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Looking for a Terminal command to disable permanently “pause mode” on HP printer • Lion 10.7.5

Reason : HP Printer suddenly always on "pause / queue" while printing. My problem : All of a sudden, my LaserJet CP2025 printer stopped printing, putting instead all documents on queue. I'm ...
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Why I am unable to switch bash to the one installed by homebrew?

I'm trying to update bash to version 4.x. I did brew upgrade, then brew update, then brew install bash. I ran sudo bash -c "echo /usr/local/bin/bash >> /etc/shells" and sudo bash -c "echo ...
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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 open path in Double Commander from Terminal

If I type open $(pwd) or open /anypath/ I will get the path opened in Finder. How I can achieve similar results but with the path opening in Double Commander instead?
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Bash history is not remembered in Terminal

My Bash history is remembered when I connect to my Mac via SSH, use iTerm2 or launch bash in the built-in Terminal app (every command I typed in bash is saved) but is not when I just use the built-in ...
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Unable to start app built manually

I have create an application APP-py3.app stored in /Applications. The APP-py3.app contains the following files [F] and directories [D]: Contents [D]: Info.plist [F] MacOS [D]: script [F with ...
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Why does my brew installation not work?

I installed brew before, but it does not work now. When I run brew, it gives me the error -bash: brew: command not found So I tried to reinstall using the code ruby -e "$(curl -fsSL ...
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How to create a text file and a folder from terminal?

How, from a Terminal, do I make a plain text file and a folder?
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Duplicating and renaming Finder selection to the same folder in one clean step?

Is such a thing possible? I have this code which can do the above: set now to do shell script "date +%Y-%m-%d' '%H.%M.%S" tell application "Finder" set finderSelList to selection as alias list ...
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How do I get Wi-Fi info from within Terminal?

Is there a way to get BSSID and the list of available Wi-Fi networks from within Terminal? I.e. I'm looking for something similar to ifconfig run0 scan on OpenBSD, which lists all access points, ...
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Manage Finder favourites with defaults write or similar?

I've been unable to find any preferences list file with the locations for the 'Favorites' list shown in the Finder sidebar. No luck from likely candidates com.apple.finder and com.apple.sidebarlists. ...
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Get notified by notification centre when someone ssh's into my computer?

I know that if I open Terminal and I type inwho, it shows who is logged in and at what time, etc. However, I am not going to be at Terminal all day and keep typing who. So, I would like a notification ...
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Chrome desktop apps (extensions) won't launch at startup on OS X

I'm trying to figure out how to get a chrome desktop app (Kiosk) to launch at startup. I've gone to System Preferences > Accounts > Login items and added Kiosk (User > Applications > Chrome Apps > ...
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Change permissions of wheel to Read Only

How do I do the following using the terminal on mac os x?: Change permissions of wheel to Read Only in /System/Library/Extensions/Soundflower.kext
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How can I hook up a PHP server?

I have a php page I want to test on a server. Is there a server that runs through Terminal.app that supports PHP? I read this tutorial, but either I did it wrong or it didn't work. How can I start up ...
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How to debug Trace/BPT trap: 5?

I get a Trace/BPT trap: 5 error when using the open command: $ open -a Emacs Trace/BPT trap: 5 $ open -a Safari Trace/BPT trap: 5 $ open -a TextEdit Trace/BPT trap: 5 Any suggestions how I can ...
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pbpaste, pbcopy using wrong pasteboard?

I'm converting a shell script which xclip and similar tools on Linux, to use pbpaste and pbcopy on Mac. The problem is the default pasteboard ('general' according to the man-page) for these tools is ...
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How to Poll USB mouse through terminal in El Capitan

I've been trying to view which devices are connected to my USB ports through terminal in El Capitan, in particular a USB mouse. I've read online that I can ls /dev/tty.* to view all connected devices. ...
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How to convert OS X Dashboard widget to desktop app?

I would like to convert a OS X Dashboard widget to a desktop app, namely the Stocks widget. I understand I could move the widget to the desktop using terminal to enable developer mode for Dashboard ...
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OS X Terminal: 'ls' shows program but then says command not found?

I am trying to start MongoDB from the terminal. When I navigate to the folder and hit 'ls', all the applications show up but when I type in the name of the application( 'mongod'), it says it is not ...
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Creating System-Wide Keyboard Shortcut To Launch Applications [duplicate]

I recently switched from Ubuntu, and I was feeling very comfortable with using Ctrl + Alt + T to launch terminal. Can I assign Shift + Cmd + T to do the same thing in Yosemite? Specifically, I want a ...
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The file that cannot be deleted

Today I've been clearing out my hard drive, removing files and applications I no longer need. I deleted a few stubborn files using command line rm. But I've run into a file that resists all my ...
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Terminal command to enable write to remote NFTS drive

Can the drivename be "Seagate Backup Plus Drive" in the Terminal command ... label= drivename none ntfs rw,auto,nobrowse or will the spaces create errors in Terminal?
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How can I trigger a Notification Center notification from an AppleScript or shell script?

I'd love to be able to take advantage of 10.8's Notification Center features in AppleScripts and shell scripts I write. Is there a built-in command or a third-party library I can use from either an ...
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Slow login and Terminal loading time in Yosemite, possibly related to open directory

I have a problem with slow login times in Yosemite. Logging in is speedy after booting, but after a while (a few days usually) it slows down and can take 20-30 seconds. The time to load a new ...
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Why does OS X Mavericks block the purge command in Terminal?

When I try the purge command on my terminal, OS X Mavericks gives me the following message: Unable to purge disk buffers: Operation not permitted This hasn't been the default behavior until now. I ...
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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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Are my permissions for /usr/local/ correct?

I’m using HomeBrew for my port needs (seems a bit “cleaner” than MacPorts). I can install without sudoing (which is great), but the man linking step seems to require it (/usr/local/share/man/man3 ...
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Z shell history broken on OS X Mavericks

I can't get Z shell's history working at all. cat .zshrc : HISTSIZE=1000 SAVEHIST=1000 HISTFILE='~/.shell_history' setopt APPEND_HISTORY EXTENDED_HISTORY INC_APPEND_HISTORY Whatever the terminal ...
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Why bash history on my mac won't save?

I have always used bash for work, and never had problems with it. Now, it does not save any command in history again. If I open a window terminal, try some commands, it acts like everything has ...
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How can I get iTerm 2 to copy only what I select?

iTerm2 has a very nasty habit of making an assumption of what I want to copy and paste from the terminal. Instead of just allowing me to copy exactly what I highlight, it will expand to what it ...
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Characters and notification bounce when Terminal loses focus

OSX 10.11.2 Terminal 2.6.1 I have an intermittent issue that is driving me up the wall. I spend a lot of time in Terminal in full-screen mode on my 2015 11" Macbook Air. I generally have Chrome or ...
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The “python” CLI executable seems to ignore path hierarchy

I have the following strange situation on my (freshly installed El Capitan, otherwise empty) Mac. I noticed that /usr/bin/python defaults to python 2.7 (still), and the new SIP security system ...
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How to get the password hashes for a user in Mac OS X 10+, in recovery/single user mode?

I would like to view the hashes on my Mac, in either single user mode, or the terminal in recovery mode. I tried to follow the steps described in OS X 10.9: where are password hashes stored. But I ...
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Can softwareupdate be used to automatically download (but not install) on the terminal?

Could the Terminal command softwareupdate be used to download (but not install) any MacAppStore updates, say with a scheduled Calendar running an Automator/AppleScript script?
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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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Why doesn't .bashrc run automatically?

I put some alias commands in my .bashrc file, so that they might be loaded everytime I open a new Terminal window. Yet this doesn't happen. I have to select run script: in the ...
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Show text using Large Type without relying on third-party applications

Apple has this amazing feature called 'Large Type', chiefly implemented into Address Book. When you look up a contact, you can right-click the phone number and click 'Large Type', and it will display ...
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Terminal flashes on empty backspace with Yosemite

Since using Yosemite, I've had the annoying problem of my current Terminal window flashing when backspacing on an empty line. I know on previous versions of OS X this flashing was not default, and ...
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Why is “com.apple.quarantine” extended permission being added to downloaded files?

Recently I found downloaded files were not accessible through my web browser when viewing a site running inside a VirtualBox server. I noticed downloaded files have the extended permission ...
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Reattaching remote servers: no such file or directory in terminal

I'm using the Connect to Server tool to mount a remote drive. I'm able to access this via Terminal at /Volumes/REMOTE. If I unmount and remount the same connection however, my existing terminal ...
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Unexpected changes to command line

When I open up a command line on my Mac the welcome message is usually Last login date Johns-MacBook-Pro$ This now reads... Last login: Fri Dec 18 23:48:34 on ttys000 Johns-MBP-2:~ johnw$ What ...
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Application tries to launch although it is deinstalled

In my console a message is occurring every 10 seconds. I think it's trying to launch a deinstalled application (NetDrive2): 18.12.15 23:55:40,047 com.apple.xpc.launchd[1]: ...
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How can I prevent an SSH session from hanging in OS X Terminal?

When I close my MacBook with an active SSH session in Terminal and then wake it up, the prompt goes unresponsive. In about five minutes it says Write failed: Broken pipe and terminates. This ...
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Terminal - how to restart session after inadvertently exiting?

Sometimes I inadvertently exit from a Terminal session (usually because I think I'm connected to a remote system, when I'm not), so I get to this point: How I can I restart the session at this ...
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How to open applications in fullscreen via Terminal

I just created a script to open my most-used apps, but I have two questions about it. The code of the script is the following: #!/bin/bash echo "Hi $(whoami)" echo "Openning your default apps..." ...
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Changing configurations for Jrnl

Greetings to the apple community. I'm a newbie to mac and the terminal and I have no previous exposure to Linux. I have only casually used computers. However I've been wanting to step up my game and ...
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What does sudo chmod 0755 /usr/local and sudo chgrp wheel /usr/local do?

I uninstalled Homebrew, manually removed the /usr/local contents. The following possible Homebrew files were not deleted: /usr/local/.DS_Store /usr/local/bin/ /usr/local/etc/ /usr/local/include/ ...
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What must I enter into Terminal, using sudo to make myself an administrator?

My user account is a standard account on my Mac. What must I enter into Terminal using sudo, to make myself the administrator?
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How to repair and/or reinstall Homebrew safely?

I am trying to repair Homebrew. I recently tried to reinstall it but when I typed "brew doctor" My output was: shell-init: error retrieving current directory: getcwd: cannot access parent ...