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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/usr/local doesn't exist in fresh install Yosemite

I am trying to install ssh-copy-id, and it wants to be placed in /usr/local/bin/ but when I do cd /usr/local/ it responds with -bash: cd: /usr/local/: No such file or directory Is this ...
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Monitor DNS queries by IP

I'm running DNS on a Mac Server V2.4. I want to log all DNS queries made - is there a way of doing this? TCPdump only shows me whats happening at a moment in time and is difficult to read, what other ...
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Is it possible to dock a detached Web Inspector in Safari 8? [closed]

I'm running OS X Yosemite. I detached the web inspector and cannot find a way to dock it again. The usual dock/detach button isn't there, and I couldn't find any help elsewhere on the internet. Does ...
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What is the difference between iTerm2 and Terminal?

I keep hearing that iTerm2 is much better than Terminal. I downloaded iTerm2 today and played around with it, but I couldn't see what is so much better about iTerm2. iTerm2 seemed just like Terminal. ...
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Command-line tool to check if current user has the desktop?

Is there a way, via the command line, to check if the current user has the desktop? That is, if I run a shell script in a window, I want to be able to tell (in the script) if the user has switched to ...
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After Using LP Printer Utility “unable to communicate”

I tried using lp to print to our HPLazerJet P1102w from the command line. Items were added to the queue, as returned by lpq: macbookpro1:~ mikekilmer$ lpq HP_LaserJet_Professional_P_1102w is ready ...
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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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How to execute a Parallels Windows application with command line parameters from Mac?

I am trying to call Beyond Compare Windows app to perform a file compre directly from Mac but I am block with command line argument passing. You can call Windows applications from the OS X command ...
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Troubleshooting “Unexpected argument” error when running defaults write

Trying to change the default screenshot directory to a specific folder in my google drive, but when I try the following command defaults write com.apple.screencapture location ‘~/Users/tommy\Google ...
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How to fix “You are not allowed to use ”Application“”

How do I fix this message, I am Admin, Mobile. Even if i login to a root account this message still appears. I have iTerm so if any commands need to be inputted to fix this problem I can still do ...
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Are the OSX Mavericks tags visible from the command line?

For example, suppose I have a directory structure such as /Users /tlehman /Math algebraic_varieties.tex [tagged: Math, Documentation] projective_geometry.pdf ...
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GCC : Command not found

I'm very new to Mac and right now my operating system is 10.10 Yosemite. I installed XCode and Xcode CLT, gcc came along with it as well. I was asked to change the default compiler to gcc. I went ...
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pbcopy exits code 1, no error message

I'm trying to use pbcopy and pbpaste to copy and paste to the clipboard from a shell. I read the man page to learn the syntax for these programs. However, no matter how I try to invoke pbcopy or ...
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When is a folder not a folder?

I have a "folder" (as it appears from Finder), but I can't cd into it from the terminal. if I ls -la this is what it looks like. -rw-r--r--@ 1 christopher admin 1317440 Oct 17 22:23 Tomcat ...
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How do I change the time format used by ls command line on osx?

I want to make ls display time in ISO format (military format). How can I change this behavior? On Linux I knew that I could force ls to display time in long format by usin --full-time but this ...
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How to enable Maven autocomplete on Mac OS X command-line?

When using Maven (mvn) on OS X Terminal, how can I get tab-completion for Maven goals, plugin names, etc? Things like this: mvn pa [TAB] -> mvn package mvn je [TAB][TAB] -> mvn jetty:run
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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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How do I open a URL with a custom scheme in Yosemite with cron and open?

I had a cron job that ran every morning at 10:30 to call into our daily status meeting on Go2Meeting. After I upgraded to Yosemite it stopped working, and I figured out that it was because open -g ...
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How Do I Use 'cp' to Overwrite Files?

Using a shell script or Terminal, how do I overwrite files that may or may not be present. I looked at man page for cp, it said use the -f argument to force overwrite. But, it does nothing. $ cp -f ...
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MacPorts vs. Fink vs. Homebrew

I always used MacPorts to install and maintain my GCC compilers (4.4, 4.5, 4.6, 4.7, ...) and gnuplot. Now I've heard about Fink and Homebrew. I think these two utilities are gaining ground in the Mac ...
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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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What is the relationship between Xcode and Xcode command line tools

When I install Xcode from App Store, I can compile programs in Xcode as well as command line too. Several command line utilities like clang, make and git all become available when Xcode.app is ...
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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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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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How to repair Homebrew permissions after installing as root?

I run brew as root, now it's defunct. No updates anymore. How to fix? $ brew update && brew upgrade error: Unable to append to .git/logs/HEAD: Permission denied error: Unable to append to ...
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How do I start TextEditor from the command line?

I work a lot at the command line in a Terminal and would like to start a text editor on a certain file. I'm from Linux Land and normally use kwrite or gedit from a bash shell. Trying to find the Mac ...
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How can I update my version of `unzip` to version 6.00 or higher?

Its a common problem that, when unzipping (read: 'open by double-click'), some .zip files result in a similar sized .cpgz file. But you expected an unzipped file or folder instead. The default unzip ...
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Change header of all text files in directory in commandline

I have tons of *.csv measurement files with following header: Start time: Thu Oct 09 15:46:16 CST 2014 Trend type: Average Wavelength over [259.09, 259.09] Trend offset: None ...
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Using spell checker on plain text files from the command line / in scripts

I see that libhunspell-x.y.z.dylib is installed on my mac (macos 10.9.5) but I did not find any way to invoke the spell checker from the command line, as in % spell file.txt Indeed, man -k spell ...
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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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See live report of process's status

Under Linux, I can use top to see a live report of what processes are running. An important field I use is the Process Status field, which shows whether a process is running, a zombie, sleeping, etc. ...
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How to list bluetooth devices from command line

I have to list all available bluetooth devices from command line. I tried to google it, but got only results like "how to turn on bluetooth from terminal". Simply: bluetooth scan Thanks for help in ...
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Disable Safari plug-in management using the command line

Safari 6.1 introduces a feature called "plug-in management". In our organization, I'd like to disable this feature, or set all plug-ins to Always Allow for all websites. I need to do this using the ...
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Is there a command line utility to display a string or an image in the status bar in Mavericks?

Basically I want to issue a command in a bash script or an Apple Script and see some string (or icon) in the status bar aka "where the clock is". Something similar to osascript but for the status ...
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Is there a free command line program for converting PDF files to SVG?

Once upon a time I used Corel Draw to edit vector graphics. Now I'm looking at using Sketch. I previously converted all my old CDR files to PDF but Sketch doesn't seem to like to open PDFs containing ...
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How to fix curl: (60) SSL certificate: Invalid certificate chain when using sudo

So since the Mavericks upgrade curl has more issues with certificates. When trying to curl a file from my web server with it's self-signed certificate it was getting the error "SSL Certificate: ...
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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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How to send text with telnet in Terminal?

I would like to send some text to a port on my machine using telnet in the Mac OS X Terminal. I start telnet using: telnet localhost 8080 Then I type some text. Is that text send automatically or ...
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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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Opening new Terminal.app window/tab with a certain profile from command-line or AppleScript?

When I login to my Mac, I want to automatically open a new Terminal.app window with a certain profile, say Monitor, that has a startup command and several appearance settings. I thought it would be ...
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Is it possible to launch and use Itunes with the command line on windows?

Is it possible to use iTunes with the command line on Windows? I want to pass actions to the program like to play a playlist. Is it possible to use any iTunes functionalities in the command line? ...
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Command Line: create a link to folder and access files in this folder

I want to do this thing: Create a link to a folder. Put this link in home (~) directory Access files in linked folder from home directory (~/LinkToFolder/file) What is the best way to it? Main ...
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Install shuf on OS X?

Ubuntu Linux has a great tool called shuf, which works like head except that it gives you ten random lines. I couldn't find it on Homebrew. What is the simplest way of installing it on OS X?
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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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broke my python easy_install how to fix?

Any idea how to fix: -bash: /usr/bin/easy_install: No such file or directory I kind of deleted it by accident before I realized that being behind a proxy was my issue not easy_install
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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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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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characters stick at the beginning of CLI

When I press arrow up to search through the command history, some characters always remain at the beginning of the command line. Does anyone know what's going on ? How can I fix it? for example, I ...
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Apple installer issue in terminal where -target keeps saying; error cannot find Volume

I am trying to use the Apple Installer commands to install a package and the output is that it was successful, however, the end result is that nothing actually happens meaning the package never gets ...
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Piping into printf

In Terminal, I'm trying to replace MY_SUBJECT and BODY_OF_EMAIL from the command below: printf "From: Sender Name <sender@domain.com>\nTo: recipient@domain.com\nSubject: ...