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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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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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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Command line to disconnect or connect 802.1x authentication

I have been searching for a terminal command line to disconnect or connect 802.1x authentication, but not the network interface. I was searching some help pages and it showed command lines to export ...
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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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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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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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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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How do I force a partition and format on a USB key in OS X Mountain Lion Disk Utility or from CLI diskutil?

I have a brand new Memorex TravelDrive 64GB USB disk which is being troublesome. It's formatted FAT16 on MBR, which is not so nice, and I'd like to put it on HFS+. I've tried to do this through ...
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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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“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 to run Continuity Activation Tool from Recovery HD's command line?

I use Continuity Activation Tool to enable Continuity on my early-2011 13" MBP with an upgraded AirPort card. However, El Capitan's Rootless feature has forced me to use a modded version of CAT that ...
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“Unable to unmount volume for repair” message from reformatted SSD (and empty) in “Option/ALT startup”

I am trying to reformat a Samsung 512GB Pro with bootable USB, and I have manage to get through the prep for the USB so i`m in no need there. But after the "Option/ALT startup" i click on the USB to ...
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Using Dictation with MacVim or Terminal

I'm trying to use Dictation on Mac 10.10.5 to enter text into MacVim (or into Terminal). It works for the most part, but for whatever reason, those programs won't let Dictation add a space after each ...
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Using osacript to access Finder from crontab (or from non-interactive session)

I have a script that generates a dmg file from my application bundle. This is generated every night from our subversion repository. If would be interesting to set up things like the DMG's window ...
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Applescript exits with error when run via launchd

I have an applescript running beautifully in Script Editor as well as from an osascript command at the Terminal. The script talks to the Reminders.app in order to pass iCloud reminder entries to a few ...
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Mac Terminal (+bash +tmux +set-o vi) missing characters at end of line

Often when editing a historical bash command in vi mode (after pressing ↑), and then moving backwards in the text using b. When I begin editing the text after pressing i or a, the extra text I insert ...
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Set environment variable for iCloud Drive path

Foreword Setting env vars on Yosemite seems to be really a pain, but I've managed doing it thanks to this clever way: ...
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In bash script, how to have a script that runs in the background and starts when an application is opened

I'm making a script which should run when I open Safari. I want it to open when the user logs in and run in the background, then have part of the script to run when Safari opens. Is this possible in ...
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Cannot create hidden user in Yosemite

I am currently trying to make a hidden user on Yosemite. I have tried to follow tutorials from this site, however when I run the command sudo dscl . append /Groups/<real_name> GroupMembership ...
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Airdrop between newer and older macs without clicking the “Search for an older Mac” button

I have a new MacBook Pro running Yosemite 10.10.3 and an older Mac Mini running Lion 10.7.5. Airdrop works in both directions, provided that if I am transferring from my MBP to my Mini, I click the ...
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How to set the colour of a folder with a specific name on mac terminal?

I am using these four lines in my .bash_profile file to enable colouring on my mac terminal (Mac OS Yosemite). export PS1="\[\033[36m\]\u\[\033[m\]@\[\033[32m\]\h:\[\033[33;1m\]\w\[\033[m\]\$ " ...
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Problem with Livestreamer after updating Python to 3.4

After upgrading to Python 3.4 i get this message when trying to use livestreamer: /usr/local/bin/livestreamer: line 3: __requires__: command not found /usr/local/bin/livestreamer: line 4: import: ...
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Full screen always enabled when opening app in OS X Yosemite

How can I set my Macbook Air to always open new apps in full screen mode? Some apps already do it (Mail for example), but others are always opening as a small window, especially Safari when I close ...
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Changing color of text in terminal for program output

This might be answered already but I could not figure out a good way to phrase it to look for an answer so I hope you'll bear with me. I want to change the color of the text output on Terminal if it ...
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Terminal appears to ignore autoproxyurl setting

I can't get easy_install to install anything as it complains it gets a connection refused.: Searching for BeautifulSoup Reading https://pypi.python.org/simple/BeautifulSoup/ Download error on ...
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How can i delete a partition in Terminal when I can't simply combine because 'The given partitions are not on the same whole disk'?

Before I partitioned my HD, the only one I had was "Macintosh HD". The partition created one called "Macintosh HD2" I used terminal to erase "Macintosh HD2" somehow, but it returned as "Untitled." ...
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How do I locate and disable background PGP and Kapersky start up programs?

I had to uninstall Kapersky by deleting the application but the item still shows up on my task bar when I restart. Also, I have PGP installed on my mac, but when I telnet to port 25 of another ...