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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How to adjust a desktop picture through the command line (terminal)?

So after some research, I came along this wonderful little gem for setting a desktop background through the command line. osascript tell application "Finder" set desktop picture to POSIX file ...
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How to repair and/or reinstall Homebrew safely?

I am trying to repair Homebrew. I recently tried to reinstall it but when I typed "brew doctor" My output was: shell-init: error retrieving current directory: getcwd: cannot access parent ...
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From the command-line, how can I set all accounts to Available in all Messages.app

Is there a scriptable way from the terminal I can tell Messages.app to take all my accounts online?
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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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Recursive set creation date of pictures and videos based on filename

I have a folder structure of thousands of pictures and videos. They are all exported and therefore have the same creation date, time. I would like to set the creation date for all the files according ...
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Batch repack of mkv files

Can anyone tell me how to batch repack a bunch of mkv files to mp4 keeping the same file names using the Mac command line.
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Linux' `ps f` (tree view) equivalent on OSX?

How can I get a tree view like the one below on OSX? vartec@some_server:~$ ps xf PID TTY STAT TIME COMMAND 11519 ? S 0:00 sshd: vartec@pts/0 11520 pts/0 Ss 0:00 \_ -bash ...
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tmux hangs when re-attaching session after logout

Since Yosemite, my tmux, which I installed via MacPorts, "hangs" when I re-attach it after my user has logged out and logged in again. I.e. it cannot start new processes, like a new command line. The ...
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find -printf work around

I'm trying to use a script to call compare file size. Unfortunately the version of find on my mac does not support the -printf switch. Any suggestions?
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determining Preferred Language in OS X via cli

I was hoping to do something like: defaults read -g AppleLanguages | awk -F, '/[^(]/{print $1;exit}' but if only one language is listed in "Preferred Languages", then defaults read -g ...
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Missing hard disk space

I'm trying to figure out where my missing hard disk space is going. I'm using du and df from the command line and there seems to be a clear discrepancy. So here's the du output: $ sudo du -h -d 1 / ...
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Why are my command line utilities running so slowly on my Mac?

I have just noticed that command line utilities such as ls (/bin/ls), touch (/usr/bin/touch), cat (/bin/cat), etc. are very slow when I run them from Terminal or iTerm on my MacBook. For example: ...
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Can I copy a file to iCloud drive from the command line?

I'd like to write a script to backup some files to my iCloud drive. The drive shows up in the Finder, but I don't see it from the command line. Is there a way to do something like: cp mystuff.tgz ...
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Urxvt on homebrew ignoring certain .Xdefaults and .Xresources settings

I have a .Xdefaults and a .Xresources that I use on my Linux setups that I want to also use on my OSX setup. However, the Urxvt I installed on homebrew is not picking up certain settings from both ...
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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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Can home and end keys be mapped when using Terminal?

The home and end keys on a MacBook Pro can be emulated with fn + left arrow or fn + right arrow. Or when certain settings are changed, with the Command (Apple) key instead of fn. None of these ...
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Drag & Drop vs mv - Any difference?

Is there a difference between bulk-moving files with Drag & Drop vs mv? Use case: Volume External_Drive_A has about 8000 files totalling 9GB. External_Drive_B has 74GB of free space. The desired ...
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What is the difference between .bash_profile and .bashrc?

To make an alias for the Terminal in OS X, you can either put the aliases in .bash_profile or .bashrc. What is the difference between the two and why would I choose to put aliases in one and not the ...
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Modify plist.info so program uses different icon based on command line arguments

I have an application, Firefox, I launch it with different command line arguments: -P "dev profile" -no-remote -P "ext testing" -no-remote -P "Main" -no-remote I would like to tell the plist.info ...
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List all devices connected, lsblk for Mac OS X

In Linux if I want to see all the devices currently connected to my computer in the command-line, I run: lsblk or blkid What's the equivalent command under Mac OS X? NOTE The goal here is ...
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AppleScript from Terminal unrar command

I would like to know if it's possible to make an AppleScript of the following terminal command(s). cd unrar e -r -o- *.rar && find ./ -name “*.r*” -delete Also, I would like to know if it's ...
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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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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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Can I set Show Library Folder via defaults from command line?

Is there anyway to activate the Show Library Folder option from the command line? I know that I can archive it with the command chflags nohidden ~/Library', but for several reasons I would prefer a ...
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mdfind piped to automator?

I have an Automator app called convert2xlsx.app that takes file inputs and runs the Convert Format of Excel Files action to turn .xls files into .xlsx files. I can call it from the command line for ...
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Can I get less(1) to display the final line, without selecting it?

When less(1) is looking at a file with a long name, pressing = updates only the final line on screen. For example, with the Terminal window at 80 columns and 27 rows (the default, I think), if I do: ...
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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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Terminal stuck at error won't accept any commands.

I was trying to install CLI package from github but I messed up during the process and ended up getting this error. It is persistent and won't go away. Terminal wont accept any commands like mkdir, ...
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Time Machine progress from the command line

The Time Machine control panel gives information on in-progress backups. For example Is there a way to get the information from the command line?
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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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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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PageUp and PageDown keys for Irssi (IRC) in Macbook?

I cannot find the keys on my mackbook. I need them to go page-up and page-down in irssi (IRC). I have tested the tips here but they do not work. They model some different Up/Down, not the traditional ...
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Check brew and brew-cask for valid package names

I have a iMac and Macbook for work and another set for home. I end up getting a new one every couple of years so I end up re-setting up everything atleast couple of times a year. So I wrote a script ...
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can anyone explain the default view of top on OS X 10.10

There are a lot of fields that are not described in the man page (as far as I can tell anyway). In particular these 3: BOOSTS %CPU_ME %CPU_OTHRS
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Is there a way to put switches at the end when using OS X command-line?

For example: rm long/path/to/some/dir -r instead of: rm -r long/path/to/some/dir Is it possible to make it work like that, as in GNU command line utils? TIA, Karol
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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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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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Can I launch the File (Save/Open) Dialog from the command line?

Bash and vim's file completion facilities are effective for navigating through a few levels of a directory structure, but can be cumbersome when working with unfamiliar directories. Alternatively, I ...
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What is the equivalent of netstat -tln on OS X?

What is the equivalent of Linux's netstat -tln on OS X? Options: -l, --listening (Show only listening sockets. (These are omitted by default.) --numeric , -n (Show numerical addresses instead of ...
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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 ...