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How to create a bash alias on OS X?

I want to create a bash alias on OS X, because I need to type on a really large command. I've found some answers about the same issue on ubuntu, like this one, but they mention the ~/.bashrc file, ...
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emond keeps me locked out of my server via SSH

I've been grappling with emond (and maybe afctl) all afternoon, and I'm trying to figure out how to fix this. Basically, I'm trying to SSH into my Mac Mini server (10.9.5 with Server 3.2.2) but I keep ...
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How can I add reminders via the command line?

Once in a while it may be useful to add some reminders to Reminders.app from the command line — especially because they are synced to iCloud. Is there any way to do so? A solution that does not rely ...
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I get this error when running sudo dd if=/dev/zero of=/dev/rdisk# bs=64k in Terminal

I'm following the steps explained in this answer: sudo dd if=/dev/zero of=/dev/rdisk# bs=64k but get an error dd: /dev/rdisk2: Input/output error 1+0 records in 0+0 records out 0 bytes transferred ...
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How can I print a path with a home directory replaced by ~ in terminal?

How can I print a path in Terminal with the home folder path replaced by a ~? pwd /Users/denz/projects/coolApp But I want to something like this ~/projects/coolApp
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How to install Livestreamer — super n00b terminal question

I am just trying to install Livestreamer on my MacBook but it looks like the only way to do so is with: # easy_install -U livestreamer I entered this in the terminal and hit enter...but nothing ...
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Converting string to int doesn't work properly in terminal

Converting string to int doesn't work properly in terminal. I want to find how much time specific string occur in a big string. if ((echo "iOS/i" | grep -o iOS/ | wc -l | bc)>2) then echo ...
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CLI options do not work if passed at the end of command [duplicate]

In brief: ls -a /tmp works but ls /tmp -a does not. I recently started using Macbook Pro. Coming from a Linux background, command like ls /tmp -a seems perfectly fine to me. But for some reason ...
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From the terminal, how can I disable iTunes from running when a device is connected?

Using terminal, I want to disable the feature of iTunes that causes it to run whenever a device is plugged in, but I want to do this entirely from the terminal, so that it can be part of an OSX setup ...
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To install Gnufind in OSX?

I run brew search gnufind and I get No formula found for "gnufind". Searching pull requests.. so no gnufind with the request. I think it must have a different name. I run brew search find ...
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File or directory called ~ (tilde) in the root of my startup volume

I just noticed that I've got a mysterious file simply called ~ in the root of my harddrive. I suspect that I've created it by accident while using terminal. I know about using ~ as an alias to ...
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Tab completion in terminal with alias

I'm running a zsh terminal under Yosemite and have defined a simple alias to place files in Yoink: $ alias yoink='open -a Yoink' $ yoink my-file-to-yoink.txt This works great but for some unknown ...
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Is there a voice-activated command prompt?

I injured a hand six weeks ago, and, being a programmer/sysadmin, I'm looking into ways to control a Terminal application using my voice (or, I suppose more broadly, not using my left hand). I am ...
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How to update Python on a Mac with Unix commands

After giving up on doing a disk partition and getting Linux, I decided to try and install Python 3.3.2 on a 32 bit Intel Core 2 Duo iMac with OS X 10.6.8 Snow Leopard. I did pretty much everything the ...
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How can I make an Automator service run a shell script and display the output?

I'm using Automator to run a shell script (ffmpeg transcode to h264) as a 'Service', so that I can just right click the high res .mov file and select the service. It works fine, but as it's ffmpeg it ...
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Wrong working directory, if bash script is opened via double-click

I wrote a bash script in order to directly start eclipse from different workplace locations. Each workplace contains the script, after running it, eclipse is started with the respective workspace set. ...
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Symbolic link to Emacs 24 not working

I like to create a bin directory in my home directory and make it the first item in my $PATH. I then create symbolic links to override the default MacOS installed version of certain apps. I have done ...
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Terminal paste unreliable

I'm trying to paste text into Terminal (v2.5 build 343, I'm running Yosemite), and it seems to consistently omit characters. For example if I copy the following text to the pasteboard: ...
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Multiple instances of the Mumble client

I have tried command that I found and it works for second and after that second client closes. open -na /Applications/Mumble.app Other command that I tryied with the same resul. ...
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How to replace all Finder files with a placeholder file for each

I have lots of files from a database which are to be copied to a new database, but the files for these are corrupt (They are zero-byte in size and contain no data). Rather than the new database ...
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Powerline patched font not working on Terminal.app

I am on Mac OS X 10.10.2 (14C2513). I am using Inconsolata patched font from here. But I also tried to patch the font myself. The result is the following: I am able to see the glyphs but zsh (see ...
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Why can't I easily open web browsers from the terminal application?

In order to run Chrome from the Terminal application, I have to do open -a "Google Chrome" index.html rather than just something like "chrome index.html". The same also seems to be true for ...
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terminal folder access

having a trouble to access few folders in my root user. For example: cannot access - Ideas Infinitas, Treehouse workshops folders. At the same time I can access test_app and some other folders. My ...
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Homebrew says my Python installation could cause issues and I'm not sure what to do

I'm just getting started with web development and I'm trying to set up my environment, and I can't do that until Dr Homebrew has discharged me from N00bcake Hospital. This is what I'm getting: ...
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Creating a Bridged Network Connection in Terminal

Okay, I'm struggling a bit here. I'm not all that good with Terminal and sorting out network issues using it but I've managed to scrape by so far. Without using Internet Sharing (because controlling ...
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Configure: error: clang version 3.0 or later is required - but I already have it

I'm trying to follow this RVM installation guide, supposedly for Snow Leopard 10.6.8 (I should point out that $ rvm -v returns -bash: rvm: command not found), but when I run $ curl -L ...
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How do you disable Printer Sharing via terminal?

I am looking for a command/script to disable the printing sharing feature via terminal. Does anyone have any idea or know how to go about doing this?
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In which file Terminal.app stores its windows?

Usually after reboot/crash all Terminal windows are re-open automatically, this time they weren't. Where (which folder/file) Terminal.app stores the session/information about its windows which ...
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Mac nl only takes lines 2048 chars long

I'm having an issue where the Mac version of nl will mark a new line after 2048 characters. I tried it on linux, and it doesn't do this. Any idea why it does on Mac, and how to fix it?
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How to gain insight into spotlight index?

I'd like to get a list of all indexed files and their path that spotlight came across. How would I do that ? mdutil does not seem to be of any help.
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Can't get Terminal to Display Colour (Mavericks)

I've recently been working on a script to backup files, etc. for my own use but recently I thought it may look nicer if I was able to cleanup and have everything nice and tidy (with colours and what ...
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How can I access the keychain remotely from the command line?

I am storing various passwords (e.g. for remote email servers) in my keychain. From the command line, when logged in locally, I can retrieve these via: security unlock-keychain ...
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Terminal command to move a number of files containing brackets to another folder or trash

Last night I consolidated a music collection into one place and each song is separated by an Artist folder and the track. The problem is that there are a high number of duplicates within these ...
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New terminal to same directory

When I have a terminal window open, ⌘N opens a new one. Is there any way to get the current directory in the new window to automatically be the same as it was on the window where I pressed ⌘N?
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Can I get rid of these timestamps in terminal?

I'm getting Javascript output in my terminal and it currently looks like this: Is there a way to get rid of the timestamps at the beginning of each line? I'm not sure if this is something I somehow ...
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How can I install themes for Terminal?

I am rather new to Mac, but I am trying to get familiar with Terminal and I want to change its theme. I am a bit confused on how to go about installing Solarized themes I am seeing so much of around ...
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How to identify file type for a bulk lot of files and attach suitable extension to each

I have just over a thousand (1000) files whose suffix/extension has been changed by a database engine all to the same thing (eg. fileName.abcd where .abcd is on every file regardless of whether it is ...
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mysql: command not found [duplicate]

How do I use MySQL from the CLI? When I use the terminal, I get: Darrens-MacBook-Pro:~ thufir$ Darrens-MacBook-Pro:~ thufir$ mysql -bash: mysql: command not found Darrens-MacBook-Pro:~ thufir$ ...
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How do I find the windowid to pass to screencapture -l?

The command line utility screencapture claims to be able to capture a single window without requiring interaction, but I can't figure out what to pass it. -l<windowid> capture this windowsid ...
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How to install tofrodos in Yosemite via Homebrew?

This thread is based on my attempt to parse windows syntax to unix in this thread. I run successfully brew reinstall tofrodos and get ==> Reinstalling tofrodos ==> Downloading ...
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How do I find the windowid of Google Chrome to pass to screencapture -l [duplicate]

I'd like to use screencapture -l to do automated screen captures of Google Chrome. This requires knowing the windowid of the Google Chrome process that's running. For apps that support Applescript, ...
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Bash automatically creating () and ()! files

I noticed that the Yosemite system has been creating files with names just "()" and "()!" in places where I recently made bash commands and want to know why. I can't even delete them use rm as after I ...
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Rename terminal tab to host alias in ssh config

I am new to using Mac (Mac Pro, OS X 10.8.4) and I connect to many remote hosts using ssh. I have created aliases in .ssh/config file and would like to have the host alias as the name of the tab in ...
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How do I find my IP Address from the command line?

I know you can do ifconfig | grep inet, but that shows you several IPv4 addresses. How do I get the specific one for SSHing et al?
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how do I install SIPSAK?

How and where is this installed from on a Mac? For context, SIPSAK is the SIP Swiss Army Knife: sipsak is a command line tool which can send simple requests to a SIP server. It can run additional ...
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How can I “say” to another Mac?

I have two Macs in our house (iMac and MacBook Pro). I would like to use the say command-line utility to type something on my MPB and have it speak on the iMac, rather like an intercom system. Plus, ...
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What are the differences between /usr/bin/login and /usr/bin/bash?

Terminal.app has a setting to select with shell it uses, and the default setting is "Default login shell (/usr/bin/login)". What are the differences between /usr/bin/login and /usr/bin/bash?
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How to browse iPod from terminal

How should I use the terminal to browse and manage my iPod Touch? I mean is there any way to do this just with terminal, not with installing MobileTerminal or something like that, or sshing into the ...
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Check if a process is running, if not execute it again in Terminal

Is there a way to periodically check if a process is running with (probably with Apple script, or some other shell script) and if not then to execute it in Terminal? I have a PHP script that is needs ...
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Installing the most recent version of Ruby on Snow Leopard

I downloaded and compiled the latest version of ruby 1.9.2 which was installed in /usr/local/bin/ruby, however the system officially recognizes /usr/bin/ruby which is only 1.8.7 which came installed ...