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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Are Bash, Bourne, and Korn shells compiled into one binary in OSX?

On OSX 10.8, if you compare the binaries for bash, sh, and ksh, a few different shell options, they are the same size. If you take it further and cmp the binaries, there seems to be only a ...
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How do I change shells (bash to ksh) on OS 10.9.1?

I need to brush up on ksh after an 8 year hiatus. How can I run korn shell in my OS 10.9.1 terminal then switch back to bash when done with tutorials.
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How to “chroot” a terminal inside a DMG?

I'm doing security research and for that purpose I use an SHA-2 encrypted DMG to store the tools and files I work with (containing confidential client info), to protect them from forensic examination ...
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Automator shell Script works, except inside dropbox

I used Automator to create a service that runs pdf2svg from the context menu in Finder. for f in "$@" do /opt/local/bin/pdf2svg $f ${f%.*}".svg" done It works fine, except it does not work on ...
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How can I add shells to the list in Run Shell Script in the Automator?

If I select the Run Shell Script action in Automator, it has a drop down menu filled with possible shells: /bin/bash /bin/csh /bin/ksh /bin/sh /bin/tcsh /bin/zsh /usr/bin/perl ...
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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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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 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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Script to check Software Version

Hi i'm tryin to write a script to check software version. I want to pass my own variables, which are name of the Application and Version. Here's a copy. It's not working for me currently... i'm a ...
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Run kinit as AppleScript promting for network username and password

I need to develop a small app (currently using AppleScript to do it) that I can send to users to run a "kinit" shell script command. This is on machines that are not bound to the domain, but needs to ...
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Apple or BASH script to automatically install multiple apps

I would like to create a script to install a group of programs. The PKG files reside on a Windows file share. I current can install them one at a time through the Terminal using the following syntax: ...
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How to enable/disable Do Not Disturb from shell on Mavericks

I would like to toggle the Do Not Disturb in the notification center with a keyboard shortcut. I am using better touch tool for some extra keyboard shortcuts but it does not support ...
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Calling an app from the terminal via script

I try to call an application from the console and pass it an argument. This is the script I am using: #!/bin/sh open -a "/Applications/MyApp.app/" $1 Somehow the OS is unhappy with this and ...
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automator script for typesetting TeX can not run the TeX engine

In the script below instead of echo $filename I want to have xelatex $filename. However, if we do that the automator gives a running error without any description. Before I set the path I was ...
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ln -fFs does not update symlink

I have two directories newdir and otherdir and would like to update a symlink, that initially pointed to otherdir to newdir. When I run: > ln -s otherdir symlink I see a symlink: > ls -al ...
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Mac OS X Terminal - Basic commands not found by shell [duplicate]

I've had some problems recently with terminal. The shell isn't able to execute basic commands, since they are not being found. Here's an example : -bash: ls: command not found I've been doing some ...
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Applescript Invoke Specific User and Password

I have a do shell script that I need to run in Applescript, but it needs to run as a different user. It is to be deployed into the student's network drive as a standalone application that the students ...
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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 can I make an Automator service run a shell script and display the output?

I'm using Automator to run a shell script (ffmpeg transcode to h264) as a 'Service', so that I can just right click the high res .mov file and select the service. It works fine, but as it's ffmpeg it ...
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Shell script help

I am new to writing shell scripts for Unix and need a little help. I am not sure why cURL now all of the sudden after running the script is downloading corrupts packages which cannot be mounted and ...
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Getting my old Terminal back after uninstalling fish

Recently I got tired of the smaller kinks that the Fish Shell presented me with (undiscoverable commands etc.) so I decided I wanted to change the shell back to normal and uninstall fish. However in ...
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Find, compare, delete duplicate music files with Terminal

I am trying to clean up my iTunes. I have a lot of duplicate files (* 1.mp3 or * 1.m4a). I want to make sure before I find/clean the duplicates ending in ' 1' that they are truly bit-for-bit ...
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Moving terminal version of python to homebrew version

python -V shows that I am on 2.7.7 but brew upgrade python shows I have 2.7.8 so clearly my terminal isn't looking at the Homebrew version. How do I fix this?
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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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Unknown error message in Terminal

When I open the Terminal I keep getting this message, which I suppose is some error: /Users/sinisasasic/.zshrc:export:48: not valid in this context: ...
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How to remove the device name from the bash prompt? [duplicate]

Is it possible to remove the device name in my shell commands to "save space"? My-MacBook-Pro:~ username$ to ~ username$
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how to run alias using bash -c from IDEA

I'm trying to run a program defined in an alias (and the alias is defined in a source file) alias myapp="/somepath/app -arg1 -arg2" Then I go to IDEA and create an External Tool Program: Bash ...
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Open an new Safari window on the current space from the Termial shell with multiple tabs (URLs)

How to open an new Safari window from the Termial shell on the current space? Now when using the open http://example.com it got opened the URL as last TAB on my 1st safari window. I'm looking for ...
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Run AppleScript from bash script

If I wanted to run an AppleScript from within a bash script I could call a file with the list of commands that I require to execute. #!/bin/bash {some commands} osascript file.scpt {other commands} ...
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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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Advanced techniques to diagnose performance problems on OS X via DTrace or other means?

I am having some severe performance problem with my OS X workstation at the moment that is proving to be exceptionally elusive. I normally can hunt things down with a handful of tools such as top or ...
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GeekTool messes up formatting for cat

I have a text file called stocks.txt it looks like this: AAPL [1;37m 96.15[00m[32m 0.55 (0.58%)[00m GOOG [1;37m 566.07[00m[31m -5.53 (-0.97%)[00m FB [1;37m 72.28[00m[31m ...
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Why Does a Shell Script Trapping SIGTERM Work When Run Manually, But Not When Run via launchd?

Okay, quite simply I have a shell script that needs to wait for something to happen, but it has a lock-file and some child-processes that I need to ensure are tidied up if the script is interrupted. ...
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How can I inspect the environment variables of a running process?

Is there some equivalent (CLI or GUI) to Linux's /proc/$PID/environ feature?
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Creating a script that will execute a program and if it exits without crashing, will run it again

I've already asked this question in the UNIx exchange but I was told to ask here also about AppleScripts if the standard shell does not work. I require a script that will open an application. Wait ...
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How to iterate through multiple file extension without caring about case sensitivity?

I've seen various topics on how to iterate through multiple file extensions, but in most cases the list is defined. example: for file in ${arg}/**/*.{txt,h,py} do .... done As can be seen, ...
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How to run a script from Alfred or Spotlight or any run dialog?

Coming from Linux I am really missing the good old gmrun -- a run dialog which recognizes your $PATH and allows you to execute any script in it without needing to open up a terminal. It does the job ...
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Attempting to run find command gives “Permission denied”

I am attempting to obtain a list of applications on my Mac using find to search for *.app. However, when running the command, I get a lot of Permission denied messages, as below. The computer is mine ...
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dpkg.pm @INC dpkg-scanpackages / > Packages

I am running Max OS X 10.9 Installed: -Xcode 5 (latest version) -Fink -MacPorts -Xcode Command Line Tools -Theos I have a shell script running Dpkg-scanpackages debs / > Packages But i am ...
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Execute simple script

I wrote the following very simple script: route -n add 192.168.0.0/20 192.168.224.1 route -n delete 0.0.0.0 route -n add 0.0.0.0 172.20.10.1 And would like to just double click it and you ...
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How to put a application in fullscreen using shell command in Mavericks?

I would like to ensure a application is running in fullscreen using a shell command (or script). I've seen some approaches that tell the application to execute a keyboard shortcut (cmd+ctrl+f) but ...
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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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Terminal: Different Profiles, Different Startup Command

In Terminal preferences you can create different "profiles" under the "Settings" tab. After selecting a profile, clicking the "shell" tab will allow you to set a startup command. However, this is not ...
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Can't exec “glibtoolize”: No such file or directory

I have a shell script autogen.sh , I run it under my project directory in terminal: ./autogen.sh I get error: Can't exec "glibtoolize": No such file or directory at ...
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How to change default LC_TYPE?

My OS X (Mavericks) seems to be setting LC_CTYPE environmental variable to UTF-8 by default. How can I change the default? I need LC_CTYPE to be en_US.UTF-8. There's a catch: I don't want to ...
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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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Dollar sign in mdfind shell command

I'm a newbie in shell scripting. What's the difference between these two commands? What's the use of the dollar sign? mdfind $'kMDItemFSName="*iValet\'s*"c' mdfind 'kMDItemFSName="*iValet\'s*"c' ...
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opening an app in a shell script with sudo

I'm trying to open an app that listens to port 25 within a shell script. In order to listen to port 25, I need to run the app with sudo. So I tried the following: sudo open appThatNeedsPort25 It ...
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In Mountain Lion why do remote shells via ssh do NOT inherit the environment of the launchd parent process?

When logging in to my Mountain Lion Mac remotely via ssh I do not get the same PATH variable as when I open a shell locally: The local shell inherits its environment as expected from launchd and ...
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Shell variable PROMPT_COMMAND not working as intended?

I want my bash prompt to change depending on external conditions. Here is excerpt from the bash manual: PROMPT_COMMAND: If set, the value is executed as a command prior to issuing each primary ...