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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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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How do I list the plugged memory sticks on Mac OS

How can I list all the currently memory devices on MacOS X? I need to do this by command, because I have an Java application that needs this information. Thanks
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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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Password dialog appears when SSH private key permissions are set to 0600

I installed my SSH private key in ~/.ssh/id_rsa and set its permissions to 0600. When I connect to an SSH server which uses my private key in Terminal.app via ssh, a dialog pops up and asks me to ...
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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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Package command line tools into an automator script or app?

I'd like to know if there's a way I could package compiled command line tools together as part of an automator script or an app. Let's say, for example, I want to use a command line tool called foo ...
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How can I force command-line arguments to a program shortcut in the dock?

I have Chrome installed in Applications, and a shortcut to it in the Dock. How can I achieve to force some command-line arguments to each start-up of this app? Let me be clearer, in the Terminal, I ...
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Mac Terminal: emacs-style command editing messed up

This has been a "quality of life" issue for me for a while now- command-line editing in the Mac terminal is messed up for me. If I type a few chars, and then hit CTRL-A to move to the beginning of ...
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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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Adding Mac-specific directory to PATH when home is shared

My /home/myusername/ directory is provided through a network, and looks exactly the same on my Linux machine and my Mac Mini. I'd like to add to PATH a directory of Mac-specific software in my home, ...
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Using grep on Mac-style text files

When I run grep on a text file, I get nonsense results. It seems as if the whole file is printed out but on one line overwriting itself. I read that on the Mac, text files use \r instead of the ...
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How do I start TextEditor from the command line?

I work a lot at the command line in a Terminal and would like to start a text editor on a certain file. I'm from Linux Land and normally use kwrite or gedit from a bash shell. Trying to find the Mac ...
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Regarding groff - where is the config file and will this work?

I've been reading Terminal Tips and Tricks For Mac OS X when I came across this. bman () { gunzip < `man -w $@` | groff -Thtml -man | bcat } Apparently I should be able to view man pages ...
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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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command line ps has stopped working correctly after an update

I use to be able to run this ps command from the terminal: ps -u whoami -o pid,rss,command But recently the RSS size returned are all 0! ps -u `whoami` -o pid,rss,command 158 0 ...
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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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Rsync Backup Script

I'm having some issues backing up some data. Basically, I have FileVault enabled on my Macbook Pro and want to backup a folder I use - however, I don't want to use Time Machine (at work, I have one ...
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“readlink” gets the original path of a symlink; what's the equivalent for Mac aliases?

In the terminal, I can use readlink on a symlink and it prints the target path of the symlink. E.g. ln -s original.txt symlink.txt readlink symlink.txt # prints original.txt How do I do this for ...
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curl gives error - possibly fink related?

When I try and run curl in the OS X Terminal I get the following error: dyld: Library not loaded: /usr/local/lib/libcurl.4.dylib Referenced from: /usr/local/bin/curl Reason: Incompatible library ...
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How to view man pages in a web browser?

Which .conf file do I need to edit in order to view man pages in a web browser? I'd like to use Google Chrome to do this. Is this possible?
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How to send text with telnet in Terminal?

I would like to send some text to a port on my machine using telnet in the Mac OS X Terminal. I start telnet using: telnet localhost 8080 Then I type some text. Is that text send automatically or ...
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Use MacVim as standard Terminal?

I used to love the terminal.app for many reasons. I especially liked the way I could navigate to a file and edit using vim it all in one app, without having to leave the keyboard. But, since the ...
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using gcc, g++ outside of xcode on mac

I'd like to spend some time aside from the IDE for a bit and use command line gcc, g++ compilers. When i use my terminal, they however, can't be found. How can i install them? I honestly am ...
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Updating modifier key mappings through defaults command tool

I am trying to automate the inital setup of my macbook, that includes installing software and changing OS X configuration to my needs. I have tried to update the modifier keys with defaults, the ...
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Is it possible to view passwords through Terminal?

Does anyone know how to view passwords in Terminal? Maybe by accessing the Keychain data or something? I want to be able to view passwords in Terminal with just a series of commands.
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Is there any way to change the output filename for qlmanage?

Is there any way to specify the output filename and directory that qlmanage uses? We are using qlmanage to convert word documents to HTML, and it writes Preview.html to its temp directory. You can ...
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dd to ISO from disc drive makes unmountable / unburnable image?

I'm trying to dd from a disc in my DVD drive on my MacBook to an ISO, but the image always ends up as unmountable and unburnable. The disc is unmounted when I start the process. I've used dd many ...
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How to add user to a group on command line?

With Linux/Unix, I can use useradd -G developers vivek to add vivek to the developer group. How can I do the same thing with Mac OS X? Then, how do I check if vivek is in developers group?
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Can home and end keys be mapped when using Terminal?

The home and end keys on a MacBook Pro can be emulated with fn + left arrow or fn + right arrow. Or when certain settings are changed, with the Command (Apple) key instead of fn. None of these ...
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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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Force simple UNIX path names for optimal us of command line apps?

I want to force myself to use folder/file names without spaces etc. so I'm 100% certain I can open and run them from the command line. Some terminal apps which I use frequently hava a hard time ...
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Creating a wget OSX Service

I want to create a service to copy the URL and subsequently download it via wget. How would I go about creating an OSX service to wget arbitrary urls from a browser or system wide. I believe it'd be ...
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How do I get “wget” for Snow Leopard?

There's no wget command. How do I get it?
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CLI - how can I specify a screen saver with the following options?

Through the CLI, I would like to select the flurry screen saver set to activate in 15 minutes and show the clock.
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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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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 manually trigger background image change?

I have set the wallpaper to change every hour and have enabled it to cycle them in a random order. Sometimes the background image changes to an image that was set just few rounds ago and I'd like to ...
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Linux' `ps f` (tree view) equivalent on OSX?

How can I get a tree view like the one below on OSX? vartec@some_server:~$ ps xf PID TTY STAT TIME COMMAND 11519 ? S 0:00 sshd: vartec@pts/0 11520 pts/0 Ss 0:00 \_ -bash ...
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Netcat -e on Mac OS X

I'm a newbie macuser coming from Debian, and I'm a big command line user. One one my preferred one is netcat (aka nc on mac). I especially loved the -e option which enabled to create a process that ...
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Connect to Server as guest from command line

I have a SAMBA share I mount on my Mac from time to time. I do this in Finder with Go > Connect to Server..., typing smb://192.168.1.1 into the Server Address field and pressing Connect. On the ...
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Why setting image as its own icon with sips result a blurred icon? Are there any alternatives?

I've successfully changed icons using the procedure described in an another question: Changing or setting a file or folder icon programmatically. Either my sips (or Finder) got broken afterwards or I ...
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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 do I format a disk partition from the command line on OS X?

How do I format a disk partition from the command line on Mac OS X? In case someone wonders why: because for some people Disk Utility fails.
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How to correctly pipe output into “say” in terminal

I realized that the "say" command can be great when combined with another command/program because it can read you the output. I tried to pipe the output from "leave" to "say" by typing the following ...
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Why use the terminal in daily non-programming life

Disclaimer: I'm a Windows boy awaiting his first mac. I never bothered learning/using command-line interfaces. I've been looking at the Terminal Tips and Tricks topic and I don't see how any of those ...
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Printopia (AirPrint): turn it on/off via command line?

I love Printopia - this allows my iDevices to print to a printer attached to my Mac. The problem is I usually don't leave it on all the time. Whenever I want to print from my phone, I'd turn it on via ...
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How to force a diff format for TextMate?

I have this alias: alias hgd='hg diff|mate' The problem is that for some reason the temporary file thus created will be a .txt, while I'd need it to have the diff syntax highlight. If I manually ...
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Is it possible to set a Custom quick look preview image in OS X?

Is there any way to set a custom quick look image in OS X? I'd like a command line tool or applescript to change or embed a custom preview for a file using a jpeg.
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How do I create a symbolic link to a directory with a space in it?

I was trying to create a symbolic link using the following command: ln -s "~/Foo Bar/" Foo ... but it didn't work (i.e. when I go into finder and try double clicking it, it says that it's pointing ...
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How can I run a shell command at login time without showing a Dock entry? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to run something automatically when the system boots or a use logs on? I need to automatically run a command when I log in but I don't want to add an item to the ...