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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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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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 ...
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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, ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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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Update Xcode from 4.6.1 to 4.6.3 for Homebrew

I have installed Xode downloading the DMG (not from the Mac App Store). Now each time I run brew doctor it says: Your Xcode (4.6.1) is outdated Please install Xcode 4.6.3. But In App Store > ...
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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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Is it possible to download Apple's Command Line Tools for Xcode from the command line?

Background My job gives me temporary MacBook Pros for travel purposes. I get them with a fresh OS install before I leave, and when I return, they blank the hard drive. The trips usually require some ...
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Does mac os x have any command tool like pidstat in linux?

It can tell me the current status of a process, for example, whether it is still running or has been terminated.
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Using locate.updatedb doesn't work in Lion

A week ago I upgraded to Lion from Snow Leopard. I want to use the locate command, but the locate database has not been built yet. So I tried running sudo launchctl -w ...
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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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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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How do I force a partition and format on a USB key in OS X Mountain Lion Disk Utility or from CLI diskutil?

I have a brand new Memorex TravelDrive 64GB USB disk which is being troublesome. It's formatted FAT16 on MBR, which is not so nice, and I'd like to put it on HFS+. I've tried to do this through ...
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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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How to correctly pipe output into “say” in terminal

I realized that the say command can be great when combined with another command/program because it can read you the output. I tried to pipe the output from leave to say by typing the following in ...
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How to determine out what Wi-Fi channel is used from the command line?

If I hold Alt/Option and click the Airport icon at the top, I get a bunch of extra data about the access point I'm connected to. Most interestingly for me right now is the Wi-Fi channel. ifconfig ...
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Find/Unrar/Delete Script

I'm a PC convert, and quite novice when it comes to shell/bash scripting, but I really want to learn/understand more. My need: I need to be able to scan a folder, find any .rar files, extract the ...
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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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Mac Terminal: emacs-style command editing messed up

This has been a "quality of life" issue for me for a while now- command-line editing in the Mac terminal is messed up for me. If I type a few chars, and then hit CTRL-A to move to the beginning of ...
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How to run Wireshark in the background without the GUI?

I am trying to run Wireshark on Mac OS X in the background. I installed the command line utilities, and so I am able to start Wireshark and capture packets using the command line. The only thing I ...
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How to find .bashrc or .zshrc?

I just got a MacBook Pro and am in the process of trying to get GNU commands installed. I'm following this guide, but I don't know how to do: Then add the following line to your .bashrc or .zshrc: ...
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How to go to alias from terminal?

By alias, I mean the folder shortcut created when you right-click a folder in Finder and select "Make Alias". I can traverse symbolic links in Terminal with cd, but it doesn't work on aliases: bash: ...
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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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Size in bytes is significantly less ( half the size) then size in MB in get info window

In the get info window it says 387,037,139 bytes which is 387 MB whereas the size on disk is 716.9MB which is 716,900,000 bytes. du -sh paramgen result (in MiB) 684M paramgen Why is there such ...
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How to run .exe files on Mac without virtual machine?

I do have one software(.exe) file which I need to run on my macbook pro. For that I need cross platform application just like wine in Ubuntu. Can anyone suggest me the application?
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How to manually trigger background image change?

I have set the wallpaper to change every hour and have enabled it to cycle them in a random order. Sometimes the background image changes to an image that was set just few rounds ago and I'd like to ...
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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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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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Get Info of a hidden file (to change its default app)

I have a hidden file (.htaccess). When I double click it I would like it to open with a certain app (Sublime Text for this particular file type). In order to set the default app I have to open the ...
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Is there a built in command line utility for airport and other wifi networks?

Is there a built in command line utility to show information about Apple Airport networks and other wireless networks? Where? What's its usage?
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Whats the equivalent of the unix tree command on OSX

Whats the equivalent of the unix tree command on OSX (10.8.5)
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make it easier to call often used terminal commands

I have a java tool that I use quite often from the command line but to use it I have to type java -jar dsim.jar. I want to make it so that I can call it just by typing dsim regardless of what ...
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Terminal : needs full path to execute a command

Let's suppose i have an application in /Applications/MacPorts/KDE4/myapp.app/Contents/MacOS/myapp. When i use cd to reach the directory 'MacOS' and then issue the command myapp it says command not ...
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Is there a free command line program for converting PDF files to SVG?

Once upon a time I used Corel Draw to edit vector graphics. Now I'm looking at using Sketch. I previously converted all my old CDR files to PDF but Sketch doesn't seem to like to open PDFs containing ...
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How to check installed OS X version from the command-line on each partition?

I'm managing a lot of Macs and each machines has several partitions with different OS versions. I would like to create a script that I could run to do an inventory of all partitions of all machines ...
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How to dump the content of keychain from the shell?

I'm testing the following command-line in the Terminal: sudo security dump-keychain -d login.keychain which I'd like to use to save all my passwords into a file. However when I run it, it keep ...
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Terminal window title rapidly changes when first opening

When I open a fresh terminal window, the title at the top has this format: [house icon][username]-[command]-[terminal size] The command portion of the title initially says login, then it very quickly ...
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How to open a file in Excel from the command line

Is it possible to tell Excel to open a file from the command line? In Linux, I could do this using the command libreoffice --calc test.xlsx
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How to boot OSX into desktop from single mode?

Is there any possibility to boot graphical mode once I'm in single mode (CMD+S on boot time) logged as root? Related: http://www.mactalk.com.au/11/90219-boot-into-desktop-single-user-mode.html ...
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Anyone knows how to view the nice value of a process under Mavericks?

Used to be able to view the UNIX nice value of a process in the top CLI utility. I think it's gone from the top utility on Mavericks? Any other ways to view it?
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Unix command to recursively copy JPG files in a complex directory tree

I have a large directory tree structure that contains multiple JPG files in each directory root and their subsequent subdirectories. I need to recursively extract a single JPG file from each directory ...
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Play .ogg on command line

How can I play a .ogg music file on the command line? On Linux I can use ogg123, but what about on Mac?
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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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How to determine the absolute path to a file in a shell script

I am writing a generic script that can get passed both absolute and relative (to the current working dir) paths to existing files. I need a fail-safe way to turn all those passed paths into absolute ...
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Installing gcc without admin?

Is there a place to install command line programs on OSX without an admin password? I've tried /bin and /usr/bin, and I have permission for neither. Like a ~/Applications, but for the command line.
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How to investigate fragmentation of one file?

I'd like to see if one of my file is "all over the place", ie fragmented in little pieces at different locations on my hard drive. I'm not looking for a software like iDefrag but rather a command ...
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How can I kill or refresh Desktop Wallpaper with a Terminal command?

Is there a command for refreshing the Display Settings? Or, in specific, refreshing the Desktop Wallpaper?
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How to send text with telnet in Terminal?

I would like to send some text to a port on my machine using telnet in the Mac OS X Terminal. I start telnet using: telnet localhost 8080 Then I type some text. Is that text send automatically or ...