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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What's the BSD equivalent of the linux date command for adding subtracting days/weeks/months from a given date?

I have a given date, such as 2013-10-31 and I need to accurately determine the next day (taking into account DST, leap years, leap minutes, timezones, etc). I have no way of knowing whether the date ...
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Is there a OS X equivalent for iproute2?

I am searching a command line tool collection like iproute2 on Linux. Network Utility is OK, but I would like it on the command line.
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How to deal with commands of conflicting names listed in `brew doctor`?

So after brew doctorI`ll get the following without any recommendation: Warning: You have external commands with conflicting names. Found command `brew-cask` in following places: ...
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How do I programatically kill the CCLibrary process by PID?

I need to know how to write a command or script to kill the CCLibrary and CCXProcess processes. They are part of Adobe's Creative Cloud, and since their previous update they keep respawning and ...
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How to set up wireless bridge on same subnet?

I have set up Internet Sharing over Wifi on an ethernet-wired desktop Mac running Yosemite 10.10. I have various OS X and iOS clients that are able to connect to the shared Wifi connection and access ...
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'soft return' in iTerm2

I'm just wondering is there a way to enter a new line in iTerm 2 without executing the line being typed? I am looking to make use of some relatively long commands to automate some things, but not ...
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How to use cd with shell variable containing spaces

I am trying to create an environment variable for a path that is long, has a space, and syntax. I tried the following: export temp=/Users/username/Dropbox (Personal) And added it to my .profile. ...
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How do I remove multiple owners from a file/folder?

While trying to set up MAMP/PHPStorm, I CHOWNed the OWNER of my Sites folder to _www from myUser. Since this did not resolve the problem I was experiencing, I attempted to CHOWN myUser ...
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install libsoup on macbook pro

I have a shell script from a open source project, when I run it in terminal, I get the following error: ./configure: line 17678: syntax error near unexpected token `soup,' ./configure: line 17678: ` ...
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Terminal wraps at 80 chars even if window is wider

Problem description If I increase the width of a Terminal version 2.3 (309) window, and then use less (or some command invoking less, like man) in that window, I often get garbled output, since the ...
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How to customize drag-n-drop-to-Terminal path escaping results?

How can I change the way in which filenames are escaped (formatted) when dragged from applications and dropped into Terminal? For example, paths may be escaped with \, just spaces (), or other ...
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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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Can I call a phone number from the Terminal?

In Yosemite, is there a way to start a phone call from the command-line aka Terminal? Something like: call +316123456789
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Adding a compiled application to $PATH. Understanding the problem

I'm trying to understand the whole $PATH problem but I've got no luck so far. Suppose that I've just compiled an executable with make and I need to launch it with the shell without using the full ...
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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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Shell script failing in Automator but works if I copy/paste into Terminal

Workflow I'm trying to achieve: Export SVG file from Adobe Illustrator to Desktop Drag SVG file from Desktop onto Automator Droplet Automator runs script (basic summary below) Script executes and ...
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How to enable/disable Do Not Disturb from shell on Mavericks

I would like to toggle the Do Not Disturb in the notification center with a keyboard shortcut. I am using better touch tool for some extra keyboard shortcuts but it does not support ...
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Adding a song file to iTunes via the command line without playing the file

I want to add song files to iTunes via the command line. open -a iTunes -g song.mp3 does exactly this. - However it starts playing the song, too. Any way to avoid this?
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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 do I execute command line scripts?

In Windows, I can create .bat files. I double click it and all lines are interpreted as if I had entered it into the console. In OS X, what file or program do I have to use? If I want write a file ...
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How can I tell if a particular directory is connected to a remote machine?

I've found various ways to check if a particular directory is mounted under NFS (here, for example), but none of them seem to work on OS X. How can I check if a particular directory is an NFS ...
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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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Command line to disable full screen behaviour of green button in windows bar

Is there a command line to revert the behaviour of green button in 10.10 and later? I don't like the full screen approach and I prefer a maximize behaviour. I don't want to use an external tool like ...
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chsh doesn't change $SHELL

I'm having some difficulties in changing the value of $SHELL in OSX's iTerm app. iTerm is starting in /bin/zsh, but the value of $SHELL doesn't seem to change. What I've done: Changed "command" as ...
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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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Mac play not added to path

I have installed the play framework using typesafe-activator. However, this does not appear on in PATH. Therefore, I can not use Play from the command line: Octavians-MBP:exericsePS octavian$ play ...
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Is there a Mac OS X Terminal version of the “free” command in Linux systems?

On Linux, I often use the free command to see the current amount of free and used memory in the system. For example: $ free total used free shared buffers cached ...
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Does OSX 10.10.4 support LZMA compression at the individual file level (not tar files)?

From the command line, I would like to compress some database dumps using the LZMA algorithm. And, OSX adds XZ support (written in October of last year), claims " It turns out the XZ support in OS X ...
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Change default shell from bash to zsh

I've tried to switch my default shell to zsh, using chsh: chsh -s /bin/zsh and: chsh -s `which zsh` Both commands ended with: Changing shell for adamatan. Password for adamatan: chsh: ...
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How to send email from OS X command line

Dozens of tutorials followed and nothing works. msmtp doesn't work ("TLS certificate verification failed: unable to get local issuer certificate" (cert installed) postfix doesn't work (no way to ...
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How to see all services available for launching with launchctl?

I tried this on Yosemite: launchctl list but it doesn't show e.g. postfix which I have just launched with: launchctl kickstart system/org.postfix.master Is there any way of listing all the ...
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Is El Capitan preventing me from getting the Perl module DBD::Oracle working?

Let me start by saying I'm not traditionally a Mac user. I'm still trying to transition from Gentoo, where compiling everything from source was the default state, and the system wasn't actively ...
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Terminal command to return network class

I'm trying to construct myself a primitive network scanner, and I understand that there are multiple network classes and it has become necessary for my program to determine exactly what class of ...
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Cannot use pcilib on in Terminal

I want to use lspci in command line, but it outputs pcilib: Cannot open AppleACPIPlatformExpert (add boot arg debug=0x144 & run as root) lspci: Cannot find any working access method. Then I ...
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Grant rights on a certificate to an app through the shell

I'm currently looking for a way to grant an application rights to a certificate in my /Library/Keychains/System.keychain through the shell. I can currently do this through the Keychain Access App by ...
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Using gnuplot terminal on OSX

I just installed gnuplot and I am trying to set the default terminal. On the wikipedia page for gnuplot, there is an image with a graph: Which terminal view is shown in the image at the link?
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Missing .bash_profile and .bashrc files

I don't have .bash_profile or .bashrc files and I am definitely using the bash shell. I am using Mac OS X 10.11.1 El Capitan. How do I permanently modify my $PATH to cut down the default values Apple ...
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How to always show menubar with fullscreen apps?

Does anyone know if it is possible to keep the menubar in Mac OS Lion visible for fullscreen apps instead of hidden until hovered over with a mouse or trackpad? I imagine there's some Terminal ...
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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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brew cask: howto uninstall an Application

I tried, while I am in /opt/homebrew-cask/Caskroom $ for i in *; do brew cask uninstall $i; done Error: appcleaner is not installed Error: avidemux is not installed Error: eclipse-ide is not ...
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Repeat a song in afplay

I am using afplay to play a song and I want it to be repeat. Is it possible just using afplay?
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u flag with ps command

According to the Mac man page for ps it says for the -u flag: -u Display the processes belonging to the specified usernames. However, it seems to display different information rather than just ...
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Root login using stdin

Can anyone tell me why this does not work? test:~ test$ echo 123 | su root su: Sorry Thanks
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Check the battery level of connected bluetooth headphones from the command line

I am trying to check the battery level of my wireless headphones from the command line. I came across a few discussions, and it seems all I need to do is enter the following: ioreg -c 'deviceName' ...
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Automator workflow only works when clicking “step”

I am trying to write a workflow that will use Shell to apply SHA256 to cells in an Excel spreadsheet. The Workflow (which may be a bit of a hack) is working, but only when I click through it using ...
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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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Downloading additional voices from command-line

I am using a MacOS X server (to which I only have command-line access) to convert text to speech which is saved to sound files (using PyObjC). I would like to install some of the optional OS X voices ...
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automatic save before “Run in Terminal” in BBEdit

I am a new BBEdit user, with a long experience as TextWrangler user. In TextWrangler, I am used at running python scripts with the command "Run in Terminal", and in TextWrangler the default behaviour ...
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Controlling audio output's sample/bit rate on OSX from command prompt

Is there a way to limit the output format of a soundcard on OSX, apart from Audio MIDI Setup? I have noticed that OSX has a bad habit of resampling audio while it is not needed at all (say the output ...
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Displaying calendar events as text, in the terminal

Using Yosemite, is there a way to display events from my calendar in the command line? I'm aware of the stock calendars apple supplies for things like holidays and such, /usr/share/calendar/ and the ...