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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Scrolling of the terminal does not always stick to the bottom

When my terminal gives lots of output (for example when I am compiling something), by default the scrolling automatically sticks to 'bottom' of my terminal window. But when I scroll within my output, ...
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deleting app from terminal

from the /Applications folder, I can launch apps on my Mac using the open command in the terminal like this open xcode.app open firefox.app Is there a way to delete apps from the terminal? This ...
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Downloads folder is showing empty when it's not!

My Downloads folder looks utterly empty, not a single file or folder. And I have already emptied the Trash too. But for some reason, a Terminal ls run for this folder says there are 16 items! Here's ...
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Want to Update OpenSSL with Ruby 2.0.0 Already Installed

I have Ruby 2.0.0-p451 installed via RVM. From what I have read online the newer versions of openssl need Ruby 2 installed. I'm running RVM 1.25.25. I currently host Ruby on Rails websites on my Mac ...
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say command says wrong text (for some voices)

I'm running 10.8.5 and installed some of the newer text-to-speech voices, including "Samantha" (aka Siri), "Tom", and "Jill". They work fine, except for the word "seq": say -v Jill seq produces the ...
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How to update applications that were moved from Application folder

All my applications in the /Applications folder are sorted in different subfolders, so that I can find them easily. I know, this is not recommended (see this question), since the Software Update looks ...
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ffmpeg working from command line in Terminal but not in an Automator shell script!

I have just compiled my own copy of ffmpeg on my system and it's located in the following path: /opt/local/bin/ffmpeg When I run the following command in Terminal.app, it runs smooth: ffmpeg -i ...
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Writing special characters to the clipboard with the command line

I'm trying to write the string あいうえお to my clipboard using the pbcopy command line tool like this echo あいうえお | pbcopy But what I'm getting in my clipboard is completely different : „ÅÇ„ÅÑ„ÅÜ„Åà„Åä. ...
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Why the shortcuts `CTRL+s` and `CTRL+q` don't behave like `stty stop/start` in terminal?

Why the shortcuts <C-s> and <C-q> don't behave like stty stop/start in terminal? 1.Enviroment Env: vim+zsh+iTerm2 on Mac OSX 10.9.2. (Same problem in vim+terminal+bash on Mac OSX 10.9.2) ...
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msmtp not looking at keychain over ssh, only looks when in terminal

I've been wrestling with setting up msmtp for some time now, only to realize that when I run it from a terminal it works as expected (uses my password from my login keychain) but when I'm ssh'ed to ...
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LSOpenURLsWithRole() failed with error -10810 - Downloaded app does not start

I'm trying to run an application downloaded from the internet (e.g., Jabref) but it seems that it fails silently. When I try to open it by double clicking it, nothing happens. When I use the terminal ...
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Howto install 'MySQL Utilities' using brew or brew cask

I installed MySQL server and client using brew. I installed MySQL Workbench with brew cask. But I don't find MySQL Utilities (something new?). Howto install that using brew or brew cask? ...
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Passing a password to an Automator application

I have written an Automator application with the following shell script to open an FTP connection on my system: sudo -s launchctl load -w /System/Library/LaunchDaemons/ftp.plist osascript -e 'tell ...
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Automator service for FTP

I am currently using SFTP on my MacBook to perform file transfers with my brother's Linux (Ubuntu) system. Every time we need to share a file, I start the FTP server on my Mac by running the following ...
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Where is the screenshot property list now located in Mavericks?

Previously, the screenshot property list could be found at: ~/Library/Preferences/com.apple.screencapture.plist In Mavericks, this file no longer exists. In the past, I used to be able to manipulate ...
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GNU Radio Companion Osmosdr block

When using macports to install gnurado the build stalls and brings my MacBook Air to a snail's pace.I am running osx 10.6.8. I have a .profile file in ~/ but I have a feeling it has to do with ...
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Using visudo to edit sudoers on Mac

I have managed to make the sudoers file on my Mac erorr. eg. $ sudo visudo >>> /etc/sudoers: syntax error near line 45 <<< sudo: parse error in /etc/sudoers near line 45 sudo: no ...
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Environment Variables on Mavericks

I am trying to set an environment variable that will be accessible from both a GUI application (Pycharm) as well as from the Terminal. This variable is called PYTHONPATH. I have tried Setting the ...
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Terminal Equivalent of Finder Sort Order

One of the features I like about the Finder is that it sorts numbers "correctly", i.e - a file named "Episode 10" will come after "Episode 9" in a list, rather than after "Episode 1". However, I ...
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Services as links for context menu

Is it possible to make a link to service? I am developing service for context menu, but each time I want to check it, I need to copy this service to directory ~/Library/Services Any ideas how to link ...
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Unknown Error -22 When Trying to Copy Files from Time Machine

Somehow I've managed to accumulate a bunch of files in Time Machine that don't seem to be capable of being copied out of Time Machine, citing "Unknown Error -22", like-so: sudo cp ...
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How can I get the list of allowed users for Remote Management via Terminal?

I want to use a command line tool to get the list of allowed users for Remote Management (ARD). I was able to enable ARD using kickstart, but I'm having trouble finding how you get the information, ...
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Automating ffmpeg using Automator Service

I often use ffmpeg off the command line to convert video files into mp4 on my Mac (running Mavericks). Do note, however, that I am NOT re-encoding my videos; am just changing the container from an avi ...
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What are the differences between terminal types supported by iTerm2?

I am looking for a brief comparison of the terminal types supported by iTerm2, mainly to see what setup to pick in order to minimize problems. Mainly, I am connecting with Linux (Debian/Ubuntu) ...
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Why does changing password in System Preferences work when it doesn't through Terminal?

My question might also be put, "What does System Preferences -> Users & Accounts do to change a user's password that I'm missing in the command line?" The desktop is joined to both OD and AD ...
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Add commandline app shortcut

How do I run the app: ~/ngrok by typing ngrok? I want to add a shortcut to the ~/ngrok location so that I don't need to know the place where it is when I run the app.
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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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Xvfb hangs while loading video extensions

I'm trying to get xvfb from XQuartz 2.7.5 running properly on 10.9. I'm starting the server with: Xvfb :30 -ac -screen 0 900x900x24 and it's hanging on Initializing built-in extension ...
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Raw binary midi stream in terminal?

I want to be able to cat the device file of a raw binary input stream from a midi controller. In Ubuntu, the process to do this was something like cat /dev/dmmidi1. However, I do not see such a file ...
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ls doesn't work on folder after time machine restoration

i find that if i attempt to ls on a folder after transferring the folder from windows 7 to osx via a FAT32 drive, i am unable to get a directory listing. I've tried the following: attempted to ...
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Preventing desktop jump when window is open on another desktop?

I have setup 2 Desktops in Mavericks (Mission Control). On "Desktop 2" there are some programs that need to run, but which I use rarely, for example a Terminal with some server tasks. Then on ...
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Strange word in Terminal Bash Prompt [duplicate]

When I launch terminal I'm greeted with: Last login: Thu May 1 15:36:29 on ttys000 fib:~ nyx$ What is fib and why is it there? Will be great if help can be provided to troubleshoot this...
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New mac - installed tmux but can't use mouse in for pane switching

I have the required setw / setg setting for mouse in my .tmux.conf but they aren't working. I've done tmux source-file .tmux.conf I can use tmux and split windows with my remapped keys and other ...
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Terminal: Adding logic to 'find' directories containing either [criteria A] or [criteria B]

I have inherited a vast media archive without a unifying organizational scheme. Its contents date back at least 10 years. I have been asked to find a needle in this hay stack, and I have some guesses ...
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Yara in terminal

I am quite new to mac and I came across something that I think is unusual (After researching the web). When I open the terminal application, I get a "Yara:" string before the command prompt... Is it ...
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What is the equivolent of “dmesg -c” on OSX?

How do I clear dmesg in OSX? In linux I simply run dmesg -c. dmesg, -C, --clear Clear the ring buffer.
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How to restore the computer's username in Terminal?

I would like to restore the previous name (default) in my terminal. How can I do that? I changed to $ sign only by applying this code: echo "export PS1='$ '" >> ~/.bash_profile . ...
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How to open a new Terminal tab in current working directory?

I want to create and run a bash function that: cd into a project's directory Open a new tab in Terminal in the same directory Open my dev tools and start dev services Item #2 doesn't work as ...
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Why does my terminal open with “Basic” settings

I have a laptop running OS X 10.9.2 and 10.7.5. On both I use Terminal extensively. I have Terminal set up open with Homebrew settings on startup on both 10.7 and 10.9. The issue occurs when I ...
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Whats the equivalent of the unix tree command on OSX

Whats the equivalent of the unix tree command on OSX (10.8.5)
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Monitor network connection process / delay

I'd like to identify what in the world delays my OSX 10.9.2 system from connecting to wifi upon waking from sleep. What is the right log to read or script to run or netstat or lsof command to run to ...
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how to turn off rotating cube animation upon user switch?

How to turn off rotating cube animation upon user switch? I apparently need to pad out this qwuestion, so i will add that it makes me dizzy thank you!
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Terminal Command to Check Available USB Ports

I recently took a trip and was utilizing a USB GPS Device push coordinates to a file. In the middle of the day the device decided to stop working. We were never able to get it back working again ...
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OS X Terminal not recognizing any commands

I recently tried to install CoffeeScript on my mac and now am unable to use even the most basic of commands like ls, cd and so on. Something tells me that it's because the $PATH variable has changed. ...
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How do I run this command in verbose output mode?

I want to update my OS X Mavericks USB key and would like to be able to see what my mac is doing after I enter the following command. sudo /Applications/Install\ OS\ X\ ...
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How to not let octave start new window?

I run octave in terminal, but whenever I use "Octave" to start octave (from terminal) or select from mission control, it starts a new terminal window and I find it annoying. How can I make octave run ...
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Rsync'd Files Are Hidden Through Finder, Visible Through Terminal

I have an hard drive from an previous MacBook that I need transferred to a NAS device. I used sudo rsync -r --progress /Volumes/oldDrive /Volumes/NASdrive to copy the files to the NAS drive. I need ...
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Why are the hidden files/directories seen in Terminal color settings?

When I tried to set my Terminal color by importing a color scheme stored in ~/Dropbox/.personal/myColor.Terminal, it didn't display the hidden directories, including ~/Dropbox/.personal (and other ...
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To have inkscape's terminal scripts in terminal like in Linux

I am trying to write this makefile in OSX. I have installed Inkscape but it does not have the script that allows you run commands in terminal like this inkscape $(SOURCE).svg -w $(WIDTH) ...
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Ensure that the user is signed in after a reboot via Terminal.app

In the User settings I have Automatically Sign In as: . However, when I reboot the machine via SSH in the Terminal.app the machine reboots, but does not sign in the specified user and is stuck at the ...