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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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 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 ...
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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 ...
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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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How do I set an icon for a directory via the CLI? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Changing a file or folder icon using the Terminal This is a continuation of this thread from Super User. The question is how to set an icon on a directory. At first I ...
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How do I delete a locked, invisible file in the Trash?

On an external disk (that contains a clone), the /.Trashes/501/Users/myusername/Desktop folder contains (within some subfolders) a locked invisible file that I cannot delete. The whole folder starting ...
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I added this to my .bash_profile but I neglected to label it and forgot what it means exactly

I remember broadly what it does, but not specifically: if [ -f ~/.bashrc ]; then source ~/.bashrc fi What is the exact purpose for it again?
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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 ...
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Install Xcode without admin

Is there any way to use Xcode on a computer that I don't have admin permissions for? Is there a way to at least use command line tools like git and gcc?
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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 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 ...
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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 ...
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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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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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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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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ( ...
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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 ...
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“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 ...
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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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Downscale a iMac 5K screenshot to 50% using commandline

Open the Screenshot in Preview Select “Adjust Size…” from the Tools menu Change the Width and Height to 50 percent of the original Change the Resolution to 72 pixels/inch I wish to do this on CLI ...
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Can grep highlight matching text without hiding file content?

I frequently use grep's context command line options (-A, -B, and -C), but occasionally I want to view the whole file with matching expressions highlighted. To accomplish this currently I simply ...
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.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 ...
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Starting and stopping mysql server. Shorten and make automatic

Currently I start and stop mysql with the following command sudo /usr/local/mysql/support-files/mysql.server start sudo /usr/local/mysql/support-files/mysql.server stop It is quite a long ...
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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.
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How can I “Open an app from an unidentified developer” without using the GUI

Basically, I used the native Safari.app web browser to download a third party application and I want to run / open it from the comfort of my bash shell / Terminal.app CLI; despite the following error ...
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How Do I Use 'cp' to Overwrite Files?

Using a shell script or Terminal, how do I overwrite files that may or may not be present. I looked at man page for cp, it said use the -f argument to force overwrite. But, it does nothing. $ cp -f ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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What is the difference between shutdown command and doing shutdown from apple menu?

What is the difference between issuing command shutdown -h now in terminal and doing Shutdown from apple menu? Using command it's instantly power down the system. But via menu it takes around 30-40 ...
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How to find the currently connected network service from the command line?

I would like to find out which of the available network services (e.g. Ethernet or Wi-Fi) is currently active. In this screenshot from the Network Preferences, you can see that Wi-Fi is currently ...
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How to repair Homebrew permissions after installing as root?

I run brew as root, now it's defunct. No updates anymore. How to fix? $ brew update && brew upgrade error: Unable to append to .git/logs/HEAD: Permission denied error: Unable to append to ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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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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 ...
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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?
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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 ...
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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 ...
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Osascript Compile Application

Is there a way to compile an an applescript from the command line similar to the following.
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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 ...