and clicked "Install" next to Command ...
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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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How to start OS X applications from the command line with optional arguments?

I am looking for an easy way to start different GUI OS X applications from the command line and with different parameters. If possible I would like to add them to the system PATH in order to call ...
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How do I delete a locked, invisible file in the Trash?

On an external disk (that contains a clone), the /.Trashes/501/Users/myusername/Desktop folder contains (within some subfolders) a locked invisible file that I cannot delete. The whole folder starting ...
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How to kill the popup in OS X when a disk can't be ejected

With ZFS-OSX, sometimes when I try to force eject my HDD and it's failing, the following popup appears on my screen – floating on the top with all the buttons grayed out – and no possibility to close ...
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Copying files to the clipboard using applescript

Often I find myself at the command line wanting to copy files to the clipboard, so that I can paste them as attachments in Mail. If I have an image file, image1.png, I can accomplish this with ...
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Completely clear all output from a Terminal window

I would like to clear all output from a Terminal window (including all historical output) to get it back to a clean state as if you had just opened a new Terminal window, or a new Terminal tab. I can ...
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Use MacVim as standard Terminal?

I used to love the terminal.app for many reasons. I especially liked the way I could navigate to a file and edit using vim it all in one app, without having to leave the keyboard. But, since the ...
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How can I enable and/or disable OS X's power nap feature from within Terminal?

I can deal with it using some command-line commands such as defaults write … etc, but don’t know what the exact command and argument names to use?
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Mac OS X UNIX-oriented Tutorial

Is there any Mac OS X tutorial/book that covers the UNIX part of this operating system? Topics like: Managing daemons from the command-line Package management Install/Remove dmg's from the ...
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How to open a file in Excel from the command line

Is it possible to tell Excel to open a file from the command line? In Linux, I could do this using the command libreoffice --calc test.xlsx
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Exclude files from “central metadata store”

I'm fairly familiar with the mdfind utility. I find it's very useful when I can't find a file or when I need to find a file with certain contents. The problem is that I need to exclude some files from ...
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Editing iPhoto-specific metadata

Perpetua:2011-01-16 ashley$ mdls IMAG0107.jpg ... kMDItemComment = "Cat with is tongue out." So, here's my question. xattr can be used to modify some ...
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How to manually start a service without having a controlling terminal?

I maintain an application that runs as a background service, started either on boot as a StartupItem or manually from the command line. I want to know how to launch it manually without having a ...
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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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Why does the Dock executable not yield any useful strings, unlike other OS X apps?

When I run the strings command on the executable file in most OS X apps (•.app/Contents/MacOS/•), I get a list of routine names, possible hidden preferences, etc. When I run the command on the Dock ...
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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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What is the difference between .bash_profile and .bashrc?

To make an alias for the Terminal in OS X, you can either put the aliases in .bash_profile or .bashrc. What is the difference between the two and why would I choose to put aliases in one and not the ...
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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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Command Line Tools fail to install OSX 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 the ...
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Is it possible to view passwords through Terminal?

Does anyone know how to view passwords in Terminal? Maybe by accessing the Keychain data or something? I want to be able to view passwords in Terminal with just a series of commands.
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Change Command Prompt - Variables are literal, and changes to .bashrc or .bash_profile not making a difference

Trying to change my command prompt in OS X 10.8 / Mountain Lion. Changes to ~/.bashrc and ~/.bash_profile do not make any difference. Like: export PS1="\W \$" It defaults to the host name ("\h\%"). ...
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How do I get “wget” for Snow Leopard?

There's no wget command. How do I get it?
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Controlling iOS apps via command line

I have jailbroken iPad (iOS5.1.1) with the shell utility installed. I'd like to be able to launch and control applications via the command line, as I would normally do in Unix or Linux. Say I want to ...
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How to dump the content of keychain from the shell?

I'm testing the following command-line in the Terminal: sudo security dump-keychain -d login.keychain which I'd like to use to save all my passwords into a file. However when I run it, it keep ...
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Terminal window title rapidly changes when first opening

When I open a fresh terminal window, the title at the top has this format: [house icon][username]-[command]-[terminal size] The command portion of the title initially says login, then it very quickly ...
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Setting a custom log

I have to get all the chromium and firefox info logs out of /var/log/system.log and into a nice quiet /var/log/{chromium,firefox}.log. However I can neither recall or find how to set that in ...
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How to remove space character (whitespace) from end of filenames and foldernames?

Problem with mac is that it allows space character at end of file or folder. If this file or folder with space character in end is beeing copied to FTP using Filezilla or Dropbox then mac makes ...
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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 ...
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Display dialog from command line (like xmessage does)

Background I'd like to be able to display a notification window in OS X from within a script. The script will be running in background, so the notification should not go to the terminal but instead ...
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Modifing a preference via applescript changes file group

I recently request help about modifying firewall settings via command-line (see my previous question). Everything is working, but I have noticed that whenever I use this command in an applescript, the ...
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“newgrp: too many groups” - why is it complaining?

In my earlier question, I got a response recommending the "newgrp" command. It diligently did the job of putting my desired group at the "top of the list" for the "id" command, but, why does it also ...
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Command Line - How do I change the order of a user's group memberships?

I have a troublesome Mac OS X server to deal with. When I ask for my current group membership using this: $ groups | perl -p -e 's/ /\n/g' I get a list of 20+ groups! cactuar ...
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What is the proper way to use the cut command on ps command output

This question is related to a question I posted on rogue firefox procesess. It relates to firefox processes following image uploads that I have been having for a while. I am trying to get to the ...
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Temporarily disable Notification Center in Mountain Lion from command line?

I've been trying to create a script to disable/enable the Notification Center, even if it's temporary. It should do the same as manually sliding the Notification Center, scrolling up, and toggling the ...
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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 ...
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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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Running *ix Commandline tools in Macbook Air? VNC? Virtual-machine? Usable or too slow? [closed]

I haven't used OS X since an awful experience with its commandline tools and CD Xcode about 2009, that time getting rid of all Apple stuff but coming back after iPhone/iPad/FaceTime/iCloud/etc. Now I ...