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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Where can I find a comprehensive and detailed technical software manual for OS X?

Are there books written for OS X (particularly the most current version) like the hundreds of thousands written for Unix? I'd like to know about the command-line utilities and the locations of system ...
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Can I open a file in Preview from the Terminal?

I know that I can open a file with an external program from the Terminal with open, and that works for most applications. However, when I try to use a command like open -a Preview info.txt, it ...
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Disabling the trackpad from the command line

How can I disable the trackpad (without restarting my computer) from the command-line on OS X Mavericks?
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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 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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Lock Screen from Command Line? [duplicate]

I have activated the Keychain Menu Bar icon so I can relatively easily click Lock Screen to lock the screen of my MacBook. Is there a way to do this with a shortcut or via the command line? I know you ...
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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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grepping /Library and “Too many levels of symbolic links”

I'm trying to clean up remnants of an application that was removed: $ sudo grep -R "iNet Network" /Library ... grep: ...
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generic approach to finding the correct name to run an app from the command line

Whenever I am not in a browser or in my text editor, most of my time on my mac is spent on the terminal. What's a quick, generic way to figure out how to run a gui program from the bash shell? It ...
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Command line tool installed, but gcc/g++ compiler not working

Heads up, I have a similar problem such as in this question, but it wasn't resolved: how to debug configure.sh errors when compiling rsync on Yosemite So basically I am looking to compile code via ...
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How to find .bashrc or .zshrc?

I just got a MacBook Pro and am in the process of trying to get GNU commands installed. I'm following this guide, but I don't know how to do: Then add the following line to your .bashrc or .zshrc: ...
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Is there a command similar to Linux's command-not-found?

Most Linux operating systems have a package like command-not-found (http://packages.ubuntu.com/utopic/command-not-found), which provides suggestions when a shell command was not found, e.g. because ...
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How to list audio card IDs from terminal

I am developing a script which deals with sound recording. As user potentially can have multiple sound cards attached, I would like to give him/her a chance to select desired one. The software I use ...
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How to open a file in Excel from the command line

Is it possible to tell Excel to open a file from the command line? In Linux, I could do this using the command libreoffice --calc test.xlsx
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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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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 ...
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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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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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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 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 can I add reminders via the command line?

Once in a while it may be useful to add some reminders to Reminders.app from the command line — especially because they are synced to iCloud. Is there any way to do so? A solution that does not rely ...
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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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Alternative to additemtodock from Henri Shustak

I am using a commandline script to add items to the dock via scripts http://www.macupdate.com/app/mac/23653/add-item-to-dock But it seems to have a lot of bugs and maybe even "kills" my Dock config ...
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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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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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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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iTerm - going one word backwards and forwards

Would it be possible to configure iTerm 2 to go backwards and forwards one word through the curent text in the command line using a keyboard shortcut?
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Make a file a Stationery pad via command line

Is there a way to set make a file into a Stationery pad from the command line? You can do it by clicking "Get info" on a file and checking the box, but I would like to do it without clicking. An ...
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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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How do I speed up new Terminal tab loading time?

How can i speed up the terminal startup in Lion? I'm not referring to the startup of the Terminal application, but to the startup terminal windows, like when i open a new tab. I don't have anything ...
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Add printer via lpadmin with custom queue

Is there a way to add a printer via the command line that has a custom queue that has two words separated by a space? My command so far is below but does not set the custom queue. Without the queue, ...
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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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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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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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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 in ...
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Editing iPhoto-specific metadata

Perpetua:2011-01-16 ashley$ mdls IMAG0107.jpg ... kMDItemComment = "Cat with is tongue out." So, here's my question. xattr can be used to modify some ...
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Is there a Mac OS X Terminal version of the “free” command in Linux systems?

On Linux, I often use the free command to see the current amount of free and used memory in the system. For example: $ free total used free shared buffers cached ...
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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 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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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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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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Use fswatch to make files that changed

I am using the following command to run make automatically when less files in my project change. But right now make runs on all the files whenever any file changes. Is there a way to make only the ...
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Yosemite supplied curl does not support 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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Lock Screen Command One-Liner

I'm trying to find out whether there is any kind of equivalent command line one-liner which replicates the exact identical functionality of the 'Lock Screen' menu option available via the Keychain app ...
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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 ...