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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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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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 ...
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Is there a terminal command to restart an application?

I am having issues with Adobe Dreamweaver on my Mac running Yosemite. I will be in the middle of saving a file to my server and it just locks up. Nothing will happen after that. I try and force quit ...
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How to downgrade software using terminal?

New apple user here, I am trying to downgrade matplotlib to 1.3.1 after coming to this potential solution: https://github.com/matplotlib/matplotlib/issues/3470/ I just have no idea how to do that.
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Hostname changes all the time from capital to not capital and back

my Macbook air is called Johannes-Air. But when I open the terminal sometimes it says Johannes-Air and sometimes johannes-air. Does anyone know why this happens and how to stop it?
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Specifying network device used by software (or port) (in Terminal)

Is it possible to specify which network device should be used when running something in the Terminal? Like $ rails [only communicate through deviceA] Not just app, but instance specific, so ...
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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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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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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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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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how to get shell scripts to run at startup on Yosemite

There is a directory in System/Library for startup items I presume: StartupItems I need to have a shell script that will configure ethernet interface at start up, with local network address and ...
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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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AppleHighlightColor syntax

I'm changing my highlight color via a command I find in Mathias Bynen's dotfiles like so: defaults write NSGlobalDomain AppleHighlightColor -string "0.764700 0.976500 0.568600" I'd like to change ...
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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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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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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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Problem with Terminal after changed permission to /usr/bin

I was trying to install rake and rspec using ruby gems. I changed read permissions on /usr/bin Now my terminal window looks like this: login(388,0x7fff73cd5310) malloc: * error for object ...
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Mac stuck in safe boot

I accidentally did a hard reset on my mac by doing contorl+c when my mac was booting up. I typed /sbin/fsck -fy because it was supposed to fix my Mac so that it is no longer stuck in safe boot. It ...