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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CD-ing a file to itself

I wrote an application in Applescript to open a black picture and fullscreen it in preview. I need the app to "cd" to itself, no matter where it is. That means if it is on the desktop it can pull up ...
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Created a symlink but Finder shows it as an Alias

When I try to backup my iPhone, iTunes gives me an error, saying that it cannot make a Backup because the backup is damaged or not compatible. To move the backup folder I have followed the steps as ...
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why cannot I edit my `hosts` file?

I'm trying to edit my hosts file, because doing ssh <some host in hosts> fails to translate to ip. according to the Finder UI it is found under: however when trying to run cat hosts from the ...
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How to downgrade software using terminal?

New apple user here, I am trying to downgrade matplotlib to 1.3.1 after coming to this potential solution: https://github.com/matplotlib/matplotlib/issues/3470/ I just have no idea how to do that.
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How do I zip a .app file using terminal?

I'm having trouble zipping a .app file. If I zip without -r (recursive) it is really shallow, if I zip with -r it's really dense. The zip doesn't unzip correctly regardless.
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Applescript to replace string using sed

I need and Applescript to replace some text as follow: Original text: string  string  string  $  text1 string  string  string  $  text2 text3 string  string  string  $  text4 The ...
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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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Porting Linux shell scripts

The command shell$ ls . -R works on Linux but not on OS X. This is because OS X command line options have to come before the arguments,and not just anywhere as in Linux. In particular, this ...
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listing files with extension in Terminal [duplicate]

in a Terminal session the command ls *.pdf -l does not list the pdfs (or whatever other file format) as expected, as the -l option seems to be ignored. Everything works fine if I issue a simple ...
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How to change the default command to open shells in the MobileTerminal Cydia package

I am using MobileTerminal on iOS 7, and want to know how to change the default shell from sh: to bash:. I assume I would need to change the login command for this, but how would I?
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Installing .pkg with terminal ?

Is it possible to install a .pkg using a terminal ? (I wanted to install an app through ssh).
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Getting loads of Open error 5's when using Terminal to repair permissions

My GF's MBP running on Mavericks broke down 2 days ago. First I tried to copy the contents of her HDD to an external HDD but got the I/O error time after time. Then I tried all the basic things like ...
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Is there a native terminal in OS X, without having to load the desktop, window manager, etc? [duplicate]

FOr example, in linux you can boot to a terminal, you don't have to load a desktop, window manager, etc. Is there something like this in Mac OS X? And like in Linux, is it possible to switch to one of ...
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Invisible folder after usage of trash-cli

Recently, I decided to install trash-cli on my MacBook Pro after using it successfully on my Ubuntu machine. To set it up I ran the following commands. git clone ...
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Is there a way to put switches at the end when using OS X command-line?

For example: rm long/path/to/some/dir -r instead of: rm -r long/path/to/some/dir Is it possible to make it work like that, as in GNU command line utils? TIA, Karol
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How to know if Drive is SSD or HDD through Terminal?

I would like to know if there is a way through Terminal commands in Mac OS X to find if an attached drive is SSD or HDD.
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Terminal command to delete all images in folder and subfolders?

I need a terminal command to delete all images (*.jpg, *.png, *.gif, *.JPG, *.PNG, *.GIF) stored in myfolder and its subfolders, preserving the folders structure. I do not need to move them to trash ...
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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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how to start/stop/restart processes

As a new comer from Windows OS, I wonder how to start/stop/restart a service on Mac OS X Snow Leopard 10.6.8 ?(it's straight forward on Windows using its Task Manager). I tried Activity Monitor, but ...
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How can I open a Terminal window directly from my current Finder location?

I was wondering if there was any was I could right click inside any instance of a "Finder" window such that I have an option that says "Open Terminal Here". It would be really helpful.
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How do I delete a BootCamp partition using Terminal's diskutil?

For some reason, the BootCamp Assistant app won't let me delete my BootCamp partition. How can I do so using Terminal and the diskutil terminal app?
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Special character codes are displayed in the Terminal for diacritics when connecting to an Ubuntu Server

When I connect to an Ubuntu Server (ssh) and I try to see some text in the Terminal form the remote server, I get character codes instead of the appropriate text with diacritics. for example for a ...
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git auto-complete for *branches* at the command line?

On my linux machine I have autocomplete for branches with git. For example I can type git checkout [TAB] and get a list of branches. Or I can type git checkout feb* [TAB] to get all branches that ...
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OS X's hidden preferences disappeared after Mavericks upgrade?

In past OS X versions, I used some commands to set preferences on my Mac. For example, I used the following command to enable selection of text in Quick Look: defaults write com.apple.finder ...
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Hostname changes all the time from capital to not capital and back

my Macbook air is called Johannes-Air. But when I open the terminal sometimes it says Johannes-Air and sometimes johannes-air. Does anyone know why this happens and how to stop it?
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How to spoof a USB-Ethernet adaptor Mac address in OS X

I've recently bought a usb-ethernet adapter (not apple) and I get internet connection. In my university we have to put a specific mac address but I can not change it. I have tried with sudo ...
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How do I mount ejected external USB flash storage? [duplicate]

Suppose that we connect our flash USB drive to a MacBook, then eject this storage from Finder sidebar. Now I want to remount this storage without unplugging and replugging it into the computer, but ...
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How to mouse copy a very long line in vim terminal OS X

I want to copy with mouse one line from one vim terminal to another vim terminal. This line is huge and has a hidden character (I presume at the beginning) that I do not want to copy. In other ...
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Add a path to the system PATH [duplicate]

Please help me figure out how to set a system wide PATH..... I have upgraded svn to version 1.8.10 on osx 10.9 One of the required steps was adding the address of the current svn to the PATH. ...
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Fullscreen a running application from the terminal

I'm trying to pull a prank on a friend. I have a shell script that continuously cats a C source code file so make it look like the terminal is "hacking" something. The next thing I would like to do is ...
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Fish shell installation using homebrew - iconv libiconv error

I am trying to install Fish shell using homebrew using command: brew install fish But the installation fails with the following error: ==> ./configure --prefix=/usr/local/Cellar/fish/2.1.1 ...
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How can I configure Mac Terminal to have color ls output?

How can I configure Mac Terminal to have color ls output? I am using MacOS 10.5
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how to find files with .j or .jp extension

I have some image files that have a messed up extension. The files are of the following format: "filename." "filename.j" "filename.jp" I need to find all these files which are in several folders and ...
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Chrome won't quit! (Mac Yosemite)

I tried normal quit, and it closes and immediately re-opens. I tried force quit, and it closes and immediately re-opens. I tried force quit from the Activity Monitor, and it closes and immediately ...
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How to get rid of “You have new mail.” in zsh

I'm using zsh with prezto as my shell with iTerm as terminal app. I always get the message "You have new mail" when opening a new prompt. I don't have any new mail in Mac Mail and I don't run a mail ...
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Need help fixing bus error in Eclipse Java? possible Pathway problem

Whats up folks, i have posted this question on other forums but got no reply, just note before you read, my terminology is not the greatest, im only studying IT this year, so my knowledge be still a ...
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Disabling “access to contacts” dialog box with terminal

I am trying to disable the following dialog box that pops up all the time when I open Mail.app: Is there a way to do so using terminal? Thanks!
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Extract target of alias from Terminal

In my Finder windows I have many aliases that target other folders or documents. At the shell prompt in Terminal, these aliases show up as regular files. How can I get the target of an alias so that, ...
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Specifying network device used by software (or port) (in Terminal)

Is it possible to specify which network device should be used when running something in the Terminal? Like $ rails [only communicate through deviceA] Not just app, but instance specific, so ...
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How can I tell what model iDevice is plugged into my USB via Terminal?

This website has a useful list of the various iDevice models. And the "identifier" column is helpful for any iOS developers, as this is the string you can fetch in your application to determine what ...
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Can I launch the File (Save/Open) Dialog from the command line?

Bash and vim's file completion facilities are effective for navigating through a few levels of a directory structure, but can be cumbersome when working with unfamiliar directories. Alternatively, I ...
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Sync apps preferences between multiple Macs

I tend to keep all my stuff in Dropbox. Now that I bought a second Mac, I thought that keeping also my applications preferences in Dropbox would have been a good idea. I managed to sync some of the ...
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Keeping Finder in sync with changes made in Terminal?

Until Yosemite, I could work in the Terminal and file system changes would be immediately updated in Finder. Now, however, Finder seems to be out of sync with the filesystem. Finder shows files I have ...
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Launchd starts event 40 seconds later?

I've created a .plist file, which should act as system daemon (global with root user). This .plist file listens to the settings directory for changes like changing network settings. When this happens ...
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Is there a way to immediately exit a hanging connection in Terminal?

I often have SSH connections through Terminal that stop responding (like if I've left it overnight) but when I try to use the dead connection Terminal doesn't respond for several minutes until: Write ...
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Path Finder 7: Using Terminal at bottom - not able to place @ sign

I am having troubles to place the normal @ (at) sign in the terminal in path finder. I do have German keyboard Layout, which means the @ sign is "option/alt + L". Simply nothing happens. Did someone ...
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How can I get 256 colors on the default Terminal over SSH?

Lots of similar questions, but I can't quite seem to find anything that is an exact match. I am using the default Terminal (in Yosemite) to SSH into a VM. The VM's terminal is set up to use ...
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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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What does update_terminal_cwd do in the terminal of OS X

I am puzzled by it for quite some while now. In $PROMPT_COMMAND of the bash in OS X, there is a command called update_terminal_cwd. I am sure it's not a bash built in, and most likely only exists in ...