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 include the failing username on saslauthd failure in a log file in Lion?

How can the verbosity of logging be increased for SASL authentication failures? To be more precise, to include the failing user name in a log file on Mac OS X 10.7 (Lion) Server? Linux hosts have ...
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why does less seem to think my terminal has more lines than it does?

Don't know if this is really an OS X question, but: less seems to insist that my terminal (whether I'm using the builtin Terminal or iTerm2) has more lines than are actually displayed, and so the top ...
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My hostname is now out of sync

My hostname got out of sync with what it is set to in System Preferences - Sharing. From what I've read this is most likely related to a router having the ability to update my hostname. Anyhow, I've ...
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Signals sent to command-line programs when exiting terminal.app

When using tmux, if I CMD-W, or otherwise quite out of terminal, my tmux session persists, as it should. However, it still lists itself as "attached", whereas on other platforms, (e.g. Ubuntu) when ...
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After updating oh-my-zsh prompt is weird on startup

I have been using the default installation of oh-my-zsh (robbyrussell theme) without issues. I just did a 'git pull' and now on startup I see a weird prompt. As soon as I press any key the prompt ...
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Proxy won't work without telnet

This isn't a problem as such, more an irritant that's begging for a clean solution. At work we have a couple of Macs which I'm trying to get integrated nicely into Active Directory. We enforce all ...
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how to change dialog box default size

After last update to 10.3.3 "Open File" dialog is very small by default (much too small on a a hi res screen).I believe the default size can be changed using Terminal. But how? Small dialog boxes were ...
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Single User Mode not starting

First of all, there's no firmware password or anything fancy. I'm trying to diagnose a late-2011 MacBook Pro 15", and I'm trying to get into the single user mode. I press and hold Cmd+S (the left Cmd, ...
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2011 MBP won't go into Terminal or let me log in

I have a complicated issue, please bear with me! I seem to have really screwed myself over. My 2011 MacBook Pro (Maverick) won't let me access Terminal. Once or twice it showed up for a second but ...
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Why can I open an app from Contents/MacOS/app but not by clicking the icon?

I have an application that is fully functional when opened from Show Package Contents > /Contents/MacOS/app however when I click the icon in the Applications folder the icon just keeps bouncing. ...
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Terminal Sudo “3 incorrect password attemps”

Every time I do something in Terminal where you need a password following thing comes: Sorry, try again. Sorry, try again. Sorry, try again. sudo: 3 incorrect password attempts ...
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How to configure the pf firewall in the terminal?

I have googled it and have yet to find any good tutorials so far. Most of what I can find are for ipfw or GUI softwares. Does anyone know of any good tutorials on it? Would any of the non mac ...
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FFMPEG via AUTOMATOR not working argument “drawtext timecode”

I am new to scripts and automation but I wrote a script to help me on my daily job of watermarking and burn in timecode on videos. I created an Automator drop on app to convert videos and watermark ...
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Installation Alert: Unable to force quit iTunes

Reads as unopen in the dock, but computer (OS X 10.10) won't install software regardless. Have tried running "-9 iTunes" in Terminal, but to no use. UPDATE: Ok I've tried running "killall -9 iTunes" ...
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-bash: /Users/[me]/.rvm/scripts/initialize: No such file or directory

I was in a directory where I had a ~ and I went to remove it by doing rm -f ~ for which it said it was a directory. So I made the really silly move of doing rm -rf ~ and suddenly I get the error ...
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Opening new Terminal tab with Vim

I am using the Unite plugin as a fuzzy finder to open files in Vim, and I was wondering if there was a way to open files in a new Terminal tab instead of in Vim's internal tabs. Thanks!
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I get this error when running sudo dd if=/dev/zero of=/dev/rdisk# bs=64k in Terminal

I'm following the steps explained in this answer: sudo dd if=/dev/zero of=/dev/rdisk# bs=64k but get an error dd: /dev/rdisk2: Input/output error 1+0 records in 0+0 records out 0 bytes transferred ...
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Can not set ls colors in zsh

I'm using zsh on OS X with the Dark Solarized theme. I'm trying to customize my ls colors, in particular the yellow background for directories which bothers me a lot. However, nothing I change in ...
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From the terminal, how can I disable iTunes from running when a device is connected?

Using terminal, I want to disable the feature of iTunes that causes it to run whenever a device is plugged in, but I want to do this entirely from the terminal, so that it can be part of an OSX setup ...
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Is there a voice-activated command prompt?

I injured a hand six weeks ago, and, being a programmer/sysadmin, I'm looking into ways to control a Terminal application using my voice (or, I suppose more broadly, not using my left hand). I am ...
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How to disable Bluetooth Sharing via terminal?

I want to disable the Bluetooth Sharing that is located in the sharing preference section. I want to be able to disable it via terminal, does anyone have an idea on how to do that?
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How to keep imessage running/logged in on a macbook pro

I know I saw a link somewhere before but I can't find it on this site or in my bookmarks. For some reason, my iMessage or some accounts on my iMessage program on my MacBookPro (10.9.5) keeps ...
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Configure: error: clang version 3.0 or later is required - but I already have it

I'm trying to follow this RVM installation guide, supposedly for Snow Leopard 10.6.8 (I should point out that $ rvm -v returns -bash: rvm: command not found), but when I run $ curl -L ...
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Can I get rid of these timestamps in terminal?

I'm getting Javascript output in my terminal and it currently looks like this: Is there a way to get rid of the timestamps at the beginning of each line? I'm not sure if this is something I somehow ...
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how do I install SIPSAK?

How and where is this installed from on a Mac? For context, SIPSAK is the SIP Swiss Army Knife: sipsak is a command line tool which can send simple requests to a SIP server. It can run additional ...
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Mac Terminal won't accept £ in ssh password?

I have an issue where I'm trying to ssh into the root account of a firewall from my Mac. I'm on the same network as the firewall. ssh root@1.2.3.4 I'm then asked for my password which contains the ...
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Backspace over SSH shows ^?

I'm trying to use vim to SSH in terminal on my Macbook. All the solutions I found were for PuTTY, but I'm using terminal. Someone said to add this to my vimrc but that did not work: stty erase ^? ...
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How do I install SIPSAK with macports?

For context, SIPSAK is the SIP Swiss Army Knife: sipsak is a command line tool which can send simple requests to a SIP server. It can run additional tests on a SIP server which are usefull for ...
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Executing files directly from read/write WebDAV server

I’m using the Finder’s built-in Connect to Server... feature and use it for connecting to a read/write WebDAV server. Everything is working except executing files hosted on the server. I tried ...
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Terminal runs a lot of programs on start, why?

Every time I open a new terminal it takes a while to hand it over to me because it goes through a process of running sed, awk, and the ruby interpreter (I think that's what it's doing). Can anyone ...
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shotdetect fatal libpng error gd-png error: setjmp returns error condition

I downloaded shotdetect and followed this guide to install it on OSX Yosemite 10.10.1 . When I try to run shotdetect, it appears to run through the entire video file, but then fails towards the end. ...
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Configure terminal dimensions to show as Lines x Columns

In my terminal, when I ask to show Dimensions (profiles -> window -> dimensions), it shows the dimensions as Columns x Lines, but when I use resize -s 25 200, I am actually resizing as Lines x ...
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How to paste Chinese/Unicode characters to Terminal?

I'm trying to paste some Chinese: 你好世界 to my Terminal, but instead I've got ^L or some other weird characters. The same happens for other unicode characters (such as £āēīōūśṣṭēīōū) when pasting or ...
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SSH via sudo cron on Yosemite

I have a shell script that is supposed to run via cronjob on Yosemite, also when no user is logged in. I discovered the cron has to be edited with sudo crontab -e to do that. The script connects to ...
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Sudo giving dyld problem. Help for a beginner

I am new to using a macbook terminal. Initially when I used the terminal for working on Raspberry Pi everything was great. But now when I try to use the terminal and type sudo it keeps giving a dyld ...
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How to adjust a desktop picture through the command line (terminal)?

So after some research, I came along this wonderful little gem for setting a desktop background through the command line. osascript tell application "Finder" set desktop picture to POSIX file ...
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Can't ssh into iPhone

I used to be able to do this a while ago, but now, for some reason I can't. I have installed and later reinstalled OpenSSH on my iPhone. ssh root@10.0.1.16 Returns that the connection to 10.0.1.16 ...
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How to perform a find with Chinese characters?

I'm ssh'd into my iPad 2,1 running iOS 8.1. I'm trying to do a find for "PP越狱": fermat-ipad:/ root# find /var/mobile/ -iname XXX When I enter the Chinese name for XXX, I get: (arg: 1) find ...
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Are copies using rsync faster than using Finder?

So - I have a question about using rsync in Terminal. I need to move a Time Machine backup off of an external drive in order to reformat it. The 'backups' folder is nearly 300 GB. At first I tried to ...
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Help with Unix command in Apple Remote Desktop

I'm trying to remotely run a script in ARD on multiple machines at once. The problem is the script prompts the user to type in 'y' before running. I can't figure out how to answer the prompt when ...
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Why am I getting command not found even though path to command exists in PATH variable?

On Mac OSX 10.10.1 I get command not found for anything installed in /usr/local/bin (however command is found if I use sudo) PATH variable contains this path. for example pip. Here are some lines from ...
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how to check last time that OD Policy or MCX Refresh was run

Is there a method to get the date and time of the last OD policy update or MCXRefresh on a 10.6 or later Apple computer from the terminal?
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How Do I Override the Addition of the folder for the Server app version of PostgreSQL?

I am currently using RVM for managing different gemsets for different versions of Ruby. RVM has made changes where the RVM folders must be listed first or else I have to manually set the gemset each ...
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Urxvt on homebrew ignoring certain .Xdefaults and .Xresources settings

I have a .Xdefaults and a .Xresources that I use on my Linux setups that I want to also use on my OSX setup. However, the Urxvt I installed on homebrew is not picking up certain settings from both ...
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Page Up / Page Down - Changing scroll length on Yosemite

I have come to inquire about a terminal command to edit/change the amount of scroll length Yosemite does when page up or page down is pressed. For my knowledge, I think default value is one whole ...
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Why can't I type 'e' in terminal?

It beeps when typing the lower case of e .Tried to change the VT100 mode, still doesn't work.
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How to find lost terminal sessions

I use Terminal for web development, and typically have various tabs open, some of which are divided into multiple session (via tmux). After a while, I'll accidentally hit command-W and kill one of ...
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My PCIe SSD crashed during OS reinstall, now will not mount, unmount, repair

While I'm pretty sure I totally broke the partition table, I've been unable to fix it using tools like testdisk and diskwarrior. My machine crashed during installation of 10.8 OSX on a mercury ...
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Way to Geolocate Files by Date Created

Does anyone know of a way (programmatic/Terminal or GUI) to geotag files using GPX files the way that Aperture can do for photos? (I'm basically trying to create my own "Atlas" function from ...
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fish shell suggests commands in tmux

I use fish shell, it's has option "suggests commands", so it is works like in the next screenshot. Examle: You type command git status. In the next time when you type just g or git fish give you ...