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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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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How can I set Spotlight metadata to files?

I am looking for a command line utility (I need to use it in a script) that can set Spotlight metadata to files.
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Software recommendation: Command line network analyser that shows owning process

I'm looking for something that is a mix of tcpdump, lsof, and netstat. I want to be able to filter like tcpdump, but have an additional column showing the process ID. At the end I'd like to be able ...
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Verify Time Machine Encryption from the Command-Line?

Is it possible to verify whether a given Time Machine volume (for example, returned by tmutil machinedirectory) has encryption turned on? This is for regulatory compliance, so it needs to be fully ...
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How do I emulate Internet Sharing from the command line?

I'm trying to set up my Macbook Air to share an OpenVPN connection for use while I'm on the road and don't want my iOS traffic to go over the open Internet. Sadly, Mountain Lion's Internet Sharing ...
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Incorrect Terminal.app output for long lines with tabs

When I run the following command in Terminal.app: echo -e "a\tb\tc\td\te\tf\tg\tyo" I should get the following output (using a 40-column window so that lines don't wrap here, and replacing tabs ...
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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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Why use the terminal in daily non-programming life

Disclaimer: I'm a Windows boy awaiting his first mac. I never bothered learning/using command-line interfaces. I've been looking at the Terminal Tips and Tricks topic and I don't see how any of those ...
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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 to remove xattr com.apple.quarantine from all .webarchive files with that extended attribute?

Spread across multiple file system I have numerous .webarchive files that were saved by OmniWeb. So for example: sh-3.2$ ls -@ 2012-03-19.webarchive 2012-03-19.webarchive sh-3.2$ ls -@l ...
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Detect single-user mode from the command line

Is there a way to detect single-user mode in OSX (Lion, specifically) from the command line? I've tried who -r, which returns 3 in either standard or single-user mode. I've also tried nvram ...
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How to launch TextMate (and probably other software) from the command line?

I am very new to Mac, coming from Linux. I am using TextMate, and I suddenly discovered I do not know how to launch TextMate from command line. Using completion, nothing looks like TextMate. Where ...
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How can I open a file in its default application from the command line in OS X?

How can I open a file in its default application from the command line? For example if I have a file foo.doc, can I type command ./foo.doc into the CLI and have that file open in Word? Note: on my ...
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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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How do I prevent the permissions denied message from being displayed when I do a find command?

I'm trying to run a find command, aka: find / -name "some_file" -print and my results are full of permission denied messages: find: /.DocumentRevisions-V100: Permission denied How do I prevent ...
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Can I play chess on my Mac from the command line?

If I were feeling insufficiently geekish on any particular day, and thus found the GUI Chess App to lack an appropriate amount of tech credibility, is there a way to play chess on my Mac from the ...
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How do I change back from MacPorts Python to system default version?

I used MacPorts to install a newer version of Python on my system (10.5.8 PPC), and then used the MacPorts select command to change the default invoked version of Python to the MP version. Now I want ...
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Can command-line commands be made insensitive to order of filenames and options?

I'm new to Mac usage. It seems that most commands trip over options given after the file names. In linux, which I've used for years, it doesn't matter. On Apple, it does. Is there some setting ...
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How to view man pages in a web browser?

Which .conf file do I need to edit in order to view man pages in a web browser? I'd like to use Google Chrome to do this. Is this possible?
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Why does preview change the ctime of a pdf, and how can I disable it?

When I open a file in Preview, preview updates the ctime of the file. This seems to only happen once however, and as far as I can tell, nothing other than the ctime is changing. This is very ...
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Change file association in terminal?

Is there a method for associating file types with applications via terminal? I thought ~/Library/Preferences/com.apple.launchservices.plist might do it, and I also have seen: Why is a command line ...
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How to pipe output of 'say' to another command

'say' has both -o and -n arguments for various ways to direct the output, but I don't see any way to simply pipe the output to another command (say, sox). Is this a limitation of say, or is there a ...
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Why is a command line change to ~/Library/Preferences/com.apple.LaunchServices.plist not effective immediately?

When the Info window of Finder is used to associate files of a particular type with an application: the preference is effective immediately. When Terminal is used to make a comparable addition ...
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How do I format a disk partition from the command line on OS X?

How do I format a disk partition from the command line on Mac OS X? In case someone wonders why: because for some people Disk Utility fails.
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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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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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Is there a htop-on-linux like alternative for top / Activity Monitor on OS X?

I'm looking for a better alternative for top. Both top and Activity Monitor are highly limited with regards to features. In particular, I'm interested in the following features: Limit processes by ...
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How to change the creation (st_birthtime) date/time of a file in Lion?

touch(1) can only change modification and access times, but has no options for creation time. This does not work, at least not on Lion. So how do I change the creation time, also referred to as ...
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How can I initiate a modem connection from the command line?

I am looking for a way to initiate a PPP connection with my EVDO modem from the command line instead of having to go to System Preferences -> Network and hit "Connect".
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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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Why does Java SE 6 Web Start (javaws) not find the JRE with Apple's Java for OS X 2012-006 on Mountain Lion?

In brief The JRE is installed but javaws can not find the JRE. What can I do on the command line to re-enable the web plugin for Apple's Java 6 in Chrome or Safari? I want to avoid Java 7. (We're ...
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How do I remove a user via single user mode in 10.7?

I occasionally will setup a user's machine that has been in for repair beyond the simple re-install of the OS. For example: install a new hd, install the OS, create a user, install updates and then ...
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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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How do I find the current Mission Control space number from the command line?

Is there any way to determine the number of the currently active Mission Control space/desktop in Mac OS X Lion from the command line?
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How can I use RSVG with ImageMagick?

I'd like to use the RSVG for SVG processing in ImageMagick (the included library is fairly incomplete). RSVG is a supported delegate but needs to be installed separately. I've installed librsvg and ...
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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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-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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Getting launchd to read program arguments correctly

I have a launchd script where the command I'm trying to run is erroring (apparently that's not a word, it is now), complaining of improper usage. The specific error I'm getting is the command's usage ...
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Use curl to download images from website using wildcard?

Is there a way to use curl to download non-sequential images with a wildcard? I want to download all the panoramas I upload to my account at 360 Panorama to a local folder so I don't have to do this ...
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Installing command line GNU utils

I've recently started using MacBook Pro with OSX, after years of developing under Ubuntu. I often use GNU command line tools like make and watch. How do I install these on my Mac?
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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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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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Using grep on Mac-style text files

When I run grep on a text file, I get nonsense results. It seems as if the whole file is printed out but on one line overwriting itself. I read that on the Mac, text files use \r instead of the ...
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Netcat -e on Mac OS X

I'm a newbie macuser coming from Debian, and I'm a big command line user. One one my preferred one is netcat (aka nc on mac). I especially loved the -e option which enabled to create a process that ...
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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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Command line utility to create screenshot

Is there some command line utility to create a screenshot of the my screen and store it as png? (Preferably one in the system, without need to install anything new)
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Temporary files listed by lsof don't exist

I like copying flash videos for offline viewing later. I used to do this by loading the video in the browser (Firefox or Google Chrome), then running this command to see where the flash file was being ...
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locate & updatedb - files not found

I ran sudo /usr/libexec/locate.updatedb then locate Radium3 but it returns nothing! but $ ls ~/Library/Containers/com.catpigstudios.Radium3/ Container.plist Data So why doesn't locate see ...
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Can I extend Alfred with a command-line program to clean up the desktop?

I'd like to have something that I can run from Alfred or the command-line that can run "clean up desktop". What is a command-line program or apple script that will cleanup the desktop? Preferably ...
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Why does my Terminal command line screw up like this? (bash's fault?)

When I use the command line history ( CtrlR , CtrlP ) The command line screws up like this: The cursor is supposedly located at the end of the line ( just pressed CtrlE ) If I press enter, just ...