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Issues with Unicode symbols in some applications running in Terminal.app and iTerm2

Darwin DeoGloria 13.3.0 Darwin Kernel Version 13.3.0: Tue Jun 3 21:27:35 PDT 2014; root:xnu-2422.110.17~1/RELEASE_X86_64 x86_64 Fresh user account. Terminal.app and iTerm2 with UTF-8 set. Accented ...
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Typing >console in username box—nothing shows up until cancelled

When I type >console into the username box on the login screen, the computer seems to freeze for a very long time. Then I press ^C^C^C^C^D^C^D^D^D^C^D and eventually the computer unfreezes—but ...
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How to disable “changing a repeating event” dialog in Mac calendar?

I have a number of repeating events in Calendar (formerly iCal). I often make changes to individual ones on-the-go, but every time it asks me this: Is there a way that I can make the default ...
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Why does my Terminal window close automatically?

I need to use my Terminal window on a MacBook Air but it closes about 10 seconds after I open it. Is there a setting or is it possible another program is causing it to close? If I type quickly I can ...
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Unable to start app built manually

I have create an application APP-py3.app stored in /Applications. The APP-py3.app contains the following files [F] and directories [D]: Contents [D]: Info.plist [F] MacOS [D]: script [F with ...
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Terminal prompt 'saving' certain commands on up-arrow

I added a little bit of shell scripting to my prompt for fun. It alternates the colors of prompt items randomly. I did it purely because a gray screen gets boring after awhile. The following is my ...
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rbenv not overriding default Ruby version

I used the thoughtbot laptop script to setup a new Macbook Air (OSX 10.10.5), but when I navigate within a Rails project that contains a .ruby-version file, running commands such as rails s returns an ...
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How to find out process owner of unidentified windows?

I have an odd error that I have not been able to associate with an application or PID properly. In Windows, there is Process Explorer with the very handy target function that allows you to click it ...
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Tmux hampers osascripts display notification

I like to show notifications from scripts using osascript -e 'display notification "Some text"'. This works fine from the plain shell but it stop working when in tmux. It just doesn't show the ...
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Why is the diagnostic message history not writable as normal user?

When I use normally the OS as a plain user I get frequent console messages like: 20/05/14 08:21:28,194 SubmitDiagInfo[5376]: Launched to submit Diagnostics and Usage 20/05/14 08:21:28,735 ...
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Raw binary midi stream in terminal?

I want to be able to cat the device file of a raw binary input stream from a midi controller. In Ubuntu, the process to do this was something like cat /dev/dmmidi1. However, I do not see such a file ...
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Can I use the Terminal to find all OpenMeta tags on my system?

I know that there are apps that can do this, so I figure it must be possible: I'd like to compile a list of every OpenMeta tag that I've used on my Mac (OS X 10.8.3). But here's the rub: I'd ideally ...
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What processes are used by DRM?

Whenever some content is DRM-protected, screenshots of such content are masked. Even using Terminal does not avoid such problems. Which processes in ps ax are used by DRM that is implemented by ...
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How to customize drag-n-drop-to-Terminal path escaping results?

How can I change the way in which filenames are escaped (formatted) when dragged from applications and dropped into Terminal? For example, paths may be escaped with \, just spaces (), or other ...
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How to debug .app that only successfully launches from Terminal?

Recently, my Dropbox.app stopped launching correctly. If I double-click on the app or try to launch via spotlight, the app just silently dies within a second. I see it show up in Activity Monitor, but ...
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Terminal Change text appear area to bottom right

I want my terminal to have the prompt lines (I don't know what to call them) come from the bottom of the terminal window, and be fixed to the right of the screen, not the left. Is there any way to ...
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Terminal hangs when title includes unreachable NFS path

[Edit: reframing to make the question more clear] I use the Mac Terminal to access remote linux systems. On the Mac, the bash prompt is set by: PROMPT_COMMAND='echo -ne ...
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terminal aborts when process finishes running with non-zero return value

My terminal is aborting when it encounters CTRL-Z: Last login: Thu Aug 13 11:13:51 on ttys000 mymac:~ snowch$ sleep 10 ^Z [1]+ Stopped sleep 10 [Process completed] Sometimes I ...
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Terminal: disable printing/output of keyboard commands

I have the same problem as this person – I am running a C script and somehow when I pass the EOF signal with Ctrl+D, ^D gets printed to the console. My question is therefore: is it possible to ...
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How to enable true color mode in an OS X Terminal?

NeoVim recently added support for True Color mode in terminals that support it. I've tried both Terminal 2.5.3 (343.7) and iTerm 2.1.1, and neither one can display more than 256 colors by default. ...
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Limiting TCP connections

How can I limit TCP connections on Mac using Terminal? I used iptables on Linux (eOS) to limit the connections of an application (Ace Stream Player) as follows: $iptables -A OUTPUT -m limit --limit ...
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Is there a voice-activated command prompt?

I injured a hand six weeks ago, and, being a programmer/sysadmin, I'm looking into ways to control a Terminal application using my voice (or, I suppose more broadly, not using my left hand). I am ...
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Syntax highlighting in Mac OS X Yosemite Terminal

I would like to know what is the method to do syntax highlighting in terminal. I am trying to avoid my mouse to become more of a keyboard junkie so I am working more on Terminal and trying to learn ...
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Traceroute Terminal vs Network Utility different?

Why would a Terminal traceroute #.#.#.# show different results than using Network Utility.app? Here is the first 3 hops. I am connected to PIA VPN but regardless both methods should show the same ...
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Terminal Quit menu item greyed out

I ran various commands in Terminal app, including calls to "open" from Midnight Commander (although, that might be completely unrelated) and suddenly it started to behave strangely. The cursor was ...
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How can I customize the symlinks that MacPorts creates/deletes when using its `port select --set <group>` command?

I use MacPorts to manage certain *nix packages on my Mac. One such Mac has multiple Python versions installed. When I switch between Python versions, I use a command like: port select --set python ...
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Deleting and creating users with terminal in recovery mode?

would anyone know how to delete and create user accounts in recovery mode? Precise steps would be awesome because im not too experienced with UNIX. I already tried the userdel and useradd in urs\sbin ...
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ssh asks for passphrase not keychain password after locking keychain

I'm using Yosemite and store the ssh passphrase in a separate keychain (not the login keychain). This all works fine as long as the keychain is unlocked. When I lock the keychain, I expected ssh to ...
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How to fix “You are not allowed to use ”Application“”

How do I fix this message, I am Admin, Mobile. Even if i login to a root account this message still appears. I have iTerm so if any commands need to be inputted to fix this problem I can still do ...
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SSH to device via USB

When I try to SSH over USB to my device running linux, I get "ssh: connect to host 10.90.1.2 port 22: Network is unreachable" Mind you, I can run the same command "ssh root@10.90.1.2" on my linux ...
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MacVim: difference in syntax highlighting in terminal and GUI

I installed MacVim with homebrew, and specified the option to override system vim. It can be confirmed by looking at the version of vim in terminal. However, I don't understand why the terminal ...
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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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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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OS X / Finder - Right Click “New Folder with Selection” - how to Increase the Animation Effect Speed?

10.9.x Finder The effect that pulls all the selected items into a new folder from the right click "New Folder with Selection" is really nice, but way too slow for me. Anyone know a terminal command ...
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how to turn off rotating cube animation upon user switch?

How to turn off rotating cube animation upon user switch? I apparently need to pad out this qwuestion, so i will add that it makes me dizzy thank you!
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How to manually start a service without having a controlling terminal?

I maintain an application that runs as a background service, started either on boot as a StartupItem or manually from the command line. I want to know how to launch it manually without having a ...
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“l/” in shell creates a whitespace

Whenever I type l/ in terminal on OS X (Mavericks), it replaces it with a blank space. I can't seem to find any relevant problems or fixes on Google and I have no idea why this happens. For example, ...
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Activity Monitor confusion

I have two java programs that run forever until I terminate the process, I start both at once using a script.... Cobrakai$more startCapture nohup startCaptureA.sh & nohup startCaptureB.sh & ...
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How to prevent OS X's 'screen' command from resizing the terminal upon entry?

I usually run my terminal sessions in 132 character wide mode in iTerm. However, when I start the 'screen' command, it re-sizes the terminal back to 80 characters. Is there a way to prevent this?
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How can I revoke an applications access to keychain passwords from the command-line?

Applications can be granted permanent unprompted access to passwords. You can add and revoke these privileges using the Keychain Access utility. (See this answer) I'd like to be able to revoke from ...
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OS X breaks if I apply HFS compression to the whole volume. What do I need to exclude?

OS X breaks if I apply HFS compression to the whole volume. (It won't boot.) What do I need to exclude? I've been able to compress large parts of it, but then I had to restore after I compressed ...
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mdfind query on kMDItemFSTypeCode can't find some type codes

I just upgraded to a new MacBook with Lion, and having discovered that some of my old apps can't come with, I'm scouring my files for certain types that will need to be converted to future-proof ...
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Multi node cluster setup with home network for parallelized computing using e.g. hadoop, MPI or Rmpi

currently I am reading more and more about multi-core processing (threading) and parallel computing. So I was curious about how to use my 4-core processor to calculate parallelized algorithms using ...
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Sips not working with pict, qtif and sgi files

The terminal command sips -s format pict /path/to/image.ext --out /path/to/output.pic ouputs Error: Unsupported output format com.apple.pict even though if you do man sips and go down to format, there ...
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How do I get Terminal to stop forgetting history in 10.11

The current version of Terminal seems to have restructured history into a session based history management. For example, each tab has its own history on exits of Terminal and starting up Terminal ...
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What command(s) are ran when you right click on a text and click “open man page” in Terminal?

I know it obviously does man, to show the request manual page. However, I wonder what it pipes the output to, because it shows the entire thing at once, but it starts from the beginning. I would love ...
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OS X (El Capitan) Terminal Fn-Up and Fn-Down stop working as Page Up and Page Down

I've identified a strange "state" my Terminal program seems to get into. It doesn't happen on all tabs -- right now, one tap can Page Up/Down properly, and another one can't. When I open a new ...
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Manage Finder favourites with defaults write or similar?

I've been unable to find any preferences list file with the locations for the 'Favorites' list shown in the Finder sidebar. No luck from likely candidates com.apple.finder and com.apple.sidebarlists. ...
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Chrome desktop apps (extensions) won't launch at startup on OS X

I'm trying to figure out how to get a chrome desktop app (Kiosk) to launch at startup. I've gone to System Preferences > Accounts > Login items and added Kiosk (User > Applications > Chrome Apps > ...
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How to convert OS X Dashboard widget to desktop app?

I would like to convert a OS X Dashboard widget to a desktop app, namely the Stocks widget. I understand I could move the widget to the desktop using terminal to enable developer mode for Dashboard ...