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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Are there any advantages to using GNU over the default OSX command line utilities? [closed]

Are there any advantages to using GNU utilities (installed via homebrew) as opposed to the default, BSD based OSX utilities? They seem very similar to me, but I will not pretend to be a master of ...
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Is there a terminal command to open applications in a specific Desktop?

For example when I run open -a Kodi I'd like to be able to specify which Desktop I'd want the application to launch in. Trying to avoid dragging/dropping to the desired workspace.
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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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To get Graphical Info reader in El Capitan?

Graphical info reader is the reader which colorises links in the info pages. I know there are good options in OS X but I cannot find them. I do home search info and I get homebrew/science/clinfo ...
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Can't install WordGrinder on Yosemite

Recently, I have been trying to install WordGrinder on Yosemite. First I tried getting the latest tar packages from the developers' website and using them, but I ran into some library linking errors ...
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Transfer statistics per process or destination, not interface

I would like to log upload statistics for an application I run on my Mac. Now, I know that with netstat -ib I can access statistics per network interface. I also know that with lsof -i I can get a ...
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How to list all available .plist keys on a certain domain application by defaults command?

I want to know all keys (property list) which available on certain domain application, as example I could list available key for com.apple.dock by entering this command: $ defaults read com.apple....
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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 it. ...
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Building mysql with readline instead of editline

I'd really like to be able to use readline instead of editline with the mysql client, but I can't find out how to do this. The bottled mysql that brew installs by default for mavericks is using ...
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Error while installing Homebrew on Mac OS X (10.10.3): Unable to change file mode on /usr/local/

When I run the command on the home brew website, /usr/bin/ruby -e "$(curl -fsSL https://raw.githubusercontent.com/Homebrew/install/master/install)" I get: ==> This script will install: /usr/...
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'cat' not displaying line breaks

For some reason cat no longer shows line breaks when I use it, while all other tools (grep, more etc) do. I am using iterm2 on OSX 10.11.4. What could be causing this behaviour? Example I have a ...
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Force enabling TRIM before setup assistant is run

Basically, I'm preparing to give a MacBook Pro, running Mac OS X 10.11.4, to someone, but I need to execute "sudo trimforce enable" beforehand, as it contains an aftermarket SSD (fully compatible with ...
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How to Change USB Thumb icon using Terminal or Bash/other scripting language

I'm looking for a method to change USB or External Drive Icon using bash or any other command line method. I know how to manually chnage them like this I am using El Capitan
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In Terminal, how do I run a curl command to POST data?

I'm using OS X Yosemite and having trouble running curl to POST data to my local server. Below is the command I'm running and the response: localhost:myproject davea$ curl --header "...
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setup youtube-dl destination to ~/Downloads

How do I setup youtube-dl to default download to ~/Downloads instead of the home folder?
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How to Install pdfimages in El Capitan?

I am reviewing the answer here about Extracting embedded images from a PDF. It is not in Homebrew. How can you install pdfimages in OS X El Capitan?
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El Captan disk utility did not see erased partition after fail bootcamp install

I try to get my full drive after fail a bootcamp install of Win. Now I have removed extra partition from my fusion drive, but can’t see empty space using the el captan disk utility. Using shell, ...
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Does Homebrew have a command-not-found hook?

Arch Linux's pkgfile has a command-not-found hook that you can source from your shell's startup file (.zshrc, .bashrc, or whatever). Does Homebrew have anything roughly equivalent to this?
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Open a new Safari window in the current Space from Terminal with multiple tabs (URLs)

How to open an new Safari window from Terminal in the current Space? Now when using the open http://example.com command it opened the URL as last tab on my first Safari window. I'm looking for a way ...
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Preferable way to ship a command line tool with my OS X *.app

I'm working on an Electron based application to write OS images to removable drives, which is being packaged as an *.app for OS X. Along with the GUI application, I'd like to ship a CLI version ...
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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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Get result of Terminal tab do script via commandline

I've seen similar questions like this but none seem to deal with getting the result from a specific Terminal tab? I'm writing a Chrome extension to do some awesome stuff. Right now I'm just trying to ...
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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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One line weather output from terminal

Anyone knows a way to get a one line weather output in the terminal window with specified location? So far I'm using curl wttr.in/city but I would like a one output like City, Sunny 0'. I've found ...
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R installed through MacPorts won't install packages

On my system where I installed R through MacPorts, I get this error when I try to install a new R package: > install.packages("sas7bdat") Installing package into ‘/Users/simsong/Library/R/3.2/...
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Trying to compile thttpd 2.27 on Mac OS X 10.11

I'm trying to compile thttpd 2.27 on Mac OS X 10.11 from source, but when I issue: ./configure It shows: creating cache ./config.cache checking host system type... configure: error: can not guess ...
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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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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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How to open a new Terminal tab in current working directory?

I want to create and run a bash function that: cd into a project's directory Open a new tab in Terminal in the same directory Open my dev tools and start dev services Item #2 doesn't work as ...
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Deleting password from Keychain in terminal

I'm having trouble deleting the github credentials from Keychain Access. Keychain Access just freezes everytime I try. Is there a command to force deletion of an item in the Keychain from the terminal?...
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Mac OSX equal to linux time command

What's binary that will give exact result for Linux's time command flags? alias tcmd='/usr/bin/time \-f\ "CPU: %Us\tReal: %es\tRAM: %MKB"' Current time in Mac OSX for command above is: /usr/bin/...
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LSOpenURLsWithRole() failed with error -600 when opening html file from terminal

I created a new test.htm file in my homedir, and when I type open test.htm it switches to Firefox, just opens an empty tab (my file does not appear), and the terminal says: LSOpenURLsWithRole() ...
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How to isolate processes that evoke insane mds_stores disk read activity?

I have an interesting situation where when I monitor my disk activity, I find that mds_store is continually running between 1 to 35 megabytes per second (averaging around 3-5 MB/s) on the read and ...
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How to run a shell script from an AppleScript?

I am using a Mac running OSX Yosemite v.10.10.5. When I try to run my shell script from my AppleScript, I get the following error message: Error message at AppleScript Script Editor error "sh: /...
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Terminal - Weird spaces included when typing fast

Whenever I want to use the pipe operator in the terminal, I get a weird kind of "bug": As is shown in the image above, I can type the exact same command twice and it will sometimes register it or ...
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How do I run a .sh or .command file in Terminal

I've always wanted to be able to run a script I've downloaded online directly from the Finder but just double clicking the file does not work.
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How to cd into my local git repo from an AppleScript?

I am running a Mac using OSX Yosemite v10.10.5. I want to push my local git repo to my remote using AppleScript. So the git code would be: shell git init git add README.md git commit -m "first ...
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Unhide invisible files from the command line

By default, a number of system directories (such as ~/Library) are hidden in OS X (ie. they don't appear in Finder): I know I can do this through the GUI but I would like to add a script to my ...
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Why doesn't Mac OS X source ~/.bashrc? [duplicate]

I found a lot of people figuring out why instruction similar to this : Put X to your ~/.bashrc and you can do Y don't work. It always turns out that Mac OS X's bash's startup files (or Mac's ...
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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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curl not working in El Capitan

I receive this error message when trying to run curl from the terminal command line: /usr/local/bin/curl: line 61: /usr/local/bin/sed: No such file or directory /usr/local/bin/curl: line 65: /...
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How do I use non-“legacy” launchctl commands to load and unload plists?

I have some plist files in ~/Library/LaunchAgents. I have been happily using launchctl load -w and launchctl unload -w to turn these on and off for years. However, I notice that now load and unload ...
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Does rsync have issues with Unicode Characters in filenames?

I run rsync via a crontab every night to make an offsite backup of a directory's state, fairly trivial stuff really. While going through the logs, I noticed that in particular there were a set of ...
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Exiting/Starting the Terminal (El Capitan)

In the latest Mac OS X Terminal version I noticed that if I type exit and the press Enter, I get the following: Last login: Wed Jan 27 09:18:48 on ttys000 Ian-iMac:~ Ian$ exit logout Saving session......
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Disabling the trackpad from the command line

How can I disable the trackpad (without restarting my computer) from the command-line on OS X Mavericks?
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Converting to .PDF and keeping original name — what am I doing wrong?

I have been piecing together what little I have learned of Automator along with pieces I've found in tutorials, but cannot seem to get this to work! If I test this as a workflow using a file from "Get ...
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Where I can find BSD watch for snooping on another tty line?

In FreeBSD there is watch command which allows snoop on another tty line. Since OS X is based on FreeBSD, where I can find that command? Or it was removed for some reason (or never included)? To ...
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How to make identical rsync copy that passes manual MD5 checksum?

OSX Yosemite 10.10.5 rsync version 3.1.2 md5sha1sum installed Items that I’m trying to copy and verify is 10+ GB folder containing 5000 files and 800 subfolders. No system files. Not sure if the ...
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How to open current folder in ForkLift from command line?

I know how to open it in Finder: open . But, how can I open it in ForkLift?
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How create an identical timestamp format as used in ppp.log file in a shell script?

In the need to add custom logging messages to ppp.log, I see that the date and time are missing when outputting the command to >> /var/log/ppp.log. Other pppd related messages in ppp.log are ...