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 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 ...
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Disable Safari plug-in management using the command line

Safari 6.1 introduces a feature called "plug-in management". In our organization, I'd like to disable this feature, or set all plug-ins to Always Allow for all websites. I need to do this using the ...
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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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Is there a command line utility to display a string or an image in the status bar in Mavericks?

Basically I want to issue a command in a bash script or an Apple Script and see some string (or icon) in the status bar aka "where the clock is". Something similar to osascript but for the status ...
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See live report of process's status

Under Linux, I can use top to see a live report of what processes are running. An important field I use is the Process Status field, which shows whether a process is running, a zombie, sleeping, etc. ...
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How to enable Maven autocomplete on Mac OS X command-line?

When using Maven (mvn) on OS X Terminal, how can I get tab-completion for Maven goals, plugin names, etc? Things like this: mvn pa [TAB] -> mvn package mvn je [TAB][TAB] -> mvn jetty:run
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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 ...
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Getting volume information from command line

How do you get the information available by right-click "Get info" via the command line using Terminal. In particular I want the "Created" and "Used" value for DVD volumes. Bonus question: Is there ...
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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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How to fix curl: (60) SSL certificate: Invalid certificate chain when using sudo

So since the Mavericks upgrade curl has more issues with certificates. When trying to curl a file from my web server with it's self-signed certificate it was getting the error "SSL Certificate: ...
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From the command line, how do I tell if a particular VPN connection is up?

Suppose that I have multiple VPN connections configured in System Preferences/Network. How do I tell if a particular one (identified by the service name in System Preferences/Network) is up, on the ...
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Displaying notifications from a CLI app [migrated]

I'm new to the Apple development ecosystem. I thought I'd start with writing CLI apps in Swift (and work my way towards OS X and iOS). Although there is no GUI involved, I want to display ...
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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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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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“xcode-select --install” versus retrieving the dmg from Apple's developer website

I would to ask a question closely related to already existing posts (How to install command line tools without error that is not currently available on Software Update server? and ...
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Disable line wrapping and horizontal scrolling for output in iTerm

I want to disable the interactive line wrapping that iterm does in my terminal application. I can run $ python -c 'print "\x1b[?7l"' to disable line wrapping on output, so long lines like $ ...
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Opening new Terminal.app window/tab with a certain profile from command-line or AppleScript?

When I login to my Mac, I want to automatically open a new Terminal.app window with a certain profile, say Monitor, that has a startup command and several appearance settings. I thought it would be ...
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Is it possible to dock a detached Web Inspector in Safari 8? [closed]

I'm running Yosemite Public Beta 2. I detached the web inspector and cannot find a way to dock it again. The usual dock/detach button isn't there, and I couldn't find any help elsewhere on the ...
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Is it possible to launch and use Itunes with the command line on windows?

Is it possible to use iTunes with the command line on Windows? I want to pass actions to the program like to play a playlist. Is it possible to use any iTunes functionalities in the command line? ...
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Command Line: create a link to folder and access files in this folder

I want to do this thing: Create a link to a folder. Put this link in home (~) directory Access files in linked folder from home directory (~/LinkToFolder/file) What is the best way to it? Main ...
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Install shuf on OS X?

Ubuntu Linux has a great tool called shuf, which works like head except that it gives you ten random lines. I couldn't find it on Homebrew. What is the simplest way of installing it on OS X?
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How to get the domain name on the command line

I know this is a simple question, but I can't recall a method of doing it. I wrote a service using automator to copy the public URL of a file in my Sites folder. I wrote this script: sed -e ...
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broke my python easy_install how to fix?

Any idea how to fix: -bash: /usr/bin/easy_install: No such file or directory I kind of deleted it by accident before I realized that being behind a proxy was my issue not easy_install
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Terminal window title rapidly changes when first opening

When I open a fresh terminal window, the title at the top has this format: [house icon][username]-[command]-[terminal size] The command portion of the title initially says login, then it very quickly ...
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Can not successfully re-install MYSQL 10.8.2

Removed the old installation as explained here: http://superuser.com/questions/129193/how-do-i-uninstall-mysql-on-mac-os-x-snow-leopard Installed the package contained in the mysql 5.1.67 DMG ...
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characters stick at the beginning of CLI

When I press arrow up to search through the command history, some characters always remain at the beginning of the command line. Does anyone know what's going on ? How can I fix it? for example, I ...
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Apple installer issue in terminal where -target keeps saying; error cannot find Volume

I am trying to use the Apple Installer commands to install a package and the output is that it was successful, however, the end result is that nothing actually happens meaning the package never gets ...
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Piping into printf

In Terminal, I'm trying to replace MY_SUBJECT and BODY_OF_EMAIL from the command below: printf "From: Sender Name <sender@domain.com>\nTo: recipient@domain.com\nSubject: ...
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Get ambient light sensor value from ioreg

I'm using the ioreg command line tool to try and read sensor information available on my computer (iMac). Particularly, I'd like to read the current value of the ambient light sensor. So far, I have ...
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Which Unix command-line utilities besides /usr/bin/fgrep have severe bugs in 10.8?

I just got stung by /usr/bin/fgrep --file=7000.words matching nothing, on 10.8.3, version: fgrep (BSD grep) 2.5.1-FreeBSD. Gnu grep works fine with a file of 57000 words. Is there a list of other ...
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I added my username to /etc/sudoers but using sudo still asks for password

I entered my username in the sudoers file, but when using sudo in scritps, it still asks for the password. This is my sudoers file: ~: ls -al /etc/sudoers -r--r----- 1 root wheel 1297 Aug 14 ...
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How to get a fall-through behavior in case statements in bash v3?

I just tested the following syntax on Linux: case "$OSTYPE" in linux-gnu*) ;;& linux*) echo $OSTYPE; ;; esac case "$OSTYPE" in linux-gnu*) ;& linux*) echo $OSTYPE; ;; esac which works ...
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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 ...
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Restoring original files from the trash by aliases

Someday in the future, (definitely not today) I might find myself in the following situation and be in need of assistance: Lets say I was trying to clean up my desktop and tried to move many files ...
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Updating modifier keys from the command line takes no effect

The goal: map "Caps Lock" to "Control" from the command-line. I'm trying to update the modifier keys from the command-line with the following command as explained here and here but to no effect. $ ...
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How to convert relative to absolute path? [duplicate]

As per this answer, the solution in most flavors of *nix is readlink -f /relative/path But the MacOS (I use 10.9.2) implementation of readlink does not support the -f option. How do I convert a ...
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Copy text from command line as formatted text

So I have a script that outputs this <pre style="background:#f1f1f1;color:#000;font-weight:bold;">echo 'Hello World';</pre> What I would like to do it copy it to the clipboard as rich ...
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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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How to run apple and custom git side-by-side

I have installed the Apple Developer Tools 5 on Mac OS X 10.9.4 which comes with Git: git version 1.8.5.2 (Apple Git-48) I also have installed Git 2.0.1 using the Mac OS X installer. How do I best ...
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How does Activity Monitor get the URLs related to a “Safari Web Content” process?

Does anyone know how Activity Monitor.app gets the list of URLs that are related to a Safari Web Content process? Those processes show up as com.apple.WebKit.WebContent in ps output.
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How to get rid of emoji (emoticons) in Terminal.app (OS X 10.9)

I am experimenting with Twitter API. I now have emoji characters in Terminal.app. I don't know how to handle that. How to get rid of that or use it well? see screenshot
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How to download images from an xml feed using terminal?

How can I download png images from an xml feed that looks the following way? <ListBucketResult xmlns="http://url1.com"> <Name>imagesToUse</Name> <Prefix/> <Marker/> ...
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Command line tools to replace bytes in a file

I need to write a script that patches a few bytes at a particular offset in a binary file. I know of textual tools for this task (sed, though I find it utterly hard to use) but can't find one for ...
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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 ...
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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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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 to prevent TextEdit from commandline to cause Developer Unknown warning?

Is there any way (other than disabling Gatekeeper through preferences) to allow TextEdit to open my shell-script from a command-line? I'm more than ok with a dialog warning me, but the current dialog ...
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Why does OS X Mavericks block the purge command in Terminal?

When I try the purge command on my terminal, OS X Mavericks gives me the following message: Unable to purge disk buffers: Operation not permitted This hasn't been the default behavior until now. I ...
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-d option for split is illegal on OS X 10.9

I have bash script that works on Ubuntu but for OS X 10.9 i get the error for split command: split -b 1000000 -a 3 -d $F $F && rm $F || { echo "Error: 'split' command not installed" ; exit 1 ...
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Using dd on video DVDs gets permission denied after about 700MB

I bought three movies on DVD on eBay. I am trying to make .iso backups onto my external hard drive. The first one I tried using Disk Utility, but it only produced a partial copy (without generating ...