A collection of commands that may be from a CLI Shell, or programming language such as AppleScript, which are executed in order with limited iteration, usually as a way of automating actions or events.

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How to launch browser in iOS Simulator from command line?

I want to launch the browser in iOS Simulator from the Terminal with specified URL. Is there any command for it? So that I can write in a script which will take URL as argument and launch simulator ...
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Running a bunch of commands in Terminal

I run the following commands for logkext a lot in my terminal and would like a know a way to automate the whole process. Open terminal type "sudo logKextClient" Type in administrator password ...
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Execute Shell Scrip individually for each selected file in Finder

I am trying to create an automator workflow that will do a google search for the filename of each selected file in finder. Unfortunately the workflow I have created works just with one selected ...
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How to change audio output according to display state?

I've got a Mac Mini connected to a TV via HDMI. I would like to have the audio output device changed automatically to external speakers if the TV is turned off. I can imagine that this feature is not ...
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Notification message's delay before hide

I made a script to upload images, it shows a notification, but it stays on screen for a very long time until I close it by click. Is there a way to decrease the delay for this notification?
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How to make a message appear on the screen?

I'm trying to set up a kind of intercom system between Mac, Windows, and Linux boxes at home. Question: How can I make an arbitrary message appear on the graphical screen of Mac OS X? For instance, ...
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Full privileges on .command file, but it says I don't have appropriate privileges

I have a command that I regularly need to run in the Terminal (for application code signing). Normally I launch the Terminal, press the up arrow until I reach the command I want, and then hit enter. ...
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OSX Bash for loop - issues with spaces in folder names?

I'm getting a bit confused on how to handle spaces in path names when returned in a for loop. Rationale: I'm cleaning up the permissions on folders and files that I copy over from Windows. Most of ...
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How Do I Use 'cp' to Overwrite Files?

Using a shell script or Terminal, how do I overwrite files that may or may not be present. I looked at man page for cp, it said use the -f argument to force overwrite. But, it does nothing. $ cp -f ...
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How do I create a script to create/modify local admin accounts?

This question is almost exactly what I need for my project at work. We have approx. 400 Macs on our campus, and the problem is they were not all set up identically. There are at least 4 different ...
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How can I run a script when the room brightness has changed?

How can I run a script when the room brightness has changed? In particular I want to run a script when the lights have been turned off in the room that my Macbook is in.
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Hidden login script

I have a bash shell script that runs on login. Even though I selected the "hide" checkbox in system preferences, iTerm still shows while running it. How do I completely hide it?
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How can I open a URL on connecting to a specific wifi network in OS X?

Some wifi networks require logging in through a browser after connecting, in order to gain internet access. In many cases it is possible to log in by opening a specific URL without having to click ...
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Change Modifier Key While Application is frontmost

What I'm trying to accomplish is to intercept or change Command and replace it with Control for use while another application is running and frontmost. Is there a way to temporarily change modifier ...
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Unable to create a working .app executable using Platypus

I'm new to OS X and I'm trying to create an application wrapper for a shell script that starts a media server(Red5) I'm trying to wrap the Red5 server starter script (red5.sh) into an .app executable ...
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How to run a shell script upon user authentication (e.g. screen unlock)?

I would like to specify a shell script (say one to send me an email) whenever a given user is authenticated, for example if prompted after sleep, fresh login or fast user switching. PS: I found ...
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Trouble in Automator's Shell Script after OS X 10.9 Mavericks upgrade

I've got a problem. I use from lot of time an Automator's shell script: cat >> ~/Dropbox/ClipBoard/Appunti\ Mac\ del\ $(date +\%Y-\%m-\%d).txt It ever worked but, after Mavericks upgrade, ...
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SIPS: Only Resize if Image is 315x300?

I'm currently using sips --resampleHeightWidth 250 300 "S1" to resize new images in a folder but I think that it might be resizing images that were already resized.. Is there anyway to know this for ...
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Run script before restart/shutdown

Is it possible to execute a script/command right before OS X is shutting down or restarting? I'd like to run sudo apachectl stop to stop apache from auto-starting.
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Cross-Platform alternative to expr length

When running some BASH scripts I had in my Linux box I noticed that expr length gives syntax error. Manual pages doesn't seems to include any information about the length operator. Is it missing in ...
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Which background processes can I disable to speed up my Mac

If I'm on an old Mac and I just want the basics (web browsing, text editing, multitasking) to run a lot faster and I don't mind losing out on bells and whistles or temporarily disabling unneeded ...
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Start screensaver/ lock screen on screen sharing disconnect

Is there a way with an AppleScript or shell script to start the screensaver when you disconnect from a screen sharing session? For example, I connect via screen sharing from Mac A to Mac B. When I ...
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Share shell script: file permissions question

I'm on Mountain Lion 10.8.5 and recently I've made a small shell script which just shows a message on the screen. To run it, I had run chmod +x test-script.sh and then using sh ./test-script.sh ran ...
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Run applescript as a service

I have the following applescript bundled as .app (using Platypus) and starting on user logon (12.4 MB for each user) #!/usr/bin/osascript -- INICIO DAS FUNCOES EXTRAS set app_path to path to current ...
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My Launch Daemon doesn't work despite returning a 0 status

For some reason, the launch daemon I created will not run successfully at system boot. I have tried it as a launch agent but that also doesn't work. This is my plist located in ...
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Pipe output of grep to a variable

I need to be able to write whether the test for a grep is either TRUE or FALSE to a variable so I can use it later For the following, if I run defaults read com.apple.Finder | grep ...
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Script to make the x red button kill the app

Quick background: new mac, long time windows user; not scared by linux and scripts. I am currently using RedQuits to make the x red button quit de app, not just close the window. It is a great ...
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line 1: syntax error near unexpected token `newline' with HTML + shell script

I've been learning the shell with a great tutorial, linuxcommand.org. After a lot of learning and practice with navigating directories, editing files, etc, I've moved on to writing shell scripts. One ...
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How can I detect and remount my time machine sparsebundle?

I currently have my Time Machine sparse bundle residing on a network drive plugged in to my router. I have a script that runs at login that auto connects to the shared drive and mounts the ...
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How do I get Automator to process images using ImageMagick in a command script?

I'm making an Automator workflow that uses the shell script action to process a selection of images with the imagemagick composite command. Only I'm having issues getting it going. According to the ...
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How to detect locked screen / login-session from a script?

I am looking a way for a script (either bash or AppleScript, doesn't matter) to detect whether the state of the screen or the user login session is locked or not (i.e. the user will need to type in ...
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Enable/disable Time Machine depending on network connection type

I've not got a great Wi-Fi setup here at home and it sometimes results in failed Time Machine backups. Is there a way of specifying that Time Machine only backs up under certain circumstances - i.e. ...
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How do I create a Folder Action Script to tar items dropped in folder?

I would like to drop/copy files/folders and have them compressed then copied to my desktop. This is what I know so far... and it isn't much so any help would be appreciated. on adding folder items to ...
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How to persistently define aliases in Terminal

I want to add aliases to my environment so that they are available in all Terminal instances. I got this answer: Yes, you can put it in your .bashrc, .bash_profile or .profile. On some systems ...
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How can I import a .terminal file using the command line?

I'm writing a (Bash) script to automate setting up my Mac environment and would like to do this, except using the command line only. I'd also like to make that theme the default. I have a .terminal ...
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Determine the location of a shared folder in Win7

I am now using Mac OS 10.8, and want to write a script (.sh) to copy some files from Mac to the shared folder of a Win7 computer. I can access the Win7 computer shared folder via Finder, but I do not ...
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Automator won't execute my bash shell script

I have a bash script that works like a thread. Now I'd like to turn it into a service with Automator. Input is set to Image Files in Automator and the shell script action is set to Pass input as ...
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Simple Script for URI Handling

Basically what I'd like to know is how can I setup a shell script (or an Applescript or Automator wrapper for a shell script) as a protocol handler for a custom URI (so clicking them will trigger my ...
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Can two apps be tied so that when one opens or closes, the other does so?

Can triggers be set up so that when "App A" starts, another "App B" gets started automatically? Ideally, the solution would send a quit message to "App B" when "App A" quits, but the important part is ...
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Automator to execute shell script with an input text file, copy it to specific directory

I'm simplifying making a .deb file with Automator. I currently have a shell script that does some simple actions - Ask the user for text input Do some directory parsing Execute a command with the ...
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My Automator Workflow fails because it fails to find the git command within the 'Run Shell Script' command? Need help

I have an Automator workflow and one of the actions is to clone a repository. Here's the code for the 'Run Shell Script' action. The command is run within the Bash shell /bin/bash if that matters: ...
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How do I use Mathias .osx defaults? [duplicate]

I just got a mac and am still familiarizing myself with it. I was taking a look at: https://github.com/mathiasbynens/dotfiles/blob/master/.osx Not sure how to use it!
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Export or list system settings that deviate from defaults

I am looking to generate something similar to this osx settings script. I'm not having any luck finding ways to perform a diff between system defaults and my customized settings. Anyone know of a ...
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How do I use say command creatively to prank my coworkers/friends?

I'm designing a creative / funny prank for OSX via command line. By running in the background, most users would not notice it when she/he first starts using the computer. Using say command with ...
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Automator Service with Google Translate

I set up an Automator Service that receives selected text and then runs a simple shell script to pass the text to open google translate: open https://translate.google.com/#auto/en/"$@" It opens ...
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Is there a user-friendly app that can create an archive of system.log files and the like?

Background I have this command to create a temporary collection of selected log files – sudo tar -czf $TMPDIR/archive\ of\ install.log\ and\ system.log\ files\ only.tgz ...
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Terminal bash commands stopped working

I was trying to install some stuff for scala development on my MAC, and probably I managed broke the shell/terminal while I was mindlessly running some scripts that I don't know. Now when I start the ...
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extract to a new folder with spl name

working on OS X 10.8.3, have part of what I want working, hoping for help with the rest #!/bin/bash # script accepts a path to base dir - base path to extract # also accepts second param - archive ...
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How to configure Automator to log into a website, each time generating a new random UID and email address?

I need to find a way to log into a company intranet site multiple times in quick succession on OS X 10.8.2, each time with a new completely random user ID and email address. The website only requires ...
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Scripting on iPad - accessing features like accelerometer, GPS, etc

Are there any scripting languages for the iPad that can access native functionality like accelerometer, GPS, text messages, etc? I know that it is possible to write Scheme and Python scripts but I ...