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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Grant rights on a certificate to an app through the shell

I'm currently looking for a way to grant an application rights to a certificate in my /Library/Keychains/System.keychain through the shell. I can currently do this through the Keychain Access App by ...
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Using gnuplot terminal on OSX

I just installed gnuplot and I am trying to set the default terminal. On the wikipedia page for gnuplot, there is an image with a graph: Which terminal view is shown in the image at the link?
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How to always show menubar with fullscreen apps?

Does anyone know if it is possible to keep the menubar in Mac OS Lion visible for fullscreen apps instead of hidden until hovered over with a mouse or trackpad? I imagine there's some Terminal ...
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brew cask: howto uninstall an Application

I tried, while I am in /opt/homebrew-cask/Caskroom $ for i in *; do brew cask uninstall $i; done Error: appcleaner is not installed Error: avidemux is not installed Error: eclipse-ide is not ...
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Repeat a song in afplay

I am using afplay to play a song and I want it to be repeat. Is it possible just using afplay?
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u flag with ps command

According to the Mac man page for ps it says for the -u flag: -u Display the processes belonging to the specified usernames. However, it seems to display different information rather than just ...
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Root login using stdin

Can anyone tell me why this does not work? test:~ test$ echo 123 | su root su: Sorry Thanks
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Check the battery level of connected bluetooth headphones from the command line

I am trying to check the battery level of my wireless headphones from the command line. I came across a few discussions, and it seems all I need to do is enter the following: ioreg -c 'deviceName' |...
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Automator workflow only works when clicking “step”

I am trying to write a workflow that will use Shell to apply SHA256 to cells in an Excel spreadsheet. The Workflow (which may be a bit of a hack) is working, but only when I click through it using "...
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Is there a more-accurate indicator of an app download's progress than what appears in Launchpad?

While downloading an application from the Mac App Store, you are presented with a progress indicator in Launchpad, like so: For a large install (like Xcode, as shown) this doesn't provide a ...
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Downloading additional voices from command-line

I am using a MacOS X server (to which I only have command-line access) to convert text to speech which is saved to sound files (using PyObjC). I would like to install some of the optional OS X voices (...
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automatic save before “Run in Terminal” in BBEdit

I am a new BBEdit user, with a long experience as TextWrangler user. In TextWrangler, I am used at running python scripts with the command "Run in Terminal", and in TextWrangler the default behaviour ...
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Controlling audio output's sample/bit rate on OSX from command prompt

Is there a way to limit the output format of a soundcard on OSX, apart from Audio MIDI Setup? I have noticed that OSX has a bad habit of resampling audio while it is not needed at all (say the output ...
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Displaying calendar events as text, in the terminal

Using Yosemite, is there a way to display events from my calendar in the command line? I'm aware of the stock calendars apple supplies for things like holidays and such, /usr/share/calendar/ and the ...
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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 ...
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Command line app to change screen resolution with RETINA?

I'm looking for a command line app to change screen resolution. I've tried cscreen, screenresolution, and scrutil. The first two work to change resolution, but they do not enable retina scaling.
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Keyboard backlit light control from command line

Is there any command to control the intensity of keyboard light of a MacBook Pro?
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Backup files from corrupt disk to usb drive in single user mode

I try to backup my files of a corrupt system. I can start into the single user mode and want so store my home folder to my backup system. To mount my usb drive I need to mount the root disk as ...
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How to see the commands echoed on the Terminal?

Maybe is a silly question but I'm a newbie in OS X and I didn't found the answer anywhere. The thing is that when I execute some command that executes other scripts/commands/whatever I don't see on ...
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Terminal command that gives the type of computer you're on

I am running MATLAB code on two different computers, both with the same username. I would like to distinguish between the two Macs by having the code identify that one system is a desktop, and the ...
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Any way to reboot a iDevice that is connected to a USB port via terminal (Mac terminal)?

So, I am making a program to reboot iDevices (if there power buttons are broken), is there any way to induce the iDevice to reboot via the Mac shell?
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How to start OS X applications from the command line with optional arguments?

I am looking for an easy way to start different GUI OS X applications from the command line and with different parameters. If possible I would like to add them to the system PATH in order to call ...
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How to compare files for an entire drive from a before and after (or changes during) state?

I would actually very much like an option similar to fseventer, but it appears that not only will it support recent OS releases, but that it is altogether no longer available. What can I do for 10.10 ...
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Unable to set DYLD_FALLBACK_LIBRARY_PATH in shell on OSX 10.11.1

In shell scripts used for unit testing with dynamic libraries in a directory other than the typical @rpath, I have previously been able to set DYLD_FALLBACK_LIBRARY_PATH to set the directory ...
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Can MacOSX 10.7 open tar.lzma files [closed]

Can the tar command included by default on MacOSX 10.7 open tar.lzma (or tar.xz) archives? If it helps to answer I have a sample file here. You could test by opening a Terminal and issuing: curl -...
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How to install and setup s3fs on OS X 10.7 (Lion)

I installed s3fs, a tool that allows mounting Amazon S3 buckets as a file system. I created folder for mounting in /mnt/s3 then I created a file in /etc/passwd-s3fs with the content BucketName:...
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Finder can't handle objects of this class

I am following the instructions on this website Optimize CS:GO... trying to run this script in AppleScript Editor. set myfilepath to "Users:MYUSERNAME:Desktop:Counter-Strike Global Offensive.app" ...
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How to open files via Terminal

I want to open videos and pictures from Terminal. Is there any way to do this?
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Automating Terminal Commands with AppleScript

I have an Arduino-based device (www.picobrew.com) and needs firmware updating. The company wrote a little app to do it for Windows users, but us OS X users are out in the cold. Fortunately, we were ...
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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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How do I find what packages I've installed via terminal?

I've been learning the shell for a few weeks and have installed several packages. I know/remember what some of them are, like oh-my-zsh and emacs 24 (which was a nightmare to upgrade to), but not sure ...
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Terminal Change text appear area to bottom right

I want my terminal to have the prompt lines (I don't know what to call them) come from the bottom of the terminal window, and be fixed to the right of the screen, not the left. Is there any way to ...
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How can I set the Mac OS X terminal history to act like linux when using up/down arrows?

I'd like for the mac os terminal app to scroll through my command history the same way that it work in linux, if possible. Currently, if I push the up arrow in the terminal, it will scroll through ...
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Using Tag how do I cut and parse file paths into tags

I'm using Tag and Hazel and I'd like to recursively go through files on our server, obtain their file paths and filenames and parse the whole thing into tags to apply to the file. Is there a shell ...
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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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Dual-booting a Linux distribution on a Mac with Fusion Drive

I'd like to install a Linux distribution alongside OS X on my 2014 5k iMac with a 3TB Fusion Drive (128GB SSD + 3TB HDD). Most guides about dual-booting Linux I've found focus on regular partitioning,...
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-bash: 1: command not found - Immediately on loading Terminal [duplicate]

Upon loading my terminal (since trying to install composer globally) I'm being spammed with countless amounts of -bash: 1: command not found before I even type any commands. I'm not quite sure what ...
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Bash script not found El Capitan

I have created a Bash script that simply does ls -l. In Mavericks and older versions of OSX I simply made a symlink to the script and put it in the /usr/bin folder (ln -s ll.sh /usr/bin/ll) and I ...
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Where can I get formail for OS X El Capitan (10.11)?

I was using formail in a utility script, but it disappeared when I upgraded to OS X El Capitan (10.11)? Apparently, it and procmail are gone. What's a good way to get formail? Build it from source? ...
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Use mdfind to identify all encrypted dmg?

Can someone suggest a clever way to identify all dmg that are encrypted? My only idea is rather complicated. use mdfind '(kMDItemFSName=*.dmg)' and then test the response from hdiutil imageinfo and ...
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Mucked up disablement of Notifications Center

Tried to disable Notifications Center and remove it from the menu bar, unfortunately didn't copy the whole command: launchctl unload -w /System/Library/LaunchAgents Now I'm presented with a ...
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Profile Manager: Using command line, is there a way to print/lookup iOS apps by at least title, that are associated/available in Profile Manager

Restating my question: Using command line, is there a way to print/lookup iOS apps by at least title, that are associated/available in Profile Manager Goal/Context: I am looking for a way to automate ...
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Dropbox and locate?

I frequently use the locate command to find files on my machine, but it doesn't index the Dropbox folder. I can't find any way to configure the folder selection. Is there a way to include dropbox in ...
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What would cause a CLI utility to ignore arguments except when invoked directly?

Okay, so this just happened: iMac:bin nreilingh$ tree --version . |____tree iMac:bin nreilingh$ which tree /usr/local/bin/tree iMac:bin nreilingh$ ls -l /usr/local/bin/tree lrwxr-xr-x 1 nreilingh ...
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plutil returns error when a string numeric key is used

I'm trying to insert a row to a plist by using the following command plutil -insert "160" -string "hi" file.plist However the system was not so happy about the fact that I was using a numeric key (...
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How to determine public temp directory on OS X to be write-accessible by www server?

I've MAMP running httpd server as _www and I'd like to assign the temporary directory as part of the shell script (bash). I've tried to use $TMPDIR as per these posts: How do I find the 'temp' ...
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Running shell commands from netcat

I have a shell script that I am serving up through netcat - I'm using this as an experiment to learn more about unix I can now do nc 127.0.0.1 1234 | sh and it will pipe the script commands into the ...
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Run Automator workflow or shell script at application launch/shutdown

As the title says, I'm looking for a way to run an Automator workflow (or a shell script) when I launch a specific application. When I shut down the application, I want to run another workflow/shell ...
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How to repair permissions after removing the group wheel from several items?

Is there a command in Single User Mode to recover/reinstall the start-up wheel (with root its user access). I removed wheel as a group from any file/folder it had permissions for or access to. I didn'...
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Check if caps lock on in terminal

Is there a way to query the system to tell if the caps lock is on or is off from the command line in terminal.app?