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 has gone weird after screen sharing

I used screen sharing on my Macbook Pro to remote control my friend's iMac. Unfortunately, now my Terminal now says: kellys-iphone-2:~ James$ Why is it now saying this all of a sudden? Where has ...
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Can I have color ls output automatically if my TERM is “xterm-256color”?

Can I have automatic color output for ls if my TERM environment variable is set to xterm-256color?
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How to prevent Terminal from resizing when font size is changed

10.8.3/Terminal 2.3. Terminal resizes the entire window in seemingly unpredictable ways whenever I change the size of the font -- a frequent operation when frequently going between laptop and ...
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How can I open all the files in all the subdirectories of a folder?

I'm trying to recursively open all the files in a folder, including its directories. I've been playing around with open /path/to/folder/*, and this will open all the files inside that folder but not ...
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Is it possible to check which application has accessed a file last?

I can check when a file was accessed last with ls -lu path/to/file | awk '{print $6,$7,$8}' but can I also see what application accessed it?
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Can I disable Dashboard in Mountain Lion?

I'm wondering if there's a way to disable the dashboard in Mountain Lion. I never use it and I think it's consuming processor and memory powers.
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Making Hidden Apps Appear Faded Whilst Sitting On The Dock?

Sometimes it can be quite difficult for me to tell which of my apps are hidden on the dock and which are not. Is it possible to make those Apps which I have hidden (either by terminal command or ...
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Is there a way to set an Application Shortcut in the Keyboard Preference Pane via Terminal?

I'd like to have a bootstrap for my custom keyboard shortcuts to use on multiple machines...
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preventing ssh command from opening xquartz on every session

Whenever I use ssh, after I type the password, xQuartz pop ups in the dock and terminal window looses focus. This happens even if there's no an X session. Why? How to prevent this behavior?
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Cleaning up my .bash_profile: Can I delete some of this?

I'm not a Unix guru. I'm running OS X 10.8.3 Mountain Lion. Today I removed Macports from my machine. I believe macports left some cruft in my `~/.bash_profile which I would like to remove (the ...
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Change file association in terminal?

Is there a method for associating file types with applications via terminal? I thought ~/Library/Preferences/com.apple.launchservices.plist might do it, and I also have seen: Why is a command line ...
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How to remove an environment variable on Snow Leopard

I'm running under Snow Leopard 10.6.8 and I recently added an environment variable which it seems to be messing my bash terminal (I guess). What I did is add the variable ...
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I am having trouble getting apache to work via terminal on mac os x 10.8.3

I am a beginner with the terminal app. - I think , while following a tutorial for creating a user configuration file for apache, that I messed something up internally with apache. I cannot even access ...
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how to move files in terminal osx

Hello world so i am way new to mac i am trying to install an older version of wkhtmltopdf because the brew install wkhtmltopdf installs a rc version that just wont work. So i found this blog that ...
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How can i reset my Terminal?

just some time ago i installed the OS X Server app on my mac and since this day it always appears server as the chosen directory in my terminal. But because i dont really like the Server application ...
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How do I make a bash script so that I can drag its input on top of the icon?

I need to make a bash script to that I can drag a .rar file on top of it and then the script will receive the pathname of that file as argument 1 ($1). I have made the bash script, but how do I make ...
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How to build a simple app that turns text to m4a files

I'm learning Chinese and want a way to quickly generate and save words and phrases to m4a files. I've managed to do pretty much what I want in terminal, but I can't seem to figure out how to make an ...
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Is it possible to get the full suite of unix options for the command line tools on OS X?

I follow Unix Tool Tip on Twitter and it is interesting that many of the tips that are posted are not available on OS X. For example: cp - u will only copy files that don't exist, or are newer ...
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Where is the official Apple documentation for the Terminal App? I need a list of escape sequences

Terminal.app does not implement all xterm sequences. I need to get the complete list of what it does implement. Is it available anywhere?
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Check Remote Management Status via Terminal

I need to be able to SSH into a Mac (Mountain Lion) and check if ARD is running and if so, what are the settings. Basically, I need the equivalent of going to System Preferences -> Sharing -> Remote ...
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Cursor does not go begining of the line

Hello I am trying to go begining of the line. neither left arrow key or ctrl + a lets me do it. everytime it keeps couple letters on the right. however its a visual bug my cursor is actually in the ...
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For iTerm2, how do I make the working directory appear in the window title?

I recently switched to iTerm2 from the default Terminal app and have a usability issue. On Terminal, the working directory you are in shows up on the title bar along with the process and pixel ...
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Auto open 4 terminal sessions and SSH them to a given host

I'm doing Rails development on a MacBook via a VirtualBox setup that's somewhat similar to Vagrant. My inconvenience is that I like to have at least 3 terminal tabs connected to the VM via SSH (one ...
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Why does shasum generate non-standard hashes?

As far as I can tell, the shasum that ships with os x doesn't generate the hashes that it's supposed to. $ echo "" | /usr/bin/shasum adc83b19e793491b1c6ea0fd8b46cd9f32e592fc ?- When I look up empty ...
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How do I disable a specific wifi network through terminal?

Is there a way to disable a specific wifi network in Terminal? I'd like to disable my home wifi connection for reasons outlined here: Reclaim Your Life After Work by Disabling Internet Access for ...
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Solarized theme for Terminal

I've installed the Solarized theme for Terminal.app and imported it. But my Terminal is all gray, I don't get color highlighting on anything. Not even running Python terminal generates any color. How ...
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Disable line wrapping for output in the Terminal

I often read outputs in the terminal that get wrapped as they are too long. Since there is no way that I can modify the printed output, I need to let the Terminal allow for horizontal scrolling. Is ...
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Mac Won't Remember Hostname in Terminal After Reboot, gives 'unknown…'

I'm trying to set my hostname for my mac. Currently it's unknown002374e31ebd. I've tried setting it with sudo hostname -s Steve-Mac Which will work for all future terminal sessions. However, if ...
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Can an Open Directory (10.8) user's home directory be changed from the terminal?

I'd like to use SFTP/SSH for users (students and faculty) to manage their web content. The default home directory is "/Users//". I'd like to point them to something like "/Users//web" to block access ...
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FocusFollowsMouse, cut-paste from browser to Terminal in 10.8 (duplicate)

Added: this was discussed in focus-follows-mouse-plus-auto-raise-on-mac-os-x on SO in 2010. In short, accept it, or buy an addon: how-can-i-make-focus-follow-the-mouse-cursor. The sequence: cut ...
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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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look up a word in Dictionary.app in Terminal

Is there a bash or applescript to look up a word in /Applications/Dictionary.app from a Terminal window ? open -a /Applications/Dictionary.app/ --args word ignores --args, says "type a word to look ...
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Force relaunch of Finder from terminal into background

For some reason, Finder is no longer running and will not relaunch using conventional methods. I can, however, get it running with the following command in the Terminal: prompt$ open -g ...
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How do i autorun .command files from a USB drive when I plug it in?

I've made two .command files, "lock" and "unlock". The first hides hidden files with: defaults write com.apple.Finder AppleShowAllFiles TRUE, then refreshes finder with killall Finder. The second does ...
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(find: *.png: No such file or directory) terminal

I am trying to do some batch processing in terminal with texturePacker. The creator of texturePacker said that this is the way that you batch convert a directory of .pngs to .pvr.ccz. find ...
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mail and mailx fail to send emails to gmail

Quite frequently I have to send the outputs of my work on terminal (e.g. when compiling code) to my colleagues via email. I was wondering if it is possible to pipe (|) the output of a terminal command ...
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Disable Screen sharing via the command line in mountain lion

I want to be able to enable and disable screen sharing from the command line rather than through System Preferences. This is on 10.8.3 To enable screen sharing, I find I only need to change a ...
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“Home” and “End” HotKeys in Vim INSERT Mode with MacBook Pro

I am pretty new to Vim and to Mac, I have a MacBook Pro with Retina Display running OS X 10.8.3, which does NOT have native Home, End, PageUp and PageDown keys. I know the Fn + arrow keys can work in ...
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How to get “Subl” to work in my terminal?

Whenever I enter "subl" in the command line of iTerm it tells me that the command is not found. I have seen many message boards pertaining to this and nothing seems to work. I have tried entering "ln ...
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Are Bash, Bourne, and Korn shells compiled into one binary in OSX?

On OSX 10.8, if you compare the binaries for bash, sh, and ksh, a few different shell options, they are the same size. If you take it further and cmp the binaries, there seems to be only a ...
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Dim screen beyond lowest brightness from terminal [duplicate]

Anyone know of a way to dim a mac's screen beyond the lowest brightness setting through the terminal?
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Is there a package management system for shell scripts on Mac OS?

Is there a package system (think npm, cpan, or even homebrew) that would be suitable for shell scripts?
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Sync apps preferences between multiple Macs

I tend to keep all my stuff in Dropbox. Now that I bought a second Mac, I thought that keeping also my applications preferences in Dropbox would have been a good idea. I managed to sync some of the ...
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How to Reset Full-Screen Terminal.app Preferences to Factory Defaults

On an iMac running Mac OS X version 10.7.5 I have accidentally resized Terminal.app to full-screen (272 x 76) and am unable to resize Terminal.app to a smaller size. How do I resize Terminal.app to ...
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How to change fonts picked by Terminal.app to display languages other than English?

This is definitely and advanced topic and possibly needs a hack that I am willing to do. I edit Arabic files quite a lot. Arabic characters displayed by Terminal.app are not playing nice at all. To ...
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how to execute mkdir in /home/ directory

I want to create a directory 'administrator' in my /home/ directory but it won't allow me as it alway returns the error Operation not supported. Any ideas? Roberts-MacBook-Pro:home robert$ pwd /home ...
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Terminal: Is there a way to be notified of activity when tailing an error log

I often ssh into a machine and tail -f it's php error log. My ideal situation would be to leave this terminal window open in the background, but when there's activity from the tail command, have the ...
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how do I reset or clear the list of Volumes?

I am running into this problem when I accidentally remove a USB drive without properly ejecting it or similar and then plug it back in. When my drive is plugged back in it will apear normally, for ...
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Terminal shows hostname from old machine, not new machine

Right now I have a Mac Mini. I migrated macbook pro data from a time machine, but I didn't do it from the beginning of my startup. I used the migration assistance to migrate the data. However, I'm ...
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Weird line wrapping in terminal with a colored prompt

I have reason to think I've got improper escaping in my bash prompt (I get weird random line wrapping in Terminal). Can anyone point it out? It looks OK to me... export PS1="\033[0;35m\u\033[00m on ...