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bug with rsync changing modification dates even with the -a option

I have been testing rsync and found a weird bug when copying files and folders from a partition to another: If I do this: rsync -avE --delete '/Volumes/disk1/origin/' '/Volumes/disk2/destination/' ...
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How to get rid of emoji (emoticons) in Terminal.app (OS X 10.9)

I am experimenting with Twitter API. I now have emoji characters in Terminal.app. I don't know how to handle that. How to get rid of that or use it well? see screenshot
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Change mail back to embedding attachments

I wanted to attach a photo and not embed it so I did the following: If you would like Mail to do this automatically with all attachments, try the following Terminal command: defaults write com....
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Making a Damaged USB Writable for Drive Genius?

Apologies for being (sort of) a repost from Unable to be Repaired & Further Problems but I had some further questions and I was worried they wouldn't be answered. I followed Froggard's advice and ...
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The disk “Vol” couldn’t be ejected because “Terminal” is using it

I have connected an External hard disk to Mac and just issued command df -h in terminal. When I tried to eject drive it shows the error. After closing terminal, I could eject it. But is that really ...
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os.Popen command is not working

I'm writing a python script that is suppose to change default display settings for all users. I run the script as sudo because it needs to change every display. This line is suppose to change the ...
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Missing Mail.app in Finder, but exists in /Applications folder

I've not ever wanted to use the Mail app on my Mavericks machine, but recently I decided I'd give it a shot. However when I went to Applications in Finder, I couldn't see it. Nor was it in ~/...
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Cannot create hidden user in Yosemite

I am currently trying to make a hidden user on Yosemite. I have tried to follow tutorials from this site, however when I run the command sudo dscl . append /Groups/<real_name> GroupMembership &...
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Comfortable way to archive and log terminal input

I often want to reuse a terminal command that I already used in the past. I know two ways how to do this: Use the "up" arrow to browse through old commands. Copy a bunch of commands into a script. ...
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Infinite scrollback in Terminal (Yosemite)

I would like to save the scrollback history in terminal basically forever. I don't mean bash history, I mean all the text that ever scrolled past in the terminal, not just the commands entered. I ...
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How to prevent 'sudo rm -rf /'

A few times I have accidentally executed the command sudo rm -rf /. Is there a way how to prevent me from running this command? For example can I somehow disable it using the sudoers file?
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PC user wants Windows/Linux key mappings [duplicate]

I'm a long-time PC and Linux user. Recently, I was given a mac mini (Yosemite) for my job. I've still got my full-size PC keyboard (with number pad). There are several differences. The biggest one is ...
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How do I configure my Terminal app with bash and iTerm2 with zshell and oh my zsh?

The Terminal app uses bash by default. And I don't want to change it. However I want to configure iTerm2 with zshell and oh my zsh. and I don't want bash on it. The instructions I checked online, make ...
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Terminal command to delete everything I've ever created

I have so much junk installed on my work laptop I want to start with a fresh machine. However, I must keep the account I have as I do not have system permissions to create another account. How can I ...
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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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Why does OS X terminal need manually sourcing to display colour?

I have the following in my ~/.bash_profile file: export CLICOLOR=1 export PS1="$FBLU[\#]$RS--$RS{\t}$RS$FWHT\W$RS$FMAG@$RS$FRED\u$RS$FCYN\$$RS$FBLU>>>$RS" # ANSI color codes RS="\[\033[0m\]" ...
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Upgraded to Yosemite, mkdir now says “permission denied”

I upgraded from OS 10.7.3 to 10.10.3. Now I get "permission denied" when I run mkdir on folders that I own and have full permission. For example : I own a folder called "/library/webserver/...
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Downscale a iMac 5K screenshot to 50% using commandline

Open the Screenshot in Preview Select “Adjust Size…” from the Tools menu Change the Width and Height to 50 percent of the original Change the Resolution to 72 pixels/inch I wish to do this on CLI ...
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Is there any multiple terminal emulator for Mac OS?

I love the command line and I would like to see an app like Terminator (for Linux) in my MacOs: It seems there are ports of that app for Mac available using Fink or Ports. But I found it's a hell ...
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Why is Terminal.app corrupting my tcsh history?

I've had an ongoing problem that appears to be specific to OS X and Terminal.app: periodically, I get garbage in my tcsh history that looks like this: ^[[1m^[[4mcomputername:~/Code/emacs-source ( ...
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How to set the colour of a folder with a specific name on mac terminal?

I am using these four lines in my .bash_profile file to enable colouring on my mac terminal (Mac OS Yosemite). export PS1="\[\033[36m\]\u\[\033[m\]@\[\033[32m\]\h:\[\033[33;1m\]\w\[\033[m\]\$ " ...
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Restore scrollbuffer and tabs in iTerm as Terminal.app does

I love the restore functionailty of the Terminal.app when the app crashes or I need to restart my computer, Terminal.app will show me the recent scrollbuffer for the tabs I have open with a - [...
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Cleaning off packages installed via Terminal on OSX

I have been learning to use Terminal to install packages (particularly to learn Ruby development). I believe that I'm experiencing some conflicts with things that have been installed and would like to ...
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How do I find the path of a file on another computer on my network?

I would like to access files from another computer on the same network in the Terminal. But I am not sure of the path to those files. How do I find it?
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UNIX Script to Change Desktop & Screensaver in 10.8

I'm setting up LaunchAgent .plists that start up UNIX bash scripts to automatically change the desktop and screensaver for various different users for a Mac image that will be deployed to multiple Mac ...
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Help with “Couldn't start dropbox” message

My MacBook Pro is running Mavericks (10.9.5.) I restored a backup into my computer and then tried to use my Dropbox account and it wasn't working: I got the "Couldn't start dropbox" message. Before I ...
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Mac Terminal can't navigate between split panes [duplicate]

Problem I have just bought a new macbook pro and am using the Terminal to code. I have read a lot of posts about pane splitting, but nothing answers my question (or none of the solutions have worked)....
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To prevent Text Wrap in OSX Terminal?

I would like to prevent the text wrap in OSX Terminal, by letting text to continue under the border. I could not find it in Preferences of the terminal. How can you prevent text wrap in OSX Terminal?...
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Why is same privileged bash command giving different information from script than from command line?

I wrote a bash script to verify various configs on a system, but I am getting different results depending on whether it is run from the command line directly or from the script. Here is the command: ...
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What are all these extra hidden files (with hash digests) that I can only see when running “ls”?

Since upgrading to Yosemite, there seems to be an extra class of hidden files that are 'more hidden'. They are visible when I run ls, but not in my Finder (even though regular hidden files are visible ...
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AppleScript choose file with Terminal action

I would to choose a file/an image that is being mounted in the Terminal set pathelection to POSIX path of (choose file of type {"sparsebundle", "sparseimage", "dmg"}) do shell script "hdiutil mount"...
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Get disk temperature in terminal

Is there a command I can use just to get the hard disk temperature in the terminal? Is this possible without a third party app?
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Can I update the iCloud password from a terminal?

I have several Macs in a different country, and I would like to update their iCloud password remotely. I can login to the machines via SSH, but the firewall does not allow me to use VNC. I would like ...
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Propagate permissions to subfolders and subfiles

I know that using sudo chmod 777 /folder will set a particular permission to /folder, but it will not do the same with subfolders and subfiles inside the folder. Is there a terminal command to ...
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How to upgrade bash with brew (permission error)?

I work with Yosemite (10.10.3) and would like to upgrade bash (to version 4.x) and found this post. After brew update, I did brew install bash, but obtained: ==> Downloading https://homebrew....
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Terminal find, rename by deletion

Mac will append a ' 2' (note the space) to the end of a file/folder that is a copy of another file/folder inside the same directory... I was wondering if anybody knows how to batch remove/rename this ...
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Missing .Bash Files in ~/

While uninstalling/removing home-brew, node, and yeoman...I noted that I don't have a .bashrc or .bash_profile in my home directory. I only have .bash_history present. Why is this? Is this bad? If it'...
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How can I see a notification that has been cleaned from notification center? [duplicate]

Hi I want to know if there is a log of what notifications has been triggered in my notification center maybe with a terminal command. Thanks!
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How do I get vim to work at 256 colors in iTerm?

I just got a new iMac, and installed iTerm (0.10). On my last laptop 256 color mode worked fine, but I'm having trouble getting this to work on my new Mac. I copied over all the settings, set $TERM ...
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How to enable true color mode in an OS X Terminal?

NeoVim recently added support for True Color mode in terminals that support it. I've tried both Terminal 2.5.3 (343.7) and iTerm 2.1.1, and neither one can display more than 256 colors by default. ...
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Export PATH directly from command line in Yosemite--where is my PATH?

I want to use the latest version of git which I installed via Homebrew, so I needed to change my PATH variable to ensure OS X uses the Homebrew version instead of the outdated version that ships with ...
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Find logged on user and network home directory with a bash script

I am trying to use a script to find the username and home directory of the user that is currently logged on to a Mac. This is what I have, and it works, but is there a better (i.e. simpler) way to do ...
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Problem with Livestreamer after updating Python to 3.4

After upgrading to Python 3.4 i get this message when trying to use livestreamer: /usr/local/bin/livestreamer: line 3: __requires__: command not found /usr/local/bin/livestreamer: line 4: import: ...
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The Greatest Hassle of OS X

So after downloading lots of applications on my Mac in the past, I decided to get rid of some of these applications - and this is where I met some of the greatest hassles of using OS X, the processes ...
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Set bash_profile to open with Sublime Text 2 by default

I'd like Sublime Text 2, not TextEdit, to be the default program to open my bash_profile file when I call open ~/.bash_profile in Terminal. Normally I would just control-click on the file in Finder to ...
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TotalTerminal doesn't work with full-screen apps

TotalTerminal (former Visor) is an awesome plugin for Terminal that turns it into a Quake-style console that slides down on a key combination. This is tremendously useful for development because I ...
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Cannot type shift L in Terminal

As title says, I cannot type 'L' (uppercase letter) in Terminal. When I type 'bind -p' 'L' do not appear on the list. I have no problem typing l (lowercase letter). I cannot paste in 'L' neither. ...
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Hard Drive Formatting Error in Terminal

I have tried formatting and partitioning this brand new hard drive and it has failed on multiple computers using multiple methods. It is a LaCie Porsche Design 4TB hard drive. Here is the commands I ...
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How can I play a midi file from terminal?

I'm looking for a most simple command line app (or an on-board tool on Mavericks I am not aware of) to play a midi file from the terminal. As plain as possible, something like play myfile.mid. ...
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Folder disappear from NAS only in Finder

I'm using a Lenovo ix4-300d has my backup system for my archives and it work pretty well. The only downside right now (and it's not even them fault) is that some folder has disappeared from my Finder ...