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.

learn more… | top users | synonyms (1)

4
votes
2answers
3k views

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?
4
votes
1answer
2k views

How can I add all users to Print Administrator group but not full administrator?

Gordon Davisson offered a solution to a "standalone user" in another question I'm facing the same issue in an office environment. Printer paused and System Administrator needs to be called to enter ...
4
votes
2answers
350 views

Is there a way to provide a sort order to an mdfind query?

In trying to get a list of all music files from a particular album using mdfind I see that the files aren't necessarily returned in any order. I'd prefer album/track order if possible, but can't find ...
4
votes
1answer
59 views

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
4
votes
2answers
349 views

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 ...
4
votes
1answer
61 views

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 ...
4
votes
3answers
853 views

Dia command line not working

I've got a problem with using Dia from the command line on OSX 10.7.4. I downloaded and installed the OS X dmg from http://dia-installer.de/download/macosx.html I've been using it to create graphics ...
4
votes
4answers
3k views

Copy to network share using local disk cache in Mac OS X Lion

I'm using rsync in Mac OS X Lion to copy a backup directory from my local HD to a network mounted share (local LAN). My goal is to archive the local backup to the network drive, thereby freeing up ...
4
votes
1answer
3k views

/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 ...
4
votes
3answers
754 views

How to stream radio from the command line?

There is an iMac in our lab at university, running Mac OS X 10.7 Lion. It is never used, so we have taken to using it to play music, as we can SSH to it, and it does not require any permissions to ...
4
votes
1answer
4k views

Is there a way to minimize open windows from the command line in OS X Lion?

Just wondering if there is a way to retrieve open windows and minimize them from the command line in Lion? I have an AppleScript that does this, but it kind of slow, so wanted to know if there was ...
4
votes
0answers
104 views

Why is Terminal.app corrupting my tcsh history?

I've had an ongoing problem that appears to be specific to OS X and Terminal.app: periodically, I get garbage in my tcsh history that looks like this: ^[[1m^[[4mcomputername:~/Code/emacs-source ( ...
4
votes
1answer
315 views

How do I monitor the total physical and virtual memory usage of a process and all of its descendants?

From the command line, how would I get the total physical and virtual memory usage of a process and all of its descendants (not just 1st-level children)? This is useful when you want to monitor the ...
4
votes
0answers
160 views

“Open with” in Finder.app gives duplicate entries [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to omit apps from external drives in “Open With” menu? in finder's open with menu are a lot of dups. I am running latest OX X and patches. I googled and found ...
3
votes
1answer
601 views

-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 ...
3
votes
2answers
4k views

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 ...
3
votes
3answers
2k views

.tar files on OS X Lion

How am I supposed to deal with .tar files with OS X Lion? I'm trying to install Ruby Version Manager, but Lion is throwing a fit about not being able to expand the tar file. This isn't the first time ...
3
votes
2answers
2k views

Disk utility in command line

I'm looking for the CLI equivalent of "Check disk" and "repair disk" in Disk Utility. I think fsck is involved but I don't know with which options, and if it's the only program run.
3
votes
2answers
498 views

How to drop a file onto a GUI app from command line?

I've got a tool to normalize WAV audio files, but it only works by dragging and dropping the file either onto the GUI or onto its dock's icon. As far as I know the app doesn't have any option to pass ...
3
votes
1answer
733 views

Is it possible to open in default browser a URL from command line reusing same tab?

I know that I can use open command to open a URL in a default browser like: $ open http://google.com But what I would like is to execute a similar or same command to open different URLs one after ...
3
votes
2answers
723 views

How do I set the creation time of a file?

I have a script that converts a file to another format, and I want the resulting file to have the same timestamps as the original, including the creation time (as shown by ls -lU). I can use touch to ...
3
votes
1answer
162 views

Is there a command line utility to display a string or an image in the status bar in Mavericks?

Basically I want to issue a command in a bash script or an Apple Script and see some string (or icon) in the status bar aka "where the clock is". Something similar to osascript but for the status ...
3
votes
2answers
371 views

How to have locatedb created / updated automatically?

I ran locate blob.txt and I got: $ locate .bashrc WARNING: The locate database (/var/db/locate.database) does not exist. To create the database, run the following command: sudo launchctl load -w ...
3
votes
2answers
415 views

Mac OS X UNIX-oriented Tutorial

Is there any Mac OS X tutorial/book that covers the UNIX part of this operating system? Topics like: Managing daemons from the command-line Package management Install/Remove dmg's from the ...
3
votes
2answers
532 views

How can I determine if the screen is asleep in Mountain Lion, from the command line?

I have a script that needs to run every so often, but only if the screensaver is active or if the screen is asleep (to make sure nobody is actively using the computer first). I need to have a way to ...
3
votes
3answers
6k views

Under 10.8 which file stores the environment variables?

This has been this way since 10.6. There is no .bashrc file in the home dictionary but the environment variable PATH indeed exists as the result of this command shows: $ echo $PATH ...
3
votes
3answers
2k views

Getting a list of currently running processes

I'd like to get a list of all the applications currently running on my machine using the command line. It should be similar to what you get when you open up Activity Monitor and choose to save the ...
3
votes
1answer
93 views

What's the “@”mark at the file description?

I installed princexml for Mac. With ls -alF, I have -rwxr-xr-x@ 1 prosseek admin 14190120 Jun 8 16:11 prince*. What's the meaning of @ in -rwxr-xr-x@? And when I tried to execute the binary, I got ...
3
votes
1answer
3k views

Use find in Terminal to remove directories and files of same search parameter

If I type the following into Terminal, it will remove all files that meet the search parameter: sudo find . -type f -name "*Xilisoft*" -exec rm -rf {} \; Then if I start again and type it with d ...
3
votes
1answer
410 views

List of GNU packages for homebrew

My team is working with Mountain Lion MacBook Pros, and we're using the GNU CLI tools, like wget and watch, intensively. Whenever a new team member joins us, we tell the new hire to install homebrew ...
3
votes
3answers
2k views

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 ...
3
votes
2answers
4k views

How to set alternatives in 10.8?

On Linux you can use update-alternative to change the version of a command. Which command in OS X (10.8) will switch the alternative of the current command?
3
votes
1answer
673 views

Printing the current date/time with sub-second precision

GNU date(1) understands the %N format spec, which outputs nanoseconds, so: $ date +%H:%m:%S.%N outputs 19:10:03.725196000 BSD date doesn't understand %N. How can I print the current time with ...
3
votes
2answers
1k views

Package command line tools into an automator script or app?

I'd like to know if there's a way I could package compiled command line tools together as part of an automator script or an app. Let's say, for example, I want to use a command line tool called foo ...
3
votes
1answer
70 views

Osascript Compile Application

Is there a way to compile an an applescript from the command line similar to the following.
3
votes
1answer
34 views

characters stick at the beginning of CLI

When I press arrow up to search through the command history, some characters always remain at the beginning of the command line. Does anyone know what's going on ? How can I fix it? for example, I ...
3
votes
2answers
180 views

Is the power button on my iPhone being turned off programmatically?

I would like to know if there is a code / glitch to make the sleep/wake button on the iPhone 5/5S to stop working. i am almost 100% certain it exists due to some programmers making the code but i want ...
3
votes
1answer
861 views

Command Line: create a link to folder and access files in this folder

I want to do this thing: Create a link to a folder. Put this link in home (~) directory Access files in linked folder from home directory (~/LinkToFolder/file) What is the best way to it? Main ...
3
votes
1answer
368 views

How to kill the popup in OS X when a disk can't be ejected

With ZFS-OSX, sometimes when I try to force eject my HDD and it's failing, the following popup appears on my screen – floating on the top with all the buttons grayed out – and no possibility to close ...
3
votes
1answer
114 views

CLI softwareupdate does not find updates

I can see in the App Store that I have one application (Xcode 5.0.2) that needs to be updated. But if I run the sudo softwareupdate --list in terminal I get the message that there is "No new software ...
3
votes
1answer
294 views

Using the apple wireless keyboard with an iPad with PC/Mac-like keyboard commands

I have jailbroken iPad2 (iOS5.1.1) and an apple wireless bluetooth keyboard that I use for typing on the iPad. Although the keyboard is a joy to use, I can't use it for much else other than typing ...
3
votes
2answers
154 views

See live report of process's status

Under Linux, I can use top to see a live report of what processes are running. An important field I use is the Process Status field, which shows whether a process is running, a zombie, sleeping, etc. ...
3
votes
3answers
504 views

Command line tools available by default

In a unix based system a number of commands are available by default (either in /bin or /usr/bin). Suppose in some time I installed more tools like git, svn … In OS X if I install XCode and then the ...
3
votes
2answers
3k views

Starting airplay from command line, to send output of 'Say' Mac OS X command to airplay

Ok, Sunday question :) Trying to make a little joke... 1) if you open a terminal, and type "say -a ?", Mac OS X will give you the list of devices it can send spoken words to. On mine, it says: 39 ...
3
votes
1answer
7k views

No GDB in the new Command Line Tools (OS X Mountain Lion) for Xcode - September 2013?

I've recently formatted my Mac and when I reinstalled the command line tools, I installed the new Command Line Tools (OS X Mountain Lion) for Xcode - September 2013. I've just typed gdb in my ...
3
votes
1answer
220 views

Within Terminal, `date` command outputs a curious prefix where it should'n

I am using a Mac Mini running Lion (10.7.5) and zsh 4.3.12 (i386-apple-darwin11.0.1) with oh-my-zsh installed. In the Terminal.app I retrieve the UNIX timestamp using the following command date +%s ...
3
votes
1answer
660 views

Why doesn't tar recognize .iso files, even though the documentation says it should?

man tar says that OS X's tar implementation should be able to extract .iso files. tar creates and manipulates streaming archive files. This implementation can extract from tar, pax, cpio, zip, ...
3
votes
1answer
1k views

Connect to Server as guest from command line

I have a SAMBA share I mount on my Mac from time to time. I do this in Finder with Go > Connect to Server..., typing smb://192.168.1.1 into the Server Address field and pressing Connect. On the ...
3
votes
3answers
288 views

How to make preview jump to a specific line on startup

I am using TexLipse for working with latex, producing pdfs as output. I have configured it to use preview as viewer using this command line: open -a "/Applications/Preview.app" %fullfile Where ...
3
votes
2answers
186 views

How to convert a DVD to ISO?

On Mac OSX 10.9, how do you convert a DVD into an ISO that I can use with players such as VLC. I wish to achieve this without buying a program. Steps I have tried: Downloading Mac app Burn. It ...