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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Which Unix command-line utilities besides /usr/bin/fgrep have severe bugs in 10.8?

I just got stung by /usr/bin/fgrep --file=7000.words matching nothing, on 10.8.3, version: fgrep (BSD grep) 2.5.1-FreeBSD. Gnu grep works fine with a file of 57000 words. Is there a list of other ...
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How to get a fall-through behavior in case statements in bash v3?

I just tested the following syntax on Linux: case "$OSTYPE" in linux-gnu*) ;;& linux*) echo $OSTYPE; ;; esac case "$OSTYPE" in linux-gnu*) ;& linux*) echo $OSTYPE; ;; esac which works ...
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Restoring original files from the trash by aliases

Someday in the future, (definitely not today) I might find myself in the following situation and be in need of assistance: Lets say I was trying to clean up my desktop and tried to move many files ...
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Updating modifier keys from the command line takes no effect

The goal: map "Caps Lock" to "Control" from the command-line. I'm trying to update the modifier keys from the command-line with the following command as explained here and here but to no effect. $ ...
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How to convert relative to absolute path? [duplicate]

As per this answer, the solution in most flavors of *nix is readlink -f /relative/path But the MacOS (I use 10.9.2) implementation of readlink does not support the -f option. How do I convert a ...
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Copy text from command line as formatted text

So I have a script that outputs this <pre style="background:#f1f1f1;color:#000;font-weight:bold;">echo 'Hello World';</pre> What I would like to do it copy it to the clipboard as rich ...
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How does Activity Monitor get the URLs related to a “Safari Web Content” process?

Does anyone know how Activity Monitor.app gets the list of URLs that are related to a Safari Web Content process? Those processes show up as com.apple.WebKit.WebContent in ps output.
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How to run apple and custom git side-by-side

I have installed the Apple Developer Tools 5 on Mac OS X 10.9.4 which comes with Git: git version 1.8.5.2 (Apple Git-48) I also have installed Git 2.0.1 using the Mac OS X installer. How do I best ...
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How to get rid of emoji (emoticons) in Terminal.app (OS X 10.9)

I am experimenting with Twitter API. I now have emoji characters in Terminal.app. I don't know how to handle that. How to get rid of that or use it well? see screenshot
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How to download images from an xml feed using terminal?

How can I download png images from an xml feed that looks the following way? <ListBucketResult xmlns="http://url1.com"> <Name>imagesToUse</Name> <Prefix/> <Marker/> ...
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Command line tools to replace bytes in a file

I need to write a script that patches a few bytes at a particular offset in a binary file. I know of textual tools for this task (sed, though I find it utterly hard to use) but can't find one for ...
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Changing display resolution on Retina machines while in Command Line Mode

I frequently prefer to boot into the command line mode (CMD + S on boot) instead of booting to the normal GUI-imposed version. I do most of my work in the terminal, so it's nice to save some time and ...
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How to prevent TextEdit from commandline to cause Developer Unknown warning?

Is there any way (other than disabling Gatekeeper through preferences) to allow TextEdit to open my shell-script from a command-line? I'm more than ok with a dialog warning me, but the current dialog ...
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-d option for split is illegal on OS X 10.9

I have bash script that works on Ubuntu but for OS X 10.9 i get the error for split command: split -b 1000000 -a 3 -d $F $F && rm $F || { echo "Error: 'split' command not installed" ; exit 1 ...
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Using dd on video DVDs gets permission denied after about 700MB

I bought three movies on DVD on eBay. I am trying to make .iso backups onto my external hard drive. The first one I tried using Disk Utility, but it only produced a partial copy (without generating ...
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How to record human voice and display as text on command line?

I am looking tool or a script that records human voice and displays as text purely on command line. I am not looking for text to speech, but rather speech to text. I do not want to work at all with ...
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Get Info of a hidden file (to change its default app)

I have a hidden file (.htaccess). When I double click it I would like it to open with a certain app (Sublime Text for this particular file type). In order to set the default app I have to open the ...
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com.apple.quarantine extended attribute gets re-added each time I open the file

I have a file called tasks.taskpaper that I associated with FoldingText. When I open the file, the dialog pops up with text “tasks.taskpaper” may be a script application. It was created by ...
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Having trouble installing apache ant on mac os 10.9

In the terminal when I type 'ant' I get this back: The program 'ant' can be found in the following packages: * ant * ant1.7 Ask your administrator to install one of them How do I, the administrator, ...
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Get ambient light sensor value from ioreg

I'm using the ioreg command line tool to try and read sensor information available on my computer (iMac). Particularly, I'd like to read the current value of the ambient light sensor. So far, I have ...
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Viewing/Changing App paths used by `open -a foo.app …`

When using open -a iTerm.app SOMEPATH from a shell-script or Emacs eshell command, it appears to launch a different instance of iTerm than the one in /Applications/iTerm.app that I'd expect. ...
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open image full screen with “open -a Preview”

Using osx 10.9.3 I would like to write a script that opens images full-screen with preview but I can't seem to find the command line options for the Preview application.
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open command could not be found

Where can I find 'open' command?(OS X 10.9.3) I think there may be some issues in my environment or I may remove this tool by mistake. ➜ ~ open zsh: command not found: open ➜ ~ which open open ...
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How to prevent the application launched in Terminal from undesirably exiting?

I launch applications from the Terminal with commands like this one : /Applications/Mail.app/Contents/MacOS/Mail & The important part is the &. For Unix / Linux / Solaris : I have ...
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Rename screencapture program

I would like to rename the "screencapture" utility triggered with the shift+cmd+3 keys, in order to take screenshots from a program that recognizes and disables this utility. Specifically, I want a ...
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How -exactly- do I remove a specific directory, from my PATH, in OSX, Mavericks?

Ok - so this issue has become somewhat of a white whale for me. I have browsed some of the questions here, but I cannot seem to figure out how to, very simply, delete a directory from my PATH. (I ...
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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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Adding a username alias using the command line

How do I add a username alias using the command line? I can do it fine using the preferences dialog through the "Advanced Options", but I need to do it during an installation script. Can someone ...
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Terminal speed up doesn't accept command line arguments from outside source?

From a previous suggestion I changed terminals startup command from default to '/usr/bin/bash' which I created as a link to '/bin/bash' which stops terminal from login in every time I open a tab ...
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Which of the GNU coreutils applications are included in the MacPorts coreutils package?

In general, I would like to know if there are any discrepancies between the MacPorts coreutils and the GNU coreutils, and how I might go about answering this question myself. In particular, I don't ...
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How can I export a single private key in OSX with the command line?

I need to export a identity from my OS X Keychain with the command line. With security I can only export all identities as a single p12, but I need to export just one (I want to use it with Xtify) I ...
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Accessing Apple Mail's mailboxes remotely, maybe over SSH?

Because of the way my work email is set up, I currently have my Mac (at home, running Mavericks) fetching my email via POP from my work's email server. I've been able to access my email over SSH ...
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Keychain: ask for certificate from command line

Is it possible to ask for certificate (.certificateRequest file) from command line? I want to mimic behavior like Keychain -> Certificate Assistant -> Request for Certificate in Certificate Buro from ...
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top, group by command

Is it possible to run top and group processes by COMMAND? Seeing every single individual Chrome process not very helpful PID COMMAND %CPU ...
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SIDO Error: unbound variable: voice_kal_diphone, to generate prompt using festival

I have tried to generate the prompts and their label files with the following command The to synthesize the prompts festival -b festVox/diphlist.scm festVox/us_schema '(diphone-gen-waves “prompt-wav” ...
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Is there a built in command line utility for airport and other wifi networks?

Is there a built in command line utility to show information about Apple Airport networks and other wireless networks? Where? What's its usage?
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Way to bypass USB lockdown from the ProfileManager via command line?

As I manage a few MacBooks in a company we enforce security policies by Profile Manager. One of those policies is blocking USB ports. We have a group of people that we allow to use USB. It works well, ...
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Writing special characters to the clipboard with the command line

I'm trying to write the string あいうえお to my clipboard using the pbcopy command line tool like this echo あいうえお | pbcopy But what I'm getting in my clipboard is completely different : „ÅÇ„ÅÑ„ÅÜ„Åà„Åä. ...
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Understanding the 'staff' user group

It's known that all users are members of the 'staff' group. If you setup a standard user and create any file, a list of that file in the terminal with 'ls -la' shows the user group to be 'staff'. ...
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Howto install 'MySQL Utilities' using brew or brew cask

I installed MySQL server and client using brew. I installed MySQL Workbench with brew cask. But I don't find MySQL Utilities (something new?). Howto install that using brew or brew cask? ...
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GNU Radio Companion Osmosdr block

When using macports to install gnurado the build stalls and brings my MacBook Air to a snail's pace.I am running osx 10.6.8. I have a .profile file in ~/ but I have a feeling it has to do with ...
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Add commandline app shortcut

How do I run the app: ~/ngrok by typing ngrok? I want to add a shortcut to the ~/ngrok location so that I don't need to know the place where it is when I run the app.
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How can I use Torify for an App on OS X

I want one of my applications to use Tor; however the app itself does not have proxy setting and it uses the System proxy. The problem is that I don't want to set my system proxy and I just want this ...
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Whats the equivalent of the unix tree command on OSX

Whats the equivalent of the unix tree command on OSX (10.8.5)
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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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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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Graphical man pages viewer in Terminal.app

There is a feature in terminal to view man-page of selected string in external window with ⌃⌘? shortcut. But it has a priority to display preinstalled man pages. So for example I've installed gnu ...
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Cannot seem to download command line tools

I'm trying to download and install Command Line Tools for my Mac through Xcode, but it is not in the downloads section like youtube videos tell me to go. So, I manually download it and install it, and ...
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Add printer via lpadmin with custom queue

Is there a way to add a printer via the command line that has a custom queue that has two words separated by a space? My command so far is below but does not set the custom queue. Without the queue, ...
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Get RSS Memory usage from entire OS on command line

I need to get the entire count of RAM being used on a command line. I can get individual process RSS usage using ps -o rss= -p #{pid} How do I get all the memory usage for the entire system on the ...