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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Osascript Compile Application

Is there a way to compile an an applescript from the command line similar to the following.
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How can I use Torify for an App on OS X

I want one of my applications to use Tor; however the app itself does not have proxy setting and it uses the System proxy. The problem is that I don't want to set my system proxy and I just want this ...
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How to adjust a desktop picture through the command line (terminal)?

So after some research, I came along this wonderful little gem for setting a desktop background through the command line. osascript tell application "Finder" set desktop picture to POSIX file ...
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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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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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Why does tcpdump not recognise piped input?

I obtained a packet capture file: $ sudo tcpdump -w file.pcap I can then analyse that file: $ tcpdump -r file.pcap I can even use file redirection to read from standard input: $ tcpdump -r - ...
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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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Can't install WordGrinder on Yosemite

Recently, I have been trying to install WordGrinder on Yosemite. First I tried getting the latest tar packages from the developers' website and using them, but I ran into some library linking errors ...
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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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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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How can I see how long my computer has been active (as in not idle)

I've seen a variety of solutions to check how long my machine has been idle, and I know I can check how long since last reboot with uptime, but I'm curious if there's a way to see how long since my ...
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Batch repack of mkv files

Can anyone tell me how to batch repack a bunch of mkv files to mp4 keeping the same file names using the Mac command line.
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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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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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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: ...
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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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alias command stopped working

I have a few aliases set up on my mac. But for some reason they don't seem to work anymore. I'm not sure why either. Even when I type in alias to see my list of aliases nothing happens just this: ...
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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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Drag & Drop vs mv - Any difference?

Is there a difference between bulk-moving files with Drag & Drop vs mv? Use case: Volume External_Drive_A has about 8000 files totalling 9GB. External_Drive_B has 74GB of free space. The desired ...
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Move all contents from a folder to another with shell script

Why does this work? mv /Users/diogosaraiva/Music/Youtube/Novas/* /Users/diogosaraiva/Music/Youtube/Tratadas …but the commands below don't work? mv "/Users/diogosaraiva/Music/Youtube/Novas/*" ...
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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 ...
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Modify plist.info so program uses different icon based on command line arguments

I have an application, Firefox, I launch it with different command line arguments: -P "dev profile" -no-remote -P "ext testing" -no-remote -P "Main" -no-remote I would like to tell the plist.info ...
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List all devices connected, lsblk for Mac OS X

In Linux if I want to see all the devices currently connected to my computer in the command-line, I run: lsblk or blkid What's the equivalent command under Mac OS X? NOTE The goal here is ...
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AppleScript from Terminal unrar command

I would like to know if it's possible to make an AppleScript of the following terminal command(s). cd unrar e -r -o- *.rar && find ./ -name “*.r*” -delete Also, I would like to know if it's ...
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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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Automator gets stuck at shell script

I am building an automator script to do automatic backups to a network drive via rsync. The shell script works perfectly fine in terminal and completes and everything, but when i run it from ...
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Can command-line commands be made insensitive to order of filenames and options?

I'm new to Mac usage. It seems that most commands trip over options given after the file names. In linux, which I've used for years, it doesn't matter. On Apple, it does. Is there some setting ...
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Can I set Show Library Folder via defaults from command line?

Is there anyway to activate the Show Library Folder option from the command line? I know that I can archive it with the command chflags nohidden ~/Library', but for several reasons I would prefer a ...
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open new terminal tab in the same directory with the active tab

In GNOME Terminal of Ubuntu when you open a new tab the new shell will automatically start you in the current working directory of the active tab shell. E.g. if in the active tab shell I am on ...
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Where is a reasonable sed?

On Yosemite. The sed is old: does not understand \t for example. I installed coreutils and can not find any sed associated with same. What are my options here?
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How can I temporarily suspend some users, hiding them from the login screen?

I have to manage a shared OSX workstation that is used by a rotating cast of characters throughout the year. The login screen quickly becomes cumbersome when users that aren't even around for a while ...
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fish shell suggests commands in tmux

I use fish shell, it's has option "suggests commands", so it is works like in the next screenshot. Examle: You type command git status. In the next time when you type just g or git fish give you ...
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mdfind piped to automator?

I have an Automator app called convert2xlsx.app that takes file inputs and runs the Convert Format of Excel Files action to turn .xls files into .xlsx files. I can call it from the command line for ...
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Can I get less(1) to display the final line, without selecting it?

When less(1) is looking at a file with a long name, pressing = updates only the final line on screen. For example, with the Terminal window at 80 columns and 27 rows (the default, I think), if I do: ...
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Software recommendation: Command line network analyser that shows owning process

I'm looking for something that is a mix of tcpdump, lsof, and netstat. I want to be able to filter like tcpdump, but have an additional column showing the process ID. At the end I'd like to be able ...
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Terminal stuck at error won't accept any commands.

I was trying to install CLI package from github but I messed up during the process and ended up getting this error. It is persistent and won't go away. Terminal wont accept any commands like mkdir, ...
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Time Machine progress from the command line

The Time Machine control panel gives information on in-progress backups. For example Is there a way to get the information from the command line?
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Is there a way to access a Mac's geolocation from terminal?

Some GUI apps use OS X location services, but I want to retrieve a Mac's physical location from the command line. This could be useful for running scripts, switching settings etc. The mechanism should ...
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Is there a htop-on-linux like alternative for top / Activity Monitor on OS X?

I'm looking for a better alternative for top. Both top and Activity Monitor are highly limited with regards to features. In particular, I'm interested in the following features: Limit processes by ...
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Changing display resolution on Retina machines while in Command Line Mode

I frequently prefer to boot into the command line mode (CMD + S on boot) instead of booting to the normal GUI-imposed version. I do most of my work in the terminal, so it's nice to save some time and ...
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AppleScript executes itself again after a reboot it initiated. How to avoid that?

I have a shell script that is run by an AppleScript app. That shell script restarts the machine at some point with shutdown -r now. How can I avoid having the AppleScript application automatically ...
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PageUp and PageDown keys for Irssi (IRC) in Macbook?

I cannot find the keys on my mackbook. I need them to go page-up and page-down in irssi (IRC). I have tested the tips here but they do not work. They model some different Up/Down, not the traditional ...
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Check brew and brew-cask for valid package names

I have a iMac and Macbook for work and another set for home. I end up getting a new one every couple of years so I end up re-setting up everything atleast couple of times a year. So I wrote a script ...
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can anyone explain the default view of top on OS X 10.10

There are a lot of fields that are not described in the man page (as far as I can tell anyway). In particular these 3: BOOSTS %CPU_ME %CPU_OTHRS
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Porting Linux shell scripts

The command shell$ ls . -R works on Linux but not on OS X. This is because OS X command line options have to come before the arguments,and not just anywhere as in Linux. In particular, this ...
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listing files with extension in Terminal [duplicate]

in a Terminal session the command ls *.pdf -l does not list the pdfs (or whatever other file format) as expected, as the -l option seems to be ignored. Everything works fine if I issue a simple ...