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How to view previous inputted MAC Address for WiFi network

I have a Belkin Router and accidentally changed the MAC Address for the Wireless Area Network. Is there a way to retrieve previous inputted MAC Address using Terminal? I'm looking around system and ...
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Showing wrong name in terminal

My Macbook's name is 'Suman'. But in terminal I have something different. How to solve it ?
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“l/” in shell creates a whitespace

Whenever I type l/ in terminal on OS X (Mavericks), it replaces it with a blank space. I can't seem to find any relevant problems or fixes on Google and I have no idea why this happens. For example, ...
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How can I create a symbolic link in Terminal?

What command is used to create a symbolic link/soft link?
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pbcopy exits code 1, no error message

I'm trying to use pbcopy and pbpaste to copy and paste to the clipboard from a shell. I read the man page to learn the syntax for these programs. However, no matter how I try to invoke pbcopy or ...
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Battery value in terminal different to battery value in menu bar

My MacBook Pro Retina is currently reporting 100% battery in the menu bar, however if I run the following command in terminal; ioreg -l -w0 |grep Capacity The following is returned; | | ...
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Use rsync to automatically copy a file to another folder

I found this command to copy the content of source to a destination folder. rsync -r source/* destination What I would really like is to have this command run automatically each time a file is ...
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Strange characters appearing in Terminal

When using Terminal, I sometimes get the following appearing. Last login: Fri Dec 27 22:04:56 on ttys002 ޕ:~ agrimm$ cd ruby ޕ:ruby agrimm$ cd .. ޕ:~ agrimm$ cd ruby/ ޕ:ruby agrimm$ pwd ...
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Command Line: create a link to folder and access files in this folder

I want to do this thing: Create a link to a folder. Put this link in home (~) directory Access files in linked folder from home directory (~/LinkToFolder/file) What is the best way to it? Main ...
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Change compile configuration of package installation in brew

How can I change the compiler configuration when I use brew install? I want to compile vim with +farsi using brew. But it seems that +farsi is not available options in brew: $ brew install +farsi vim ...
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How to put a custom launcher in the Dock (Mavericks)

I am new to Mac OS (I am currently using Mavericks) and I have performed google searches as well as search on StackExchange regarding my question but the discussions I came across don't quite answer ...
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Defining some global GIT settings to be automatically inherited

Sysnopsis Coming from a Linux background I still find Apples' modifications to the Unix hierarchy somewhat confusing. Nevertheless these subtle changes make it difficult for me to quickly do what I ...
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Why are the terminal color brighter than the ones I set?

I've changed my terminal's color but, as always, the color I set are rendered brighter than they really are. Here's the proof, I set the exact same color on ST and on my term, you can clearly see the ...
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OS X Terminal fn+delete doesn't work, prints ~

I recently did a fresh install of Mavericks, and ever since I haven't been able to use the fndelete keystroke in Terminal. On the command prompt, fndelete prints ~ and if I'm in vim, fndelete will ...
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Completion for git commands

I recently switched from using an Ubuntu box for the last 7 years to a Mac. I have read other posts like Switching from Ubuntu to OS X and I'm lost and What is the difference between iTerm2 and ...
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What options does Terminal pass to bash on startup?

In the Terminal preferences, I'm able to configure the Terminal to "Open shells with:" -> "Command (complete path):" /opt/local/bin/bash. What options is the terminal passing when invoking this ...
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Bash Terminal keeps showing “No such file or directory” at startup

-bash: /Users/MarksMac/Library/Enthought/Canopy_64bit/User/bin/activate: No such file or directory Basically, how do i remove the above error? I am using a mac 10.9.1 I have tried looking up ...
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Why isn't `history -a` working?

I am working under OS X 10.9.1 (Mavericks), using Terminal, which reports that it is GNU bash, version 3.2.51(1)-release (x86_64-apple-darwin13) I noticed some weird issues where history was not ...
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Open Terminal to a Specific Directory [duplicate]

On Windows I can Shift Right-click in a folder and I am presented with the option to Open a Command Window Here. Is there a way I can do this on my MacBook Air? Or, do I need to open the terminal ...
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Can the default permissions on /dev/disk* be changed?

Is it possibile to change default permissions /dev/disk*? In Linux this is done in the udev configuration files; which is the equivalent on OS X? I'd like to give group write permissions so members ...
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Change default alert sound from terminal in Mac OSX

The version of Mac OS X being used is 10.8.5. When I click the back button on an empty terminal windows if give a alert sound which is the 'Funk' sound in the System Preferences -> Sound -> Sound ...
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Opening Terminal shows a list of ttys - unable to use

Having the latest Mavericks installed, I tried to update PATH using nano and creating a .bash_profile file. I'm not sure what happened, but now when trying to run Terminal all that shows is a list of ...
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How can I rename an ordered list of files with an ordered list of file names?

I have a series of files. I need to apply a series of file names. So, 001.jpg -> apple.jpg 002.jpg -> banana.jpg 003.jpg -> orange.jpg etc. I will have to repeat this for each of 16 folders with ...
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iterm - what's the key-combo to switch panes?

I've learned how to split my terminal windows with apple-d and apple-shift-d. Its very useful. How do I then switch between the two panes (see below) using the keyboard? I know I can use the mouse ...
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Activity Monitor confusion

I have two java programs that run forever until I terminate the process, I start both at once using a script.... Cobrakai$more startCapture nohup startCaptureA.sh & nohup startCaptureB.sh & ...
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How to prevent OS X's 'screen' command from resizing the terminal upon entry?

I usually run my terminal sessions in 132 character wide mode in iTerm. However, when I start the 'screen' command, it re-sizes the terminal back to 80 characters. Is there a way to prevent this?
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Does Apache require special settings to run a command?

I am trying to create an image using Bio::Perl/Bio::Graphics and implement it on my webserver. However, whenever I am trying to run my scripts online, the command line does not respond to run my ...
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Full privileges on .command file, but it says I don't have appropriate privileges

I have a command that I regularly need to run in the Terminal (for application code signing). Normally I launch the Terminal, press the up arrow until I reach the command I want, and then hit enter. ...
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OSX Bash for loop - issues with spaces in folder names?

I'm getting a bit confused on how to handle spaces in path names when returned in a for loop. Rationale: I'm cleaning up the permissions on folders and files that I copy over from Windows. Most of ...
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Sudo password doesn't work even if I have no password

I've erased the password from preferencenow I can log in without using any password but when I run a sudocommand terminal ask me a password if I insert nothing or the old one it return error. What's ...
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Unable to enable AVB under Mavericks on MacBook Pro

I have a MacBook Pro that has the Thunderbolt hardware which means it should be able to support EthernetAVB. I have done a search and found the command to enable it at the website Manual Pagez. The ...
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How to get to know OS X/Unix better? [closed]

Not sure how to ask this but this problem has troubled me for so long. I'd long been a DOS/Windows user until about 12 years ago when Mac OS X first came out I turned to the Mac, and stayed here ever ...
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How to debug Trace/BPT trap: 5?

I get a Trace/BPT trap: 5 error when using the open command: $ open -a Emacs Trace/BPT trap: 5 $ open -a Safari Trace/BPT trap: 5 $ open -a TextEdit Trace/BPT trap: 5 Any suggestions how I can ...
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Parental Controls Through Terminal

I have it setup so that my son only has 1 hour of computer use per day. He commonly needs extensions, and I think the only solution to do it while I am away is through terminal. Is there a way to ...
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Building netgen on Mac OS 10.9 - problem with tcl and tk

I am a very beginner in building from source on Mac. (It's my first request here...) I am trying to build netgen and ngsolve. Mac OS 10.9, Xcode 5.0.2, macports version 2.2.1 After installing tcl ...
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Add color to custom ls alias

I created an alias to display permissions in octet format: alias lso="ls -l | awk ' { k=0; for (i=0;i<=8;i++) k+=((substr($1,i+2,1)~/[rwx]/)*2^(8-i)); if (k) printf("%0o ",k); ...
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How do I change mouse settings instantaneously from Terminal?

My school has a bunch of Macs that are always logged in as Guest and have very annoying default settings (natural scrolling, no secondary mouse button, etc), so I am trying to write a terminal script ...
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what shell would you recommend using on mac? [closed]

I'm new to Mac (using Mavericks) i thought to install zsh. Do anyone has a recommendation for a useful shell for mac?
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Does OS X's terminal app support mouse?

According to this answer over at SuperUser, OS X's terminal app should use Alt+Mouse Click to send mouse events to applications running in the terminal. I tried that with the Midnight Commander, but ...
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How to recursively edit path of symlinks?

This is an additional question that began with this one - How to edit Symbolic Links in OS X? Now that I know how to edit the path symlinks point to, I'm trying to figure out how to do this ...
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Mavericks - strange behavior creating simlink in root directory

I want to create a simlink called /home, that points to /Users. The command sudo ln -s Users home (executed in /) should work; at least, I've demonstrated that the syntax is correct by creating a ...
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Exclude all .git or .svn folders from Spotlight index

I would like to exclude all the .git and .svn folders on my hardrive from the Spotlight index. I know I can manually add them through the GUI but since they are many of them, and often new ones, it ...
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How Do I Use 'cp' to Overwrite Files?

Using a shell script or Terminal, how do I overwrite files that may or may not be present. I looked at man page for cp, it said use the -f argument to force overwrite. But, it does nothing. $ cp -f ...
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Unix command to recursively copy JPG files in a complex directory tree

I have a large directory tree structure that contains multiple JPG files in each directory root and their subsequent subdirectories. I need to recursively extract a single JPG file from each directory ...
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Is there a way to set/unset the execute bit on a file in osx 10.6.8 without using terminal (or bypassing it)?

I would like to do the following: chmod +x filename.txt without using the terminal. Is there a way to bypass the terminal and invoke a kernel system call ? I'd rather not write a program to do ...
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Where is the specific driver for my GPU located

I am trying to run a bitcoin miner (bfgminer), I know this is not efficient but I want to do it anyway. The mac in question is a MacMimi running an Intel HD Graphics 4000 GPU and Intel(R) Core(TM) ...
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How to install firefox using the terminal app

I am trying to install Mozila Firefox on the school's server via ssh. Given that I have authorization to install it on the server, could someone guide me through the steps to install firefox? It has ...
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HEX-/RGB-colors in Terminal

I'd appreciate to be able to use my Linux colorscheme in Terminal. Is there a way I can specify HEX-codes or maybe RGB-values?
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Time Machine Backups Gets Stuck With 100% CPU via tmutil

Okay, so I recently decided to try switching my Time Machine backups over to tmutil so that I could gain more control over exactly when they ran, but also so I could run some extra stuff before and ...
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Unable to format pendrive, diskutil error

When I insert my USB Pendrive in my iMac i see this message: I tried to format it both with DiskUtility and with diskutil command in terminal but I get this error: iMac:~ User$ diskutil eraseVolume ...