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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How do I kill a process that won't die?

I'm unable to kill a process using any of the techniques I'm aware of ("Force Quit" in Activity Monitor, top, killall from the Terminal) and wonder if there are some additional steps I can take. ~ ...
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“xcode-select --install” versus retrieving the dmg from Apple's developer website

I would to ask a question closely related to already existing posts (How to install command line tools without error that is not currently available on Software Update server? and ...
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What is the proper way to use the cut command on ps command output

This question is related to a question I posted on rogue firefox procesess. It relates to firefox processes following image uploads that I have been having for a while. I am trying to get to the ...
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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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how to install hypre using terminal on OS X 10.9.1

I want to install the lastest version of Hypre. It must be safe So using terminal is the safest way. I have brew. My question is : How can I do this using the terminal ?
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Terminal won't open after brew upgrade (dyld library not loaded)

I ran "brew upgrade" from the terminal, before upgrading finished the battery ran out on my MBP and the computer restarted. Now when I go to open a terminal the terminal window flashes up for a split ...
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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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How can I launch a GUI app in Applications folder from command line?

I would like to launch a GUI app that is in the Applications folder from the command line as opposed to clicking the icon in the Finder or in the Dock. The reason I want that is to be able to launch ...
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How do I change $PATH and set it to the default directory?

For some reason when I run echo $PATHI get the following directory: /Users/<home>/Library/Applications/. How do I set it back to its default location so that I don't have to run this command, ...
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Where to Install Applications when using Terminal? [duplicate]

I use the command line a lot to download and install applications. I've always downloaded into the /tmp directory then installed to another directory. But where is the place to install such ...
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Mac OS X Mavericks - add to path

I'm trying to set up a phonegap project and while trying to add a platform it outputs the following error: Error: The command "android" failed. Make sure you have the latest Android SDK installed, ...
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Universal path in Terminal

I'm writing an AppleScript that will allow me to copy the Time Machine folder from an external drive and paste it onto the user's desktop of their Mac. The reason I'm doing this is because when a time ...
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Login directly to terminal instead of GUI

First: I'm obviously not talking about logging in and then automatically launching Terminal.app. In older versions of Mac OS X, you used to be able to type >console in the username field on the ...
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how to remove ffmpeg ? and install again

I want to remove ffmpeg. Typed to terminal ..........$ rm ffmpeg rm: ffmpeg: is a directory ..........$ ffmpeg ffmpeg version 2.1.git Copyright (c) 2000-2014 the FFmpeg developers ...
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Why doesn't my Terminal show 'last login' message?

Terminal.app on my mac used to show Last login: <date time> on ttys000 as the first line. However, when I opened it this week, I noticed that it didn't show the message. Is this normal, or did I ...
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What is the source directory?

In the website http://gfs.sourceforge.net/wiki/index.php/Mac_OSX_Installation In this line: type from the source directory ./autogen.sh ./configure --enable-osmesa --prefix=$HOME/soft make ...
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How can I give a Space a custom name?

I'd like to give my Spaces helpful names like "Graphics" and "Communications" instead of using confusing, generic names like Desktop 1 and Desktop 2. Is there a way to accomplish that through a ...
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Install gcc to mac via Terminal

I have installed Xcode and the command line tools from the Mac Developers website, which I have read a few times is a prerequisite. I also installed the MacPorts program. In terminal: sudo port ...
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Terminal ~/.profile does not contain `source ~/.bashrc` in OS X 10.9.1

Terminal shows below on this stage on gerris installation page: http://gfs.sourceforge.net/wiki/index.php/Mac_OSX_Installation Note: make sure that the file ~/.profile contains the line source ...
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Use different profile for a specific Terminal

When logging into remote server with Terminal, I need to use different profile. Is there any way to make the Terminal displayed with different profile? Better still, is there a way to recognize the ...
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MacOS, differences between running a bundled app and running the bundle's executable

Can someone elaborate the differences in OSX between running a bundled application by doing one of the following: double-clicking on it search for it and run it from spotlight open ...
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OS X application start/stop hook

How can I have a script automatically ran when I start or stop an app without using 3rd party tools? I'm not developing the application myself, it's a general question that applies to any installed ...
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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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Is it possible to enable mouse right click via Terminal?

Is it possible to enable mouse right click via Terminal?
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Is there any way to save Mac OS X preferences into a shell file?

Whenever I reinstall my Mac OS and/or buy a new Mac, I have to configure manually almost all the options of mouse, dock, etc. I'd like to know if Mac OS or some software can provide some way to save ...
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How to find out which terminal app (iTerm or Terminal) is running from within bash

I need to have different color schemes for each of the two terminal types I use. I can set it in the .bash_profile as mentioned here. But how can I tell it to differ depending whether its a iTerm2 or ...
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Tail multiple log files

I have an application which generates new log files each time it is run. They all go to one folder, with filenames like this, and the next log isn't started until the current one is finished. ...
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From where do the encodings supported by Terminal come?

If one goes into the Preferences of Terminal.app, there is an "Encodings" tab. From where does this list come? How can one add further encodings?
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move a file, replacing existing (if any), ideally by putting existing in the trash

I am trying to find a way to automatically (without user intervention) move a file from A to B, replacing B if it exists, ideally by putting the existing copy of B into the appropriate Trash folder. ...
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In Terminal, when the the “cd” command is called, libwww-perl's “head” command is also executed

Currently, in Terminal, when I execute a cd command, it also executes LWP's head command. A copy of the Terminal output follows: laptop:bin user$ cd ~ Unknown option: n Usage: head [-options] ...
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Strange message in terminal when visiting a website

I have my terminal open most of the time. Today while I was searching for a software, search results took me to http://download.cnet.com. I didn't like the software, closed the page and carried on. ...
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Mavericks makes files synced to SMB share hidden

I have a script running by a LaunchAgent to sync a directory with a remote share. This script is fairly simple, I'll include it here just so nobody suspects the script. #!/bin/bash # Hjälpskript ...
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Seeking shell-scripting resources for the visual learner

I'm trying to teach myself shell scripting. I understand things best when I see them in the context of a system, especially when I can visualize that system. I'm looking for a visual companion to ...
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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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How to remap tmux split pane keys?

On my linux machines, for my terminal shell I have tmux keys mapped to allow me to split windows and then switch between new panes. With or without these mappings I can't figure out how to remap the ...
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How can I list my open network ports with netstat?

I would like to list my open network ports in Terminal with built in commands. As what I know, netstat is the command to use. But I'm struggling to get any useful information out of it. How can I ...
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Setting Account Picture/JPEGPhoto with dscl in terminal

I'm working on a script based on this question: What steps are needed to create a new user from the command line on Mountain Lion? The script is packaged up in an empty installer as a postflight ...
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Forcing a script to run in english

My Mac is running Mavericks in English, but because my region is set to Portugal and my keyboard is the portuguese one, when I run some scripts they shows messages in portuguese. I generally hate to ...
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Using terminal to get current fan speed?

I would like to view the current fan speeds of my MacBook and iMac using terminal. I've found that running spindump then cat /tmp/spindump.txt | grep "Fan speed" will show it, but that's very slow and ...
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ImageMagick convert command produces a slight error

This happens when I convert a GIF into a series of PNG files. I convert a .gif animation to a series of .png using convert ex.gif my_png_files_%d.png I get a series of .png-figures but some of ...
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Odd bug in iTerm — Why is my name wrong?

I opened up iterm and it says "jessica-s-phone" I'm not sure what the term for that is. I checked my profile and it isn't there.
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How do I change parts of my terminal prompt? [duplicate]

In Terminal it says Last login: Mon Jan 13 00:00:14 on ttys000 Logsdon:~ DomGomez$ How do I change the DomGomez part in Terminal?
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Running a bunch of commands in Terminal

I run the following commands for logkext a lot in my terminal and would like a know a way to automate the whole process. Open terminal type "sudo logKextClient" Type in administrator password ...
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Show Results of Automator-Terminal command

TL;DR If I create a .app via Automator, how can I show results of a shell script in a dialog or terminal window? I am using Automator to run a shell script adb install /Directory/$1.apk and if I ...
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Run .command with input at runtime

I need to run a .command file with input at runtime, but I want to run via double click, not from terminal. I have a file adbInstall.command file with this code adb install /Directory/$1.apk From ...
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Using bash/terminal to get number of battery recharge cycles

I would like to get the number of recharge cycles using bash (terminal commands). I understand the following command will display all of the battery data, but I want the cycle count on its own ioreg ...
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How do I make my list filter in Java usable in Automator as a service?

A friend of mine has written me a small Java application that is used to filter two lists of words (used for work sadly). Currently I would run the application in the terminal like so: java ...
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Find all executable files within a folder in terminal

I have a folder myfolder that contains a huge hierarchy of files/folders. How to find all executable files within this folder? On Ubuntu this works: find . -executable -type f But Mac OS X Mavericks ...
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How can I enable and/or disable OS X's power nap feature from within Terminal?

I can deal with it using some command-line commands such as defaults write … etc, but don’t know what the exact command and argument names to use?
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How to launch TextMate (and probably other software) from the command line?

I am very new to Mac, coming from Linux. I am using TextMate, and I suddenly discovered I do not know how to launch TextMate from command line. Using completion, nothing looks like TextMate. Where ...