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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Terminal displays directory of previous SSH location even when not running SSH

I am using the terminal app to ssh and when I do, it conveniently tells me (at the very top) what and where I am logged into for example: user@computer:/home/user/directory/ and so forth. However, ...
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Is there a built-in way to both save and copy a screenshot to the clipboard at the same time?

From what I've seen it seems like the basic hotkeys do not allow such a thing, besides if I use the following command on the terminal : screencapture -ci somepath/screenshot.jpg It only copies the ...
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How can I force Terminal.app to take up exactly half of my screen?

I'm using Spectacle for Window Management and I regularly use the commands to split my screen horizontally for exactly two windows. It works quite well for most things, but not for applications like ...
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Changing volume at command line using script/function

I found this nifty command which sets volume to 50% (or any level desired): osascript -e 'set volume output volume 50' I'd love to have a script or function that lets me type v 50 or v 30, etc. to ...
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How can i get the mac family number using terminal?

I want to get model number/family number. http://www.everymac.com/systems/by_capability/mac-specs-by-model-number-family-number.html. I have found the above link that have listed all the Model ...
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In which .plist is the underscan setting stored?

I'm trying to write a script which changes the underscan value on my Mac mini, but I haven't found the .plist file containing the setting. Does anyone know where the underscan setting is saved?
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Terminal/iTerm2 issue: reverse-i-search trims off command

I've been having this issue since 10.9. cd into a reasonably long path, e.g., cd /Volumes/Storage/backup/long/path Enter a moderately long command, e.g., curl -X GET http://localhost:8888 ctrl+R, ...
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Python script executable opened by text editor

I have a simple "Hello world" script that I want to turn into an executable. The problem is that even though I went through the steps of declaring the path of the Python interpreter in the first list ...
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Mac terminal stop hard drive from spinning

Can I stop hard disk drives from spinning using Terminal? The reason why I want to know is because I have my Mac to backup at midnight however I do not want my HDD to be spinning all the time. I ...
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ss (netstat alternative) for OS X

How do I install ss on OS X? I couldn't find the iproute package in homebrew. Red Hat recommends ss over netstat in Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7. ss is provided by the iproute package. Red Hat ...
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Why is cp command 4 times slower than copying in Finder in OS X 10.6?

I accidentally stumbled upon this issue: Copying a 119 MB zip file took 4 times longer in Terminal (cp) than in Finder! I copied a file of 119 MB size in Terminal with time cp file.zip file2.zip ...
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How to paste Chinese/Unicode characters to Terminal?

I'm trying to paste some Chinese: 你好世界 to my Terminal, but instead I've got ^L or some other weird characters. The same happens for other unicode characters (such as £āēīōūśṣṭēīōū) when pasting or ...
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How to show hidden files in finder? [duplicate]

In terminal I ran: defaults write com.apple.finder AppleShowAllFiles TRUE and killall Finder If I CMD + SHIFT + G /usr/local/.git I can see the folder. However, if I CMD + SHIFT + G and go to ...
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How do I create a symlink to MacVim configuration files?

I want to store my configuration files in source control and symlink them so they will be used by MacVim. Looking at :scriptnames I see vimrc and gvimrc being used in: ...
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How to download pictures from a website using terminal

What terminal command should I use to download all Leonardo DiCaprio pictures of this website to my Desktop : http://leonardodicapriofan.com/photos/thumbnails.php?album=334
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Insert Character on batch folder rename

I have a folder that has several hundreds of thousands of files named like "ABC 123456". I need to add a dash after between the two blocks of text like this "ABC - 123456". Leaving the trailing space. ...
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Syntax error: No operation specified when trying to resize Ubuntu VM

I'm trying to expand the hard drive of my Ubuntu VM in VirtualBox from my Macbook Air terminal. But when I type in VBoxManage modifyhd <uuid>|~/VirtualBox VMs/Ubuntu/Ubuntu.vdi --resize 20000 ...
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Is there a way to get a list of all currently running program's window titles with AppleScript?

I'm looking to write a script which outputs a list of all the window titles of all the currently running programs. Is there any way to do this with AppleScript? I tried running the following code: ...
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Determine and Use Resolution as a Variable in UNIX script on Mac

I'm deploying a NetRestore image to multiple kinds of Macs: MacBooks, MacBook Pros, Mac Pros, iMacs and Mac Minis. I have several custom designed login screens that I'd like to use but everything ...
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Mac OS X Yosemite connectivity issue

Every so often my MacBook Pro starts getting very intermittent network connectivity. I have a Virgin Media SuperHub. Pinging my router gives me lots of request timeouts: 64 bytes from 192.168.0.1: ...
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SSH via sudo cron on Yosemite

I have a shell script that is supposed to run via cronjob on Yosemite, also when no user is logged in. I discovered the cron has to be edited with sudo crontab -e to do that. The script connects to ...
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How to remove space character (whitespace) from end of filenames and foldernames?

Problem with mac is that it allows space character at end of file or folder. If this file or folder with space character in end is beeing copied to FTP using Filezilla or Dropbox then mac makes ...
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How can use ssh to connect to my university network over VPN

I am still a beginner with using terminal. I am trying to ssh from my mac at home to a linux at my university. I am using VPN to connect to the network. When I ping the IP address of the computer I ...
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Automator service: delete last page from PDF with use of pdfsplit via bash

I would like to design a simple Automator service that would delete last page from PDF passed via finder. My proposed syntax for the Shell Script is: for f in "$@" do pages=`pdfcount "$f"` ...
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Processing of Port Wine Failed

I was in the process of installing Wine on terminal (via Macports), and encountered this hurdle while "computing dependencies": "---> Verifying checksums for xorg-libpthread-stubs Error: ...
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ln -s symbolic link command error

I tried to use the ln -s command to create a symbolic link to offload storage onto a separate volume and get the following error: ln -s/Volumes/NONAME/POP-emailaccount@provider.net/ ...
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Why `echo -n` doesn't work in this script on mac terminal?

I am learning shell from tutorialspoint today:http://www.tutorialspoint.com/unix/unix-shell-loops.htm And I copied this code block to a loop.sh file: #!/bin/sh a=0 while [ "$a" -lt 10 ] # this ...
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What this ifconfig output telling me?

What is this output of ifconfig telling me? Any explanation of the first in particular would be sweet. A:~ Linda$ ifconfig lo0: flags=8049<UP,LOOPBACK,RUNNING,MULTICAST> mtu 16384 ...
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Sudo Shutdown Now on Mavericks

I had read that you can "quietly shut down to single user mode" by running, within terminal: sudo shutdown now This sounds far preferable to having to restart the computer and hold CMND+S. However ...
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Terminal command ncdu

I've seen the terminal command ncdu is available in various flavors of UNIX. Does anyone know if the same terminal command is available in OS X? Thanks for any help. It is greatly appreciated.
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How can I set the default width, height, and position of my Mac terminal app?

How can I set the default width and height of my Mac terminal window so that it always opens the way I'd like it to. Currently, every time I launch the terminal app, I need to resize it.
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How do I change the color in Terminal indicating the use of a dead key?

A dead key (a key that does not generate a complete character by itself but modifies the character generated by the key struck immediately after) is indicated with a yellow background to previous the ...
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Sudo giving dyld problem. Help for a beginner

I am new to using a macbook terminal. Initially when I used the terminal for working on Raspberry Pi everything was great. But now when I try to use the terminal and type sudo it keeps giving a dyld ...
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multiple terminal launchers on the dock?

I have a terminal shortcut on my dock which I use every day. Depending on my monitor setup (extra, 2 extra, etc.) to my Macbook Pro, I like to have a different launching scheme (either 4 windows or 5 ...
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Listing only Mobile Accounts in terminal

I have a way to list all the accounts in Mac via terminal using the dscacheutil command. Is there any way to get to know if a particular account is a mobile account or not from the terminal?
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Changing Info.plist values via terminal

I am making my own application and I would like to change some values in my Info.plist file using terminal. I have tried doing defaults write Info.plist CFBundleExecutable -string <Executable> ...
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How much data has been written to my SSD over its lifetime?

Is there a Terminal command which will show me how many GB has been written to my SSD through the whole lifetime of the disk? I'm asking because I want to find out how many cycles have been done. SSD ...
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Customize existing keyboard layout

I need to invert the behaviour of 2 key in my keyboard ("<" is inverted with "\"). I can do this easily with "Karabiner", but for me is a solution without an explanation. I'm linux user and ...
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How to Hide All users from fresh boot With FileVault 2

With System preferences>Users & Groups> Login options> display login window as "Name and Password" normally you need to type out the user name and password to sign in. With FileVault2, when ...
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In Terminal, how do I add a host key to the file known_hosts?

In Terminal, how do I add a host key to the file known_hosts? Also, how do I remove a given host key from the same file? I trying to ssh into a computer at my school and when I type in the command ...
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Skip first terminal beep and to display ambiguous filename expansions

Pressing TAB in the terminal (and in fact some surprise places in OS X's GUI!) either completes the only filename with the prefix provided to the immediate left of TAB, and when there are several such ...
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Delete key doesn't work in vim on iTerm2

Firstly, I typed some thing on insert mode, like Hello At this stage, if I didn't exit from insert mode, delete works and can delete the whole word if I want. If I quit insert mode, and open ...
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How can I copy a selection of files from multiple folders into multiple folders?

I am developing an Android-app in OS X, and want to use some third-party icons. I have downloaded and extracted the icons into this folder structure: drawable-mdpi ic_icon1.png ... drawable-hdpi ...
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Tilde (~) File in Macintosh Directory

Last night I discovered what looks like an unusual file named "~" (tilde) in the root of my "Macintosh HD" directory on my MacBook. Finder reports the file is 2.2MB in size, of kind "TextEdit.app ...
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How to run Unison through automator?

I like to set up unison through Automator to run in the background to sync up two of my folders in a dropbox-like manner, but Automator apparently fails to run unison through shell script. I have ...
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I get “command not found” when running a new shell, (and none of my aliases, etc. are noticed). What's wrong with my .bash_profile?

Terminal.app Here are the my preferences settings: !/Users/Parker/Desktop/0.png !/Users/Parker/Desktop/0.5.png !/Users/Parker/Desktop/1.png !/Users/Parker/Desktop/2.png Here is the contents of my ...
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How to adjust a desktop picture through the command line (terminal)?

So after some research, I came along this wonderful little gem for setting a desktop background through the command line. osascript tell application "Finder" set desktop picture to POSIX file ...
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How to repair and/or reinstall Homebrew safely?

I am trying to repair Homebrew. I recently tried to reinstall it but when I typed "brew doctor" My output was: shell-init: error retrieving current directory: getcwd: cannot access parent ...
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Can't ssh into iPhone

I used to be able to do this a while ago, but now, for some reason I can't. I have installed and later reinstalled OpenSSH on my iPhone. ssh root@10.0.1.16 Returns that the connection to 10.0.1.16 ...
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Making directories list first in terminal with `ls`

Is it possible to make the default of Terminal such that when I use the ls command it lists the directories first and then the files? I figured out that this can be done by using coreutils and the ...