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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How can I get TexLive to install?

I just bought my third Mac, this one with OS 10.9.5. My previous one was stolen, but I had backed it up with Time Machine. When I started this one up, I connected the backup drive from the old ...
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Execute Terminal Command fails in BetterTouchTool. Why?

I've installed Ouimeaux to control a Belkin Wemo on OSX, and it's working correctly in Terminal - meaning that the following command in Terminal will toggle my Wemo switch on/off: wemo switch ...
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Percent character breaks Terminal

If I type the % character in the Terminal, it breaks that shell and every new shell I open until reboot: $ seq 10 | parallel -j50% "echo Hi {}" -bash: printf: `"': invalid format character Does ...
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SSH using IPV6 getting error “No Route to Host” On My Mac Machine

I am trying to ssh with ipv6 in my mac machine but I am getting error "No Route to Host". I can it successfully with ipv4. Can anyone guide me please if it require any network setting or else? I am ...
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Terminal 3 failed password attempts

I've got a really funny issue with my Mac at the moment. I was using a sudo command and it rejected my password 3 times (I double checked and the password was correct) but now I can't do anything as ...
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Yosemite 10.10.1 - ssh - no connection (time-out) and strange redirect

I hope I can get some help with a rather strange problem on my late 2013 MacBookPro running Yosemite 10.10.1 Up until 3 days ago, I could ssh into my server without any problems. I then updated to ...
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Terminal.app magically changing color values

Terminal.app does some very odd color shifting that makes it impossible to match colors consistently, and I'm wondering if there is any way to disable it or better control it. The "magic" is what ...
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Uninstall CheckPoint VPN Script Prompting For Password

When running the uninstaller sh script in the CheckPoint VPN package from terminal I get prompted for the usual authentication window. But the authentication window does not have focus so when I type ...
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SSH with ipv6 working only if I pass %en0 with my ipv6 address

I am trying to ssh with Mac OS X (10.10.1 Yosemite) terminal using ipv6. If I use command like ssh username@ipv6_address It's not working and I am getting error "No Route to Host". But If I use ...
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How can I download all MP3 files from a web site?

I am wondering if there is any software available in OS X that can download all mp3s or specific type of file from a URL. For e.g. I have a url http://www.parweztv.com/Khan%20Adeeb/SURA-04/ and I want ...
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Terminal command to change Privilege of “everyone” to “No Access”

I want to change the privilege of a specific folder for the "everyone" group to No Access. I have tried chmod o--- that doesnt seem to work but I am most likely doing it wrong. I know that If I click ...
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OS X Terminal – Open Tab in current directory, troubles with umlauts

I run OS X 10.7.5. I am currently experiencing an issue with Terminal. I have enabled the option to open new tabs in the current working directory. However, this does not work as expected, when the ...
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Damaged preference file in /bin/sh

Today in Drive Genius 3, I ran the “Verify Preferences” function in Repair. It yielded this strange result: /bin/sh: xargs: command not found The only option Drive Genius gives is to remove the ...
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My Press and hold accents have been disabled in Yosemite

I just got Yosemite and now my Press and hold accent capability seems to have disappeared with my old software. I tried using /System/Library/Input Methods/PressAndHold.app in Terminal to find Press ...
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opencv cmake not building

I've been trying to build OpenCV in a mac (Yosemite 10.10) using cmake-gui and the compilers gcc,g++ and gfortran given by MacPorts. I HAVE to use those compilers. I configured WITH_OPENCL to be OFF ...
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In bash, can test -e look for a file with a semi-variable name using *?

I have an if then looking for a certain set of files. They all start with lib, so I could either set an if then up for each one or I was hoping there's a way I can use an asterisk. Here's what I have ...
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Meaning of MAC terminal command prompt

I was wondering if anyone could explain the meaning the command below in mac terminal: dhcp-74-148:~ Noticed it for the first time today and just wondering what it meant. Thanks
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Terminal: Is there a way to be notified of activity when tailing an error log

I often ssh into a machine and tail -f it's php error log. My ideal situation would be to leave this terminal window open in the background, but when there's activity from the tail command, have the ...
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Accent popup in Terminal.app?

I was wondering if anyone has figured out a way to enable the press-and-hold accent popup in Terminal.app, where it does not work out of the box? Does not have to be press-and-hold, but some way to ...
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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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How can I play a midi file from terminal?

I'm looking for a most simple command line app (or an on-board tool on Mavericks I am not aware of) to play a midi file from the terminal. As plain as possible, something like play myfile.mid. ...
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Changing border colors

Border may not be the correct term for what I'm describing but I would like to change the color layout in OS X. That is, when I open a browser or the terminal, the borders are a light gray color. ...
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Terminal paste unreliable

I'm trying to paste text into Terminal (v2.5 build 343, I'm running Yosemite), and it seems to consistently omit characters. For example if I copy the following text to the pasteboard: ...
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Running a .sh file but after new PATH is not visible in shell

I am running a file ./setWLSEnv.sh which has the following output: http://pastebin.com/sSXRZd1s ...
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How can I automate port forwarding?

Is there a way in which I can automate port forwarding on the mac? I want to forward a computer to port 22, and my purpose of doing is so I can ssh from a remote location, making ssh easier. If so, ...
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How do I disable text antialias (font smoothing) in Terminal and globally for all apps?

I'd like to disable every kind of text anti-aliasing and font smoothing globally in OS X. With OS X 10.8 on a mid-2013 MacBook Air 13", I've tried quite a few options: the Turn off text smoothing ...
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Will Terminal show a progress bar when I copy with “cp”?

Is is possible to display a progress bar when copying files in Terminal using cp?
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Yosemite does not have ftp sharing option in file sharing preferences?

I have just obtained a Macbook Pro with Yosemite installed and am trying to connect to it from another host on the local network via ftp. The connection is refused. So I get into the preferences in ...
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what are the split terminal commands

I stumbled across the command-d hot key which splits the terminal into 2 panes. But I cant find documentation anywhere on how to close the new pane or even switch the focus to it so I can use it. ...
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How do I make an AppleScript use a Folder in the Contents of a Bundle for an alias on the Desktop?

I'm trying to write an AppleScript to make a temporary alias on the desktop from a folder that resides in the Bundle's Contents:Resources folder and then execute a terminal command that has an ...
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How to have full directory path always shown in mac terminal?

I found answers but they don't work: I added this line in .bash_profile: export PS1='\u@\H:\w$' It outputs: \u@\H:\w$ Instead of: user@host:my/Current/Path/In/This/Terminal/Window$
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“Use Option as Meta key” with ability to type the # symbol

I am using Terminal version 2.5, where I have two requirements: I need to be able to type the <META> key. I need to be able to type the # character. How can I satisfy both of these? By ...
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Terminator for Mac OSX

I'm using Ubuntu on a daily basis, and recently (6 months ago) I bought a Mac, so the first thing I did was installing VMWare and Ubuntu on my MBP. Also I'm a developper and I was a huge fan of ...
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Terminal: command overridden via shell script in /usr/local/bin not executed unless called directly

I've created a shell script wrapping ssh to change my terminal background when connecting to a server following one of the many examples on this site and stackexchange. 11:22 ~ $ echo $PATH ...
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ssh asks for passphrase not keychain password after locking keychain

I'm using Yosemite and store the ssh passphrase in a separate keychain (not the login keychain). This all works fine as long as the keychain is unlocked. When I lock the keychain, I expected ssh to ...
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Font Used in OS X 'Yosemite' Version of Terminal's Icon?

What font is used for the prompt ('>_') in Terminal's icon in OS X 10.10.x 'Yosemite?'
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How can I enable and/or disable OS X's power nap feature from within Terminal?

I can deal with it using some command-line commands such as defaults write … etc, but don’t know what the exact command and argument names to use?
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Setting environment variable for sudo in Yosemite

I followed this similar question to set my environment variables in Yosemite: ...
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Troubleshooting “Unexpected argument” error when running defaults write

Trying to change the default screenshot directory to a specific folder in my google drive, but when I try the following command defaults write com.apple.screencapture location ‘~/Users/tommy\Google ...
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Best Practices for dealing with unbrewed files in a fresh install of homebrew

I accidentally deleted /usr/local/bin which contained brew among other things. I reinstalled homebrew and ran brew prune to get rid of broken symlinks, but when I run brew doctor, I still get the ...
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Can't delete old TimeMachine backup

In terminal, trying to do the following: $ sudo tmutil delete /Volumes/BACKUP/Backups.backupdb/lappy/2014-11-02-005458/ Deleting: /Volumes/BACKUP/Backups.backupdb/lappy/2014-11-02-005458 I get ...
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Unlock Mac from Terminal or Automator

In my attempt to start iPlayer and BBC News every morning, I have scheduled Automator to open a page. It does work, however my Mac stays locked, therefore I need to get out of my bed and enter the ...
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Can I run top as screensaver?

My employer has recently issued me a MacBook Pro to play with. I have a lot of Linux experience, but I was struck by how nice the terminal looks on the Mac in full screen mode, especially when running ...
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Network drive showing minus sign for one folder, but Terminal shows everything in it

I've got a small home media server setup on a Raspberry Pi. It has had one 1 TB USB (ext3) drive plugged into it for a while now, which has worked perfectly over the network on my Macbook Pro ...
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How do I use the defaults command with App Groups?

In OS X Yosemite it's possible to have preferences that are shared between multiple apps that are in the same App Group. On the development side of things it's as simple as setting up the App Group ...
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Setting environment variables for scripts run by launchd?

I have a script that worked in the past, but seems to be having issues now (I believe it's due to Yosemite). What I had done was created an environment variable that was set to "false" and then my ...
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Using terminal to get current fan speed?

I would like to view the current fan speeds of my MacBook and iMac using terminal. I've found that running spindump then cat /tmp/spindump.txt | grep "Fan speed" will show it, but that's very slow and ...
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Fixing a Messed Up $PATH in Yosimite

I had troubles installing node with Homebrew as Homebrew does something weird to the node install that installing Yeoman generators seems to be hindered a bit. My issue, however, is that I think ...
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Missing .Bash Files in ~/

While uninstalling/removing home-brew, node, and yeoman...I noted that I don't have a .bashrc or .bach_profile in my home directory. I only have .bash_history present. Why is this? Is this bad? If ...
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View passwords of all Wi-Fi networks my Mac has connected to in the past

I have connected my Mac to lots of public Wi-Fi networks. I want to know their passwords. What should be the terminal command to list all the Wi-Fi networks whom I connected with in the past with ...