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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Reset custom Mail UserHeaders settings in Terminal

How do I reset the following command? defaults write com.apple.mail UserHeaders '{"Reply-To" = "reply-to@address"; }' I had to use this workaround for a problem with the hosting provider that used ...
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Modifying .plist with shell changes .plist order

I wrote a simple shell command and saved it as .command. The shell command is simply: defaults write /Users/Milo/Desktop/MyPlist "My Key" "My Entry". The issue that I'm having is that after running ...
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What files do I edit to be able to maximize Finder windows to fill the screen by shift-clicking the green button?

Is there a group of files or a single file I can edit to facilitate maximizing "Finder" windows to fill the entire screen just as other application windows by shift-clicking the green plus button?
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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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String of variable has a space - how do I escape spaces?

I'm working on an applescript that pulls old Time Machine backups and places them into a new folder. But if the old computer name has a space in it, that causes an issue in the do shell script ...
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Vim like terminal

I recently discovered terminal's feature, you can set the keys emacs or vi style I prefer the second. so if you do set -o vi You can use k j l h keys to navigate on the command line. And you can ...
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File tree list Mac Terminal

I am trying to create a .txt file that is the output of a certain function in the terminal. So my function is to create a list of all the files that i have inside the folder TEST so what i typed was: ...
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How to use an application name to kill it from a script

I'm trying to create a cron job to prevent children at a school from running the Minecraft server. (We actually need them to run the Minecraft client because we use it to teach programming.) The name ...
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Converting filenames with embedded backslashes to directory tree

I recently extracted a ZIP file that I expected to contain a path hierarchy but turned out to be a flat archive of files with backslashes in the filenames. So I ended up with something like: $ ls -1d ...
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How to move the Downloads folder (in Mountain Lion) to another disc

I want the "Downloads" folder not on the system drive but on my second internal drive. In Lion I just deleted the "Downloads" folder and replace it with an alias with the same name (pointing to the ...
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command not found for shell script

I created the following bash script in OS X 10.7.5: $ cd ~/Documents/github/scripts $ vim hello_world.sh #!/bin/bash clear echo "The script starts now." echo "Hi, $USER!" echo "I will now fetch ...
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How to enter password automatically in .command

So my .command file looks like this ssh someuser@someip.com When I run just this it prompts me for the password, how do I make terminal enter the password instead of me having to type it in? I ...
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Run Emacs within Bash

I am looking for a way in Bash to run something within Emacs. For example, if you run emacs, press esc+X then type "life," you get a little simulation of Conway's Game of Life. How could this be done ...
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OSX Bash for loop - issues with spaces in folder names?

I'm getting a bit confused on how to handle spaces in path names when returned in a for loop. Rationale: I'm cleaning up the permissions on folders and files that I copy over from Windows. Most of ...
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how to set mac desktop background as working terminal

I would like to set my background to a working Terminal window even when I minimize all applications. I would like to be able to write commands on desktop but I don't know if it is even possible. I ...
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Writing a shell script (or something similar) that will execute some commands

For my work I use an app called Sublime Text to edit website documents. To open my project in sublime text I drag the folder above the icon and it opens it up in sublime text. My next step is to run ...
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How to edit the /etc/hosts file?

When I open the file with TextEdit (I don't want (truly, I am not able) to use vim), it is seen as "locked", even if I modify the permissions of the file via the "Get Info" window. How can I modify ...
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AppleScript: Press Enter Every X minutes If Terminal is Open and Application Has Been Idle for X Minutes

I am new to AppleScript and am attempting to use it. If I am using Terminal and if I have not pressed a key for x minutes I want my Mac to press the return key. It is to repeat this process every y ...
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OS X - How to have starting applications (optionally) not take the focus?

Is there any way to have starting application not take the focus? Is there a setting so new windows do not pop over what we are currently working on? (Perhaps an option to have them pop under, or ...
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History commands render incorrect on Bash Vi mode

I'm having this werid and really annoying issue in bash vi-mode. Env: Mac 10.9.2, iTerm 2 1.0 or Terminal.app, $TERM={screen-256color|xterm-256color|xterm|vt} Repro steps: Run some long commands ...
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how can I write on my screen using terminal?

How can I write on my computer screen or open an application like notes and write on it from Terminal?? I can open up notes or any other app/document.
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ssh-add every time I want to use SSH to login to my remote server

I have SSH keys installed on OSX Mavericks installed at ~/.ssh/ Everytime I want to SSH to a server from Terminal, I need to do the following: eval `ssh-agent -s` ssh-add ~/.ssh/example_rsa If I ...
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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 ...
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How to find physical location of an application by name?

I can open Terminal and execute open -a "iPhone Simulator" and as long as the application is installed, it will launch. Is there a similar command that will return the path to the application instead ...
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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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using terminal to copy a file to clipboard

I got a file on desktop, file name is ded.html. To copy the file, I click the file and press cmd+c. Now how would I do the same thing using terminal ?
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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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Why does my path not get saved even after editing ~/.bashrc? [duplicate]

I've added maven to my path, but it doesn't seem to be persisting to the path beyond the lifetime of the terminal application. I've modified my ~/.bashrc, but it still isn't storing the modified ...
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How to open shell scripts in editor when double clicking on them

I'm trying to migrate to OS X. One thing what I find really strange / dangerous that by double clicking on shell scripts, I launch them in Terminal. I would like to change this behaviour to open them ...
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How do I tell AppleScript to read the contents of the “Network” Finder window?

I'd like to be able to get the contents of Finder's "Network" folder (Menubar-->Go-->Network). The folder contents here is different than /Network or /net. The overall goal is to grep the names in ...
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Shutdown without and close all windows from terminal

If I shutdown/reboot from Menu I get an option of saving state of open windows or not, but if I issue a command from terminal say shutdown -h now it will shutdown remembering all open windows, how can ...
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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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Can't start Octave 3.8.0 in GUI mode

I installed Octave 3.8.0 using homebrew. The Octave official FAQ says I can use --force-gui option to start octave with the GUI. But when I use octave --force-gui command in the terminal, nothing ...
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Automator: Change to selected directory and run shell script

I'm trying to create a context menu command via Automator service. The context menu command will run a shell script to create some default documents in the given directory. I wrote out the shell ...
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Applescript - Unable to find resource when inside application

I have a regular Applescript application bundle that executes an applescript file when it's run. I'm trying to run a shell file that is located at "/Contents/Resources/Data/df.sh", however with the ...
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Safest way to copy files to AirPort Disk from the command-line?

I have just started using an AirPort disk (a Drobo connected by USB to the AirPort Extreme). I am trying to decide what is the ‘safest’ way to copy files to the Drobo from my MacBook Pro, which ...
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What is the best way to migrate a .bash_profile to Mavericks

I have a pretty extensive .bash_profile set up on my older machine using Lion and I would like to include a lot of the same functionality. I noticed that Mavericks doesn't have a .bash_profile by ...
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cd to directory with name of `-`

I'm trying to make a folder called -. I know it's a silly name, it's named so to mirror something else. mkdir - ls > - cd - This makes it go up a folder or exit the symlink context depending on ...
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Is there a tool to save a snapshot terminal session for later recovery, like a virtual machine?

I work on multiple projects with multiple type of servers required, and when I switch project I shut down any of the applications and start the ones I need at that moment from the terminal. I ...
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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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pbpaste, pbcopy using wrong pasteboard?

I'm converting a shell script which xclip and similar tools on Linux, to use pbpaste and pbcopy on Mac. The problem is the default pasteboard ('general' according to the man-page) for these tools is ...
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How to install the RHIDE C++ IDE in OS X?

I'm looking to mimic the environment of the classic Turbo C++ compiler from the DOS days on Mac OS X. I have used DOSBox with actual Turbo C++ installed in the virtual drive, but I'm just ...
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Move files to individual folders, using file name as folder naming convention for folder, using Terminal

I've been looking for answer on the web now for a few hours and can't find what im looking for. What i want to do is move each file in a directory to a new folder using the name of the file, excluding ...
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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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How to make terminals open side-by-side?

I use terminals a lot, and I frequently open and close them. The problem is that whenever I open a new terminal using ⌘+n it overlaps the current one, and I have to move it out of the way first. ...
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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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List all tags in Terminal in Mavericks?

Is it feasible to list all tags already defined in OS X in Terminal? I know there are some third-party applications that list all tags, but I just want to use Terminal to find all tags, since I use ...
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How to install terminal application globally?

So I mess around with terminal once in a while. Occasionally I find I have to compile from source with the usual: ./configure make (sudo) make install I'm trying to install gtk+ following the ...