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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Why is my host name wrong at the Terminal prompt when connected to a public WiFi network?

For three days straight, I have connected to the public WiFi network at my local library. Each day, I have seen a different prompt in Terminal. Here are some of the prompts I've seen: zp-pc:~ ...
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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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What does Force Quit do in OS X?

How does the GUI interface for force quitting applications (⌘+⌥+esc) work? e.g. Does it work like killall Finder which would send a TERM signal by default?
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How can I manipulate several security settings from terminal?

I want to change these behaviors from terminal: Auto-login Showing password after screensaver and sleep mode Go to sleep mode after x minutes Enable screensaver after x minutes
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Moving folder to Trash in Finder is not synchronized with Terminal

I tried to delete a folder which I access via terminal.app. Though the Finder moved the folder to the Trash, I was still able to see the contents and edit the file from terminal. created a textfile ...
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Terminal: Application Not Responding

A few days ago, Terminal.app suddenly stopped working. Whenever I open it, the little light below the icon in the dock turns on (and stays on), but no window appears. When I right-click the icon, I'm ...
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How to control AirPort wireless radio from the command line?

I want to know how to control (specifically turn off) the networking (specifically AirPort - I want to turn off the radio) from the command line (specifically from bash in Terminal.app, being run by ...
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Terminal behaving differently since updating to Lion

Ever since my company updated to Lion, terminal.app has been behaving differently. When I click on the dock icon, it sometimes opens several terminal windows at once, instead of a single one, and all ...
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How do I make symbolic links invisible in the Finder?

I use SetFile via the terminal to render files and folders invisible inside Finder windows. This does not appear to work on symbolic links: the symlink destination is made invisible, rather than the ...
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Turn on Back To My Mac via a Script or Command Line

The VPN software I use for work (IPSecuritas) requires me to turn off Back To My Mac to start it's connection, so I frequently turn off Back To My Mac in order to use my VPN connection (the program ...
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Where are the Terminal settings stored on OS X?

You'd think A) I'd know this by now, and B) that it's readily available info, but apparently neither is the case. What I'm looking for is where the config files (colors, etc.) that ship with ...
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Script to raise a single window to the front

In a script I'm trying to find the Terminal.app window containing a specific tty device and raise that window to the top. Here's what I have in Applescript so far: tell application "System Events" ...
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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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Open Terminal.app with directory from a given URL?

With the URL <file:///Library/Fonts> (for example in a note in NV) I can open the finder with the given location. Can I do something similar for the terminal? That is, if I write for example ...
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VIM in Terminal using Solarized Theme

I am trying to use the Solarized color scheme with VIM in Terminal on Mac OS X 10.8.5 Mountain Lion. However, the colors look washed out. They are lighter/paler than they should be. In MacVIM, the ...
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Can I adjust the time delay for when the dock re-appears?

I like to hide the dock unless I need it. There is a slight delay before it will reappear. Is there a Terminal setting I can change so that the dock will instantly appear when I move my mouse to the ...
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How do I disable (and re-enable) my Thunderbolt port from the terminal?

I've been having this problem with my Matrox DualHead2Go ME and my late 2011 15" MBP (running 10.9.2). When the displays wake from sleep, the external monitor does not re-awake. I've gathered that ...
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xcodebuild firing after every terminal command

After every terminal command, the prompt becomes unresponsive for 2-3 seconds. During this time xcodebuild seems to be running: Where would this hook be that's causing the xcodebuild to be fired? I ...
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What terminal command or program can list an SSD's Power On Hours?

I'm looking to script using the unix shell the retrieval of SSD (and HDD) data that disk utility shows in the information window. I'm immediately interested in the Power On Hours and Power Cycle, ...
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opening tab in terminal resizes window

I like to adjust my terminal window size to fit whatever I'm working on at the moment- sometimes a tiny screen just to tail a log file, and sometimes I stretch it all the way across the screen to read ...
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How to keep the text selection in Terminal.app when typing

In Terminal.app, when I select some text and start typing again, the text selection is gone. I personally find this very annoying. Is there a way to make Terminal.app keep the selection when I type?
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Incorrect Terminal.app output for long lines with tabs

When I run the following command in Terminal.app: echo -e "a\tb\tc\td\te\tf\tg\tyo" I should get the following output (using a 40-column window so that lines don't wrap here, and replacing tabs ...
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Why use the terminal in daily non-programming life

Disclaimer: I'm a Windows boy awaiting his first mac. I never bothered learning/using command-line interfaces. I've been looking at the Terminal Tips and Tricks topic and I don't see how any of those ...
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Use MacVim as standard Terminal?

I used to love the terminal.app for many reasons. I especially liked the way I could navigate to a file and edit using vim it all in one app, without having to leave the keyboard. But, since the ...
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OSX Bash for loop - issues with spaces in folder names?

I'm getting a bit confused on how to handle spaces in path names when returned in a for loop. Rationale: I'm cleaning up the permissions on folders and files that I copy over from Windows. Most of ...
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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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After typing sudo I can no longer autocomplete commands by pressing Tab

In a Terminal, if I type beginning of any command by pressing tab I can see the rest of that command. However this feature does not work with any words I type after sudo. How can I complete command ...
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How can I install themes for Terminal?

I am rather new to Mac, but I am trying to get familiar with Terminal and I want to change its theme. I am a bit confused on how to go about installing Solarized themes I am seeing so much of around ...
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Is there a way to force Mac OS X to close all the applications when restarting?

I sometimes shut down my Mac, and I cannot wait it shuts down because I am urgently requested to do something in another office that would require some hours. In some cases, an application that opens ...
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Command to close terminal window

When I want to close a window I type exit : mbp-thomas in ~ ○ → exit logout [Opération terminée] Then cmd + w to close the window. Is there a way to do it with a little script like if I type ...
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nohup or persistent process on Mac OS X ssh

I know this has been asked before but none of the answers seems to work in OS X Mountain Lion. I would like to launch a process via SSH and close the terminal without killing the process. nohup ccl64 ...
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Is there a UNIX-style triple click to select path in Terminal.app?

In Red Hat, if there is a path somewhere on my terminal window and I triple click it, the whole path is selected. I can then easily copy it using middle-click or a regular copy-paste. This doesn't ...
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Where are bash profile startup files?

I know that you can have a .profile or .bash file in your home folder to customise Mac OS X 10.6.4 Terminal bash startup. Every time I start up Terminal, there is a line that tells me "You've got ...
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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 ...
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How to launch TextMate (and probably other software) from the command line?

I am very new to Mac, coming from Linux. I am using TextMate, and I suddenly discovered I do not know how to launch TextMate from command line. Using completion, nothing looks like TextMate. Where ...
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Merging Multiple CSV Files without merging the header

I need to merge multiple .CSV files (using the cat command) but without copying the header for each file. What's the best way to accomplish this task?
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Terminal doesn't show badge - how to enable?

Opposite to another question here I want the badge count to appear. I have the "resume" function enabled in my Lion. Is there another setting that's responsible for the badge? To clarify I run tail ...
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Disable Spotlight Index on 10.8 on Specific Volumes

To switch off indexing in Terminal I use: sudo mdutil -a -i off This disables it with the -a switch across all volumes and the -i off part turns "off" the indexing. If connected to my iMac is the ...
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How do I get Wi-Fi info from within Terminal?

Is there a way to get BSSID and the list of available Wi-Fi networks from within Terminal? I.e. I'm looking for something similar to ifconfig run0 scan on OpenBSD, which lists all access points, ...
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Terminal uses one theme for the first window and a different theme for later windows.

I want to set the "Homebrew" theme to be the default in Terminal. I've changed the setting in the preferences: I chose "on startup, open" : "new window with settings" : "Homebrew". Here is a ...
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Can sudo use my existing aliases?

How can I let sudo use my existing aliases in my .bash_profile (or .bashrc, .profile …)? For example I want to be able to use ll instead of ls -laGF as sudo.
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Parental Controls not restrict Terminal Commands?

I have a Parental Controls limit on my child so I have to type in my password when they open a new application. I have recently discovered a problem though. They have tried programming in terminal. ...
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Opening a terminal window to a specific directory from a bash script

How can I write a bash script in Mac OS X that opens a Terminal window in a specific directory? I'd assume something like: open /Applications/Utilities/Terminal.app But that does nothing (maybe ...
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Does OS X's terminal app support mouse?

According to this answer over at SuperUser, OS X's terminal app should use Alt+Mouse Click to send mouse events to applications running in the terminal. I tried that with the Midnight Commander, but ...
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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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How can I tell which volume the operating system is on?

I'll admit that I am kind of rolling multiple questions in to one here so please forgive me and try not to knock me for it. I am new to Mac but I'm trying to port one of my Java applications to OS X. ...
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Is kill -15 the same as File -> Quit?

I want to quit a process but without force quitting it. Is that possible from the terminal?
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Linux 'Byobu' equivelant for mac

So at home ive been a linux user for a while, and frequently use byobu in the terminal. After a little searching I was unable to find anything like it for a mac, which I now have to use at work. I'm ...
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Alternatives to command line unzip?

I've found that the command line unzip tool doesn't gracefully handle some of the files I'm unzipping: it makes a bunch of junk directories, and creates files whose resource forks aren't found. ...
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Automatically quit Terminal when typing exit

Scenario I use terminal to SSH a lot, however would like the Terminal App to quit when the last Tab closes using exit. I already have the terminal window itself set to close on successful exit, ...