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In Bash, can I output text from cut into a new command?

This might be a vague title, but it's hard to explain what I'm doing in a short title. I have a tool that removes adware and it mainly runs in bash. Some of the programs I want to kill may have ...
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Yosemite displaying the blue and grey screen of death

I have a late model 2011 MacBook Pro, and I upgraded to Yosemite two weeks ago. Yesterday I was working in After Effects on some pretty big movie files when the laptop screen just went black. Now ...
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How do I create terminal session independent env vars on OS 10.10?

I read Mortimer's answer here http://stackoverflow.com/questions/25385934/setting-environment-variables-via-launchd-conf-no-longer-works-in-os-x-yosemite and added this file in /Users/MyName/Library/...
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Terminal not beeping on bell character

I'm running a nearly vanilla installation of OS X Yosemite 10.10.1 with the usual Homebrew, MacPorts, and Fink. I have barely anything installed with these utilities. For some reason, my Terminal....
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Need help with update to latest Git using Terminal

I was trying to update to the latest Git version in my Terminal. I've no clue what I did and all I remember was that I removed the previous installed Git I think because when i run the following ...
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How can I specify shutdown time with “sudo shutdown”?

In the following Terminal command sudo shutdown -r now, there is a time set ("...now"). Is there a way to set a specific time. For example, could it be sudo shutdown -r -int 1200?
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How to configure $PATH (for LaTeX) and run commands in Terminal?

After consulting the programming section of StackExchange, I have been referred to apple.stackexchange instead. I am using the following template: http://www.latextemplates.com/template/masters-...
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iTerm2: How to change the color used to highlight search results?

It seems that iTerm2 is hardcoded to highlight search results using a yellow background color. I tried both the latest release and the nightlies but could not find a way to change that color. Did I ...
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How to isolate processes that evoke insane mds_stores disk read activity?

I have an interesting situation where when I monitor my disk activity, I find that mds_store is continually running between 1 to 35 megabytes per second (averaging around 3-5 MB/s) on the read and ...
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Displaying calendar events as text, in the terminal

Using Yosemite, is there a way to display events from my calendar in the command line? I'm aware of the stock calendars apple supplies for things like holidays and such, /usr/share/calendar/ and the ...
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Command line “convert” tool corrupting first file in folder

textutil -convert txt * -output * I am batch converting some RTFs to TXTs. For some reason, the first (only the first and always the first) file in the directory does not convert AND gets corrupted ...
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Why do I have /Volumes/Storage Drive?

In Terminal, I noticed I have /Volumes/Storage Drive. On my mac, I have no drive named Storage Drive. Furthermore, no Storage Drive appears in Finder or Disk Utility. When I cd inside Storage Drive ...
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How can I connect to ftp server in terminal?

How can I connect to ftp server in terminal? What is the command? For example for the ssh server: ssh admin@ip.of.the.site
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How to use gcc or git without installing xcode?

I am a newbie of Mac user. I can see there are gcc, git, etc in the "/usr/bin" folder. But when I want to use them, it prompts like this: MacBook-Pro:~ nan$ git xcode-select: note: no developer ...
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Is there a terminal command to restart an application?

I am having issues with Adobe Dreamweaver on my Mac running Yosemite. I will be in the middle of saving a file to my server and it just locks up. Nothing will happen after that. I try and force quit ...
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Created a symlink but Finder shows it as an Alias

When I try to backup my iPhone, iTunes gives me an error, saying that it cannot make a Backup because the backup is damaged or not compatible. To move the backup folder I have followed the steps as ...
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Toggle notification center's DoNotDisturb from terminal [duplicate]

Is there any way to toggle it with i.e. osascript? I'm on Yosemite.
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why cannot I edit my `hosts` file?

I'm trying to edit my hosts file, because doing ssh <some host in hosts> fails to translate to ip. according to the Finder UI it is found under: however when trying to run cat hosts from the ...
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CD-ing a file to itself

I wrote an application in Applescript to open a black picture and fullscreen it in preview. I need the app to "cd" to itself, no matter where it is. That means if it is on the desktop it can pull up ...
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How to downgrade software using terminal?

New apple user here, I am trying to downgrade matplotlib to 1.3.1 after coming to this potential solution: https://github.com/matplotlib/matplotlib/issues/3470/ I just have no idea how to do that.
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How do I zip a .app file using terminal?

I'm having trouble zipping a .app file. If I zip without -r (recursive) it is really shallow, if I zip with -r it's really dense. The zip doesn't unzip correctly regardless.
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Applescript to replace string using sed

I need and Applescript to replace some text as follow: Original text: string  string  string  $  text1 string  string  string  $  text2 text3 string  string  string  $  text4 The ...
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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 https://github.com/andreafrancia/...
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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 words:...
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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 re-...
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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 10....
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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 ...