A type of user interface for a computer. This can be both command line or graphical user interfaces. More commonly, shell often relates to the command line interface.

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how to get ls to list files in case-insensitive order?

How do I get the ls shell command to list my files in: case-insensitive order with the directories at the top? The reason I ask is: I want Aquamacs Emacs dired to list my files and directories ...
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mac asking password after cd in terminal

Recently my mac has started asking me for a password after I use cd in Terminal.app (haven't tested other term apps). strangely though, if I press ctrl-C when the passowrd is asked, the question goes ...
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How to Run Shell Script upon Application Launch?

Not sure if this belongs here or on SuperUser, but it's Mac specific, so I'll go with here. I wrote a Ruby script that edits TextMate's global properties file and changes the theme based on the time ...
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Determine geolocation in shell / Terminal on OS X 10.5

Is there a way to determine geolocation in shell / Terminal on OS X 10.5? There's another question, Is there a way to access a Mac's geolocation from terminal? (Mountain Lion), but it seems to ...
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How to change some information in a shell prompt.

I opened my terminal and saw a shell prompt. Last login: Fri Feb 15 15:28:16 on ttys000 john:~ voloda2$ How do I change john to alex?
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How to determine the absolute path to a file in a shell script

I am writing a generic script that can get passed both absolute and relative (to the current working dir) paths to existing files. I need a fail-safe way to turn all those passed paths into absolute ...
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How to make shell extensions in mac os x

Is there an equivalent of context menu extensions for mac os? I would like to port mine from windows. An example would be the context menu entries for 7-zip or winzip. Specifically I would like to ...
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Most efficient way to get all files in a directory

I have a million+ files spread across four fiber-connected arrays. I need to get the path, filesize, and last_modified date to insert into a mysql database. What would be the best way to do this? ...
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How to manually determine version control metadata for Finder?

I have a Scripts folder where I keep Automator actions, Applescripts, and shell scripts. Automator scripts are automatically assigned a version of 1.1.1 it seems. When I make revisions to any of these ...
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How to use automater to run mongo db and node.js app on startup

I'm trying to use Automater(first attempt of using this software) to create a sequence that will automatically run ./usr/mongo/bin/mongod and ./usr/mongo/bin/mongo then run my node.js server app at ...
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Editing System Preferences via Terminal

Am looking to edit system preferences settings via the command line but cannot for the life of me find the correct names of variables. In Login Options under Users & Groups, I would like to be ...
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How to reset $PATH?

I was trying to add something to $PATH and it went totally wrong. I now can't run any commands such as ls. I've looked at this answer and used the following lines: ...
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TimeMachine restore issue

Times ago I did a "restore from time machine backup" in order to restore all my files on a new SSD I bought for my macbookpro (with OSX Lion), and all went fine. Today I installed Mountain Lion on ...
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A working applescript fails when running via cron

MacOs 10.8.2 I have 2 applescripts shown below. They are arranged in one shell script to run one after another by using osascript (just to simplify the example). Everything works fine when starting ...
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Detecting that a script is run within ARD

Does anyone know of a way to detect that a shell script is running within ARD (vs. running the same script locally on the machine)? I looked at detecting that we are running in interactive mode - ...
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How can I open Google Chrome in Presentation mode using a shell script

Previously in 10.6.8, I was able to start Google using open /Applications/Chrome.app --args --kiosk http://www.google.com Now, on newer systems, that does not work anymore correctly. The only way to ...
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Script to Update/download most recent iTunes podcast WITHOUT opening iTunes at all?

I have a couple favorite podcasts that I subscribe to in iTunes. I'm using You Control (so I don't have to open iTunes to play my music). I'm using Keyboard Maestro. I've made a macro that runs ...
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How do I make terminal sessions resume on Lion with iterm2 and tcshrc

My understanding is that with Lion my terminal windows should restore their state. However, this does not happen for me. I wonder if this is because I use tcsh instead of bash? Is there something I ...
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How do I find what packages I've installed via terminal?

I've been learning the shell for a few weeks and have installed several packages. I know/remember what some of them are, like oh-my-zsh and emacs 24 (which was a nightmare to upgrade to), but not sure ...
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License problems installing aquaterm via macports

I am trying to install aquaterm via macports. I run sudo port install aquaterm This gives back an error: ---> Building aquaterm Error: org.macports.build for port aquaterm returned: command ...
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How to isolate the most disk-active process(es) in OS X?

I have some process(es) performing a lot of drive access from time to time, however I've hitherto been unable to isolate which process or processes are performing the access. What shell command can I ...
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Why sh -c 'echo -n 1' is different from bash -c 'echo -n 1'

I am on a Mac Book Air, OSX 10.8. I am trying to understand why these two snippets do not print the same output. sh -c 'echo -n 1' outputs -n 1 whereas bash -c 'echo -n 1' outputs 1 as expected. ...
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How can I make autocomplete in the shell work with case-folding?

How can I make the autocompletion for files and folders in the bash shell work case-insensitively? Ideally, cd ~/doc + tab autocompletes to cd ~/Documents (correcting the case as it autocompletes), ...
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How can I reproduce the Finder sort order without asking Finder to sort for me?

I work with a large collection of mostly-text files subdivided by series, periodically mirroring them from an upstream repository and repackaging them using a shell script from a slightly chaotic ...
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How can I do the equivalent of a Unix find / -print [under user permissions] under Mountain Lion?

I am doing, or trying to do, a 'find /' which I would like to recursively list every file the user has permission to access under the volume "Macintosh HD" and nothing else. I am presently filtering ...
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How to fix lsregister failing associations after reboot? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How do I remove duplicate “Open With” context menu items in Finder.app? I'm running 10.7.5 and I have noticed a problem with associations between files and applications. ...
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logger vs syslog -s

What exactly is the difference between using logger and syslog -s? According to its manpage, logger provides interface to the system log module, but I can't really see the point given that syslog(1) ...
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dyld message when launching commands as sudo

When I launch a command from the shell as super user I always get back the following message: dyld: DYLD_ environment variables being ignored because main executable (/usr/bin/sudo) is setuid or ...
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How do you prevent CodeRunner from prefixing its console output with [00m[00m[00m[00m[00m?

There seems to be a connection between CodeRunner's console output and your actual terminal prompt script, that is, if such prompt code is sourced from e.g. ~/.bash_profile (which CodeRunner reads by ...
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Colorful make compilation output

When I used Ubuntu, I remember that the output of make/gcc/g++ had nice colors, which were particularly helpful when needing to quickly identify errors (they were red). Is there a way to enable ...
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Exclude files from “central metadata store”

I'm fairly familiar with the mdfind utility. I find it's very useful when I can't find a file or when I need to find a file with certain contents. The problem is that I need to exclude some files from ...
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How to prevent Mac sleep from command line?

I have a long running script at the remote computer. I don't want terminate my ssh session, and need enter it into a shell script. How is it possible to prevent my Mac from falling into sleep from ...
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How can I have my shell always start in a certain directory that is not my home directory

I've tried putting cd /Users/my_name/my_directory/structure in both .bashrc and .bash_login but neither works, i.e. when I open a new terminal window I am in my home (/Users/my_name/) directory. ...
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How can I format the output of ping in bash?

I am using the following script to cycle through a list of IP addresses and report back on the % of packet loss. I'd also like to have the IP address printed first, then its % of packet loss. But I ...
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Change Date Created based on the filename

I've downloaded a bunch of my Instagram images but the Date Created of the files is set to the time that I initiated the download. What I do have though is the Date Created in the filename. What I ...
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How can I kill a process using top on OS X?

On other Unixe,s I can use top and then hit K and type the process ID. How can I do that in OS X? I can type kill [the_pid] on its own at the command line and that works. However, I was wondering if ...
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How to fix locate.updatedb not respecting directory excluded from /etc/locate.rc?

I wanted to exclude some directories from the results of /usr/libexec/locate.updatedb by editing /etc/locate.rc. Unfortunately if I edit locate.rc locate.updatedb runs forever and does not actually ...
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What terminal commands are new or updated in Mountain Lion?

Where can I find a list of new or updated terminal commands or features for Mountain Lion? Lacking any list, does anyone have a sugguestion on how to generate that list? (some combination of ls ...
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Is there a way to access a Mac's geolocation from terminal?

(Note the Mountain Lion update at end of question) 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 ...
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How to get the path of the selected Image in Adobe Bridge via Applescript?

I am trying to get the parent file path of a selected image thumbnail in Adobe Bridge CS5.1 to pass it on to a shell script. An Applescript wraps a tiny javascript command in command like this: set ...
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How to automatically watch for file changes and perform a custom action inside shell?

For example, I'd like to automatically run YUI Compressor whenever I edit a JavaScript source file to output a compressed version. Ideally the process does not run in the background but in a ...
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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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How to mount a RAM disk on startup?

I'm trying to mount a RAM disk on startup with this: /Users/Aram/Development/Tools/ramdisk.sh diskutil erasevolume HFS+ "RamDisk" `hdiutil attach -nomount ram://800000` com.aram.ramdisk.plist ...
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How can I set Last Modified Date of file after using HandbrakeCLI to convert a file?

Running this on OS X Lion. I'm batch converting several hundred home movies using Handbrake CLI. I'd like to set the last modified date and created date to that original file. I'm using the ...
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How can I trigger a Notification Center notification from an AppleScript or shell script?

I'd love to be able to take advantage of 10.8's Notification Center features in AppleScripts and shell scripts I write. Is there a built-in command or a third-party library I can use from either an ...
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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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pbpaste, pbcopy using wrong pasteboard?

I'm converting a shell script which xclip and similar tools on Linux, to use pbpaste and pbcopy on Mac. The problem is the default pasteboard ('general' according to the man-page) for these tools is ...
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Change my shell to a different bash version at /usr/local/bin/bash?

How can I set my /usr/local/bin/bash (which is the 4.2 version that allows auto-completion of 'cd to directory with directory name') to be my default bash for a new window instead of my regular ...
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How do I run an OS X command script on remote Xserves from a desktop OS X script?

The answer to an earlier question, Access and control home office network, iMacs, and Xserves, left me with a new problem. To review, I have a computing environment comprised of: 27" iMac with dual ...
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cd to a directory by typing its name?

For example if a directory 'blob' exists and I just type 'blob[return]' then the system cds into the blob directory for me. In Linux (Ubuntu) I can add shopt -s autocd to my .bashrc file, but on OS X ...