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.

learn more… | top users | synonyms (1)

6
votes
1answer
1k views

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 ...
4
votes
2answers
2k views

How can I add reminders via the command line?

Once in a while it may be useful to add some reminders to Reminders.app from the command line — especially because they are synced to iCloud. Is there any way to do so? A solution that does not rely ...
8
votes
3answers
1k views

Copying files to the clipboard using applescript

Often I find myself at the command line wanting to copy files to the clipboard, so that I can paste them as attachments in Mail. If I have an image file, image1.png, I can accomplish this with ...
2
votes
2answers
2k views

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 ...
6
votes
4answers
14k views

How to download command line tools in xcode 4.5

I just installed xcode 4.5 and need to install the command line tools. The apple documentations says (with very little detail) that there is a download section in the preferences pane. I have yet to ...
1
vote
2answers
109 views

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 ...
0
votes
0answers
327 views

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: ...
28
votes
4answers
17k views

MacPorts vs. Fink vs. Homebrew

I always used MacPorts to install and maintain my GCC compilers (4.4, 4.5, 4.6, 4.7, ...) and gnuplot. Now I've heard about Fink and Homebrew. I think these two utilities are gaining ground in the Mac ...
1
vote
1answer
1k views

Alternative to additemtodock from Henri Shustak

I am using a commandline script to add items to the dock via scripts http://www.macupdate.com/app/mac/23653/add-item-to-dock But it seems to have a lot of Bugs and maybe even "kills" my Dock config ...
1
vote
2answers
381 views

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
0
votes
1answer
423 views

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 ...
2
votes
1answer
110 views

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 ...
2
votes
2answers
558 views

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 ...
3
votes
1answer
12k views

Create new partition in unallocated space with diskutil

I have deleted the first partition on my external HD such that it now has 100GB of free space at the beginning of the partition. I'd like to reclaim that space, but Disk Utility doesn't let me create ...
3
votes
1answer
1k views

How can I use RSVG with ImageMagick?

I'd like to use the RSVG for SVG processing in ImageMagick (the included library is fairly incomplete). RSVG is a supported delegate but needs to be installed separately. I've installed librsvg and ...
0
votes
3answers
454 views

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" )" ...
1
vote
2answers
278 views

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 ...
4
votes
4answers
9k views

Change Command Prompt - Variables are literal, and changes to .bashrc or .bash_profile not making a difference

Trying to change my command prompt in OS X 10.8 / Mountain Lion. Changes to ~/.bashrc and ~/.bash_profile do not make any difference. Like: export PS1="\W \$" It defaults to the host name ("\h\%"). ...
1
vote
1answer
586 views

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 ...
0
votes
2answers
203 views

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 ...
5
votes
1answer
399 views

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 ...
6
votes
2answers
2k views

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 ...
3
votes
3answers
12k views

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 ...
0
votes
1answer
1k views

How to install ImageMagick on 10.6 (Snow Leopard) using a precompiled binary (without a package manager)?

The wish is to manipulate images from the command line using the ImageMagick tools. No package manager because: The MacPorts port and Homebrew brew package managers have Xcode dependencies. Xcode ...
2
votes
3answers
2k views

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 ...
4
votes
3answers
624 views

How to stream radio from the command line?

There is an iMac in our lab at university, running Mac OS X 10.7 Lion. It is never used, so we have taken to using it to play music, as we can SSH to it, and it does not require any permissions to ...
1
vote
2answers
201 views

Why does the Dock executable not yield any useful strings, unlike other OS X apps?

When I run the strings command on the executable file in most OS X apps (•.app/Contents/MacOS/•), I get a list of routine names, possible hidden preferences, etc. When I run the command on the Dock ...
7
votes
2answers
7k views

How does 'stuck' (in results of 'top') relate to 'not responding' (in Activity Monitor), 'spin' or 'hang'?

In results of top commands, I sometimes see stuck. Apple's top(1) OS X Manual Page does not explain this use of the word. How, if it all, does stuck relate to the following? not responding – ...
5
votes
2answers
8k views

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 ...
3
votes
3answers
6k views

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 ...
8
votes
1answer
2k views

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 ...
1
vote
3answers
113 views

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". ...
3
votes
3answers
482 views

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 ...
5
votes
1answer
302 views

How to pipe output of 'say' to another command

'say' has both -o and -n arguments for various ways to direct the output, but I don't see any way to simply pipe the output to another command (say, sox). Is this a limitation of say, or is there a ...
55
votes
3answers
21k views

git auto-complete for *branches* at the command line?

On my linux machine I have autocomplete for branches with git. For example I can type git checkout [TAB] and get a list of branches. Or I can type git checkout feb* [TAB] to get all branches that ...
0
votes
2answers
735 views

Executing program through Terminal

I have Sage (math program) and I want to execute it through terminal. I know I can go to the directory and execute it with - open Sage.app But would I really want to do is simply type sage in ...
2
votes
1answer
537 views

Why doesn't the screen command source my .profile?

When I start a new screen, the aliases that I have set in my ~/.profile do not seem to be sourced. Does anyone know where I can change this or which file is actually read when starting a new screen?
11
votes
2answers
1k views

cd to a directory by typing its name?

For example if a directory 'blob' exists and I just type 'blob[return]' then the system cds into the blob directory for me. In Linux (Ubuntu) I can add shopt -s autocd to my .bashrc file, but on OS X ...
0
votes
1answer
761 views

How to create OS X Server Admin firewall rules using ip address groups by command line?

The (Lion) Server Admin.app has a nice ability to apply firewall rules to ip address groups without having to edit ipfw config files. But having to enter large and long lists of IP addresses using ...
2
votes
3answers
2k views

Getting a list of currently running processes

I'd like to get a list of all the applications currently running on my machine using the command line. It should be similar to what you get when you open up Activity Monitor and choose to save the ...
20
votes
3answers
31k views

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 ...
1
vote
1answer
1k views

How do I get a Unix Executable File to run from anywhere, like Java or Git?

I've just created my first Command Line Tool in Xcode. What do I have to do, or where do I have to put the final output file, so that I can run it from anywhere from within terminal, without having ...
3
votes
1answer
87 views

What's the “@”mark at the file description?

I installed princexml for Mac. With ls -alF, I have -rwxr-xr-x@ 1 prosseek admin 14190120 Jun 8 16:11 prince*. What's the meaning of @ in -rwxr-xr-x@? And when I tried to execute the binary, I got ...
2
votes
4answers
5k views

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 ...
4
votes
1answer
378 views

Why does my Terminal command line screw up like this? (bash's fault?)

When I use the command line history ( CtrlR , CtrlP ) The command line screws up like this: The cursor is supposedly located at the end of the line ( just pressed CtrlE ) If I press enter, just ...
1
vote
1answer
100 views

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.
7
votes
2answers
3k views

What is the difference between .bash_profile and .bashrc?

To make an alias for the Terminal in OS X, you can either put the aliases in .bash_profile or .bashrc. What is the difference between the two and why would I choose to put aliases in one and not the ...
1
vote
1answer
608 views

How do I make a shortcut command in terminal?

I want to have ll as a shortcut for ls -ll. How can I add it to my Termianl application? I use iTerm as my primary Terminal application. I wish there was a single line command solution for it.
36
votes
6answers
14k views

How to move files to trash from command line?

I do a lot of terminal work, and today had the experience of typing rm fileInQuestion.txt Before finding out that I did actually need fileInQuestion.txt. If I'd deleted in the GUI then I would have ...
1
vote
1answer
924 views

Darwin/Linux/Unix command line email client that supports iCloud?

I need to access my iCloud email from a command line. Is there a command line client for Mac OS X (and/or Linux and/or Unix) that can connect to Apple's (I assume it is IMAP) servers?