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Z shell history broken on OS X Mavericks

I can't get Z shell's history working at all. cat .zshrc : HISTSIZE=1000 SAVEHIST=1000 HISTFILE='~/.shell_history' setopt APPEND_HISTORY EXTENDED_HISTORY INC_APPEND_HISTORY Whatever the terminal ...
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Why is “com.apple.quarantine” extended permission being added to downloaded files?

Recently I found downloaded files were not accessible through my web browser when viewing a site running inside a VirtualBox server. I noticed downloaded files have the extended permission ...
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Sending F5 keystroke using iPad Pro Smart Keyboard

I have got an iPad Pro that I am using with Apple Smart Keyboard. I want to use it to write latex file using Vim editor. I use Vim in a server which I connect to through SSH using an application ...
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Disk's Volumes corrupted when shutdown during synch

I've had this issue for quite a while I had a Windows Dualboot. When running OSX, and when Dropbox is synching, when shutting down to boot into Windows, the disk where Dropbox was synching to gets ...
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How does OS X detect a PowerPC application?

I use an application called Anki for learning foreign languages and professional terminology. This app creates a default folder in /Users/user/Documents/Anki, which I did not want. You can circumvent ...
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bit lost wrt to permissions and users

So I am installing postgresql and it mostly works, kinda. I have a user postgres that was create by the postgres createuser commmand. I understand that the intent is a do-nothing user that can just ...
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xterm settings lost after update to El Capitan

I mostly use my laptop to run a browser and lots of xterms. This morning I took the plunge to El Capitan, and now all my xterms look like they did before I did any customizations. I recall that ...
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Meta key in Emacs in Terminal on a Norwegian Mac

In the Terminal, there is an option to choose whether to use Alt as Meta. On a Norwegian Mac, you have to disable this, because | comes from pressing Alt+7 (same goes for \ and a few others). ...
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How can I setup a Cisco IPSec VPN connection from the command line?

We've got a few macs to manage and we are working out how to script the configuration of a few things. We've got most of the bits worked out but there is one that I can't seem to find the right ...
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launchctl does not set environment variables correctly

I am trying to use launchctl to set the environment variables for Eclipse. What I want to do is pass my PATH to eclipse. I have tried to setup launchctl to do this. Here is the the output of ...
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Trying to install gnome-terminal on Yosemite

When I run gnome-terminal I get the error: (gnome-terminal-server:572): GLib-GObject-CRITICAL **: g_object_ref: assertion 'G_IS_OBJECT (object)' failed Here are my versions: Mac OS X - 10.10.5 ...
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XCode 7.1.1 update, missing otool and git

I recently installed Xcode 7.1.1 After installation there seems to be problem with it. git is missing Kaunteys-MacBook-Pro:~ Kaunteya$ git 2015-11-26 13:44:03.369 xcodebuild[2118:134190] ### ...
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USB Keyboard's number pad doesn't work while using vim

I have a usb keyboard that has a numberpad. When I use the number pad in most situations, it works as expected (IE when I click the bottom 3 buttons, I get 123 in this web form). However, when using ...
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Why does setting CLICOLOR=1 not turn on colors for “ls”?

If I do ls -G, I do get the colors. From what I understood from the man pages, if I go into ~/.bash_profile and add export CLICOLOR=1 I would then get colors by doing just ls, as "This option is ...
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Cannot create a folder or access it at specific location on Mavericks

Cannot create a directory and can neither go into directory. $/Volumes/Iomega_HDD/Movies is an Windows NTFS file system mounted on my OS X Mavericks so in the Movies folder if I try to create folder ...
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How to see all services available for launching with launchctl?

I tried this on Yosemite: launchctl list but it doesn't show e.g. postfix which I have just launched with: launchctl kickstart system/org.postfix.master Is there any way of listing all the ...
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Unmute audio input (microphone) in OSX programatically

OSX 10.10.3, also reproducible on 10.8, doesn't seem to happen on 10.11 Reproduction steps Go to System preferences > Audio > Input Set input volume to 0 (this is important) Run this script in ...
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MacMini Mid-2010 - About This Mac

I have a Mac Mini Mid-2010 with 4GB RAM, Intel Core2Duo P8600 Processor 2.4Ghz. OS : OSX 10.11.1 ELCapitan. When I run the following command in terminal I get the output as 2.4Ghz sysctl -a | grep ...
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Partition problems - No LVG detected in Terminal after BootCamp Erase through Disk Utility (I know, I messed up)

I'm very stuck trying to get my system to recognize a full HDD and run Yosemite cleanly after a poorly-executed BootCamp removal. Here's the steps in the process so far: I erased a Windows Partition ...
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What is libgio and how can I update my library?

I downloaded a plugin for gimp, but when I execute this, I get: Reason: Incompatible library version: gmic_gimp requires version 4201.0.0 or later, but libgio-2.0.0.dylib provides version 4001.0.0 ...
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Command line app to change screen resolution with RETINA?

I'm looking for a command line app to change screen resolution. I've tried cscreen, screenresolution, and scrutil. The first two work to change resolution, but they do not enable retina scaling.
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Tried to change the name of my home folder and now I can't log in

I'm on OS X 10.10.5 I followed the instructions given here. I'll describe my process in as much detail as possible. I made a temporary admin account called temp. I switched to that account. I ...
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how many times rsync read error repeat?

I run this command on terminal: rsync -r --progress /Volume/HD1/Dir1 /Volume/HD2/Dir1 The result: rsync: read errors mapping "/Volumes/HD1/Dir1/File1" : Input/output error (5) rsync: read errors ...
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Keyboard settings, unwanted characters in terminal

Today, something has change my keyboard settings. There are symptoms: I jump between words with alt+arrows in Sublime but today it started shuffling songs in Spotify (turns out it's shortcut to ...
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Has anyone got a preferred front-end for SDL Mame & got it running?

In short, I usually do emulation with OpenEmu (Experimental) http://openemu.org/, but I believe (and I am happy to be proved wrong), SDLMame (http://sdlmame.lngn.net) runs more of the roms (that may ...
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Running shell commands from netcat

I have a shell script that I am serving up through netcat - I'm using this as an experiment to learn more about unix I can now do nc 127.0.0.1 1234 | sh and it will pipe the script commands into the ...
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.command popup message. Need help

So I made this .command file. When I open it up, it says that I need a JDK to run this file. I installed JDK and all but is there a step that I missed?
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arrow keys in nano text editor on iPhone

I am using the nano text editor on iPhone, the one included in the terminal app downloaded with Cydia. I have difficulty in editing my files, because I cannot properly move the cursor. I can only move ...
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SSH disconnects after successful connection after pressing any key

I am working with a new macbook pro with OS X Yosemite 10.10.5. I have had the problem described below since my very first ssh connection attempt at the terminal a couple of weeks ago. Since then, I ...
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Self Control app timer stuck

I got a self control timer that's stuck at a very high count. Haven't been able to fix this though I've tried several commands in Terminal.app What can I do? Joachim
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Drag Click Suddenly stops working in Terminal on a mac

While working in a terminal window on a mac OSX 10.10.5 with terminal Version 2.5.3 (343.7) the drag click will stop working for highlighting text. The only way to "fix" it seems to simply quit and ...
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Fonts in terminal not rendering properly

While in the same window, ALL the fonts do not properly render in the external monitor (only in the Terminal). Here you a small example of what I am facing:
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Terminal: executing a batch of commands from dynamic locations

I'm trying to restructure a library of audio files and I've been trying to do so using Terminal. See the folder structure in the attached image. There's a couple of things I want to do: 1) Remove ...
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Repair Disk failed

I try to repair a disk because my Mac still is on grey screen during start. I created a USB Yosemite bootable and I can use Terminal. I tried with: diskutil repairvolume disk0s2 But I get the ...
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How can I stop callservicesd errors I find in Console?

I posted this to some other forum and found no luck. I'm learning Terminal, coding, and scripting. Every so often I check my Console just to see what's up. (Often I don't understand it all, but it's ...
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using terminal to find instances of a string within a group of txt folders

I tag my txt files using homemade tags framed by double dollar signs to make them easily searchable in finder and spotlight. A typical tag looks like this $$tag$$. Is there a way in terminal to search ...
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OSX Open Atom from terminal

I am trying to implement my own dotfiles. I am using zsh as my default shell. When I try to launch Atom from terminal I get this error FSPathMakeRef(/Users/agusgambina/Applications/Atom.app) ...
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Have URL scheme handled by shell (or other) script

I want to create a custom URL scheme, say x-camptown-races-sing-this-song-doo-dah-doo-dah, such that when I open a URL such as x-camptown-races-sing-this-song-doo-dah-doo-dah:foobar, it gets handled ...
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An OS X terminal command to keep apps from quitting?

In os x terminal how can I issue a command similar to caffeinate that keeps all running applications from quitting?
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log in to iCloud via command line

I used to be able to Screen Share with 2 of my Mac minis in remote locations until I changed my Apple password. Now they are not showing up under Shared in Finder. I am still able to SSH into them. Is ...
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Xcode Zombies from the command line

I'm encountering EXC_BAD_ACCESS, and I'm not sure of the cause. I know that Xcode offers Zombies, but when I try instruments t="Zombies" my_program_name it doesn't seem to raise the appropriate ...
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.bash_profile is not working unless sourcing it manually

I got a new machine (yosemite osx), and I am trying to set it up. I have created .bash_profile, but unfortunately it doesn't work. Even if I log back in or restart the machine, and open terminal ...
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Force Mac OS X to Register USB devices

I'm using an HDMI CEC adapter connected via USB to my Mac Mini (Machine model Macmini6,2). Often when the Mini is rebooted it fails to register the adapter. Unplugging and replugging the USB cable to ...
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Protect changes to plain text file written by standard user's execution of bash script

I have written a simple bash script that I want to use as a time clock for employees (work-studies) in my computer lab. The script works great. 1. Each work-study has two icons (two separate bash ...
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ffmpeg - how to merge two h264 videos, using one of them as alpha?

I need to merge two 264 videos: one of the two is a normal rgb video, and the other is a greyscale video that I would use as luma matte to make a final prores clip with alpha. Is it possible doing it ...
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Open Emacs with separate instance in mac os x yosemite

I am on Yosemite 10.10.5. I would like to open emacs from spotlight or from the Terminal as separate instances so that when I close one emacs window the others don't close either. Similar questions ...
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What will “rm -rf /” actually do?

I know that this is a very dangerous command, but what does it actually do. In other words, to what extend does it delete the hard drive. Does it delete only the user data? Or does it delete root OS ...
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Set Terminal.app preferences so CL and stdout are different colours

I see a lot of screen shots of Terminal and bash windows where the promote line and the user input is one colour (say white) and the other lines returned from commands entered are a different colour, ...
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Sending data to serial port and audio device from command line

I am looking to create a scripts that does the following: Send data to a non-standard serial port, in my case /dev/cu.SLAB_USBtoUART. Plays an audio file to a non-standard audio device, in my case a ...
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ssh -X fails to start x11 forwarding if x11 is not already running

When I try to ssh -X user@someserver using Terminal.app, x11 does not open and run. I am running OSX 10.10.4 and XQuartz 2.7.7. Previously when I used 10.6.8, x11 would automatically open and run ...