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Wake Other Computers from Mac OSX

Is there a terminal command within Mac OSX that will allow me to use WOL (Wake On LAN) to wake up other computers? Windows has wolcmd, is there an equivalent within OSX? I am trying to wake a ...
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terminal app on my iphone 5?

Which app do i use to get terminal on my iphone 5? I got something that i thought was terminal, but im not sure. I want to modify my iphone using terminal. I downloaded serverauditor already. Please ...
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How to auto run a simple python program when the terminal opens

Say I have a python program called foo.py that prints a line of text. How can I auto run that program when I boot up the terminal? I know you can, but I can't find the documentation. Also no third ...
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Problems with resizing terminal

I have a recurring problem with the Mac terminal. Start terminal mysql Ctrl + Z mysql Resize the width of the window Ctrl + Z fg 1 (switch back to first mysql) Type some text that reaches the end of ...
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lpinfo -m -h 127.0.0.1:631 to verfy the printer drivers available on the system

Can someone do me favor and run the lpinfo -m -h 127.0.0.1:631 that will show the listing of all printer drivers installed on your computer. Please tell me if you see more HP printers than ...
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How do cope with a space when setting the $PATH

I want to add the sublime lib to my path but it has a space in it. I have tried the obvious like you would navigate in the terminal E.g /Applications/Sublime\ Text\ 2.app/Contents export ...
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Legitimate user or hacker -Terminal?

I have recently used the terminal and entered the command sudo -s and then dscl . -list /users so I could see all accounts/users who have access to my mac. How do I know which names are supposed to ...
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How to copy all files with extension/filetype in terminal?

I want to copy all files in ~/Desktop with the extension .jpeg to my flash drive. How can I do this in the terminal?
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How to keep PS1 changed in terminal?

I'm able to change the terminal prefix with PS1="[\\W]$". However, whenever I restart the terminal or open a new instance, it reverts to the default. How can I make this change permanent? Thanks! ...
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How to export files from hard drive in Snow Leopard CD?

I have a macbook 5,1 that won't startup. I'm going to reinstall Snow Leopard with the CD, but is there a way to export some of the files that are in it? I can't seem to gain access to them through the ...
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terminal command say produces error

The "say" command in OSX Terminal works fine for me and I use it now end then. However, since last week it produces the following error message on my Mac Mini (Late 2012, 10.8.4): $ say test > ...
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Permission denied for symbolic link

I'm creating a symbolic link with the following applescript: on run do shell script "rm /usr/bin/ant" with administrator privileges do shell script "ln -s ...
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Terminal bash commands stopped working

I was trying to install some stuff for scala development on my MAC, and probably I managed broke the shell/terminal while I was mindlessly running some scripts that I don't know. Now when I start the ...
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ssh publickey error

I have a MBP with 10.8.4 and a Mac minis server with 10.8.4. I set sshd to only allow publickey and it worked. But now, I’m now sure why, it doesn’t work anymore. I always get ...
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cal command - start monday

I was wondering - is there a way to make 'cal' (a terminal program) start the week on monday? Usually it can be done with the -m flag, but this does not have any effect on the Mac. AFAIK, for ...
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changing the meta key in emacs

I am running emacs 24.3 through the terminal on OS X 10.8.4. I would like to modify the meta-key which is currently set to be the ESC key. I have successfully changed the meta-key from ESC to ...
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Selecting files with one extensions that have the same name as files with a different extension

I have two folders of images. In one folder there are .JPGs, e.g. 001.jpg 002.jpg 003.jpg 004.jpg 005.jpg 006.jpg 007.jpg 008.jpg in the other folder, there are .NEFs. ...
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installation stuck in a loop due to damaged HD

Right off the bat I'll admit it was stupid to jump into trying to install a new version of OS X to the only partition without having taken adequate precautions (no backups or recovery disks), but ...
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How do I show all hidden & invisible files on the command line (both .files and invisible flagged files)?

Is there a way to show only the hidden and invisible files in a directory using the command line? For instance ls -a | grep "^\." will show all the files hidden by a period as the first character, ...
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Where can I find a comprehensive and detailed technical software manual for OS X?

Are there books written for OS X (particularly the most current version) like the hundreds of thousands written for Unix? I'd like to know about the command-line utilities and the locations of system ...
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How to strip a filename of special characters?

I have a file with a name such as "Today's Date.txt" What I am interested in is stripping away all special characters using the terminal such as: " - , ' ' [ The reason for this is because I ...
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Understanding install of mod_wsgi on apache terminal commands

I'm installing a django development environment on OSX. Apache is, of course, installed by default. From my (very limited) understanding of Macs, I don't believe there is preconfigured functionality ...
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Changing the $HOME environment variable in terminal on mac 10.8

To be clear im not looking for a workaround that will execute a change directory command on startup. I want to alter the $HOME env var so that tilde commands work and so that entering a 'cd' command ...
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Reinstall bash on MacOS 10.7

I have a MacBook Air where someone attempted to install this version of bash over MacOS's native one unknowingly. I attempted to fix this by removing the files created by the installer (the readme was ...
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How to open a Finder window even if one is open on a different space already, in Terminal?

I often use open . to open the current folder from Terminal.app. From time to time this doesn't work. The reason is that the folder in question is already open in some other Finder window on some ...
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terminal search files by text that the file names contain

Let's say there a file called "abc_deh.xyz", what command do i use to find the location of that file in mac terminal by using solely the search term "deh"? So, basically, I am asking how to search for ...
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Can't run vi from terminal

Every time I execute these commands: vi or vim in the terminal, it gives me the following error: -bash: /usr/local/bin/vi: No such file or directory or -bash: /usr/local/bin/vim: No such ...
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python site packages directory

I have for some reason two locations for python site packages. Python itself is here: > $ which python > /Library/Frameworks/Python.framework/Versions/2.7/bin/python My Path Variable is: $ ...
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Kill processes automatically that get over x % CPU

I have a (rather annoying) process on my iMac that tends to get out of control. Unfortunately, it's not possible to get rid of it. Much as I want to. This process is fine at first - using 1-2 % of ...
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how do you change mac terminal theme so that it doesn't go back to 'basic' every time you open it

I just can't find any way to change the theme and have it applied permanently. I really need some guidance here, all I want is to change to another darker theme other than the default 'basic' theme, ...
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The safest, most reliable way to move files from drive A to drive B

I am trying to come up with the safest way to move data between two drives, designed to handle the worst possible circumstances. For example: if you were trying to move the only existing copies of ...
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OSX equivalent for ~/bin in Linux

When using Ubuntu I can save shell scripts in ~/bin. To launch them I just type the name of the script in the Terminal. Is there an equivalent solution for OSX?
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OS X Mountain Lion Terminal and tabs take ages to load

When I open a new Terminal tab I have to wait at least 10-20 seconds before I can work with it, I have followed previous suggestions here: How do I speed up new Terminal tab loading time? But so far ...
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drag file from file chooser or get path

Editing a file using text wrangler. Want the path so can pass it to a program in the terminal. Is there an easy way to do this? Don't seem to be able to drag it nor right click and get info. I'm not ...
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Terminal has gone weird after screen sharing

I used screen sharing on my Macbook Pro to remote control my friend's iMac. Unfortunately, now my Terminal now says: kellys-iphone-2:~ James$ Why is it now saying this all of a sudden? Where has ...
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Can I have color ls output automatically if my TERM is “xterm-256color”?

Can I have automatic color output for ls if my TERM environment variable is set to xterm-256color?
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How to prevent Terminal from resizing when font size is changed

10.8.3/Terminal 2.3. Terminal resizes the entire window in seemingly unpredictable ways whenever I change the size of the font -- a frequent operation when frequently going between laptop and ...
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How can I open all the files in all the subdirectories of a folder?

I'm trying to recursively open all the files in a folder, including its directories. I've been playing around with open /path/to/folder/*, and this will open all the files inside that folder but not ...
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Is it possible to check which application has accessed a file last?

I can check when a file was accessed last with ls -lu path/to/file | awk '{print $6,$7,$8}' but can I also see what application accessed it?
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Can I disable Dashboard in Mountain Lion?

I'm wondering if there's a way to disable the dashboard in Mountain Lion. I never use it and I think it's consuming processor and memory powers.
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Making Hidden Apps Appear Faded Whilst Sitting On The Dock?

Sometimes it can be quite difficult for me to tell which of my apps are hidden on the dock and which are not. Is it possible to make those Apps which I have hidden (either by terminal command or ...
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Is there a way to set an Application Shortcut in the Keyboard Preference Pane via Terminal?

I'd like to have a bootstrap for my custom keyboard shortcuts to use on multiple machines...
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preventing ssh command from opening xquartz on every session

Whenever I use ssh, after I type the password, xQuartz pop ups in the dock and terminal window looses focus. This happens even if there's no an X session. Why? How to prevent this behavior?
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Cleaning up my .bash_profile: Can I delete some of this?

I'm not a Unix guru. I'm running OS X 10.8.3 Mountain Lion. Today I removed Macports from my machine. I believe macports left some cruft in my `~/.bash_profile which I would like to remove (the ...
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Change file association in terminal?

Is there a method for associating file types with applications via terminal? I thought ~/Library/Preferences/com.apple.launchservices.plist might do it, and I also have seen: Why is a command line ...
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How to remove an environment variable on Snow Leopard

I'm running under Snow Leopard 10.6.8 and I recently added an environment variable which it seems to be messing my bash terminal (I guess). What I did is add the variable ...
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I am having trouble getting apache to work via terminal on mac os x 10.8.3

I am a beginner with the terminal app. - I think , while following a tutorial for creating a user configuration file for apache, that I messed something up internally with apache. I cannot even access ...
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how to move files in terminal osx

Hello world so i am way new to mac i am trying to install an older version of wkhtmltopdf because the brew install wkhtmltopdf installs a rc version that just wont work. So i found this blog that ...
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How can i reset my Terminal?

just some time ago i installed the OS X Server app on my mac and since this day it always appears server as the chosen directory in my terminal. But because i dont really like the Server application ...
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How do I make a bash script so that I can drag its input on top of the icon?

I need to make a bash script to that I can drag a .rar file on top of it and then the script will receive the pathname of that file as argument 1 ($1). I have made the bash script, but how do I make ...