UNIX is both the underlying code and architecture that makes up Mac OS X / iOS as well as a way of interacting with a Mac using the terminal app, X11 app, and various shells like `bash` or `zsh`. Whether you're logging into a mac using `ssh`, using `mdfind` or `tmutil` or using other open source ...

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How to download and install Darwin 13 OS in x86?

I've conducted a research on UNIX operating systems and found out that an experimental OS (Darwin) is used for development of the OSX; just like Fedora on Red Hat Enterprise Linux. Darwin OS has a ...
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How to make a bootable (encrypted) copy in an external drive from a FileVault 2 encrypted boot partition

I configured my MacbookPro (Retina) as follows: /dev/disk0 (GUID partition scheme) EFI 200 MiB Apple CoreStorage 128 GiB <- FileVault 2 encrypted Apple Boot 650 MiB <- ...
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Changing OS X's Apache settings to replicate Ubuntu's Apache environment

I've been using an Ubuntu distro for a few years now and I greatly prefer the default Apache2 settings on Ubuntu compared to OS X. This post aims to provide instructions on how to convert the few ...
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Using Linux computer as time capsule - possible but any experiences?

have a Linux computer running as a server on which I also installed a time capsule (see for Vortexbox (my setup) but also for Ubuntu). Before using this as my main backup, has anybody any experiences ...
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How to get a fall-through behavior in case statements in bash v3?

I just tested the following syntax on Linux: case "$OSTYPE" in linux-gnu*) ;;& linux*) echo $OSTYPE; ;; esac case "$OSTYPE" in linux-gnu*) ;& linux*) echo $OSTYPE; ;; esac which works ...
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Completely restore root and home folder after many problems with Macports and Homebrew

I had a long day battling with installing a LAMP environment with Macports. I installed several things, had many problems, tried uninstalling them (not sure if I did), and on and on. Then, I tried ...
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Understanding firmware.scap

So, I recently acquired an old MacbookPro (v.5,4 mid 2009). I decided to create an Arch linux partition, and thus began my adventure... While installing rEFInd (the maintained fork of rEFIt), I ended ...
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WD MyBook appears as read-only

My WD MyBook Essential with USB 2.0 appears with read-only permissions. I set the drive up on my old Vista machine, and when Vista began crashing, I switched to Ubuntu. I still have the Ubuntu ...
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How do I mount Ext4 using OS X Fuse

I installed OS X Fuse on OS X 10.9.4 as outlined in http://osxdaily.com/2014/03/20/mount-ext-linux-file-system-mac/ Unfortunately it does not mount any of my Linux filesystems (on external HD or SD ...
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Can't see install disc for Linux Mint in VirtualBox

Trying to install Mint 17 Cinnamon via VirtualBox on my MBP OSX10.9.4, with 3 different discs (various makes) made on several machines (Win and Linux). I was able to deploy vm with CentOS 6.4 with a ...
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How can I inspect the environment variables of a running process?

Is there some equivalent (CLI or GUI) to Linux's /proc/$PID/environ feature?
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Dual boot Kali with Mac

I want to dual my Macbook with Mavericks 10.9.4 and Kali 1.0.8. I have downloaded the Kali .iso and "burnt" it to a USB stick using the dd command from in Terminal. I have partitioned my hard drive ...
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What does the @ sign and the number next to it mean in ls -l display?

I got the following output when I apply ls -l command in my Mac OS X Mavericks for an image file: I understand what does -rw-r--r-- mean. But what does the @ sign and the number next to it mean? Is ...
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Reliable instruction on installing Ubuntu on Macbook Pro

There are some walk-through kind of instruction on installing Ubuntu on Macbook Pro (as dual boot OS along with Mac OS X), such as Lifehacker's post. But they are either too old that I worry if the ...
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Where is the documentation on /tmp?

I've read that /tmp will automatically have files deleted that are older than 7 days or upon restart, but I can't seem to find where this is documented. Can anyone point me to a man or web page from ...
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Battery Issue - Low level issue

I have installed Xubunto instead of Machintosh on my MacBook Pro machine, when i close the screen the apple lamp on the back of my laptop doesn't goes off, and the laptop runs out of power. how can i ...
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How to uninstall wget

I recently installed wget on my Mac using the instructions listed here: http://osxdaily.com/2012/05/22/install-wget-mac-os-x/ and lorcan's instructions here: How do I get "wget" for Snow ...
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Partition Format on Mac

Mac newbie here. I need to have a case sensitive file system. I am planning to create a separate data partition for that. 100GB (Mac/home directory) + 151GB (data partition). I have a habit of making ...
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Photo thumbnails remain in camera roll after moving photos to computer

I'm exporting my photos to my computer by connecting my iPhone 5S (iOS 7.1.1) to my Ubuntu 14.04 setup and cutting the photos from the DCIM folder and pasting them on my computer. The photos go ...
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How does one reverse engineer how the Finder performs an operation?

I'm trying to figure out how OS X implements it's secure empty trash operations and it seems like I should be able to get more finely grained information than what the process monitor tells me. The ...
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Will superdrive work on Macbook Air with Ubuntu?

I have a Macbook Air on which I am considering installing Ubuntu 14. I bought the Mac mainly because of the great hardware. I got a live copy of Ubuntu working from a USB stick and I am now just ...
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OS X: Specifying custom command line invocation of program as application for opening files on double click

I'm primarily a Linux user who recently acquired a MacBook Air and I'm currently desperately trying to find out whether there's an equivalent for Linux's desktop definition files, where you can define ...
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Putting SSH keys I've taken from Ubuntu

I came over to Mac from Ubuntu. I've saved all SSH files I had in the .ssh folder in Ubuntu. There are three files id_rsa id_rsa.pub known_hosts Is it possible to reuse these files in Mac? If so, ...
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Java 7 on PowerPc

I have several powermac G4 computers running leopard, and would like to use them as a test environment for my Java 7 based applications. I have looked online a bit but could not find any way to ...
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Are Quartz Compositions portable to Linux?

I am interested in using Quartz Composer to make some visualization programs, that I want to run on a Raspbery Pi. My question is, is it possible to run something made in Quartz on Linux?
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Debian won't book on MacBook Pro

I erased the entire content of my MacBook Pro when installing debian. Now, the laptop will not boot into Linux. When I insert USB again it will start installation again. I even selected bootable ...
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How to prevent the application launched in Terminal from undesirably exiting?

I launch applications from the Terminal with commands like this one : /Applications/Mail.app/Contents/MacOS/Mail & The important part is the &. For Unix / Linux / Solaris : I have ...
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Dual boot Ubuntu 14.04 on a MacBook Pro

so after a few hours of Google searching and too many headaches with a broken GPT, I've turned here. I have a 2012 MacBook Pro (9,2) that I want to dualboot OS X 10.9 and Ubuntu 14.04 on. I've read ...
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Can I clean install Mavericks preserving other bootable partitions (Ubuntu on ext4)?

I have checked Will my other partitions be wiped when doing a clean install of Mavericks? but I'd like to make sure whether a clean install of Mavericks to my specific OS X partition won't mess up ...
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Error when mounting sparse bundle from terminal

I picked up this command on how to open a disk image and have the password prompt in the terminal window (useful for remote mounting):hdiutil attach -stdinpass /path/to/image source However, it's not ...
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How To Install Kali Linux (or Debian) on Macbook Air (Original 2008 Model)

Recently got an old macbook air 2008 model. I am a linux guy and I am very new to Mac OS X. I tried but I just prefer to have my familiar debian running on this laptop. On a PC I would do this easily, ...
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Super and admin user in OS X

Superuser account is disabled by default in OS X (Mavericks). But if you run sudo -l you will come to know that the admin user can execute all superuser commands. Then what is the point of disabling ...
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macbook air 2008 model want to install ubuntu

hi I want to install Ubuntu 12.04 or the latest version in my MacBook air. I had formatted my hard drive and there is no other os's installed, so how I can install Ubuntu on mac directly. I also ...
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What is CUPS on port 631?

I recently ran an NMAP scan of my Mac's open ports and discovered port 631 (ipp) was open. Intrigued, I saw it was for the CUPS web interface, and after enabling it I found it had something to do with ...
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How to create a USB installer for Multiple OS on an OSX system?

I would like to be able to create a disk image (that I can transfer via Disk Utility.app to a large USB storage thumb drive) which is a multiboot installer for provisioning various operating systems ...
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How does this complex BASH shell script work?

Apple Support Community member Linc Davis developed this command to aide in diagnosing issues. The output gives a general overview of one's system and is very similar to the program etrecheck. But, it ...
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Sending specific keys when using Remote Desktop UNIX commands

I would like to script the uninstallation and reinstallation of Profiles on a group of Networked Macs. In order to do this I shall use the UNIX Command part of Remote Desktop. When sending the ...
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/usr/sbin/uninstall? What is it/what does it do?

There's a /usr/sbin/uninstall command on my system. What does it do? There is no man page, and running it says "You must be root to run this tool.", and (after sudo uninstall -h) it says "URL is ...
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How do I get my dual boot to behave correctly?

Once upon a time my Mac had only OS X on it, but at various points in history it contained different versions of OS X and several different Linux distributions and their boot menus. I also had rEFIt ...
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I cannot login as root to my mac mini from a linux computer

From my Linux desktop (Fedora), I am trying to log in as root to my mac mini computer. $ ssh root@my-mac-mini Connection closed by 10.0.1.12 10.0.1.12 is the mac mini ip address. In the log file ...
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Whats the equivalent of the unix tree command on OSX

Whats the equivalent of the unix tree command on OSX (10.8.5)
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MacBook pro boot's to wrong OS after waking up from Safe Sleep

I am dual booting Ubuntu and OS X Mavericks on my MacBook pro 9,2. I am using the rEFInd boot manager, since I was told that I should use it to dual boot OS X and Linux (I could have used rEFIt, but ...
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To have inkscape's terminal scripts in terminal like in Linux

I am trying to write this makefile in OSX. I have installed Inkscape but it does not have the script that allows you run commands in terminal like this inkscape $(SOURCE).svg -w $(WIDTH) ...
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Bootcamp with Ubuntu Linux

Is it possible to use bootcamp to make bootable linux drives for you, or is there a similar boot manager for linux?
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What is a CPX port or driver?

What is a CPX port? More specifically what is CPX as relates to a Datacard embossing printer? A buddy dropped off an ancient Datacard 150i embossing machine with me to see if I could get it working. ...
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Can't write to ~/Library, even though permissions look OK

I'm totally stumped on this one — a Macbook Air, 10.9.2. As far as I can tell, I should be able to write to my Library directory. Everything I can see suggests I should be able to: [njvack@zot ...
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Installing Ubuntu aside OS X and Windows [duplicate]

My current config is this- I have OS X Mavericks 10.9.2 and Windows 8.1 installed via Boot Camp. I'd like to install Ubuntu too on my mac- I figured I could do it with rEFInd? Or does the Boot Camp ...
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CentOS will not install on my Mac

I am trying to install CentOS on another partition, and It will install, but every time, I get a GRUB HARD DISK ERROR. Here are the steps I took: •Resized Mac OSX disk and gave 20 gigabytes of free ...
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What is the LED in Audio port for?

I recently attempted to install Ubuntu on may Late 2013 13" Mac Book Pro with Retina Display. Under Linux I noticed a Red LED light inside the audio port. It looks like Ubuntu doesn't know how to ...
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Triple Boot 2010 Macbook Pro with Dual Drive

I have a 2010 Macbook pro running Mavericks and Windows 7 on a 250gb SSD. I just removed the cd drive and installed my old 250 gb hard drive. So now I have two drives. I would like to make the hard ...