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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FTP: active vs. passive, command line vs. browser

Here's a weird one for everyone. I'll use AskDifferent because my test bed is on a Mac, but I don't know that the underlying issue is specifically Mac. My Mac is behind a NAT wall. Let's call my ...
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My MBP (13 inch, MID 2010) will not start up

I have used the internet for the past 2 weeks in search of something that will help me troubleshoot/repair my MBP. It wont boot in Safe Mode using the SHIFT key. Following is everything I have tried ...
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Is there a console interface for the Client Monitor on OSX?

I'm writing a bash-script at work for controlling our Mac-computers (OS X Mountain Lion) remotely. Since we use FileWave in our Company we just have to remove an Application and restart the computer. ...
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Resource efficient way to monitor file change and execute shell scripts on change

I know at least three ways to monitor a folder/file for changes and execute a shell script on change. First, use "Folder Actions" of Automator Second, the launchd.plist approach but it seems the ...
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Cannot write to SMB Share with Terminal OS X 10.8

I am trying to copy some files from my local drive to a SMB share I have set up on my home network using Terminal, but I keep getting this error: fchmod failed: Permission denied The share is set ...
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Midnight Commander installed via Ports to support scp

I have installed Midnight Commander via Ports, but I am unable to connect to a remote computer to copy files as: cd #sh:user@server.net I keep getting: "Cannot CHDIR to #sh:user@server.net". ...
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How to include the failing username on saslauthd failure in a log file in Lion?

How can the verbosity of logging be increased for SASL authentication failures? To be more precise, to include the failing user name in a log file on Mac OS X 10.7 (Lion) Server? Linux hosts have ...
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why does less seem to think my terminal has more lines than it does?

Don't know if this is really an OS X question, but: less seems to insist that my terminal (whether I'm using the builtin Terminal or iTerm2) has more lines than are actually displayed, and so the top ...
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My hostname is now out of sync

My hostname got out of sync with what it is set to in System Preferences - Sharing. From what I've read this is most likely related to a router having the ability to update my hostname. Anyhow, I've ...
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Signals sent to command-line programs when exiting terminal.app

When using tmux, if I CMD-W, or otherwise quite out of terminal, my tmux session persists, as it should. However, it still lists itself as "attached", whereas on other platforms, (e.g. Ubuntu) when ...
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After updating oh-my-zsh prompt is weird on startup

I have been using the default installation of oh-my-zsh (robbyrussell theme) without issues. I just did a 'git pull' and now on startup I see a weird prompt. As soon as I press any key the prompt ...
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Proxy won't work without telnet

This isn't a problem as such, more an irritant that's begging for a clean solution. At work we have a couple of Macs which I'm trying to get integrated nicely into Active Directory. We enforce all ...
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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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OSX 10.9: GCC standalone (non-admin)

I have a Mac Mini at home, with my own administrator account. My school provides MacBook Airs. I have XCode installed on the Mini, but I only use the command line extensions-- GCC, G++, etc. I don't ...
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Applescript System Events Keystroke broken after 10.9.4

It seems like the recent Mavericks update has broken the keystroke command in applescript -- whenever my script reaches that point, it freezes. (I currently have ~20 zombie osascript processes...) ...
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Unable to use ssh to log into any linux server

Use /usr/bin/ssh -v SERVER to login, here is the output: OpenSSH_6.2p2, OSSLShim 0.9.8r 8 Dec 2011 debug1: Reading configuration data /Users/hong/.ssh/config debug1: /Users/hong/.ssh/config line 1: ...
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How to Access Shared Computer Through Terminal?

I have Mavericks on my Mac and wish to set up Unison between it and an old PC (vaiolaptop) running Windows XP on my network. How so I specify the path to the remote machine? It appears like so in ...
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DNS Lookup Failure on Terminal Only (Mavericks)

I recently did a clean install of Mavericks, and ever since I have, I've been having intermittent DNS lookup failures on the terminal only. Browsers work fine (Chrome, Safari). But nothing works ...
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Overtype mode in command prompt

As a linux/windblows user, I am used to switching temporarily to Overtype Mode when using the command prompt. As a new user to the mac world, I do not know how to change text input mode from normal ...
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Move full screen app to the LEFT of first desktop in 10.9.4?

I am part of the Apple developer program, and received the 10.9.3 beta before the full release. In that version, I could place a full screen app to the LEFT of the first desktop. My setup was to have ...
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How do I enable an external display in Single User Mode via Terminal on a headless macbook?

I'm trying to troubleshoot video issues on macbook laptop with no display or a dead? display but can't see what I'm doing. I need a Terminal command to run 'blind' after I boot into Single User mode ...
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How to prohibit other languages than english in terminal

I am using some other languages other than English as input sources, every time I am opening my terminal and start writing a command I write it in a language other than English. I need to know if ...
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Terminal: Different Profiles, Different Startup Command

In Terminal preferences you can create different "profiles" under the "Settings" tab. After selecting a profile, clicking the "shell" tab will allow you to set a startup command. However, this is not ...
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Problem with w3mimgdisplay installed with MacPorts

I have installed w3mimgdisplay using MacPorts with "+inline_image_imlib2" and see w3mimgdisplay created under "/opt/local/libexec/w3m/w3mimgdisplay". But, still not able to see images inline in w3m ...
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Plugins with rxvt-unicode

I've just installed urxvt using homebrew: brew install urxvt But I can't find the plugins directory. I used to have them in /usr/lib/urxvt on my Linux machine, but this doesn't seems to work for ...
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Bind exception loop while trying to run Resin

I'm running into this issue while trying to run Resin under OSX 10.9, looks like it might be a permissions thing. I've already poked holes in my firewall using the following. sudo ipfw add 40000 ...
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For a bash script I want to replace a folder without changing owner and permissions

I want to replace a folder with cp -f without changing owner and permissions cp -R -f "newfolder" "oldfolder" Because I create backups of the old folder with the bash script I tried to use chmod ...
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Want to Update OpenSSL with Ruby 2.0.0 Already Installed

I have Ruby 2.0.0-p451 installed via RVM. From what I have read online the newer versions of openssl need Ruby 2 installed. I'm running RVM 1.25.25. I currently host Ruby on Rails websites on my Mac ...
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How to update applications that were moved from Application folder

All my applications in the /Applications folder are sorted in different subfolders, so that I can find them easily. I know, this is not recommended (see this question), since the Software Update looks ...
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Why the shortcuts `CTRL+s` and `CTRL+q` don't behave like `stty stop/start` in terminal?

Why the shortcuts <C-s> and <C-q> don't behave like stty stop/start in terminal? 1.Enviroment Env: vim+zsh+iTerm2 on Mac OSX 10.9.2. (Same problem in vim+terminal+bash on Mac OSX 10.9.2) ...
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msmtp not looking at keychain over ssh, only looks when in terminal

I've been wrestling with setting up msmtp for some time now, only to realize that when I run it from a terminal it works as expected (uses my password from my login keychain) but when I'm ssh'ed to ...
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GNU Radio Companion Osmosdr block

When using macports to install gnurado the build stalls and brings my MacBook Air to a snail's pace.I am running osx 10.6.8. I have a .profile file in ~/ but I have a feeling it has to do with ...
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Services as links for context menu

Is it possible to make a link to service? I am developing service for context menu, but each time I want to check it, I need to copy this service to directory ~/Library/Services Any ideas how to link ...
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Why does changing password in System Preferences work when it doesn't through Terminal?

My question might also be put, "What does System Preferences -> Users & Accounts do to change a user's password that I'm missing in the command line?" The desktop is joined to both OD and AD ...
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Xvfb hangs while loading video extensions

I'm trying to get xvfb from XQuartz 2.7.5 running properly on 10.9. I'm starting the server with: Xvfb :30 -ac -screen 0 900x900x24 and it's hanging on Initializing built-in extension ...
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ls doesn't work on folder after time machine restoration

i find that if i attempt to ls on a folder after transferring the folder from windows 7 to osx via a FAT32 drive, i am unable to get a directory listing. I've tried the following: attempted to ...
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What is the equivolent of “dmesg -c” on OSX?

How do I clear dmesg in OSX? In linux I simply run dmesg -c. dmesg, -C, --clear Clear the ring buffer.
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Rsync'd Files Are Hidden Through Finder, Visible Through Terminal

I have an hard drive from an previous MacBook that I need transferred to a NAS device. I used sudo rsync -r --progress /Volumes/oldDrive /Volumes/NASdrive to copy the files to the NAS drive. I need ...
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Ensure that the user is signed in after a reboot via Terminal.app

In the User settings I have Automatically Sign In as: . However, when I reboot the machine via SSH in the Terminal.app the machine reboots, but does not sign in the specified user and is stuck at the ...
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com.user.loginscript[ ]): Exited with code: 1

Whenever we restart our server it changes our DNS and apache settings. I haven't been able to figure out why, so I wrote a quick script to restore these to safe settings on login to fix Mac OS X ...
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Printing to a Windows printer from the command line (smbclient -c “print”)

I am trying to print to a Windows printer server requiring authentication from the command line. An option is to use kinit to get a Kerberos ticket (and it works). On a Linux machine I also managed ...
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hdiutil returns error when creating Ubuntu USB stick

I am following an online tutorial for creating an Ubuntu USB stick on OSX but I'm stuck in step 3: Convert the .iso file to .img using the convert option of hdiutil (e.g. hdiutil convert -format ...
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Top command not outputting all information

I'm trying to put together a script which collects the information produced by the top command relating to the system rather than the processes (i.e. the top few lines). When viewing in top binary ...
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Switching Network Locations under Mavericks

When using Lion I could issue this command at the terminal to change network locations(which I got from this site, thank you): networksetup -switchtolocation "Proxy" I've recently upgraded to ...
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Terminal freezes because of corrupt file

I wanted to edit the httpd.conf from apache2. I wanted to uncomment the php5 load line so it gets included. I started the terminal and used sudo nano /etc/apache2/httpd.conf to edit the file and ...
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Binding Escape Sequences to Terminal Keys Produces Characters, Not Actions

I was using an iMac from 2009. I had upgraded it regularly, going up to (and including) Mavericks. When I first got that iMac, I fixed the keys in Terminal so Home and End would move the cursor to ...
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/Volumes directory gone missing. Scared to reboot. Mystified

Somehow my /Volumes directory has gone missing. Fooling around with fuse, trying to mount my iPad's filesystem, I typed sudo ifuse /Volumes/ and lo, my /Volumes directory is gone. cd /Volumes returns ...
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Convert absolute symlinks to relative ones?

I've seen plenty of threads on the Internet about doing the opposite, but what I want to do is, given a folder: /Lib/Foo/Bar.framework/Versions/1.5 And a symlink to it: ...
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Mount Folder in Maverick

I want to mount a folder to another folder. My reasoning is: I have a free box.net account with 50GB, but it does not include versioning. So I would like to put the folder under git. But I do not want ...
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Command line tools for OSX Mavericks unavailable after installation

I'd like to install TuxMath on my Macbook running OSX Mavericks. In order to do so I need to install command line tools. In the Terminal this can be done by xcode-select --install It tells me ...