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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“Airplane Mode” in OS X. Alternative command for `rfkill`?

This question is an exact duplicate of this post from superuser.exchange.com. I believe this is a valid question for both of sites and hope I am not (if any) violating stackexchange policies. ...
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How do I change the time format used by ls command line on osx?

I want to make ls display time in ISO format (military format). How can I change this behavior? On Linux I knew that I could force ls to display time in long format by usin --full-time but this ...
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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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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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Terminal path bar style for prompt

I recently saw this in a demonstration online in someones Terminal: Notice the path-bar-like style of the prompt, any ideas how you can get that? Some kind of customisation I'd assume?
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Changing OS X command line language

On Debian I managed to change it using dpkg and now UNIX commands, manual pages and supported packages are in my native language. Is there a way to do this also on OS X? I already have the locales set ...
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Visually distinguish different lines (for long wrapped lines) in iTerm2 / Terminal

I'm using an application that outputs very long lines. It's fine - it means things aren't cut off at 80 characters - but the default Terminal and iTerm2 config makes it hard to distinguish between: ...
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Child process exited with status 254 error when extracting a tar.xz file

I'm trying to extract a tar.xz file with tar in Mac OS X Lion. I'm using bsdtar 2.8.3 - libarchive 2.8.3. I'm able to use tar to extract anything else I've tried (.zip, .tar, .tar.gz, etc.), but when ...
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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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Disable loopback interface lo0 on 10.8.4?

For testing purposes (testing raw network speed over a number of cables) i have equippped my Mac Book pro with a Thunderbolt to Gigabit Ethernet Adapter besides the built-in gigabit ethernet ...
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UTF8 filenames and shell utilities

Try the next commands from the terminal: touch á.txt $ ls á.txt find . -name á.txt -print prints nothing. My Terminal.app settings are utf8 - see here: The question: How to achieve to work ...
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How to properly register a file extension on mac so it will also work by running open from the command line?

I have the following problem, I registered a file extension to be opened by a Mac Application by clicking on the file in Finder and selecting to always use the target application to open the files. ...
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Server certificates are not properly validated by subversion/openssl

I noticed that the svn cli fails to validate https certificates and always ask for manual validation using the certificate fingerprint: mbp:~ user$ svn co https://svn.mysite.com/svn/testrepo Error ...
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Where can I find a comprehensive and detailed technical software manual for OS X?

Are there books written for OS X (particularly the most current version) like the hundreds of thousands written for Unix? I'd like to know about the command-line utilities and the locations of system ...
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Run a program without networking?

Is there a way to run a program on OS X (e.g., from the command line) but without letting it see the network? I can turn off and disconnect all networking, but then all my other processes will be ...
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prevent doubleapple files creation when tarring directories (Snow Leopard)

I'm looking how to prevent tar from saving or creating .AppleDouble shadow files and preferably do it in an automated manner. There are a few questions asking why this happens, but I want a solution ...
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How can I list all user accounts in the terminal?

How can I list all local user accounts (whether logged in or NOT so 'users' or 'who' is no good) in the terminal on a mac? OS X version is 10.6.8. I have seen this suggested - dscacheutil -q group ...
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why does OSX add extra '._<filename>' when I tar a directory?

I'd just like to know why if I "tar -czf" a file/directory, osx adds a: ._ for each file? I see these when I untar in linux. Or when I work with the uncompressed project in eclipse as it doesn't ...
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Determining currently used NIC on CLI

I do a lot of work on Virtual Machines, and have several scripts to help me configure them quickly. I could fully automate spinning up a headless VM, except that I need to know the IP of my host ...
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Can Mac App Store installs & upgrades be automated?

How can I script installing or upgrading apps from the Mac App Store? I'd prefer command line tools, but AppleScript or some other API would suffice. Relevant puzzle pieces: installer: note ...
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how to reinstall xcode command-line tools?

I had serious problems from two versions of Xcode on the same machine. I removed all Xcode app instances & many other non-System 'xcode'-related files, then reinstalled the app (4.6.2), fixing my ...
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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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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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Why doesn't .bashrc run automatically?

I put some alias commands in my .bashrc file, so that they might be loaded everytime I open a new Terminal window. Yet this doesn't happen. I have to select run script: in the ...
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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 do I change GNU Screen's meta-key to Cmd-a?

GNU Screen's default meta-key is Ctrl-a, which is really inconvenient for me because I frequently use Ctrl-a and Ctrl-e to move the cursor to the beginning or end of the line. I'd prefer to change ...
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Temporarily disable Notification Center in Mountain Lion from command line?

I've been trying to create a script to disable/enable the Notification Center, even if it's temporary. It should do the same as manually sliding the Notification Center, scrolling up, and toggling the ...
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How do I prevent the permissions denied message from being displayed when I do a find command?

I'm trying to run a find command, aka: find / -name "some_file" -print and my results are full of permission denied messages: find: /.DocumentRevisions-V100: Permission denied How do I prevent ...
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How to send an email from command line?

How to send an email from command line or script? I want to be able to run the script programmatically by passing the receiver and the message.
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How to change the creation (st_birthtime) date/time of a file in Lion?

touch(1) can only change modification and access times, but has no options for creation time. This does not work, at least not on Lion. So how do I change the creation time, also referred to as ...
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Is there a way to set an Application Shortcut in the Keyboard Preference Pane via Terminal?

I'd like to have a bootstrap for my custom keyboard shortcuts to use on multiple machines...
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Why do I keep getting this error message after updating to OS X 10.8.1?

After I updated to OS X 10.8.1, I keep getting this error message when I execute purge: [ERROR] The device-file for this operating system, 'osx-12.1.0.xml', was not found. An attempt to revert ...
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Is it possible to get the full suite of unix options for the command line tools on OS X?

I follow Unix Tool Tip on Twitter and it is interesting that many of the tips that are posted are not available on OS X. For example: cp - u will only copy files that don't exist, or are newer ...
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How to retrieve current wattage info on OS X?

Is there a way to retrieve the current watt usage info on OS X Snow Leopard? I'm using mid-2010 iMac, so I'm not looking for just battery-related apps. Does OS X even monitor power usage? Do I need ...
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Can Finder and the “open” command treat files with .sh or other typical extensions just like .command files?

I am looking for a way to inject some more extensions into the OS X launch services database systematically so that when clicked, they execute in the terminal app just like .command files do by ...
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Adding a song file to iTunes via the command line without playing the file

I want to add song files to iTunes via the command line. open -a iTunes -g song.mp3 does exactly this. - However it starts playing the song, too. Any way to avoid this?
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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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Where do I find the full man page for afplay

In Terminal afplay -h shows full help text but the man page shows hardly nothing. Is there any way to get a longer help page for man afplay? I never use Terminal and it would be much easier if i ...
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Using dictation in the command line (e.g. transcribe an audio recording to a text file)

I have some audio recordings and would like to transcribe them into text files. I was wondering whether there is a command line tool that could use the built-in Dictation to do that? And if so, is ...
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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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Converting Audio to AC-3 using afconvert?

I'm trying to use afconvert to convert an audio file to AC-3 format. It's 5.1 audio, having already been converted from DTS to WAV (using ffmpeg, since afconvert doesn't seem to deal with DTS). As ...
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Files synced by Synk Pro have wrong owner on both synchronized Macs – how can I fix it?

I sync some folders within my Home folder between two Macs (running Lion and Mountain Lion) using Synk Pro, a commercial live file sync application. I have the same account name on both computers. ...
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How to remove xattr com.apple.quarantine from all .webarchive files with that extended attribute?

Spread across multiple file system I have numerous .webarchive files that were saved by OmniWeb. So for example: sh-3.2$ ls -@ 2012-03-19.webarchive 2012-03-19.webarchive sh-3.2$ ls -@l ...
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What does it mean when a process is surrounded by parens in `ps`?

I sometimes try to kill -9 Finder.app when it's misbehaving and I'm in a Terminal. This normally works but every once in awhile it leaves behind the pid, even when run with sudo, and the COMMAND ...
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Why would SetFile be unavailable after upgrading to Mountain Lion?

I have Xcode installed, and have used the SetFile command (installed with Xcode) for some time. I just upgraded to Mountain Lion, though, and find that it is suddenly unavailable. I verified that ...
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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 ...
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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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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 do I install handbrake cli?

I've downloaded the Handbrake CLI. What's the best place to install a command line app on my Mac?
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How can I get tab completion back?

In terminal, if I try tab completion in a directory e.g. Movies, instead of the movies beginning with S (if I type S followed by tab, I see SetFile, Splitforks and SystemStarter. I suspect I installed ...