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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vi shortcuts on bash on mac not working e.g. CTRL + E, CTRL + A [duplicate]

I have used vi as my main text editor for years now on Linux (and a few years back Mac too) and on my brand new Mac (running 10.8.4) I find when trying to edit a file using vi in Terminal I can not ...
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restarting a airport from the commandline - of a non-mac

We have a few airport's and an airport express here at my work, and I would like to bring them into my Nagios monitoring more closely. Right now they are only being monitored by ping. I would very ...
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Terminal Errors When Using 'defaults'

I am trying to use defaults write com.apple.Finder AppleShowAllFiles YES in my terminal but when I do I get the following error: -bash: defaults: command not found Any ideas as to what ...
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Playing alert sounds from terminal

Is there a way to play OSX alert sounds from terminal? The alert sounds that are listed in System Preferences > Sound > Sound Effect Tab
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How can I enable syntax colouring in vim using Terminal?

I am new to mac I want to change the look of my Terminal.app window so that it look like Ubuntu's terminal How can I configure my Mac terminal so that code in vim look colourful? I.e. such that ...
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error building phpsh from terminal

I am following the instructions on the phpsh github page I navigate to the phpsh directory and run python setup.py build and I get this error Traceback (most recent call last): File "setup.py", ...
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Uninstalled zsh, terminal gone weird

I uninstalled zsh pretty soon after I installed it as I realised I had got used to the normal Terminal. The uninstall went successfully and I restarted Terminal, but now it displays my computer-name ...
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Spotlight won't find apps after AppStore updates them

This started happening with Type2Phone, an app from Houdah Software. Every time after I would update the app via the AppStore, Spotlight would no longer find the app (I use Spotlight for app ...
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Can't ssh into my Mac at home, from office [closed]

I'm trying to ssh/sftp to my Mac at home, from office. I can ping it fine. I'm pretty sure I set up keys correctly with ssh-keygen Here's what I'm getting (private info masked with •••): ...
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Terminal path bar style for prompt

I recently saw this in a demonstration online in someones Terminal: Notice the path-bar-like style of the prompt, any ideas how you can get that? Some kind of customisation I'd assume?
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Access Saved Searches Command Line

I have setup a bunch of saved searched via spotlight. Is there a way that I can access them from command line? Ideally I'd like to do an "ls -l [my search name]" but that doesn't really work.
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Visually distinguish different lines (for long wrapped lines) in iTerm2 / Terminal

I'm using an application that outputs very long lines. It's fine - it means things aren't cut off at 80 characters - but the default Terminal and iTerm2 config makes it hard to distinguish between: ...
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Launching certain programs on startup in their own fullscreen space

When I login I want a blank desktop in my first space, sublime text in my second space, chrome in my third, and terminal in my fourth space like so:
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Export or list system settings that deviate from defaults

I am looking to generate something similar to this osx settings script. I'm not having any luck finding ways to perform a diff between system defaults and my customized settings. Anyone know of a ...
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Meaning of “./” in Mac terminal

I am a new user of the Mac terminal. What is the meaning of "./"? What is the difference between the commands rm image.png rm ./image.png rm *./image.png
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How to fix curl throwing “error setting certificate verify locations”

I'm a web developer and I have a MacBook4,1 with OS X 10.5.8. Important stuff like GitHub, homebrew, ruby and python doesn't work correctly, because curl doesn't work. It seems that the SSL ...
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Why am I getting these errors when trying to install php 5.5.0?

So I am trying to upgrade the native php installation on my mac and i keep getting these errors: ld: library not found for -ljpeg clang: error: linker command failed with exit code 1 (use -v to see ...
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Changing the command prompt of Terminal

I have found myself to grow fond to CentOS's command prompt which looks like the following: [user@host directory]$ cmd I, personally, do not like how Mac OS X Terminal is laid out, which is: ...
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Terminal script for compare and delete unused Library folder and files

I am cleaning up my Library from junk on an MacBook Air (MacOS 10.8.4). Over time I have downloaded, installed and deleted Applications (they are no longer in my Applications folder). However, lots ...
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Wake Other Computers from Mac OSX

Is there a terminal command within Mac OSX that will allow me to use WOL (Wake On LAN) to wake up other computers? Windows has wolcmd, is there an equivalent within OSX? I am trying to wake a ...
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terminal app on my iphone 5?

Which app do i use to get terminal on my iphone 5? I got something that i thought was terminal, but im not sure. I want to modify my iphone using terminal. I downloaded serverauditor already. Please ...
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How to auto run a simple python program when the terminal opens

Say I have a python program called foo.py that prints a line of text. How can I auto run that program when I boot up the terminal? I know you can, but I can't find the documentation. Also no third ...
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Problems with resizing terminal

I have a recurring problem with the Mac terminal. Start terminal mysql Ctrl + Z mysql Resize the width of the window Ctrl + Z fg 1 (switch back to first mysql) Type some text that reaches the end of ...
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lpinfo -m -h 127.0.0.1:631 to verfy the printer drivers available on the system

Can someone do me favor and run the lpinfo -m -h 127.0.0.1:631 that will show the listing of all printer drivers installed on your computer. Please tell me if you see more HP printers than ...
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How do cope with a space when setting the $PATH

I want to add the sublime lib to my path but it has a space in it. I have tried the obvious like you would navigate in the terminal E.g /Applications/Sublime\ Text\ 2.app/Contents export ...
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Legitimate user or hacker -Terminal?

I have recently used the terminal and entered the command sudo -s and then dscl . -list /users so I could see all accounts/users who have access to my mac. How do I know which names are supposed to ...
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How to copy all files with extension/filetype in terminal?

I want to copy all files in ~/Desktop with the extension .jpeg to my flash drive. How can I do this in the terminal?
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How to keep PS1 changed in terminal?

I'm able to change the terminal prefix with PS1="[\\W]$". However, whenever I restart the terminal or open a new instance, it reverts to the default. How can I make this change permanent? Thanks! ...
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How to export files from hard drive in Snow Leopard CD?

I have a macbook 5,1 that won't startup. I'm going to reinstall Snow Leopard with the CD, but is there a way to export some of the files that are in it? I can't seem to gain access to them through the ...
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terminal command say produces error

The "say" command in OSX Terminal works fine for me and I use it now end then. However, since last week it produces the following error message on my Mac Mini (Late 2012, 10.8.4): $ say test > ...
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Permission denied for symbolic link

I'm creating a symbolic link with the following applescript: on run do shell script "rm /usr/bin/ant" with administrator privileges do shell script "ln -s ...
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Terminal bash commands stopped working

I was trying to install some stuff for scala development on my MAC, and probably I managed broke the shell/terminal while I was mindlessly running some scripts that I don't know. Now when I start the ...
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ssh publickey error

I have a MBP with 10.8.4 and a Mac minis server with 10.8.4. I set sshd to only allow publickey and it worked. But now, I’m now sure why, it doesn’t work anymore. I always get ...
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cal command - start monday

I was wondering - is there a way to make 'cal' (a terminal program) start the week on monday? Usually it can be done with the -m flag, but this does not have any effect on the Mac. AFAIK, for ...
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changing the meta key in emacs

I am running emacs 24.3 through the terminal on OS X 10.8.4. I would like to modify the meta-key which is currently set to be the ESC key. I have successfully changed the meta-key from ESC to ...
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Selecting files with one extensions that have the same name as files with a different extension

I have two folders of images. In one folder there are .JPGs, e.g. 001.jpg 002.jpg 003.jpg 004.jpg 005.jpg 006.jpg 007.jpg 008.jpg in the other folder, there are .NEFs. ...
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installation stuck in a loop due to damaged HD

Right off the bat I'll admit it was stupid to jump into trying to install a new version of OS X to the only partition without having taken adequate precautions (no backups or recovery disks), but ...
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How do I show all hidden & invisible files on the command line (both .files and invisible flagged files)?

Is there a way to show only the hidden and invisible files in a directory using the command line? For instance ls -a | grep "^\." will show all the files hidden by a period as the first character, ...
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Where can I find a comprehensive and detailed technical software manual for OS X?

Are there books written for OS X (particularly the most current version) like the hundreds of thousands written for Unix? I'd like to know about the command-line utilities and the locations of system ...
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How to strip a filename of special characters?

I have a file with a name such as "Today's Date.txt" What I am interested in is stripping away all special characters using the terminal such as: " - , ' ' [ The reason for this is because I ...
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Understanding install of mod_wsgi on apache terminal commands

I'm installing a django development environment on OSX. Apache is, of course, installed by default. From my (very limited) understanding of Macs, I don't believe there is preconfigured functionality ...
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Changing the $HOME environment variable in terminal on mac 10.8

To be clear im not looking for a workaround that will execute a change directory command on startup. I want to alter the $HOME env var so that tilde commands work and so that entering a 'cd' command ...
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Reinstall bash on MacOS 10.7

I have a MacBook Air where someone attempted to install this version of bash over MacOS's native one unknowingly. I attempted to fix this by removing the files created by the installer (the readme was ...
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How to open a Finder window even if one is open on a different space already, in Terminal?

I often use open . to open the current folder from Terminal.app. From time to time this doesn't work. The reason is that the folder in question is already open in some other Finder window on some ...
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terminal search files by text that the file names contain

Let's say there a file called "abc_deh.xyz", what command do i use to find the location of that file in mac terminal by using solely the search term "deh"? So, basically, I am asking how to search for ...
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Can't run vi from terminal

Every time I execute these commands: vi or vim in the terminal, it gives me the following error: -bash: /usr/local/bin/vi: No such file or directory or -bash: /usr/local/bin/vim: No such ...
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python site packages directory

I have for some reason two locations for python site packages. Python itself is here: > $ which python > /Library/Frameworks/Python.framework/Versions/2.7/bin/python My Path Variable is: $ ...
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Kill processes automatically that get over x % CPU

I have a (rather annoying) process on my iMac that tends to get out of control. Unfortunately, it's not possible to get rid of it. Much as I want to. This process is fine at first - using 1-2 % of ...
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how do you change mac terminal theme so that it doesn't go back to 'basic' every time you open it

I just can't find any way to change the theme and have it applied permanently. I really need some guidance here, all I want is to change to another darker theme other than the default 'basic' theme, ...
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The safest, most reliable way to move files from drive A to drive B

I am trying to come up with the safest way to move data between two drives, designed to handle the worst possible circumstances. For example: if you were trying to move the only existing copies of ...