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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Python script executable opened by text editor

I have a simple "Hello world" script that I want to turn into an executable. The problem is that even though I went through the steps of declaring the path of the Python interpreter in the first list ...
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How to paste Chinese/Unicode characters to Terminal?

I'm trying to paste some Chinese: 你好世界 to my Terminal, but instead I've got ^L or some other weird characters. The same happens for other unicode characters (such as £āēīōūśṣṭēīōū) when pasting or ...
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Why `echo -n` doesn't work in this script on mac terminal?

I am learning shell from tutorialspoint today:http://www.tutorialspoint.com/unix/unix-shell-loops.htm And I copied this code block to a loop.sh file: #!/bin/sh a=0 while [ "$a" -lt 10 ] # this ...
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osx service for `mpc add`ing files to mpd’s playlist

I’m trying to create a service in automator, which allows me to add files/folders from Finder directly into my mpd playing queue. I tried the following, the command runs, but nothing happens. ...
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Why does tcpdump not recognise piped input?

I obtained a packet capture file: $ sudo tcpdump -w file.pcap I can then analyse that file: $ tcpdump -r file.pcap I can even use file redirection to read from standard input: $ tcpdump -r - ...
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Using 'kMDItemContentModificationDate' in 'do Shell Script'

I want to find files modified on a specific date. It is not important what time of day they were modified. I tried the following and got an empty list (no error): set theFolder to (choose folder) set ...
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Applescript and Shell: how do I insert a variable?

I'm using the following code to set a Philips Hue bulb with specific hue, saturation and brightness using Applescript. It works perfectly. set TurnOnBulbA to the quoted form of "{\"on\": ...
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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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Filling areas of Json script with user prompts

I am wanting and Applescript to fill certain parts of a Json script via user input prompts, but not sure how to place the results in the correct areas? And to then have the result copied to the ...
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alias command stopped working

I have a few aliases set up on my mac. But for some reason they don't seem to work anymore. I'm not sure why either. Even when I type in alias to see my list of aliases nothing happens just this: ...
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Move all contents from a folder to another with shell script

Why does this work? mv /Users/diogosaraiva/Music/Youtube/Novas/* /Users/diogosaraiva/Music/Youtube/Tratadas …but the commands below don't work? mv "/Users/diogosaraiva/Music/Youtube/Novas/*" ...
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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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Automator gets stuck at shell script

I am building an automator script to do automatic backups to a network drive via rsync. The shell script works perfectly fine in terminal and completes and everything, but when i run it from ...
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open new terminal tab in the same directory with the active tab

In GNOME Terminal of Ubuntu when you open a new tab the new shell will automatically start you in the current working directory of the active tab shell. E.g. if in the active tab shell I am on ...
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Where is a reasonable sed?

On Yosemite. The sed is old: does not understand \t for example. I installed coreutils and can not find any sed associated with same. What are my options here?
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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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fish shell suggests commands in tmux

I use fish shell, it's has option "suggests commands", so it is works like in the next screenshot. Examle: You type command git status. In the next time when you type just g or git fish give you ...
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Can I get less(1) to display the final line, without selecting it?

When less(1) is looking at a file with a long name, pressing = updates only the final line on screen. For example, with the Terminal window at 80 columns and 27 rows (the default, I think), if I do: ...
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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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chsh doesn't change $SHELL

I'm having some difficulties in changing the value of $SHELL in OSX's iTerm app. iTerm is starting in /bin/zsh, but the value of $SHELL doesn't seem to change. What I've done: Changed "command" as ...
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Can I set the primary Language of OS X by using shell script or AppleScript?

My computer is mac mini (late 2012) with Yosemite 10.10.1 installed. The primary language of the system is English, with Chinese being the second language. Sometimes I need to use the Maps.app, and ...
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Is there a way to access a Mac's geolocation from terminal?

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 scripts, switching settings etc. The mechanism should ...
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How to isolate processes that evoke insane mds_stores disk read activity?

I have an interesting situation where when I monitor my disk activity, I find that mds_store is continually running between 1 to 35 megabytes per second (averaging around 3-5 MB/s) on the read and ...
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AppleScript executes itself again after a reboot it initiated. How to avoid that?

I have a shell script that is run by an AppleScript app. That shell script restarts the machine at some point with shutdown -r now. How can I avoid having the AppleScript application automatically ...
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Porting Linux shell scripts

The command shell$ ls . -R works on Linux but not on OS X. This is because OS X command line options have to come before the arguments,and not just anywhere as in Linux. In particular, this ...
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listing files with extension in Terminal [duplicate]

in a Terminal session the command ls *.pdf -l does not list the pdfs (or whatever other file format) as expected, as the -l option seems to be ignored. Everything works fine if I issue a simple ...
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How to change the default command to open shells in the MobileTerminal Cydia package

I am using MobileTerminal on iOS 7, and want to know how to change the default shell from sh: to bash:. I assume I would need to change the login command for this, but how would I?
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How to identify an iOS hotspot from the command line?

Is it possible from the command line to identify whether the current Wi-Fi connection, or a detected SSID, is an iOS personal/instant hotspot? I know OS X can detect this, as it shows a specific ...
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Fish shell installation using homebrew - iconv libiconv error

I am trying to install Fish shell using homebrew using command: brew install fish But the installation fails with the following error: ==> ./configure --prefix=/usr/local/Cellar/fish/2.1.1 ...
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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 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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How can Apple Script open a shell script with options in a Terminal window?

I’m trying to use Apple Script to execute a shell script file in a new Terminal window, while sending it options. How do I do that? It seems as if Terminal only interprets the path to the script, and ...
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Damaged preference file in /bin/sh

Today in Drive Genius 3, I ran the “Verify Preferences” function in Repair. It yielded this strange result: /bin/sh: xargs: command not found The only option Drive Genius gives is to remove the ...
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Can I script my mac to reboot and login at a specified time?

Can I use shell scripts, AppleScript, or some other form of scripting to get my mac to reboot and login at a specified time? If so, how?
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How to open a shell script in a new Terminal window and run it with administrator privileges

I need to programmatically open a shell script in a Terminal window and run it with administrator privileges. I'm using osascript as it displays a convenient prompt for an admin login/password. I'm ...
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Running a .sh file but after new PATH is not visible in shell

I am running a file ./setWLSEnv.sh which has the following output: http://pastebin.com/sSXRZd1s ...
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Terminal: command overridden via shell script in /usr/local/bin not executed unless called directly

I've created a shell script wrapping ssh to change my terminal background when connecting to a server following one of the many examples on this site and stackexchange. 11:22 ~ $ echo $PATH ...
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Running “irb” changes my zsh to bash on iTerm2

I'm running OSX 10.9.4, and my default shell is set to z shell. I was just working out my installation of Ruby and RVM and playing around with irb when I suddenly notice that my window title says ...
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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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How to validate kexts signatures from the command line?

I'd like my shell script to verify if the /System/Library/Extensions folder (and subfolders) contains any kexts that don't pass signature validation. How do I do that? There are a couple utilities ...
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How to run an automator app which launches an X11 app via shell script multiple times

So I have an Applescript to launch xemacs, but I thought it would be nice to have something I could drop files onto (and have an app to choose from contextual menus in the "open with" submenu), so I ...
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# always in front

We all know that via system manager we could add programs they should start visible or not visible with the boot/reboot and that after a power-off the device should restart etc ... What is the most ...
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/bin/sh don't read .profile after update to mac os x 10.10

I have updated my mac os x to 10.10 and got a lot of problems with program compilations. It looks like that default /bin/sh are not reading .profile anymore. So, all scripts, which are dependent from ...
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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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Any way to reboot a iDevice that is connected to a USB port via terminal (Mac terminal)?

So, I am making a program to reboot iDevices (if there power buttons are broken), is there any way to induce the iDevice to reboot via the Mac shell? Take you'r time.
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is it possible to open a file with commandline mate without focusing TextMate?

Or if not, is there an easy way to return focus to iTerm/Terminal after opening a file/directory with mate?
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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 ...