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How do I run terminal in sudo mode?

I was trying to install npm, and I got npm ERR! Error: EACCES, Permission denied '/usr/local/lib/node_modules' npm ERR! npm ERR! Please use 'sudo' or log in as root to run this command. npm ERR! ...
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Which command-line packages do you need? [closed]

I generally have one of Fink, MacPorts, Homebrew installed. Most often for a single, small, and trivial package. I've found that all my day-to-day software exists in OS X versions. So, which non-OS X ...
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How do I make Terminal.app's scrollbars disappear in Lion?

Once I upgraded to Lion, I found out that the vertical scrollbar is always plastered to the right side of the application window. Because I run GNU Screen within Terminal.app, the right side of the ...
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Shell Script for Yesterday's Date

I'm trying to execute the following shellscript with hazel app on any file in the folder. It works, but the only thing thats causing a problem is the date for yesterday. #! /bin/bash saveDir="TJ" ...
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Time in milliseconds since epoch in the terminal

How do I get the time since the epoch, in milliseconds, in the OSX terminal? The Linux/Ubuntu equivalent is date +%s.%N: Linux $ date +%s.%N 1403377762.035521859 Which does not work in my OSX ...
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What is the difference between the sudo and su command?

What is the difference between the sudo and su command? Why does OS X handle these different than Linux?
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How do I send C-/ (that is, control-slash) to the terminal?

I'm trying to run Emacs in a terminal. I've turned on the "use option as meta" in terminal preferences and so it's about 95% working right. The key sequence ctrl-/ (or in Emacs notation C-/) is ...
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OS X terminal “open” command and keeping focus on the command line

I appreciate the "open" terminal command to launch OS X apps. When invoking the open command for any purpose, it is overwhelmingly likely that I will have at least one other command I would like to ...
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How to uninstall zsh

I'm new to Mac. A friend installed all kinds of additional software including zsh which I would like to uninstall. So how can I uninstall zsh?
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Make ls command sort by file type (e.g. directories and file extension)

How do I make ls sort by file type (e.g. directories first and then by file extension)? The answers suggested in (Super User) Make ls sort by file type result in unknown option errors from ls.
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Run sudo From Non-Admin Account

Okay, so I'm gearing up to get a new machine so I'm looking at how I can organise things better. Now, currently I use an admin account as my main login account, but I know that that's probably not ...
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Mac OS X Mavericks - add to path

I'm trying to set up a phonegap project and while trying to add a platform it outputs the following error: Error: The command "android" failed. Make sure you have the latest Android SDK installed, ...
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Open an app in fullscreen via Terminal

I wonder if it's possible to open a program in Lion fullscreen mode via the Terminal. I want to write a short script which starts a bunch of programs in fullscreen mode, so that I only have to click ...
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For iTerm2, how do I make the working directory appear in the window title?

I recently switched to iTerm2 from the default Terminal app and have a usability issue. On Terminal, the working directory you are in shows up on the title bar along with the process and pixel ...
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Bash or Zsh, what's the difference, why use one or the other?

So, the question pretty much says it all. I'm on Snow Leopard, and I do a lot of web development, particularly in Rails 3 which makes heavy use of the console. I've seen some notable bloggers etc. ...
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What does Terminal.app store in iCloud?

I just noticed this. What does Terminal.app store in iCloud?
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Can I shorten the typing needed to `cd` into some well know directories

I find myself opening a terminal and then CD'ing a lot into the same directory the path of which is very long. This means I am cd'ing a lot and using the tab to speed things up a lot. IT would be ...
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I installed Xcode but I still don't have gcc in my terminal

I just got a Mac and I'm a complete newbie, so this may be kind of a really easy question, but I wasn't able to solve it with Google or F1. I was trying to run a C program from the Terminal that ...
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Terminal not working after Yosemite installation

I installed Yosemite now and after the installation the terminal is not working. It used to work before, but after installation of the new OS X on Mavericks it is no longer working. How can I resolve ...
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Is there a Terminal-like app for iOS?

I am looking for an app that has some of the same functionality (ssh specifically) as the Terminal application on the desktop. What different apps exist for iOS that have this functionality?
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How to prevent 'sudo rm -rf /'

A few times I have accidentally executed the command sudo rm -rf /. Is there a way how to prevent me from running this command? For example can I somehow disable it using the sudoers file?
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how do I get Terminal's Search with Google to open in the default browser?

Scenario: working away in Terminal, get an error message. Want to google it so I select text and use right-click and "Search with Google". Opens Safari every time. Google Chrome is my default browser. ...
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Reset your PATH variable

I stuffed up (basically wiped) my PATH variable. Is there any way to reset it to the default? I look at How do I reset the $PATH variable on Mac OS X?, but I find it very confusing. As far as I ...
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Change Network location from terminal

I have a two locations set up on my macBook. One for normal use and another for when I use a proxy, which I start from the command line. It would be very useful for me to be able to switch network ...
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How to share history between terminal tabs?

I generally find myself using two or three tabs in my Terminal on OS X. A minor inconvenience is often that the tabs don't share a command history. So things like history | grep thingIamlooking for ...
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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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Option + click in iTerm

In Terminal, Option + click allows me to place my cursor at any point on the current line-- great for editing really long commands. How can I do this in iTerm2? Update: According to this page, the ...
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SSH request timeout every time

I am trying to access a storage space we have at work via ssh but I get a timeout every single time (Mac OS 10.7.5 - Terminal). I checked firewalls, settings, even turned off Little Snitch, and port ...
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How to programatically add folder to Spotlight “do not index”?

Is there any way to programmatically add a folder to Spotlight's "Privacy" tab? Either through Terminal or Applescript? Often I want to click on an item in Spotlight results in Finder, and have that ...
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iTunes track notifications for Mountain Lion

In OS X Lion there was the preference (via a Terminal command) to enable iTunes track notifications that were displayed as a popup in the dock. So far it seems as though Mountain Lion does not allow ...
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Cannot open Terminal on mac (“Not allowed to use” error message)

I cannot open Terminal at all because of this error message. (Probably the rudest error message I have ever seen on a computer.) This mac was originally a school computer and the permission to use ...
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Improved Terminal autocomplete funcionality (similar to Matlab's)

If any of you ever used Matlab, you might have noticed the command window functionality in that program. I wonder if it is possible to enable the same functionality in Mac Terminal. It works like ...
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How to rename multiple files at once?

I want to rename multiple files at once. For example: Picture1.jpg Picture2.jpg Picture3.jpg Picture4.jpg into Vacation-Picture1.jpg Vacation-Picture2.jpg Vacation-Picture3.jpg ...
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error: There was a problem with the editor 'vi' when using it with git

I have this strange problem with using vi as the editor for git commit -a. Normal flow is: I type git commit -a, vi appears, I enter my commit message, and then :wq to save & exit from vi. This ...
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What command combo at terminal will output a list of directories with human-readable sizes?

I'd like to open Terminal.app and enter a command like: my-macbook-pro:~ my-username$ ls -lh Instead of seeing the size of the folders in bytes that are in my current working directory, I'd like to ...
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hdiutil: compact failed – Function not implemented

When compacting a sparse image with the hdiutil compact command, it fails with the message hdiutil: compact failed – Function not implemented.
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Transparent Background in Terminal?

On Ubuntu, I can change the terminal background to be semi-transparent. I've seen other people do this in OSX, but I don't see the setting anywhere. Is there some way to make this happen?
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Set default shell to MacPorts bash in Mac OS X 10.6.8?

As a follow up to my previous question, I reinstalled my MacPorts and want to try its newer version of bash again. I installed the newest bash via MacPorts on my Mac OS X 10.6.8 system, but when I ...
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How can I add reminders via the command line?

Once in a while it may be useful to add some reminders to Reminders.app from the command line — especially because they are synced to iCloud. Is there any way to do so? A solution that does not rely ...
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Why is OS X able to send out email without first configuring SMTP?

When I try the command in terminal, an email is sent. I have checked there is no local SMTP is running, so what is the mechanism used by Apple behind the scene? echo "Hello" | mail -s "Test" ...
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Is it possible to get the full suite of unix options for the command line tools on OS X?

I follow Unix Tool Tip on Twitter and it is interesting that many of the tips that are posted are not available on OS X. For example: cp - u will only copy files that don't exist, or are newer ...
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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 put a custom launcher in the Dock (Mavericks)

I am new to Mac OS (I am currently using Mavericks) and I have performed google searches as well as search on StackExchange regarding my question but the discussions I came across don't quite answer ...
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How to remove .DS_Store from command-line auto-completion using cd?

I understand that .DS_store files serve a purpose. That said, they are a nuisance when auto-completing with the cd command. When I type cd in Terminal and press tab twice it lists all directories in ...
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How can I specify delimiters in Terminal for word and character selection before copying and pasting?

I am new to Mac and still struggling to be productive with fewer clicks and keys... When I use Terminal and click on a word, I would like the delimiter to be only space and not other characters like ...
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Can I configure terminal to show stderr output in different colour

Is it possible to configure the terminal in OS X to show stderr output automatically in a different colour than stdout output from a process? Or is this only possible if the process is outputting ...
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Open new terminal window in current space, regardless of other open terminals in other spaces

When using Spaces on Mac OS X trying to open a new terminal instance results in focus being pulled to whatever space has the most recently accessed terminal window. With Finder I can click on the ...
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Is it possible to set the output language of shell commands to anything other than English?

Am I correct in my assumption that shell commands such as cp, man, ls, etc. always print their messages in English regardless of system and user settings, and also standard shell messages like ...
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How do I change the location of screenshot in OS X Lion?

The old method that works for Leopard/Snow Leopard doesn't work any more on Lion: defaults write com.apple.screencapture location /Users/kamus/Pictures/snap Has something changed or does anyone ...
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Any way to make Cmd-D “delete next word” rather than “split-pane” in Terminal

I am so used to using ⌘D to "delete-next-word" in emacs and xterm, that I automatically hit it in Terminal all the time, which rather annoyingly (to me, at least) causes the pane to split instead. ...