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How to run Continuity Activation Tool from Recovery HD's command line?

I use Continuity Activation Tool to enable Continuity on my early-2011 13" MBP with an upgraded AirPort card. However, El Capitan's Rootless feature has forced me to use a modded version of CAT that ...
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“Unable to unmount volume for repair” message about reformatted (and empty) SSD in “Option/ALT startup”

I am trying to reformat a Samsung 512GB Pro with bootable USB, and I have managed to get through the prep for the USB so I'm in no need there. But after the "Option/ALT startup" I click on the USB to ...
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Mac Terminal (+bash +tmux +set-o vi) missing characters at end of line

Often when editing a historical bash command in vi mode (after pressing ↑), and then moving backwards in the text using b. When I begin editing the text after pressing i or a, the extra text I insert ...
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Set environment variable for iCloud Drive path

Foreword Setting env vars on Yosemite seems to be really a pain, but I've managed doing it thanks to this clever way: http://stackoverflow.com/questions/25385934/setting-environment-variables-via-...
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In bash script, how to have a script that runs in the background and starts when an application is opened

I'm making a script which should run when I open Safari. I want it to open when the user logs in and run in the background, then have part of the script to run when Safari opens. Is this possible in ...
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Cannot create hidden user in Yosemite

I am currently trying to make a hidden user on Yosemite. I have tried to follow tutorials from this site, however when I run the command sudo dscl . append /Groups/<real_name> GroupMembership &...
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How to set the colour of a folder with a specific name on mac terminal?

I am using these four lines in my .bash_profile file to enable colouring on my mac terminal (Mac OS Yosemite). export PS1="\[\033[36m\]\u\[\033[m\]@\[\033[32m\]\h:\[\033[33;1m\]\w\[\033[m\]\$ " ...
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Problem with Livestreamer after updating Python to 3.4

After upgrading to Python 3.4 i get this message when trying to use livestreamer: /usr/local/bin/livestreamer: line 3: __requires__: command not found /usr/local/bin/livestreamer: line 4: import: ...
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Changing color of text in terminal for program output

This might be answered already but I could not figure out a good way to phrase it to look for an answer so I hope you'll bear with me. I want to change the color of the text output on Terminal if it ...
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Terminal appears to ignore autoproxyurl setting

I can't get easy_install to install anything as it complains it gets a connection refused.: Searching for BeautifulSoup Reading https://pypi.python.org/simple/BeautifulSoup/ Download error on https:...
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How can i delete a partition in Terminal when I can't simply combine because 'The given partitions are not on the same whole disk'?

Before I partitioned my HD, the only one I had was "Macintosh HD". The partition created one called "Macintosh HD2" I used terminal to erase "Macintosh HD2" somehow, but it returned as "Untitled." ...
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How do I locate and disable background PGP and Kapersky start up programs?

I had to uninstall Kapersky by deleting the application but the item still shows up on my task bar when I restart. Also, I have PGP installed on my mac, but when I telnet to port 25 of another server,...
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can't commit network settings via command line

I'm writing a Python script that changes network settings with commands like networksetup -setv4off 'PANTECH UML295' and networksetup -setdhcp 'PANTECH UML295'. When I enter these in Terminal, I enter ...
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Create Iso from directory

I'm trying to create an iso from a directory on my computer. I've tried using both the Disk Utility method and just Terminal but I keep getting Operation not permitted errors regardless of my method. ...
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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't delete files from remote Buffalo drive, “Permission Denied”

There are several files on a remote Buffalo drive that I can't delete. I'm using a Mac (OSX 10.9.5) and Finder reports the drive's filesystem as "SMB (NTFS)". I have tried from the GUI and from ...
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How to Hide All users from fresh boot With FileVault 2

With System preferences>Users & Groups> Login options> display login window as "Name and Password" normally you need to type out the user name and password to sign in. With FileVault2, when ...
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Problems with a simple shell script

I've faced with the problem of using simple shell commands like AWK and print within my sh scripts on my Mac ( the same script works perfect on the Linux). For instance below script which seek for the ...
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How to disable a specific sensor within a .kext?

I have a Macbook Pro 13" Retina, mid 2014 with a "right palm sensor" that is malfunctioning. It thinks that the computer is overheating, and it therefore is causing the kernel_task to eat up 250% - ...
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Searching/opening filer from network location using terminal

I am creating .sh script that will open smb://location/foder. The location contains a lot of folders that are being constantly created, and every time when I navigate I need to open different folder. ...
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Is HISTFILESIZE behavior different in Yosemite?

For a long time I've used the HISTFILESIZE environmental variable to control the number of lines that get written to my terminal history (the default of 500 is not enough; I set it to 10000). Ever ...
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Can I get less(1) to display the final line, without selecting it?

When less(1) is looking at a file with a long name, pressing = updates only the final line on screen. For example, with the Terminal window at 80 columns and 27 rows (the default, I think), if I do: ...
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Finder's akward filesize behavior

Updated my os from Snow Leopard to Mountain Lion a week ago and noticed strange filesize info inside 10.8.5's finder. The info on filesize/foldersize in 10.8.5 is different from 10.6.5. While a folder ...
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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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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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Change Managed, Mobile Account Password through script?

Wondering if anyone has worked with something similar before - we have a number of Mac laptops connected to an Active Directory server, and on first login users create a Managed, Mobile account. When ...
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SSH Public key access - my password is being stored somewhere?

I've just created a Public/Private key to access my server via SSH, this has all worked fine but I added a passphrase to the key when it was created. The first time I logged in via terminal and ...
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Aggressize standard stream buffering in latest Command Line Tools (6.1)

I just upgraded my "Command Line Tools" via App Store.app's update process to Version 6.1. It seemed to install just fine, but a lot of commonly used command line tools now have much more aggressive ...
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No access privileges after new setup via Terminal commands OSX 10.5.8

I have an old G5 Mac running OSX 10.5.8 (leopard)and I had forgotten my admin password. I used some excellent terminal commands I found at Ask Different to Reset the initial setup. I used a different ...
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Terminal window is now blank

A Terminal newbie here. I had downloaded and installed Git, but when I typed "Git --version" I would get illegal instruction. I tried to uninstall Git and now my Terminal window in blank. How do I ...
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Click in finder vs “open -a” on command line

I have a file type (.mxl -- compressed MusicXML) which if I double click in Finder opens properly in my .mxl reader (Finale 2014.app) but which if I call "open file.mxl" or "open -a /Applications/...
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How to display unicode chars in emacs when running in terminal

This is not strictly a OSX question but someone in here probably has a solution. I'm running emacs from the command line and I simply can't get emacs to correctly show Unicode characters. Everything ...
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Automated mass MAC Address and Serial Number collection with NetBoot or NetRestore

I work in an environment that utilizes OS X Server's NetBoot and NetRestore on a daily basis for preparing Macs for resale. I am working on a new, custom image for a customer that has a special ...
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Replacing iphone interface with terminal

Is there an app in cydia or just anyway to replace the normal interface(having to tap icons in order to open) with a terminal. Im using mobileterminal but its just an app. Im looking to replace it all ...
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Executing 'killall Finder' in Terminal raises reopening windows popup

I open Terminal, type killall Finder, press enter to execute, then Finder icon bounces and the well known error popup appears: The last time you opened Finder, it unexpectedly quit while reopening ...
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How to prevent TextEdit from commandline to cause Developer Unknown warning?

Is there any way (other than disabling Gatekeeper through preferences) to allow TextEdit to open my shell-script from a command-line? I'm more than ok with a dialog warning me, but the current dialog ...
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DNS Lookup Failure on Terminal Only (Mavericks)

I recently did a clean install of Mavericks, and ever since I have, I've been having intermittent DNS lookup failures on the terminal only. Browsers work fine (Chrome, Safari). But nothing works ...
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When adding passwords to Keychain Access from command line NTLM is converted to MLTN

This is one of the weirdest things... I script adding passwords to Keychain Access when I log in to provide a "SSO" like experience. I use AppleScript to run some terminal commands that look like ...
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Is it possible to disable forced monospace in Terminal.app?

In Terminal.app in Mavericks, regardless of which font you use, the font metrics are ignored and forced monospacing is applied instead. Is there a way to disable this? Ridiculous example of the ...
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Terminal speed up doesn't accept command line arguments from outside source?

From a previous suggestion I changed terminals startup command from default to '/usr/bin/bash' which I created as a link to '/bin/bash' which stops terminal from login in every time I open a tab ...
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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 /path/to/...
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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) --export-png=...
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Clever way to create image of entire terminal log?

I would like a way to execute one command, to take a "screenshot" of the entire terminal log (including lines of text that are not visible without scrolling) Possibly an application that has this ...
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openAL Terminal ends with Error: Couldn't open input file (-43)

I've followed the tutorial of openAL sound on the iPhone. While trying to make input file, I'm getting the error which looks like Error: Couldn't open input file (-43) Here is what I've done so ...
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Printing to a Windows printer from the command line (smbclient -c “print”)

I am trying to print to a Windows printer server requiring authentication from the command line. An option is to use kinit to get a Kerberos ticket (and it works). On a Linux machine I also managed ...
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Switching network location under Mavericks without password

When using Lion I could issue this command at the terminal to change network locations(which I got from this site, thank you): networksetup -switchtolocation "Proxy" I've recently upgraded to ...
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Detecting that an external display is plugged in or unplugged on a laptop via bash

Is there a way via bash to detect that an external display has been plugged in or unplugged via bash? I know that I can create a crontab command that fires a script that uses the system_profiler ...
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set default browser (all users) from CL?

Is it possible to set the default web browser for the computer (i.e. for all users) from the command line? If I understand correctly, individual users' browser preferences are stored in ~/Library/...
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Can't use Alt+N in Terminal

I installed Zsh the other day but didn't like it so I promptly removed it. Since doing so however I'm no longer able to type alt+n to get a ~ character, whilst it works everywhere else. Yes, I know I ...
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Adjusting Brightness, or executing any keypress, on remote computer via ssh

What are the options to target specific keys on a remote computer and execute the equivalent of virtually pressing them from the terminal via ssh (what would normally be a user pressing them)? ...