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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Permissions corrupted in OS X

I have run sudo chown -R Ankur / by mistake and now some apps are not opening and there icons are also not visible. How can I fix this? Here are some snapshots:
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terminal custom commands source every time

After following this comment I added all my startup/alias commands to ~/.bashrc file and in ~/.bash_profile I added source ~/.bashrc But still my aliases are not working. I have to manually source ~/...
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How to open path in Double Commander from Terminal

If I type open $(pwd) or open /anypath/ I will get the path opened in Finder. How I can achieve similar results but with the path opening in Double Commander instead?
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Is $PATH just a file with a list (in order of preference) of directories?

I'm having trouble understanding exactly how $PATH works? I am on a Mac.. If I install Python with Homebrew, it will install Python into the /opt/local/bin directory. Now assuming Homebrew didn't ...
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What is actually happens when moving a file onto/into another file?

I was trying to move some files to a directory, because of wrong destination directory path all files are moved to another file. Can I undo this action to get my files back? - Hopefully NO Is there ...
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How can I log all notifications?

Dropbox, PushBullet, Thunderbird and a dozen other apps create notifications. Is it possible to log these in a Unix-like way? I dislike the tiny messages popping up for a few seconds and then ...
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Why does my iTerm2 launch with an X in it's path?

After upgrading to El Capitan, then working on installing Rails, my iTerm2 shell now opens with x >, instead of just >. Can someone please explain why this is happening, and help me figure out ...
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OS X El Capitan: man, command not found

Today I was trying to update openssl in my MacBook Pro with El Capitan 10.11.2. I don't know where I made a mistake but it seems I have accidentally disabled man. In fact, if I launch man <...
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MacPorts vs. Fink vs. Homebrew [duplicate]

I always used MacPorts to install and maintain my GCC compilers and other programs. Now I've heard about Fink and Homebrew. It seems these two utilities are gaining ground in the Mac community, but I ...
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Is it possible to set the JAVA_HOME env in El Captitan?

I am unable to set the JAVA_HOME environment variable osx. I added the following line to my .bash_profile export JAVA_HOME=`/usr/libexec/java_home` and sourced it afterwards; yet when I printenv or ...
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pbpaste, pbcopy using wrong pasteboard?

I'm converting a shell script which xclip and similar tools on Linux, to use pbpaste and pbcopy on Mac. The problem is the default pasteboard ('general' according to the man-page) for these tools is ...
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OS X Terminal: 'ls' shows program but then says command not found?

I am trying to start MongoDB from the terminal. When I navigate to the folder and hit 'ls', all the applications show up but when I type in the name of the application( 'mongod'), it says it is not ...
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Display interactive notifications (with buttons) via Terminal

I'd like to let my bash shell scripts to display gui notifications with two buttons that the user can click and then execute some commands depending on the button pressed. What options exist?
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How can I “Open an app from an unidentified developer” without using the GUI?

Basically, I used the native Safari.app web browser to download a third party application and I want to run / open it from the comfort of my bash shell / Terminal.app CLI; despite the following error ...
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Manage login items from terminal in 10.11 El Capitan

Previously, % launchctl submit -l label -- command args was the way to go. This does not work in 10.11.2, I'm fairly sure it was working in 10.10.x, but cannot be certain. The likely-looking ...
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Can Safari's download popover window be made wider?

How can the max. width (fixed width≈425) of Safari's download-popover-window be made wider? Is there a way to get at Safari's "download pop over window" in any way so its max-size is larger than 425 ...
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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 Terminal>Preferences>"...
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What does “is not recognized as an internal or external command” error mean?

I have spun up a VM of OS X since my main user is not an admin and I need to do things that require admin access. My end goal is to install the Xcode command line tools into a VirtualBox VM I created ...
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Unexpected changes to command line

When I open up a command line on my Mac the welcome message is usually Last login date Johns-MacBook-Pro$ This now reads... Last login: Fri Dec 18 23:48:34 on ttys000 Johns-MBP-2:~ johnw$ What ...
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Compiling Ghostscript in El Capitan

I'm trying to compile Ghostscript-9.18 ( i need libgs ) and I've run into the new Rootless Security stuff when I try to install the libs. How do I change the target from /use/include to /usr/local/...
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How to evaluate the state of the OS X Server.app from a shell script?

I need to evaluate if the OS X Server.app has been installed and if it has been started or not. This I need to do from within a shell script. I could check for existing folder names, but I would ...
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Why the service does not start after logging in

The service is jenkins installed with homebrew on Yosemite. I have this: ~/Library/LaunchAgents/homebrew.mxcl.jenkins.plist and this: % launchctl list | grep jenkins - 0 homebrew.mxcl....
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OSX: how to determine USB current draw?

I connected a device to my USB port, but it's unclear how much current it is drawing. Is there a way from the command line, or otherwise, to determine how much current that device is drawing?
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How to repair and/or reinstall Homebrew safely?

I am trying to repair Homebrew. I recently tried to reinstall it but when I typed "brew doctor" My output was: shell-init: error retrieving current directory: getcwd: cannot access parent ...
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grep: command not found

This is a very weird behavior. Lately, whenever I am trying to find a process on console with ps aux | grep foo, it is returning a grep: command not found. Ok, that could be something that I changed ...
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Why is the host name in the shell prompt “MacBook-2” instead of “MacBook”?

I opened Terminal on my MacBook Pro and the prompt read MacBook-2:~ myName$. Is there something wrong? Do I need to be worried about this? Why "-2"? Thanks in advance.
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How can I create bash_profile and bashrc [duplicate]

OS X 10.11.2 El Capitan I want to create some alias, so I go to ~/ folder and there is no .bash_profile or .bashrc. I have been looking for some info and I learn that .bash_profile is only read ...
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What's the BSD equivalent of the linux date command for adding subtracting days/weeks/months from a given date?

I have a given date, such as 2013-10-31 and I need to accurately determine the next day (taking into account DST, leap years, leap minutes, timezones, etc). I have no way of knowing whether the date ...
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How to deal with commands of conflicting names listed in `brew doctor`?

So after brew doctorI`ll get the following without any recommendation: Warning: You have external commands with conflicting names. Found command `brew-cask` in following places: /usr/local/bin/brew-...
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How do I programatically kill the CCLibrary process by PID?

I need to know how to write a command or script to kill the CCLibrary and CCXProcess processes. They are part of Adobe's Creative Cloud, and since their previous update they keep respawning and ...
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'soft return' in iTerm2

I'm just wondering is there a way to enter a new line in iTerm 2 without executing the line being typed? I am looking to make use of some relatively long commands to automate some things, but not ...
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How to use cd with shell variable containing spaces

I am trying to create an environment variable for a path that is long, has a space, and syntax. I tried the following: export temp=/Users/username/Dropbox (Personal) And added it to my .profile. ...
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How do I remove multiple owners from a file/folder?

While trying to set up MAMP/PHPStorm, I CHOWNed the OWNER of my Sites folder to _www from myUser. Since this did not resolve the problem I was experiencing, I attempted to CHOWN myUser /Users/myUser/...
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install libsoup on macbook pro

I have a shell script from a open source project, when I run it in terminal, I get the following error: ./configure: line 17678: syntax error near unexpected token `soup,' ./configure: line 17678: ` ...
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Terminal wraps at 80 chars even if window is wider

Problem description If I increase the width of a Terminal version 2.3 (309) window, and then use less (or some command invoking less, like man) in that window, I often get garbled output, since the ...
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How to customize drag-n-drop-to-Terminal path escaping results?

How can I change the way in which filenames are escaped (formatted) when dragged from applications and dropped into Terminal? For example, paths may be escaped with \, just spaces (), or other ...
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How can I update my version of `unzip` to version 6.00 or higher?

Its a common problem that, when unzipping (read: 'open by double-click'), some .zip files result in a similar sized .cpgz file. But you expected an unzipped file or folder instead. The default unzip ...
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Can I call a phone number from the Terminal?

In Yosemite, is there a way to start a phone call from the command-line aka Terminal? Something like: call +316123456789
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Adding a compiled application to $PATH. Understanding the problem

I'm trying to understand the whole $PATH problem but I've got no luck so far. Suppose that I've just compiled an executable with make and I need to launch it with the shell without using the full path....
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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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Shell script failing in Automator but works if I copy/paste into Terminal

Workflow I'm trying to achieve: Export SVG file from Adobe Illustrator to Desktop Drag SVG file from Desktop onto Automator Droplet Automator runs script (basic summary below) Script executes and ...
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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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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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Install shuf on OS X?

Ubuntu Linux has a great tool called shuf, which works like head except that it gives you ten random lines. I couldn't find it on Homebrew. What is the simplest way of installing it on OS X?
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Command line to disable full screen behaviour of green button in windows bar

Is there a command line to revert the behaviour of green button in 10.10 and later? I don't like the full screen approach and I prefer a maximize behaviour. I don't want to use an external tool like ...
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chsh doesn't change $SHELL

I'm having some difficulties in changing the value of $SHELL in OSX's iTerm app. iTerm is starting in /bin/zsh, but the value of $SHELL doesn't seem to change. What I've done: Changed "command" as ...
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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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Mac play not added to path

I have installed the play framework using typesafe-activator. However, this does not appear on in PATH. Therefore, I can not use Play from the command line: Octavians-MBP:exericsePS octavian$ play ...
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Does OSX 10.10.4 support LZMA compression at the individual file level (not tar files)?

From the command line, I would like to compress some database dumps using the LZMA algorithm. And, OSX adds XZ support (written in October of last year), claims " It turns out the XZ support in OS X ...
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Change default shell from bash to zsh

I've tried to switch my default shell to zsh, using chsh: chsh -s /bin/zsh and: chsh -s `which zsh` Both commands ended with: Changing shell for adamatan. Password for adamatan: chsh: ...