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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Problems with a simple shell script

I've faced with the problem of using simple shell commands like AWK and print within my sh scripts on my Mac ( the same script works perfect on the Linux). For instance below script which seek for the ...
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How to disable a specific sensor within a .kext?

I have a Macbook Pro 13" Retina, mid 2014 with a "right palm sensor" that is malfunctioning. It thinks that the computer is overheating, and it therefore is causing the kernel_task to eat up 250% - ...
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How can I customize the symlinks that MacPorts creates/deletes when using its `port select --set <group>` command?

I use MacPorts to manage certain *nix packages on my Mac. One such Mac has multiple Python versions installed. When I switch between Python versions, I use a command like: port select --set python ...
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Searching/opening filer from network location using terminal

I am creating .sh script that will open smb://location/foder. The location contains a lot of folders that are being constantly created, and every time when I navigate I need to open different folder. ...
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Is HISTFILESIZE behavior different in Yosemite?

For a long time I've used the HISTFILESIZE environmental variable to control the number of lines that get written to my terminal history (the default of 500 is not enough; I set it to 10000). Ever ...
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Can I get less(1) to display the final line, without selecting it?

When less(1) is looking at a file with a long name, pressing = updates only the final line on screen. For example, with the Terminal window at 80 columns and 27 rows (the default, I think), if I do: ...
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Finder's akward filesize behavior

Updated my os from Snow Leopard to Mountain Lion a week ago and noticed strange filesize info inside 10.8.5's finder. The info on filesize/foldersize in 10.8.5 is different from 10.6.5. While a folder ...
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Yosemite displaying the blue and grey screen of death

I have a late model 2011 MacBook Pro, and I upgraded to Yosemite two weeks ago. Yesterday I was working in After Effects on some pretty big movie files when the laptop screen just went black. Now ...
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Terminal 3 failed password attempts

I've got a really funny issue with my Mac at the moment. I was using a sudo command and it rejected my password 3 times (I double checked and the password was correct) but now I can't do anything as ...
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How do I use the defaults command with App Groups?

In OS X Yosemite it's possible to have preferences that are shared between multiple apps that are in the same App Group. On the development side of things it's as simple as setting up the App Group ...
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Change Managed, Mobile Account Password through script?

Wondering if anyone has worked with something similar before - we have a number of Mac laptops connected to an Active Directory server, and on first login users create a Managed, Mobile account. When ...
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SSH Public key access - my password is being stored somewhere?

I've just created a Public/Private key to access my server via SSH, this has all worked fine but I added a passphrase to the key when it was created. The first time I logged in via terminal and ...
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Aggressize standard stream buffering in latest Command Line Tools (6.1)

I just upgraded my "Command Line Tools" via App Store.app's update process to Version 6.1. It seemed to install just fine, but a lot of commonly used command line tools now have much more aggressive ...
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No access privileges after new setup via Terminal commands OSX 10.5.8

I have an old G5 Mac running OSX 10.5.8 (leopard)and I had forgotten my admin password. I used some excellent terminal commands I found at Ask Different to Reset the initial setup. I used a different ...
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Terminal window is now blank

A Terminal newbie here. I had downloaded and installed Git, but when I typed "Git --version" I would get illegal instruction. I tried to uninstall Git and now my Terminal window in blank. How do I ...
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Click in finder vs “open -a” on command line

I have a file type (.mxl -- compressed MusicXML) which if I double click in Finder opens properly in my .mxl reader (Finale 2014.app) but which if I call "open file.mxl" or "open -a ...
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How to display unicode chars in emacs when running in terminal

This is not strictly a OSX question but someone in here probably has a solution. I'm running emacs from the command line and I simply can't get emacs to correctly show Unicode characters. Everything ...
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Automated mass MAC Address and Serial Number collection with NetBoot or NetRestore

I work in an environment that utilizes OS X Server's NetBoot and NetRestore on a daily basis for preparing Macs for resale. I am working on a new, custom image for a customer that has a special ...
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Restoring original files from the trash by aliases

Someday in the future, (definitely not today) I might find myself in the following situation and be in need of assistance: Lets say I was trying to clean up my desktop and tried to move many files ...
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Replacing iphone interface with terminal

Is there an app in cydia or just anyway to replace the normal interface(having to tap icons in order to open) with a terminal. Im using mobileterminal but its just an app. Im looking to replace it all ...
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Executing 'killall Finder' in Terminal raises reopening windows popup

I open Terminal, type killall Finder, press enter to execute, then Finder icon bounces and the well known error popup appears: The last time you opened Finder, it unexpectedly quit while reopening ...
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How to prevent TextEdit from commandline to cause Developer Unknown warning?

Is there any way (other than disabling Gatekeeper through preferences) to allow TextEdit to open my shell-script from a command-line? I'm more than ok with a dialog warning me, but the current dialog ...
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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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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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When adding passwords to Keychain Access from command line NTLM is converted to MLTN

This is one of the weirdest things... I script adding passwords to Keychain Access when I log in to provide a "SSO" like experience. I use AppleScript to run some terminal commands that look like ...
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Is it possible to disable forced monospace in Terminal.app?

In Terminal.app in Mavericks, regardless of which font you use, the font metrics are ignored and forced monospacing is applied instead. Is there a way to disable this? Ridiculous example of the ...
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Terminal speed up doesn't accept command line arguments from outside source?

From a previous suggestion I changed terminals startup command from default to '/usr/bin/bash' which I created as a link to '/bin/bash' which stops terminal from login in every time I open a tab ...
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Unknown Error -22 When Trying to Copy Files from Time Machine

Somehow I've managed to accumulate a bunch of files in Time Machine that don't seem to be capable of being copied out of Time Machine, citing "Unknown Error -22", like-so: sudo cp ...
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Terminal Command to Check Available USB Ports

I recently took a trip and was utilizing a USB GPS Device push coordinates to a file. In the middle of the day the device decided to stop working. We were never able to get it back working again ...
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To have inkscape's terminal scripts in terminal like in Linux

I am trying to write this makefile in OSX. I have installed Inkscape but it does not have the script that allows you run commands in terminal like this inkscape $(SOURCE).svg -w $(WIDTH) ...
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Clever way to create image of entire terminal log?

I would like a way to execute one command, to take a "screenshot" of the entire terminal log (including lines of text that are not visible without scrolling) Possibly an application that has this ...
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openAL Terminal ends with Error: Couldn't open input file (-43)

I've followed the tutorial of openAL sound on the iPhone. While trying to make input file, I'm getting the error which looks like Error: Couldn't open input file (-43) Here is what I've done so ...
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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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Switching network location under Mavericks without password

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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Detecting that an external display is plugged in or unplugged on a laptop via bash

Is there a way via bash to detect that an external display has been plugged in or unplugged via bash? I know that I can create a crontab command that fires a script that uses the system_profiler ...
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set default browser (all users) from CL?

Is it possible to set the default web browser for the computer (i.e. for all users) from the command line? If I understand correctly, individual users' browser preferences are stored in ...
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Terminal wraps at 80 chars even if window is wider

Problem description If I increase the width of a Terminal version 2.3 (309) window, and then use less (or some command invoking less, like man) in that window, I often get garbled output, since the ...
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Can't use Alt+N in Terminal

I installed Zsh the other day but didn't like it so I promptly removed it. Since doing so however I'm no longer able to type alt+n to get a ~ character, whilst it works everywhere else. Yes, I know I ...
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How to manually start a service without having a controlling terminal?

I maintain an application that runs as a background service, started either on boot as a StartupItem or manually from the command line. I want to know how to launch it manually without having a ...
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Adjusting Brightness, or executing any keypress, on remote computer via ssh

What are the options to target specific keys on a remote computer and execute the equivalent of virtually pressing them from the terminal via ssh (what would normally be a user pressing them)? ...
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Correct Way to Check if Spotlight Has Indexed a Folder's Contents

Okay, so I've written a script that uses mdfind to more quickly match files, however, I need to find the best way to check whether a target directory is indexed or not, so I can fall back to using ...
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Battery value in terminal different to battery value in menu bar

My MacBook Pro Retina is currently reporting 100% battery in the menu bar, however if I run the following command in terminal; ioreg -l -w0 |grep Capacity The following is returned; | | ...
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Building netgen on Mac OS 10.9 - problem with tcl and tk

I am a very beginner in building from source on Mac. (It's my first request here...) I am trying to build netgen and ngsolve. Mac OS 10.9, Xcode 5.0.2, macports version 2.2.1 After installing tcl ...
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In iterm I can't put directly some characters like ~ or "

When I try to put characters like " or ~ in iterm it gets underscores and waits for next one to be finally put, how I can stop it?
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Where does Transmission store logs for called scripts?

Transmission has an option to run a shell script when a file finishes downloading. I'm wondering where to look for logs for it – it seems like it only executes half of my script but can't figure out ...
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Is there another way apart from screencapture to take a screenshot of a background window?

I'd like to take a screenshot of a background window given its title. I know this can be made with screencapture -l idwindow output but unluckily I can't use this method because I'm on a 10.5.8 ...
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iTerm2 and CLI menus

How do I get iTerm2 to show CLI menus properly? I usually use those menus over ssh.
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Rails Command Fails Because of Space in Path

I tried setting up a Ruby on Rails project on my nice safe volume called "Data RAID". The set up failed with some strange errors that I eventually tracked down to the space in the path name. It works ...
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Sudo works for a whole day and then stops working until a reboot

I currently have admin access to a Macbook Pro running OSX 10.8.4. I have been sudoing at the terminal for the whole day with no restart until sudo stops working. I rebooted the operating system and ...
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Compiling a gimp plugin

I wish to compile the Gimp plugin "Save for Web" on Mac 10.8.4. I use brew for package management but libgimp2-dev is missing. I've downloaded Gimp 2.8.6 from here . I've downloaded the latest ...