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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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 find delay when launching new Terminal (iTerm)

When I press CMD+N in iTerm2 to bring up a new iTerm window, sometimes it takes 10 seconds before I get my prompt. If I immediately repeat the process, the whole thing takes 1 second. To me this ...
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Changing the range of addresses served to clients connected via Internet Sharing

Macbook Pro Running 10.7.4 attempting to share ethernet connection via Airport(Wi-Fi) and trying to serve 192.168.1.x addresses to connected clients. I've tried the guidance provided here and the ...
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Using Terminal to order SSID preference in System Preferences

I'd like to find a way to add a specific SSID to the top of the preferred WiFi networks in System Preferences > Network > WiFi > Advanced. (10.9 Mavericks and beyond) According to the man page, this ...
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Mac OS X (10.9.2) Terminal: Getting Weird Characters ~$â

out of nowhere I am getting the following weird characters: $â followed by a paragraph sign. See the below image for more detail: Also note where the white cursor is: it's basically 'one-off' so ...
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Change user name

I had to change the admin user name of a new Macbook because his sons name kept showing up, Home Folder etc, So I used, 'sudo mv /Users/oldusername /Users/newusername' and Advanced Options in User ...
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How do I forcibly shut down a specific application at a pre-determined time?

I don't know if there's an available app or perhaps a terminal command, but I'd like to forcibly shut down a specific application at a specific time, without the option to cancel. I'd like it so I ...
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Copying only files without a special string in filename

I have to copy only files from a folder that don't have following string in its filename: NNNNxNNNN (a 3 or 4 digit number followed by the character x followed by a 3 or 4 digit number again -> it's ...
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Hard Drive Formatting Error in Terminal

I have tried formatting and partitioning this brand new hard drive and it has failed on multiple computers using multiple methods. It is a LaCie Porsche Design 4TB hard drive. Here is the commands I ...
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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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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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Safest way to copy files to AirPort Disk from the command-line?

I have just started using an AirPort disk (a Drobo connected by USB to the AirPort Extreme). I am trying to decide what is the ‘safest’ way to copy files to the Drobo from my MacBook Pro, which ...
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How can I give a Space a custom name?

I'd like to give my Spaces helpful names like "Graphics" and "Communications" instead of using confusing, generic names like Desktop 1 and Desktop 2. Is there a way to accomplish that through a ...
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Exclude all .git or .svn folders from Spotlight index

I would like to exclude all the .git and .svn folders on my hardrive from the Spotlight index. I know I can manually add them through the GUI but since they are many of them, and often new ones, it ...
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Command+Tab misbehaving for apps on multiple monitors

I tend to keep a few Terminal windows open in one monitor, and another Terminal window and Chrome open in another monitor. When I'm using a single monitor, pressing ⌘⇥ remembers which Terminal window ...
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Homebrew: Easy way to add 'gnubin' to path for multiple packages?

I would like to use Homebrew to install GNU versions of several utilities, and use the GNU versions by default with their usual names. From the output of brew install gnu-tar and by reading How to ...
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Make terminal transparent to show wallpaper

The opacity option of the Gnome terminal in Ubuntu had a neat behavior, which showed the desktop wallpaper instead of the other windows behind it. Has anyone been able to make Mac Terminal, or an ...
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How to change fonts picked by Terminal.app to display languages other than English?

This is definitely and advanced topic and possibly needs a hack that I am willing to do. I edit Arabic files quite a lot. Arabic characters displayed by Terminal.app are not playing nice at all. To ...
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How to make red distinguishable from grey in Terminal profile “Pro”

The default for Terminal.app profile Pro is a black background with ANSI colors. Since the background is black the preferred color setting for Vim is background=dark. In this combination red text ...
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`open http://foo.com` and specify the chrome user which is to be used

Using the open command from terminal I would like to be able to specify the chrome the specific chrome user to open the url with? Local Chrome users are outlined here. Essentially I have a local ...
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Terminal highlight color changes when window is not targeted

I have a terminal profile in which I changed the highlight color (let's say, to green). I didn't like it so I changed it back to blue. Now, whenever I am targeting the window and I highlight, the ...
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Where is the bash profile on iOS?

Where is the bash profile on iOS, I am jailbroken and can't find the bash profile, I would like to create some aliases and edit it.
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CD-ing a file to itself

I wrote an application in Applescript to open a black picture and fullscreen it in preview. I need the app to "cd" to itself, no matter where it is. That means if it is on the desktop it can pull up ...
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Getting loads of Open error 5's when using Terminal to repair permissions

My GF's MBP running on Mavericks broke down 2 days ago. First I tried to copy the contents of her HDD to an external HDD but got the I/O error time after time. Then I tried all the basic things like ...
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How to use OS X's terminal to ping an IP using the latency as a stopping condition for a loop?

What I'd like to do is to ping an IP while the latency is above an specific value. I think an example will help: Let's suppose I have the following result to the "ping *IP here*" command: PING *IP ...
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How to parse output from a command in OS X Automator?

I have the following code in Automator but it fails to load the variable with the output from the command. for f in "$@" do output = hdiutil verify "$f" echo "$output" done I want to parse ...
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Terminal: I press “@” or “#” and terminal write “?”

I have this problem only on the terminal. When I would like to write these symbol, for example "@" or "#" the Terminal write this "?" and a do a sound bell. screenshot: I don't understand why. ...
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How to sign in Messages app in Mac Mavericks from terminal

Is it possible to sign in Message app from terminal ? When I search for it, I only see on how to send imessage from terminal. Thus, how can I do that ?
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Concatenating date and cycle count to file on startup

I have the following code from here to find the cycle count of the battery on my computer: system_profiler SPPowerDataType | grep "Cycle Count" | awk '{print $3}' I will enclose it in a simple app ...
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Switching between proxy and no-proxy config in .bash_profile

I have configured proxy settings (on mavericks) within $HOME/.bash_profile (purpose: to make npm, rvm, git use the corporate proxy) and the configs are as follows: git config --global http.proxy ...
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Change default ssh:// behavior

Currently, the protocol handler ssh:// opens the link in a new Terminal.app window. I'd like to default it so it opens it in a new tab instead. How can I change this behavior? Backstory: I use Alfred ...
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Disable line wrapping and horizontal scrolling for output in iTerm

I want to disable the interactive line wrapping that iterm does in my terminal application. I can run $ python -c 'print "\x1b[?7l"' to disable line wrapping on output, so long lines like $ ...
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Enable right click Magic Mouse in Terminal

I am trying to enable the right click on a Magic Mouse connected to an iMac running 10.6.8, but due to parental controls, I am unable to gain access to the Mouse System Preferences. I know you can ...
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How to disable middle click paste Mavericks Terminal?

I have looked all over the Net and can't find a way to disable middle-click paste in the Terminal application in Mavericks? I want it scroll but not paste. Anybody know how to fix this? I'd sure ...
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Using the builtin dialog under OSX to unlock an SSH key

OSX has a builtin passphrase dialog for ssh-agent, so that on the first use of a key, it'll get cached. The problem is -- I can't find a way to spawn that dialog by just adding ssh-add. ssh-add will ...
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Error Installing Jekyll on Mac

I'm trying to install Jekyll, a simple, blog-aware, static site generator. When I attempted to run the terminal command gem install jekyll, I got this error: I then tried to update my RubyGems, ...
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Resource is busy, but lsof doesn't think so

Occasionally, I get file (typically after they are edited by Microsoft Word) that I can not delete: > rm -rf foo.docx rm: M_AI_SO.docx: Resource busy However, lsof doesn't report anything, even ...
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How to change default LC_TYPE?

My OS X (Mavericks) seems to be setting LC_CTYPE environmental variable to UTF-8 by default. How can I change the default? I need LC_CTYPE to be en_US.UTF-8. There's a catch: I don't want to ...
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How do I tell AppleScript to read the contents of the “Network” Finder window?

I'd like to be able to get the contents of Finder's "Network" folder (Menubar-->Go-->Network). The folder contents here is different than /Network or /net. The overall goal is to grep the names in ...
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Why are my Terminal.app colors different from iTerm?

I have set the ANSI colors of both terminals to be the same (see 1st screenshot), but the colors for Terminal.app are really bright, and almost unreadable, and not like the colors I set at all. It's ...
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How to create an applescript for multiple dd terminal commands in sequence (for multiple USB Drives duplication)

I need to create an apple script to perform DD Commands in sequence, to replicate the same .img file to multiple USB flash drives The context: the computer is connected to a powered USB hub with 7 ...
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In Mavericks, is it possible to use Enhanced Dictation from the command line?

A use case is: I have a recording in AIFF or MP3 format, and I'd like a text version of it as Enhanced Dictation would have recognized it if I had spoken it myself.
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Splitting LexisNexis text file

For my research I have a number of text (txt or doc) files. These have a large quantity of newspaper clippings in them. I'd like to split these text files. Each clipping starts with document X ...
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Can I map a character to a different key?

I am using a British IBM model M keyboard with Mountain Lion. I have selected the "British - PC" input source and it is working well, except for one key: the pipe. If you consider what is printed on ...
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Are there any Terminal commands that would be interesting for a young child?

I am beginning to teach my 4-year-old daughter that she can do more on a computer than watch cartoons on Netflix. I want her to know that she can type things on the keyboard and make the computer do ...
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How to export files from hard drive in Snow Leopard CD?

I have a macbook 5,1 that won't startup. I'm going to reinstall Snow Leopard with the CD, but is there a way to export some of the files that are in it? I can't seem to gain access to them through the ...
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set remote sharing prefs in terminal

I am admin for department and I want to batch change the "show remote management status in menu bar" so that I don't have to log in to each machine and set it. I have ARD so I can run a terminal ...
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Open Terminal App Without Opening A Window

Is it possible to change the default settings in the Terminal App (OS X 10.7.5) such that when the app is launched, no windows are opened by default? As a shot in the dark, I tried closing all ...
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“Missing Quartz Composition” displayed on TotalTerminal

I started using TotalTermianl on Mountain Lion. But the background have Missing Quartz Composition error. I have found some people had the same as mine here Do anyone know how to fix it??
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Simple File Transfer Logs

This may be a general Unix question rather than a OS X question. I want to log general file transfers on OS X, whether it be from and to the same system or to another system, but to keep it simple ...