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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Improved Terminal autocomplete funcionality (similar to Matlab's)

If any of you ever used Matlab, you might have noticed the command window functionality in that program. I wonder if it is possible to enable the same functionality in Mac Terminal. It works like ...
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Is there a Mac OS X equivalent of the Linux iwconfig command?

I'm looking for a command line tool in Mac OS X that performs the equivalent of the iwconfig command in Linux. Example: kirkland@x220:~/src/byobu/byobu$ iwconfig wlan0 wlan0 IEEE 802.11abgn ...
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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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Bug in 'file' command on 10.5.8? (Or am I doin' it wrong?)

On my OS X 10.5.8 system, the man page for 'file' says: -h, --no-dereference option causes symlinks not to be followed (on systems that support symbolic links). This is the default if ...
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What's the difference between device file and its raw version?

It's convenient to use dd to write image file to USB sticks. But I find sometimes people write dd of=/dev/disk1 and there is alos dd of=/dev/rdisk1. e.g. The arch wiki dd if=image.iso ...
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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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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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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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Resource efficient way to monitor file change and execute shell scripts on change

I know at least three ways to monitor a folder/file for changes and execute a shell script on change. First, use "Folder Actions" of Automator Second, the launchd.plist approach but it seems the ...
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Temporary files listed by lsof don't exist

I like copying flash videos for offline viewing later. I used to do this by loading the video in the browser (Firefox or Google Chrome), then running this command to see where the flash file was being ...
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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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How to install CPAN modules from the command line on OS X?

Simple question: How to install CPAN modules on OS-X like normal Linux/Unix way? I just want to type in cpan something like install Perl6::Say for example.
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Is there a command to install a dmg

I want to install a dmg file on a remote server. All I have is an ssh access. Since a DMG is a disk image, I tried to mount it, but mount does not seem to recognize its format. file says my dmg file ...
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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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How do I “Get Info” from the command line?

Related to this question: http://superuser.com/q/514528/90435 Via http://osxdaily.com/2010/10/12/find-out-where-a-file-was-downloaded-from/ I find out that you can use 'get info' though Finder to ...
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How do you record audio from command line with osx?

I've tried ffmpeg but there is no /dev/dsp device.
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Can I play chess on my Mac from the command line?

If I were feeling insufficiently geekish on any particular day, and thus found the GUI Chess App to lack an appropriate amount of tech credibility, is there a way to play chess on my Mac from the ...
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Moving a folder with “sudo mv”, how to preserve ACLs?

I'm moving a whole folder from one volume to another (both HFS+), using sudo mv, and thought ACLs would be preserved. However at the end of transfer I see that they haven't been kept, and since mv ...
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How do I command Automator to convert the multiple images from PNG to ICNS once at all? (Solved)

I use OS X Mountain 10.8.2. I used Automator and added AppleScript, copying the command from the old app's developer at the Iconoodle - Convenient ICNS to PNG image conversion (Iconoodle isn't ...
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adding a secondary group for user via CLI in Lion is not working

I need to assign a secondary group membership to a user on a client machine running 10.7.4. In CLI edit3:~ admin$ sudo su - edit3:etc root# dseditgroup -o edit -a userA -t user QC edit3:etc root# ...
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How can I kill a process using top on OS X?

On other Unixe,s I can use top and then hit K and type the process ID. How can I do that in OS X? I can type kill [the_pid] on its own at the command line and that works. However, I was wondering if ...
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When I close the lid and open it later in the day, will command line programs resume?

I've been running a python script from the command line that's inserting data in a database for a couple of hours now. It will take at least half a day more before it's finished. However, I want to ...
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Running *ix Commandline tools in Macbook Air? VNC? Virtual-machine? Usable or too slow? [closed]

I haven't used OS X since an awful experience with its commandline tools and CD Xcode about 2009, that time getting rid of all Apple stuff but coming back after iPhone/iPad/FaceTime/iCloud/etc. Now I ...
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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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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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“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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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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Completely clear all output from a Terminal window

I would like to clear all output from a Terminal window (including all historical output) to get it back to a clean state as if you had just opened a new Terminal window, or a new Terminal tab. I can ...
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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 do I take a steathy picture with my iSight camera from the command line?

Is there a command line utility that allows me to take a picture from the built in camera? Something like screencapture allows for, well, screen captures. The reasoning for a command line tool is I ...
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curl installed but ec2 api could not find

I am trying to get the ec2 command-line api work on my OS X 10.7.4 without much success. The commands are complaining about curl but it looks like curl is installed and is available. See below: ...
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Use curl to download images from website using wildcard?

Is there a way to use curl to download non-sequential images with a wildcard? I want to download all the panoramas I upload to my account at 360 Panorama to a local folder so I don't have to do this ...
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How can I do the equivalent of a Unix find / -print [under user permissions] under Mountain Lion?

I am doing, or trying to do, a 'find /' which I would like to recursively list every file the user has permission to access under the volume "Macintosh HD" and nothing else. I am presently filtering ...
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cpio's file on disk is not older; skipping — how to suppress this warning?

I create shadow copies of a directory containing 50K+ images (I don't remove them from the card until they're in three other places). Every time I add images to the master, I update the shadow copies ...
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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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Editing iPhoto-specific metadata

Perpetua:2011-01-16 ashley$ mdls IMAG0107.jpg ... kMDItemComment = "Cat with is tongue out." So, here's my question. xattr can be used to modify some ...
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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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Terminal in full screen mode: how do I recover from “cat /dev/random”

What are the ways I can regain control over my computer when I have terminal in full screen mode and type: cat /dev/random
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Add Chrome to dock with parameters via Automator with chrome icon

I need to have started Chrome without the build in Flash via console you add the Parameters --disable-internal-flash which works fine, now i would like to have a Dock Icon which passes this ...
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Why is a command line change to ~/Library/Preferences/com.apple.LaunchServices.plist not effective immediately?

When the Info window of Finder is used to associate files of a particular type with an application: the preference is effective immediately. When Terminal is used to make a comparable addition ...
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Exclude files from “central metadata store”

I'm fairly familiar with the mdfind utility. I find it's very useful when I can't find a file or when I need to find a file with certain contents. The problem is that I need to exclude some files from ...
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I have lost the prompt on Terminal on my Mac; unable to get commands to work

I was trying to launch a few Java applications using the terminal. The command that I was instructed to launch it with (I was following a guide) was the following: #!/bin/bash cd "$( dirname "$0" )" ...
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At the command line, how can I 'arrow along' faster using words instead of chr's

I am at the command line and I have . /this/set/of/directory/this_command "parm1", "parm2", "parm3" When I 'up-arrow' to recall previous lines, how can I move along the line from "word to word". ...
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Backing up iPhoto pictures and folders from the command-line

I'd like to install a new OS X on a MacBook and I'd like to know what needs to be done to backup only the iPhoto pictures. I definitely do not want to backup the entire /Users/Cedric/ directory. All ...
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How to set iChat status from the command line?

I'm trying to sync my Last.FM last played track with my iChat status... right from the command line. I've come this far: curl -s http://ws.audioscrobbler.com/1.0/user/Da3X/recenttracks.rss | grep ...
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AirDrop: How to access AirDrop from command line?

I was looking for an option to use Airdrop to sync a set of directories between two computers. I want to achieve this wirelessly(hence chose Airdrop w/o having the computers connect on a network or ...
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How can I open a file in its default application from the command line in OS X?

How can I open a file in its default application from the command line? For example if I have a file foo.doc, can I type command ./foo.doc into the CLI and have that file open in Word? Note: on my ...
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Why does it appear that I apparently “do not have access to Command Line Tools” in ML?

I just upgraded to Mountain Lion, and now gcc, make, g++, etc. are not found when trying to launch them in Terminal. So I went to Xcode Preferences, Downloads, and clicked "Install" next to Command ...
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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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Can't install Xcode Command Line Tools on Mountain Lion

I try to install the most recent (july 25) version of Command Line Tools (xcode44cltools_10_76938107a.dm), downloaded from https://developer.apple.com/downloads/, but are stopped with the error ...