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Enable internet sharing from command line (without using applescript)

I have perfected a couple of scripts which can enable and disable the sharing interactively using applescript, but I want a way to be able to do everything without the applescript. My aim is to learn ...
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change bash color profile on su $username

With my useraccount I use a .bash_profile that contains this line: export PS1='\[\e[0;36m\]\u\[\e[0m\]@\[\e[0;33m\]\h\[\e[0m\]:\[\e[0;33m\]\w\[\e[0m\]\$ ' With my adminaccount I use a .bash_profile ...
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Bash Terminal Environment variables = dollar sign

I think I'm having trouble with environment variables (I'm trying to install seismic unix, the make install doesn't work, and I think that environment variables are the problem). The makefile calls a ...
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GIT_AUTHOR variable overrides git config variables

When I commit a change, instead of using the email address I configured, git uses an invalid one of the form: MyMacUsername@NameOfMyMac.local I have tried all 3 git config commands (--global ...
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Trying to run commands in bash causes Homebrew error

Whenever I try and run any commands in terminal (bash), my window goes crazy and it keeps looping through an output of: /usr/local/Cellar/rbenv/0.4.0/libexec/rbenv-hooks: line 32: cd: ...
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OS X lets me run softwareupdate command without sudo: is this normal?

I am able to run and install updates with the softwareupdate command without prefixing sudo. Is this normal, can anybody else do this on there system? The man page states that admin privileges are ...
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Rendering a pixel font on Retina display

I've got this simple custom pixel font I use for programming: creep. I recently purchased a new MacBook with Retina display and noticed that the font's pixels don't quite match up with the screen's ...
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Unable to complete ssh connection and open shell on server

I'm trying both the native OpenSSH (appears to be OpenSSH_6.2p2) which comes with Yosemite to connect to several Ubuntu servers. In the past few days it almost never works, but I installed putty which ...
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How do you toggle “Animate opening applications” from terminal?

The setting is located inside the Dock preferences. defaults write com.apple.dock no-bouncing -bool TRUE is only for toggling the nag notice, not the opening animation.
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Cannot type shift L in Terminal

As title says, I cannot type 'L' (uppercase letter) in Terminal. When I type 'bind -p' 'L' do not appear on the list. I have no problem typing l (lowercase letter). I cannot paste in 'L' neither. ...
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terminal self-populates

Troubleshooting erratic cursor behavior I tried to launch the new USB Disk Warrior stick, which requires a terminal command in OS X Recovery. As soon as I open Terminal, the following string appears ...
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To search contents of symlink

I want to search documents from by disc2 to which I created a symlink to disc1. However, I think this is not the way to go by creating a symblink to a current folder: ln -s ...
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Does Behavior of non-ASCII filenames change?

I have some similar music libraries which I would like to remove duplicates on (which are contained in a Disc Volume I'm loading wirelessly from a QNAP server). I know there are applications which can ...
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how to change dialog box default size

After last update to 10.3.3 "Open File" dialog is very small by default (much too small on a a hi res screen).I believe the default size can be changed using Terminal. But how? Small dialog boxes were ...
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Single User Mode not starting

First of all, there's no firmware password or anything fancy. I'm trying to diagnose a late-2011 MacBook Pro 15", and I'm trying to get into the single user mode. I press and hold Cmd+S (the left Cmd, ...
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2011 MBP won't go into Terminal or let me log in

I have a complicated issue, please bear with me! I seem to have really screwed myself over. My 2011 MacBook Pro (Maverick) won't let me access Terminal. Once or twice it showed up for a second but ...
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Why can I open an app from Contents/MacOS/app but not by clicking the icon?

I have an application that is fully functional when opened from Show Package Contents > /Contents/MacOS/app however when I click the icon in the Applications folder the icon just keeps bouncing. ...
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Terminal Sudo “3 incorrect password attemps”

Every time I do something in Terminal where you need a password following thing comes: Sorry, try again. Sorry, try again. Sorry, try again. sudo: 3 incorrect password attempts ...
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How to configure the pf firewall in the terminal?

I have googled it and have yet to find any good tutorials so far. Most of what I can find are for ipfw or GUI softwares. Does anyone know of any good tutorials on it? Would any of the non mac ...
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FFMPEG via AUTOMATOR not working argument “drawtext timecode”

I am new to scripts and automation but I wrote a script to help me on my daily job of watermarking and burn in timecode on videos. I created an Automator drop on app to convert videos and watermark ...
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Installation Alert: Unable to force quit iTunes

Reads as unopen in the dock, but computer (OS X 10.10) won't install software regardless. Have tried running "-9 iTunes" in Terminal, but to no use. UPDATE: Ok I've tried running "killall -9 iTunes" ...
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-bash: /Users/[me]/.rvm/scripts/initialize: No such file or directory

I was in a directory where I had a ~ and I went to remove it by doing rm -f ~ for which it said it was a directory. So I made the really silly move of doing rm -rf ~ and suddenly I get the error ...
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Opening new Terminal tab with Vim

I am using the Unite plugin as a fuzzy finder to open files in Vim, and I was wondering if there was a way to open files in a new Terminal tab instead of in Vim's internal tabs. Thanks!
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Can not set ls colors in zsh

I'm using zsh on OS X with the Dark Solarized theme. I'm trying to customize my ls colors, in particular the yellow background for directories which bothers me a lot. However, nothing I change in ...
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From the terminal, how can I disable iTunes from running when a device is connected?

Using terminal, I want to disable the feature of iTunes that causes it to run whenever a device is plugged in, but I want to do this entirely from the terminal, so that it can be part of an OSX setup ...
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How to keep imessage running/logged in on a macbook pro

I know I saw a link somewhere before but I can't find it on this site or in my bookmarks. For some reason, my iMessage or some accounts on my iMessage program on my MacBookPro (10.9.5) keeps ...
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Configure: error: clang version 3.0 or later is required - but I already have it

I'm trying to follow this RVM installation guide, supposedly for Snow Leopard 10.6.8 (I should point out that $ rvm -v returns -bash: rvm: command not found), but when I run $ curl -L ...
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Can I get rid of these timestamps in terminal?

I'm getting Javascript output in my terminal and it currently looks like this: Is there a way to get rid of the timestamps at the beginning of each line? I'm not sure if this is something I somehow ...
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how do I install SIPSAK?

How and where is this installed from on a Mac? For context, SIPSAK is the SIP Swiss Army Knife: sipsak is a command line tool which can send simple requests to a SIP server. It can run additional ...
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Mac Terminal won't accept £ in ssh password?

I have an issue where I'm trying to ssh into the root account of a firewall from my Mac. I'm on the same network as the firewall. ssh root@1.2.3.4 I'm then asked for my password which contains the ...
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Backspace over SSH shows ^?

I'm trying to use vim to SSH in terminal on my Macbook. All the solutions I found were for PuTTY, but I'm using terminal. Someone said to add this to my vimrc but that did not work: stty erase ^? ...
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How do I install SIPSAK with macports?

For context, SIPSAK is the SIP Swiss Army Knife: sipsak is a command line tool which can send simple requests to a SIP server. It can run additional tests on a SIP server which are usefull for ...
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Executing files directly from read/write WebDAV server

I’m using the Finder’s built-in Connect to Server... feature and use it for connecting to a read/write WebDAV server. Everything is working except executing files hosted on the server. I tried ...
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Terminal runs a lot of programs on start, why?

Every time I open a new terminal it takes a while to hand it over to me because it goes through a process of running sed, awk, and the ruby interpreter (I think that's what it's doing). Can anyone ...
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shotdetect fatal libpng error gd-png error: setjmp returns error condition

I downloaded shotdetect and followed this guide to install it on OSX Yosemite 10.10.1 . When I try to run shotdetect, it appears to run through the entire video file, but then fails towards the end. ...
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Configure terminal dimensions to show as Lines x Columns

In my terminal, when I ask to show Dimensions (profiles -> window -> dimensions), it shows the dimensions as Columns x Lines, but when I use resize -s 25 200, I am actually resizing as Lines x ...
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How to paste Chinese/Unicode characters to Terminal?

I'm trying to paste these Chinese letters: 你好世界 to my Terminal, but instead I've got "^L" or some other weird characters. The same happens for other unicode characters (such as £āēīōūśṣṭēīōū) when ...
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SSH via sudo cron on Yosemite

I have a shell script that is supposed to run via cronjob on Yosemite, also when no user is logged in. I discovered the cron has to be edited with sudo crontab -e to do that. The script connects to ...
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How to adjust a desktop picture through the command line (terminal)?

So after some research, I came along this wonderful little gem for setting a desktop background through the command line. osascript tell application "Finder" set desktop picture to POSIX file ...
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Can't ssh into iPhone

I used to be able to do this a while ago, but now, for some reason I can't. I have installed and later reinstalled OpenSSH on my iPhone. ssh root@10.0.1.16 Returns that the connection to 10.0.1.16 ...
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How to perform a find with Chinese characters?

I'm ssh'd into my iPad 2,1 running iOS 8.1. I'm trying to do a find for "PP越狱": fermat-ipad:/ root# find /var/mobile/ -iname XXX When I enter the Chinese name for XXX, I get: (arg: 1) find ...
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How Do I Override the Addition of the folder for the Server app version of PostgreSQL?

I am currently using RVM for managing different gemsets for different versions of Ruby. RVM has made changes where the RVM folders must be listed first or else I have to manually set the gemset each ...
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Why can't I type 'e' in terminal?

It beeps when typing the lower case of e .Tried to change the VT100 mode, still doesn't work.
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fish shell suggests commands in tmux

I use fish shell, it's has option "suggests commands", so it is works like in the next screenshot. Examle: You type command git status. In the next time when you type just g or git fish give you ...
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How to download via home-brew when connected though Internet dongle?

I wanted to download python on my Mac OS Mavericks. I found a blog which instructed to download it via home-brew using simple command brew install python But I am getting failed to download errors. ...
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No java installations was detected, although I have Java

$ java -version java version "1.6.0_65" Java(TM) SE Runtime Environment (build 1.6.0_65-b14-462-11M4609) Java HotSpot(TM) 64-Bit Server VM (build 20.65-b04-462, mixed mode) $ which java /usr/bin/java ...
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Command line “convert” tool corrupting first file in folder

textutil -convert txt * -output * I am batch converting some RTFs to TXTs. For some reason, the first (only the first and always the first) file in the directory does not convert AND gets corrupted ...
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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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Possible to disable window size hints in Terminal.app?

When you resize your terminal and it 'snaps' to the height/width of a single character. Is there a way disable this? Or perhaps another terminal emulator offers this functionality?
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A shell script to open files as root in an IDE?

What I'm trying to do: open multiple system (Apache and PHP config) files to edit in my IDE of choice (Coda). The files are owned by the system, so root permissions are needed to edit them. sudo ...