questions narrowly about terminal.app alone should use this tag. Please consider using **command-line** for any question not specifically about the native terminal app

learn more… | top users | synonyms

1
vote
2answers
682 views

Is it possible to use TotalTerminal with Go2Shell?

I am using TotalTerminal. Now, I want to use Go2Shell, so that I can access quickly a terminal in the good folder. But, when I click on the Go2Shell icon, it opens a usual Terminal and not a ...
0
votes
0answers
138 views

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 ; hide-...
8
votes
2answers
1k views

xcodebuild firing after every terminal command

After every terminal command, the prompt becomes unresponsive for 2-3 seconds. During this time xcodebuild seems to be running: Where would this hook be that's causing the xcodebuild to be fired? I ...
3
votes
2answers
855 views

Does Mac OS X's bash read scripts for all users (tab-completion scripts) from /opt/local/etc/bash_completion.d path?

I stumbled upon some instructions in the book "Pro Git" It suggests: Download this file : https://github.com/git/git/blob/master/contrib/completion/git-completion.bash If you use the Bash ...
2
votes
1answer
350 views

Why are my Terminal.app colors different from iTerm?

I have set the ANSI colors of both terminals to be the same (see 1st screenshot), but the colors for Terminal.app are really bright, and almost unreadable, and not like the colors I set at all. It's ...
4
votes
3answers
2k views

How to stop being logged out of SSH sessions when locking the screen in OS X 10.9.1?

Every time I lock my screen I get logged out of any active SSH sessions. I've added the following to my ~/.ssh/config file, but I still get logged out: Host * ServerAliveInterval 60 How can I ...
46
votes
2answers
74k views

Why doesn't Mac OS X source ~/.bashrc? [duplicate]

I found a lot of people figuring out why instruction similar to this : Put X to your ~/.bashrc and you can do Y don't work. It always turns out that Mac OS X's bash's startup files (or Mac's ...
3
votes
2answers
277 views

Can't open a file in sublime text using bash_rc

My bash_profile function looks like: function st() { /Applications/Sublime\ Text.app/Contents/SharedSupport/bin/subl /Users/ishan/workspace/nltk_engine/index.py;} However, when I do st in terminal, ...
0
votes
1answer
42 views

My keyboard shortcut System Preference panel doesn't allow me to create application shortcuts

My computer is a MAcbook pro and I am running Macosx 10.8.4 I just realized that the shortcuts don't work anymore in an application where I really need them. When I went to re-create them in the ...
1
vote
1answer
179 views

How to create an applescript for multiple dd terminal commands in sequence (for multiple USB Drives duplication)

I need to create an apple script to perform DD Commands in sequence, to replicate the same .img file to multiple USB flash drives The context: the computer is connected to a powered USB hub with 7 ...
6
votes
1answer
11k views

How do I kill a process that won't die?

I'm unable to kill a process using any of the techniques I'm aware of ("Force Quit" in Activity Monitor, top, killall from the Terminal) and wonder if there are some additional steps I can take. ~ $...
2
votes
2answers
2k views

“xcode-select --install” versus retrieving the dmg from Apple's developer website

I would to ask a question closely related to already existing posts (How to install command line tools without error that is not currently available on Software Update server? and http://stackoverflow....
0
votes
1answer
924 views

What is the proper way to use the cut command on ps command output

This question is related to a question I posted on rogue firefox procesess. It relates to firefox processes following image uploads that I have been having for a while. I am trying to get to the ...
2
votes
0answers
105 views

How to manually start a service without having a controlling terminal?

I maintain an application that runs as a background service, started either on boot as a StartupItem or manually from the command line. I want to know how to launch it manually without having a ...
0
votes
2answers
166 views

how to install hypre using terminal on OS X 10.9.1

I want to install the lastest version of Hypre. It must be safe So using terminal is the safest way. I have brew. My question is : How can I do this using the terminal ?
1
vote
1answer
745 views

Terminal won't open after brew upgrade (dyld library not loaded)

I ran "brew upgrade" from the terminal, before upgrading finished the battery ran out on my MBP and the computer restarted. Now when I go to open a terminal the terminal window flashes up for a split ...
1
vote
0answers
172 views

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)? ...
5
votes
2answers
890 views

How can I launch a GUI app in Applications folder from command line?

I would like to launch a GUI app that is in the Applications folder from the command line as opposed to clicking the icon in the Finder or in the Dock. The reason I want that is to be able to launch ...
2
votes
2answers
746 views

How do I change $PATH and set it to the default directory?

For some reason when I run echo $PATHI get the following directory: /Users/<home>/Library/Applications/. How do I set it back to its default location so that I don't have to run this command, ...
0
votes
1answer
375 views

Where to Install Applications when using Terminal? [duplicate]

I use the command line a lot to download and install applications. I've always downloaded into the /tmp directory then installed to another directory. But where is the place to install such ...
11
votes
1answer
25k views

Mac OS X Mavericks - add to path

I'm trying to set up a phonegap project and while trying to add a platform it outputs the following error: Error: The command "android" failed. Make sure you have the latest Android SDK installed, ...
0
votes
2answers
97 views

Universal path in Terminal

I'm writing an AppleScript that will allow me to copy the Time Machine folder from an external drive and paste it onto the user's desktop of their Mac. The reason I'm doing this is because when a time ...
15
votes
4answers
5k views

Login directly to terminal instead of GUI

First: I'm obviously not talking about logging in and then automatically launching Terminal.app. In older versions of Mac OS X, you used to be able to type >console in the username field on the ...
2
votes
1answer
9k views

how to remove ffmpeg ? and install again

I want to remove ffmpeg. Typed to terminal ..........$ rm ffmpeg rm: ffmpeg: is a directory ..........$ ffmpeg ffmpeg version 2.1.git Copyright (c) 2000-2014 the FFmpeg developers ...
4
votes
2answers
5k views

Why doesn't my Terminal show 'last login' message?

Terminal.app on my mac used to show Last login: <date time> on ttys000 as the first line. However, when I opened it this week, I noticed that it didn't show the message. Is this normal, or did I ...
1
vote
1answer
81 views

What is the source directory?

In the website http://gfs.sourceforge.net/wiki/index.php/Mac_OSX_Installation In this line: type from the source directory ./autogen.sh ./configure --enable-osmesa --prefix=$HOME/soft make ...
2
votes
1answer
110 views

How can I give a Space a custom name?

I'd like to give my Spaces helpful names like "Graphics" and "Communications" instead of using confusing, generic names like Desktop 1 and Desktop 2. Is there a way to accomplish that through a ...
2
votes
3answers
30k views

Install gcc to mac via Terminal

I have installed Xcode and the command line tools from the Mac Developers website, which I have read a few times is a prerequisite. I also installed the MacPorts program. In terminal: sudo port ...
0
votes
1answer
2k views

Terminal ~/.profile does not contain `source ~/.bashrc` in OS X 10.9.1

Terminal shows below on this stage on gerris installation page: http://gfs.sourceforge.net/wiki/index.php/Mac_OSX_Installation Note: make sure that the file ~/.profile contains the line source ~/....
1
vote
1answer
54 views

Use different profile for a specific Terminal

When logging into remote server with Terminal, I need to use different profile. Is there any way to make the Terminal displayed with different profile? Better still, is there a way to recognize the ...
4
votes
1answer
1k views

MacOS, differences between running a bundled app and running the bundle's executable

Can someone elaborate the differences in OSX between running a bundled application by doing one of the following: double-clicking on it search for it and run it from spotlight open /Application/...
2
votes
1answer
851 views

OS X application start/stop hook

How can I have a script automatically ran when I start or stop an app without using 3rd party tools? I'm not developing the application myself, it's a general question that applies to any installed ...
4
votes
3answers
3k views

OS X won't create any symbolic links, creates aliases instead

No matter how I try to create an symbolic link OS X refuses to play along and instead creates an alias. I've tried several tools and also through the terminal using the ln command. I am on a fresh ...
2
votes
4answers
2k views

Is it possible to enable mouse right click via Terminal?

Is it possible to enable mouse right click via Terminal?
5
votes
5answers
7k views

Is there any way to save Mac OS X preferences into a shell file?

Whenever I reinstall my Mac OS and/or buy a new Mac, I have to configure manually almost all the options of mouse, dock, etc. I'd like to know if Mac OS or some software can provide some way to save ...
4
votes
1answer
546 views

How to find out which terminal app (iTerm or Terminal) is running from within bash

I need to have different color schemes for each of the two terminal types I use. I can set it in the .bash_profile as mentioned here. But how can I tell it to differ depending whether its a iTerm2 or ...
2
votes
1answer
2k views

Tail multiple log files

I have an application which generates new log files each time it is run. They all go to one folder, with filenames like this, and the next log isn't started until the current one is finished. Log-...
0
votes
1answer
40 views

From where do the encodings supported by Terminal come?

If one goes into the Preferences of Terminal.app, there is an "Encodings" tab. From where does this list come? How can one add further encodings?
0
votes
1answer
469 views

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. ...
0
votes
1answer
534 views

In Terminal, when the the “cd” command is called, libwww-perl's “head” command is also executed

Currently, in Terminal, when I execute a cd command, it also executes LWP's head command. A copy of the Terminal output follows: laptop:bin user$ cd ~ Unknown option: n Usage: head [-options] <...
5
votes
2answers
1k views

Strange message in terminal when visiting a website

I have my terminal open most of the time. Today while I was searching for a software, search results took me to http://download.cnet.com. I didn't like the software, closed the page and carried on. ...
0
votes
1answer
860 views

Mavericks makes files synced to SMB share hidden

I have a script running by a LaunchAgent to sync a directory with a remote share. This script is fairly simple, I'll include it here just so nobody suspects the script. #!/bin/bash # Hjälpskript ...
-1
votes
1answer
70 views

Seeking shell-scripting resources for the visual learner

I'm trying to teach myself shell scripting. I understand things best when I see them in the context of a system, especially when I can visualize that system. I'm looking for a visual companion to ...
1
vote
0answers
169 views

Correct Way to Check if Spotlight Has Indexed a Folder's Contents

Okay, so I've written a script that uses mdfind to more quickly match files, however, I need to find the best way to check whether a target directory is indexed or not, so I can fall back to using ...
4
votes
1answer
8k views

How to remap tmux split pane keys?

On my linux machines, for my terminal shell I have tmux keys mapped to allow me to split windows and then switch between new panes. With or without these mappings I can't figure out how to remap the ...
47
votes
3answers
168k views

How can I list my open network ports with netstat?

I would like to list my open network ports in Terminal with built in commands. As what I know, netstat is the command to use. But I'm struggling to get any useful information out of it. How can I ...
0
votes
0answers
1k views

Setting Account Picture/JPEGPhoto with dscl in terminal

I'm working on a script based on this question: What steps are needed to create a new user from the command line on Mountain Lion? The script is packaged up in an empty installer as a postflight ...
1
vote
2answers
79 views

Forcing a script to run in english

My Mac is running Mavericks in English, but because my region is set to Portugal and my keyboard is the portuguese one, when I run some scripts they shows messages in portuguese. I generally hate to ...
16
votes
3answers
54k views

Using terminal to get current fan speed?

I would like to view the current fan speeds of my MacBook and iMac using terminal. I've found that running spindump then cat /tmp/spindump.txt | grep "Fan speed" will show it, but that's very slow and ...
0
votes
1answer
141 views

ImageMagick convert command produces a slight error

This happens when I convert a GIF into a series of PNG files. I convert a .gif animation to a series of .png using convert ex.gif my_png_files_%d.png I get a series of .png-figures but some of ...