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 control application calls / requests for date / time

I'm wondering if it is possible to see how and when applications access the date and / or time given by the computer. If it is possible to see, is it possible to control it? That is, is it possible to ...
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Is there a command-line BitTorrent client preinstalled on OS X?

On a "bare" OS X 10.8 install, what is the easiest way to grab a largish torrent from the command line (MacTeX, 2.3 GB)? I can't use GUI-only clients, it's a headless system. If no such client is ...
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How can I edit a file without altering its modif date?

How can I edit a file without altering its modification date ? In command line. Is vi able to that ?
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Is it possible to get via CLI the commercial name (Lion, Mountain Lion, Mavericks, …)

At the moment I'm using both uname and sw_vers darwin_version=`uname -r` osx_version=`sw_vers -productVersion` But if I want to display the commercial name (Lion, Mountain Lion, Mavericks, ...) I ...
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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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Tool to Consolidate Data on Multiple Hard Drives and List Differences Between Filesets

I have several hard drives I've used throughout the years to backup my data. Each one has a different folder structure and fileset. I now have a massive NAS that I want to consolidate all my data ...
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Why setting image as its own icon with sips result a blurred icon? Are there any alternatives?

I've successfully changed icons using the procedure described in an another question: Changing or setting a file or folder icon programmatically. Either my sips (or Finder) got broken afterwards or I ...
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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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Terminal command to bring up shutdown dialog?

I know how to shutdown a Mac from Terminal, but is there a way to actually bring up the shutdown dialog you get from Apple → Shut Down…?
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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 ...
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curl command can't be found, OSX utilities have been replaced by GNU coreutils… how to start from scratch?

I recently installed homebrew and I was having a hard time because I could not install it as curl command couldn't be found, someone pointed me to use wget and that worked to install homebrew but now ...
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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 process/read checkmarks on a paper form?

I would like to process a large number of scanned paper forms (GUI or command line). I am only interested in reading (custom) checkboxes. The form looks like this: every line has 6 circle-shaped ...
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Error Opening Image File in Terminal

Much like: How do I cat a deleted file which is still open by its inode?. I am using 'Sleuth Kit' command line tool, to gather relevant data from the disk. But I keep on getting: Error opening image ...
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“open -t” vs. “open -ef”

the Command: syslog | tail | open -ef works perfectly on my osx 10.8.5 and opens the required lines from syslog in textEdit, however when I run syslog | tail | open -t which should open the same ...
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How to manage users access to shared folders from the command line?

Using the sharing or dscl commands I can not figure out how to add users associated to shares. The current local-admin account has access to all shares, but I'd like to add a different user account ...
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Setup a scanner from command line or ARD

I know how to add a networked printer via the command line or ARD (Apple Remote Desktop); and, I know how to install the TWAIN scanner drivers for a particular vendor (again, using ARD). But, what ...
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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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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 ...
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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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Check Camera Path through command line

is that a command to type in terminal that lists all the webcams connected to my computer? Maybe using ffmpeg package?
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How can I wipe an encrypted volume when the password is forgotten?

I have encrypted disk volume that is in the way and the passphrase is gone. How can I erase the contents and reuse the disk space?
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Command-line cloud file backup?

Is there a free cloud file server for personal files with shell commands like Unix ls, cp etc. ? Along the lines cloud ls [-options] pattern cloud cp-up pattern cloud cp-down pattern My ideal would ...
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Can I open files in TextEdit from the Terminal in Mac OS X?

I frequently find that a terminal command to open a file in TextEdit would be very handy. Does such a command exist on Mac OS X?
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How can I run a command that requires user input through oh-my-zsh alias?

I'm trying to add Reminder.app items through the command line by invoking an alias. I use the Automator workflow solution from this question: How can I add reminders via the command line?, which ...
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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 launch Finder from terminal or command line [duplicate]

I use command line a lot, like most programmers. I want to be able to launch Finder, Safari or any other application for that matter from command line e.g. finder . where it will start Finder ...
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Is there another way apart from screencapture to take a screenshot of a background window?

I'd like to take a screenshot of a background window given its title. I know this can be made with screencapture -l idwindow output but unluckily I can't use this method because I'm on a 10.5.8 ...
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Alternative to additemtodock from Henri Shustak

I am using a commandline script to add items to the dock via scripts http://www.macupdate.com/app/mac/23653/add-item-to-dock But it seems to have a lot of Bugs and maybe even "kills" my Dock config ...
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screencapture -l not working: illegal option

I've wrongly opened the same question on StackOverflow. I hope to find a better explaination here. I've seen in many pages (for example here: How do I find the windowid to pass to screencapture -l?) ...
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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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wacked a directory from the command line

I was copying a file to /usr/local/bin from the commandline on a Snow Leopard Server 10.6 ... anyhow i typed the following ... sudo cp ./le /usr/local/bin Ouch ... that missed last forward slash ...
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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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How to control Bluetooth wireless radio from the command line?

This question is almost the same as my previous question, but with one major difference; I want to turn on/off Bluetooth from the command line (bash or similar), NOT from AppleScript - the answers for ...
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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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How do I find links for iTunes U Videos to download using the 'resume' feature in curl

I have a flaky internet connection and I was trying to download some course videos on iTunes U. Three attempts to download 800 MB files failed because the connection was reset. So I'm now trying to ...
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How to create aliases in the terminal? [duplicate]

I tried two methods: With nano created a ~/.bashrc file in which stored my aliases from linux mint, after used source command and after it all work fine until i exit the terminal. Found in the ...
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Why did Apple Decide not to install Command Line Tools as default? [closed]

Why did Apple Decide not to install Command Line Tools which now have to be installed through xcode?
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Controlling iOS apps via command line

I have jailbroken iPad (iOS5.1.1) with the shell utility installed. I'd like to be able to launch and control applications via the command line, as I would normally do in Unix or Linux. Say I want to ...
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How to make a command line executable an application?

I have a command line executable (specifically JMeter), which opens a GUI application when launched from the terminal. However, I would like to create a link to it that would wrap it up to become a ...
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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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Mac OS X Terminal: -bash: $: command not found

While trying to install pagekite on OS X Snow Leopard using the following command: $ pagekite.py --signup I got: -bash: $: command not found I am a noob with the terminal but after reading a bit ...
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Where should I store command line applications?

When I download command line applications they are located in my ~/Downloads/ directory. But I feel this is wrong place to have a command line application located. Where in the Mac OS X filesystem ...
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Is there a better way to shutdown/restart OSX?

Whenever I want to shutdown/restart OSX I click on the menu, select shutdown, and then click the box for not saving the session, and then click OK. Then there's always at least one program that ...
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Changing the background image in all spaces

I'm running Max OSX Mountain Lion, 10.8.4. I have tried several solutions to change the background image in every space/desktop, but can only get one. I have tried this shell script, have tried using ...
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How to I display the current DNS servers from the command line under OS X?

I want to display the DNS serververs that are used by the current network setup on OS X, from the command line.
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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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Why nc doesn't response even if the “w” option set?

For some servers: nc -w 1 -z x.x.x.x 22 doesn't work. It has no response, but is looking like very busy: only ctrl + C can help. So -w 1 seems to be a useless option, to specify the timeout. Does ...
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Script or workflow to modify find and replace text in clipboard

I need give unique names to many, many files as part of my job. I download dozens of PDFs from a research database which all come with the same name (date of download). I have to open the file, select ...
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How to get Apple Command Line Developer Tools without App Store?

I got a mid-2013 MacBook Air for UNIX development. I'm disappointed that it came with no C/C++ compilers and with no make, which are apparently part of Apple Command Line Developer Tools, which is ...