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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 ...
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I added this to my .bash_profile but I neglected to label it and forgot what it means exactly

I remember broadly what it does, but not specifically: if [ -f ~/.bashrc ]; then source ~/.bashrc fi What is the exact purpose for it again?
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How would I go about making a stand alone app on my dock to open a game using a terminal command?

I have a game that they never released for mac, and I installed the game using WINE, the install itself was flawless, but every time I want to play it, I'm forced to open Terminal and run cd /Users/...
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List all tags in Terminal in Mavericks?

Is it feasible to list all tags already defined in OS X in Terminal? I know there are some third-party applications that list all tags, but I just want to use Terminal to find all tags, since I use ...
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In Mavericks, is it possible to use Enhanced Dictation from the command line?

A use case is: I have a recording in AIFF or MP3 format, and I'd like a text version of it as Enhanced Dictation would have recognized it if I had spoken it myself.
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Substitue Escape for Control U in Terminal

I would like to change bash keybinding so that the Escape key has the same effect as Control U. For example, if I tap the Escape key, the current Terminal command will be cleared out (which is what ...
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How do I re enable a permanently disabled Notification Center in Mavericks?

I disabled my notification center but i want to re enable it again i followed this link "How do I permanently disable Notification Center in Mavericks?"
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AppleShowAllFiles Command not working in Mavericks OS X 10.9

I have looked everywhere, but the command defaults write com.apple.finder AppleShowAllFiles TRUE killall Finder and all variations thereof does not work since I upgraded to Mavericks. Why is this?? ...
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Allow application to control computer (assistive devices) on Mavericks via Terminal?

I'm currently working on automated instalation of Mavericks 10.9. I have NetBoot set up. Everything works OK untill I want to execute Applescript. Since the release of new version I need to manually ...
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How to undo “sudo rm -rf /etc/apache2/other/+php-osx.conf”

After I did this: sudo unlink /usr/local/php5 sudo rm -rf /usr/local/php5-* To remove the supplemental configuration file that was installed with the updated PHP software, you may be able to remove ...
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How to connect to a specific BSSID via Terminal?

My internet provider has a service where I share part of my wifi connection with other subscribers and in return I can use their wifi connection when I'm close to a subscribers router. It's very ...
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Launching Terminal app starts XQuartz

Whenever I start the Terminal app in OS X Lion, XQuartz starts automatically. Is this intentional? I recently turned off much of the resume functionality because too many things were starting without ...
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Is there is a way to send a local message from a Mac to an iOS device *without* the Internet?

I know I can send Prowl notifications from OS X to iOS, but that requires going over the Internet. I'd like to accomplish the same thing, except that I want to be able to be able to do it without an ...
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How to patch a file that resides in /Applications (patch can't find file to patch at input line)?

I am trying to patch 5 files within an Mac application bundle using the Terminal patch command. The files to be patch are specified using an absolute file path (the file name and path start with a ...
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Splitting LexisNexis text file

For my research I have a number of text (txt or doc) files. These have a large quantity of newspaper clippings in them. I'd like to split these text files. Each clipping starts with document X ...
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Linking manuals from Homebrew

Whenever I install a software with Homebrew and I try to view the manual I get an error stating: No manual entry for <name of program>. As an example, wget: when I type $ man wget No ...
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How to stop 'locate' from using databases for unmounted volumes?

Despite the claim made in the answer to this question: Can Spotlight show results for disconnected drives? This is exactly the behaviour I am seeing and I don't want it! E.g. wms:~ alan$ ls /...
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zsh themes loaded but not working

I set theme in .zshrc file: ZSH_THEME="random" And when open new tab, it shows that new theme is loaded: [oh-my-zsh] Random theme '/Users/maks/.oh-my-zsh/themes/gozilla.zsh-theme' loaded... mac ...
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How to debug slow terminal prompt?

Ever since I upgraded to Mavericks, the Terminal prompt became a bit slower at coming back. It's not a huge deal, but there's now a slight noticeable delay before the prompt comes back (maybe like a ...
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Command Line Tips and Tricks [duplicate]

==>> What are the most useful Unix shell "one-liners" that you use? <<== Here are a couple of mine to get the conversation started: 1. Repeat the previous command with a substring replacement: ...
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Strange ACLs on OS X System

I have a folder on a HFS+ volume I can't delete. I already tried to get rid of the ACLs but somehow this doesn't worked out. The folder is calles CrashPlan.app. Here is what the terminal says: ...
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open new tab in iTerm and execute command there

I have found way to open new tab in iTerm: newtabi() { osascript -e 'tell application "iTerm" to activate' -e 'tell application "System Events" to tell process "iTerm" to keystroke "t" using ...
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Writing to NSUserDictionaryReplacementItems with defaults

The following command reads the NSUserDictionaryReplacementItems. The keys are called Text Shortcuts in OS X. defaults read NSGlobalDomain NSUserDictionaryReplacementItems I want to create new ...
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What does Control key do, other than its usage in terminal and right click?

So far I have been using control key to: Send control commands to terminal Occasionally do right click Does the key have any other function?
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How do I disable text antialias (font smoothing) in Terminal and globally for all apps?

I'd like to disable every kind of text anti-aliasing and font smoothing globally in OS X. With OS X 10.8 on a mid-2013 MacBook Air 13", I've tried quite a few options: the Turn off text smoothing ...
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Possible to tag a folder via terminal?

Is it possible to tag a file or folder in mavericks via terminal command?
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Getting launchd to read program arguments correctly

I have a launchd script where the command I'm trying to run is erroring (apparently that's not a word, it is now), complaining of improper usage. The specific error I'm getting is the command's usage ...
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How can I revoke an applications access to keychain passwords from the command-line?

Applications can be granted permanent unprompted access to passwords. You can add and revoke these privileges using the Keychain Access utility. (See this answer) I'd like to be able to revoke from ...
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In iTerm, why is a command shell's command not picking up things on my $PATH?

I've got a script in my ~/.bin directory that changes iTerm's background before starting an SSH session (as detailed here, script slightly modified from this version). If I start a regular login ...
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Terminal app Tabs, how to position next to current tab instead of at the end

I use Cmd-T all the time to open new tabs, and it's set to use the same directory. However, it positions the new tab as the last / far right tab in the window, instead of next to the current tab that ...
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Command line open pkg [duplicate]

I am trying to write an app that will trigger an pkg to open so the user can install this. I have the code and it is working well except for the following. When I try to open the pkg file using open /...
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How to connect to an already open Terminal session on another Mac

I am running Mac OS X 10.7 on a MBP and OS X 10.8 on a Mac Mini. I can connect to the Mini via ssh without any issues. I am running GNS3 (Network simulation) on the Mini and have configured it so that ...
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Recursive chmod fails

I have a folder owned by root:admin. I would like to change permissions of all files inside, so I can edit them without sudo, but recursive chmod fails: $ sudo chmod -R u+w some-folder/ does ...
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In iterm I can't put directly some characters like ~ or "

When I try to put characters like " or ~ in iterm it gets underscores and waits for next one to be finally put, how I can stop it?
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copy last command in terminal

I can see last command in terminal by pressing up arrow as in following example: I typed cd /: Makss-Mac:~ maks$ cd / ... pressed enter, command cd / executed and now I can press up arrow and see ...
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How to enable Three Finger Drag from command line

I'm trying to write a shell script that will automatically set the trackpad to use the three-finger-drag option that you can find in the system preferences. I've tried a number of different things, ...
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Starting airplay from command line, to send output of 'Say' Mac OS X command to airplay

Ok, Sunday question :) Trying to make a little joke... 1) if you open a terminal, and type "say -a ?", Mac OS X will give you the list of devices it can send spoken words to. On mine, it says: 39 ...
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Change Terminal Theme for Developing

I just got an iMac and wanted to change the default terminal to, what i believe, is a theme. I saw it a while ago and i'm not finding it. Screenshot below. You can find a video from Yeoman using ...
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messed up .bash_profile while configuring PostgreSQL

I am quite new to Terminal use. While installing and activating a local PostgreSQL server on my MacBook Pro (OS 10.6.8) I definitely messed up my .bash_profile (probably by messing around with user / ...
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Command+Tab misbehaving for apps on multiple monitors

I tend to keep a few Terminal windows open in one monitor, and another Terminal window and Chrome open in another monitor. When I'm using a single monitor, pressing ⌘⇥ remembers which Terminal window ...
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Homebrew warning: “No developer tools installed” even though Xcode is installed

After installing Homebrew the "brew doctor" command returns: Warning: No developer tools installed. You should install the Command Line Tools. Run `xcode-select --install` to install them. …and I ...
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CLI to copy to clipboard but still output to term ?

I know that piping to pbcopy copies command line outputs to the clipboard. How can I still show the output in the terminal ?
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Remove symbol link

In terminal, I have made a symbol link like following: ln -s ../../../../ jni/prod It symbol links prod directory (which is 4 levels up from current location) to jni/prod . I'd like to emphasize ...
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install libsoup on macbook pro

I have a shell script from a open source project, when I run it in terminal, I get the following error: ./configure: line 17678: syntax error near unexpected token `soup,' ./configure: line 17678: ` ...
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Can't exec “glibtoolize”: No such file or directory

I have a shell script autogen.sh, I run it under my project directory in terminal: ./autogen.sh I get error: Can't exec "glibtoolize": No such file or directory at /usr/local/Cellar/autoconf/...