Terminal (or Terminal.app) is the program included in Mac OS X for running applications and issuing commands using the command line interface. These programs are controlled by typing lines of text, rather than using the mouse or keyboard commands in the usual graphical user interface (GUI).

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Change default Preview window size?

I'm working with LaTex and I'm using a text editor thaat, when I compile LaTeX files, runs a script to open the compiled pdf in Preview. The trouble is that Preview opens in the same default ...
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Change *.txt to *.csv

How can I rename all *.txt in a directory to *.csv files in the terminal (Mavericks). I tried following inside the directory: mv *.txt *.csv
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enabling/disabling internet sharing with terminal in mac osx 10.9.2

Very much on the line of already existing questions, but not having enough reputation to comment by following existing threads, I can only ask my own, at the risk of duplicating may be, certainly ...
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System hotkey to execute cmus-remote?

I am a huge fan of the terminal-based music player cmus. It does everything I want from a music player and nothing I don't. I want to use it instead of iTunes on my Macbook. I installed it via ...
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How to display unicode chars in emacs when running in terminal

This is not strictly a OSX question but someone in here probably has a solution. I'm running emacs from the command line and I simply can't get emacs to correctly show Unicode characters. Everything ...
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SSH, passphrases, keychains, Could not open a connection to your authentication agent

I will be very surprised if anyone has the answer to this. I have googled for a long time but no luck. As an iOS developer who will shortly be welcoming a new team member I want to set up a ...
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Difference between variable and pipe to shell in applescript

In answering this question I wrote this script: global presenterNotes tell application "Keynote" activate open (choose file) tell front document set presenterNotes to presenter ...
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XQuartz is not starting from within tmux

I'm using the standard apple terminal with zsh as my default shell. In my ~/.zprofile (equivalent of .profile) I have the following line: [[ $TERM != "screen" ]] && exec tmux This ...
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What is the difference between 'Capacity' and '%iused' when running the 'df' command in the terminal

When I run the df command I'm getting different values for capacity and %iused. What is the difference between them?
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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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Can I execute a Terminal command in a new tab?

It just occurred to me that it would be incredibly useful if I could type a command in one Terminal tab, and then execute it in a new background or foreground tab. For example, this would be awesome ...
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Why doesn't (can't?) terminal support the x11 protocol?

It would be great to be able to x tunnel over ssh; why does one have to use XQuartz (etc) instead?
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Is there a way to make individual folders invisible/hidden using terminal? [on hold]

Im trying my hand at shell aliasess, and when i set up a pair of aliases to hide and show a specific folder, i get an odd message when i try to show the file. i can make it invisible just fine though. ...
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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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Change source in Audio MIDI Setup via command line?

Is there a way to change the AirPlay source in Audio MIDI Setup via the command line (currently I'm doing this with GUI scripting)? My idea is to change the source with the defaults command in the ...
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Command Line: create a link to folder and access files in this folder

I want to do this thing: Create a link to a folder. Put this link in home (~) directory Access files in linked folder from home directory (~/LinkToFolder/file) What is the best way to it? Main ...
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Enable right click Magic Mouse in Terminal

I am trying to enable the right click on a Magic Mouse connected to an iMac running 10.6.8, but due to parental controls, I am unable to gain access to the Mouse System Preferences. I know you can ...
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OSX 10.9.4 Other sound device selected; sound still from internal speakers

This issue here is my exact problem (his was unsolved): OS X ML 10.8.2 sound from certain applications going to non-selected sound card? I have "Sound Flower 2ch" device selected, most all of the ...
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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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Finder treating symbolic links differently than terminal MacBook Pro Retina OS X 10.9.4

I created symbolic link jboss7 for hard link jboss-as-7.1.1.Final-downloaded and it worked fine in Finder. Then I made backup before modifying JBoss... ln -s jboss-as-7.1.1.Final-downloaded jboss7 ...
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Preview Not Opening File - Permissions Issue (via Python)

I have a Mac VM running Mavericks (10.9.3), and for various reasons I am trying to write a script in Python to automatically transfer a PDF file to the VM and open it in Preview. For anyone who ...
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Automated mass MAC Address and Serial Number collection with NetBoot or NetRestore

I work in an environment that utilizes OS X Server's NetBoot and NetRestore on a daily basis for preparing Macs for resale. I am working on a new, custom image for a customer that has a special ...
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Allow the Terminal.app to pass command key based keystrokes to terminal programs

I want to allow programs running in the terminal the ability to interpret the keyboard short cut Cmd + S I have already Remapped the Terminals' default binding of Cmd + S to Ctrl + S via the ...
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How do I get Terminal to remember previous commands after closing window in SL 10.6.8?

Any way to enable scrollbacks after you quit the window? Even if the app itself is still running, closing the window and opening a new one doesn't work. I am SURE it used to work on my old Mac, but I ...
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How to make bash (Terminal.app) remember history of previous sessions?

In my computer at work, my bash shell remembers history from previous sessions, even if I just opened a new terminal. In my computer at home, this doesn't happen. I have the same OS 10.6.8 in both ...
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OS X won't create any symbolic links, creates aliases instead

No matter how I try to create an symbolic link OS X refuses to play along and instead creates an alias. I've tried several tools and also through the terminal using the ln command. I am on a fresh ...
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How to send several pings per second? (ping more quickly)

I was looking into pinging a host 5 times per second. I've read the man page for 'ping' for Mac OSX, but I can't find anything that would allow me to do this. I tried setting the -W switch to 5, to ...
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Terminal window title rapidly changes when first opening

When I open a fresh terminal window, the title at the top has this format: [house icon][username]-[command]-[terminal size] The command portion of the title initially says login, then it very quickly ...
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Striving to become power user on OS X (coming from Windows)

I'm a long time Windows developer guy & did lots of lower-level stuff (hesitate to say power user). I'm very proficient on the command line and using PowerShell... but now that I've moved over to ...
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Iterm2 - Export a single profile's settings for distribution to others

I've been getting used to working with Iterm2 over the past few weeks. I have a very specific profile configuration requirement for a legacy business application. The configuration for the profile ...
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How to make files safe so users can download and OS will not quarantine them?

I work with Axure software that generates dynamic and navigable prototypes in HTML. Once they are done I need to send a ZIP file of those HTML files to clients via e-mail or any download internal ...
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Terminal won't ask for passphrase and not stored in keychain

I recently rent a VPS and generated a public/private key pair and transferred it to my server (added it there to the authorized_keys file) ... So far on my first login via terminal on OSX I got asked ...
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Start the process WindowServer per Terminal

I have to start the WindowServer Via the Terminal: /System/Library/Frameworks/ApplicationServices.framework/Frameworks/CoreGraphics.framework/Resources/WindowServer I can not use killall -HUP ...
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Python IDLE can't be opened by double-clicking .py files in Finder

I can't open .py files in IDLE by double-clicking them in Finder (IDLE is currently set as the default program for opening such files). Nor can I open those files by right-clicking and selecting ...
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Launch iTunes and iPhoto when external USB drive is connected

Is there a code that I can just copy an paste into Terminal or Automator? If not what is the best Application to download?
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“Home” and “End” HotKeys in Vim INSERT Mode with MacBook Pro

I am pretty new to Vim and to Mac, I have a MacBook Pro with Retina Display running OS X 10.8.3, which does NOT have native Home, End, PageUp and PageDown keys. I know the Fn + arrow keys can work in ...
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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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click select IPv6 address in terminal

When clicked on IPv4 address in terminal window, it gets selected as a whole, not a single octet. The same action does not work for IPv6 adress, it does not get selected. I assume there is some ...
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Piping into printf

In Terminal, I'm trying to replace MY_SUBJECT and BODY_OF_EMAIL from the command below: printf "From: Sender Name <sender@domain.com>\nTo: recipient@domain.com\nSubject: ...
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brew cask: howto uninstall an Application

I tried, while I am in /opt/homebrew-cask/Caskroom $ for i in *; do brew cask uninstall $i; done Error: appcleaner is not installed Error: avidemux is not installed Error: eclipse-ide is not ...
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Why does this bash script not work as an automator service?

I know very little about bash scripting or Terminal commands, this is all very new to me so please bear with me. Original script I would like to use a script I found on littlefield.info as an ...
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LSOpenURLsWithRole() failed with error -10810 - Downloaded app does not start

I'm trying to run an application downloaded from the internet (e.g., Jabref) but it seems that it fails silently. When I try to open it by double clicking it, nothing happens. When I use the terminal ...
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Can I run top as screensaver?

My employer has recently issued me a MacBook Pro to play with. I have a lot of Linux experience, but I was struck by how nice the terminal looks on the Mac in full screen mode, especially when running ...
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How to disable middle click paste Mavericks Terminal?

I have looked all over the Net and can't find a way to disable middle-click paste in the Terminal application in Mavericks? I want it scroll but not paste. Anybody know how to fix this? I'd sure ...
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echo works incorrectly with GeekTool

I am trying to use echo in GeekTool to print text without a newline like this: echo -n "test" When I run that command in Terminal it prints this: test In geek tool it prints this: -n test What is ...
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How to change computer name so terminal displays it in mac os x maverick?

I have a Mac Server 3.1.2, w/ system 10.9.4 that is not being used as DNS Server. Windows Server 2012 is DNS & DHCP server. On the Mac, Terminal cannot ping hostname of mac, however, it does ...
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need to script connection to telnet and send commands to remote device with no user input

Ok I need some help making a script that will connect to a server and send 2 commands Ideally I would have telnet 192.168.2.230 9993 and once it logs in (no user name or password required - the ...
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Automating ffmpeg using Automator Service

I often use ffmpeg off the command line to convert video files into mp4 on my Mac (running Mavericks). Do note, however, that I am NOT re-encoding my videos; am just changing the container from an avi ...
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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} ...