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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Turn off or adjust Dictation popup in Mac

In Mavericks, whenever I used Dictation, the little popup window would adjust to the left side of the text in Word, Pages, etc. However, since upgrading to Yosemite, this has been "fixed" and adjusts ...
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Possible to disable window size hints in Terminal.app?

When you resize your terminal and it 'snaps' to the height/width of a single character. Is there a way disable this? Or perhaps another terminal emulator offers this functionality?
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Problem with PATH after installing MySQL

I'm looking for help concerning a problem with my Terminal. After some researches on differents websites, forums, I'm not the first one in that case, but all the solutions I've tried sofar did not ...
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A shell script to open files as root in an IDE?

What I'm trying to do: open multiple system (Apache and PHP config) files to edit in my IDE of choice (Coda). The files are owned by the system, so root permissions are needed to edit them. sudo ...
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Is there a way to clean up possibly invalid disks that only show up on Mac OS Recovery through ‘diskutil list’ in Terminal? Does Recovery use them?

Hopefully that question is clear enough, and hopefully this is just me being silly. When I boot into the Recovery Partition, go into Terminal, and run 'diskutil list', I get quite a few tiny and ...
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Bash shell doesn't inherit $PATH set in /etc/launchd.conf

I am new mac OS X user and recently I am setting up my laptop as a work environment. That concerns environment variables setting in shell. After some search work I found several ways to set ...
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Is there a way to set up a public/private key login in Terminal Remote Connection?

I have to log into a few different droplets on Digital Ocean and the Terminal Remote Connection app seems like a simple way to do it but it doesn't offer (an obvious) way to save the private key with ...
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Run kinit as AppleScript promting for network username and password

I need to develop a small app (currently using AppleScript to do it) that I can send to users to run a "kinit" shell script command. This is on machines that are not bound to the domain, but needs to ...
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Unable to Erase USB / Trying to salvage

I am trying to salvage my USB but I keep running in to errors in Terminal. I attemped: diskutil verifyVolume /dev/disk2 Started file system verification on disk2 Checking file system ** /dev/disk2 ...
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Mac Terminal can't handle utf-8 characters

I've been having some trouble getting UTF-8 characters to display properly in Terminal, so I wrote the following program to run through and print out characters from Code Page 437 (which is the page ...
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How to access a connected iPhone device from within Terminal?

How can I access the connected iPhone or iPad from within Terminal on OS X? I want to get all the photos (only photos) from the connected iDevice and save it to any directory in my OS X filesystem. I ...
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Change source in Audio MIDI Setup via command line?

Is there a way to change the AirPlay source in Audio MIDI Setup via the command line (currently I'm doing this with GUI scripting)? My idea is to change the source with the defaults command in the ...
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OSX 10.9.4 Other sound device selected; sound still from internal speakers

This issue here is my exact problem (his was unsolved): OS X ML 10.8.2 sound from certain applications going to non-selected sound card? I have "Sound Flower 2ch" device selected, most all of the ...
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Bootstrap context issues when logging in via ssh with private key

I use ssh to connect to my laptop remotely. Recently, I decided to improve security by using a private key to authenticate instead of a password. I am able to connect and login with my user account, ...
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using mdfind for smart search across all files

I am trying to use the mdfind command to search for phrases across all files in my computer from the command line. Basically i am trying to combine grep and finder search since grep is too slow for ...
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(Re)Setting defaults preference on OSX for one folder excluding subfolders

i am trying to understand the "overall" file metadata vs preference default settings -logic with osx mav on my mac... after all i am totaly confused The issue: I set up my default com.apple.. to ...
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OSX 10.9: GCC standalone (non-admin)

I have a Mac Mini at home, with my own administrator account. My school provides MacBook Airs. I have XCode installed on the Mini, but I only use the command line extensions-- GCC, G++, etc. I don't ...
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Unable to use ssh to log into any linux server

Use /usr/bin/ssh -v SERVER to login, here is the output: OpenSSH_6.2p2, OSSLShim 0.9.8r 8 Dec 2011 debug1: Reading configuration data /Users/hong/.ssh/config debug1: /Users/hong/.ssh/config line 1: ...
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Overtype mode in command prompt

As a linux/windblows user, I am used to switching temporarily to Overtype Mode when using the command prompt. As a new user to the mac world, I do not know how to change text input mode from normal ...
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Move full screen app to the LEFT of first desktop in 10.9.4?

I am part of the Apple developer program, and received the 10.9.3 beta before the full release. In that version, I could place a full screen app to the LEFT of the first desktop. My setup was to have ...
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How to prohibit other languages than english in terminal

I am using some other languages other than English as input sources, every time I am opening my terminal and start writing a command I write it in a language other than English. I need to know if ...
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Terminal: Different Profiles, Different Startup Command

In Terminal preferences you can create different "profiles" under the "Settings" tab. After selecting a profile, clicking the "shell" tab will allow you to set a startup command. However, this is not ...
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Problem with w3mimgdisplay installed with MacPorts

I have installed w3mimgdisplay using MacPorts with "+inline_image_imlib2" and see w3mimgdisplay created under "/opt/local/libexec/w3m/w3mimgdisplay". But, still not able to see images inline in w3m ...
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Plugins with rxvt-unicode

I've just installed urxvt using homebrew: brew install urxvt But I can't find the plugins directory. I used to have them in /usr/lib/urxvt on my Linux machine, but this doesn't seems to work for ...
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Bind exception loop while trying to run Resin

I'm running into this issue while trying to run Resin under OSX 10.9, looks like it might be a permissions thing. I've already poked holes in my firewall using the following. sudo ipfw add 40000 ...
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For a bash script I want to replace a folder without changing owner and permissions

I want to replace a folder with cp -f without changing owner and permissions cp -R -f "newfolder" "oldfolder" Because I create backups of the old folder with the bash script I tried to use chmod ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...
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com.user.loginscript[ ]): Exited with code: 1

Whenever we restart our server it changes our DNS and apache settings. I haven't been able to figure out why, so I wrote a quick script to restore these to safe settings on login to fix Mac OS X ...
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hdiutil returns error when creating Ubuntu USB stick

I am following an online tutorial for creating an Ubuntu USB stick on OSX but I'm stuck in step 3: Convert the .iso file to .img using the convert option of hdiutil (e.g. hdiutil convert -format ...
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Top command not outputting all information

I'm trying to put together a script which collects the information produced by the top command relating to the system rather than the processes (i.e. the top few lines). When viewing in top binary ...
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Terminal freezes because of corrupt file

I wanted to edit the httpd.conf from apache2. I wanted to uncomment the php5 load line so it gets included. I started the terminal and used sudo nano /etc/apache2/httpd.conf to edit the file and ...
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Binding Escape Sequences to Terminal Keys Produces Characters, Not Actions

I was using an iMac from 2009. I had upgraded it regularly, going up to (and including) Mavericks. When I first got that iMac, I fixed the keys in Terminal so Home and End would move the cursor to ...
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/Volumes directory gone missing. Scared to reboot. Mystified

Somehow my /Volumes directory has gone missing. Fooling around with fuse, trying to mount my iPad's filesystem, I typed sudo ifuse /Volumes/ and lo, my /Volumes directory is gone. cd /Volumes returns ...
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Convert absolute symlinks to relative ones?

I've seen plenty of threads on the Internet about doing the opposite, but what I want to do is, given a folder: /Lib/Foo/Bar.framework/Versions/1.5 And a symlink to it: ...
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Mount Folder in Maverick

I want to mount a folder to another folder. My reasoning is: I have a free box.net account with 50GB, but it does not include versioning. So I would like to put the folder under git. But I do not want ...
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Command line tools for OSX Mavericks unavailable after installation

I'd like to install TuxMath on my Macbook running OSX Mavericks. In order to do so I need to install command line tools. In the Terminal this can be done by xcode-select --install It tells me ...
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How can I hide the TotalTerminal Visor from the command line?

I am using TotalTerminal. I know that I can set hotkeys to show or hide TotalTerminal's visor, but is there a command I can put at the end of a command line to hide it? For example: latex ; ...
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How to get rid of remnant samba shares via the shell

I'm running 10.6.8, and under System Preferences > Sharing > File Sharing is checked, and I have no folders under the left side. Naturally the right-side isn't populated with any users. When I ...
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move a file, replacing existing (if any), ideally by putting existing in the trash

I am trying to find a way to automatically (without user intervention) move a file from A to B, replacing B if it exists, ideally by putting the existing copy of B into the appropriate Trash folder. ...