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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Clever way to create image of entire terminal log?

I would like a way to execute one command, to take a "screenshot" of the entire terminal log (including lines of text that are not visible without scrolling) Possibly an application that has this ...
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Aufs mount alternative

What union mounts are available on OSX? I've been using Aufs on Ubuntu for the past few years without fail and I'm looking for something similar... Basically, given n directories, merge the contents ...
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Running shell commands with Automator: how to create a droplet launching an “exec” command?

I need to create a automator application that launches the following exec command, whenever a image file is dropped onto it (the exec print the image files with some printing params). exec('lpr -o ...
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Using MacPorts bash, tab completion no longer lists hidden / dot files

I used MacPorts to install bash (bash @4.3.8_0). I switched Terminal to use /opt/local/bin/bash as the command to startup. However, now when I type vim ~/.<tab><tab>, it no longer lists ...
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Weird OS X Terminal Bug: Cursor won't go back to end of line after backtracking

I have an interesting problem: when I type something in the terminal as follows: ~ me$ hello<cursor> and backtrack: ~ me$ he<cursor>llo and then try to return to the end to continue ...
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Alfred: How to get Alfred to run a terminal command?

I often need to run multiple copies of an app, like VLC. For this I use the terminal and run a command similar to: open -n /Applications/VLC.app How can I create a shortcut with Alfred to run this ...
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How to run a cron job each time the previous execution has finished?

I would like to run a Python script each time it finishes and I think I can do this with cron but I am not sure how to do it. The idea is each time the Python scripts ends, it will have to run again ...
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Set a custom dock icon for an application instance via Terminal

I'm frequently opening multiple instances of applications, especially Emacs, since I may be working on different projects on the same time, and I find this the best way to manage this (yes, I know ...
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Automator Workflow - Convert FLAC to MP3

I would like to have an Automator Workflow that converts FLAC to Mp3. Right now I am using this shell script which works fine and preserves ID3 Tags: #!/bin/bash for f in "$@"; do [[ "$f" != ...
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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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grep doesn't give the correct offset?

Trying to get the bytes offset of a text word in a binary file (with some text here and there). I need to know the offset of this word from the beginning of the file. I'm wondering if on osx the ...
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In Terminal, where it displays XXX@YYY , what is XXX and what is YYY?

I transferred a backup to a new mac. However the names got changed, and one has a -2 added to it. Now my terminal reads name@name-2 -$. In Finder it appears like so: `name (2)` `HardDriveName` ...
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How to automount SSHFS volumes with FUSE OS X on Mavericks

Iv'e managed to get my ssh volumes mounted with SSHFS via the command line but would really like is to have them auto mount on login. So far, I've set up a launchAgent to run a shell script that ...
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make it easier to call often used terminal commands

I have a java tool that I use quite often from the command line but to use it I have to type java -jar dsim.jar. I want to make it so that I can call it just by typing dsim regardless of what ...
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How can I use an app after installing it via `brew pull`?

Because of a reinstall of the OS and a not perfectly migration of my data I had to reinstall a few things. Under these things were homebrew and truecrypt. brew doctor doesn't show any problems now. ...
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How do I get osascript to parse backslashes and run this command in a new Terminal window?

Here's a command that works fine when I paste it into the Mac Terminal window: echo -n -e \\033]0\;My Custom Window Title Here\\007 ; ping www.google.com In particular, it sets the Terminal's title ...
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How can I stop the shell command `mate` from opening Textmate 1.x instead of Textmate2?

I've installed mate in the preferences pane in TextMate2. It says "Shell support installed." I added the string export EDITOR="/usr/local/bin/mate -w" to ~/.bashrc as instructed. However, when I use ...
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Run app as a different user (automator) [duplicate]

i'd like to be able to open an app as a different user. For example PC1 is my main account and PC7 is my secondary one. I can achieve the effect in terminal using su - pc7 insert password ...
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How can I `brew prune` multiple entries?

After many calls with the Apple support, they told me I should reinstall the OS and restore my stuff with the migration assistant. I did it and almost everything works fine so far. Only brew doctor ...
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openAL Terminal ends with Error: Couldn't open input file (-43)

I've followed the tutorial of openAL sound on the iPhone. While trying to make input file, I'm getting the error which looks like Error: Couldn't open input file (-43) Here is what I've done so ...
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Why is 'xattr' not working?

When I attempt to execute xattr in Terminal, I get Traceback (most recent call last): File "/usr/bin/xattr-2.7", line 33, in <module> import xattr ImportError: No module named xattr ...
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close all the instances of google chrome except first

I can close google chrome with following bash command: kill -9 $(ps -x | grep "Google Chrome" | awk "{print $1}") It closes all instances of google chrome. But I need command that close all the ...
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enabling/disabling internet sharing with terminal in mac osx 10.9.2

Very much on the line of already existing questions, but not having enough reputation to comment by following existing threads, I can only ask my own, at the risk of duplicating may be, certainly ...
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how to use terminal to remove item from dock

Hi I have a shell script in my login item , which runs whenever i log in to my system . It does work completely but once it exits the terminal , it leaves the terminal shortcut on my dock and I don't ...
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Droplet Applescript Touch

i was trying the last days to get a droplet working, which is changing the time stamp of every dropped .jpg / .tif / .dsc / .cr2 to the actual time or even a few secs earlier in Terminal. Would ...
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Ping all the ip range of a local network

It is possible to reproduce the task via terminal as Angry IP Scanner does, i.e. scan all the subnet?
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Printing to a Windows printer from the command line (smbclient -c “print”)

I am trying to print to a Windows printer server requiring authentication from the command line. An option is to use kinit to get a Kerberos ticket (and it works). On a Linux machine I also managed ...
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Equivalent of Ubuntu’s write-mime-multipart?

I would like to generate a multipart mime-encoded document for use as user data on EC2 instances. On Ubuntu, one is supposed to use write-mime-multipart to do this, as per these instructions. Does ...
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set custom file extension to open with specified program

I want to have all files with an extension of .fw.png to open in Fireworks (not necessarily .png files though). Is there a way to do this in Terminal?
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Legendary sudo rm -rf /

Just curious, what happens in OS X Maverick if someone issues sudo rm -rf /? I heard most modern *nix systems are protected from this epic fail.
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Is there an equivalent utility to Linux's tracepath for OS X?

I'm attempting to determine the path MTU from my Mac to various sites, and can't find a built-in utility to accomplish this. In Linux, I would use a utility like tracepath, but I"m wondering if there ...
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Terminal not displaying colors for directory listings

I don't know why my bash session doesn't show colors. I have tried Terminal as well as iTerm. I have tried: ls -G Setting export CLICOLOR=1 and export LSCOLORS=GxFxCxDxBxegedabagaced Using ...
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What is the Mac equivalent of Windows “start” command?

I'm creating a script that runs several other scripts. I need them to all start up in their own process (read window) so I can review the output of each, but I also need them to run in parallel, so ...
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Uninstalling Genieo broke my system

Update below, the rest is more or less background information. After discovering a Genieo install, I vaguely recalled it being, well, not trustworthy. After a quick search I knew I wanted to ...
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Reset custom Mail UserHeaders settings in Terminal

How do I reset the following command? defaults write com.apple.mail UserHeaders '{"Reply-To" = "reply-to@address"; }' I had to use this workaround for a problem with the hosting provider that used ...
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Modifying .plist with shell changes .plist order

I wrote a simple shell command and saved it as .command. The shell command is simply: defaults write /Users/Milo/Desktop/MyPlist "My Key" "My Entry". The issue that I'm having is that after running ...
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hdiutil returns error when creating Ubuntu USB stick

I am following an online tutorial for creating an Ubuntu USB stick on OSX but I'm stuck in step 3: Convert the .iso file to .img using the convert option of hdiutil (e.g. hdiutil convert -format ...
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What files do I edit to be able to maximize Finder windows to fill the screen by shift-clicking the green button?

Is there a group of files or a single file I can edit to facilitate maximizing "Finder" windows to fill the entire screen just as other application windows by shift-clicking the green plus button?
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File tree list Mac Terminal

I am trying to create a .txt file that is the output of a certain function in the terminal. So my function is to create a list of all the files that i have inside the folder TEST so what i typed was: ...
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Converting filenames with embedded backslashes to directory tree

I recently extracted a ZIP file that I expected to contain a path hierarchy but turned out to be a flat archive of files with backslashes in the filenames. So I ended up with something like: $ ls -1d ...
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Mavericks - VPN command line

I see a lot of third party apps that offer the ability to turn your Mac into a VPN server. It seems the VPN server functionality is built into OS X from what I've read but you need OS X server to get ...
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How to use an application name to kill it from a script

I'm trying to create a cron job to prevent children at a school from running the Minecraft server. (We actually need them to run the Minecraft client because we use it to teach programming.) The name ...
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command not found for shell script

I created the following bash script in OS X 10.7.5: $ cd ~/Documents/github/scripts $ vim hello_world.sh #!/bin/bash clear echo "The script starts now." echo "Hi, $USER!" echo "I will now fetch ...
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String of variable has a space - how do I escape spaces?

I'm working on an applescript that pulls old Time Machine backups and places them into a new folder. But if the old computer name has a space in it, that causes an issue in the do shell script ...
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How to enter password automatically in .command

So my .command file looks like this ssh someuser@someip.com When I run just this it prompts me for the password, how do I make terminal enter the password instead of me having to type it in? I ...
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Run Emacs within Bash

I am looking for a way in Bash to run something within Emacs. For example, if you run emacs, press esc+X then type "life," you get a little simulation of Conway's Game of Life. How could this be done ...
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Top command not outputting all information

I'm trying to put together a script which collects the information produced by the top command relating to the system rather than the processes (i.e. the top few lines). When viewing in top binary ...
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how to set mac desktop background as working terminal

I would like to set my background to a working Terminal window even when I minimize all applications. I would like to be able to write commands on desktop but I don't know if it is even possible. I ...
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odd behavior of pgrep in bash script

I have a script to kill a process tree that works fine in linux but I am experiencing some odd behaviour on osx. It actually works fine with my unit tests and also when trying to run it manually on ...
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Why Does a Shell Script Trapping SIGTERM Work When Run Manually, But Not When Run via launchd?

Okay, quite simply I have a shell script that needs to wait for something to happen, but it has a lock-file and some child-processes that I need to ensure are tidied up if the script is interrupted. ...