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Change iTerm2 profile depending on current directory

Using my .bash_profile, I used to change my iTerm2 profile per machine with the following command: echo -e "\033]50;SetProfile=ssh\a" Now, I want to change it depending on my current working ...
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El Capitan - Right Click Menu - Open Terminal Here

I know this may have been asked several times, however I cannot find a valid method that will work for me. On El Capitan - I want to add a option to the right click menu (not the services section) ...
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How to change the GNU Make's (default) default location of gcc

I run Mac OS X El Capitan 10.4. I have used brew to install Compilation Tools (https://www.topbug.net/blog/2013/04/14/install-and-use-gnu-command-line-tools-in-mac-os-x/). Now when I run make, it ...
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Is there a terminal command to open applications in a specific Desktop?

For example when I run open -a Kodi I'd like to be able to specify which Desktop I'd want the application to launch in. Trying to avoid dragging/dropping to the desired workspace.
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How to see progress of download started in the terminal

When downloading software via the terminal is there a way to see the download progress? I kicked off a download via the terminal and I can't tell if it's progressing or stuck.
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Make Cmd+C do both Copy and Stop in the terminal

Left control Key located in a very unpleasant place on my Mac keyboard. It's hard to reach in the terminal. Luckily, I don't need it very often: I have Cmd for most of the things. There are few cases, ...
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in terminal, I cannot type lower case e

2015 MBP, fully up to date OSX I open a terminal window and if I type the letter "e" (without quotes of course) it beeps and will not type the letter. Every other letter works just fine in terminal. ...
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Can't empty trash on Mac

Recently every time I try to delete files, my OS asks me to type in a password. After I type in password, the files are deleted from the folder, but it doesn't free up space and the files don't show ...
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Dump iCloud keychain in Terminal

I failed to find the path to iCloud keychain to do just security dump-keychain - the iCloud keychain isn't shown when I try security list-keychains. What is the path to that keychain (or, if it cannot ...
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Using kdiff3 as default git diff viewer on Mac OS

I have kdiff3 installed on my Mac (Version 0.9.97, 64 bit). Here's my ~/.gitconfig: [filter "media"] required = true clean = git media clean %f smudge = git media smudge %f [user] ...
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Creating a virtual serial port

I'm trying to create a pair of virtual serial ports on my mac. This is fairly easy to do with many shareware programs on a PC. I figured there would be some uber-powerful shell command to do this in ...
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Make files in `/usr/local` writable for homebrew

I've been trying to get homebrew working nicely, but it appears everything inside /usr/local isn't writable, and everything falls over. It keeps telling me to recursively chown /usr/local, and I ...
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How to get the geolocation of an IP address in Terminal?

Is it possible to get the geolocation of an IP address in Terminal? Not sure what the numbers in an IP address mean, but there must be some logic behind it, so lookup can't be that hard.
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I get a bash syntax error message every time I open Terminal on macbook

-bash: /Users/admin/.bash_sessions/720116FC-4C25-4FFA-AC15-00D5C843C15F.session: line 1: syntax error near unexpected token (' -bash: ...
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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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I want to change clock from 12h to 24h mode via terminal

So I'm looking for the command to change from 12h to 24h. Is there even such a command? I mean I can do it with the GUI but I need to be able to do it via terminal so I can put it in a bash script. ...
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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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Extract text between two unicode symbols using AppleScript or bash?

My goal is to take text from a standard .txt document, and use (preferably) Terminal or Applescript to extract text between the symbols ▶ and •. While there is only one ▶ symbol there are multiple ...
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How do I get 'New Terminal at Folder' functionality when dragging a folder to the terminal dock icon?

Sometimes I like to open folders in Terminal by dragging the folder to the Terminal dock icon. However this creates a new Terminal window instead of creating a new tab in my current Terminal window. ...
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Can I shorten the typing needed to `cd` into some well know directories

I find myself opening a terminal and then CD'ing a lot into the same directory the path of which is very long. This means I am cd'ing a lot and using the tab to speed things up a lot. IT would be ...
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System Integrity Protection removes (DY)LD_* environment variables: How do I get around this?

System Integrity Protection strips some environment variables, such as LD_LIBRARY_PATH when calling protected binaries. If you use a (ba)sh script or the env binary to pass a script on to some ...
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My Finder is not responding and there are no documents on Desktop after downloading OS X Yosemite

I've just upgraded my Macbook Pro (15 inch, mid 2009) to OS X Yosemite and it is running slowly and my Finder is not responding at all and none of my documents are on my Desktop. I have tried taking ...
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How to launch an iOS Simulator with Safari open using a single command?

I am looking for a solution to launch the iOS Simulator from command line with Safari launched by default. Launching the simulator from command line is easy. So is the launching of Safari. But I want ...
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Is there a way to control dual monitor relative position from terminal?

I have a weird setup for my home office that allows me to switch from a standing desk to a sitting desk. The only problem is that when I alternate positions, my laptop's external monitor switches ...
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How to inspect TCP/IP packets

How can I inspect IP packets send through currently open TCP connections? I opened a nettop utility in Terminal, which I think lists IP packet, but doesn't tell anything about their content, namely ...
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Is it possible to create a service using only the shell and bypassing automator altogether?

Using automator is somewhat of a tedious task. Using the shell in the Terminal is much easier all around. Even using the "Run Shell Script" action inside automator is not the same as using the actual ...
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Is there something like Alt-SysRq-k in Terminal?

What I mean is whether there is something that kills all processes in the current tty
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How to Replace TextMate's Search by Custom Function?

TextMate uses currently mdfind as its search (CMD-F) which is bad/unstable/useless/... with .tex files. I would like to replace it by my own search function. How can you replace TextMate's default ...
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Open new Terminal window with home directory set to current directory?

I want to programatically open a new Terminal window. I've setup a custom profile in the Terminal preferences and exported the profile. I can open a new window with that profile by calling it ...
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Weird null characters ^@ output on iTerm 2 / zsh when a command is running

When I m using iTerm 2 (with zsh), and a command is running at the prompt, every minute or so ^@ (NULL character) got displayed on the terminal. Below is an example, using socat, but other commands ...
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Can I edit/create a PDF's Table of Contents with freeware?

I have a PDF with a number of parts. I would like to create a Table of Contents to navigate the PDF with ease. I would like to do on a Mac this with freeware. (A command-line program would be great.) ...
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How to use SDL2 on OS X via Makefile? [migrated]

I have homebrew and its sdl2 package properly installed on OS X El Capitan, and the SDL2 headers are in /usr/local/include/SDL2, but when I use -lSDL2 in gcc and #include <SDL2/SDL.h> as in ...
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Can't write to /usr even with sudo

Here's my problem: sudo php -d detect_unicode=0 go-pear.phar ...should let me run as root and modify /usr & /usr/share directories, but I get this: Below is a suggested file layout for your ...
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How can I get ^C to show up when I do Control-C on a Mac terminal?

If I type a command, and halfway through I decide not to run that command, I do a Control-C to cancel it without having to backspace the whole thing, e.g. mv foo.txt bar.txt. On Ubuntu it'll show up ...
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How to Change USB Thumb icon using Terminal or Bash/other scripting language

I'm looking for a method to change USB or External Drive Icon using bash or any other command line method. I know how to manually chnage them like this I am using El Capitan
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OpenSSL encryption method doesn't work on El Capitan

The following file encryption method works on OS X Yosemite: Encrypt: openssl enc -aes-256-cbc -salt -in file.zip -out file.zip.enc Decrypt: openssl enc -aes-256-cbc -d -in file.zip.enc -out ...
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How should daemons tell users about errors?

I wrote a bash script that backs up certain files on my computer. To automate the running of the script, I set up an associated daemon that runs the script every day. There are certain instances ...
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How can I sleep the display from Terminal?

I'd like to be able to turn my screen off from command line. I know there's the keyboard shortcut ctrl+⇧+⏏ but I want to do it from a shell script or remotely. Is there a way?
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$PATH change won't persist [duplicate]

I looked at my $PATH and noticed that it starts with: /Applications/anaconda/bin: This doesn't seem right to me and I am not sure how it got there, so I tried to reset $PATH in terminal using: ...
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Waking display from terminal, general waking

This is a two part question. A practical, "how to" question is first, and then I ask for configuration suggestions. First, I put my displays to sleep at night, and I would like to be able to wake ...
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Is there an OS X terminal program that can access serial ports?

What programs can act as a terminal and access serial ports? This is not for terminal access on an IP connection, this is so I can access a hardware device plugged into a USB/serial converter running ...
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In Terminal, how do I run a curl command to POST data?

I'm using OS X Yosemite and having trouble running curl to POST data to my local server. Below is the command I'm running and the response: localhost:myproject davea$ curl --header ...
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How can I create custom right click context menu items in Mountain Lion? (“New File”, “Open Terminal Here”, etc.)?

I've been a native windows'er up until this year and have finally made the jump to OSX. I've found my workflow (web developer) has increased substantially and I love the general performance and ...
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How can I switch to an open tab in Safari using osascript?

Trying to switch tabs in Safari with osascript. I have tried multiple versions of the following: osascript -e 'tell Application "Safari"' -e 'keystroke "2" using command down' -e 'end tell Tried ...
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Change compile configuration of package installation in brew

How can I change the compiler configuration when I use brew install? I want to compile vim with +farsi using brew. But it seems that +farsi is not available options in brew: $ brew install +farsi vim ...
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Reverse SSH tunnel daemon

I own a Macintosh laptop (10.11.2) that I would like to create a permanent reverse SSH tunnel. This way, when I switch network, or the computer is stolen, I can remotely SSH into the device ...
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How to Have Stereo Macro in OS X Vim?

OS X Terminal Emulator with Custom Escape Sequences I am not sure if OS X terminal emulator is sufficient for the escape sequences. Current cursor on line of path in Vim etc ...
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Open a new Safari window in the current Space from Terminal with multiple tabs (URLs)

How to open an new Safari window from Terminal in the current Space? Now when using the open http://example.com command it opened the URL as last tab on my first Safari window. I'm looking for a way ...
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CCID installation El Capitan

I am trying to install ccid-1.4.20 (command line) in an El Capitan enabled MacBook Air, but I am facing some issues. Instructions says that after uncompressing the file, in the generated folder I ...
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Can the cp command be used to restore a hard drive?

My cousin contacted me for tech support because her computer was refusing to boot to the startup drive, and the issue turned out to be a corrupted drive that Disk Utility refused to fix, telling us to ...