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 go to alias from terminal?

By alias, I mean the folder shortcut created when you right-click a folder in Finder and select "Make Alias". I can traverse symbolic links in Terminal with cd, but it doesn't work on aliases: bash: ...
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Command to find out the version number of a .pkg file

Does anyone know how to retrieve the version number of a .pkg file which isn't installed yet? I'd like to use something like pkgutil --pkg-info, but that only works for installed packages. I've ...
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-bash: /Users/[me]/.rvm/scripts/initialize: No such file or directory

I was in a directory where I had a ~ and I went to remove it by doing rm -f ~ for which it said it was a directory. So I made the really silly move of doing rm -rf ~ and suddenly I get the error ...
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How can I create a script with multi command

I tried to create a script on OS X. I do something wrong. I want to execute 2 command: defaults write com.apple.finder CreateDesktop -bool true and killall Finder I saved and chmod the file but ...
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Shell set environment variables for command

I want to run a program in Terminal and set its environment variables. According to my research one can do this using: VARIABLE="value" VARIABLE2="value2" run_program Now I'd like to set a variety ...
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CLI options do not work if passed at the end of command [duplicate]

In brief: ls -a /tmp works but ls /tmp -a does not. I recently started using Macbook Pro. Coming from a Linux background, command like ls /tmp -a seems perfectly fine to me. But for some reason ...
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Does iPhone 5 have a terminal?

I'm new to iPhones and Mac, but I pretty ok with Linux. I think I could solve some of my networking issues, if I could just get into a bash shell, but I haven't been able to locate a shell. Is there ...
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How to disable Bluetooth Sharing via terminal?

I want to disable the Bluetooth Sharing that is located in the sharing preference section. I want to be able to disable it via terminal, does anyone have an idea on how to do that?
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mdimport - bad packing

While forcing the index of a folder on an external drive through the command line (mdimport), I get "bad packing" pushed to stdout. Anyone have an idea what this rather cryptic error means?
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Change accessibility setting on Mac using terminal

I would like to grant accessibility permission to some apps on Mac using Terminal as per this intruction https://support.apple.com/en-au/HT202866 which is the accessibility tab in System Preferences ...
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Can't get Terminal to Display Colour (Mavericks)

I've recently been working on a script to backup files, etc. for my own use but recently I thought it may look nicer if I was able to cleanup and have everything nice and tidy (with colours and what ...
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mysql: command not found [duplicate]

How do I use MySQL from the CLI? When I use the terminal, I get: Darrens-MacBook-Pro:~ thufir$ Darrens-MacBook-Pro:~ thufir$ mysql -bash: mysql: command not found Darrens-MacBook-Pro:~ thufir$ ...
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Open application from terminal and remain linked to the process (like Linux) so when CTRL+C is sent to terminal the application closes too

I have an application (closed-source tool not developed by me) which requires another process to exist before executing properly. When I quit this application, I also want that custom process to be ...
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Cannot compile anything anymore after upgrading to Yosemite

I noticed after upgrading to Yosemite that none of my upgrades in homebrew would work anymore. I noticed that it was a problem in general with compiling any kind of C code. The error I get is: In ...
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How to add MySQL to $PATH variable to resolve “mysql: command not found”?

I installed MySQL on my Mac, and now I would like to add it to my $PATH variable. I want to be able to type mysql anywhere. I tried adding the following to my .profile file: export ...
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How do I get the name of the wifi network I'm connected to?

I know how to find it out in Objective C, but I need to do this in a shell script. (I could compile and install one of the example programs given in the link, but surely there is already a command ...
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Preventing less from quitting when I scroll down

I don’t know if it was a change to less itself or to the Terminal app, but when I upgraded to Yosemite I noticed that I could use the mouse scroll wheel to move around in less. Whenever I use this ...
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Finder gets confused after using the mv command in the Dropbox folders

I should mention I'm new to command lines. I want to rename files using the mv command in the Terminal. I type: mv oldFileName.pdf newFileName.pdf Afterwards, I use the ls command to check whether ...
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Preview image from pipe

I have a command line utility, let's called as: produce_image. So i can do the following in the Terminal: $ produce_image > some.jpg $ open some.jpg #opens Preview.app also, I have ImageMagick ...
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Is there a way to make `open -a` pass command line arguments to the app it launches?

I'd like to run OpenSCAD from the command line with some arguments. $ open -a openscad myfile.scad works as I expect. $ open -a openscad --args --help reports LSOpenURLsWithRole() failed for ...
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Mac terminal prompt's machine name becomes “bogon” after using traceroute

I was doing some traceroute test yesterday, and today, my Mac terminal's user prompt becomes `bogon:~ myUserName$` Also when I'm doing traceroute like: traceroute www.google.com it stops with ...
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Yosemite supplied curl stopped supporting https

I am having the issue that curl is failing to deal with https, and thus I cannot update Homebrew: brew update && brew upgrade fatal: unable to access 'https://github.com/Homebrew/homebrew/': ...
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How do I configure CURL to use the same root certificates as Safari?

It seems that CURL on OS X (10.10) is broken because it does not contain the same set of root SSL certificates as Safari. Due to this it seems that there is a high chance for your to be unable to ...
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Python script executable opened by text editor

I have a simple "Hello world" script that I want to turn into an executable. The problem is that even though I went through the steps of declaring the path of the Python interpreter in the first list ...
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ss (netstat alternative) for OS X

How do I install ss on OS X? I couldn't find the iproute package in homebrew. Red Hat recommends ss over netstat in Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7. ss is provided by the iproute package. Red Hat ...
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How to paste Chinese/Unicode characters to Terminal?

I'm trying to paste these Chinese letters: 你好世界 to my Terminal, but instead I've got "^L" or some other weird characters. The same happens for other unicode characters (such as £āēīōūśṣṭēīōū) when ...
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How to remove space character (whitespace) from end of filenames and foldernames?

Problem with mac is that it allows space character at end of file or folder. If this file or folder with space character in end is beeing copied to FTP using Filezilla or Dropbox then mac makes ...
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How can I set the display settings using command line

I would like to configure the 'Scaled' property of my Macbook Pro display using the command line. How could I do that?
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Install Xcode without admin

Is there any way to use Xcode on a computer that I don't have admin permissions for? Is there a way to at least use command line tools like git and gcc?
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Why `echo -n` doesn't work in this script on mac terminal?

I am learning shell from tutorialspoint today:http://www.tutorialspoint.com/unix/unix-shell-loops.htm And I copied this code block to a loop.sh file: #!/bin/sh a=0 while [ "$a" -lt 10 ] # this ...
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Terminal command ncdu

I've seen the terminal command ncdu is available in various flavors of UNIX. Does anyone know if the same terminal command is available in OS X? Thanks for any help. It is greatly appreciated.
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Skip first terminal beep and to display ambiguous filename expansions

Pressing TAB in the terminal (and in fact some surprise places in OS X's GUI!) either completes the only filename with the prefix provided to the immediate left of TAB, and when there are several such ...
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Why can I not create a directory on my external hard-drive?

When I try to make a new directory on my external hard-drive I get a message saying that it is a "Read-only file system" LU06296APPLE:~ fortinok$ mkdir /Volumes/Seagate\ Backup\ Plus\ ...
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How can I change the keyboard shortcuts in Terminal.app for the application commands normally invoked using the unmodified ⇡ and ⇣ keys?

That is, how can I change the keyboard shortcuts for the application commands (I say application commands in an attempt to avoid confusion with the use of the term "command" in the shell command ...
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How to access GPS data from command line on jailbroken iPhone

Are there any binaries available via the command line to get information from the GPS on a jail broken iPhone? I've searched through Cydia and haven't found anything, but I wouldn't imagine this ...
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Sorting out compile errors when using multiple different versions of Xcode

I am on Yosemite and trying to compile a software package using g++. Compiling this particular package has previously worked on Mountain Lion under Xcode 4.6.3, but now I have Xcode 6.1.1, and the ...
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From the command-line, how can I set all accounts to Available in all Messages.app

Is there a scriptable way from the terminal I can tell Messages.app to take all my accounts online?
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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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Osascript Compile Application

Is there a way to compile an an applescript from the command line similar to the following.
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osx service for `mpc add`ing files to mpd’s playlist

I’m trying to create a service in automator, which allows me to add files/folders from Finder directly into my mpd playing queue. I tried the following, the command runs, but nothing happens. ...
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Applescript and Shell: how do I insert a variable?

I'm using the following code to set a Philips Hue bulb with specific hue, saturation and brightness using Applescript. It works perfectly. set TurnOnBulbA to the quoted form of "{\"on\": ...
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Recursive set creation date of pictures and videos based on filename

I have a folder structure of thousands of pictures and videos. They are all exported and therefore have the same creation date, time. I would like to set the creation date for all the files according ...
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Using 'kMDItemContentModificationDate' in 'do Shell Script'

I want to find files modified on a specific date. It is not important what time of day they were modified. I tried the following and got an empty list (no error): set theFolder to (choose folder) set ...
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tmux hangs when re-attaching session after logout

Since Yosemite, my tmux, which I installed via MacPorts, "hangs" when I re-attach it after my user has logged out and logged in again. I.e. it cannot start new processes, like a new command line. The ...
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Filling areas of Json script with user prompts

I am wanting and Applescript to fill certain parts of a Json script via user input prompts, but not sure how to place the results in the correct areas? And to then have the result copied to the ...
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find -printf work around

I'm trying to use a script to call compare file size. Unfortunately the version of find on my mac does not support the -printf switch. Any suggestions?
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determining Preferred Language in OS X via cli

I was hoping to do something like: defaults read -g AppleLanguages | awk -F, '/[^(]/{print $1;exit}' but if only one language is listed in "Preferred Languages", then defaults read -g ...
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Missing hard disk space

I'm trying to figure out where my missing hard disk space is going. I'm using du and df from the command line and there seems to be a clear discrepancy. So here's the du output: $ sudo du -h -d 1 / ...
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Can I copy a file to iCloud drive from the command line?

I'd like to write a script to backup some files to my iCloud drive. The drive shows up in the Finder, but I don't see it from the command line. Is there a way to do something like: cp mystuff.tgz ...
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Why are my command line utilities running so slowly on my Mac?

I have just noticed that command line utilities such as ls (/bin/ls), touch (/usr/bin/touch), cat (/bin/cat), etc. are very slow when I run them from Terminal or iTerm on my MacBook. For example: ...