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Rails Command Fails Because of Space in Path

I tried setting up a Ruby on Rails project on my nice safe volume called "Data RAID". The set up failed with some strange errors that I eventually tracked down to the space in the path name. It works ...
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Sudo works for a whole day and then stops working until a reboot

I currently have admin access to a Macbook Pro running OSX 10.8.4. I have been sudoing at the terminal for the whole day with no restart until sudo stops working. I rebooted the operating system and ...
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Compiling a gimp plugin

I wish to compile the Gimp plugin "Save for Web" on Mac 10.8.4. I use brew for package management but libgimp2-dev is missing. I've downloaded Gimp 2.8.6 from here . I've downloaded the latest ...
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FocusFollowsMouse, cut-paste from browser to Terminal in 10.8 (duplicate)

Added: this was discussed in focus-follows-mouse-plus-auto-raise-on-mac-os-x on SO in 2010. In short, accept it, or buy an addon: how-can-i-make-focus-follow-the-mouse-cursor. The sequence: cut ...
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FTP: active vs. passive, command line vs. browser

Here's a weird one for everyone. I'll use AskDifferent because my test bed is on a Mac, but I don't know that the underlying issue is specifically Mac. My Mac is behind a NAT wall. Let's call my ...
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My MBP (13 inch, MID 2010) will not start up

I have used the internet for the past 2 weeks in search of something that will help me troubleshoot/repair my MBP. It wont boot in Safe Mode using the SHIFT key. Following is everything I have tried ...
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Is there a console interface for the Client Monitor on OSX?

I'm writing a bash-script at work for controlling our Mac-computers (OS X Mountain Lion) remotely. Since we use FileWave in our Company we just have to remove an Application and restart the computer. ...
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Resource efficient way to monitor file change and execute shell scripts on change

I know at least three ways to monitor a folder/file for changes and execute a shell script on change. First, use "Folder Actions" of Automator Second, the launchd.plist approach but it seems the ...
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Midnight Commander installed via Ports to support scp

I have installed Midnight Commander via Ports, but I am unable to connect to a remote computer to copy files as: cd #sh:user@server.net I keep getting: "Cannot CHDIR to #sh:user@server.net". ...
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How to include the failing username on saslauthd failure in a log file in Lion?

How can the verbosity of logging be increased for SASL authentication failures? To be more precise, to include the failing user name in a log file on Mac OS X 10.7 (Lion) Server? Linux hosts have ...
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why does less seem to think my terminal has more lines than it does?

Don't know if this is really an OS X question, but: less seems to insist that my terminal (whether I'm using the builtin Terminal or iTerm2) has more lines than are actually displayed, and so the top ...
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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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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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Proxy won't work without telnet

This isn't a problem as such, more an irritant that's begging for a clean solution. At work we have a couple of Macs which I'm trying to get integrated nicely into Active Directory. We enforce all ...
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Extract Icon of File using Terminal

I need a way to extract the icon image of a file or directory and save it as a PNG or JPG, using the CLI. For example, if the file were a PDF document, the extracted image would be of it's icon: the ...
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Why does my terminal in Macbook show this message? What should I do to preclude that message?

Last login: Mon May 23 11:29:54 on ttys000 -bash: /Users/karthy/Library/Enthought/Canopy_64bit/User/bin/activate: No such file or directory
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programatically reload Safari extension

How can I programatically reload extension I created in Safari? This image shows the reload button that I manually have to click every time I update my extension: Any way to this is ...
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How can I undo sysctl commands?

I was troubleshooting an issue connecting my PS4 to my MAC to share my VPN connection and I typed this into my terminal: sudo sysctl -w net.inet.ip.forwarding=1 sudo sysctl -w net.inet.ip.fw.enable=1 ...
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replace folder using Terminal

How can I replace a folder using Terminal? I tried this, but this code copies the folder, but it doesn't replace it when the folder is already present. Is manual deleting before copying the only way? ...
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Screen Sending EOL After Each Character

I just connected my Anthem AVM20 audio/video controller to my Mac Mini via an USB to RS232 cable. I've been able to bring up a screen session. The problem is that it appears to be sending some sort of ...
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How do I make terminal windows STAY the same size?

I have set up my terminals, so that they are the size I want them to be. However, I often have several tabs open in each window. Terminal keeps trying to make the window BIGGER when I get too many ...
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-p: command not found - Automator help needed

I'm using Automator to run a shell script for taking an interactive screencapture and opening it in Preview for easy annotation. When running the script it fails and states -: -p: command not found. ...
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Dump iCloud keychain in Terminal

I failed to find the path to iCloud keychain to do just security dump-keychain - the iCloud keychain isn't shown when I try security list-keychains. What is the path to that keychain (or, if it cannot ...
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Is there something like Alt-SysRq-k in Terminal?

What I mean is whether there is something that kills all processes in the current tty
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How to Replace TextMate's Search by Custom Function?

TextMate uses currently mdfind as its search (CMD-F) which is bad/unstable/useless/... with .tex files. I would like to replace it by my own search function. How can you replace TextMate's default ...
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Open new Terminal window with home directory set to current directory?

I want to programatically open a new Terminal window. I've setup a custom profile in the Terminal preferences and exported the profile. I can open a new window with that profile by calling it ...
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In Terminal, how do I run a curl command to POST data?

I'm using OS X Yosemite and having trouble running curl to POST data to my local server. Below is the command I'm running and the response: localhost:myproject davea$ curl --header ...
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Get result of Terminal tab do script via commandline

I've seen similar questions like this but none seem to deal with getting the result from a specific Terminal tab? I'm writing a Chrome extension to do some awesome stuff. Right now I'm just trying to ...
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Use Terminal to echo a Messages chat

What script/command could I use to echo a readable format of my messages with someone? Is there any way to echo the chat.db as a table for that one person who I am chatting with?
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saving / restoring the NVRAM

I need to find a reliable way to save and restore the contents of NVRAM Would it be correct: Preservation nvram -x -p > ~/nvram.xml Recovery: sudo nvram -x -f ~/nvram.xml Thanks in advance ...
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How to Have Stereo Macro in OS X Vim?

OS X Terminal Emulator with Custom Escape Sequences I am not sure if OS X terminal emulator is sufficient for the escape sequences. Current cursor on line of path in Vim etc ...
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Can I boost the Wi-Fi on my Mac in the Terminal?

I run Yosemite on my Mac. Recently the Bluetooth was skipping and I found an answer on here that said to run this command in Terminal, defaults write com.apple.BluetoothAudioAgent "Apple Bitpool Min ...
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Encrypted Seagate 5TB External HD Unable to Mount

Been roaming informational posts all over the web about similar situations and I see it's a common issue but none of the solutions seem to work. This is my wife's external hard drive which she stores ...
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LSOpenURLsWithRole() failed with error -600 when opening html file from terminal

I created a new test.htm file in my homedir, and when I type open test.htm it switches to Firefox, just opens an empty tab (my file does not appear), and the terminal says: LSOpenURLsWithRole() ...
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how to 'custom install' with brew?

so I have to edit the install of wine, and apply a custom patch. The patch I want is here... https://bugs.winehq.org/attachment.cgi?id=38156 and when I add these lines with brew edit wine patch do ...
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Blocking applications from terminal?

I want to disable Safari because I end up using it to waste time on sites like youtube. I use Stayfocud and Leechblock on chrome and firefox, but there isn't anything good for Safari (WasteNoTime is ...
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Terminal Error: pointer being freed was not allocated *** set a breakpoint in malloc_error_break to debug - Unable to Repair Permissions

I'm getting an error when I open Terminal saying: login(495,0x7fff77186000) malloc: *** error for object 0x7f8cdad0b780: pointer being freed was not allocated *** set a breakpoint in ...
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Is there a way to check the system details of a Macbook against a database?

If you run system_profiler SPHardwareDataType in Terminal on a Macbook you get information like so: Hardware Overview: Model Name: MacBook Pro Model Identifier: MacBookPro8,3 Processor Name: ...
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Make Background Terminal Window

Is it possible to make a terminal window the "background" in OS X El Captain? I've looked at several applications. For example, TotalTerminal, but it is defunct.
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change HTTP headers of Chrome and Firefox

Browsers send HTTP Accept headers. This is an example of one: text/html, */*; q=0.01 gzip, deflate en-US,en;q=0.8,sl;q=0.6 You can get yours here. How can I change curent headers from terminal app ...
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change firefox proxy from terminal

How can I change proxy for Firefox from Terminal app? Not the whole computer proxy settings (the ones in Network tab), but just Firefox's.
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How to sort a list of files ordered alphabetically to a list ordered numerically?

I'm trying to split large .csv files into several smaller ones ordered numerically, i.e., "File.csv" into "file_1.csv, file_2.csv, file_3.csv...". When I use the command: split -l 100000 File.csv ...
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El Capitan Mac: /usr/bin/login tries to run /bin/false

Just upgraded from Yosemite to El Capitan, and I started out with an Emacs problem: it wouldn't launch from the Emacs.app icon, complaining that it couldn't find /bin/false. I tracked this down to ...
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Fresh OS X install, cleanly manage terminal applications going forward

I just got a new Hard Drive and installed a fresh copy of El Capitan on it. I'm a computer programmer and use a ton of terminal commands. Is there anything I can / should do now that my computer has a ...
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Odd behaviour for long commands after styling the terminal

After putting the following statements on the ~/.bash_profile file: # STYLING THE TERMINAL # References: # - ...
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curl isn't outputting what it used to

I had programs that relied on using curl in the terminal (bash) and one day thy just stopped working. I realized this was because the output of curl had changed for some reason. I thought maybe the ...
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OSX Activity monitor (energy) shows terminated terminal app with high average energy impact

I use my macbook like desktop (always connected to electricity) 95% of the time, so I never noticed this before. However, I had to use it on battery last few days and it surprised me how short the ...
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What happens to programs like node, npm or grunt that has been installed globally after os x reinstall?

I have huge problems with the kernel_task. I have a Mid-2015 15" rMBP with discrete GPU. It really annoys me when kernel_task goes 400% 500% CPU and I could not solve this problem. I want to reinstall ...
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Adding Aspshell user account via terminal

Good Day, I'm new in Mac OS X (Maverick). I want to add user account (standard user) with aspshell via terminal. Any tips? Thanks.
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How to Extract ENVI picture details for Matlab?

I am studying pictures where I need to separate psf images with sufficient ENVI header file for the function multibandread in Matlab SIZE = [LINES, SAMPLES, BANDS] SUBSET = {DIM, METHOD, INDEX} X = ...