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Odd bug in iTerm — Why is my name wrong?

I opened up iterm and it says "jessica-s-phone" I'm not sure what the term for that is. I checked my profile and it isn't there.
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How do I change parts of my terminal prompt? [duplicate]

In Terminal it says Last login: Mon Jan 13 00:00:14 on ttys000 Logsdon:~ DomGomez$ How do I change the DomGomez part in Terminal?
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Running a bunch of commands in Terminal

I run the following commands for logkext a lot in my terminal and would like a know a way to automate the whole process. Open terminal type "sudo logKextClient" Type in administrator password ...
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Show Results of Automator-Terminal command

TL;DR If I create a .app via Automator, how can I show results of a shell script in a dialog or terminal window? I am using Automator to run a shell script adb install /Directory/$1.apk and if I ...
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Run .command with input at runtime

I need to run a .command file with input at runtime, but I want to run via double click, not from terminal. I have a file adbInstall.command file with this code adb install /Directory/$1.apk From ...
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Using bash/terminal to get number of battery recharge cycles

I would like to get the number of recharge cycles using bash (terminal commands). I understand the following command will display all of the battery data, but I want the cycle count on its own ioreg -...
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How do I make my list filter in Java usable in Automator as a service?

A friend of mine has written me a small Java application that is used to filter two lists of words (used for work sadly). Currently I would run the application in the terminal like so: java ...
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Find all executable files within a folder in terminal

I have a folder myfolder that contains a huge hierarchy of files/folders. How to find all executable files within this folder? On Ubuntu this works: find . -executable -type f But Mac OS X Mavericks ...
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How can I enable and/or disable OS X's power nap feature from within Terminal?

I can deal with it using some command-line commands such as defaults write … etc, but don’t know what the exact command and argument names to use?
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How to launch TextMate (and probably other software) from the command line?

I am very new to Mac, coming from Linux. I am using TextMate, and I suddenly discovered I do not know how to launch TextMate from command line. Using completion, nothing looks like TextMate. Where ...
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What is the relationship between `launchctl limit` and `ulimit`?

There is not any ulimit configuration in system startup files/ shell startup scripts. ulimit -a shows: -u: processes 1064 -n: file descriptors 256 launchctl ...
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Terminal.app equivalent of `xterm -e 'cmd'`

With xterm (and gnome-terminal, terminator, etc), you can run the following command: $ xterm -e 'vim somefile.txt' xterm will open and run the specified program (in this case, Vim). When the ...
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How to get everything from terminal mail(1) sent to my email address?

I'd like to be notified by email whenever a message gets sent to my terminal mail, how could I achieve this? I see some information about cc'ing in this documentation, but I don't know how to use it ...
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Terminal problem with Ctrl + Arrow and Shift + Arrow keys

I am running Mavericks on a new Macbook Pro. When I use the Ctrl and Shift keys together with the arrow keys, I get some sort of key codes as output in the terminal. I am pretty sure that this problem ...
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Why can't I navigate to /.ssh folder on jailbroken iPhone 5S

I have installed OpenSSH on my jailbroken iPhone 5S, I am trying to set up ssh keys for it but I need to get to my /.ssh folder. I try to cd there while at root with cd ~/.ssh but it says "not a ...
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Purge command - Unable to purge disk buffers, error #-2?

When I attempt to run the purge command, I get the same error every time. [ERROR] <CPDevice.c:3816> Unable to create new counter client. [ERROR] <CPOSX.c:1172> Unable to get user ...
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Can I run an SQLite operation from Terminal?

When I download transactions in Quicken Essentials for Mac, my bank adds "DEBIT PURCHASE" and other junk to the Payee info. Quicken has no ability to find and replace globally. But I dug into the ...
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Shell Script for Yesterday's Date

I'm trying to execute the following shellscript with hazel app on any file in the folder. It works, but the only thing thats causing a problem is the date for yesterday. #! /bin/bash saveDir="TJ" ...
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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 /Users/agrimm/...
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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 for ...
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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 ...