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Automated screensaver configuration in command line/shell script

So I'm configuring some Default User Template LaunchAgents to configure a default screensaver for some of my company's most popular fan art. (It's actually been really well received by the team). ...
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How to paste Chinese/Unicode characters to Terminal?

I'm trying to paste these Chinese letters: 你好世界 to my Terminal, but instead I've got "^L" or some other weird characters. The same happens for other unicode characters (such as £āēīōūśṣṭēīōū) when ...
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How do I locate and disable background PGP and Kapersky start up programs?

I had to uninstall Kapersky by deleting the application but the item still shows up on my task bar when I restart. Also, I have PGP installed on my mac, but when I telnet to port 25 of another ...
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Mac OS X Terminal - While True Do - Can you stop automatically under desired conditions?

Currently I am using a following command: while true; do python [file]; sleep X; done I was wondering if I can stop the loop if the result prints a word that I'm looking for. Plus is it possible to ...
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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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Running Say Command When Mac Is Logged Out

What would happen if I (remotely) ran a say command on a Mac that's logged out? Would the command run? Or wait until the user logs in to run?
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Terminal Command: List admin account

Does anyone know of a terminal command which lists the current administrator account? Thanks in advance.
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How to find .bashrc or .zshrc?

I just got a MacBook Pro and am in the process of trying to get GNU commands installed. I'm following this guide, but I don't know how to do: Then add the following line to your .bashrc or .zshrc: ...
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Go2Shell stopped working with iTerm2

I am on Yosemite and have used a (seemingly older version) of Go2Shell to open Terminal windows at the current Finder location. This worked flawlessly for a long time, until something, suddenly broke ...
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How to open terminal from within a folder using contextual menu? [duplicate]

I want to create a shortcut to open a Terminal window from within a folder using contextual menu in Mavericks. What is the procedure to do so?
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Get MacBook to say Thank You when plugging in the power cord?

I would like to know how can to create an applescript which is executed when I connect the power cord to my MacBook. I would like it to say "Thank You"
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Howto run a Terminal command using shortcut or a button

I always have the problem in my dock, where the download bar just stops and stays froze. I know you can do a killall -KILL Dock and it will fix the issue. Is there a way to click a button or do a ...
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Best Practices for dealing with unbrewed files in a fresh install of homebrew

I accidentally deleted /usr/local/bin which contained brew among other things. I reinstalled homebrew and ran brew prune to get rid of broken symlinks, but when I run brew doctor, I still get the ...
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-bash: command not found appears every time [duplicate]

I just recently discovered what terminal was. I started using it today and every time I try a command (like shh) it says that the command was not found. I was instructed to type in echo $PATH and this ...
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What does adding PATH to .bashrc do?

I'm following this guide to install Linux commands onto my OS Terminal: https://www.topbug.net/blog/2013/04/14/install-and-use-gnu-command-line-tools-in-mac-os-x/ and I see that the second line tells ...
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To search contents of symlink

I want to search documents from by disc2 to which I created a symlink to disc1. However, I think this is not the way to go by creating a symblink to a current folder: ln -s ...
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How to reset $PATH?

I was trying to add something to $PATH and it went totally wrong. I now can't run any commands such as ls. I've looked at this answer and used the following lines: ...
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How can I make the up arrow work in Terminal's nslookup command?

When I open terminal, I'd like the up arrow go to the last command I typed within nslookup. Instead, I get a strange escape sequence. What must be done to allow me to up arrow in nslookup?
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Python script executable opened by text editor

I have a simple "Hello world" script that I want to turn into an executable. The problem is that even though I went through the steps of declaring the path of the Python interpreter in the first list ...
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Does Behavior of non-ASCII filenames change?

I have some similar music libraries which I would like to remove duplicates on (which are contained in a Disc Volume I'm loading wirelessly from a QNAP server). I know there are applications which can ...
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How do I Launch an Applescript with a Hotkey Without Automator?

I'm running Yosemite and looking to launch Terminal with a keypress in any application. One solution was creating a Service in Automator that launched terminal and assigning a key to it in System ...
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How to switch from Spotlight to Alfred via Terminal?

I installed Alfred through homebrew-cask. I want to disable Spotlight and let Alfred be opened with Cmd+S. The first Terminal-based solution I tried was unloading Spotlight with sudo launchctl unload ...
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How to enable Syntax highlighting on Vim in Mac OS Terminal?

Is there a way to let Vim on Mac OS highlighten syntax of different languages in Terminal? I would guess for vim it is a .vimrc thing, right? (But I cannot find this file in my home folder).
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Restore Mac from Time Machine Backup via Terminal

I ran into some major problem today when trying to delete old TM backups from an external drive. Now that I have a Time Capsule I wanted to clear the old backups from another external drive. At some ...
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hostname returns another device's name

I realized that the hostname had changed while I was doing some work using terminal in OS X Yosemite. I thought there might be an IP address conflict so I reset it. However I still get another ...
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Limiting TCP connections

How can I limit TCP connections on Mac using Terminal? I used iptables on Linux (eOS) to limit the connections of an application (Ace Stream Player) as follows: $iptables -A OUTPUT -m limit --limit ...
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Where is the '^]' character on an AZERTY (French) keyboard?

Same question as this one on superuser: where is telnet's escape character, ^] located on an AZERTY (French) keyboard?
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How can I download all MP3 files from a web site?

I am wondering if there is any software available in OS X that can download all mp3s or specific type of file from a URL. For e.g. I have a url http://www.parweztv.com/Khan%20Adeeb/SURA-04/ and I want ...
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How to add watermark to all video files in a folder? (Mac, mencoder, terminal)

Is there a way to add watermark to all (mp4) video files in a folder. I have like 1000 videos in one folder and It'll take a long time to change one by one manually - so, maybe, there is some kind of ...
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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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Can’t find .plist files

I can’t find the .plist file for TextEdit, Preview. I’ve looked into /Library/Preferences, ~/Library/Preferences, and ~/Library/Containers. I have tried opening the app and changing the preferences ...
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Can I open a file in Preview from the Terminal?

I know that I can open a file with an external program from the Terminal with open, and that works for most applications. However, when I try to use a command like open -a Preview info.txt, it ...
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What is the difference between open (-a) <app> and double click in finder/spotlight?

I recently installed leksah on my Mac (once directly, once via brew cask). When I try to open it in Finder, Dock or use spotlight the window flashes open for a second and then closes immediately. ...
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bash- command not fount error

I tried to install omnet++ on my Macbook pro (OS 10.10) yesterday. I got an error so I delete path in my bash-profile. Now, every command I try to run in my terminal shows an error of command not ...
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Dig not returning authority section?

Digging wikipedia.com, on my Macbook Pro, returns: $ dig wikipedia.com ; <<>> DiG 9.8.3-P1 <<>> wikipedia.com ;; global options: +cmd ;; Got answer: ;; ...
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Is there a way to color parts of the man pages on the terminal?

I would like to color some parts of the output of the command man, specifically I would like to be able to change the color of the most important things, for example the options or the first ...
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Accidentally did rm -r ~/.Trash

What should I do now? Will my computer be okay?
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How to prevent MacVim from inheriting .profile as if it was Bash itself?

I have this guard in my .profile: if [ -n "$BASH_VERSION" ]; then if [ -f "$HOME/.bashrc" ]; then . "$HOME/.bashrc" fi if [ -f "$HOME/.bash_aliases" ]; then . ...
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Run AppleScript from bash script

If I wanted to run an AppleScript from within a bash script I could call a file with the list of commands that I require to execute. #!/bin/bash {some commands} osascript file.scpt {other commands} ...
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Alternatives to command line unzip?

I've found that the command line unzip tool doesn't gracefully handle some of the files I'm unzipping: it makes a bunch of junk directories, and creates files whose resource forks aren't found. ...
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Print file from terminal via smb

So UI printing fails with no reason as always. I hope that I can get more details by printing from command line. Tried smbutil print //user@host/share file got: smbutil: unknown command print ...
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Script to change downloaded mac wallpaper automatically?

I want to change my mac wallpaper daily with microsoft bing images. I found this script that download the daily picture automatically, but I sill have to set the wallpaper automatically. Is it ...
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How to find out process owner of unidentified windows?

I have an odd error that I have not been able to associate with an application or PID properly. In Windows, there is Process Explorer with the very handy target function that allows you to click it ...
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How to show/hide invisible files and folders from Service menu?

How to show/hide invisible files and folders from Service menu? By default files and folders whose name start with . is invisible. In order to show them, you can use the following command in ...
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To concatenate with BSD Join

I want to concatenate in BSD Join. Data Model Decreasing Constant Increasing 2025 75.5 82.5 89.5 2035 65.5 82.5 102 2050 49.5 82.5 112 and error configuration in ybar Model Decreasing Constant ...
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Equivalent to Alt + dot on terminal [duplicate]

On linux consoles I always use Alt + . to get the last argument of the previous command in history. for example if I had ls /tmp/test as last command, and if I type rm Alt - this will result ...
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Does iPhone 5 have a terminal?

I'm new to iPhones and Mac, but I pretty ok with Linux. I think I could solve some of my networking issues, if I could just get into a bash shell, but I haven't been able to locate a shell. Is there ...
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Using visudo to edit sudoers on Mac

I have managed to make the sudoers file on my Mac erorr. eg. $ sudo visudo >>> /etc/sudoers: syntax error near line 45 <<< sudo: parse error in /etc/sudoers near line 45 sudo: no ...
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Reset your PATH variable

I stuffed up (basically wiped) my PATH variable. Is there any way to reset it to the default? I look at How do I reset the $PATH variable on Mac OS X?, but I find it very confusing. As far as I ...
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Start/Stop Internet Sharing via Terminal in Yosemite without AppleScript

Okay, I see this question has been asked a few times before (here, here, here and here), but none of those really answer the question for me. I don't want to use the AppleScript suggestions provided ...