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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Force Spotlight to index a normally un-indexed folder

Spotlight only indexes a limited number of folders and doesn't index all of the files on your system. This makes sense and for the average user this usually isn't a problem. However, I recently ...
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Set iTerm2 as the ssh:// URL handler

Currently, Terminal is set to handle SSH urls. For example, if I do: $ open ssh://machine.example.com Then it will spawn a new SSH session in terminal. I'd like these to be opened in iTerm2 ...
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Signals sent to command-line programs when exiting terminal.app

When using tmux, if I CMD-W, or otherwise quite out of terminal, my tmux session persists, as it should. However, it still lists itself as "attached", whereas on other platforms, (e.g. Ubuntu) when ...
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Command line utility to create screenshot

Is there some command line utility to create a screenshot of the my screen and store it as png? (Preferably one in the system, without need to install anything new)
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How do I delete all Terminal mail?

I set up a cronjob a long time ago that now doesn't exist. Whenever I open up Terminal, it now says "You have mail". I have something like 100 messages that all say the same thing. How do I mass ...
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In terminal, modify the text that comes before $

In terminal I can always see which path I'm in: macbook-romeo:School romeovs$ echo "example command" which I find quite useful. Yet there is a lot of unnecessary stuff here too: macbook-romeo is ...
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username different in Terminal and System Preferences

I am new to Mac. Recently I realized something for usernames. When I type whoami in Terminal. It returns apple. However in System Preferences>Users and Groups" there is only one user and it says ...
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Why won't Subversion remember certificates?

I'm using Terminal and committing some data to a remote SVN server... every time I get the same message about a new certificate, and I choose to "permanently" accept the cert and it works. However, ...
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Correct syntax for bash grep function?

I'm trying to set up a function to make certain grep command easier. gr() { grep -r --include=*.\{m,h,xib\} $1 \* ; } The end result should be a recursive grep of all *.m, *.h, and *.xib files, for ...
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How do I use FTP via the command line to download all files?

I tried to use Filezilla and Cyberduck for file transfer over a simple FTP server. The problems I have is: Filezilla: When I use it for file transferring, I check the "Activity Monitor", the "% CPU" ...
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Any way to make Cmd-D “delete next word” rather than “split-pane” in Terminal

I am so used to using ⌘D to "delete-next-word" in emacs and xterm, that I automatically hit it in Terminal all the time, which rather annoyingly (to me, at least) causes the pane to split instead. ...
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How can I add an action to search for the selected Terminal text in Google?

I want to be able to add an action to search Google with any selected text in Terminal. Any ideas?
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How can I install themes for Terminal?

I am rather new to Mac, but I am trying to get familiar with Terminal and I want to change its theme. I am a bit confused on how to go about installing Solarized themes I am seeing so much of around ...
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Case-insensitive ls sorting in Mac OSX

How can I make the ls command in Max OS X Lion sort files and directories similar to how Ubuntu Linux does (case-insensitive, directories NOT on top, dot files NOT on top)? Ideally I'd like to do ...
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Is less(1) missing lesskey functionality?

less(1), the terminal file pager, seems to be missing lesskey(1) and the ability to rebind the keystrokes in less. The docs claim it's there, but it doesn't work. Am I crazy or is Apple's version of ...
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Changed home directory of OSX Server user account, user disappeared, access remains

I'm dealing with my company's Mac Mini (with loads of data I cannot risk on an external drive, but cannot plug out because of below) running Mac OS X Server 10.6.4. My problem was that I needed to ...
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What monospace font is most legible at the smallest size?

Does anyone know which monospace font in the Terminal program or iTerm is the best to use at very small font sizes?
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How can I download a webpage to a PDF in Terminal?

I am trying to find a way to download an URL and convert it into a PDF. I have found lots of suggestions on how to turn PDFs into HTML or HTML into PDFs, but that's not the same as what I want to do. ...
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How can I manipulate several security settings from terminal?

I want to change these behaviors from terminal: Auto-login Showing password after screensaver and sleep mode Go to sleep mode after x minutes Enable screensaver after x minutes
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Map keyboard key to unix command

Simple I am looking for a way to map a keyboard key to a unix command. It could be as simple as literal as opening up terminal and pasting a required bit of text.
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Unknown terminal 'xterm-256color'

Keep getting a message in Terminal saying tput: unknown terminal "xterm-256color" This message typically appears when running homebrew, and while I can swear it's popped up on other places, I ...
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How can the 'mail' command be used?

I've had my first Mac for about five months now. Though, even when I was a full-on Windows user, I never did things through a command line; I was pretty much for the GUI all-the-way.. But now that I ...
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Run through terminal PYTHON

Is there a way on a mac to make it so when you click on a python script it runs python filename.py through terminal?
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View laptop hardware statistics

How can I return the temperatures, fan speeds, etc, using Terminal?
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BeamSync setting has ruined OSX Lion

I am running OSX Lion on a Macbook Pro. Some website suggested I put in a command in the terminal to 'increase my graphics performance' by turning off BeamSync. The command was: sudo defaults write ...
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Change the default action to open executable files in the editor instead of Terminal

When double clicking an executable file (without a file extension) in Finder, it opens in Terminal by default. I can change that to any other application for this single file, but I cannot change the ...
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How do I restore my .bash_profile?

I've accidentally overwritten my ~/.bash_profile file. Does anyone have a "sample" one I could copy, or know where I might be able to find one?
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Cannot trash a file?

I want to delete a file because it's of no use to me yet I seem unable to do so. I've gone through these steps so far: Put file in trash, empty trash. -> Mac keeps on telling me: 12 items to ...
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Search through terminal history with up and down keys in OS X Lion

After I upgraded to OS X I am not able to use my ~/.inputrc bindings to search through the shell command history: # these allow you to start typing a command and # use the up/down arrow to auto ...
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After updating oh-my-zsh prompt is weird on startup

I have been using the default installation of oh-my-zsh (robbyrussell theme) without issues. I just did a 'git pull' and now on startup I see a weird prompt. As soon as I press any key the prompt ...
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How do I maximize a window vertically? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What Window Management Options exist for OS X? Is there some keyboard shortcut, mouse gesture, or add-on I can install that will allow me to maximize terminal windows ...
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Automatically change settings of Terminal when in full screen

I often use emacs from a terminal (emacs -nw), and when comparing two files side-by-side (C-x 3) it is often useful to go into full-screen mode. I'm using a 27" screen, so full-screen mode provides a ...
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Can I open files in TextEdit from the Terminal in Mac OS X?

I frequently find that a terminal command to open a file in TextEdit would be very handy. Does such a command exist on Mac OS X?
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Can you please explain how the terminal prompt works?

I've got a question about the prompt in Mac's Terminal. I opened Terminal and was installing GIT. I don't know anything about Unix or how to use Terminal, so please forgive my ignorance. (I know that ...
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How can I change the meta key on OS X Lion's Terminal.app?

Is there any way to use "Option" as the meta key in OS X Lion's Terminal.app? The checkbox that was present in Snow Leopard is nowhere to be found.
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How to clean ._AppleDouble files from unix packages?

Introduction Here's my problem. On occasion, I create the odd deb package using dpkg-deb (e.g., dpkg-deb --build "folder" file.deb). The problem is that any file with an extended attribute, carries ...
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Launch terminal in new window by default

Is it possible to set up Terminal to launch a new window by default? I recently came from running Ubuntu and I normally open hundreds of terminals a day. It's a pain to have to always right-click on ...
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Why is mdfind only returning my most recently accessed files?

I've imported most of a javascript code base via mdimport (using the packaged SourceCode.mdimporter provided by Xcode) and it succeeds. However, mdfind only ever returns to me at most two results, ...
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Firing up Terminal from an Automator Workflow?

I quite often use the python -m SimpleHTTPServer command in the Terminal to fire up a webserver for testing apps. Having just learned the basics of the Automator, I figured this would be a great use ...
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List all defined aliases in Terminal

A friend who owned my current mac before me (I bought it from him) created a lot of alias commands. Is there a way of me being able to list all defined aliases and the command that is associated with ...
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How can I specify delimiters in Terminal for word and character selection before copying and pasting?

I am new to Mac and still struggling to be productive with fewer clicks and keys... When I use Terminal and click on a word, I would like the delimiter to be only space and not other characters like ...
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Show text in large type on the screen via terminal

I can put large text on the center of my screen with certain apps, such as Address Book (click on a phone number and choose "Show in Large Type") or using Quicksilver (type some text and choose the ...
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What is the difference between iTerm2 and Terminal?

I keep hearing that iTerm2 is much better than Terminal. I downloaded iTerm2 today and played around with it, but I couldn't see what is so much better about iTerm2. iTerm2 seemed just like Terminal. ...
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Booting for imaging

Our corp is implementing Macs for the first time. We are using Casper to manage them. Unfortunately our Computing Security folks will not allow a Mac Server with NetBoot on our network, which puts ...
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Adding movie-style sound effects to the Terminal

I want to have movie style sound effects in the terminal. You know, when every keystroke and line emits a cool little beep. (Something like this.) I've used KeyClick, but that's only for keyboard ...
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How to keep the text selection in Terminal.app when typing

In Terminal.app, when I select some text and start typing again, the text selection is gone. I personally find this very annoying. Is there a way to make Terminal.app keep the selection when I type?
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Where is nmblookup in Lion?

I'm trying to call nmblookup in a Terminal on Lion, but it's not available. How can I lookup NMB hostnames from the Terminal now?
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Is there a way to get Terminal on Lion to start up cleanly (without the buffered history)?

How can I prevent Terminal from showing me my old output when it starts? I would like it to always start with a clean window.
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I used to be able to use g++ from the terminal, but now it's missing. I still have XCode installed

I used to be able to use g++ from the terminal to compile c++ programs, but now when I try to use it, I get -bash: g++: command not found General advice on the internet was to install XCode, ...
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Password dialog appears for password-less SSH private key

I installed my SSH private key in ~/.ssh/id_rsa. There is no passphrase associated with the key, however, whenever I connect to an SSH server, a dialog pops up and asks me to enter my password to ...