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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SSH configration periodically gets overwritten and lost in yosemite

On Yosemite 10.10.3 my ssh configuration "~/.ssh/config" for hosts and keys will always get lost and gets overwritten with only this one line UserKnownHostsFile="/Users/user/.ssh/known_hosts" I ...
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rsync error: connection unexpectedly closed

I'm trying to backup some folders on an ubuntu server to an external G-Drive, connected through thunderbolt to my iMac, in this manner: $ time nohup sh -c 'rsync -avz myuser@myserver:/home/user/ ...
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Silent installer for remote macines

I am trying to create a script to install logmein silently (or in the background) with out enduser input. I have the process to download the zip and create an admin user (for later login) however I ...
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Incompatible library version with mpicxx

I am trying to compile a c++ code to a dynamically linked library on my Mac v10.10 I am hoping the error I receive isn't specific to the c++ code, rather thatI am missing some dependencies. I run ...
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Making a Damaged USB Writable for Drive Genius?

Apologies for being (sort of) a repost from Unable to be Repaired & Further Problems but I had some further questions and I was worried they wouldn't be answered. I followed Froggard's advice and ...
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os.Popen command is not working

I'm writing a python script that is suppose to change default display settings for all users. I run the script as sudo because it needs to change every display. This line is suppose to change the ...
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MacPorts issue with FreeType10.10

I'm using MacPorts to run Windows executables through Wine, everything went fine until all this suddenly went kaput for this reason: Wine cannot find the FreeType font library. To enable Wine to ...
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UNIX Script to Change Desktop & Screensaver in 10.8

I'm setting up LaunchAgent .plists that start up UNIX bash scripts to automatically change the desktop and screensaver for various different users for a Mac image that will be deployed to multiple Mac ...
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Help with “Couldn't start dropbox” message

My MacBook Pro is running Mavericks (10.9.5.) I restored a backup into my computer and then tried to use my Dropbox account and it wasn't working: I got the "Couldn't start dropbox" message. Before I ...
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Help modifying an Automator script for ditto

I posted this question over on SuperUser but this may be a more appropriate forum. In OS X Mavericks 10.9.5 and on Yosemite OS X 10.10.3 I'm using an Automator Service and an AppleScript combo that is ...
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How to enable true color mode in an OS X Terminal?

NeoVim recently added support for True Color mode in terminals that support it. I've tried both Terminal 2.5.3 (343.7) and iTerm 2.1.1, and neither one can display more than 256 colors by default. ...
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Enable internet sharing from command line (without using applescript)

I have perfected a couple of scripts which can enable and disable the sharing interactively using applescript, but I want a way to be able to do everything without the applescript. My aim is to learn ...
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change bash color profile on su $username

With my useraccount I use a .bash_profile that contains this line: export PS1='\[\e[0;36m\]\u\[\e[0m\]@\[\e[0;33m\]\h\[\e[0m\]:\[\e[0;33m\]\w\[\e[0m\]\$ ' With my adminaccount I use a .bash_profile ...
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Bash Terminal Environment variables = dollar sign

I think I'm having trouble with environment variables (I'm trying to install seismic unix, the make install doesn't work, and I think that environment variables are the problem). The makefile calls a ...
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GIT_AUTHOR variable overrides git config variables

When I commit a change, instead of using the email address I configured, git uses an invalid one of the form: MyMacUsername@NameOfMyMac.local I have tried all 3 git config commands (--global ...
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Trying to run commands in bash causes Homebrew error

Whenever I try and run any commands in terminal (bash), my window goes crazy and it keeps looping through an output of: /usr/local/Cellar/rbenv/0.4.0/libexec/rbenv-hooks: line 32: cd: ...
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OS X lets me run softwareupdate command without sudo: is this normal?

I am able to run and install updates with the softwareupdate command without prefixing sudo. Is this normal, can anybody else do this on there system? The man page states that admin privileges are ...
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Rendering a pixel font on Retina display

I've got this simple custom pixel font I use for programming: creep. I recently purchased a new MacBook with Retina display and noticed that the font's pixels don't quite match up with the screen's ...
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How to Set my Mac's $PATH back the way it was before

I'm just getting started with Terminal, the other day I might have messed something up with my urs/local/bin. When executing echo $PATH it returns me with ...
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Unable to complete ssh connection and open shell on server

I'm trying both the native OpenSSH (appears to be OpenSSH_6.2p2) which comes with Yosemite to connect to several Ubuntu servers. In the past few days it almost never works, but I installed putty which ...
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How do you toggle “Animate opening applications” from terminal?

The setting is located inside the Dock preferences. defaults write com.apple.dock no-bouncing -bool TRUE is only for toggling the nag notice, not the opening animation.
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Cannot type shift L in Terminal

As title says, I cannot type 'L' (uppercase letter) in Terminal. When I type 'bind -p' 'L' do not appear on the list. I have no problem typing l (lowercase letter). I cannot paste in 'L' neither. ...
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terminal self-populates

Troubleshooting erratic cursor behavior I tried to launch the new USB Disk Warrior stick, which requires a terminal command in OS X Recovery. As soon as I open Terminal, the following string appears ...
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To search contents of symlink

I want to search documents from by disc2 to which I created a symlink to disc1. However, I think this is not the way to go by creating a symblink to a current folder: ln -s ...
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Does Behavior of non-ASCII filenames change?

I have some similar music libraries which I would like to remove duplicates on (which are contained in a Disc Volume I'm loading wirelessly from a QNAP server). I know there are applications which can ...
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how to change dialog box default size

After last update to 10.3.3 "Open File" dialog is very small by default (much too small on a a hi res screen).I believe the default size can be changed using Terminal. But how? Small dialog boxes were ...
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Single User Mode not starting

First of all, there's no firmware password or anything fancy. I'm trying to diagnose a late-2011 MacBook Pro 15", and I'm trying to get into the single user mode. I press and hold Cmd+S (the left Cmd, ...
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2011 MBP won't go into Terminal or let me log in

I have a complicated issue, please bear with me! I seem to have really screwed myself over. My 2011 MacBook Pro (Maverick) won't let me access Terminal. Once or twice it showed up for a second but ...
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Why can I open an app from Contents/MacOS/app but not by clicking the icon?

I have an application that is fully functional when opened from Show Package Contents > /Contents/MacOS/app however when I click the icon in the Applications folder the icon just keeps bouncing. ...
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Terminal Sudo “3 incorrect password attemps”

Every time I do something in Terminal where you need a password following thing comes: Sorry, try again. Sorry, try again. Sorry, try again. sudo: 3 incorrect password attempts ...
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How to configure the pf firewall in the terminal?

I have googled it and have yet to find any good tutorials so far. Most of what I can find are for ipfw or GUI softwares. Does anyone know of any good tutorials on it? Would any of the non mac ...
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FFMPEG via AUTOMATOR not working argument “drawtext timecode”

I am new to scripts and automation but I wrote a script to help me on my daily job of watermarking and burn in timecode on videos. I created an Automator drop on app to convert videos and watermark ...
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Installation Alert: Unable to force quit iTunes

Reads as unopen in the dock, but computer (OS X 10.10) won't install software regardless. Have tried running "-9 iTunes" in Terminal, but to no use. UPDATE: Ok I've tried running "killall -9 iTunes" ...
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-bash: /Users/[me]/.rvm/scripts/initialize: No such file or directory

I was in a directory where I had a ~ and I went to remove it by doing rm -f ~ for which it said it was a directory. So I made the really silly move of doing rm -rf ~ and suddenly I get the error ...
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Opening new Terminal tab with Vim

I am using the Unite plugin as a fuzzy finder to open files in Vim, and I was wondering if there was a way to open files in a new Terminal tab instead of in Vim's internal tabs. Thanks!
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Can not set ls colors in zsh

I'm using zsh on OS X with the Dark Solarized theme. I'm trying to customize my ls colors, in particular the yellow background for directories which bothers me a lot. However, nothing I change in ...
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From the terminal, how can I disable iTunes from running when a device is connected?

Using terminal, I want to disable the feature of iTunes that causes it to run whenever a device is plugged in, but I want to do this entirely from the terminal, so that it can be part of an OSX setup ...
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How to keep imessage running/logged in on a macbook pro

I know I saw a link somewhere before but I can't find it on this site or in my bookmarks. For some reason, my iMessage or some accounts on my iMessage program on my MacBookPro (10.9.5) keeps ...
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Configure: error: clang version 3.0 or later is required - but I already have it

I'm trying to follow this RVM installation guide, supposedly for Snow Leopard 10.6.8 (I should point out that $ rvm -v returns -bash: rvm: command not found), but when I run $ curl -L ...
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Can I get rid of these timestamps in terminal?

I'm getting Javascript output in my terminal and it currently looks like this: Is there a way to get rid of the timestamps at the beginning of each line? I'm not sure if this is something I somehow ...
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how do I install SIPSAK?

How and where is this installed from on a Mac? For context, SIPSAK is the SIP Swiss Army Knife: sipsak is a command line tool which can send simple requests to a SIP server. It can run additional ...
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Mac Terminal won't accept £ in ssh password?

I have an issue where I'm trying to ssh into the root account of a firewall from my Mac. I'm on the same network as the firewall. ssh root@1.2.3.4 I'm then asked for my password which contains the ...
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Backspace over SSH shows ^?

I'm trying to use vim to SSH in terminal on my Macbook. All the solutions I found were for PuTTY, but I'm using terminal. Someone said to add this to my vimrc but that did not work: stty erase ^? ...
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How do I install SIPSAK with macports?

For context, SIPSAK is the SIP Swiss Army Knife: sipsak is a command line tool which can send simple requests to a SIP server. It can run additional tests on a SIP server which are usefull for ...
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Executing files directly from read/write WebDAV server

I’m using the Finder’s built-in Connect to Server... feature and use it for connecting to a read/write WebDAV server. Everything is working except executing files hosted on the server. I tried ...
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Terminal runs a lot of programs on start, why?

Every time I open a new terminal it takes a while to hand it over to me because it goes through a process of running sed, awk, and the ruby interpreter (I think that's what it's doing). Can anyone ...
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shotdetect fatal libpng error gd-png error: setjmp returns error condition

I downloaded shotdetect and followed this guide to install it on OSX Yosemite 10.10.1 . When I try to run shotdetect, it appears to run through the entire video file, but then fails towards the end. ...
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Configure terminal dimensions to show as Lines x Columns

In my terminal, when I ask to show Dimensions (profiles -> window -> dimensions), it shows the dimensions as Columns x Lines, but when I use resize -s 25 200, I am actually resizing as Lines x ...
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How to paste Chinese/Unicode characters to Terminal?

I'm trying to paste these Chinese letters: 你好世界 to my Terminal, but instead I've got "^L" or some other weird characters. The same happens for other unicode characters (such as £āēīōūśṣṭēīōū) when ...
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SSH via sudo cron on Yosemite

I have a shell script that is supposed to run via cronjob on Yosemite, also when no user is logged in. I discovered the cron has to be edited with sudo crontab -e to do that. The script connects to ...