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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How can I prevent my machine from automatically downloading deleted system files?

I spilled coffee on my keyboard and most keys are now constantly pressed so the machine is not usable so I disabled the built-in keyboard in order to use an external keyboard but I am having some ...
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Installing Mavericks via Terminal

I have the Install OS X Mavericks.app in Recovery Mode and I want to execute it somehow to start the installation from the terminal, so I don't need the internet connection. I executed the ...
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Changing iterm2 Terminal Color

Is there a way to bold the color of the current active terminal tab in iterm2? I do not see an option to do that on the appearance tab of preferences. I know I can change the tab style, but I still ...
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atd stopped working on OS X 10.10.3

I'm using OS X Yosemite, just updated to 10.10.3 and the at command and related (atq, atrm etc) have stopped working. Has atd been disabled in the latest 10.10.3? If so how do I investigate and ...
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Why can I open an app from Contents/MacOS/app but not by clicking the icon?

I have an application that is fully functional when opened from Show Package Contents > /Contents/MacOS/app however when I click the icon in the Applications folder the icon just keeps bouncing. ...
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How to spoof a USB-Ethernet adaptor Mac address in OS X

I've recently bought a usb-ethernet adapter (not apple) and I get internet connection. In my university we have to put a specific mac address but I can not change it. I have tried with sudo ...
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Terminal Sudo “3 incorrect password attemps”

Every time I do something in Terminal where you need a password following thing comes: Sorry, try again. Sorry, try again. Sorry, try again. sudo: 3 incorrect password attempts ...
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Change background of terminal based on host

Is there a way I can have my terminal dynamically change covers based on the host I am on? For example, the default background (as determined by terminal profile) is black. Maybe there is another ...
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Compiling / installing shotdetect for OS X

I would like to find scene changes in a video with this command line tool: Shotdetect is a free software (LGPL) which detects shots and scenes from a video. Dependencies are: sudo apt-get ...
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Copy recursively files and folders, but preserving everything while gaining ownership?

I would like to copy files and folders recursively from an external drive to my internal SSD. However, when I drag and drop, and, subsequently, when I use the copied files, I am always asked to enter ...
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How to configure the pf firewall in the terminal?

I have googled it and have yet to find any good tutorials so far. Most of what I can find are for ipfw or GUI softwares. Does anyone know of any good tutorials on it? Would any of the non mac ...
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Yosemite does not have ftp sharing option in file sharing preferences?

I have just obtained a Macbook Pro with Yosemite installed and am trying to connect to it from another host on the local network via ftp. The connection is refused. So I get into the preferences in ...
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How can I save SSH Bookmarks in Terminal?

I've recently become infatuated with TotalTerminal and am tempted to switch from iTerm back to Terminal just so I can use it, except that I rely heavily on a half dozen SSH bookmarks in iTerm. Is ...
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LSOpenURLsWithRole() failed with error -10810 Can't open 'Install OS X Yosemite.app'

I'm trying to install OS X Yosemite through 'Install OS X Yosemite.app' downloaded from the Internet. When I try to open it by double clicking it, nothing happens. When I use the terminal I get the ...
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Bulk merge items sub-folders into new folder

I have a main folder with about 80 folders in, each with about 10 items in. I want to be able to use a Terminal command or something to just move every item from each sub-folder into a new one (i.e ...
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How to go to alias from terminal?

By alias, I mean the folder shortcut created when you right-click a folder in Finder and select "Make Alias". I can traverse symbolic links in Terminal with cd, but it doesn't work on aliases: bash: ...
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How to schedule run of .command file (bash)?

I have a bash script (saved as myfilename.command) and would like to schedule its run. I've tried to use Calendar event for this (which works fine with Automator scripts), but I get the following ...
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FFMPEG via AUTOMATOR not working argument “drawtext timecode”

I am new to scripts and automation but I wrote a script to help me on my daily job of watermarking and burn in timecode on videos. I created an Automator drop on app to convert videos and watermark ...
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Is there a way to start the Terminal with a keyboard short cut?

Sort of like the Windows+R command in the windows world? That actually just lets you run a command but you get the idea.
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Create Iso from directory

I'm trying to create an iso from a directory on my computer. I've tried using both the Disk Utility method and just Terminal but I keep getting Operation not permitted errors regardless of my method. ...
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Installation Alert: Unable to force quit iTunes

Reads as unopen in the dock, but computer (OS X 10.10) won't install software regardless. Have tried running "-9 iTunes" in Terminal, but to no use. UPDATE: Ok I've tried running "killall -9 iTunes" ...
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Post-boot and login notification

I am using 10.10.2 and I have limited experience with Terminal. I would like to create a script which would notify me (on screen) when all of the startup processes are completed, post-login. The boot ...
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Command to find out the version number of a .pkg file

Does anyone know how to retrieve the version number of a .pkg file which isn't installed yet? I'd like to use something like pkgutil --pkg-info, but that only works for installed packages. I've ...
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Mac OS X Mavericks - add to path

I'm trying to set up a phonegap project and while trying to add a platform it outputs the following error: Error: The command "android" failed. Make sure you have the latest Android SDK installed, ...
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Simple telnet session fails on OS X

I am learning Postfix and how it works with SMTP, and here's a sample session that the book shows as an example: I ran the command hostname on my Mac terminal, and it showed ...
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-bash: /Users/[me]/.rvm/scripts/initialize: No such file or directory

I was in a directory where I had a ~ and I went to remove it by doing rm -f ~ for which it said it was a directory. So I made the really silly move of doing rm -rf ~ and suddenly I get the error ...
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Folder/File Name “Truncation” or “Wrapping”

I have been trying to find a solution for a very very long time on how to have the longer names of my folders and files to drop down to a 2nd line when viewing in the "Grid" Icon view in the My Finder ...
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How can I open a Terminal window directly from my current Finder location?

I was wondering if there was any was I could right click inside any instance of a "Finder" window such that I have an option that says "Open Terminal Here". It would be really helpful.
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Opening new Terminal tab with Vim

I am using the Unite plugin as a fuzzy finder to open files in Vim, and I was wondering if there was a way to open files in a new Terminal tab instead of in Vim's internal tabs. Thanks!
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Is there a way to see the invisible formatting in my clipboard and/or create the formatting when piping to pbcopy?

Is there a way to see the contents of my clipboard in a way that shows me what formatting metadata is included? Or to get to the question behind the question: is there a way to generate output in a ...
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Joomla not working on Localhost:8000

I was migrating a Joomla site to a new server. Before uploading to the new server, I wished to test it on my localhost php server. I have done this with Wordpress sites and other PHP/MySQL things with ...
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How to add a script that types in the password for my vps through applescript

I made a script recently and have turned it into an app, it basicly logs me into my vps via ssh but I don't know how to tell it how to type in my password for me, heres the code tell application ...
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how to get shell scripts to run at startup on Yosemite

There is a directory in System/Library for startup items I presume: StartupItems I need to have a shell script that will configure ethernet interface at start up, with local network address and ...
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How to create a bash alias on OS X?

I want to create a bash alias on OS X, because I need to type on a really large command. I've found some answers about the same issue on ubuntu, like this one, but they mention the ~/.bashrc file, ...
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emond keeps me locked out of my server via SSH

I've been grappling with emond (and maybe afctl) all afternoon, and I'm trying to figure out how to fix this. Basically, I'm trying to SSH into my Mac Mini server (10.9.5 with Server 3.2.2) but I keep ...
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Password dialog appears when SSH private key permissions are set to 0600

I installed my SSH private key in ~/.ssh/id_rsa and set its permissions to 0600. When I connect to an SSH server which uses my private key in Terminal.app via ssh, a dialog pops up and asks me to ...
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How can I add reminders via the command line?

Once in a while it may be useful to add some reminders to Reminders.app from the command line — especially because they are synced to iCloud. Is there any way to do so? A solution that does not rely ...
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I get this error when running sudo dd if=/dev/zero of=/dev/rdisk# bs=64k in Terminal

I'm following the steps explained in this answer: sudo dd if=/dev/zero of=/dev/rdisk# bs=64k but get an error dd: /dev/rdisk2: Input/output error 1+0 records in 0+0 records out 0 bytes transferred ...
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Best Practices for dealing with unbrewed files in a fresh install of homebrew

I accidentally deleted /usr/local/bin which contained brew among other things. I reinstalled homebrew and ran brew prune to get rid of broken symlinks, but when I run brew doctor, I still get the ...
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Full privileges on .command file, but it says I don't have appropriate privileges

I have a command that I regularly need to run in the Terminal (for application code signing). Normally I launch the Terminal, press the up arrow until I reach the command I want, and then hit enter. ...
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How can I print a path with a home directory replaced by ~ in terminal?

How can I print a path in Terminal with the home folder path replaced by a ~? pwd /Users/denz/projects/coolApp But I want to something like this ~/projects/coolApp
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How to install Livestreamer — super n00b terminal question

I am just trying to install Livestreamer on my MacBook but it looks like the only way to do so is with: # easy_install -U livestreamer I entered this in the terminal and hit enter...but nothing ...
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Converting string to int doesn't work properly in terminal

Converting string to int doesn't work properly in terminal. I want to find how much time specific string occur in a big string. if ((echo "iOS/i" | grep -o iOS/ | wc -l | bc)>2) then echo ...
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Can not set ls colors in zsh

I'm using zsh on OS X with the Dark Solarized theme. I'm trying to customize my ls colors, in particular the yellow background for directories which bothers me a lot. However, nothing I change in ...
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CLI options do not work if passed at the end of command [duplicate]

In brief: ls -a /tmp works but ls /tmp -a does not. I recently started using Macbook Pro. Coming from a Linux background, command like ls /tmp -a seems perfectly fine to me. But for some reason ...
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From the terminal, how can I disable iTunes from running when a device is connected?

Using terminal, I want to disable the feature of iTunes that causes it to run whenever a device is plugged in, but I want to do this entirely from the terminal, so that it can be part of an OSX setup ...
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To install Gnufind in OSX?

I run brew search gnufind and I get No formula found for "gnufind". Searching pull requests.. so no gnufind with the request. I think it must have a different name. I run brew search find ...
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File or directory called ~ (tilde) in the root of my startup volume

I just noticed that I've got a mysterious file simply called ~ in the root of my harddrive. I suspect that I've created it by accident while using terminal. I know about using ~ as an alias to ...
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How to cd to a directory with a name containing spaces in bash?

I tried cd "~/Library/Application Support/" -bash: cd: ~/Library/Application Support/: No such file or directory also cd ~/Library/Application Support/ -bash: cd: ~/Library/Application Support/: No ...
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Tab completion in terminal with alias

I'm running a zsh terminal under Yosemite and have defined a simple alias to place files in Yoink: $ alias yoink='open -a Yoink' $ yoink my-file-to-yoink.txt This works great but for some unknown ...