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listing files with extension in Terminal [duplicate]

in a Terminal session the command ls *.pdf -l does not list the pdfs (or whatever other file format) as expected, as the -l option seems to be ignored. Everything works fine if I issue a simple ...
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How to change the default command to open shells in the MobileTerminal Cydia package

I am using MobileTerminal on iOS 7, and want to know how to change the default shell from sh: to bash:. I assume I would need to change the login command for this, but how would I?
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Is there a way to put switches at the end when using OS X command-line?

For example: rm long/path/to/some/dir -r instead of: rm -r long/path/to/some/dir Is it possible to make it work like that, as in GNU command line utils? TIA, Karol
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Getting loads of Open error 5's when using Terminal to repair permissions

My GF's MBP running on Mavericks broke down 2 days ago. First I tried to copy the contents of her HDD to an external HDD but got the I/O error time after time. Then I tried all the basic things like ...
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Invisible folder after usage of trash-cli

Recently, I decided to install trash-cli on my MacBook Pro after using it successfully on my Ubuntu machine. To set it up I ran the following commands. git clone ...
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Is there a native terminal in OS X, without having to load the desktop, window manager, etc? [duplicate]

FOr example, in linux you can boot to a terminal, you don't have to load a desktop, window manager, etc. Is there something like this in Mac OS X? And like in Linux, is it possible to switch to one of ...
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Terminal command to delete all images in folder and subfolders?

I need a terminal command to delete all images (*.jpg, *.png, *.gif, *.JPG, *.PNG, *.GIF) stored in myfolder and its subfolders, preserving the folders structure. I do not need to move them to trash ...
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How to know if Drive is SSD or HDD through Terminal?

I would like to know if there is a way through Terminal commands in Mac OS X to find if an attached drive is SSD or HDD.
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Hostname changes all the time from capital to not capital and back

my Macbook air is called Johannes-Air. But when I open the terminal sometimes it says Johannes-Air and sometimes johannes-air. Does anyone know why this happens and how to stop it?
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How to mouse copy a very long line in vim terminal OS X

I want to copy with mouse one line from one vim terminal to another vim terminal. This line is huge and has a hidden character (I presume at the beginning) that I do not want to copy. In other ...
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Add a path to the system PATH [duplicate]

Please help me figure out how to set a system wide PATH..... I have upgraded svn to version 1.8.10 on osx 10.9 One of the required steps was adding the address of the current svn to the PATH. ...
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Fullscreen a running application from the terminal

I'm trying to pull a prank on a friend. I have a shell script that continuously cats a C source code file so make it look like the terminal is "hacking" something. The next thing I would like to do is ...
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how to find files with .j or .jp extension

I have some image files that have a messed up extension. The files are of the following format: "filename." "filename.j" "filename.jp" I need to find all these files which are in several folders and ...
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Chrome won't quit! (Mac Yosemite)

I tried normal quit, and it closes and immediately re-opens. I tried force quit, and it closes and immediately re-opens. I tried force quit from the Activity Monitor, and it closes and immediately ...
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How to get rid of “You have new mail.” in zsh

I'm using zsh with prezto as my shell with iTerm as terminal app. I always get the message "You have new mail" when opening a new prompt. I don't have any new mail in Mac Mail and I don't run a mail ...
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Extract target of alias from Terminal

In my Finder windows I have many aliases that target other folders or documents. At the shell prompt in Terminal, these aliases show up as regular files. How can I get the target of an alias so that, ...
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Can I launch the File (Save/Open) Dialog from the command line?

Bash and vim's file completion facilities are effective for navigating through a few levels of a directory structure, but can be cumbersome when working with unfamiliar directories. Alternatively, I ...
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Disabling “access to contacts” dialog box with terminal

I am trying to disable the following dialog box that pops up all the time when I open Mail.app: Is there a way to do so using terminal? Thanks!
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Is there a way to immediately exit a hanging connection in Terminal?

I often have SSH connections through Terminal that stop responding (like if I've left it overnight) but when I try to use the dead connection Terminal doesn't respond for several minutes until: Write ...
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Keeping Finder in sync with changes made in Terminal?

Until Yosemite, I could work in the Terminal and file system changes would be immediately updated in Finder. Now, however, Finder seems to be out of sync with the filesystem. Finder shows files I have ...
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Specifying network device used by software (or port) (in Terminal)

Is it possible to specify which network device should be used when running something in the Terminal? Like $ rails [only communicate through deviceA] Not just app, but instance specific, so ...
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How can I tell what model iDevice is plugged into my USB via Terminal?

This website has a useful list of the various iDevice models. And the "identifier" column is helpful for any iOS developers, as this is the string you can fetch in your application to determine what ...
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Execute Terminal Command fails in BetterTouchTool. Why?

I've installed Ouimeaux to control a Belkin Wemo on OSX, and it's working correctly in Terminal - meaning that the following command in Terminal will toggle my Wemo switch on/off: wemo switch ...
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Escaping variable in script

I'm using script.sh in an OS X Mavericks terminal containing only the following: echo ${1} ls ${1} Now, when I call ./script.sh "/Users/me/some\ directoy\ with\ whitespace/", the echo command ...
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Terminal 3 failed password attempts

I've got a really funny issue with my Mac at the moment. I was using a sudo command and it rejected my password 3 times (I double checked and the password was correct) but now I can't do anything as ...
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Yosemite 10.10.1 - ssh - no connection (time-out) and strange redirect

I hope I can get some help with a rather strange problem on my late 2013 MacBookPro running Yosemite 10.10.1 Up until 3 days ago, I could ssh into my server without any problems. I then updated to ...
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Terminal.app magically changing color values [duplicate]

Terminal.app does some very odd color shifting that makes it impossible to match colors consistently, and I'm wondering if there is any way to disable it or better control it. The "magic" is what ...
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Percent character breaks Terminal

If I type the % character in the Terminal, it breaks that shell and every new shell I open until reboot: $ seq 10 | parallel -j50% "echo Hi {}" -bash: printf: `"': invalid format character Does ...
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SSH with ipv6 working only if I pass %en0 with my ipv6 address

I am trying to ssh with Mac OS X (10.10.1 Yosemite) terminal using ipv6. If I use command like ssh username@ipv6_address It's not working and I am getting error "No Route to Host". But If I use ...
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Terminal command to change Privilege of “everyone” to “No Access”

I want to change the privilege of a specific folder for the "everyone" group to No Access. I have tried chmod o--- that doesnt seem to work but I am most likely doing it wrong. I know that If I click ...
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Fish shell installation using homebrew - iconv libiconv error

I am trying to install Fish shell using homebrew using command: brew install fish But the installation fails with the following error: ==> ./configure --prefix=/usr/local/Cellar/fish/2.1.1 ...
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How to spoof a USB-Ethernet adaptor's MAC address in OS X

I've recently bought a usb-ethernet adapter (not apple) and I get internet connection. In my university we have to put a specific mac address but I can not change it. I have tried with sudo ...
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SSH using IPV6 getting error “No Route to Host” On My Mac Machine

I am trying to ssh with ipv6 in my mac machine but I am getting error "No Route to Host". I can it successfully with ipv4. Can anyone guide me please if it require any network setting or else? I am ...
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Damaged preference file in /bin/sh

Today in Drive Genius 3, I ran the “Verify Preferences” function in Repair. It yielded this strange result: /bin/sh: xargs: command not found The only option Drive Genius gives is to remove the ...
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opencv cmake not building

I've been trying to build OpenCV in a mac (Yosemite 10.10) using cmake-gui and the compilers gcc,g++ and gfortran given by MacPorts. I HAVE to use those compilers. I configured WITH_OPENCL to be OFF ...
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OpenCV library not installing after using cmake

I use Yosemite 10.10, and I need to build and install the OpenCV library using cmake-gui. I was able to configure and generate the binaries readily. But when I try to 'make' the library using the ...
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In bash, can test -e look for a file with a semi-variable name using *?

I have an if then looking for a certain set of files. They all start with lib, so I could either set an if then up for each one or I was hoping there's a way I can use an asterisk. Here's what I have ...
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Meaning of MAC terminal command prompt

I was wondering if anyone could explain the meaning the command below in mac terminal: dhcp-74-148:~ Noticed it for the first time today and just wondering what it meant. Thanks
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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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Running a .sh file but after new PATH is not visible in shell

I am running a file ./setWLSEnv.sh which has the following output: http://pastebin.com/sSXRZd1s ...
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How can I automate port forwarding?

Is there a way in which I can automate port forwarding on the mac? I want to forward a computer to port 22, and my purpose of doing is so I can ssh from a remote location, making ssh easier. If so, ...
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Changing border colors

Border may not be the correct term for what I'm describing but I would like to change the color layout in OS X. That is, when I open a browser or the terminal, the borders are a light gray color. ...
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how to get shell scripts to run at startup on Yosemite

There is a directory in System/Library for startup items I presume: StartupItems I need to have a shell script that will configure ethernet interface at start up, with local network address and ...
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Yosemite does not have ftp sharing option in file sharing preferences?

I have just obtained a Macbook Pro with Yosemite installed and am trying to connect to it from another host on the local network via ftp. The connection is refused. So I get into the preferences in ...
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How to have full directory path always shown in mac terminal?

I found answers but they don't work: I added this line in .bash_profile: export PS1='\u@\H:\w$' It outputs: \u@\H:\w$ Instead of: user@host:my/Current/Path/In/This/Terminal/Window$
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“Use Option as Meta key” with ability to type the # symbol

I am using Terminal version 2.5, where I have two requirements: I need to be able to type the <META> key. I need to be able to type the # character. How can I satisfy both of these? By ...
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ssh asks for passphrase not keychain password after locking keychain

I'm using Yosemite and store the ssh passphrase in a separate keychain (not the login keychain). This all works fine as long as the keychain is unlocked. When I lock the keychain, I expected ssh to ...
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Terminator for Mac OSX

I'm using Ubuntu on a daily basis, and recently (6 months ago) I bought a Mac, so the first thing I did was installing VMWare and Ubuntu on my MBP. Also I'm a developper and I was a huge fan of ...
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AppleHighlightColor syntax

I'm changing my highlight color via a command I find in Mathias Bynen's dotfiles like so: defaults write NSGlobalDomain AppleHighlightColor -string "0.764700 0.976500 0.568600" I'd like to change ...
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How do I make an AppleScript use a Folder in the Contents of a Bundle for an alias on the Desktop?

I'm trying to write an AppleScript to make a temporary alias on the desktop from a folder that resides in the Bundle's Contents:Resources folder and then execute a terminal command that has an ...