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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How to change fonts picked by Terminal.app to display languages other than English?

This is definitely and advanced topic and possibly needs a hack that I am willing to do. I edit Arabic files quite a lot. Arabic characters displayed by Terminal.app are not playing nice at all. To ...
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how to execute mkdir in /home/ directory

I want to create a directory 'administrator' in my /home/ directory but it won't allow me as it alway returns the error Operation not supported. Any ideas? Roberts-MacBook-Pro:home robert$ pwd /home ...
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Terminal: Is there a way to be notified of activity when tailing an error log

I often ssh into a machine and tail -f it's php error log. My ideal situation would be to leave this terminal window open in the background, but when there's activity from the tail command, have the ...
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how do I reset or clear the list of Volumes?

I am running into this problem when I accidentally remove a USB drive without properly ejecting it or similar and then plug it back in. When my drive is plugged back in it will apear normally, for ...
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Terminal shows hostname from old machine, not new machine

Right now I have a Mac Mini. I migrated macbook pro data from a time machine, but I didn't do it from the beginning of my startup. I used the migration assistance to migrate the data. However, I'm ...
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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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Terminal: Application Not Responding

A few days ago, Terminal.app suddenly stopped working. Whenever I open it, the little light below the icon in the dock turns on (and stays on), but no window appears. When I right-click the icon, I'm ...
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Where did tab completion go?

Recently, in both Terminal and iTerm, my tab autocompletion has stopped working. About 80% of the time I just get the error sound when I hit TAB. About 20% of the time I get the expected behavior. ...
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How can I import private keys to iSSH app in iPhone?

Suppose a private key in Dropbox/server. I have tried copying it from Dropbox to iPhone's default clipboard and then to iSSH app but there is no area to paste it in iSSH, very unintuitive ...
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Best rsync options to transfer data between two Mac

I am about to move my data from my old iMac to a brand new MacBook Pro. I would like to start over with a fresh install on B and copy just a subset of my data, reinstalling applications from scratch, ...
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How do I edit Mac OS X terminal history?

How do I edit my bash history in Mac OS X? I entered a password in that window by mistake and do not want to remove my whole history.
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Recreate unknown users on crashed mac

About a month back one of our Macs crashed and we had to restore it. The computer had an external drive connected to it and all the data is still there. Though some of the users are "missing". If we ...
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OS X breaks if I apply HFS compression to the whole volume. What do I need to exclude?

OS X breaks if I apply HFS compression to the whole volume. (It won't boot.) What do I need to exclude? I've been able to compress large parts of it, but then I had to restore after I compressed ...
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Check if Network Accounts are avalible

We have a domain running Microsoft Active Directory and in that domain there is a number of Mac computers running Leopard and later. Sometimes the users are met by a red dot at the login screen, ...
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How can I bind only Left-Option to Meta/ESC in Terminal?

I need Option for typing some special characters, so I cannot use Terminal.app’s “Use Option as Meta key” setting. But I cannot bear to do without an ESC-emitting Meta key either. Eventually I got ...
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Password problems changing users in Terminal

I'd like to switch between the default user in Terminal and the user 'postgres', created when I installed PostgreSQL 9.2. If I type su postgres, I'm prompted for a password that I don't know and ...
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set remote sharing prefs in terminal

I am admin for department and I want to batch change the "show remote management status in menu bar" so that I don't have to log in to each machine and set it. I have ARD so I can run a terminal ...
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what are the split terminal commands

I stumbled across the command-d hot key which splits the terminal into 2 panes. But I cant find documentation anywhere on how to close the new pane or even switch the focus to it so I can use it. ...
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How to add folder to Spotlight “do not index”?

Is there any way to programmatically add a folder to Spotlight's "Privacy" tab? Either through Terminal or Applescript? Often I want to click on an item in Spotlight results in Finder, and have that ...
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Where are login options stored?

How can I read Login options from terminal (Automatic login, Display login windows as, Network Account Server etc.)?
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autossh not behaving as expected

I am trying to use autossh, like so: autossh -f -i id_rsa -D 8080 user@myserver.com However, on both an PPC Tiger eMac and a Mountain Lion MacBook Pro, I just get presented with the argument and ...
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Can I use the Terminal to find all OpenMeta tags on my system?

I know that there are apps that can do this, so I figure it must be possible: I'd like to compile a list of every OpenMeta tag that I've used on my Mac (OS X 10.8.3). But here's the rub: I'd ideally ...
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SSH request timeout every time

I am trying to access a storage space we have at work via ssh but I get a timeout every single time (Mac OS 10.7.5 - Terminal). I checked firewalls, settings, even turned off Little Snitch, and port ...
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Removing current Python version and use other python version

First of all i installed python 2.7 with manual.After i installed python2.6 with macport with referenced this. And after i deleted my Python 2.7 files. The main point is when i write python at ...
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Can an alias be added to the dock via the command line?

I found this article but it handles the GUI solution. I would like to automate the setup of a new machine, and do that I've created Dropbox shares of a number of my common configurations. (I could ...
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OSX Removing file under a “.vol”

I have a file I want to remove that's stored inside a ".vol" 501   9984 Corel Painter 1  16 /.vol/16777218/29979256/nTitles Product Licenses IV I received this by running sudo opensnoop -n Corel ...
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How do I get the terminals in terminal.app to go to the right directory after restart with tcsh?

The terminal.app keeps the tabs after a restart and it even shows the content of the buffers. But all open tabs are at the home directory rather than the working directory they were in at shutdown. I ...
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Weird Output in terminal

I am using the terminal for some debugging and I noticed that it has stopped displaying my user before the path. Now its displaying (null) like so: (null):mspgcc-examples dean$ Whats changed? As ...
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uptime: /dev/ttys003: No such file or directory

When I use the uptime command on OS X, this error is printed: $ uptime uptime: /dev/ttys003: No such file or directory 20:57 up 36 days, 22:10, 3 users, load averages: 1.77 1.37 1.75 By running ...
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>console login - changing the screen size

so when I log into the terminal from my login screen (by typing >console as username), I get logged in to the terminal. However, when I try to use vim or anything useful, it only takes up around 1/4 ...
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moving the downloads folder inside another folder (10.8.2)

i was hoping to utilize this trick How to move the Downloads folder (in Mountain Lion) to another disc to move my Downloads folder inside a directory called "disktop zi5" which is inside the directory ...
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How to implement this script on a Mac

I just read Matt Might's blog post on eliminating filler and "weasels" from my writing, and I am wondering how I would implement this on Latex to run and check my document? I know I should use ...
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Alt-. and vertical bar (pipe) on terminal

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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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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How can I get tab completion back?

In terminal, if I try tab completion in a directory e.g. Movies, instead of the movies beginning with S (if I type S followed by tab, I see SetFile, Splitforks and SystemStarter. I suspect I installed ...
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Python IDLE can't be opened by double-clicking .py files in Finder

I can't open .py files in IDLE by double-clicking them in Finder (IDLE is currently set as the default program for opening such files). Nor can I open those files by right-clicking and selecting ...
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Terminal font is not smooth

I am new to Mac, and I am finding that the fonts are not smooth. Changing the system defaults (defaults write -g AppleFontSmoothing -int 2, "Use LCD font smoothing" checked) do not improve the fonts. ...
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mac asking password after cd in terminal

Recently my mac has started asking me for a password after I use cd in Terminal.app (haven't tested other term apps). strangely though, if I press ctrl-C when the passowrd is asked, the question goes ...
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Disable password authentication on SSH server on OS X Server 10.8

I want to disable the password authentication of the SSH server on my OS X Server. this should be done in /etc/sshd_config, right? But I’m not sure which setting I should change…
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How can I create a stand alone APP to run a terminal command

I have the requirement to manually run the OSX maintenance scripts in OSX (Lion / Mountain Lion). I would like to create a completely stand alone application that would achieve the following goals: ...
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My MBP (13 inch, MID 2010) will not start up

I have used the internet for the past 2 weeks in search of something that will help me troubleshoot/repair my MBP. It wont boot in Safe Mode using the SHIFT key. Following is everything I have tried ...
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Is there a console interface for the Client Monitor on OSX?

I'm writing a bash-script at work for controlling our Mac-computers (OS X Mountain Lion) remotely. Since we use FileWave in our Company we just have to remove an Application and restart the computer. ...
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Alternative to “luit” which is available via homebrew

I have a few legacy commands which I need to run in the terminal. Unfortunately they only work with ISO-8859-1 encoding being used. For now I manually switch the terminal encoding, but that bugs me. ...
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How do I force a partition and format on a USB key in OS X Mountain Lion Disk Utility or from CLI diskutil?

I have a brand new Memorex TravelDrive 64GB USB disk which is being troublesome. It's formatted FAT16 on MBR, which is not so nice, and I'd like to put it on HFS+. I've tried to do this through ...
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How did this ominous file end up in my Application Support folder?

Deleting this file will break the whole internets, for the sake of our children don't do it!. The above quotation is the content of a text file called STR8369805638PUB6932583035105 that I found ...
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Ruby 2.0.0 fails to install because of openssl

I can't install ruby from source, on configuration (./configure) it states Ignore OpenSSL broken by Apple. Please use another openssl. (e.g. using `configure --with-openssl-dir=/path/to/openssl') ...
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Load .bash_profile automatically on Terminal.app startup?

I have seen various questions that ask something similar. They suggest changing .bash_profile to .profile. However this doesn't work either. I have aliases setup up in .bash_profile. I would like ...
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Terminal Tab Title after SSH Session

In Mac OS X (I'm on 10.6.8, though I believe other versions are the same) ssh'ing into a remote machine changes the title of the current tab in Terminal. Annoyingly, when I disconnect from the remote ...
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Create a termnial command to open file with Chrome

I want to create command in terminal that would allow me to use chrome index.html and have the the given file open in Google Chrome. How can I get this working?
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Use Cmd as Ctrl key in vim

How can I input commands such as <Ctrl-W> and <Ctrl-]> in vim using Cmd instead of Ctrl? The reason why I want to do it is because it's more comfortable. When I need to switch to a ...