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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Is it possible to run Nautilus on OS X?

Is it possible to run Nautilus instead of Finder on Mac OS X Snow Leopard? How?
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Control haptic engine and force touch from terminal

Is there any way that I can create haptic feedback with the integrated force touch trackpad on my rMBP using a terminal command (preferably without AppleScript, but if that's the only way, then sure.)?...
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set PATH in terminal OS X 10.11.3

I need to set path /usr/local/gnupg-2.1/bin to the command line. I tried to enter "export PATH=/usr/local/gnupg-2.1/bin:$PATH" in the command line, but it works until the terminal session ends. I ...
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`scutil --nc start` not connecting PPPT VPN - OS X 10.11

From the answer to this question I have tried scutil --nc start 'us.justfreevpn.com' to connect a PPPT VPN, but all I get is the following popup: Frustratingly, if I manually start the connection ...
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Set Static IP address of local Interfaces in Mac OS X with Unix Script

I need little help regarding the setting of the static IPs and net masks of the various interfaces. I have a Mac client which has two physical interfaces. One interface is used for the "house ...
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Launch command using app

Could someone please tell me how to insert a terminal command into an "application" so when the app is clicked/opened the command is launched?
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How do I run a terminal command for different values

How do I have to label i such that the do command is repeated for all values of i. E.g. if i =2: cd /Users/xxx/zTree; wine explorer /desktop=1,640x480 zleaf.exe /language english /name lab1 cd /...
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How to grep with filename highlighted in one color, and the match highlighted in another color?

On the Mac, I can't seem to use grep and have the filename highlighted (or in) a certain color, and have the matching string in a different color. Is there an easy way?
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Can I get the CPU temperature and fan speed from the command line in OS X?

Is there a command I can run from the command line in OS X to get the current CPU temperature and/or the fan speed(s)? To be more specific, I'd like to be able to get the same info available in the ...
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What is the crlcache keychain and why do I have so many of them?

I run the keychain command-line app that allows me to fast-sleep my Mac or quickly lock a keychain. However, it seems to think that I have many crlcache keychains: When I search for crlcache on my ...
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Is there console mode in Mac OS X?

Is there something like Linux console in Mac OS X? Like "terminal", but without running graphics environment.
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Console Mode from Desktop

With most linux distros you can hit control + alt + F1 or the like, and get a Console. This is really useful when your X11 / display manager freezes, because you can restart that process / service in ...
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>console does not work

I have enabled the login window so that the username and password must be entered to login to an account. However, when I switch out of my user and type >console into the username field, the screen ...
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Copy specific files and keep the subfolder structure

I got a folder with a large amount of files with different suffixes in several sub folders. My automator workflow works as follows: Ask for Finder Items Get Folder Contents (sub folder option ...
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Is El Capitan preventing me from getting the Perl module DBD::Oracle working?

Let me start by saying I'm not traditionally a Mac user. I'm still trying to transition from Gentoo, where compiling everything from source was the default state, and the system wasn't actively ...
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How do I revert the sudo less /private/etc/cups/printers.conf command?

I have used the above command to try and find my printer's address using the web. Now I would like to revert this setting using terminal. Can anyone help me with this? Thanks in advance!
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How to find all files that are larger than 1GB on the Mac HD?

It seems that either one of these commands can be used: sudo find / -size +1G sudo find / -type f -size +1G But when it gets to /Volumes, it actually look at all the back up files by Time Machine ...
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How to install Monkeysphere on OSX El Capitan

I tried to install Monkeysphere via Homebrew but it complains of an unmet dependency. monkeysphere: Unsatisfied dependency: Crypt::OpenSSL::Bignum Homebrew does not provide Perl dependencies; install ...
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OS X terminal “open” command and keeping focus on the command line

I appreciate the "open" terminal command to launch OS X apps. When invoking the open command for any purpose, it is overwhelmingly likely that I will have at least one other command I would like to ...
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grep doesn't work on big files on OS X 10.10

grep works on OS X 10.6, detecting string in a big binary file. It still works on OS X 10.10 on a small file. On OS X 10.10: $ grep -bao string small_file offset : string ... $ grep -c string ...
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Install automator service via command line

I would like to automate my Mac installation flow for services. The following is my script: #!/bin/sh rm -rf ./tempWorkflows mkdir tempWorkflows for filename in ./*.workflow; do cp -R "$filename" ...
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Can I view history of recently connected USB devices in OS X?

Is it possible via the Terminal in OS X to show a history of recently connected USB devices. For example I want to know the specified ID of the MP3 Sony Walkman which I plugged into my MacBook Pro two ...
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How to change icon of an app through Terminal

I want to customize my app icons, but there's a lot of them, and I don't want to be tedious and go through the whole Get Info process over and over again. Is there any way to write a program, ...
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Detect Terminal Color “Theme” from Command Line

When one uses the terminal inspector, one can change many properties of the terminal, such as background color, text color, and selection color. How can I detect what these properties have been set ...
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Missing bash prompt

My bash prompt is missing as shown on the image. I'm not even sure how to open the .bash_profile since dot files are hidden in the finder. I restarted the machine to no avail.
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Are there replacements for the reg commad on Mac OS X 10.9

I believe reg existed on 10.8 and lower as documented here - https://developer.apple.com/library/prerelease/mac/documentation/Darwin/Reference/ManPages/man1/reg.1.html However, in OS X 10.9 I only ...
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Unable to install with admin

I am trying to update MAMP MySQL from this link, but when i double click the file as mentioned in the blog. I get message saying, The file “Install_MySQL_5.6.25.command” could not be executed ...
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Is there any way to view iOS device logs on the Terminal?

Is there any way to view iOS device logs on the Terminal? Do the logs get stored in any file?
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Easy way to execute shell script

I want to be able to search in Spotlight for a shell script (or something that calls a shell script) and that such shell script opens a Terminal window so the output is shown live (and I can interrupt ...
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How do I use llvm-profdata in Mac OS X Yosemite?

I have a simple question: how do I use the llvm-profdata binary provided by XCode's Command Line Tools in the terminal? I have installed the Command Line Tools and could see the binary in /Library/...
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unable to install homebrew

unable to install homebrew I am using this command. ruby -e "$(curl -fsSL https://raw.githubusercontent.com/Homebrew/install/master/install)" getting this error. i have already installed updated ...
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terminal: how do i pipe the results of grep to open a file

I'd like to grep and open a file in just one terminal command. Suppose I'm in this directory: $ ls 1.txt 2.txt 3.txt 4.txt 5.txt and I want to open 3.txt I thought I could do ls | grep 3 ...
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How do I create user accounts from the Terminal in Mac OS X 10.11?

I would like to be able to create new users in Mac OS X 10.11 remotely after ssh'ing into the machine. On Mountain Lion, these steps were listed. Running dscl . -create /Users/joeadmin dscl . -...
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What steps are needed to create a new user from the command line?

What commands (or script) can create a fully functional user account on Mountain Lion, running only from the command line via terminal or ssh. It looks like an existing pair of answers might work, ...
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Is it impossible to delete/move a file named “␀” on mac?

When I try to move, rename, or delete a file named ␀in Finder, I get this error message: The operation can't be completed, because an unexpected error occured (error code -50). With mv, rm or ...
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Why would “ls -R” on a mounted CDROM fail with e.g. “ls: notes: No such file or directory”

I popped an old CDROM into my computer and executed ls -lR /Volumes/CDROM and received dozens of error like this: ./notes: ls: notes: No such file or directory but /Volumes/CDROM/notes does ...
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How to put Wifi card in monitor mode?

When I run tcpdump, I do so after having connected to an access point. Is there a way to run tcpdump without having connected already?
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Howto install 'MySQL Utilities' using brew or brew cask

I installed MySQL server and client using brew. I installed MySQL Workbench with brew cask. But I don't find MySQL Utilities (something new?). Howto install that using brew or brew cask? https://dev....
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Command line to disconnect or connect 802.1x authentication

I have been searching for a terminal command line to disconnect or connect 802.1x authentication, but not the network interface. I was searching some help pages and it showed command lines to export ...
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Can I programmatically install a specific version of JDK (i.e. using command-line tools only) on OS X?

I know you can apt-get JDK on Ubuntu. Is there anything similar on OS X? It looks like Oracle requires you accept a license agreement on http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/java/javase/downloads/jdk7-...
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how to throttle Internet bandwidth?

In previous releases of OS X, there was a command called ipfw, that permitted throttling of network bandwidth, which is useful for running some kinds of tests on software. It appears that as of ...
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How to enable Maven autocomplete on Mac OS X command-line?

When using Maven (mvn) on OS X Terminal, how can I get tab-completion for Maven goals, plugin names, etc? Things like this: mvn pa [TAB] -> mvn package mvn je [TAB][TAB] -> mvn jetty:run
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Run command line tools as separate app

Is there a way to run command line tools as a separate app, so I can easily switch between them with apple+tab etc? I want this for things like a mail and irc client where I don't want to hunt down ...
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OSX Terminal no longer save my commands in history

Here's my issue. Last week I realized that my OSX (10.11.13) Terminal no longer saves the command I execute in the history file(s). To be more clear: I type the command test On the same terminal ...
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Single-button shortcut for “Do not Disturb”

Is there a way I can bind a single key on my keyboard to toggle "Do not Disturb"? It would be more convenient that opening up the notification center and moving that awkward slider. I do think that ...
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Issues with Anki and BasicTeX

My last Mac worked with Anki to display LaTeX formatted equations but I am still, but I haven't been able to transfer it over. My steps thus far: I obviously downloaded and installed Anki and ...
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Backward compatibility of shell scripts

I use a .command file to start a basic shell script in the form: #!/bin/bash -- this simply starts Something at /usr/local/bin/Something myLittleOneLineScript To make it work I changed its ...
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Can't seem to redirect input in Terminal

I'm having issues getting redirection to work in Terminal. I'm in a C++ class where we have to create an application, then find that application in the Terminal and place a text file in the same ...
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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 ...